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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, "OTL" now airs on Chicago's Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area. The show covers topics stories that don't always get mainstream media attention... and it's all presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant. Show co-founder Andy Hermann has returned to produce Phase III of OTL Radio. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, "OTL" now airs on Chicago's Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area. The show covers topics stories that don't always get mainstream media attention... and it's all presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant. Show co-founder Andy Hermann has returned to produce Phase III of OTL Radio. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

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United States

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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, "OTL" now airs on Chicago's Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area. The show covers topics stories that don't always get mainstream media attention... and it's all presented with a strong and independent Chicago slant. Show co-founder Andy Hermann has returned to produce Phase III of OTL Radio. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

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English

Contact:

Outside the Loop WGN Radio 435 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611


Episodes

OTL #710: The Tamale Guy in jeopardy, Chicago Drawbridges, The Secret History of Thom Bishop

5/23/2020
Mike Stephen learns how Chicago’s beloved Tamale Guy is in jeopardy with Ashok Selvam of Eater Chicago, chats about a documentary that showcases Chicago’s drawbridges with local author Patrick McBriarty, and discovers the Secret History of local singer-songwriter Thom Bishop. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin emphasize the need for salsa verde with tamales. The local quarantine music this week comes from Ocas.

Duration:00:47:17

OTL #709: Who is left behind during the pandemic?, COVID-19’s impact on IL environmental policy

5/16/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the racial disparity of COVID-19 with Duaa Eldeib of ProPublica Illinois, learns about the impact of the pandemic on the state’s environmental policy with Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council, and chats about the pandemic’s effects on small business and self-employed workers with Dan Cooper of the Metropolitan Planning Council. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Producer Collin gives us his review of Alinea's take out experience. The local quarantine music...

Duration:00:51:00

OTL #708: CTA Fails, COVID-19’s local food scene impact, The Secret History of The Jokers

5/9/2020
Mike Stephen learns about the CTA Fails multimedia empire, discusses the pandemic’s impact on the local food scene with Mike Gebert, editor of Fooditor, and explores the Secret History of local 60s garage-rockers The Jokers. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin recap the show and wonder what the local restaurant scene will look like in the future. The local quarantine music this week comes from the Chicago Underground Quartet.

Duration:00:48:30

OTL #707: Virtual improv, COVID-19’s impact on the homeless, The local real estate outlook during a pandemic

5/2/2020
Mike Stephen learns how improviser Jay Sukow is helping us to laugh through online improv, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the local homeless population, and gets insight into how real estate is handling the pandemic with writer AJ LaTrace. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin discuss "Zoom Fatigue." The local quarantine music this week comes from The Waco Brothers.

Duration:00:55:32

OTL #706: COVID-19’s state economic impact, Hunger during a pandemic, The Secret History of the Ashby Ostermann Alliance

4/25/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Illinois’ finances, learns about the work of Beyond Hunger during the pandemic, and discovers the Secret History of the jazz fusion group The Ashby Ostermann Alliance. In the OTL Wrap Party segment Mike and Producer Collin try to remain positive during the pandemic and, in an OTL first, make a Demolition Man reference. The local quarantine music this week comes from The DeFunked.

Duration:00:49:18

OTL #705: Polluting Little Village during a pandemic, Reggie’s struggles to make it, Burning Bush Brewery now open

4/18/2020
Mike Stephen chats about the resulting pollution from the demolition of a smokestack in Little Village with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, discusses the struggles of Reggie's, a venerable music venue in the South Loop during this time, and learns about what it's like opening a brewery during a pandemic. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike welcomes an old friend back to the show: Producer Emeritus Andy "The Count" Hermann! The local quarantine music this week comes...

Duration:00:49:57

OTL #704: Musicians coping with shelter in place, Tone Deaf Records Delivers, The Secret History of The Apocryphals

4/11/2020
Mike Stephen discusses how local musicians are coping without the ability to play gigs with Mike Jeffers, host of Chicago Music Revealed, learns about Tone Deaf Records, a Portage Park record store that now delivers albums, and discovers the Secret History of 60s pop-rockers The Apocryphals. Plus, we debut a new song about COVID-19 from The Black Oil Brothers and in the OTL Wrap Party segment Mike and Producer Collin express hope that local venues will rise again. The local quarantine music...

Duration:00:47:43

OTL #703: The impact of COVID-19 in prisons, Local breweries surviving the pandemic, Effects of a pandemic on transportation

4/4/2020
Mike Stephen discusses how COVID-19 impacts prisons with the executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, learns how local breweries are navigating the pandemic with Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune, and chats about the impact of a pandemic on our local transportation with John Greenfield, editor of Streetsblog Chicago. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin discuss the choice of whether or not to use grocery delivery services during this time. The...

Duration:00:48:33

OTL #702: COVID-19’s educational impact, Is tech up to working from home?, The Secret History of Lurrie Bell

3/28/2020
Mike Stephen talks about the impact of the recent pandemic on educational practices with the hosts of the Teachwell Teachers podcast, discusses whether our tech infrastructure is ready for our work from home scenarios with the co-owner of TMC Squared, and learns the Secret History of local blues guitarist Lurrie Bell. The local music this week comes from The Kynd.

