Tom Lounges’ 2017 Lakeshore Public Radio Program "MIDWEST BEAT" & Schedule of Guests

Oct 30, 2017



"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" airs TUESDAYS - 7:00-8:00pm CST  (with this same show being rebroadcast the following Friday Night - 11:00pm CST)

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" also airs a new and different afternoon show each and every FRIDAY from 12:00-2:00pm CST.

* NOTE:  Scheduled guests and topics are subject to change.



All past radio shows by Tom Lounges are currently available for "On Demand" listening.   Simply go to  and choose the show of your choice from either the "music" or "program" listings on the menu.   Scroll down to find the show you want to listen to -- then just click.   Enjoy!


TUESDAY,  OCTOBER 31st - 7:00-8:00pm


* No Repeat


FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 3rd - 12:00-2:00pm 

Musical Guests:  JONI TWITTY (Daughter of Country Music Legend CONWAY TWITTY), plus: Rising Irish Rockers -- THE CORONAS & CRAIG WAYNE BOYD (Rising Country Star and "The Voice" Winner)

CONWAY TWITTY remains one of America's most-loved musical performers of all-time with 55 No. 1 one hits to his credit and his musical legacy continues to endure almost a quarter-century after his passing in 1993.  A new album, "TIMELESS," features 14 recordings of popular songs by Conway from the 1970s that have never before been available to the public for purchase, and only previously heard as part of a mid-1970s U.S. military recruitment radio program.    These 14 recordings are pristine and cut live with the original TWITTY BIRDS in Scotty Moore's Memphis studio.  The music legend's daughter JONI TWITTY, who oversees her father's rich catalog joins show host Tom Lounges to chat the new release and give some insider insight on aspects of her father's career and music.  More:

Multi-platinum-selling Irish band THE CORONAS' fifth and newest album, "TRUST THE WIRE," brings their live to North America with a Chicago stop at Lincoln Hall on November 14th.  THE CORONAS are the most popular musical rock group of the Emerald Isle, second only to U2.  "TRUST THE WIRE" was written on the Atlantic coast of Ireland during the summer of 2016 and its the band's hope to break big in America on the strength of this album and tour.  More:

CRAIG WAYNE BOYD is the "Season 7" winner of the hit television talent series, “The Voice,” and he is releasing his new country music album - "Top Shelf" - on this date, October 27.


TUESDAY,  NOVEMBER 7th - 7:00-8:00pm


Musical Guest: PAUL LaROCHE of BRULE' (Award-Winning Native American Musical Group)

plus... CHARLIE SMITH (NWI Celebrity & Activist) & KATHY BAUDENDISTEL (Wolf Sanctuary Habitat)

Northwest Indiana's former actress and Miss Indiana CHARLIE SMITH has long been an activist in helping and supporting Native American culture.  Smith recently donated professional recording studio equipment that once belonged to her late husband Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five, to help nurture musical education of Native Americans.  Smith is working closely on that studio project with her friend PAUL LaROUCH of the award-winning contemporary Native American music group BRULE'  of South Dakota, who have sold over one million CDs worldwide and won a number of awards.  

Throughout the month of November, Smith -- has partnered with KATHY BAUDENDISTEL of The Wolf Sanctuary Habitat of Brookville, Indiana -- in a coat drive to help Native Americans in need keep warm in the coming winter months.  Music from BRULE' will be featured in tonight's program as many aspects of Native American music and culture are discussed, along with how and where Lakeshore listeners can donated coats.

* Repeats on FRIDAY, NOV. 10th @ 11pm


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th - 12:00-2:00pm 

Guest:  MICHAEL McDERMOTT & HEATHER HORTON (Singer-Songwriters) with STEVE POLTZ (Singer/Songwriter)

Michael and Heather will talk about the October 18th Holiday Fundraiser at The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, about their band and its latest album.  Heather will also chat about juggling her dual career both as a part of Michael's projects while doing her own projects as a solo artist.   

Singer, songwriter Steve Poltz will talk about his interesting career that includes his personal encounter with Elvis Presley and Jewel.


TUESDAY,  NOVEMBER 14th - 7:00-8:00pm

Guest:   TBA

More information coming soon...

