OTL: Episode #470- Chicago’s DIY Musician’s Conference, Secret History of a local 80s synth band, The new emperor of Portage Park

Mike Stephen talks with:   CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux about the DIY Musician Conference coming to Chicago next weekend;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about 1980s new wave band the The Arms of Someone New for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Thrift & Thrive co-owner Joe Basilone about not buying anything for a year and now dominating Irving Park Road with two more businesses — Perkolator coffee and Sputnik Books & Records.   Meanwhile, we discuss how Wrigleyville has changed over recent years and the strict new neighborhood rules during the Cubs’ home playoff games.   This week’s local music is provided by The Forest of Love.   OTL host Mike Stephen sports his Cubbie blue eyes at Wrigley Field. [circa Summer 2008]   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #468- Chicago Police Board Info, Running every block in Chicago, The Secret History of a local 80s jazz trio

Mike Stephen talks with:   Chicago Justice Project executive director Tracy Siska about the new Chicago Police Board Information Center website;   Run Chicago creator Darcy Phillips about running each and every block of the city and his 25-mile bike commute; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about a 1980s far-out jazz trio consisting of Rich Corpolongo, Doug Lofstrom, and Paul Wertico for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   Meanwhile, we celebrate OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   This week’s local music is provided by Royal Outsiders.   Delicious cupcakes mark OTL’s first anniversary on WGN Radio!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.   OTL producer Andy Hermann and host Mike Stephen celebrate one year of shows at WGN Radio!

OTL: Episode #466- Cabrini-Green rowhouses have a future, Breaking down Chicago’s segregated barriers, The Secret History of 60s local horn rockers The Mob

Mike Stephen talks with:   LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) supervisory attorney Elizabeth Rosenthal about the recent Cabrini-Green rowhouse settlement;   My Block, My Hood, My City founder Jahmal Cole about working with underserved youth to break down barriers and explore the character of the city; and   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about horn rock pioneers The Mob for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music.   This week’s local music is provided by Graham Byrne.   OTL host Mike Stephen critiques his on-air performance during the 630am newsbreak.   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.

OTL: Episode #464- The Parking Ticket Geek on local traffic issues, The Secret History of Chicago’s Brevity, Retiring baby boomers’ impact on Chicago architecture

Mike Stephen talks with:   The Expired Meter blogger The Parking Ticket Geek about new traffic patterns in Chicago and a recent red light camera lawsuit;   Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about ambitious early-’70s proto power poppers Brevity for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and   Chicago Architecture Foundation Senior Director of Program Strategy Michael Wood about how retiring baby boomers are impacting Chicago architecture and infrastructure as detailed in the upcoming Design Dialogues: Tick Tick Boom talk.   Meanwhile, we discover that Chicago is the friendliest US city for tourists… at least according to Twitter.   This week’s local music is provided by The Tarts.   OTL host Mike Stephen III explains the new Chicago traffic patterns to Mike Stephen IV. Don’t drive angry!   To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed.