OTL: Episode #444- Local high school journalism, Chicago Area Tiki Tour, Bridgeport’s 1855 Lager Beer Riot reenactment

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “it’s tiki time” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen discusses the importance of local high school journalism, previews the Chicago Area Tiki Tour, and visits Bridgeport to learn about the 1855 Lager Beer Riot reenactment.   Jason Block–  Program chair, Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association We discuss the importance of high school journalism programs and preview the annual NISPA conference that takes place Friday, April 24.       Caroline Roe– Organizer of The Chicago Area Tiki Tour We preview this tour of some of the best area tiki bars!   Ed Marszewski and Paul Durica– Co-Organizers of Version Fest Bridgeport’s Version Fest is a wonderful celebration of local art and media.  We learn about this event, including the exciting 1855 Lager Beer Riot reenactment on April 25.       OTL #444 local music provided by The Cocktail Preachers…

OTL #443: Chicago Police citizen surveillance, The man behind Chuy’s stache, #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “stache-friendly” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen discusses the extent of Chicago Police surveillance on citizens, talks to the man behind Chuy Garcia’s mustache, and gets a preview of #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment.   Joel Handley–  Contributing Editor at In These Times How much police surveillance on Chicagoans is appropriate?  We explore this question and the issue of how provide safety without tramping our 1st Amendment rights.       Steve Bogira– Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader We hear how Steve opened the door for the beginnings of Chuy Garcia’s mustache. Photo courtesy of ChicagoReader.com   Robin Lynn Norris– Creator of #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment The world of online dating can be hilarious.  This show running at the UP Comedy Club (230 W. North Ave.) is based off of actual OkCupid conversation and gives us a glimpse into that world       OTL #443 local music provided by Richard Album…

OTL: Episode #442- The Glass Slipper Project, RHINO Poetry, The Secret History of Chicago Music: Meade “Lux” Lewis

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “glass slipper” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen learns how The Glass Slipper Project helps thousands of girls attend their proms in style, discuses the local poetry scene with an editor of RHINO, and gets the story of Chicago Bluesman Meade “Lux” Lewis.   Amy Ross–  Board President of the Glass Slipper Project Prom season is upon us.  We learn about this organization that helps deliver prom dresses to deserving high school girls in Chicagoland.       Ralph Hamilton– Editor of RHINO We get the lowdown on one of the most prestigious poetry journals around and it’s based in Chicagoland.   The Secret History of Chicago Music– Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Meade “Lux” Lewis in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.       OTL #442 local music provided by Unplugged and Reborn…

OTL: Episode #431- Previewing a celebration of the chicken wing, The Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke on local politics

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (broadcasting on the “ain’t no thing but a chicken wing” radio station WGN-AM 720) Mike Stephen stops by Toons Bar and Grill in Lakeview to preview the 4th annual Wing Fling and chats about local politics with the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke.   Danny Beck – Owner of Toons Bar & Grill at 3857 N. Southport in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood We get a preview of the Fourth Annual Wing Fling happening on Saturday, January 24th at 3pm!  OTL host Mike Stephen will be on hand as the event’s MC.  Come on out, say hi, and enjoy all-you-can-eat wings!    Mike Stephen emcee’s the hot wing eating contest at last year’s Toons Wing Fling   Mick Dumke–  Senior Writer at the Chicago Reader Mick stops by to chat about the latest in the Chicago mayoral race and what it means to actually be an independent vote in the city council.     Mick Dumke and Mike Stephen in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio   A piece of OTL history– Mike recently dug up a bar napkin that helped to serve as the launching pad for Outside the Loop Radio.  He surprises Andy Hermann and Steve Bertrand with this piece of OTL history.      The bar napkin that started it all in 2006     OTL #431 local music provided by Twin Peaks…