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.

Ways to Connect

pinterest

Today:   A conversation with Holly Passi, the licensed clinical psychologist at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center  in Chicago, about post traumatic distress disorder (which is now being known sinply as PTS).  Passi wjoins other health care professionals at the facility in helping veterans and their families deal with their trauma. This month is national PTSD Awareness Month.

Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring on "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan and Joseph Pete, to talk about the stories they worked on and presented in print and online for the newspaper.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us with her conversation with Christian Jorgensen, the Republican Party candidate who won the 7th District County Council nomination after a recount of votes. 

VA website

Today:  we talk with Marc Magill, the executive director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, which provides services for veterans in northwest Indiana.  He is busy these days on a series of major goals for the facility that provides outpatient services in Crown Point   Marc talks about the alarming rate of veteran suicides and the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line -- 1-800-273-8255.  

We have another edition of "Green FleetRadio" with Carl Lisek, supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  This week's topic focuses on bioproducts made from soybeans.

Purdue University Northwest

Students who attended classes in the spring semester are mostly gone, but both Purdue University Northwest campuses in Hammond and Westville are far from deserted these days.  Chancellor Thomas Keon's chief of staff, Richard Rupp, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about what takes place during the summer months.  Here's what Professor Rupp told us about the activities and programs, and the opportunities to get the PNW campuses ready for the fall semester..

Purdue University Northwest

Today:   We ask Purdue University Northwest Chancellor's chief of staff Richard Rupp:  What happens on both the Hammond and Westville campuses during the summer months, after spring commencement and the end of classes and before a new academic year begins?  (You'll be surprised to learn that a lot happens.)

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable program, we have Doug Ross and Dan Carden from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias-Pete from the "Post-Tribune" to talk about the stories they wrote and offered in print and online.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Tommy Williams and Sharon Jackson both have contributions as well.

AA Roads website

Today:   Sweltering heat and huge amounts of rain can make a negative impact on Hoosier roads, bridges and even electric lines that we all rely upon.  Some bridges are designed to last 100 years, but the extreme weather can make it unlikely for them to reach such a ripe old age.  The Midwest Economic Policy Institute just completed two reports on the issues of extreme weather caused by climate changes -- and what should be done to keep these events from causing more problems than necessary.  Mary Craighead is a transportation policy analyst for the Instute, and she joins us to talk about t

Photo Provided

Today:   Noted Indiana economist -writer-public speaker Morton Marcus joins us from "on the road" in the state to review his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns that he offers to Hoosier media.  This time, he talks about the state's many regions, among other topics -- and he also discusses a column he recently wrote where he complains about the President's "telegraphing" economic news ahead of the public release deadline.for his personal political uses.

Franciscan Health

Franciscan Health is in the final months of construction of a new hospital in Michigan City, and officials hope to be able to accept patients in the new facility in mid-January.   Franciscan Health President and CEO Doug Mazzoni was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about this $242 million project.  He begins the conversation, by explaining the need for a new healthcare facility in northern LaPorte County. 

nwitimes.com

Today:   we talk with "Howey Politics Indiana" publisher Brian Howey about, among other topics, the talks tonight in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- last weekend's Indiana Republican Party convention in Evansville -- and this coming weekend's Indiana Democratic Party convention.

Today:   on this abbreviated "Reporters' Roundtable Thursday," we hear from Carmen McCollum, reducation reporter for "The Times of Northwest Indiana" and Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" about the stories they worked on and published in print and online this week.

We also revisit our recent "Quantum Leap" STEM initiative feature from Indiana Humanities on Goose Pond.

5-Dollar Dinners website

Today;   Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer just returned from a national workshop on the federal tax reform act changes and their impact on Hoosiers' retirement savings.  He briefs us on the big changes.

We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by Souoth Shore Clean Cities, with host Carl Lisek.

Today:   We talk with Robin Minton-Holmes with the Center for Workforce Innovations and Allison Bertl, WorkOne business services manager, about the latest northwest Indiana Workforce Board report on the state of the Region's workforce and job markets available to those seeking employment.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also interviewed Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum about the organization's work on a region-wide plan.

NUVO Magazine, Indianapolis

Leigh Morris, a veteran northwest Indiana government and community official and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura are in the studio along with Susan Duncan of the League of Women Voters Calumet Area, to talk about the grassroots campaign to encourage town and city councils across the state to get their legislators to support redistricting reform. 

So far, 25 city and town councils in the Region have signed onto to a resolution encouraging the General Assembly to change its method of creating boundaries for legislative districts.

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Today:  Leigh Morris, a veteran northwest Indiana government and community official and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura are in the studio along with Susan Duncan of the League of Women Voters Calumet Area, to talk about the grassroots campaign to encourage town and city councils across the state to get their legislators to support redistricting reform.  So far, 25 city and town councils in the Region have signed onto to a resolution encouraging the General Assembly to change its method of creating boundaries for legislatie districts.

