Outside the Loop RADIO

Outside the Loop RADIO

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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. http://outsidetheloopradio.com

Mike Stephen talks to a variety of local business owners about how they are surviving the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear from Joe Basilone, co-owner of Perkolator in Portage Park, Tyler & Natalie Anderson, co-owners of Beardsgaard Barbers in Batavia, and Jim & Kisha Williams, co-owners of Power Fitness Chicago in Roseland. And in the OTL Wrap Party segment, Mike and Producer Collin reflect on this week’s show and reflect on helping out local businesses during the pandemic. The local pandemic tunez come from Chef Mike.

Recent Episodes

  • OTL #729: How local businesses are surviving the pandemic

    7 days ago
  • OTL #728: Find my landlord, Lessons from the last election, The Secret History of The Resurrection Band

    2 weeks ago
  • OTL #727: Homeboy Industries connects humanity, Concerns about Lake Michigan, Pros & Cons of the Progressive Income Tax

    3 weeks ago
  • OTL #726: Voting by mail is safe, The pandemic’s impact on local art, The Secret History of Peter Berkow

    4 weeks ago
  • OTL #725: The best Chicago pizza slice?, Art and literacy in Hyde Park, BUILD serves Chicago youth

    1 month ago
  • OTL #724: Chicago youth making a difference, Chicago census outreach, The Secret History of Bill Coday

    1 month ago
  • OTL #723: Friedman Place empowers, The Steak House Mints get political, Low power radio brings the community together

    2 months ago
  • OTL #722: Clean energy in IL, Renters struggling in a pandemic, The Secret History of The Kind

    2 months ago
  • OTL #721: Feds in Chicago again, Preventing housing displacement, Car seat recycling difficulties

    2 months ago
  • OTL #720: Catching up with MTV’s Dometi Pongo, Civic engagement in immigrant communities, The Secret History of Trilogy

    2 months ago