Tom Lounges

Radio Host of Midwest Beat and Casual Fridays

Tom Lounges has been a region radio personality and a music journalist since 1979.  For the last 35-years, he has been reporting on entertainment as a weekly columnist and feature writer for The Times newspaper.  He was also publisher and editor of the monthly tri-state entertainment magazine ("Midwest BEAT Magazine") for over two decades, he has written hundreds of features for numerous national glossy magazines over the decades, and he wrote "Liner Notes" for over a dozen albums release by Sony Records.

After many years hosting his own shows on commercial radio, Tom switched to public radio 4 years ago, claiming he was enticed by the creative freedom the format offers.   Today, Lounges is heard hosting TWO weekly interview programs on 89.1FM - LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO of NORTHWEST INDIANA.

Those Lakeshore Public Radio programs are the celebrity interview/music program “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” (Tuesdays at 7pm) and an interview program focused on authors, filmmakers and others in creative arts on the program, “A Look at the Arts with Tom Lounges” (Fridays at 1pm).

Tom has earned special recognition awards for his work in the entertainment field and has rubbed elbows with a virtual "Who's Who" of major entertainment figures and top stars over his 40 years in the music an media industry.

He is president and owner of TOM LOUNGES ENTERTAINMENT, LLC which produces entertainment events, books musical talent and does consultation.  Tom has been a guest speaker on music, entertainment, and journalism at various schools and colleges in northwest Indiana and the Chicago areas.

Lounges currently sits on the board of the Lake County Public Library Foundation and heads up the fundraising projects for The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

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This installment of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges first aired on March, 21,2017

MUSICAL GUESTS: 

MICHAEL GLABICKI of Rusted Root & DEVON ALLMAN of Devon Allman  Band

 

This edition of “A Look At The Arts  with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Friday, March 17 

SPECIAL BROADCAST of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” program originally aired on Tuesday, March 14 

In-Studio Guests: 

This edition of A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 

MUSCIAL GUEST: BUZZ CASON -- Veteran Rockabilly Artist...

Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee -- BUZZ CASON -- was the live call in guest on this edition of "A LOOK AT THE ARTS."

Cason's albums "Record Machine," "Hats Off To Hank", "Busload Of Love", "Working Without A Net", "Surf And Turf" and "Troubadour Heart" have all received heavy airplay on satellite radio and public radio stations.

This edition of A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 

MUSCIAL GUEST: BUZZ CASON -- Veteran Rockabilly Artist...

Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee -- BUZZ CASON -- was the live call in guest on this edition of "A LOOK AT THE ARTS."

Cason's albums "Record Machine," "Hats Off To Hank", "Busload Of Love", "Working Without A Net", "Surf And Turf" and "Troubadour Heart" have all received heavy airplay on satellite radio and public radio stations.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 

In-Studio Guest:  DAVID DILLARD of THE BLUZ BROTHERS

This program originally broadcast on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017

MUSICAL GUEST: COLIN HAY (former MEN AT WORK vocalist/writer)

This edition of the "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges," the musical guest will feature a call-in interview with '80s music star, COLIN HAY — the former singer, songwriter and vocalist of the internationally famous '80s MTV-era pop group, MEN AT WORK.

Originally broadcast on Friday, February 24, 2017

In-Studio Guests: BILLY FOSTER & RENEE MILES-FOSTER

Tom's in-studio guests on this edition of "A Look At The Arts" is jazz performers BILLY FOSTER and his wife/musical partner RENEE MILES-FOSTER.

Foster is a former member of the Valparaiso University Faculty Jazz Trio, and currently the band leader of The Billy Foster Quartet, which features Renee on vocals.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF TOM LOUNGES’

2017 LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO PROGRAMS

"Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" - Tuesdays @ 7pm Central

"A Look At The Arts with Tom Lounges" - Fridays @ 1pm Central

This program originally aired on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” MUSICAL GUEST: JIM PETERIK -- Chicago musical icon, singer, songwriter, performer.

TOPIC: The new PRIDE OF LIONS album -- "Fearless."

