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 #523: Chicago's Equality Index score, Local parking and transit roundup, A new fun kids book inspired by the CTA
2 days ago
Mike Stephen talks with Human Rights Campaign legislative counsel Xavier Persad about how Chicago ranks in the fifth annual Municipal Equality Index, a nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy; chats with The Expired Meter blogger The Parking Ticket Geek about Wrigleyville parking restrictions, raising parking meter rates around Wrigley Field, and the closing of all the Chicago vehicle emissions test facilities; and welcomes local author Patrick McBriarty to the studio to discuss City Railways Go Above and Below, his latest children's book about riding public transportation. Meanwhile, we learn how long you should #FlyTheW flag after a Cubs win! This week's local music is provided by riverhorse.