Tom Lounges

Host of Midwest Beat

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 show originally aired Friday, July 13, 2018.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

SPECIAL GUEST: ALEX DIXON  (Musician and Grandson of Willie Dixon

                    
Tonight's "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" program will be what we call a "Legacy Show," which means we are spotlighting one of the true giants in the music business.

This program originally aired on MARCH 20, 2018 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.

GUESTS:  Eric D. Spruth, Ruth Halsted and Emalee Kay  

UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF TOM LOUNGES’  LAKESHORE PUBLIC RADIO PROGRAMS

TOM LOUNGES CELEBRITY INTERVIEW PROGRAMS NOW TWICE WEEKLY! 

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" airs TUESDAYS - 7:00-8:00pm CST  (with this same show being rebroadcast the following Friday Night - 11:00pm CST)

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" also airs a new and different afternoon show each and every FRIDAY from 12:00-2:00pm CST.

This program originally aired on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27,2018  

Musical Guest:  MR. FUNNYMAN

Members of Northwest Indiana's top party rock musical group -- MR. FUNNYMAN  -- visited the studio to talk about their group, their 25-year-career, their long-running side project Echoes of Pompeii, playing shows for some top national celebrities, and inbetween all of that, managed to perform four "stripped down" tunes live on air
 

This program originally aired on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

"MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES"

Musical Guest: ROBBY KRIEGER of THE DOORS

PART ONE OF THE MIDWEST BEAT INTERVIEW WITH ROBBY KRIEGER...

"THE DOORS: Live At The Isle of Wight" (Eagle Rock) a concert performance from August of 1970 was being released on DVD on the day this interview with the group's iconic guitarist ROBBY KRIEGER aired.

photo by Jamie Trumper

This program originally aired on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 but this re-edited version was re-broadcast on Wednesday, February 21st and Friday, February 23rd.

"MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES"

Musical Guest:  EARL SLICK (of "Celebrating David Bowie" U.S. Tour)

photo by Tom Lounges

This program originally aired on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018

"MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES"

In-Studio Guests:  ROCKEN HORSE (longtime Region Rock band)

Call-In Guest:  EARL SLICK (of "Celebrating David Bowie" U.S. Tour)

photo by Jamie Trumper

EARL SLICK ROCKS ON STAGE DURING THE "CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE" U.S. TOUR 2018

         WRITTEN FEATURE ARTICLE

            CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE

by Tom Lounges

WHO:  "Celebrating David Bowie" with Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Bernard Fowler, Gaby Moreno & others

WHEN:  Friday, February 23 @ 7:30pm

photo by Tom Lounges

This program originally aired on  TUESDAY,  FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Musical Guests:  WOLFFGANG (Hobart High Vocal Ensemble) & DEAN WOLF

 

The gifted young female vocal ensemble -- WOLFFGANG -- from Hobart High School returned for another evening of live performances in the Lakeshore Public Radio studio. 

This program originally aired on FRIDAY,  JANUARY 26, 2018

The topic of this program is "THE SALUTE TO THE SIXTIES" Concert Tour & the Sixties Music Scene.

In-Studio:  CHARLIE BLUM (Concert Producer)

 Call-In Guests: CARL GIAMMARESE (vocalist of The Buckinghams), MARK DAWSON (vocalist of The Grass Roots) & PETER NOONE (vocalist/founder of Herman's Hermits)  

This program originally aired on TUESDAY,  JANUARY 23, 2018

Musical In-Studio Guest:  

Country Artist JERICA PALIGA (with guitarist JOEY MIROBALLI)

This program originally aired on FRIDAY,  JANUARY 19, 2018 

TOPIC:  TOM's TOP 10 REGION ALBUMS OF 2017

photo by Connie Carrol

This program originally aired on TUESDAY,  JANUARY 16, 2018

Musical Guest:  

JOSEPH "Mojo" MORGANFIELD

photo by John Noonan

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017

In-Studio Live Guests: 

JIMMY SARR (Country Artist)

STOP.DROP.REWIND (modern rock band)

The first portion of the  program will feature an in-studio appearance by region country singer/songwriter JIMMY SARR, who will chat about his upcoming gig at BUDDY & PALS in Schererville.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on  FRIDAY,  DECEMBER 15, 2017

In-Studio Co-Host:  TIM DUDLEY (Elvis Tribute)KENNY JAMES (Buddy Holly Tribute)

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

Musical Guests:  THE SPANIELS FOREVER CHRISTMAS SHOW

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 on 89.1FM -- Lakeshore Public Radio

Guest:  CHARLES BILLINGSLEY (Christian singer, author, and speaker)

Fresh on the holiday album charts this year is -- CHARLES BILLINGSLEY! 

This Edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 on 89.1FM -- Lakeshore Public Radio

GUESTS: BILL SYNIAR & DAVE KELLY of "CLASSICAL BLAST"

 This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Friday, December 1, 2017 on 89.1FM -- Lakeshore Public Radio

GUESTS: BRADLEY WALKER (Country Artist)

RICHARD STERBAN of THE OAK RIDGE BOYS

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Topic:    "AN ALL ELVIS CHRISTMAS SHOW!"

Guest Co-Host: OMAR FARAG

Musical Guests: CODY RAY SLAUGHTER (performers on "The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Holiday Show")

WTTW Television

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 24, 2017 

Topic: "Cornerstones of Chicago Rock "

Musical Guests: 

TOM DOODY (of THE CRYAN' SHAMES)

JIM PETERIK (of THE IDES OF MARCH)

Plus ... A special "THANK YOU"-themed music set for Thanksgiving weekend

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired TUESDAY,  NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Musical Guest:  

JOE MARCINEK (Guitarist, Writer, Band Leader)

Northwest Indiana guitar great JOE MARCINEK tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between and has garnered critical acclaim in the press in most every city and town where he's graced a stage. 

This Edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”  orginally aired on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17. 2017

Musical Guests:   

MINDI ABAIR (jazz/pop saxophonist, singer, songwriter)

JIM PETERIK  (singer, songwriter, author with a new 2018 calendar)

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on Lakeshore Pulbic Radio on TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

In-Studio Guest: JAKOB DELICH

photo by Jeremy McCarthy

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017

Musical Guests:   

MICHAEL McDERMOTT & HEATHER HORTON (Husband/Wife Singer-Songwriters)

STEVE POLTZ (Singer/Songwriter)

KRISTI JACKSON (Marketing Director of Southlake Shopping Mall)

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

TOPIC: NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC CULTURE, WOLVES & MORE!

Musical Guests:   

PAUL LaROCHE of BRULÉ (Award-Winning Native American Musical Group)

CHARLIE SMITH (NWI Former Actress/Model & Miss Indiana)

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on HALLOWEEN NIGHT -- TONIGHT! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31

 TONIGHT'S SHOW!!! TOM LOUNGES presents...."THE MIDWEST BEAT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL" A show filled with holiday favorites by artists like Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Oingo Boingo, mixed with cuts so deep by The Who, Alice Cooper, Goddo, Dave Edmunds, Tom Petty, Roky Erickson, The Ramones, and others..that you might bleed to death!  * No Repeat  

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