* Repeats on FRIDAY, NOV. 17th @ 11pm


FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 17th - 12:00-2:00pm 

Guests: MINDI ABAIR & JIM PETERIK's true that MINDI ABAIR was just a guest on the program a few weeks prior, but she's so gifted and so personable, that Mindi is popping back on the program this afternoon to do a live chat about her performance that evening (10/17) at The Genesee Theater in Waukegan, IL with Jeffery Osborne.  Some of her songs -- new and catalog selections -- will be featured during her segment.

Also a guest for this show will be multi-platinum songwriter, iconic Chicago rocker and Grammy Award-winner JIM PETERIK has now added "pin up boy" to his long entertainment resume, as Jimbo just released his first official calendar -- "The Guitars That Followed Me Home."   The 2018 color calendar is high quality and a must have for the guitar player of everyone's holiday gift-giving list.  It's complete with themed photos of the many guitars owned by J.P. and each month includes the birth dates of rock's greatest string-benders.  Incidentally, Peterik and Abair have worked and recorded together, so expect to hear at least one of their collaborations.


TUESDAY,  NOVEMBER 20th - 7:00-8:00pm

Guest:   TBA

More information coming soon...

* Repeats on FRIDAY, NOV. 24th @ 11pm


FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 24th - 12:00-2:00pm 

Guest:   TBA

More information coming soon...


TUESDAY,  NOVEMBER 28th - 7:00-8:00pm


Guest Co-Host: Omar Farag

Guests:  Various Performers from the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Holiday Show...

This year's annual Elvis Presley Tribute Artists Spectacular at Star Plaza Theatre happens earlier than usual due to the closing of the venue, and as such, will showcase the King of Rock's holly, jolly Christmas spirit as Lakeshore Public Radio's audience hears some of the Presley's seasonal hits.   

On board for this special holiday program will be the founder and producer of the production, Omar Farag, along with a few of the show's artists, discussing this year's new theme as they bring Elvis home for the holidays a final time to Star Plaza, where the now touring production was first performed, on Saturday, December 2nd.

* Repeats on FRIDAY, DEC. 1st @ 11pm


FRIDAY,  DECEMBER 1st - 12:00-2:00pm 

TOPIC:  "The 40th Anniversary of Punk Rock"

In Studio Co-host:   JIM SKAFISH (punk pioneer and leader of the band SKAFISH)

Punk Rock started rumbling in the mid-1970s, but it finally exploded in a big way in 1977 when acts like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Blondie and others roared out of London and New York City in what soon destroyed the bombastic progressive rock sound that was dominating the radio charts and playlists.  This year marks the 40th Anniversary of that explosion of sound and attitude -- and who better to co-host such a flashback program about punk music than -- JIM SKAFISH -- the Midwest music icon who was in the thick of it all AS it was happening.  

JIM SKAFISH -- founder and leader of the pioneering punk band SKAFISH -- will be in-studio to co-host this two hour reflection on the rise of punk rock, which will feature songs from some of the pioneering groups like Skafish, as well as major breakthrough artists of the genre, including those mentioned above.


TUESDAY,  DECEMBER 5th - 7:00-8:00pm

Musical Guests:  WOLFFGANG

The hugely popular Hobart High School traveling choral ensemble -- WOLFFGANG -- under the direction of DEAN WOLFF will return to the Lakeshore Radio Studios on this night for what has become their annual holiday visit.   The girls will talk about their experiences in the group and introduce the newest members, with plenty of live performances of seasonal songs and traditional carols.

* Repeats on FRIDAY, DEC. 8th @ 11pm


FRIDAY,  DECEMBER 8th - 12:00-2:00pm 

Guest:   TBA

More information coming soon...


TUESDAY,  DECEMBER 12th - 7:00-8:00pm


The legendary Northwest Indiana Doo-Wop Vocal Group -- THE SPANIELS FOREVER -- will again visit the Lakeshore Public Radio Studios to share some holiday cheer and sing some wonderful holiday carols live on the air in their beautiful four-part harmonies, in a preview of the public performance they will be giving in the main court of Southlake Shopping Mall as the holiday grows closer.

* Repeats on FRIDAY, DEC. 15th @ 11pm