MEMORIES OF ELVIS AS ELVIS FANTASY FEST ENJOYS ITS 24th YEAR

This Edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUESTS:

DONNIE SUMNER (of The Stamps Quartet),

KIPS LIPPS (Founder of Elvis Fantasy Fest) &

A steelworker was killed at U.S. Steel’s Gary Works plant last week on September 30th. It’s the second death there this year, it comes amid rising tensions over safety.

Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows 28 primary metal manufacturing workers were killed on the job across the country in 2014. Two of those were in Indiana, about average for the past few years.

This  edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges aired October 4, 2016

A tribute to EVA CASSIDY with guest Bill Straw”

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges,” remembers the gifted singer and song interpreter EVA CASSIDY, while featuring tracks from her last recorded concert, a remarkable performance given on January 3, 1996.

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

MUSICAL INTERVIEW GUEST:  MINDI ABAIR  

(International Saxophonist, Vocalist, Songwriter and Performer)

The discovery of elevated lead levels in  East Chicago has many residents looking ways to rid themselves or their families of lead contamination. Experts are warning residents about snake oil salesmen who are offering quick fix remedies that don’t work and can cost you money.

MERRILLVILLE - Whether it's Valentine's Day or any other day of the year, no matter if we're single, in a relationship or looking for our soulmate, many of us reflect on our love-life. Lakeshore Public Radio is bringing you a series on Love and finding love, and for this presentation we've talked with three top love and relationship experts about what their advice would be to someone looking for love, for someone in a relationship and someone going through a breakup.

This Edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

 

Musical Guest:  MARTIN BARRE (formerly of Jethro Tull)

 

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST:  ARLENE CHARLES  aks CHARLIE SMITH

 

TV & Film Actress and Miss Indiana 1964

                                        

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST: MINDI ABAIR (International Saxophonist, Vocalist, Songwriter & Performer)

Community Conversation: West Calumet Lead Crisis

Sep 15, 2016

“Community Conversation: West Calumet Lead Crisis” brought the lead contamination crisis of the West Calumet Housing Complex to the airwaves of Lakeshore Public Radio. The 1-hour conversation explored further, the West Calumet Housing Complex and the issues with lead and arsenic contamination. Discussion followed on the history of the West Calumet Housing Complex, moving issues for residents, as well as the harmful effects of lead poisoning.

Joining host and moderator Tom Maloney were:

East Chicago, Indiana’s school district has received a $3 million state disaster relief loan to make an abandoned middle school suitable for elementary school students.

After dangerous levels of lead and arsenic were found next to Carrie Gosh Elementary School, district officials relocated the school’s 450 students to a former middle school that had been empty for one year.

“It was not in any way shape or form ready for school to be open in that building,” says Paige McNulty, School City of East Chicago Superintendent.

East Chicago School Disaster Relief

Sep 15, 2016

The city of East Chicago, Indiana is still in disaster relief mode after residents recently learned their soil contains poisonous levels of lead. State officials have loaned the school district 3 million dollars to support its response to the crisis.

East Chicago’s Carrie Gosch elementary school sits next to soil that contains staggering levels of lead. That’s a major health threat that can harm children’s brain development.

Governor Candidates on East Chicago Lead

Sep 12, 2016

Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg accuses the state government of not doing enough when it comes to East Chicago’s lead contamination crisis.

East Chicago is grappling with a lead contamination crisis in the city’s Calumet neighborhood. Some local residents were disappointed the issue was not addressed at a meeting of the city’s governing body Thursday.

The US Environmental Protection Agency briefed East Chicago’s Common Council on the lead contamination in a private meeting two weeks ago. Some residents hoped to hear those details this week, in the counsel’s regularly scheduled public meeting, including Darie Gibbs –

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2016

IN-STUDIO:   JIMMY SARR - Country Artist  & ANDREA FAWKES - Rusty Boot Ent.

                                        

School Lead Protocol

Sep 6, 2016

An East Chicago elementary school next to a lead contamination site has relocated to a former middle school across the city. It’s a safety measure school officials say they feel is necessary. Schools don’t currently have a set protocol for handling a lead contamination crisis.

Indiana is a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education. That group says they can no longer look at lead in schools as isolated incidents.

“ThinkProgress.org” health writer Alex Zielenski’s been looking into the East Chicago lead contamination issue and posted an article about three weeks ago about it — as well a new national development just two weeks ago, involving the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the lead standards it is responsible for monitoring.   Here is the entire conversation, as aired on Tuesday on “Regionally Speaking.” 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, September 9, 2016

IN STUDIO GUESTS:  LIZ MANDEVILLE

with Special Guests: DARIO LOMBARDO, ROCHELLE COBA & ANDY SUTTON

Chicago Blues Hall of Famer LIZ MANDEVILLE brought along a few musician friends to the Lakeshore Public Radio studio when she guested on the September 6th edition of the weekly “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” program.

East Chicago Residents Scramble For Info After Lead Found In Soil

Sep 2, 2016

Byron Duke Florence was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and although he’s lived in other places, he’s always returned back to the town he considers home. He now owns the house he grew up with and lives there with his mother and other family members.

Standing on the sidewalk outside his house, he waves at every car that drives by and has a friendly conversation with the mail carrier as she walks down the block. It’s his home that he loves, but in the last few months he’s changed his mind.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly came to East Chicago on Friday to see for himself the lead contamination issue that’s forcing hundreds of people to move out of their homes in the West Calumet public housing project.

East Chicago Residents Fear The Unknown

Sep 2, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting further tests for lead contamination in East Chicago near the West Calumet Housing Complex and Carrie Gosch Elementary school. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, many worry the residential neighborhood has been unsafe for decades.

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUESTS:  Actors CHRISTINE MILD & VERONICA GARZA

Stars of  The Theatre At The Center’s Production of “PUMPBOYS & DINETTES”

                 

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland has released letters addressing the Environmental Protection Agency over concerns of lead contamination in the West Calumet Housing Complex.

Letter 1

Letter 2

The Indiana State Department of Health is helping provide free testing for residents of East Chicago after high levels of lead were detected in the soil.

The focus spot is a low-income housing complex with more than 1,000 families and about half of them with children.

Residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago are working with federal, state and local officials to find new homes because elevated levels of lead have been found in the ground around their home.

East Chicago: Free Testing for Lead Exposure

Aug 31, 2016

The Indiana State Department of Health is helping provide free testing for residents of East Chicago after high levels of lead were detected in the soil. Indiana’s Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan reports that the focus spot is a low-income housing complex with more than 1,000 families… about half of them children.

E.C. May Not Be Alone In Lead Contamination

Aug 31, 2016

It’s been over a month since residents at the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago were informed about the high levels of lead in the soil surrounding the complex. Despite the West Calumet residents just finding out about the high levels of lead a few weeks ago, this may not be the only location in Northwest Indiana that is lead-contaminated. Lakeshore Public Radio’s Melissa Stephens has more…

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally broadcast TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2016

       IN-STUDIO GUESTS: SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD of SAY YES!

     with CORNELL BROWN, AL BURROWS & JOE FIZER of HIGH PERFORMANCE

 

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016

IN-STUDIO: LINDA FORTUNATO  — Theatrical Director, Choreographer and Actor  

                                        

The guest on this installment of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” is live theatre veteran LINDA FORTUNATO, a Jeff Award-winner who has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as a choreographer and director.

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