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The pandemic has impacted movie theaters, live concerts and community theater. It’s forced some community theater groups to come up with creative ways to get their productions to the masses. We talk to the head of the Towle Theater in Hammond, Indiana; We talk to the new owner of the iconic African American magazine, Ebony, and the owner’s connection to Northwest Indiana; And preventing violence before it happens. We talk to the organizers of one such program in the City of Gary. All this on Off Mic.

On this episode of Let's Eat with Chef Nick Big Daddy stops by with the sweet and smokey BBQ treats from Big Daddy's Barbeque! Come join us on this delicious episode!

Gunnar Nelson is a American singer-songwriter and musician who, with his twin brother Matthew Nelson, is a member of the multi-platinum-selling band Nelson, which had a #1 hit in 1990 with the single "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection". Tom Lounges chats with Gunnar about some upcoming projects right here on Midwest Beat!

On Catspaw, his 15th studio album, due out January 15, 2021 on Omnivore Recordings, Matthew Sweet cranks his vintage amplifiers and steps into a role previously played by some of his generation’s most unique and incendiary lead guitarists from Richard Lloyd (Television) to Robert Quine (Lou Reed) and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & the Voidoids). Though Catspaw is absent of his famous collaborators, their presence is felt in the mark they left on Sweet’s guitar work. His solos are audacious, confrontational, and inspired.

TODAY ON OFF MIC….Indiana is a very agricultural state but if you live in the urban areas of northwest indiana – a farm is as foreign to you as Mars. But that could change under legislation to expand urban agriculture. There’s also plans to enhance economic opportunities on the lakefront in Gary; And – why aren't teachers given priority to get the covid vaccine in Indiana? We’ll talk to one teacher who has issues with that; And could the Chicago Bears land Russell Wilson? We’ll find out. All this on Off Mic.

Let's Eat takes a trip to Jamaica! We talk to the girls at Tropical Jerk Hut & Wraps and they teach us how to indulge on the finer things from the Carribbean!

Northern Irish musician and songwriter, and the lead singer with Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy. He is also the frontman for the Scottish hard rock band The Almighty, with whom he achieved chart success in the UK throughout the 1990s, although the band is currently on hiatus. Warwick has released several solo albums and performed with a variety of other bands and artists, and also fronts his own band, The Fighting Hearts, to showcase his solo material.

Musical guest is TOTO vocalist JOSEPH WILLIAMS . Toto's evolution and Williams' star-studded solo album "Denizen Tenant" will be discussed as new songs get spotlighted. Check out his new music video here: http://youtube/tbI3zJ2qeb8

Join Chef Nick as he gets in touch with his healthier side on this special edition of Let's Eat!

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President Biden is pushing through an aggressive plan to allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to become citizens. It’s a move that many welcome but those on the right, are opposed. We talk to one local professor on what this legislation may mean for those living in the shadows locally and nationally; We talk about African-American contributions to Major League Baseball, including the White Sox and Cubs. And, how historic was all this snow we got this week? We talk to a legendary Chicago weatherman. And, it’s cold outside but sports are heating up. All this on Off Mic.

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION exclusively on Disney Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios copyright Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved

Region Nerd Alert is BACK. Welcome to the Season 3 premeire and we have some changes! In this episode we talk about the craze that is WANDAVISION and we have our theories discussed. Also SPOILER WARNING. Listen at your own risk!

It's time for Let's Eat with Chef Nick! Listen live on 89.1 FM or online at lakeshorepublicradio.org. Today's show features Las Mamacitas - Food Truck located in Northwest, Indiana with special guest DJ Chef. Join the discussion between 3-4 PM by calling (219) 769-9577. On-air callers can win a gift card. 

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Protecting the Environment. Indiana lawmakers seem to be going backwards in doing just that. From wetlands to solar power, some say Indiana is not moving in the right direction. We talk to the director of the Hoosier Environmental Council to see what needs to be done; And part of our ongoing series on people who have started a business during the pandemic, we talk to one man who got tired of looking for work – so he became his own boss; We also talk to the White House reporter for Politico; And --- this weekend’s Valentine’s Day. Many couples will be going out to celebrate. We talk to one person who says you might be able to bring a smile to a child for Valentine’s Day.All this on Off Mic ….

Stephen Nichols, engineer with Otis Worldwide. This and more on Regionally Speaking home page.

