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OTL: Episode #432- Local teenage rockers, Examining Circuit Court of Cook County data, The Secret History of Chicago Music

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(broadcasting on the “court is now in session” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen learns about a project that examines Cook County Court data, discusses police staffing in Chicago, gets the lowdown on an old-school local Blues musician: Jazz Gillum, and talks to a high school student who happens to be part of the Chicago music scene.

 

Tracy Siska – Executive Director, Chicago Justice Project

The CJP’s latest project, Convicted in Cook, examines data from the Cook County Circuit Court from 2005-2009 in order to shed light on how the local courts operate.  Tracy also discusses his recent op-ed about police staffing in Chicago.

 

 

The Secret History of Chicago Music–

Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Jazz Gillum in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.

 

 

Jacob Gold– Member of the band Purple Door and a high school junior at Jones College Prep

We get the perspective of the Chicago music scene from one of its youngest members.

 

 

Purple Door rocking hard

 

 

OTL #432 local music provided by Purple Door

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

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(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

OTL: Episode #430- Inside BreakRoom Brewery, The Secret History of Chicago Music, Live music from Go Time!

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(broadcasting on the “locally-brewed” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen visits a new brewery on Chicago’s north side, learns about Chicago Blues musician Albert Ammons, and welcomes the local band Go Time! into the studio.

 

Aaron Heineman, Michael Pallen, and Dean Ordzowialy – Owner, Head Brewer, and General Manager (respectively) of BreakRoom Brewery

We go inside Chicago’s newest craft brewery at 2925 W. Montrose Ave.  This place a has a unique story…and is literally attached to a bar-making company!

 Dean, Mike, and Aaron at Breakroom Brewery

 

The Secret History of Chicago Music–

Local music historian and artist Plastic Crimewave (aka: Steve Krakow) profiles 20th century Blues musician Albert Ammons in this week’s Chicago Reader.  He gives us the lowdown on his musical contribution to Chicago.

 

 

 

Go Time!Live in studio!

We get a visit from Go Time!  They play a few songs, talk about their new record, and preview their record-release show at Silvie’s Lounge this Saturday, 1/17.

 

 Mike Stephen joins Scott, Marko, Paul, and Steve of Go Time! in the WGN Radio Green Room

 

OTL #430 local music provided by Go Time!

OTL: Episode #429- A look back at 2014 in Chicago

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(broadcasting on the “on a road diet” radio station WGN-AM 720)

Mike Stephen welcomes Jon Hansen of DNA Info, journalist Rashanah Baldwin, and Chicagoist.com editor-in-chief Chuck Sudo for a look back at 2014 in Chicago.

 

Jon Hansen– Chicago radio news director, DNA Info

Rashanah BaldwinLocal journalist

Chuck SudoEditor-In-Chief, Chicagoist.com

 

 Jon Hansen, Mike Stephen, and Rashanah Baldwin in the WGN Allstate Showcase Studio

 

OTL #429 local music provided by Grandkids

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