OTL: #585- Rock climbing at First Ascent Chicago, Truman’s Ridge plays live Bluegrass

Mike Stephen chats, climbs, and rocks out with:   Justin Forrest Parks, community outreach advisor at First Ascent Avondale and   Local Bluegrass favorites Truman’s Ridge in studio!   Let us know about your favorite cozy winter neighborhood bars/taverns here! Mike talks route strategy with Justin Forrest Parks at First Ascent Avondale.  To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #463- How The 606 affects affordable housing, Chicago Baseball fights for its rights outside of Wrigley, 16-year-old Reade Wildman jams in studio

Mike Stephen talks with:   Voorhees Center economic development planner Lauren Nolan about affordable housing issues along The 606 elevated park;   Chicago Baseball editor/publisher Matt Smerge about his magazine’s fight against the city to stay alive; and   Reade Wildman, a 16-year-old guitarist and Chicago Academy for the Arts student, who hung out to play live for the hour! Check out his new record Syzygy.   Reade Widman poses with Mike Stephen at the halfway point of rocking the soundtrack for OTL #463.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   Reade Widman jams a tune from his new Syzygy record on a rainy Chicago Saturday morning.

OTL: Episode #284- 826CHI, Chicago Zine Fest preview, Local sports journalism with ChicagosideSports.com

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “Chicagoside” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen visits a great after school program called 826CHI, previews the Chicago Zine Fest, and learns about a new local sports journalism website: ChicagosideSports.com.   Patrick Schaffner– Director of Communications and Outreach for 826CHI We go inside this non-profit that supports students with their creative writing skills. Neil Brideau— Co–organizer of the Chicago Zine Fest We get a preview of this festival of DIY publishing in Chicago and beyond taking place March 9th and 10th.     Sol Lieberman– Creative director and co-founder of ChicagosideSports.com This new website claims to have the best sports journalism in town.  We find out what makes this site tick and the cool features you’ll find once you log on.   OTL #284 local music provided by Switchback…  

OTL: Episode #267- Local traffic cameras, Bartman Game audio from outside Wrigley, LTHForum’s “GNR” list

TO HEAR THE SHOW, PRESS THE “PLAY” BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST… (podcasting from the studios in the OTL Bunker, somewhere in Chicago) (broadcasting on the “great neighborhood” radio station WLUW-FM (88.7) Chicago) Mike Stephen discusses speeding cameras in Chicago, plays some audio from outside Wrigley Field during the 2003 Bartman Game, and chats with the co-owner of LTHForum.com about their Great Neighborhood Restaurant list.   Celeste Meiffren— Filed Director for the IL Public Interest Research Group The IL PIRG released a report recently that examines the contracts between red light/speeding camera vendors and U.S. cities.  This report is timely since Chicago could be seeing even more of these cameras soon. Photo courtesy of The Expired Meter     Outside the Bartman Game in 2003– An audio time warp Mike dug up some audio gold from 2003.  He was roaming the area outside of Wrigley Field the night of the infamous “Bartman Game” with a microphone in hand.  He recently found his recordings from that evening and we hear some of that footage this week.   Wrigley Field from across the street.   Steve Zaransky— Co-Owner of LTHForum.com This Chicago-based culinary chat site announced its renewals for the Great Neighborhood Restaurant and Resource list.  Steve joins us to discuss the results.     OTL #267 local music provided by Velvetron…