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Homelessness & Holidays: Michael McDermott, Heather Horton, Steve Poltz & Kristi Jackson all guest

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Tom Lounges interviews singer/songwriter STEVE POLTZ who is also featured in the food bank collection concert. The program wraps up with KRISTI JACKSON the Marketing Director of Southlake Shopping Mall who chats about a series of special events and holiday programs planned for the popular Northwest Indiana shopping place this season.

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)

In-Studio Guests:  Brightside Music's ROB HARKEL & Housing Opportunities' CHARLES SYNDER

MICHAEL McDERMOTT and his wife HEATHER HORTON will talk about their October 18 Holiday Fundraiser at The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, about their band and their latest albums, respectively.  Michael will talk about songwriting, and his musical journey. Heather will also chat about her dual career both as a part of Michael's projects while doing her own solo project.   

Singer, songwriter STEVE POLTZ is quite humorous as an interview guest and as a musical troubadour. On this program, he talks about his adventurous career, which includes some childhood encounters with with Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Liberace, and Jewel.

Closing out this week's program is KRISTI JACKSON -- the brand new Marketing Director of Southlake Mall -- will be on the program to discuss the coming of SANTA CLAUS to the mall, and share news about some of the special holiday events that she has planned for the public to enjoy this season at the mall, including a few center court concerts!   Be warned that missing this program will land you on Santa's "naughty" list and earn you a chunk of coal.

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.