TODAY ON OFF MIC ….PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN CONTINUES TO PUSH HIS COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS THROUGH CONGRESS. BUT HE’S GETTING PUSH BACK FROM REPUBLICANS. HE’S ALSO GOT A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS HE’S TRYING TO GET PASSED. WE TALK TO POLITICAL REPORTER NATASHA KORECKI WHO HAS A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO WHAT COMES OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF LOCAL WOMEN STARTING BUSINESSES DURING THE PANDEMIC.AND – A PREVIEW OF SUNDAY’S BIG GAME. ALL THIS ON OFF MIC.

We BEG for a slice of this pizza! Beggars Pizza joins Let's Eat with Chef Nick for a fun conversations that feeds our appetite for delicious conversation!

Former guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of Grand Funk Railroad will with his longtime friend, show host Tom Lounges about his career with the band that he made famous, his post-GFR music projects, and his current group Mark Farner's American Band.  Listeners will hear songs from various points in Mark's career, including a classic GFR tune performed live from the newly released, "From Chile with Love" concert DVD release.

It's time for Let's Eat with Chef Nick!The show features Old World Market from Valparaiso, Indiana as they talk wines and cheeses on this scrumtious episode of Let's Eat!

A Conversation with Abbe Omodunbi

The Season Finale is here! Thank you for watching up to this point and I wish you all a very Merry 2021! This episode we give out 2020 awards to some categories in this heartfelt, tear jerker, cliff hanger, season finale of Region Nerd Alert. Thank you!

  

One of the most controversial and talked about awards ceremonies is here! No not the GRAMMYS but the video game awards! Despite 2020 being a complete wash, some big video game titles made some waves including, Ghosts of Tsushima, Animal Crossing: New Horizon, and of course Last of Us Part 2. Here at Region Nerd Alert we discuss the winners and what our winners would be to give the...wait what do they call that award? Anyways come nerd out on the next Region Nerd Alert!

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges"originally aired on 01-08-21 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

TOPIC:  TOM'S TOP 10 REGIONAL ALBUMS OF 2020
 

Today on Off Mic, Indiana’s newest Congressman reflects on being sworn into office and the unrest that unfolded at the Capitol. Frank J. Mrvan is the new Representative for Indiana’s 1st Congressional District replacing longtime Rep. Peter J. Visclosky. Mrvan talks about his historic swearing in and whether President Trump should be removed from office. We’re also joined by Indiana State Rep. Earl Harris Jr to get a look at his legislative agenda.

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 12-14-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.

GUEST:  KEVIN J. FRIEND

Southside of Chicago music native, Kevin J. Friend returned over the holidays to rock his old stomping grounds. Friend is best known in the region for having been the lead vocalist and guitarist for the club-packing Chicago band MAMMOTH during the 1980s. 

 

The group shared stages with top rock names of the day at venue ranging from Pointe East, to The Hammond Civic Center, to the Aragon Ballroom, and Midway Ballroom, to name a few.

 

Friend later spent time on the local club circuit in the 1990s fronting Kevin Friend & 20/20 before relocating to Florida many years ago.

The popular and charismatic entertainer returns to town to perform two special shows before jetting back to the Sunshine State.  During his time in studio at Lakeshore Public Radio, Friend talks to his old buddy Tom Lounges about the glory days, the current days, and the blessings of sobriety.  

There is a fair share of live singing and playing of music in studio and the show opens with a short blast of hard rockin' via a partial clip of Friend's band 20/20 kicking out an amplified treatment of Cat Steven's classic, "Wild World."


Today on Off Mic: The good news: We have a vaccine. The bad news: We’re still months away from it getting to the masses. Until then, the economy will continue to the struggle and that includes mass transit.We take a lonely ride on the south shore with one of the few remaining riders. And – saying goodbye to a 100-plus year old community newspaper in Porter County. And – who’s water is better? Chicago’s or Hammond’s Well, it’s up to Joliet to decide. All this on Off Mic.

Legend of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Greg Lake has some new music coming out.

Midwest Beat remembers dear friend, Mojo Morganfield. 

Today on Off Mic, Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Northwest Indiana. We take a look at the latest numbers. But help may be on the way. Pfizer’s new vaccine could be making its way to Indiana hospitals soon. And, you may be spending a lot of time at home. That means doing a lot of movie watching. So, what are the best streaming services? We’ll talk to one expert. And while it’s football season, the White Sox are getting all the press. All this on Off Mic

Join us as we celebrate a holiday special apperance of Blackmore's Night vocalist, Candice Night! She has some new carols to show and we chat on this Christmas Edition of Midwest Beat!

Anime is definitely a world of wonder, fantasy, love, sports...basically if theres a THING theres an anime for it. I decided to call my friend Expresso who is a fellow anime lover and we discuss different genres of anime and recommendations for newbies to help find their favorite genre. 

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