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Outside the Loop RADIO

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.


OTL #766: Juneteenth in Chicago, City Council inaction, The Secret History of Skanking Lizard 47:38 06/19/2021
OTL #765: Chicago's surveillance network, IL environment policy, drawing the new ward map 41:46 06/12/2021
OTL #764: Local hospitality’s rebound, Bicycling to the Waffle House, The Secret History of Ron Haydock 48:38 06/05/2021
OTL #763: Diversity in local media, Strengthening civics education in prisons, Tautologic’s new album 44:56 05/29/2021
OTL #762: Takeout 25 expands, Shawn Maxwell's new album, The Secret History of Jackie Ross 44:30 05/22/2021
OTL #761: Behind the story of increased carjackings, The pandemic’s impact on working mothers, Keya Trammell’s new music 45:49 05/15/2021
OTL #760: The future of the Thompson Center, Jared Rabin’s new album, The Secret History of The Fabulous Turks 44:32 05/08/2021
OTL #759: Rich Robbins on the rise, Local labor history, Local commercial real estate 51:50 05/01/2021
OTL #758: The sale of Goose Island 10 years later, The Secret History of Gene Barge, On stage with Phish 55:46 04/24/2021
OTL #757: Little-known Chicago history, Vaccine equity, A new recycling contract for the city 44:50 04/17/2021
OTL #756: Media Burn archives history, Best new local tacos, The Secret History of Michael DeLisle 43:48 04/10/2021
OTL #755: Housing instability, COVID-19’s impact on prisons, Burning Bush Brewery celebrates its first year 41:23 04/03/2021
OTL #754: Skyrocketing property taxes, North Lawndale improves quality of life, The Secret History of Big Voice Odom 41:21 03/27/2021
OTL #753: IL’s electric transportation grade, Architectural journalism, Curbing air pollution in Chicago 49:25 03/20/2021
OTL #752: Chicago Protests, The Nisei Lounge anchors Wrigleyville, The Secret History of Willie Mabon 47:39 03/13/2021
OTL #751: Cultivating a tavern community, The murder of Ald. Ben Lewis, Local art supports local business 47:47 03/06/2021
OTL #750: The future of local media?, Haymarket Pub works though a pandemic, The Secret History of Big Daddy Kinsey 59:11 02/27/2021
OTL #749: The OTL Podcasting Summit 2021 60:29 02/20/2021
OTL #748: The future of Chicago bars?, Chicago Police Torture Archive, The Secret History of Johnny Shines 49:30 02/13/2021
OTL #747: Why is there a digital divide in Chicago?, One Illinois ceases publication, IL’s population loss 42:42 02/06/2021
OTL #746: Delivery apps ruining restaurants?, Importance of the Freedom of Information Act, The Secret History of The Aces 41:49 01/30/2021
OTL #745: Suspending the Beachwood Reporter, Ending money bail in IL, An all-privatized recycling system? 52:05 01/23/2021
OTL #744: Is our democracy healthy?, The Secret History of Alejandro Morales 45:28 01/16/2021
OTL #743: Life as an undocumented immigrant, WXMR-FM serves Marengo, IL 43:18 01/09/2021
OTL #742: Why did Chicago stop growing?, Saving our local venues, The Secret History of Kokomo Arnold 38:39 01/02/2021