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.

Ways to Connect

Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne

Today: a conversation with Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne, about the half-way point in the 2018 General Assembly session.   Bills that originated in the Indiana House had to pass by Monday to make it to the Senate, and Senate-originated bills had to jump through the same hurdles on Tuesday.  He talks about the House bills now headed up for Senate review.

Indiana Youth Institute

Today:  Tami Silverman, the president and CEO of Indiana Youth Institute, joins us to talk about the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, broken down by counties.  She goes over the data for northwest Indiana.  You can see the entire Data Book at the IYI's website. 

Nick Johnson from the website HomeSnacks.net also joins us, to talk about their latest Safest Cities in Indiana List -- and four Lake County communities are in the Top 10.  The entire list is here. 

IPB News

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we bring on "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Dan Carden and Joseph Pete and "Post-Tribune" reporters Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda to talk about the stories they covered and wrote for online and in print.

Wolverton Mountain blog

Today:  we revisit our conversation with former Gary Mayor Scott King.  King was Mayor from 1996 to 2006.  He talks about his experiences as Mayor and how the city of Gary's recovering from tough financial times, including some major improvements made at Gary-Chicago International Airport..

Carl Lisek offers this week's edition of "Green Fleet Radio."  He talks with Richard DeBoer, Executive Vice President of Ozinga about the business and its efforts to "go green.".

Valparaiso University

Today:  Elizabeth Lynn, the executive director of the Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University, tells us about the spring 2018 "Pathways to Purpose" speaker series on campus, now underway through May 2nd.  This series welcomes exemplary practitioners of leadership and service, including VU alumni.  The speakers come onto campus on Wednesdays, and more information about the  program series is available here.

IU Northwest

Indiana University Northwest is offering a discussion on LGBTQI rights at Indiana University and Indiana on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Gary campus' Savannah Center.  The University invited the veterans' program director at Indiana University South Bend, Rhiannon Carlson, to lead the discussion.  

nwitimes.com

Today:  Ivy Tech Community College just unveiled its new five-year strategic plan, and we asked statewide President Sue Ellspermann to review it and talk about the impact it will have on northwest Indiana.  The plan aligns with Indiana's goal to give 60-percent of the Indiana workforce a high-value post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.

Lauren Chapman, IPB News / Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we talk to Lauren Cross and Sarah Reese of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" about their stories offered in print and online.  Both reporters' stories include updates on the city of East Chicago's dealings with federal agencies  over the USS Lead Superfund site and the federally-financed public housing projects that were built on it -- before it became a Superfund project.   We also bring you the complete "Indiana and Blizzard of 1978" 40th anniversary feature from Network Indiana.   You can find it at 15:33 into today's program podcast.

Penn State University

Today:  Joe Wood with INVestEd, a Hoosier non-profit that makes higher education possible for Hoosier families, joins us to talk about the organization and its more than 35 years of work, that includes helping set up college fairs and FAFSA events across the state.  The work includes financial aid literacy and lending support for college-bound students and their families.  The organization is setting up its first Indiana College Re-Fi Week, from January 29th to February 2nd to help Hoosiers reduce their college debt load.

Temple University School of Law

Today:  we talk with Valparaiso University School of Law professor Jeremy Telman about this Thursday's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture  on campus.  This year, the guest speaker is professor Henry Richardson III, from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He is a renowned expert on international law, and his insight into how it fits into today's world view will be ompared with Dr. King's own views. 

Porter County Indiana entry in Wikipedia

Jeff Good, the president of the Porter County Board of Commissioners, was with us on "Regionally Speaking on Monday to talk about the board's upcoming bond issue-driven county building upgrades and drainage improvement program for South Haven.   Here's the conversation.

Projects in this expansive program are scheduled to begin this year.  They will be financed by the county's foundation with the interest generated by the sale of the Porter County hospital.

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Today:  An at-length conversation with Jeff Good, the president of the Porter County Board of Commissioners, about the board's upcoming bond issue-driven county building upgrade and drainage improvement program for South Haven.  Projects in this expansive program are scheduled to begin this year.  They will be financed by the county's foundation with the interest generated by the sale of the Porter County hospital.

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable we bring in "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan and Carmen McCollum and, for his initial visit, "Inside Indiana Business" senior writer-reporter Dan McGowan.  They talk about the stories they worked on that appear online on the internet and, in Bill's and Carmen's instances, in print.

NUVO Magazine, Indianapolis

Today:   Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda joins us to talk about the HEC's 2018 General Assembly policy priorities -- one of which isn't usually considered an environmental issue.  More information about them all is on the HEC website.

Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities has the first episode of "Green Fleet Radio," a regular Wednesday feature on "Regionally Speaking."  He talks today with two Indiana Department of Environmental Management staffers:  Shawn Beals, the senior environmental manager and his colleague Ryan Clem.

Congressman Peter Visclosky's office

Today:   We revisit our conversation about the South Shore Leadership Center's upcoming "Vision Project" delving into northwest Indiana issues and ways to deal with them.  The "Project's" task this time is on tourism.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson reports on gasoline prices and why they're so high this year compared to 2017. 

Lake County government

Today:  We bring you at-length conversations with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. about the Sheriff's Department itself and the efforts to fight cross-border crime and the  opioid epidemic... and with Joan Machucua, an Ogden Dunes resident who is helping organize northwest Indiana residents to attend the upcoming Womens March Chicago.  She talked recently with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

IndyStar.com

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable, we bring in northwest Indiana public radio reporter Michael Puente, "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete and Jon Gard, who covers LaPorte County events for the LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."  They're talking about the stories they covered online as well as in print and, in Michael's instance, his stories aired on Lakeshore Public Radio.

Our Time Press website

 The annual observance of the tradition of honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. is taking place at universities around northwest Indiana – Valparaiso University's 28th annual observance is coming up on January 15th. Let's find out more from Byron Martin, the director of multicultural programs at VU. and Professor Heath Carter, the co-chairman of this year's committee.  Here is the conversation.

Darron Cummings, The Associated Press

Today:  Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at I.U.-Purdue Fort Wayne offers an analysis of Tuesday night's "State of the State" address from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.  The Governor made his comments before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate at the Statehouse.

Bloomington Herald-Times

Today:  Noted Indiana economist, speaker and writer Morton Marcus joins us once again to review the topics he brings up in his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns printed across the state on economic issues, including the state's workforce.

We revisit our conversation with Purdue University engineering graduate and inventor Ryan Frederickson, who came up with a different way to keep an opened bottle of wine fresh for months after the user first opens it.  It's called "ART Wine Refresher."

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable edition, we check with three northwest Indiana newspaper reporters to give us stories as featured in print and online.  This week, we have "Times of Northwest Indiana" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden and business reporter Joseph Pete, and -- from the "Post-Tribune" -- Carole Carlson joins us to talk about some of her stories.

GNIAR / Realtors website

Today:  We talk with Crown Point Realtor Clarence Webb for his view on how northwest Indiana home sales went in 2017 and a look at 2018.  We also talk with Denise Rodriguez with NIPSCO about the utility's payment programs -- including the Low Income Heating Assistance Program -- and how they can help customers pay their winter heating bills and "keep the heat on" on the colest days.

Plunkett Raysich Architects

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.

Bob Liptack, Lakeshore Public Media

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."

Save The Dunes Website

"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.

Indiana Democratic Party Caucus

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.

Celebs website

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.

Celebs website

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.

Around Indy website

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.

TheStatehouseFile.com

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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