Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Radio

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Baron Hill has won the endorsement of the United Steel Workers Local 1066.

At a rally Monday announcing the endorsement, Mike Millsap, District Director of the United Steelworkers said the local is supporting Hill because of his positions on issues.

Hill says strong labor unions is what built the middle class in this country and they must be protected.

ArcelorMittal Gets 10-Year-Deal

Jun 21, 2016

Chris Nolte spoke with Northwest Indiana Times reporter Joseph Pete regarding ArcelorMittal’s new 10-year-deal that will bring business to its East Chicago steel mill.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Musical Guests:  ROGER EARL  & BRYAN BASSETT of FOGHAT

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, JUNE 14, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST:  Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter RICH ROBINSON (formerly of The Black Crowes)

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on June 7, 2016 

Musical Guest:  Singer/Songwriter/Performer MARINA V

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired Tuesday, June 28. 2016

Musical Guests: MICHAEL McDERMOTT & HEATHER HORTON

           

This guests for this week’s program is MICHAEL McDERMOTT & HEATHER HORTON, who discussed their unique relationship as husband/wife and band mates, as well as McDermott’s newly released 11th solo album — “Willow Springs”  —  via Pauper Sky Records .

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal, whose largest North American mill is in Indiana Harbor, is introducing a new high-strength steel for cars. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Annie Ropeik reports, it’s part of an effort to boost profits — amid an uncertain time for the industry.

The new steel is designed for the interior rails and pillars that make cars safer during a crash. A spokesperson from Arcelor, which is the world’s largest steel producer by volume, says it should make cars lighter and cheaper to produce when it’s rolled out next year.

This Edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES” originally aired on May 31, 2016 

IN-STUDIO GUEST:  Percussionist/Painter RALPH KINSEY with  Jack Adams

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

GUEST:   JIM PETERIK  /  TOPIC:  “THE SONGS”

 

The musical guest on this edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” is Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer JIM PETERIK, who returned to the program to discuss his latest album, “The Songs,”  from which selections are spotlighted.

 

Annie Ropeik, IPB News

Governor Mike Pence is backing U.S. Steel in calls for an investigation into China’s steel industry.

That’s after the federal government imposed new tariffs on China last week — a move some steelworkers say doesn’t go far enough.

Last month, U.S. Steel asked the U.S. International Trade Commission for a total ban on Chinese steel imports, saying practices overseas have cost thousands of American jobs.

China outpaces the U.S. 10 to 1 in steel production, using government subsidies to stay afloat even while losing money exporting the excess.

This editon of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST:   JAMIE HARRISON of ARTRAGEOUS

 

For this edition of“Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges”, the guest is  East Chicago native, Jamie Harrison, a second generation performer (his father is regional music icon Jim Skafish) currently performing with the internationally touring performance art ensemble, “Artrageous.”

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Musical Guest:  Modern Rock Band OPEN YOUR EYES

 

The musical guest on this installment of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” is the long running, hard-rocking Northwest Indiana-based rock quartet OPEN YOUR EYES. The all original band made their latest record with producer Brandon Saller of Atreyu and a guest appearance by Craig Mabbitt of Escape the Fate.

 

This EDITION Show of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired Wednesday, May 11, 2016 

 

GUEST:  Blues-Rock Guitar Great JOE BONAMASSA 

 

 

The musical guest on this very special edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” is Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

GUEST:  Chicago Music Icon — DENNIS DeYOUNG

 

The musical guest on this installment of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” is DENNIS DeYOUNG — a Chicago music icon who has traveled the world yet has always kept true to the Windy City where he continues to make a home and where he can be heard cheering on the Chicago White Sox every season!

 

WKBN-TV, Youngstown OH

A group of northwest Indiana steelworkers were on Capitol Hill last week, protesting the TPP.  Medill News Service reporter Kristen Vake talked with a few of the protestors, and filed this report.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Friday, April 29, 2016

 

MUSICAL GUEST:    KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD of THE RIDES

 

The musical guest on this edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” is international guitar sensation KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD

Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Radio

U.S. President candidate Hillary Clinton is touring Indiana ahead of the May 3rd primary and made a stop in Northwest Indiana.

