Jose Rodriguez

Audio Engineer

A HIDDEN character in Super Mario Bros?! WHO died at the end of Falcon and Winter Soldier? WII FOR THE QUEEN! All this on Region Nerd Alert!

We have three conversations with local reaction to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, here is English Teacher Colette Morrow

We have three conversations with local reaction to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Here we have our second conversation with Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance

We have three conversations with local reaction to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis  first, from state Senator Eddie Melton.

The president-elect of Indiana University, Pamela Whitten, is on "Regionally Speaking," as she visits regional campuses like Indiana University Northwest ahead of officially taking over for the retiring Michael McRobbie this summer. 

Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. president and CEO Debie Coble is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about her career, beginning as a local store manager and going all the way to her becoming the chief executive of the regional Goodwill operation.

Join Chirs Nolte as he has a legendary chat with Micha Pollak.

Giovanni Taliaferro, who as the Director of Memorabilia Design for Hard Rock International, creates the amazing and historic musical artifact displays that draw thousands of people to the Hard Rock Cafe locations worldwide, including the brand new location in Gary, Indiana.

This is it. The moment you've all been waiting for. Mike and Jose of Region Nerd Alert give you the low down on the latest news in video games and everything else! They even talk about some SPORTS BALL. All on this action packed episode of Region Nerd Alert!

Let's Eat: Chef Rose

Apr 23, 2021

Today's show features Chef Angela McCrovitz of Chefs Table from Merrillville, IN. Join the discussion between 3-4 pm by calling 219-769-9577. On-air callers can win a gift card.

Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about Financial Literacy Month, which is the month of April. 

Urban Land Institute member Christopher Kunz and ULI staffer Tom Eitler are on "Regionally Speaking" with details of a committee's final report to Hammond city officials on the upgrading of the downtown Hammond master plan. 

"Post-Tribune" freelance reporter Carrie Napoleon and "Times" reporter Mary Freda are on "Reporters' Roundtable" to talk about the stories they put out in print and online. 

NFIB in Indiana director Barbara Quandt is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the latest NFIB small business optimism index. 

Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about his latest "Eye on the Pie" columns about the Hoosier economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and other topics. 

Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about some of the events and protests over local and national issues.

One of rock's most famous and influential drummers, Carmine Appice, is live on this special edition of Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges

Here is Katie Eaton, president, Michigan City Chamber of Commerce.

Today on Off Mic, Northwest Indiana is home to a new vaccination center. We’ll  visit with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Christina Box to tell us the significance of the opening of this new center in Gary; And while Gov. Holcomb’s mask mandate is now over, some of you tell me why you plan to keep wearing your mask; And, one town in Northwest Indiana is proposing making getting a vaccine mandatory for all employees; and April is National Donate Life l Month. We’ll learn about how and why you should become an organ donor.

Today on Off Mic: Indiana lawmakers aren’t exactly known for going out of their way to help Northwest Indiana. But, there is a bill that is nearing the finish line to getting passed that would save a lot of time and trouble for low income parents whose children are suffering from cancer or other illnesses; We also hear about an initiative in Michigan City to clean up the city; And, baseball is back and with fans. We’ll see how both sides of Chicago are expected to do this season. All this on Off Mic.

Soundz of Santana is back in the studio and they have never sounded better! Join Tom Lounges in welcoming the Soundz to a special episode of Midwest Beat!

A Conversation with Jena Belleza about Ivy Techs Student Success program

Valprasio Univ. assistant Intrem Provost for Inclusion and Retention Byron MArtin on celebrating the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and achievements.

Let's Eat: Gayety's

Mar 26, 2021

Come try delicious chocalate and icecream at Gayety's! Chef Nick gets the sweet truth out of the owners so you don't want to miss this sweet episode of Let's Eat!

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired Friday, March 26, 2021 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

MUSICAL GUEST: CHRIS HILLMAN -- a pioneer of the Country Rock/Americana sound.

A "Rock And Roll Hall of Fame" inductee, Chris is a hit-making, chart topping recording star who has been an integral part of such iconic and groundbreaking groups as THE BYRDS, THE FLYIN G BURRITO BROTHERS, MANASSAS, and McGUINN, CLARK & HILLMAN.

Hillman has has also contributed to many albums as a guest musician, and throughout the years, has created a deep catalog of outstanding solo albums, with his most recent being produced by the late rocker and Hillman fan, TOM PETTY.

This past year, CHRIS HILLMAN recently added another feather to his cap and another credential to his resume. That of BOOK AUTHOR!

Hillman recently released his new 315-page autobiography, "TIME BETWEEN: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond," via BMG Books, with a Forward by friend and fellow musician, Dwight Yoakam.

During this program, which is Chris Hillman's second guest appearance on "Midwest BEAT" in just over 2 years, various aspects of his 5-plus decades in the music business is discussed, an music by a variety of his famous groups is feaured before, between and after the talking segments.

Host and producer TOM LOUNGES said -- "CHRIS HILLMAN is one of the most cordial, easy-going and colorful guests to have appeared on this show and he always has an open invitation to stop-in or call-in anytime he has a new project or tour that he would love to promote and share with his multi-generational fan base."

To order an autographed copy of the "TIME BETWEEN" book, some of Chris' music, and other merchandise, log on to:

Today on Off Mic: Covid restrictions are easing up a bit in Indiana but does that mean Hoosier should let down their guard? We talk to the state’s top doc about that; We hear from the head of Northwest Indiana’s first land-based casino; And, we also hear about how folks on Chicago’s North and South Sides are gearing up for a new season of baseball. This time with fans in the stands; Also, an emotional conversation about depression among high school and college students; And what is it like to be a college basketball player playing in this time of Covid? All this on Off Mic


Alligator Records has an endless supply of talent, and Curtis Salgado is no exception! Tom Lounges talks about the good ol days with his friend Curtis on this special episode of Midwest Beat!

Twitch is a place where you can be a television star in the comfort of your own house but its more than that. Region Nerd Alert talks to CouchSpuddy, an established streamer with over 1200 followers and we learn what being an average Twitch streamer is like.  

The New Book by Danny Zelisko. Available on, Amazon and Kindle, The long-awaited stories of legendary concert promoter Danny Zelisko have arrived! Four years in the making, he quipped, “this baby was screaming to come out after all this time!” Tom Lounges chats to the author on this special episode of Midwest Beat.

Today on Off Mic,  Later this Spring, the first land-based casino in Northwest Indiana will open. We talk to the head of the new Hard Rock Casino Northwest Indiana in Gary.  We also talk to those local vendors who want to work with the casino.  And, are you meeting your fitness goals? We have a personal trainer who will give you trips on staying fit;  And, what’s it like to pour all those beers at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field? We talk to one man who has done it for five decades. All this on Off Mic.