Outside the Loop RADIO
About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
OTL #519: Inner-City Education, Preventing violence with ALSO, Potts and Pans Steelband
4 days ago
It's OTL's 10th Anniversary Show... live from the United Center in Chicago! In this very special episode, Mike Stephen talks with Inner-City Education (ICE) Program founder and executive director Brad Erickson about providing educational and hockey opportunities for low-income kids in Chicago, catches up with ALSO (Alliance of Local Service Organizations) executive director Lori Crowder about working to end violence in the city and beyond, and chats with Potts & Pans Steelband members and executives Matt Potts and Anthony Jay Houston about the magic of the steel drums and vibraphone. Meanwhile, we reflect on Outside the Loop RADIO's 10th year of pod/broadcasting and how we got to where we are today. This week's live local music is provided by the aforementioned Potts & Pans Steelband.