Star Plaza Theatre

Today:   We revisit our conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne about the major issues that could come up during the next General Assembly session that is  scheduled to begin January 3rd.

Ellen Szarletta with the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest joins us to talk about the topics for next month's "Senior University" courses offered on the Gary campus.

Star Plaza Theater Set to Host Final Show Sunday

Dec 15, 2017



The Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, which hosted its first show in December of 1979 will soon be closing. The Oak Ridge Boys, who have played the venue’s annual Christmas show since the theater opened in 1979, will play the final show on December 17th.

 This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on Friday, December 1, 2017 on 89.1FM -- Lakeshore Public Radio



This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aired on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017


Guest Co-Host: OMAR FARAG

Musical Guests: CODY RAY SLAUGHTER (performers on "The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Holiday Show")

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges”  originally aires on TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

In-Studio Guests: HENRY FARAG of Stormy Weather & BILLY SHELTON of The Spaniels Forever

Call In Guests: CHARLIE THOMAS of The Drifters & SCOTT AVIG of Shades of Blue

Guest co-host HENRY FARAG of vocal group STORMY WEATHER joined host Tom Lounges in chatting with some legendary pioneers of rock 'n' roll's doo-wop era!      

This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” was originally broadcast on TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017


This program is a spotlight on the music and career of the often controversial rocker, TED NUGENT.

Brandon Smith, IPBS News

Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, where we ask reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about their stories of recent days.  This week we have Bob Kasarda, Joseph Pete and Dan Carden with the Times of Northwest Indiana, Jon Gard of the LaPorte Herald Argus and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore.

Star Plaza Theatre

Speros Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to offer his thoughts on the final closing and demolition next year of the Star Plaza Theatre. 

The theatre's owner, Merrillville-based White Lodging, announced last week that the facility as well as the Twin Towers office complex on the site at U.S. 30 and I-65 would be torn down to make way for future development.  Speros was with us when the initial announcement was made last year for closing and demolition -- a decision that was later delayed.

Star Plaza Theatre

Today: a conversation with Speros Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, on some summertime "stay-cation" ideas  -- making short trips to places here in northwest Indiana -- and his thoughts on the decision to close and demolish the Star Plaza Theatre after its final performances in December.