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 “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2016

 

IN-STUDIO GUEST: BRENDA HATFIELD of “O.M.A.R. Presents…”

 

CALL IN GUESTS: ESTELLE BROWN, SHAWN KLUSH & RYAN PELTON

 

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016

GUESTS: Country Artist JIMMY SARR & Production Manager BRIAN WYNN

                                        

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.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

 

MUSICAL GUEST: Guitarist LYLE LOVETT

 

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016

 

GUEST: Composer/Performer/Author THOMAS DOLBY

                                        

Originally broadcast on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST: WOLFFGANG (Female Vocal Ensemble)  

“Howling In the Holidays with Wolffgang”            

                 

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

 

GUEST:  Singer, Songwriter, Actor — DAMIAN McGINTY (“Glee” & Celtic Thunder”)

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                             

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016

 

IN-STUDIO GUESTS:  RALPH KINSEY & PHIL POTEMPA with S’WHEATS the dog from “Annie Warbucks”) & LAURI DELL                                     

 

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.

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST:  Author, Songwriter Producer, Promoter — BUD MONACO                                   

 

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.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” program originally aired on Monday, November 7, 2016.

MUSICAL GUEST: ISAAC SLADE of THE FRAY                                  

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016 

 

GUESTS : NY Times Bestselling Author JAMES PATTERSON & Indiana Library Federation Executive Director LUCINDA NORD.

 

This week’s show has two segments and two guests. First up is the world’s best-selling author, James Patterson, followed by a chat with the Indiana’s top librarian, the Indiana Library Federation’s new Executive Director, Lucinda Nord.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST: ENGELBERT HUMPERDINK                                      

This edition of  “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016

 

GUEST: CANDICE NIGHT Talks About RAINBOW’S Reunion

 

This Edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” aired October 25, 2016

Musical Guest:  JOHN LODGE of THE MOODY BLUES

JOHN LODGE — bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of the longstanding rock group — THE MOODY BLUES is the musical guest on this edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.”

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016

In-Studio Musical Guest:  CAPERNAUM

Northwest Indiana’s fast rising young rock combo — CAPERNAUM — makes a return to the Lakeshore Radio studio three years after their debut appearance, to guest this afternoon on “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges.”

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 

 

TOPIC: “MUDDY WATERS: THE MUSIC, THE MAN, THE LEGACY”

IN-STUDIO GUEST: JOSEPH MORGANFIELD

 

 

                                        

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016

 

TOPIC: “MUDDY WATERS: THE MUSIC, THE MAN, THE LEGACY”

IN-STUDIO GUEST: JOSEPH MORGANFIELD

                                        

This edition of the “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” is a “Legacy” program focusing on the powerful musical impact of iconic Chicago bluesman, MUDDY WATERS.

 

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016

GUEST: ROBERT EARL KEEN (Singer/Songwriter/Performer)

                                        

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2016

MUSICAL GUEST: Guitarist LYLE LOVETT

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

MEMORIES OF ELVIS AS ELVIS FANTASY FEST ENJOYS ITS 24th YEAR

This Edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUESTS:

DONNIE SUMNER (of The Stamps Quartet),

KIPS LIPPS (Founder of Elvis Fantasy Fest) &

This  edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges aired October 4, 2016

A tribute to EVA CASSIDY with guest Bill Straw”

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges,” remembers the gifted singer and song interpreter EVA CASSIDY, while featuring tracks from her last recorded concert, a remarkable performance given on January 3, 1996.

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

MUSICAL INTERVIEW GUEST:  MINDI ABAIR  

(International Saxophonist, Vocalist, Songwriter and Performer)

This Edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

 

Musical Guest:  MARTIN BARRE (formerly of Jethro Tull)

 

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

IN-STUDIO GUEST:  ARLENE CHARLES  aks CHARLIE SMITH

 

TV & Film Actress and Miss Indiana 1964

                                        

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