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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 #841: What happened at The Hideout?, Bourbon County Stout 2022

11/26/2022
Mike Stephen talks to local journalist and Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield about his controversial article about the firing of a Hideout employee and then gets a preview of this year’s Goose Island Bourbon Co. Stout line from Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune.

Duration:00:39:29

OTL #840: City Council won’t discuss homelessness, New music from Curious Grace & Black Rabbit, The Secret History of Walter “Li’l Wally” Jagiello

11/19/2022
Mike Stephen gives an update on the Chicago City Council’s inaction when it comes to fighting homelessness, gets the lowdown on new music from Chicago’s Curious Grace & Black Rabbit, and discovers the amazing Secret History of local polka legend Walter “Li’l Wally” Jagiello.

Duration:00:34:18

OTL #839: Demolition’s impact on Chicago, Rep. Margaret Croke on the state of politics, FORTS! is back at The Filament Theatre

11/12/2022
Mike Stephen talks to sociologist David Schalliol about the societal impact of demolishing buildings in Chicago, discusses the state of politics in Springfield during this polarized time with State Rep. Margaret Croke (D-12th), and plays audio of his experience at the immersive FORTS! experience at the Filament Theatre in Portage Park.

Duration:00:40:54

OTL #838: Illinois Tutoring Initiative, Pemon Rami on creativity & activism, The Secret History of Clifford Jordan

11/5/2022
Mike Stephen talks to Chalkbeat Chicago reporter Samantha Smylie and learns how Illinois is turning to tutors to help students , chats with legendary Chicagoan Pemon Rami about creativity and activism, and discovers the Secret History of saxman Clifford Jordan.

Duration:00:45:06

OTL #837: Media literacy education, Workers’ rights in Illinois, Nice Motor’s new music

10/29/2022
tional Association of Media Literacy Education, chats with Don Villar, secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor, about the proposed Workers’ Rights Amendment, and chats with Brian Webb of the local band Nice Motor about their new music.

Duration:00:33:43

OTL #836: Chicago’s public housing saga, The Secret History of Odell Brown

10/22/2022
Mike Stephen gets an update on the state of public housing in Chicago from ProPublica's Mick Dumke and then discovers the Secret History of organist Odell Brown.

Duration:00:35:25

OTL #835: The CTA “ghost run” phenomenon, No more late night bars?, Jared Rabin’s new music

10/15/2022
Mike Stephen learns about the CTA “ghost run” phenomenon from Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield, discusses how many of us are choosing to go home early with Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel, and chats with local musician Jared Rabin about his new album.

Duration:00:35:52

OTL #834: Chicago BBQ history, Youth filmmaking in Chicago, The Secret History of Jim Post

10/8/2022
Mike Stephen learns about Chicago BBQ history from Chicago Tribune food critic Nick Kindelsperger, discusses the impact of youth filmmaking in the city with DeAnna McLeary-Sherman of TrueStar and Eunice Shelley of the Wordsmith's Writer's Lab, and discovers the Secret History of the late great folk local folk musician Jim Post.

Duration:00:37:15

OTL #833: The Italian beef sandwich defines Chicago, City Council semi-independence, Jonny Untch rocks Chicagoland & beyond

10/1/2022
Mike Stephen discusses the story of the Italian beef sandwich (and how it’s hard to get a good one outside of Chicagoland) with Los Angeles Times food columnist and Oak Park native Lucas Kwan Peterson, chats about the semi-independence of the Chicago City Council with Geoffrey Cubbage of the Better Government Association, and talks to Jonny Untch about being a local musician and educator.

Duration:00:37:07

OTL #832: Assisting with your neighbor’s utility bill, The Push Puppets’ new music, The Secret History of Erwin Helfer

9/24/2022
Mike Stephen learns about Community Utility’s neighborly efforts to bring us together through mutual aid from co-founder Anson Tong, previews Palatine’s The Push Puppets’ new music with frontman Erich Specht, and discovers the Secret History of Chicago blues pianist Erwin Helfer.

