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 edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017

Musical Guests:   

MICHAEL McDERMOTT & HEATHER HORTON (Husband/Wife Singer-Songwriters)

STEVE POLTZ (Singer/Songwriter)

KRISTI JACKSON (Marketing Director of Southlake Shopping Mall)

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017

TOPIC: NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC CULTURE, WOLVES & MORE!

Musical Guests:   

PAUL LaROCHE of BRULÉ (Award-Winning Native American Musical Group)

CHARLIE SMITH (NWI Former Actress/Model & Miss Indiana)

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on HALLOWEEN NIGHT -- TONIGHT! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31

 TONIGHT'S SHOW!!! TOM LOUNGES presents...."THE MIDWEST BEAT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL" A show filled with holiday favorites by artists like Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Oingo Boingo, mixed with cuts so deep by The Who, Alice Cooper, Goddo, Dave Edmunds, Tom Petty, Roky Erickson, The Ramones, and others..that you might bleed to death!  * No Repeat  

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on  FRIDAY,  OCTOBER 27, 2017

GUESTS:  

Country Music Chart-Topper JUSTIN MOORE

Rock-A-Billy Queen: WANDA JACKSON

plus... A Tribute To FATS DOMINO

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017

Musical Guest:   JEFF DANIELS:  Actor, Playwright, Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist

This evening's guest is celebrated actor and playwright  JEFF DANIELS, who has already received an Emmy, a Tony and a Golden Globe award, so maybe a Grammy is next? 

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

Musical Guests:   

DAVE ALVIN  (Americana roots rocker)

MINDI ABAIR (singer/saxophonist)

ALEXIS J. ROSTON (actress/singer of "Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady Of Song")

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”  originally aires on TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

In-Studio Guests: HENRY FARAG of Stormy Weather & BILLY SHELTON of The Spaniels Forever

Call In Guests: CHARLIE THOMAS of The Drifters & SCOTT AVIG of Shades of Blue

Guest co-host HENRY FARAG of vocal group STORMY WEATHER joined host Tom Lounges in chatting with some legendary pioneers of rock 'n' roll's doo-wop era!      

SHAWNA STEWART

Oct 10, 2017

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017

Musical Guests:   SHAWNA STEWART with GENE STEWART & DAN PORTER

R&B singer, songwriter, performer SHAWNA STEWART flew in from Seattle, Washington to discuss her career and projects.  

This edition of  “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” was orginally broadcast on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

 

Musical Guest:

DEREK SHULMAN of Gentle Giant

Iconic British prog-rock band GENTLE GIANT is spotlighted on this program in honor of their new release -- "Gentle Giant: Three-Piece Suite" shipping worldwide on September 29.   

This Edition of MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Musical Guests: GREGG POTTER & CATHY RICH (of The Buddy Rich Band)

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" orginally aired on TUESDAY,  SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Musical Guests:  

JAKE CLEMONS (of The E-Street Band)

JASON RICHARDS (cast of "BIG RIVER") 

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY,  SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Musical Guests:  

Radio Personality/Author: MITCH MICHAELS (Live In-Studio)

Author KEN CHURILLA (Live In-Studio)

Author/Bluesman : BENNY TURNER (2017 Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee)

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with TOM LOUNGES" originally aired on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 

Musical Guest: JIMMY FORTUNE 

JIMMY FORTUNE toured, sang and performed with the legendary STATLER BROTHERS for 21 years and wrote or co-wrote several of the group's biggest hits, including “Elizabeth,” “My Only Love,” “Too Much On My Heart," “Forever," and “More Than a Name on the Wall.”

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on Friday, September 8, 2017

Guests:  

BILLY McCARTHY : Rocker, Author & Filmmaker

JENNIFFER WEIGEL:  Emmy Award-winning Chicago Broadcaster & Author

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" features two well known Chicago entertainment and media personalities.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2017.

MUSICAL GUEST: MARRAKESH EXPRESS

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY,  AUGUST  29, 2017

Musical Guests:    JEF SARVER & JOHN CARPENTER

This Edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges aired on FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017

CO-HOST:  Musician COUSIN DAVE NEELEY

MUSICAL GUESTS:

Singer/Songwriter SHELLY KOII

Singer/Songwriter DAVE RUDOLF

Singer/Songwriter ROBBIE FULKS

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

Musical Guests:  

England's JOHN O'HARA -- Arranger/Keyboardist of JETHRO TULL

Midwest Singer/Songwriter  JUSTIN KING (from OPEN YOUR EYES)

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

 

ELVIS: A 40th Anniversary Remembrance of The King

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

Musical Guest:   IAN ANDERSON of Jethro Tull

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired TUESDAY,  AUGUST  1, 2017

Topic:  Lake County Fair Preview Show

Guests:

ELIZABETH LAMB -- Director of region String Group -- LYRICAL STRINGS.

ARLENE MARCINEK -- L.C. Fair Secretary & Board Member

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on   TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017.

MUSICAL  GUESTS:   

JAMES NEARY & THE BEVY BLUE

Tonight's in-studio guests are three-quartets of Michigan's soulful original music group -- JAMES NEARY & THE BEVY BLUE --  a band on the rise who are building a steady fan base in the Great Lakes area. 

This edition of "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" originally aired on July 21, 2017

The Highland Parks & Recreation Department present the live theatre presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless musical "STATE FAIR" for six performances on the town's Gazebo Stage in Main Square Park.

Live in studio for this program was the production's director, PEGGY GLENNIE.  Performances are free to the public and take place July 27, 28 & 29 and August 3, 4 & 5.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” was originally broadcast on TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

MUSICAL  GUEST:    TED NUGENT

This program is a spotlight on the music and career of the often controversial rocker, TED NUGENT.

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

GUEST: MAYOR THOMAS McDERMOTT of Hammond, IN 

"A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio aired on FRIDAY, JULY 7 @ 1:00pm

TOPIC:  The Hammond Marina's Annual "Venetian Night" Celebration

GUESTS:  on this program are Hammond Port Authority Director MILAN KRUSZYNSKI and DAVE DILLARD (aka Joliet Jake Blues) of THE BLUZ BROTHERS.

This program originally aired on WEDNESDAY, JULY 05 @ 7pm CST

MUSICAL GUEST: MARK FARNER (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad)

Tom Lounges was happy to have his old friend MARK FARNER on the program as musical guest to catch up on things, to chat about his upcoming live dates and to play some great Farner tunes from both his solo catalog and Grand Funk-era favorites.

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on July 4, 2017 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio

TOPIC:  A Unique Fourth of July Music Soundtrack

Different artists, genres, perspectives and themes all anchored on one thing -- AMERICA!

Artists heard include -- Charlie Daniels, Kansas, Bob Seger, Chicago, Riccochet, Ides of March, Survivor, Chuck Berry, Suzi Quatro, Neil Diamond, and Simon & Garfunkel. 

  This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on  Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TOPIC:  HIGHLAND SUMMER FEST

Guests:  LIZ & JOHN BRESLIN of The Highland Council of Community Events

Musical Guest:  LeANN STUTLER of the CAPERNAUM band

This edition of “A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges” originally aired on  FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017.   

Guest:  EDDY "The Chief" CLEARWATER

A musician of many talents, EDDY CLEARWATER has been an iconic figure in blues music world for over 60 years.   

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