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 #540: Rent control in Chicago, The Secret History of Queen Sylvia Embry, Assisting Chicago's immigrant community
7 days ago
Mike Stephen talks with Pilsen Alliance director Byron Sigcho about the displacement of some of our city's residents and the movement for rent control in Chicago, chats with Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about singer and bassist Queen Sylvia Embry for this week's "Winter Blues" edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music, and checks in with Centro Romero executive director Daysi Funes about how her organization is helping with the challenges facing Chicago's immigrant community. Meanwhile, we discuss wacky bass players and the recent insanity between Mayor Emanuel and Governor Rauner. This week's local music is provided by The Sweet Maries.