Duration:00:36:05

OTL #831: Student gun violence trauma, Disparities in school discipline, Illinois Muslims assets and needs

9/19/2022
Mike Stephen discusses the residual trauma for students impacted by gun violence with Mauricio Pena of Chalkbeat Chicago, learns about the disparities in school discipline in the northwest suburbs from Jennifer Richards of the Chicago Tribune, and explores a new report detailing Illinois Muslims assets and needs with Dr. Joe Hoereth, director of the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at UIC.

Duration:00:36:53

OTL #830: Local immigrant assistance, The Secret History of The Kelderons

9/10/2022
Mike Stephen talks to Cristina De La Rosa, executive director of Chicago’s Erie Neighborhood House, and learns how that organization helps immigrants arriving to Chicago and then discovers the Secret History of the 1970s Chicago soul group The Kelderons.

Duration:00:32:01

OTL #829: Celebrating local labor history, Teflon Softball, Andy Pratt’s new music

9/3/2022
Mike Stephen discusses the importance of learning labor history with Larry Spivack, president of the Illinois Labor History Society, learns how Teflon Softball provides a positive impact in Pullman with founder India Steward, and talks to local singer-songwriter Andy Pratt about his new music.

Duration:00:39:04

OTL #828: Coaching Chicago’s creative community, Beekeeping in Chicago, The Secret History of Richard Davis

8/27/2022
Sharon Woodhouse, discusses the importance of local beekeeping with Chicago Honey Co-Op founder and farm manager Michael Thompson, and discovers the Secret History of local bass phenom Richard Davis.

Duration:00:38:34

OTL #827: Guaranteed income pilot program, Pre-trial assistance, Boosting rural arts & culture in Illinois

8/20/2022
Mike Stephen learns about Chicago’s new guaranteed income pilot program from Sky Patterson, reporting fellow at City Bureau, discusses pre-trial assistance with Cliff Nellis of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, and explores how Illinois Humanities works to boost arts and culture across the state with Matt Meacham, program manager for statewide engagement.

Duration:00:35:07

OTL #826: Chicago’s education funding, Bourbon County Stout preview, The Secret History of Young-Holt Unlimited

8/13/2022
Mike Stephen discusses this year’s education funding for Chicago Public Schools with Becky Vevea, bureau chief of Chalkbeat Chicago, gets a preview of the 2022 Bourbon County Stout line with Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel, and discovers the Secret History of funky jazz dudes Young-Holt Unlimited.

Duration:00:39:14

OTL #825: Sailing the Race to Mackinac, Joe Policastro’s new music, Celebrating Black art

8/6/2022
Mike Stephen learns what it’s like sailing the Race to Mackinac with Pam Jacknow, who was a sailor on one of the winning boats this year, dives into the Joe Policastro Trio’s new album, and discusses the importance of Black art in Chicago and beyond with Patricia Andrews-Keenan, founder of Pigment International.

Duration:00:37:35

OTL #824: What is the future of local journalism?, The Secret History of Paradoxx

7/30/2022
Mike Stephen discusses the future of local journalism with Tim Franklin, director of the Medill Local News Initiative, and then discovers the Secret History of the 1980s metal band Paradoxx. Let's also not forget to give some love to the Thompson Center Food Court.

Duration:00:35:00

OTL #823: Semi-pro football impacts Chicago, Appraising trading cards online, Funding the fight against homelessness

7/23/2022
Mike Stephen visits Columbus Park and sits down with Tom Robinson, the head coach of the Chicago Falcons semi-pro football team, learns about a new local business called Ludex that appraises trading cards through your phone from co-founders Brian Ludden and Heather Denniston, and gets an update on funding the fight against homelessness in Chicago from grassroots leader Harry Williams.

Duration:00:37:41

OTL #822: Movie magic in Chicago, Walcot’s new music, The Secret History of Paul Cotton

7/16/2022
Mike Stephen visits the set of an upcoming local indie film called Twain: Cancelled, learns about new music from Asher George and his project known as Walcot, and discovers the Secret History of country-rocker from Illinois Paul Cotton.

Duration:00:37:42