Tom Schulte has been an avid music collector, pursuing the furthest reaches of diverse genres. After taping every record he could not buy, Tom entered high school with an appetite whetted for music exploration. He was second chair in his high school orchestra and remains an avid patron of symphonic and operatic music today. A gamut of punk rock and heavy metal bands followed. His final project, The Scruffy Tearaways, played all major Great Lakes-area cities as peers on the then burgeoning "crossover" or "metal core" scene.
Immediately after high school, Tom began chronicling his adventure through music with a weekly column in Jam Rag magazine of Detroit, Mich. This column, Outsight, has run in several publications across the United States and Canada since 1989, growing into Outsight Communications, a content provider that provided or provides material for CDNow, All-Music Guide, MTV.COM, womanrock.com and more.
Tom's experience in broadcasting began with the microwatt revolution and broadcasting on WCPR Radio Free Detroit. After guesting on various shows, he obtained a Thursday morning drive-time program on WPON-AM (Pontiac, Mich.). After using this program as a platform for sharing new music discoveries for over a year, Tom went on to be the evening and weekend substitute host for WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio, one of the Top Ten Public Radio Stations in the country. Parallel to this, Tom began an Internet Radio program in early 1998. The show, Outsight Radio Hours, is produced from Tom's home.
Tom works as the DJ and engineer, applying the training he acquired at the state-of-the-art WDET studios. Tom's show always features new recordings touched on in his column. Each show includes a representative live interview with an artist from one of the new releases. Past guests on the eclectic program include Les McCann, Scanner, Billy Sheehan. Duke Fakir (Four Tops) and more. Tom has been involved in Internet technology since acoustic modems and the Freenet. Today, he is a senior application developer engineering and custom-building Internet solutions for automotive industry manufacturers and suppliers at Plexus Systems. As a person that spends his free time exploring new music and collecting vinyl, Tom sees Internet radio as a perfect synthesis of career and extracurricular interests. Also, he would love to tell you about his reading list and latest chess strategies.
Reviews by Tom include:
Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminal's Starvation League
Benny & the Jets Band
Alex de Grassi & G.E. Stinson
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Jay Geils, Duke Robillard & Gerry Beaudoin
Ralph E. Hayes
Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle
John Latartara & Khristian Weeks
Harry Manx & Kevin Breit
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger
Townes Van Zandt
S. Jason Black & Christopher S. Hyatt
Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, editors
Allan Metz, editor
Chuck Sher & Larry Dunlap, editors
Robert Anton Wilson
Albert Collins: In Concert
The Doctors: 30 Years of Time Travel & Beyond
Bobby Hutcherson & Flora Purim: Cool Summer, Vol. 3
Iggy & the Stooges, Live in Detroit
Candye Kane: In Concert