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:  We talk to a young Purdue University engineering graduate who's invented a way to preserve the flavor of wines in bottled after they've been uncorked.  Ryan Frederickson calls it "Art Wine Preserver," and he explains how his education and experience with inert gases led him to this invention.

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Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, and we talk to reporters Ed Bierschenk and Joseph Pete from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias from the "Post-Tribune" about the big stories they worked on for their respective print and digital media. 

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With the start of a new academic year, Indiana University Northwest wants to make sure that students understand the importance of recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct -- as well as domestic and date violence and abuse, sexual harassment and stalking.  Dean of Students Beth Dean Tyler came on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about a number of programs -- local as well as IU system-wide -- that inform and educate.

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest Dean of Students Beth Tyler joins us to talk about the Gary campus' sexual assault prevention programs.   With the start of a new academic year, IUN wants to make sure that students understand the importance of recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct -- as well as domestic and date violence and abuse, sexual harassment and stalking.  Dean Tyler talks about a number of programs -- local as well as IU system-wide -- that inform and educate.

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Today:  Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman  is back on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the success of the first year of the Lilly Endowment-funded Comprehensive Counseling initiative.  This $22 million investment is aimed at helping school districts and charter schools implement innovative changes in school counseling.  Lake Ridge New Tech Schools, Hanover Community School Corp. and the School City of East Chicago received thousands of dollars in grants from Lilly Endowment to put their plans in place.

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Dr. Timothy Ames had a traditional primary care practice for a quarter of a century, starting in 1987. He grew increasingly incensed by the bureaucratic obstacles being put in the way of doctors caring for patients.

So he went nontraditional.

Dr. Ames was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about his practice and how it works on the concept of "direct primary care" -- offering his patients a subscription fee.  It's a model used in other states and is slowly growing in popularity in Indiana.  Here's the conversation.

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 Today:  we find out more about a cultural project in Gary that is moving into its next phase, getting involved in the saving of a bit of Gary city history. The “Heat Light Water Project” takes its name from the former General Services Building, which – when it was built in 1926 – was known as the “Heat Light Water Company.”  Jan Tichy is a Chicago-based artist who, along with his colleagues, believe that – just as heat, light and water are essential to life -- so are art and culture essential to any society.

 

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we talked with the chief executive of a northwest Indiana facility that is on the "front lines" of dealing with the multi-faceted issue of domestic abuse and violence and helping those being abused.. 

Linda Perez of St. Jude House in Crown Point also says they devote a lot of time every October on their community awareness campaign.  Here's the conversation, aired on Wednesday.

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable edition of "Regionally Speaking,"we talk with Dan Carden and Rob Earnshaw of the "Times of Northwest Indiana," Greg Tejeda of the "Post-Tribune," Stan Maddux -- a LaPorte County correspondent for the "Times" and "South Bend Tribune" as well as newsman for two Laporte radio stations -- and we also have conversations from northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente and Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

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Today:  A conversation with Linda Perez, the executive director of St. Jude's House family domestic violence prevention center and shelter in Crown Point, about the facility during this 20th annual National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.  She talks about how the center's helped increase awareness of the problem.  St. Jude's House in Crown Point began with the vision of businessman Donald Burrell in 1995.

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Today:  Any Northwest Indiana veteran can find out more about programs available to them by attending the monthly meetings of the city of Portage's veterans' committee.  Tom Pappas, the chairman of the committee, came back on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th.  He was joined later on the phone by Marc Magill, the new director of the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chicago.  Magill came to a quarterly town hall meeting for veterans and their families on Monday at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point.

Any Northwest Indiana veteran can find out more about programs available to them by attending the monthly meetings of the city of Portage's veterans' committee.  Tom Pappas, the chairman of the committee, came back on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th.  He was joined later on the phone by Marc Magill, the new director of the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chicago.  Magill came to a quarterly town hall meeting for veterans and their families on Monday at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point. 

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with two Gary charter school students who are in the cast of an anti-opioid addiction PSA being shown this month before films at the AMC Theatres in Merrillville.  The theme of their message -- don't share prescription medications with anyone. 

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Two schools and two organizations will be collecting rain water with the use of rain barrels thanks to a grant offered by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.

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Today:  On this Reporter Roundtable Thursday, we talk to "Post-Tribune" reporters Carrie Napoleon, Javonte Anderson and Carole Carlson for the stories they put up online and in print -- and Jon Gard from the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" joins us as well to talk about his stories of the week. 

We also bring you stories from Indiana Public Broadcasting News on President Trump's tax reform speech in Indianapolis and a look at the Indiana role that U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly will play in the tax reform debate. 

