Chris Nolte

Regionally Speaking Host; Interim Morning Edition Host

 

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired  weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.

He has more than three decades of radio news and public affairs program experience, working at some of the top stations in the state including WASK-AM in Lafayette and WIBC-AM and Network Indiana in Indianapolis. Nolte’s public radio experience includes WFYI-FM in Indianapolis and WFIU-FM in Bloomington.

Before joining Lakeshore Public Radio he was the morning host at WKBV-AM in Richmond, Indiana.

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Today:  The city of Portage's veterans committee holds its first 2018 meeting on Wednesday and, to go along with that, we bring back our conversation with Marc Magill, of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.  He is also responsible for the operations at the VA outpatient clinics in Crown Point and other regional communities.  Marc is conducting regularly quarterly "town halls" to learn from veterans their concerns about healthcare.

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Today: on this "Regionally Speaking," we revisit our conversation with Marcy Twete, head of corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal Americas, one of the supporters of the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund.  The Fund made a total of $960,000 available  in 2017 to improve and enhance waterways and improve habitat, stormwater management and greenspace in Chicago-Calumet Region.  One of the grant recipients was "Save The Dunes."

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"Save The Dunes" along with the Shirley Heinze Land Trust and the Dunes Learning Center will be using a Chi-Cal Rivers Fund grant for $275,000 to continue restoration work on a major branch of the Little Calumet River that flows from Porter into Lake County.  "Save The Dunes" chief executive Natalie Johnson came on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the grant and the project.

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Today: we revisit our conversation with State Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary), who is about to begin his final session in Indianapolis next week.  He joined us live on the air back in November, the day he announced that he was not running for re-election and was interested in local public office.

We also bring back our conversation with Michael Martinez, who along with his wife Mary created "Hannah's Hope," a non-profit that honors his late daughter Hannah by helping other young people through playgrounds.

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Local filmmaker Nick Mantis was in the studio on Tuesday to talk about the final stages of work on his documentary "Shep" -- about Hammond's "master story teller" Jean Shepherd, as told by the people who knew him, were influenced by him and help keep his memory alive -- and narrated by "Shep" himself.  Nick plans for a pilot of the documentary to come out this coming spring.

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Today:  Local filmmaker  Nick Mantis in in the studio to talk about the final stages of work on his  documentary "Shep" -- about Hammond's "master story teller" Jean Shepherd, as told by the people who knew him, were influenced by him and help keep his memory alive -- and narrated by "Shep" himself.  Nick plans for a pilot of the documentary to come out this coming spring.

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable we feature "Times of Northwest Indiana" investigative reporter Marc Chase (who is also a columnist) and his colleague, Statehouse reporter Dan Carden, and Jon Gard of the  LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" about their stories posted online and in print.  "Chicago Reporter" education reporter Kalyn Belsha also joins us to talk about her online story this week of a Chicago family who moved from a crime-ridden neighborhood to northwest Indiana, and how they are coping with issues of being in the Gary Community School Corp.

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Today:  a pre-General Assembly conversation with State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) about the issues that could be discussed at the upcoming 30-day session that begins January 3rd.  They could range from the opioid crisis to hate crimes to Sunday liquor and beer sales to political redistricting and educational issues.

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Today:  A conversation with former Gary Mayor Scott King, now an attorney in northwest Indiana and a consultant.  He talks about his years in office as well as the changes in economic development that he's seen take place since being at Gary City Hall.

We bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  The project collets first-person stories and pairs these with intentional conversation to help forge stronger ties within and across our communities.

Free workshops will once again be offered beginning January 5th on the Indiana University Northwest campus in Gary to seniors across northwest Indiana.  It's the annual program called "Senior University"  and Ellen Szarletta was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about it.

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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.

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Today: On this Reporters Roundtable program, we called "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete and Carrie Napoleon, as well as "Times" county government reporter Bill Dolan, to talk about their stories published  in print and online this week.  Bill focuses on Lake County Councilman Jamal Wasington.

Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer  is back with some end-of-the-year tips for getting ones' financial matters in order before the start of 2018.

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Today: We invite back to  "Regionally Speaking" Professor Arthur Cyr, who is director of the A. W. Claussen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.  He last spoke in northwest Indiana at the Region's World Trade Alliance meeting this past summer in Merrillville.  He's also experienced in northwest Indiana and Chicago area economic development.  He offers his views on some of the world political issues and how they pertain to economics and business.

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Anthony Swinger of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about NIPSCO's request for an increase in its basic natural gas rate and of the January 3rd field hearing by the Indiana  Utility Regulatory Commission, as the commissioners review the case and take public comment.  The field hearing will be held at Merrillville High School.

