Tom Maloney

Vice President of Radio Operations

As Vice President of Radio Operations, Tom is responsible for overseeing Lakeshore Public Radio. He oversees the radio station’s programming, as well as news. He was instrumental in bringing several different genres of music to Lakeshore Public Radio. He also maintains Lakeshore Public Media’s many social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Prior to is working at Lakeshore Public Media, Tom worked at Meyer Broadcasting, in Crown Point, where he was a play-by-play announcer for local high school sports as well as the Program Director.

He graduated from Boone Groove High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Ball State University. He earned his Master of Arts in Communications from Purdue University Calumet.

When he’s not programming or running around the office, he is often on his rower or playing one of his many guitars.

He resides in Crown Point, with his wife Alexandria.

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John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Crown Point Councilwoman Carol Drasga about the Seward Johnson statues in Crown Point, IN.

Payne Horning

Two replica Christopher Columbus ships are sailing across the Great Lakes this summer, offering visitors a chance to learn about the famous explorer's voyages. But some say the ships only tell half of a story.

Aboard the Pinta replica in Oswego, N.Y., harbor, tour guide Collin Foster lectured a group of students last weekend about Columbus and his famous voyages. "It was 33 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean, everybody has to remember that,” he said.

Kristin follows a number of eccentric New Yorkers during another busy day in the big city, on this edition of "Reel Discovery."

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin moves into a retirement community that’s anything but dull with the maybe-memoir The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old.

Adam Kissick

TuneIn and NPR Music are on the ground at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, streaming live sets from across its three stages. TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio channel will bring you live music from Newport, Rhode Island, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. CT each day of the festival, beginning July 28. Artists confirmed for the live webcast include Big Thief, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, The Wild Reeds, and Pinegrove, but expect to hear from many more.

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Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told lawmakers in a statement on Monday that he "did not collude... with any foreign government."

Kushner is meeting behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Both panels are investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Chesterton Art Center

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Wendy Marciniak, of the Chesterton Art Fair, about the 59th annual summer art fair.

The Dunes Art Foundation

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Jeffery Baumgartner, Artistic Director, and Amy Black, President, of the Dunes Art Foundation's ongoing Dunes Summer Theatre performances.

Kristin joins the war, on "Reel Discovery," as Caesar sets out for revenge after his family is taken from him. 

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin explores the wild world of health and fitness with Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza.

Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee for FBI Director, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for his confirmation hearing. Wray would replace James Comey, whom Trump fired in May. Wray served in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush and currently works on white-collar crime at an international law firm. Given Comey's dismissal and ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and potential ties to the Trump campaign, senators are expected to press Wray on his independence and integrity.

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. In Indiana, thousands of Hoosiers could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.


South Shore Conservatory

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Kirk Muspratt about the 2017 Summer Music Festival, taking place between July 6th and 21st.

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Historically high water levels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are presenting the shipping industry with both challenges and opportunities. 

Bruce Burrows, president of the binational Chamber of Marine Commerce, says $50 million in economic activity is generated each day on the St. Lawrence Seaway. But that's being disrupted because a large dam is releasing record sustained outflows from Lake Ontario. 

"The output is about equivalent to four Olympic swimming pools per second of water now flowing," he says.

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"Anyone there? Please, tell us - we're all tired and we're all hungry. Please come back!"

Fake distress calls placed via marine radio can sound completely identical to real ones.  The Coast Guard 9th District - which covers the Great Lakes - takes every call seriously.  But the agency has noticed the number of false distress calls skyrocket this year - to more than 160 calls compared to just 55 in 2016.

The 9th District's Christopher Yaw says hoax calls can greatly deplete resources needed for real emergencies.

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It’s easier to get to Sheila Consaul’s lighthouse by boat than by foot.  It sits at the edge of an Ohio state park 30 miles east of Cleveland.

“Unless you have a boat, the only way to get here is to park in Mentor Headlands Beach parking lot, walk out through the dunes area to the beach itself, walk along the beach, and then you have to get up on the breakwall,” explains Consaul.

Mike Mroziak, WBFO News

The International Joint Commission isn’t a well-known group. But it has a big responsibility – helping the United States and Canada regulate the Great Lakes. New York’s Governor thinks the U.S. representatives aren’t doing a good job.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upset about weeks of flooding that is hurting communities on the Lake Ontario shoreline. He blames the IJC, which controls dams along the boundary waters. And he wants President Trump to replace the two U-S commissioners. One other seat is already vacant.

Spider-Man gets his first Marvel movie – starring Tom Holland as the high school hero who’s trying to earn Tony Stark’s respect

Indiana Public Broadcasting (IPB News) has won two national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Awards (PRNDI), for the 2016 coverage of the lead contamination crisis in East Chicago, Indiana.

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins a troubled young woman on a mission to uncover the truth about her family's past in author Emily Carpenter's The Weight of Lies.

Theatre at the Center

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Phil Potempa, Theatre at the Center's Marketing Director, about the upcoming performance of "Tin Woman," running July 13th through August 23rd.

On the latest Reel Discovery, Kristin gets behind the wheel with Ansel Elgort in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver.

On this week's Discovery, Kristin follows a desperate journalist on an emotional journey in Fiona Barton’s The Child.

Town of Munster

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Barb Holighter and Donna Chant of the Munster Parks Department, about the Grape Escape taking place on Saturday, July 15th.

On the latest Reel Discovery, Kristin braces herself for another robot battle in Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight.


Final part of a series on President Trump's budget

On the shores of the lower Niagara River, about 10 miles from Niagara Falls, a group of biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepare to examine the largest fish species in the Great Lakes region – the lake sturgeon.

"They were nearly wiped out, mostly due to over-fishing," says biologist Dimitry Gorsky . "We have this remnant population that survived the over-fishing and habitat destruction."

Invisibilia: The Self

Jun 22, 2017

We all have a better self, a version of us that is better, more successful. It can inspire us to achieve our dreams, or mock us for everything we have failed to become.

Tune-in Monday, June 26, at 7:00 PM on Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM.

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to sea with a petrified pirate in Shivers!: The Pirate Who’s Back in Bunny Slippers by Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White.

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Part 4 in a series about President Trump's budget

Thousands of dams have been built across the Great Lakes region -- but many are old and in danger of collapsing. In Michigan, conservation groups and state agencies are pooling resources to remove or repair dams before it’s too late. 

Michigan has about 2,600 dams. Most were built decades ago to generate electricity, control floods and create lakes for recreation.

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Part 3 in a series about President Trump's budget

A lot of attention has been focused on President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which doles out 300 million dollars a year for different projects.  But there are some other cuts in Trump’s “skinny budget” that would affect the region, including the National Sea Grant program .

Three months ago, Dr. Chris Winslow became director of Ohio Sea Grant, after holding the position on an interim basis.