Duration:00:49:03

OTL #701: Impact of pandemic on taverns, Halting evictions, WHIW-LP helps Harvard

3/21/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local bars and taverns, chats with the Metropolitan Tenants Organization about the recent halting of evictions in Cook County in the wake of the pandemic, and learns how community radio helps towns during times of uncertainty with WHIW-LP in Harvard, IL. The local music this week comes from Matt Piet.

Duration:00:37:03

OTL #700: The Lantern Haus, Vanished Chicagoland, The Secret History of Big Maceo Merriweather

3/14/2020
Mike Stephen closes out the Winter Tavern Tour at The Lantern Haus in Forest Park, learns about an online throwback to Chicago of yesteryear called Vanished Chicagoland, and discovers the Secret History of blues pianist Big Maceo Merriweather. This week the local music comes from The Babin Brothers.

Duration:00:48:28

OTL #699: The Green Lady, Loosening wine restrictions, Justice accountability

3/7/2020
Mike Stephen chugs along on the Winter Tavern Tour and drops by The Green Lady in West Lakeview to learn its history, discusses the possibility of Illinois loosening restrictions on wine sales, and explores efforts for more transparency when it comes to police accountability. All this plus Attic Salt brings us the local tunes!

Duration:00:43:26

OTL #698: Talking tavern culture at Rose’s, IL Equitable Restrooms Act, The Secret History of Frank “Little Sonny” Scott Jr.

2/29/2020
Mike Stephen stops by Rose’s bar in Lincoln Park while on the Winter Tavern Tour, discusses the importance of the Equitable Restrooms Act, and learns the Secret History of Frank “Little Sonny” Scott Jr. This week the local music comes from Bloom.

Duration:00:45:34

OTL #697: Inside the Nisei Lounge, IL’s pathway to clean energy, The fiscal future of the state

2/22/2020
Mike Stephen keeps the Winter Tavern Tour going and visits the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville, learns about Illinois’ pathway to renewable energy, and discusses the state’s finances in the wake of the state budget address this week. The Golden Horse Ranch Band brings us the local tunes!

Duration:00:36:34

OTL #696: A Chicago secret on Western Ave., Will Amazon impact Pullman?, The Secret History of Jimmy Johnson

2/15/2020
Mike Stephen continues the Winter Tavern Tour and stops by The Water Hole on Western Ave., discusses the possible impact of Amazon coming to the Pullman neighborhood, and learns the Secret History of blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson. This week the local music comes from Motel Breakfast.

Duration:00:33:51

OTL #695: Is The Matchbox the smallest Chicago bar?, Open Books Publishing Academy, The need for bilingual teachers in IL

2/8/2020
Mike Stephen kicks off the Winter Tavern Tour at The Matchbox in West Town, learns about a program that turns young writers into published novelists called Open Books Publishing Academy, and discusses the efforts to recruit more bilingual teachers in the state. And this week we enjoy local music from Way to Go Radio.

Duration:00:34:32

OTL #694: Building an adventure at FORTS!, Inside Interstellar Space Records, The Secret History of John Littlejohn

2/1/2020
Mike Stephen visits the show FORTS! at the Filament Theatre in Portage Park, drops by a new vinyl record store in Ravenswood, and learns the Secret History of slide guitarist John Littlejohn. This week the local music comes from The Weekend Run Club.

Duration:00:46:51

OTL #693: The OTL 2020 Podcasting Summit

1/25/2020
Mike Stephen chats about all things related to podcasting! Matt Young of Hello From the Magic Tavern, Ryan Ingwersen of ABV Chicago, and Kelly Opalko from the Chicago Podcast Festival stop by the studio to discuss podcasting in Chicago and beyond. This week's local tunes provided by Sports Boyfriend.

Duration:00:53:14

OTL #692: Can Lori Lightfoot transform Chicago?, High hopes for dispensaries, The Secret History of George “Wild Child” Butler

1/18/2020
Mike Stephen discusses the Black Chicago perspective of Mayor Lightfoot with Tiffany Walden of The Triibe, listens to a journalist’s experience visiting a dispensary, and learns the Secret History of Chicago Blues harpist George “Wild Child” Butler. This week the local music comes from Lou Schmidt. Also: let us know where we should go for the upcoming OTL Winter Tavern Tour!

Duration:00:44:09

We can’t impeach a Chicago mayor, Joe Policastro talks jazz in Chicago, The Secret History of Lucille Spann

1/11/2020
Mike Stephen learns how we can’t impeach a Chicago mayor, welcomes local jazz musician Joe Policastro to preview his trio’s show, and discovers the Secret History of blues singer Lucille Spann. Plus: Joe visits the OTL Wrap Party segment to discuss playing music in Chicago and the awesomeness of the late Neil Peart of Rush. This week we enjoy local music from The Joe Policastro Trio, of course!

Duration:00:50:17