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, and their cat, Ellie (who loves public radio).

Ways to Connect


In 2017, President Trump proposed cutting $300 million for Great Lakes projects. That money stayed in the federal budget, but as a new year begins, environmental advocates have lots of concerns – including cuts to the EPA. 

Groups throughout the region plan to take the fate of the Great Lakes into their own hands in 2018.

This means working with communities on climate change and collaborating to clean up polluted waters.


Over the past two winters, there wasn’t much ice cover on the Great Lakes. That changed with this month’s deep freeze.

Frigid temperatures have frozen more than 40 percent of Lake Erie’s surface, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.  Scientists there predict ice cover could jump to almost 90 percent by Sunday.

This time last year, ice barely covered 2 percent of the lake.

Kyle Meredith talks with Tori Amos on "The Speed of Sound," about her latest LP "Native Invader."

On the latest Reel Discovery, Kristin fights for survival with the grandson of the world's wealthiest man in All the Money in the World.

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin curls up with real-life bedtime stories in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

On the latest Reel Discovery, Kristin is dealt into Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game.

Kyle Meredith talks with Sylvan Esso about overcoming their anxiety, the story behind “Die Young”, and how the political climate affected their writing, on "The Speed of Sound."

Merry Chirstmas!

Dec 22, 2017

Merry Christmas, to you and your family, from Lakeshore Pubic Radio - 89.1 FM.

Tune-in all day on December 25th as we bring you holiday program classics and some new programs that you'll fall in love with for years to come.

12 – 1 AM - Jazz with David Basse

1 – 3  AM - Jazz Odyssey

3 – 6 AM - Sound Ideas

6 – 7 AM - Chicago Jazz Live: Holiday Special

7 – 8 AM - Jazz Piano Christmas

8 – 11 AM - Midwest Beat: Home for the Holidays

11 – 12 PM - Tinsel Tales

12 – 1 PM - Christmas With Shep

Tom Petersson, of Cheap Trick, chats with Kyle Meredith on "The Speed of Sound" about the band's new Christmas album, titled "Christmas Christmas."

Kyle Meredith talks with Emmylou Harris her favorite Christmas show memories and her love of animals, on "The Speed of Sound."

This week on "Eye on the Arts," John Cain talks with Jethroe Smith and Dawn Diamondtopolis, of Dave as they discuss the Beginning. Middle. End.

On the latest Reel Discovery, Kristin falls in love with the Italian countryside of Call Me by Your Name.

Harrison Mills, of Odesza, talks with Kyle Meredith about his group's expanded sound, and special guests on their newest LP "A Moment Apart."

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin looks back on years of cases with an IRS agent in author Diane Kelly's twelfth and final Tara Holloway mystery, Death, Taxes, and a Shotgun Wedding.

Heather Eidson / The Times

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Documents show that U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for a potentially carcinogenic chemical after a spill from one of the company's plans in northwest Indiana.

The Chicago Tribune reports the incident was the second time this year that the company's Portage plant dumped chromium into Burns Waterway.

Details about the failed testing were in an inspection report posted online Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Sporting News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has chosen Indianapolis to host the 2021 All-Star Game.

Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Wednesday just hours before Paul George returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since the Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City last summer.

The only other time Indiana has hosted All-Star weekend was in 1985 when the game was played at the RCA Dome.

US Drug Enfocement Administration

As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs often end up in lakes and rivers, creating what some scientists say could be a deadly cocktail for fish and other wildlife.

“What we use in our everyday lives goes down the drain and ends up somewhere, it just does," says Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecosystem ecologist at the Cary Institute in New York.

Brian Forist / Old Lighthouse Museum/Michigan City Historical Society, Inc.

Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that’s expected to continue this year.

One of ice climatologist Jia Wang’s biggest jobs is the annual ice cover prediction for the Great Lakes.  He’s with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Michigan, which tracks ice cover throughout the winter.

This year, he expects the five lakes to have a 44% ice cover. That’s down from the historical average of 55%.

Payne Horning / Great Lakes Today

At the Novelis plant in New York, machines are preparing aluminum rolls for manufacturing.

The Oswego Co. plant processes the metal for companies like Ford, Toyota and General Motors. Novelis’ president of North American operations, Marco Palmieri, says most of its aluminum comes from Canada.

"Any change in the regulations there may cause a significant impact, not only to Novelis and Oswego, but also to the aluminum industry in the U.S," he says.

Chicago artist Jamila Woods had a strong 2016 thanks in part to her debut album, Heavn. She joins Kyle Meredith on the "Speed of Sound" to talk about the re-release and the new single, "Holy."

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Tom Roach, Communication and Creative Arts Chair at Purdue Northwest, about PNW's growing arts programs.

MERRILLVILLE - Dan Evans, Co-Owner, of Dagger Mountain Roastery in Valparaiso joins Tom Maloney in-studio to talk local coffee.

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Gloria Tuohy, of the Indiana Ballet Theater, about the final performance of The Nutcracker at the Star Plaza, as well as the performance's 20th Anniversary.

'Tis the season of giving!


Our Winter Membership Campaign is underway, and we're aiming BIG! Our goal for this year-end drive is $70,000, and we know that we can get there, with your support.


Annually, Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM's budget is $374,752.00. We run a very tight budget for radio, stretching each dollar as far as possible. During each budget cycle we examine the costs of programming, the costs of memberships, and so much more. In determining where your dollars are going, we can determine what is the most important to you, our listeners.

On this edition of "Eye on the Arts," host John Cain talks with David Lobarski and Eric Roldan of "The Promise You Art House" which has a new gallery in Highland, IN.

Kyle Meredith talks with Michael Kiwanuka about the one-year-anniversary of his LP "Love and Hate" on "The Speed of Sound."

Reel Discovery: Coco

Nov 24, 2017

On the latest Reel Discovery, Kristin travels through the Land of the Dead with Pixar's Coco.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM.

While you're cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes, the pies, and everything else, or even better, you're on your way to someone else's house who's doing the work, stay tuned to 89.1 FM all day on Thanksgiving (November 23, 2017). Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 is bringing you great holiday programming all day, starting at 9 A.M. Here's the line-up:

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin navigates the ups and downs of teenage life with three troubled bandmates in Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne with Rowan Coleman.

Valerie June talks with Kyle Meredith, about "The Order of Time," her newest LP, on "The Speed of Sound."