Mar 21, 2017







"Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" - Tuesdays @ 7pm Central

"A Look At The Arts with Tom Lounges" - Fridays @ 1pm Central

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


All past radio shows by Tom Lounges are currently available for "On Demand" listening simply by going to www.lakeshorepublicradio.org  and chosing them from the "music" or "program" menu.   Scroll down and find the show you care to listen to -- then just click and enjoy!

FRIDAY,  MARCH  17 -- 1:00pm – "A LOOK AT THE ARTS"

Live Guest:  7 Time Emmy-Winning Actor ED ASNER

This week's "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" radio  program features a live interview with celebrated actor ED ASNER.  The 7 time EMMY Award winning television icon is coming to Northwest Indiana on Wednesday May 3 to perform his new comedy stage-play "A Man And His Prostate" at Valparaiso's Memorial Opera House.

Mr. Asner is perhaps best known to TV audiences as LOU GRANT -- is one of the most honored actors in television history, with 16 EMMY nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild!

Asner is also famous with children as the voice of "Carl Frederickson" in the Pixar box-office animated film, "UP".  Among his other acting accomplishments aside from "The Mary Tyler Moore" and "Lou Grant" series of the 1970s,  Asner has been seen in recent years in  "The Good Wife," "Criminal Minds," "Mom," "The Crazy Ones," "Hawaii 5-0," "Bones," and other current hit series.

He recently was on stage in his highly praised one man stage-play "FDR" based on the life and career of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.     His new one man stage-play -- "A Man And His Prostate" -- was created and written by award winning Ed Weinberger.  Asner will talk with Tom Lounges about his long career and about this new live theater production.



This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" features two musical guests and a chance for listeners to call in to win tickets to see them perform on March 25, 2017 in a co-billed concert at The Hammond Civic Center.  TICKET CONTEST CALL IN LINE:  (219) 769-9577.

Up first is MICHAEL GLABICKI of Rusted Root -- celebrating their 25th anniversary this year -- who chats about his eclectic musical group, his songwriting, their recordings, what is coming next for both his and their career, and how as a teenager in Pittsburgh he came to embrace the rhythms of the world.  Songs from both their first album ("Cruel Sun") to their latest ("The Movement") are heard the first half.

The second half features a conversation with DEVON ALLMAN -- guitarist, vocalist, songwriter of  The Devon Allman Band --  who talks about making his career choice after going on tour in 1989 with father Gregg's famous group, The Allman Brothers Band, his own career, touring, his new album "Ride Or Die," and some of his future plans like forming his own record label, a rockin' side project and more.   Songs from "Ride Or Die" are featured during this second half.

* Show will re-broadcast at 11:00pm Central on 3/24/17

FRIDAY,  MARCH  24 -- 1:00pm – "A LOOK AT THE ARTS"

In-Studio Guest:  JUDI JACOBI

My guest in studio will be -- JUDI JACOBI -- the Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Art Collections & Special Programs.

Jacobi will discuss a pair of community tours of significant new works of art at the Purdue University Northwest Hammond Campus on Saturday, March 25. The tours are open to the public and free of charge

Tours will start at the Welcome Center, located on the first floor of the Student Union & Library (2233 173rd St.).   The first tour of the day will be from 11 a.m. to noon; a second tour is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  Reservations are not necessary, but space is limited.  Early arrival is recommended. Tours will focus on artwork in the Student Union & Library and the new sculpture path visible from the building. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet a number of the artists during a reception in the Room with a View of the SUL. Refreshments will be provided.


TOPIC:   Reflecting on the Legacy and Impact of Chuck Berry

Musical Guests: TO BE ANNOUNCED

To help usher in April a few days later as -- "International Guitar Month" -- this program will reflect on rock music's first guitar gods, the late, great CHUCK BERRY, who could play the guitar like a ringin' a bell!

It will feature Berry's music as the show's host Tom Lounges and selected musical guests chat about the impact Berry had on rock 'n' roll, R&B and popular culture.  

* Repeats on Friday, MARCH 31 @ 11pm.

FRIDAY,  MARCH  31 -- 1:00pm – "A LOOK AT THE ARTS"

Guest:  ELVIN BISHOP - Southern-Blues Guitar Great

The guest of this week's "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" is blues and Southern rock guitarist -- ELVIN BISHOP -- whose career spans over 50 years, having begun his career in Chicago with Junior Wells' in 1962, before joining The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1963 and relocating to San Francisco where he played alongside such greats as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and others.

