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

Ways to Connect

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on   TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017.

MUSICAL  GUESTS:   

JAMES NEARY & THE BEVY BLUE

Tonight's in-studio guests are three-quartets of Michigan's soulful original music group -- JAMES NEARY & THE BEVY BLUE --  a band on the rise who are building a steady fan base in the Great Lakes area. 

This edition of "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" originally aired on July 21, 2017

The Highland Parks & Recreation Department present the live theatre presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless musical "STATE FAIR" for six performances on the town's Gazebo Stage in Main Square Park.

Live in studio for this program was the production's director, PEGGY GLENNIE.  Performances are free to the public and take place July 27, 28 & 29 and August 3, 4 & 5.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” was originally broadcast on TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

MUSICAL  GUEST:    TED NUGENT

This program is a spotlight on the music and career of the often controversial rocker, TED NUGENT.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

GUEST: MAYOR THOMAS McDERMOTT of Hammond, IN 

"A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio aired on FRIDAY, JULY 7 @ 1:00pm

TOPIC:  The Hammond Marina's Annual "Venetian Night" Celebration

GUESTS:  on this program are Hammond Port Authority Director MILAN KRUSZYNSKI and DAVE DILLARD (aka Joliet Jake Blues) of THE BLUZ BROTHERS.

This program originally aired on WEDNESDAY, JULY 05 @ 7pm CST

MUSICAL GUEST: MARK FARNER (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad)

Tom Lounges was happy to have his old friend MARK FARNER on the program as musical guest to catch up on things, to chat about his upcoming live dates and to play some great Farner tunes from both his solo catalog and Grand Funk-era favorites.

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on July 4, 2017 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio

TOPIC:  A Unique Fourth of July Music Soundtrack

Different artists, genres, perspectives and themes all anchored on one thing -- AMERICA!

Artists heard include -- Charlie Daniels, Kansas, Bob Seger, Chicago, Riccochet, Ides of March, Survivor, Chuck Berry, Suzi Quatro, Neil Diamond, and Simon & Garfunkel. 

  This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on  Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TOPIC:  HIGHLAND SUMMER FEST

Guests:  LIZ & JOHN BRESLIN of The Highland Council of Community Events

Musical Guest:  LeANN STUTLER of the CAPERNAUM band

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017.   

Guest:  EDDY "The Chief" CLEARWATER

A musician of many talents, EDDY CLEARWATER has been an iconic figure in blues music world for over 60 years.   

 This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

MUSICAL GUEST:

FRANK HANNON of TESLA

Tonight's musical guest on this special edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" is FRANK HANNON of TELSA

This edition of Midwest BEAT originally aired on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 

MUSICAL GUEST:
JIMMY PANKOW of the group CHICAGO

JIMMY PANKOW  was inducted, along with his Chicago band mate Robert Lamm, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 15. Jimmy has written or co-written many of the group's hits, including "25 or 6 to 4," "Saturday In The Park," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Make Me Smile," and others.

This Edition of "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" originally aired on Friday, June 16,2017

MUSICAL GUEST:  Nashville Singer/Songwriter GRIFFIN HOUSE

GRIFFIN HOUSE -- a Nashville success these days, currently doing a one man tour of theaters and clubs in support of his tenth and latest album, "So On and So Forth" -- stops for a regional gig this weekend (June 23) at Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI.  

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017

 

 

MUSICAL GUEST: RIKKI ROCKETT of POISON

photos by Jess Griffin

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

MUSICAL GUEST: ANN WILSON of HEART

This edition of "A Look At The Arts with Tom Lounges" originally aired on June 9, 2017.

This program  featured as in studio guest, DEREK BRAGGS of TalTree Arboretum in Valparaiso.  

Also, joining in live by phone was JOE WINTERS, drummer and co-founder of The Steepwater Band, who are the opening night's headline band.  Winters talks about the group's recent European tour and what to expect when they open the series at Taltree on Saturday, June 10.

This edition of Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on June 6, 2017

Guest:  LARRY GATLIN -- Iconic Country Music songwriter/performer

Iconic country star LARRY GATLIN is performing two shows at Munster's Theatre At The Center on Ridge Road -- Saturday, June 10th -- at 3pm and 7:30pm, respectively.  More: www.theatreatthecenter.com.

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” on FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

Guest:  Country Music Icon - LARRY GATLIN

Iconic country star LARRY GATLIN  performs two shows at Munster's Theatre At The Center on Ridge Road on Saturday, June 10, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm, respectively.  More: www.theatreatthecenter.com.

For over 60 years, LARRY GATLIN has been writing and performing across the globe and spent the years 1976 to 1992 touring with his brothers Steve and Rudy, and also frequently paired with country music queen Dottie West.  

 This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017

 

MUSICAL GUEST:

ROGER McGUINN Co-Founder of The Byrds

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

THEME/TOPIC:  MEMORIAL DAY

Dedicated to All Who Died In The Line Of Duty.

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Friday, May 19, 2017

Guest: Author LaRUE AGRESTI

LaRUE AGRESTI's new book -- "Boomer Tales: Hula Hoops, Hippies, Hemp and Hijinks" -- is a colorful reflection on coming of age during one of the most culturally and politically exciting eras in American History.  

SPECIAL WEDNESDAY BROADCAST!

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MUSICAL GUEST: Guitar Virtuoso ERIC JOHNSON

This "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired Friday, May 5, 2017

Guest:  Children's Book Author NICK MANTIS (Waterville Book Series)

Northwest Indiana native NICK MANTIS -- a long time region videographer is also the creator and writer of the delightfully entertaining and educational "WATERVILLE" book  series populated by many colorful characters who live in the wild.   

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" aired on FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2017

Topic:   The Impact of Guitar Icon ALLAN HOLDSWORTH

Guests:  MARCO VILLARREAL (guitar virtuoso) and CHRIS HOARD (Allan's Friend and Project Assistant )

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

MUSICAL GUEST:  GREG KIHN

This week's "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" features as its guest -- one the best pop-rock songwriter/performers in the business -- GREG KIHN!

TONIGHT!  TUESDAY, MAY 9 @ 7:00pm 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Guitar Icon ALLAN HOLDSWORTH

 

GUESTS: MARCO VILLARREAL (guitar virtuoso) 
and CHRIS HOARD (Allan's friend and annotator)

Guitar master ALLAN HOLDSWORTH was scheduled to guest on this program to discuss his outstanding 40-plus year career in music and his new 12-CD box set "Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever."  Only Allan tragically died at his California home just two days prior to his scheduled interview with show host TOM LOUNGES. Allan was 70. 

  

“A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aire on FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

 

GUEST:  JACOB UNDERWOOD of O-TOWN

American boy band -- O-TOWN -- performs TONIGHT at Theatre at the Center (TATC) in Munster for a one night only concert.  That's tonight -- Friday, April 28 -- show time is  7:30 pm.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” aired on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26,2017

MUSICAL GUEST: JOHNNY VAN ZANT of Lynyrd Skynyrd

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, April 25 

MUSICAL GUESTS: MICHAEL SCHENKER & TED NUGENT

APRIL IS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR MONTH!  In honor of that, each week in APRIL "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" features a Guitar Guest.

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: 

Author CATHERINE LANIGAN with CAROL MOORE of the Lake Co. Public Library Foundation Board.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired Tuesday, April 18, 2017

MUSICAL GUEST:  STEVE HACKETT (formerly of GENESIS)

APRIL IS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR MONTH!  In honor of that, each week in APRIL "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" features a Guitar Guest.

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