Jose Rodriguez

Audio Engineer

Elm Street. Crystal Lake. Raccoon City. Teddy Bear Junction. These are just some places you don't wanna end up. But there is one place that can be darker and more horrific than all of those combined, and that my fellow nerds, is THE INTERNET. We delve into some internet horror stories from Creepypasta, Youtube, Reddit, and even the dreaded 4chan. Today on Region Nerd Alert we check the batteries of our flashlights, and make sure our computer has the proper virus protection as we take a trip to cyberspace on this weeks Region Nerd Alert.

Join host Chef Nick as he chats with the experts over at Merrillville Farms on this edition of Let’s Eat!

Michael Puente hosts "Off Mic."

The Ring, The Grudge, One Missed Call, Dark Waters. Well all those movies are part of a subgenre of horror movies known as Jhorror or Japanese Horror. The origins of Japanese horror can be traced to ghost story classics of the Edo period and the Meiji period, which were also known as kaidan. Elements of several of these popular folktales have been worked into the stories of modern films, especially in the traditional nature of the Japanese ghost. We here at Region Nerd Alert put our research caps on and delved into what is widely known as J-Horror.

 Join Chef Nick as hits the seven seas and has some delicios seafood from Mcgowan and Sons on this edition of "Let's Eat"

Come Join Tom Lounges as he talks to the director and cinematographer of Indie Film of "Bleed American",  A bold portrait of misguided youth as they learn the cruelties of life and love in the American Midwest. 

Let's Eat: Radius

Sep 13, 2019

Join Chef Nick as he chats with the lovely family over at Radius as he enjoys some great comfort food and great drinks on this edition of "Let's Eat"

Join Tom Lounges as he talks Buddy Holly with Tribute Artists "Rave On!" on this week's Midwest Beat!

Let's Eat: Abbiocco

Sep 6, 2019

  Join Chef Nick as he samples some amazing homemmade Italian food from Abbicco on this edition of "Let's Eat!" Ciao!

Join Chef Nick as he sits down with the guys down at Dicky's Dogs out of Lowell! Enjoy some Chicago Style hot dogs on this edition of Let's Eat!

Sophie Huber takes us on a journey through time in her brand new documentary about the history of the legendary jazz label that inspired not only contemporary jazz but the current hip hop artist and producers of this generation. Sophie and Tom discuss the documentary and more on this edition of Midwest Beat. 

Come grab a slice of some great pizza and seafood from Flamingo Pizza! Chef Nick chats and grubs some ZA on this edition of "Let's Eat" 


Aug 16, 2019

Tom Dreesen Show

Great wine, great brisket, and a great time! Join Chef Nick as he talks with brand new hip restaurant Sqaure Roots on this week's "Let's Eat"!

Come support local music all while capturing the spirit of woodstock! (kid friendly of course) Join Tom Lounges as he talks to the hosts of Region Radio on this far out edition of Midwest Beat.

Mindi Abair is back to tell us about her exciting ventures with her new album "No Good Deed" and her wine festivals! Join Tom Lounges on this edition of "Midwest Beat"


Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Tusken Raiders, if you are a nerd for star wars you know exactly who I'm talking about. The 501st Legion is a worldwide organization dedicated to the pinpoint accuracy of not only the look of the bad guys of stars but also the behavior. I have two very special guest, Tom Rosy and Mike Determen, both apart of the Midwest Garrison of the 501st, here today to discuss a new documentary they are producing about the 501st, as well as share stories about their time served. Join us on this weeks Region Nerd Alert. back! New album "Birds of Prey" is out now and Tom Lounges Talks to half the band on this edition of Midwest Beat! 

With the release of her debut album, 'Hard Won,' in March 2017, harpist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Lizzie No established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary folk music. Lizzie is a winner of the American Songwriter Lyrics Contest, a finalist in the New England Indie Rock Competition, and a frequent musical guest of The Moth. Join Tom Lounges as he interviews this artist to keep your eye on right here on Midwest Beat!

Come join Chef Nick as he travels far down to Rensselaer, IN to try some homemade, nostalgic  tasting, just like your granny made pies from The Wire Whisk Bakery right here on "Let's Eat"

Let's Eat: Asparagus

Jul 26, 2019

Join Chef Nick as he talks to hip local restaurant in Merrillville Asparagus! We eat, talk delicious food, and the history behind Asparagus on this week's Let's Eat

Woodstock was an event that was not only one of the biggest music fesivals in the world, bringing together some powerhouses in music, but also a massive symbol of Peace, Love, and Equality. The 50th anniversary is upon us and Tom Lounges is chatting with the author of "Woodstock: Back to Yasgur's Farm" and actual attendee of this "hippie love fest" Mike GreenBlatt an they get the fact what happened at this legendary festival on this week's Midwest Beat.

Join Chef Nick as he gets his food truck on with Chunky's Tacos on this week of "Let's Eat"!

Director of the weird and intriguing horror movie “Hereditary”, Ari Aster brings us to A surreal folk cult in sweden  to give us a terrible, beautiful, and unique take on what we know as the horror/thriller genre. This movie inspired us here at Region Nerd Alert to discuss our favorite psychological horror films/shows/ etc and how Midsommar is reaching that cult like following very quickly. This is Region Nerd Alert.  

Highland park has a doozy of a play coming and we have part of the cast and the director to speak on it! Join Tom Lounges as he gets the scoop on Ronald Dahl's Willy Wonka and even gets to hear some personalized live performances!

Let's Eat: Nutrim

Jul 12, 2019

 The words "You have high cholestrol" may sound like a death sentence to your food life. But that's not always the case! Chef Nick is joined by the guys over at Future Ceuticals to introduce a healthy new way to fight cholestral on this edition of Let's Eat!

Sex Robot Divas blend soul, grunge, etc and don't have bordersin regards to genre. Tom talks with this interesting band and they perform some acoustic songs right here on Midwest Beat!

Comic Book Conventions, Anime Conventions, Horror movie Conventions, if something exists I guarantee there is a convention for it. Well in this episode of Region Nerd Alert, my guest and I are pretty well seasoned in conventions so we can tell you what to expect, share some stories of wisdom, and maybe even inspire you to go to a convention yourself on this week's Region Nerd Alert. 


According to Willie Nelson, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!” He speaks with Tom Lounges about new album, past influence, and future plans on this eidtion of Midwest Beat!

Come join Chef Nick as he chats wine with the wine guys over at Shady Creek Winery on this edition of Let's Eat.