Today, Elvin is recording for Chicago's ALLIGATOR RECORDS and has enjoyed a rebirth that has included some well-deserved accolades, including a 2014 Grammy-nomination and being inducted into "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" and into "The Blues Hall Of Fame." Enjoying a career resurgence -- his 1975 Top 5 radio hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" introduced Elvin to a new audience after being featured in the hit film, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" -- Elvin has a new project "Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio"  from which songs will be featured.


Musical Guest:   Rock Guitar Icon MICHAEL SCHENKER


APRIL is International Guitar Month!   Guitar rock legend, MICHAEL SCHENKER (formerly of UFO, Scorpions and MSG), will guest on the program to discuss his career and the release of "Michael Schenker Fest - Tokyo," which is a live collection featuring all of the legendary vocalists of the Michael Schenker Group (MSG) throughout the band's various eras and incarnations.   These include: Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAualey

A song selection from this new collection that features each of the three singers will be featured during the radio program, as Michael reflects upon what each singer brought to the band and working with them again for this project.

"Michael Schenker Fest - Tokyo" is being made available to the public in a variety of formats and packages -- 2CD, 2CD+DVD COMBO, LP, DVD, BLU-RAY, DIGITAL.

* Repeats on FRIDAY, APRIL 7th @ 11pm.


Guest:  Book Author TOM LISANTI & Sixties Actress CHARLIE SMITH

A well known name to fans of 1960s Pop Culture -- TOM LISANTI -- is an award-winning author/film historian of nine books about Sixties Hollywood specializing in movies of the drive-in kind.  Tom began writing professionally in 1998 and has interviewed close to 100 actresses and actors for his many books including his first "Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema" and "Hollywood Beach and Surf Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969."

Lisanti's  newly released book is -- "TALKING SIXTIES DRIVE IN MOVIES" -- of which the title says it all!   Were you catching the latest beach movies or Elvis flicks back in the day at your favorite neighborhood Drive-In Theater?   Then you will want to check out his latest book, which is chock full of those folks you saw up on those silver screens between handfuls of popcorn and backseat smooching.

Joining Lisanti on this program is one of those bikini beauties from back in the day -- CHARLIE SMITH -- a Northwest Indiana native professionally known in those days as Arlene Charles, while popping up in films alongside stars like Elvis Presley, James Stacy, Frankie Avalon and Vincent Price, to name but a few! 


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

Musical Guest:   Guitar Virtuoso STEVE HACKETT (formerly of Genesis)

Just in time to kick off April -- which is International Guitar Month -- guitar virtuoso and rock legend, STEVE HACKETT (formerly of Genesis), is releasing his latest album "The Night Siren," via InsideOut Music/Sony.   As implied in the title,  is a wake-up call…the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division.

"The Night Siren" showcases Steve’s incredible guitar, along with musicians from several different countries, including singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together.   There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a multiplicity of sounds, including the exotic strains of Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, the ethnic beauty of the Peruvian charango, and the haunting Celtic Uilleann pipes.    Prog-rock guitar god meets World Music... a show NOT to miss!

* Repeats on FRIDAY, APRIL 14th @ 11pm.

FRIDAY,  APRIL 14 -- 1:00pm – "A LOOK AT THE ARTS"


Check back soon for details!


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

Musical Guest:   Rock Guitar Icon ALLAN HOLDSWROTH

Guitar master, ALLAN HOLDSWORTH and his outstanding catalog of music gets the respect both he and deserves this month, as the  Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records releases a new, complete 12-CD box set by the guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend titled,  "Allan Holdsworth: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever."    As if that weren't enough, the label is also releasing  a 2-CD updated and expanded “Best of...” collection selected by Holdsworth himself, titled "Eidolon."   

This program will feature a smattering of songs from various points in Holdsworth's career, along with some sure to be tasty conversation with the guitar virtuoso who literally changed the world of guitar playing with some of his innovations both on his own projects and while working such  legends (Miles Davis, Jack Bruce, Bill Bruford, Jean-Luc Ponty and others.  culmination of that amazing career in this brilliant and complete box set.

* Repeats on FRIDAY, APRIL 21st @ 11pm.


Guest:  CATHERINE LANIGAN  (supporting the Library Tea on April 29)

This will mark author CATHERINE LANIGAN's fourth visit to the Lakeshore  "A Look At The Arts with Tom Lounges" -- this time the popular author of more than 80 books, including "Jewel Of The Nile" and "Romancing The Stone," has a new book to discuss as Lakeshore listeners have opportunities to call in and win autographed copies.

Lanigan is doing a speaking engagement for the Lake County Public Library at the "LCPL's Annual Spring Tea" at the Avalon Ballroom on April 29, 2017.  The event is open to the public.