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson came into the "Regionally Speaking" studio on Monday to talk about the impact that "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" in downtown Gary and all of the other projects using funding from the John S. and James L. Knight and Bloomberg Foundations have on the Steel City. 

She talks first about the collaborative effort to get "ArtHouse" started.

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Today: Anthony Swinger of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor talks about NIPSCO's request for an increase in its basic natural gas rate and of the January 3rd field hearing by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, as the commissioners review the case and take public comment.  The field hearing will be held at Merrillville High School.

Today: On this Reporters Roundtable, we call upon reporters from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" to talk about their stories:  Investigative Editor Marc Chase, education reporter Carmen McCollum, business reporter Joseph Pete and business and transportation reporter Andrew Steele.

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Today:    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch visited northwest Indiana recently for a speaking engagement before the Northwest Indiana Forum.  She also stopped by Lakeshore Public Radio and Sharon Jackson spoke with her about her comments on the Region.

We bring you that conversation, along with a "Lakeshore Focus" program with host Keith Kirkpatrick and his guest, Jake Messing, Director of Behavorial Health at St. Catherine's Hospital.  "Lakeshore Focus" airs on Lakeshore PBS on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Indiana Democratic Party Caucus

Today:   we revisit our conversation with State Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary), who says this is to be his last General Assembly session.  Brown is not seeking re-election and is endorsing fellow Democrat and Gary Common Councilwoman Regan Hatcher for the party's primary election  in May.

Residents in Valparaiso can learn how to help "stop the bleed" if anyone they encounter is bleeding profusely before the first responders arrive.  Valparaiso Fire Chief Chad Dutz joins us to talk about this Sunday's initial public awareness and training session at MAAC,

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Andy Downs, the Executive Director of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at IU - Purdue Ft. Wayne, was with us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday  to talk about the political climate in 2018 that will result in issues before voters, and about some of the issues that could come up in the 2018 General Assembly session.  Here's the conversation.

Today:  Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is back in the studio for an update on events that include the debate around immigration issues such as the proposal to obtain land in Elkhart County for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center and the Gary-Chicago International Airport's plan for a Homeland Security and Customs center.  Ruth also talks about this week's workshop in Gary sponsored by State Senator Eddie Melton and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

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Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we turn to reporter Giles Bruce and LaPorte County correspondent Stan Maddux of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and "Post-Tribune" reporters Carole Carlson and Greg Tejeda, to talk about the stories they wrote for their newspapers and Web sites.

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Today:   City of Portage Veterans Committee member Tom Pappas is back in the studio to talk about next month's Veterans Committee meeting -- which is open to all northwest Indiana veterans, not just those in Portage -- and other veterans' related topics.  They include updates on the Adam Benjamin-Jesse Brown VA Healthcare Advisory Committee and Stakeholders Council.

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One of northwest Indiana's veteran state legislators is calling the 2018 General Assembly session as his final session.

Dist. 3 Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary) made the announcement on Monday, and he came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about his decision not to seek re-election next year. 

Indiana Democratic Party Caucus

Today:  an extended conversation with Indiana State Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary) about his plans not to seek re-election in 2018 and what his plans are for his last General Assembly session beginning in January. 

He talks about some of the issues he's supported -- including the creation of the "Healthy Indiana Plan" in 2007 and the statewide smoking ban (and his plans to revisit that ban next session).  And Rep. Brown offers some clues about his interest in local politics.

Lake Area United Way

Lake Area United Way honors its volunteers and community-based employees for their efforts this year with the second annual STAR Awards celebration to be held in Munster on December 5th.   STAR stands for Serving Together Achieves Results. 

Lisa Daugherty, the President and CEO of the Lake Area United Way, came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the awards program to be held at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster -- as well as talk about the new role that the organization  is playing in Lake County.

Lake Area United Way

Today:  Lake Area United Way honors its volunteers and community-based employees for their efforts this year with the second annual STAR Awards celebration to be held in Munster on December 5th.  We learn more about the awards from Lisa Daugherty, President and CEO of the Lake Area United Way, as well as find out more about the new role that the organization plays in Lake County.

Today:  a conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer on the "season for giving," including keeping track of your year-round charitable donations to prepare for income tax filing and how to best organize one's donations to report them.

Denise Rodriguez of NIPSCO explains the features in the Low Income Heating Assistance Program and other payment programs that the utility offers to help customers who may need help in paying their hearing bills this winter.

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A man who considers himself a lifelong Republican -- and a staunch environmentalist -- will be keynote speaker for this year's "Greening the Statehouse" conference for the Hoosier Environmental Council.  

Rev. Mitch Hescock came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about his life, his faith and the state of the environment that causes him concern.   

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