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 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.

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.

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017

 

TUNE IN AND CELEBRATE THE REGION’S BEST!

TOPIC: “TOM LOUNGES’ TOP 10 REGIONAL ALBUMS OF 2016″

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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…

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.

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