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 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.

This edition of "A Look At The Arts with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY,  APRIL 14, 2017

Guest:  BRIAN HANNEMAN of THE BOTTLE ROCKETS, Brightside Music Promoter ROB HARKEL, and LITA PETERS of The Respite House

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

 

MUSICAL GUEST:  COCO MONTOYA

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

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” program originally aired Friday, April 7, 2017

GUESTS:  Author TOM LISANTI Sixties Actress & Beauty Queen CHARLIE SMITH

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired Tuesday, April  4, 2017

Musical Guest:   Rock Guitar Icon DAVE DAVIES of THE KINKS

This "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" program originally aired on FRIDAY,  MARCH  31, 2017

TOPIC:  VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY 2017 JAZZ FEST

GUEST:  JEFFREY BROWN Fest Founder Head of Jazz Studies at Valparaiso University

This “MIDWEST BEAT” program originally aired on TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017  

TOPIC:   Reflecting on the Legacy and Impact of Chuck Berry

Musical Guests:  JIM PETERIK (of Ides of March & Survivor), CARL GIAMMARESE (of The Buckinghams), DEVON ALLMAN, and ROGER EARL (of Foghat)

This Edition of "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" originally aired Friday, March 24, 2017

This installment of "A Look At The Arts" as Tom Lounges talks with Judy Jacobi -- Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Art Collections & Special Programs at Purdue Northwest -- best known on campus as "The Art Lady."

HOBART K9 POLICE OFFICERS CPL. A. SIMON GRESSER and  SCOUT visited Lakeshore Public Radio's studios on March 22 to talk about the impact K9 officers have on law enforcement and what goes into training the dogs to serve and protect.

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 

This edition of "A Look At The Arts with Tom Lounges" originally aired on  March 3, 2017

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

 

In-Studio Guest:  DAVID DILLARD of THE BLUZ BROTHERS

This program originally was broadcast on March 1, 2017.

CALL IN GUEST:  JOHN LAPPEN

This was a special broadcast done in memory of jazz guitar great LARRY CORYELL and includes special guest John Lappen, who was Larry's friend and his pubicist.

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.

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.

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