Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges


Aug 2, 2021

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3rd - 7:00-8:00pm
GUEST:  "THE LITTLE MERMAID" Director ALLY SHINKAN & various cast members

Info:  Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is being presented on stage this coming weekend, as the Highland Parks & Recreation Department re-boot their annual as a community summer theater production at the town's Main Square Park. 

Returning as show runner and director for this season is Munster's Ally Shinkan, a rising young theater talent who studied under former Munster High School Theatre Director Larry Brechner, now co-host of Lakeshore Public Radio's "Art On The Air."  Shinkan was welcomed back after successfully directing some of the town's more recent production's including 2019's "Willy Wonka." 

Guests in studio for this program will be Shinkan, along with regional cast members: Samantha Corey ("Scuttle"), Christina Arroyo ("Ursula") and Klayr Taylor ("Flounder").

VIP tickets for each performance can be bought for $2 at the Lincoln Center. All other seating is free.

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STOP.DROP.REWIND is unique, in that their progressive roots set them far apart from the pack of other alt groups out there. The guys will drop by in studio to preview song new songs, talk about their latest original music album, and getting things going again in this new year.

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OLA TIMOTHY is a popular Chicago bassist who spends a lot of time performing and recording as an in-demand session/sideman. Today, Ola will call in to talk about his career and the journey he has had to date, while also focusing on his own forthcoming new album that will be dropping soon. Listeners to today's program will get a sneak peek at two of the songs from it.

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!

Hobart bagpiper player, Craig Brooks, was live in-studio on my pre-Pat's live radio "Midwest BEAT" program tonight on 89.1-FM Lakeshore Public Radio. Craig stopped in with his wife and drummer, Dianna Brooks, both of Celtic Guard Academy Pipes and Drums.

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 10-13-20 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio.


For this edition, a brand new music video project and new song written by DONALD KINSEY of The Wailers and Kinsey Report fame was debuted for the first time to the public.   

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, SEPT. 25th @ on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore

This edition's MUSICAL GUEST is classic rock guitar great, Ricky Byrd, a former member of Joan Jett's Blackhearts and a popular and in-demand side and session player with a cavalcade of other top stars.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, SEPT. 4th @ on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore

This edition finds British glam-rock legend NODDY HOLDER of the pioneering U.K. Glam Rock band SLADE doing a trans-Atlantic live interview with TOM LOUNGES. Holder talks with the show host about the band's long career and the soon-to-be-release anthology collections, "Cum On Feel The Hitz." 

On September 25th 2020 BMG  released Slade’s "Cum On Feel The Hitz", a superlative and comprehensive collection of Slade singles from 1970 to 1991. "Cum On Feel The Hitz"  has been  released as a  single CD and single LP collection: the CD comprises of 43 singles, while the double vinyl features 24 singles, In addition, there will be a 1LP and 1CD version available for North America exclusively.

"Cum On Feel The Hitz" includes all six of their UK Number one singles: "Coz I Luv You”, “Take Me Bak ‘Ome”, ”Mama Weer All Crazee Now”, “Cum On Feel The Noize”,Skweeze Me, Pleeze Meand “Merry Xmas Everybody”  and a total of 16 Top 10 singles.

The Slade band's vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter -- NODDY HOLDER -- spoke for a full hour from his home in England about his iconic band's long and impacting career and their latest multi-format anthology project. 

What was the secret to the band lasting a quarter century with the original line-up? 

Why did they spell their song titles so strangely? 
Were they pleased or unpleased with the popular cover versions of classic Slade songs during the '80s by the American bands Quiet Riot and Britney Fox?

How involved where the band members in compiling and creating the new multi-format boxed set of Slade music? 

Will the new box set mean a reunion and possible tour by the original band?

The answers to those questions and many more are found by clicking and listening to this amazing interview with one of the most influential member of one of the most influential British bands of the 1970s... Noddy Holder!

Of course, a nice mix of  SLADE recordings are played to break up the blocks of titillating conversation and spotlight some of the things of which Noddy was speaking. Classic Slade songs featured here  include such original gems as "Cum On Feel The Noize," "Mama, Weer All Crazee Now," "Gudbuy T'Jane," "Skweeze Me, Teeze Me," "Run Runaway," and "My Oh My." 

Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges features Midwest talents that you won't want to miss!   JOHNNY IGUANA and DAVE SANCHEZ... live interviews and great music!

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st on 89.1 FM-Lakeshore Public Radio

Musical Guest:  JOHNNY IGUANA 

"MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" featured two great musical guests on this date. First up from 1-2pm was Chicago music maker JOHNNY IGUANA of The Claudettes fame.  Iguana spoke of  his debut piano blues album being release that very weekend.  

Selections from the album were spotlighted as Johnny spokes with Lounges about the making of the new album, its many celebrity guests, and why the time for a solo release is now.  What wil the future of The Claudettes be moving forward?   Listen as that very question gets asked.


Americana singer/songwriter Tom Sless joins us in the studio for our first hour on this special edition of Midwest Beat!

God Bless Charlie Daniels!   Thank you Charlie for the many interviews, the opportunity to emcee some of your local shows, and your many kindnesses over the decades.  You leave behind a legacy of great music, good works and great memories for so many.  You touched and impacted many, many lives.

 Charlie Daniels -- A Life Well Lived

"Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" welcomed Chicagoland R&B vocalist/band leader Robby Celestin (Final Say, TimePeace, etc.) into the studio while practicing social distancing, to talk about his quarter century career, his various recording projects and musical groups over the years, and the brand new acoustic-based project he is debuting for the first time just days after this show aired.

Stephen is a music historian and professor at Delaware Valley University who specializes in rock 'n' roll and 20th Century America. In this latest effort, Tow weaves together information given to him by over 90 musicians; many who were movers-and-shakers of the 1960s era. These pages uncover the uniquely British story of classic rock’s birth.

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 

Join Tom Lounges as he spends two great hours with the even greater Liz Mandeville to chat about her new album and her latest influences all on this edition of Midwest Beat!

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020  


"Almost Heaven: John Denver's America"  written and adapted by Peter Glazer and directed by Linda Fortunato, is a musical tribute and intimate celebration of John Denver's life and career. We have Steven Romero Schaeffer & Sarah Geist in studio to talk about thier roles and Linda Fortunato via phone on this edition of Midwest Beat! 

Eric Lambert and Char this Sunday January 12th! Hear them on the show live with Tom Lounges!

Join Tom Lounges as he chats live in studio with a truly great talent who flew in all the way from LA to perform live, chat future music endeavors, and talk about real life, Brigitte Purdy! From Blues to Soul she is truly an amazing woman you don't want to miss this edition of Midwest Beat 

Christi Bushby

This edition of  "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019  


On this edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges," show host and producer Tom Lounges welcomed into the station's broadcast studio, the four members of Nomad Planets for a few live acoustic performances and to feature songs from their latest studio album, "RISE AND SHINE," recorded at NWI's Thunderclap Studios and produced by John Carpenter.

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on Friday, March 15th

GUEST:  WE THREE: The sibling pop trio America fell in love with on NBC-TV's hit series, "America's Got Talent"

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on March 12, 2019.

MUSICAL GUEST:  BRUCE BORDERS - "The Mayor of Rock 'N' Roll"

Doing an impression of Elvis Presley since his teenage years, Indiana State Representative BRUCE BORDERS (R), long ago mastered the craft of shaking his legs, swiveling his hips and curling his lip, while faithfully belting out the songs that once upon a time, turned a Mississippi sharecropper's kid into a king.  

This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally aired on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio on March 8, 2019.

MUSICAL GUEST:  JIM BABJAK of   The Smithereens