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Today:  As state lawmakers plan to expand pre-kindergarten across the state, we look at a very successful program in Lake County:  the "Building Brickies" Early Learning Program in Hobart.  Laura Kovats with the School City of Hobart talked about the concept, adopted from a nationwide program that empowers parents to be their child's first and best teacher through research-based home visits, play groups, developmental screenings and community resources.

We had on "Regionally Speaking", on Tuesday, two perspectives on the quest by Hoosier communities to seek Amazon's second world headquarters: first. from Northwest Indiana native and "Indianapolis Star" columnist Matthew Tully and then from economist Michael Hicks, the executive director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

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Today :  As autumn gets underway Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer is with us to talk in more detail about the "changing financial seasons" of one's life and how to prepare for them.

We have two perspectives on the quest by Hoosier communities to seek Amazon's second world headquarters: from Northwest Indiana native and "Indianapolis Star" columnist Matthew Tully and from economist Michael Hicks, the executive director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

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Today:  Conversations with Indiana University Northwest's John Gibson about the Weekend MBA program beginning in January in Michigan City for residents in eastern communities in the Region and in southwest Michigan -- and Carmen Panlilio, Purdue University Northwest's Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, has good news for the new academic year, that shows records for student retention and full-time student populations. 

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Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, the day we turn to our colleagues from northwest Indiana media to talk about the stories they worked on for their employers online and in print.  This week, we have two "Times of Northwest Indiana" writers -- education reporter Carmen McCollum and business reporter Joseph Pete.  We also hear from Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

The Lake County Health Department contacted Griffith town officials recently about the discovery of adult mosquitoes in the town's east side that tested positive for West Nile virus.

Town Council president Rick Ryfa tells Lakeshore Public Radio that Lake County health crews conduct several tests in four or five places in Griffith every year – and they found these mosquitoes on August 31st in the area behind the town's public works barns at Colfax and Main Street -- and tests later that day confirmed that the insects showed "positive" for West Nile.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman joins us in the studio to tell us about a new community rally next month outside the Gary-Chicago International Airport to protest the Trump administration's immigration policy and the local impact of plans to end DACA -- subjecting the "Dreamers" to potential deportation.

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What do you get when you bring together: 1) a council of local organizations (Lake County Substance Abuse Council) that are concerned about the recent dramatic increase in opioid use and deaths, and  2) some local students concerned about the destruction and devastation they’ve witnessed caused by this epidemic in the lives of their friends and loved ones?   You get a public service announcement to be unveiled this weekend at the AMC Theatres in Merrillville.  The video will also end up on YouTube.

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Today:  Indiana Public Broadcastng's Annie Ropeik reports on a new state credit program called "Moving Forward," that will be able to help the city of East Chicago and other local agencies assist residents who've been affected by the lead contamination -- by giving them a chance to live in contamination-free housing.

We talk with childhood cancer survivor Ryan Darby and Zafar Brooks, the executive director of the non-profit Hynundai Hope on Wheel Foundation, which is giving two grants to Chicago-area childrens' hospitals.  This is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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The Northwest Indiana Food Council wants residents to see the places and meet the people that grow the local produce and other items found at markets across the Region.  That's why the Council organized "Farm Hop," for this Saturday, September 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Four separate tours are planned, one in each corner of northwest Indiana.  

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A veteran Purdue University Northwest faculty member who has experience not only in the classroom and in research, but in heading up campus projects, is now putting his academic and service experience to work directly for the PNW administration.

Richard Rupp was recently named as chief of staff to PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon.  I had a chance to sit down with Professor Rupp in the Chancellor's Conference Room on the Hammond campus on Friday to talk, and here's what he told me.

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Today:  A conversation with Richard Rupp, a Purdue University Northwest political scientist who's taken on the position of Chief of Staff to PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon.  We talk about his experiences on campus, including heading up projects that led to the opportunity to serve in a wider leadership capacity on both the Hammond and Westville campuses.

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Today:  it's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, when we ask several reporters from the northwest Indiana media onto the program to talk about their stories.  This week -- it's Carrie Napoleon, Meredith Colias and Greg Tejeda from the "Post-Tribune" and Carmen McCollum from the "Times of Northwest Indiana."

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Being a young person can sometime be very difficult -- especially if you come from a home that's troubled because of abuse or other issues.  The Lake County CASA Program was created in 1987 to represent children with the help of specially-trained volunteers appointed by judges, to make sure that the youngsters don't get lost in the legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group of foster homes.. 

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About two and one-half years ago, it was just an idea in the mind of Chicago entrepreneur Theaster Gates: a single building in the city of Gary that is a kitchen, a classroom, a cultural center and an art gallery. 

Today, "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" is a very busy venue to which artists and northwest Indiana residents can turn for progressive opportunities to collaborate. 

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