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 “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on MARCH 8, 2016

 

GUEST:  Singer/Songwriter CARL GIAMMARESE of THE BUCKINGHAMS

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on MARCH 1, 2016 

GUESTS: CARLA COOKE, RHONDA ROSS & ROBYN CHARLES

TOPIC: “Living With A Legacy:  The Real Daughters of Rhythm & Blues “ 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FEBRUARY 23, 2016 

Guest:  SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD & SAY YES! 

Topic: “The Evolution of Black Music: Motown to Funk “

  

For this fourth week of the “MIDWEST BEAT  Black History Month Series” the evolution of black music in America continues…

 

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FEBRUARY 16, 2016 

GUEST:  BILLY FOSTER -- Jazz Musician & Jazz Educator

Topic: “The Evolution of Jazz: Ragtime to Post-Bop & Cool Jazz “

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FEBRUARY 9, 2016 

GUEST: JOE LOUIS WALKER & BILLY SHELTON with THE SPANIELS FOREVER 

 

Topic: “The Evolution of Blues: Acoustic to Electric “

  

This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS/Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” aired on FEBRUARY  12, 2016

 

 

GUEST:  LLOYD PRICE – Music Icon & Author

 

 

February is Black History Month and many of Tom Lounges’ programs are embracing the black musical culture and the artists who have contributed to it over the years.

This “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FEBRUARY 2, 2016 

 

 BLACK HISTORY MONTH: A FIVE-PART SERIES: 

PART ONE:  SPIRITUALS, GOSPEL & DOO-WOP -- “THE EVOLUTION OF BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICA”

 

February is BLACK HISTORY MONTH.   Each February installment of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges,” will be part of a month-long series with guest co-hosts and live performers as Tom Lounges spotlights the evolution of Black Music in America — progressing from early Spirituals to bass-slappin’ Funk.

 

by Rowland Scherman

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, January 26, 2016  

 

GUEST:  Singer/Songwriter STEVE FORBERT

 

This edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” features musical guest STEVE FORBERT, who chats about his career, songwriting and his sixteenth and latest studio album, “COMPROMISED,” which is now available from Ridge Rock Records.   

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on JANUARY 19, 2016 

THE YEAR’S TOP REGIONAL ALBUMS SPOTLIGHTED!

Each  year Tom Lounges — host of Lakeshore Public Radio’s weekly “Midwest BEAT”interview/music program and long time music columnist/feature writer of The Northwest Indiana Times – reflects on the previous year’s crop of homegrown new album releases, and picks his personal Top 10 favorites.

 

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

TOM LOUNGES’ DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE

TONIGHT’S SHOW FEATURES BOWE’S MUSIC & CLIPS FROM HIS MIDWEST BEAT INTERVIEW with guest commentary from ’70 punk rock pioneer – JIM SKAFISH

 

This installment of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” is a tribute to the late, great chameleon of rock ‘n ‘roll — DAVID BOWIE — who had died this week at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.      

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 @ 7pm CST

 

GUESTS:  The Cast of “THE SIGNAL: A Doo Wop Rhapsody”

featuring WILLIE ROGERS of The Soul StirrersBILLY SHELTON of The Spaniels & HENRY FARAG (of Stormy Weather), with SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD, LINDA WALLA, JOSIE ROGERS, GENE STEWART, WILTON CRUMP, PATRICK PITRE and WILTON CRUMP.

 

This “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on JANUARY 1, 2016 

“MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES”

Celebrating ELVIS' Legacy with  DJ FONTANA, DAN LENTINO & OMAR FARAG

 GUESTS:    DJ FONTANA, DAN LENTINO & OMAR FARAG

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES” originally aired on December 29, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical/Interview Guest:  CHARLIE DANIELS

 

Fresh from his 2015 U.S. tour that brought him to Hammond, Indiana’s “Festival of the Lakes” and Chicago’s Joe’s On Weed Street night club in 2015 — CHARLIE DANIELS — returns to guest on the weekly “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” radio program on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.

This edition of MIDWEST BEAT is a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOW originally aired Christmas Day, DECEMBER 25, 2015

GREAT SEASONAL SONGS!   Blues, Country, Rock and Homegrown Artists playing tunes from the outer reaches of the Holiday Music Spectrum.    As those who regularly listen to “Midwest BEAT” and host Tom Lounges might expect, this is NOT your father’s Holiday Music program.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical Guest: JOE BONSALL of the Oak Ridge Boys

 

This edition of MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015

“CHRISTMAS WITH THE NELSONS” RADIO SPECIAL

Special Guest: GUNNAR NELSON

TONIGHT  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015 

A Celebration of EVA CASSIDY with guest Bill Straw”

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges,” shines a much deserved spotlight on a remarkable live performance from January 3, 1996 by one of the most gifted singers and song interpreters to ever step on a stage — the late EVA CASSIDY.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“MIDWEST BEAT WITH TOM LOUNGES”

Musical Guest:  SUZY BOGGUSS

 

 

Suzy Bogguss is no stranger to National Public Radio, having made numerous appearances on the “A Prairie Home Companion” in recent years.   Here she guests on “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges,” to promote her newest album “Lucky” and her band’s “Swingin’ Little Christmas” tour.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”  originally aired Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical Guests: Phil Miller, Bruce Chronister & others

 

The Thanksgiving “spirit” is based in celebrating and helping friends and neighbors.  Coming together, uniting to celebrate common bonds.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired Tuesday, November 17, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Live In-Studio Musical Guest: HARBOR LIGHTS

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015 

“MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”

Musical Guest: WILLIE NILE

Musical guest for this edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” was New York rocker WILLIE NILE – who honed his skills in the haunts of Greenwich Village,  rocked clubs like CBGB’s and signed his first international record deal in 1980.

 

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2015

 

GUEST:  Guitarist Chris Bolint

 

Fans of rock guitar heroes are well advised to tune in this evening for a real treat!

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