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 his 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 (Valparaiso, IN) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Ball State University (Muncie, IN). He earned his Master of Arts in Communications from Purdue Northwest (Hammond, IN).

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

Elizabeth Miller / ideastream

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.

Ben Thorp

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.

Elizabeth Miller / ideastream

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.

Chuck Quirmbach

Part 2 in a series on President Trump's budget

President Donald Trump ’s 2018 budget plan eliminates $300 million in funding to restore the Great Lakes. The plan has sparked concerns among environmentalists, because a lot of that money is being spent to protect the lakes from a voracious fish known as the Asian carp.

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Jean Bargeron, about the onging Duneland Plein Air Painters, Exhibit at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, running until August 6.

Derek Montgomery / MPR News

Part 1 of a series on President Trump's budget

Long-standing plans to clean up the headwaters of Lake Superior have been thrown into doubt by Trump administration budget priorities.

Federal officials have been working for years to address a century's worth of industrial pollution in more than 40 areas around the Great Lakes.

The St. Louis River estuary, which flows past Duluth, Minn., into Lake Superior, is the second largest of those projects. But the money has been zeroed out in the president's 2018 budget plan.

File Photo / WBFO

Mayors across the region, in both Canada and the U.S., are banding together against climate change.

Members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative are gathering this week in Montreal for an annual meeting.

They announced their plan to move forward with their support of the Paris Climate Agreement. Their move comes in response to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The mayors also say they’ll push for U.S. funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which was eliminated from Trump’s budget plan.

Is there a part of ourselves that we don’t acknowledge, that we don’t even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it?

Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. Here is Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

As you know, our Summer Membership Drive is underway, and we're looking for your support to help raise $5,000.00 to upgrade our reporter kits.

Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Tuesday, June 13 at 1:30 PM Central Time. He is expected to field questions about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, the ongoing investigation of Russian contacts with Trump campaign and administration officials, and the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Derek Braggs, a board member of Taltree Arboretum & Garden, about the ongoing "Acorn Concert Series."

Larry Brechner

Lakeshore Public Radio's summer membership is underway, and this time we're trying something new. We know how important the quality local and national programming is to you, here in Northwest Indiana, and that's why we're going silent!

Yup! A silent drive.

You might be asking yourself, "What's a silent drive?" I'm glad you've asked.

Invisibilia: Reality

Jun 9, 2017

How is it that two people can look at the same thing and see something completely different? In this episode, we talk to umpires in training, who firmly believe that what they see is what’s real. And we visit a small community in Minnesota that has a unique experience with the reality divide: some of the people in the town believe that wild black bears are gentle animals to be fed and befriended, while many others take a more traditional view on the human-bear relationship. Then we meet a young man who is taking extraordinary steps to break out of his own reality bubble.

On this week's Shelf Discovery, Kristin kicks, punches, and digs for clues with the kids in Octavia Spencer's The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies.

Diane Doucette and Carl Pope / Climate One

Cities around the country are reshaping their economies for a greener future. Mayors and chambers of commerce are promoting smart growth and moving toward cleaner energy, cleaner cars, and cleaner buildings, with or without support from Washington. On the show we discuss how local businesses and political leaders in red states and blue states are growing their economies, cutting carbon pollution, and preparing for the challenges of climate disruption in their own communities.

On Thursday morning, Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM will broadcast NPR's special coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, at 9:00 AM.

There will also be extensive digital coverage, available on, beginning Thursday at 9:00 AM. The coverage can be streamed on-line at as well as on tunein and on the NPR News App (search for "WLPR").