Originally aired on Friday, February 17, 2017

Originally Broadcast on February 14, 2017

IN-STUDIO GUEST: SCOT P.J. MacDONALD

"SPOTLIGHTING THE MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE 2017 SEASON"               

        

Originally broadcast Friday, February. 10, 2017

Originally broadcast on February 9, 2017

 

MUSICAL GUEST:  DENNIS DeYOUNG (former STYX vocalist/writer)

This edition of the "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges," the musical guest was Chicago music icon,  DENNIS DeYOUNG — the former singer, songwriter and keyboardist of the classic rock group, STYX.

Originally broadcast on February, 3, 2017

TOPIC:  THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED:  REMEMBERING BUDDY, RITCHIE & BOPPER

On a cold and snowy evening on February 3, 1959 a single engine plane crashed in an Iowa cornfield, claiming the lives of three pioneering rock 'n' rollers -- BUDDY HOLLY, RITCHIE VALENS and J.P. RICHARDSON aka The Big Bopper.

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Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017

MUSICAL GUEST: JUSTIN HAYWARD (of Moody Blues)

For this edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges,” the musical guest is British rocker JUSTIN HAYWARD — singer, songwriter and guitarist of THE MOODY BLUES.

Originally broadcast on  TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017

Guest: PETER ASHER

On this edition of the program, Tom Lounges' guest musician is British rock icon of the 1960s, PETER ASHER, half of the famous folk/pop duo Peter & Gordon (“Lady Godiva,” “A World Without Love,” etc.).  This was Peter's second guest appearance on "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" in as many years.

Originally broadcast on January 16, 2017.

The in-studio guests for this edition of "A Look At The Arts with Tom Lounges" was  Northwest Indiana family -- Roger, Vicki and Jen Kerr -- who have taken their collective hobby of restoring old furniture and re-purposing items into pieces of art, and turned it into a successful family business -- Blue Moon Vintage Market -- located just over the state line in the popular arts community of Three Oaks, Michigan.  

Originally broadcast  on TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017

Musical Guest: DONALD KINSEY

SPOTLIGHT on DONALD KINSEY - PART TWO

“Reggae Music To Warm A Cold Winter’s Night”

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2016

TOPIC/SUBJECT:  "BEST OF MIDWEST BEAT LIVE IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCES"

Featuring: Lazer Lloyd, The Spaniels Forever, Willie Rogers, Christine Mild, Liz Mandeville, Marco Villarreal, Robert & Terri Ann Feddersen, and others…

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016

IN-STUDIO MUSICAL GUEST: THE SPANIELS FOREVER  

“T’was The Week Before Christmas with THE SPANIELS FOREVER”  

Northwest Indiana’s iconic vocal group – THE SPANIELS FOREVER — who have been singing for six decades, stopped by the radio studio to sing Christmas Carols, Holiday favorites to help bring the season alive to Lakeshore radio listeners.  They even sang a couple of non-holiday songs.

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST: WOLFFGANG (Female Vocal Ensemble)  

“Howling In the Holidays with Wolffgang”            

                 

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST: ECHOES OF POMPEII

CHICAGOLAND'S PREMIER PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE IS ACTUALLY FROM N.W. INDIANA

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST: GENE STEWART

HALL OF FAMER BRINGS SAM COOKE'S SONGS TO THE LAKESHORE

IN-STUDIO GUEST: GENE STEWART with special guest The Spaniels

             

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST: CHARLIE DANIELS                             

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST:  British Singer/Songwriter BOBBY LONG                                

British singer/songwriter BOBBY LONG emerged from London’s folk music scene and currently resides in New York City, where he has forged a loyal global following with his hauntingly poetic lyrics and troubadour style.

Originally broadcast on  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST: Jazz Guitar Great LARRY CORYELL                                      

One of the pioneers of jazz fusion LARRY CORYELL deserves a special place in the history books.   Coryell is comfortable in almost every style, and has played everything from decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric guitar, to the most delicate and soothing music one will ever hear on acoustic guitar.