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


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


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."

Chicago rock band, The Letter Girl struts into studio Lakeshore studios Wednesday at dusk. The band chats with Sarah Opat On the Radar 89.1 FM.

Before the in studio interview, a private band meeting was held outside over cigarettes and giggles with Opat, the producer.

On the dot at 7 pm, the meeting adjourned and The Letter Girl band members sat down for an up close and personal interview. These empowering women share various stories throughout the interview and how the passion began for The Letter Girl.

East Chicago- The news of  a new Cline Avenue bridge has some happy about the new road  but not happy about the toll road Lakeshore public radios's Steven Lattimore has the story.

White lodging has and announced the decision to demolish the historic Star Plaza theatre along with the adjacent Twin Towers. Lakeshore Public Radio's Dan Clark spoke with White Lodging spokeswoman  Felicia Joy about the decision.