Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges

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  

Guest:  VAL STARR (of VAL STARR & THE BLUES ROCKET)

"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  

Guest:  NOMAD PLANETS 

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