She visited Munster Steel in Hammond on Tuesday afternoon (4/26) where she discussed her support for the steel industry and protecting the middle class.

Clinton aims to reward companies for investing in America and collect from the ones who reap the benefits of tax breaks and then leave.

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 

TOPIC:  PRINCE: REMEMBERING AN ICON

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST:  MARTIN BARRE (formerly of Jethro Tull)

 

The musical guest for this edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” is legendary British rock guitarist — MARTIN BARRE — who for 43 years was the renowned guitarist of JETHRO TULL.  Martin’s unique sound and style contributed enormously to Tull’s success.

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on APRIL 12, 2016 

GUESTSSongwriter/Performer WILL HOGE and MITCH PETERS of Respite House

 

ArcelorMittal and the United Steelworkers union reached a tentative bargaining agreement, ending eight months of talks. The union announced the pact to its members in a bargaining update on its website on Wednesday. If ratified, the contract runs until Sept. 1st, 2018.

No contract details were divulged but the union said the agreement “preserves our economic security and other contractual protections.” Union officials called it a “fair agreement” that balances the need of management to save money, while maintaining a standard of living for union workers.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

GUESTS:  CHAD CLIFFORD & MIKE CURTIS of THE MEGABEATLES

 

Washington, DC – Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy and Vice Chairman Peter J. Visclosky have called on President Obama to utilize the newly enacted trade remedy laws.

The steel industry has changed considerably over the last 30 years.  It leaves many wondering about the future of working in the field.

As part of Lakeshore Public Radio’s “Steel on the Lakeshore” series, Lakeshore reporter Sharon Jackson talked with Purdue University Calumet Economics professor Paul McGrath about what’s changed in steel and McGrath says subcontracting is among the big changes.

Steel is still a giant field in Northwest Indiana, but the industry is also looking at other parts of the world at which the local workforce can do the work required to make quality products.

As part of Lakeshore Public Radio’s “Steel on the Lakeshore” series, Lakeshore reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with Purdue University Calumet Economics professor Paul McGrath as part of Lakeshore Public Radio’s “Steel on the Lakeshore” series.

ArcelorMittal is not an American company.  The organization has steel plants all over the world and could locate their operations anywhere they want to, but there are some benefits the company reaps producing in the United States.

Purdue University Calumet Economics professor Paul McGrath spoke with Reporter Sharon Jackson on the future job viability of the steel industry in Northwest Indiana and the United States,  as part of Lakeshore Public Radio’s quarterly issues reporting collaborative, “Steel on the Lakeshore.”

The steel industry has faced several issues recently, including the large tariffs imposed on imported steel due to unfair trade practices.

Purdue University Calumet Economics professor Paul McGrath shared his analysis on the viability of the industry here in Northwest Indiana.

Lakeshore Public Radio’s Sharon Jackson spoke with McGrath about the industry and where it’s going as part of Lakeshore Public Radio’s “Steel on the Lakeshore” Quarterly Issues reporting collaborative.

This MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES” originally aired on TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

GUESTS:  OSCAR HAMOD of Oscar & The Majestics, SARAH DENTION of Radio Memories and KEVIN GARAGOSIAN of The Neverly Brothers

 

In-studio guests this installment of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” were OSCAR HAMOD of OSCAR & THE MAJESTICS and SARAH DENTON of RADIO MEMORIES.   Calling in by phone was  KEVIN GIRAGOSIAN of THE NEVERLY BROTHERS.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on March 15, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUESTS:   Celtic-Americana Music Group SWITCHBACK

 

A special St. Patrick’s edition of  “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” was heard  this tonight as the internationally-popular Celtic-American group — SWITCHBACK — paid a visit as in-studio guests. 

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired March 22, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST:  Guitar Virtuoso MARCO VILLARREAL

 

Tonight’s edition of  “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” features in-studio guest MARCO VILLARREAL, an amazingly talented Northwest Indiana guitar virtuoso who began playing at age 15 and has never looked back.  

 

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