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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Future Center web site

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.

Ft Wayne Journal Gazette

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.

city of gary

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.

IN.gov

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,

IU-Purdue Fort Wayne

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.

Washington Times

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.

Indiana Democratic Party Caucus

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.

evangelical environmental network

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.   

seniorplanet.org

Today:  We find out more from Bruce Lindner, the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Service. Inc. about the help that his staff and volunteers offer to seniors to get them signed up for Medicare during the 2018 enrollment period that ends on December 7th.

Derek Schmitt, a district conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture based in Valparaiso, joins us to talk about cover crops -- and why northwest Indiana farmers find planting them is so important to good soil management practices and in maintaining their operations. 

Save The Dunes website

The "Chi-Cal Rivers Fund" announced the issuance of $960,000 in the latest round of annual grants to several organizations to improve the local habitat, stormwater management and greenspace in the northwest Indiana and Chicago region. 

ArcelorMittal Americas is one of the public-private partnership's supporters.  Marcy Twete, the head of corporate responsibility for the steelmaker, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the Fund and how it will benefit those who enjoy the environment and scenery.  Here's the conversation.

Traveling Ted blogsite

Today:   We learn more about the next initiative of the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University:  the Chorus of Voices and what co-creator Professor Allison Schuette calls "Flight Paths: Mapping Our Changing Neighborhoods."  It is a multi-year project that will bring together the voices, especially Gary residents' voices, as they talk about why their families either stayed in or left Gary and led to the area's deurbanization.

city of Whiting website

Today:   it's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, where we talk with members of the northwest Indiana media about the stories they produced for their print and online readers.  On the program today -- "Times of Northwest Indiana" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden, business reporter Joseph Pete, Lake County government reporter Bill Dolan and "Times" community reporter Ed Bierschenk, who covers stories in Gary, Hammond and -- this week, the latest on the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting.

Miller Spotlight

Today:  Kelly Anoe, Vice President with the Legacy Foundation of Lake County, is in the studio to give us a broad perspective on the art scene in the city of Gary -- including "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" and other very visible projects.  The Legacy Foundation is the local funding link between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and other public philanthropists and projects and programs in Lake County.  The foundation works with "ArtHouse" and the other Knight Cities Challenge grant recipients.

Indiana Economic Digest

The editor and publisher of "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter, Ed Feigenbaum, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the latest news about the northwest Indiana casinos.  He went into detail about an Indiana Gaming Commission meeting this Thursday in Indianapolis that, if approved, could mean a major change at the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago. 

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Today:  a conversation with Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Tami Silverman on IYI programs underway and planned in northwest Indiana, as well as a new "Race for Results" report that highlights achievement and outcome gaps between different racial groups of children in Indiana and around the country.  Tami also talks about the importance of instilling in youngsters a philanthropic attitude.

PDA website

Today:  A new grassroots organizing group is making plans for a community rally this weekend about that it calls "common-sense gun laws."  We talk with Scott Houldieson and Barry Halgrimson with PDA-Calumet, a local branch of Progressive Democrats of America,  about the organization and about the rally on Saturday, November 18th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Blvd. and Cabella Drive in Hammond. 

Bob Liptack, Lakeshore Public Media

Today:   "Reporters Roundtable" takes this week off, and we bring you two political topics:   first, a conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics about the role that Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly might play in the upcoming tax reform bill debate on Capitol Hill.  Then, we bring you Monday evening's live broadcast of "A Community Conversation: Women in Politics" held at Crown Point Community Library.

Gary-Chicago Crusader

Today:  we revisit our conversation with Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins about the school district's growing high-tech education program that now includes Chromebooks for students.  The program recently picked up an Innovators Award from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana.

Indiana Public Broadcasting News

Today:  WalletHub.com analyst Jill Gonzalez joins us to talk about how Indiana colleges and universities fared in this  year's  "Best Colleges" national list.  And Ball State University's new president, Geoffrey Mearns, is with us to talk about his new position (he became the university's 17th president about six months ago) and the new brand and the advertising campaign that was just introduced on Monday.

Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County is building a new addition to the agritourism destination -- a $15 million Fairfield Inn & Suites on the campus along I-65.  Chief Strategy Officer Michael McCall says it is a uniquely-built addition to the current restaurant and conference center. The new hotel should be completed in early 2019.   McCall talked with us about it, for an upcoming "Regionally Speaking" episode.

Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County

Donna Stuckert from the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about composting those discarded leaves, pumpkins and gourds from the Halloween decorations at the county's composting operation. 

She also talks about the upcoming "America Recycles Day," and the Porter County  Master Recycler program, which is seeking applicants for 2018 classes.

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