The Fix website

Today:   Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds joins us to talk about the series of roundtable discussions  that he and his fellow Indiana Sheriffs Association members have held across the state -- including one at his jail in Valparaiso recently -- to talk about the big issues that they are dealing with.  They include narcotics (the opioid epidemic, in particular), mental health issues and overcrowded jails.  Reynolds will become the president of the ISA in about two years from now.

Yellowstone Public Radio

Today:    A conversation with Justin Phillips, a mother of three (and a victim of the opioid addiction problem) who created an overdose lifeline in central Indiana -- and is now Indiana co-director of Addiction Policy Forum.  It's a statewide telephone and online resource to addicts, their families and others caught up in the opioid epidemic.  We also bring back IPBS reporter Jill Sheridan's conversation with journalist - author Sam Quionones -- who just wrote a book about the crisis. 

city of Gary

Today:  On this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we ask "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Andrew Steele and "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda to join us, to talk about the stories they worked on for the newspaper and Web sites -- including the latest from the city of Gary, northwest Indiana  healthcare and transportation. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also has her feature on a  documentary airing this holiday on Lakeshore PBS about life in Chicago during World War II.

The Chicago Lighthouse-Vimeo

Today:   Steve and Georgianne Pangere are going to receive a special award from The Chicago Lighthouse on June 22nd, and they join us ahead of the event to talk about it, as well as about Steve's amazing story of life after blindness.  That story includes success in continuing the family business to the success it is today.

Photo Provided

Hoosier legislators returned to the Statehouse recently for just one day -- for a special session that was called by House and Senate leaders to finish work that wasn't completed before the chaotic end of the regular session.  State Senator Eddie Melton came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the work done in that one-day session -- and its impact on northwest Indiana, particularly in Gary.   Here's that conversation.

Photo Provided

Today:   we look at last week's Regional Transportation Summit, sponsored by the Gary Public Transportation Corp. and held at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.  The Summit brought together a number of public officials as well as planners, administrators and advocacy groups to explore the future of public transportation in northwest Indiana.

metro recycling

Today:   An extensive conversation with Neil Samahon, the CEO of Metro Recycling -- northwest Indiana's  metals recycling operation.  The company, based in Blue Island but with big operations in Griffith and Valparaiso,  just received a "Business of the Year" award from Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air.  Neil talks about not only his operations -- but about the impact that overseas trade and tariff issues can have on the business.

WRTV/General Assembly

Today:  On this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we asked Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations' statehouse reporter Brandon Smith to talk about the special legislative session on Monday, and Joseph Pete of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" to tell us about the stories he posted online and in print.   They included the dramatic rise in gasoline prices in northwest Indiana and of an upcoming cable TV network documentary about a Hobart woman who could be considered a serial killer.

Streets Blog Chicago website

Today:   Gary Public Transportation Corp. general manager Daryl Lampkins and Northwest Indiana RDA spokesman Dave Wellman are in the studio to talk about this week's Regional Transportation Summit -- a day-and-one-half-long event that begins on Thursday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.  The mission of the event is to hold "crucial conversations" dealing with the challenges, efficiencies, connectivity and growth of the Region's public transportation system.

National Association of Realtors

Today:   Northwest Indiana Realtor associate Laura Konieczny of LaPorte talks about the REMAX Integra Midwest 2018 home buying and selling market report -- which includes an update for the region.  She says the average home selling price rose 8.8% from this time last year to $120,278.  That's the highest first-quarter price for the past five years.  Laura also notes what other Realtors are saying -- buyers are competing for fewer homes on the market.

IU-Purdue Fort Wayne

Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center on Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about last week's primary elections and his "take"on the winners and how he sees the campaigns shaping up during the months before the November general election.  This includes the contentious Republican Party race for U.S. Senate, won by Mike Braun.  Here's the conversation.

Today:   Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center on Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne joins us to talk about last week's primary elections and his "take"on the winners and how he sees the campaigns shaping up during the months before the November general election,  This includes the contentious Republican Party race for U.S. Senate, won by Mike Braun.

Celina Weatherwax of the Valparaiso-based MAAC Foundation talks about the addition to the training center curriculum of OSHA safety training courses for northwest Indiana businesses and industries.

Today:   It's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday and we asked three "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters to join us to talk about the May 8th primary election races they kept track of -- Bill Dolan, Dan Carden and Carmen McCollum.  Carmen reported on the Lake Central and Crown Point school referenda questions.  The "Times'" Lauren Cross talked about her story on the financial questions under review of the city of Gary's ambulance and EMS-related bank accounts.  And Chicago "Tribune" reporter Michael Hawthorne talks about his story of more lead contamination found in neighborhoods in northwest

IndyStar.com

Today:  we have highlights of the races in the May 8th primary election, along with reaction from winners and from the "Times" reporters and political observers who joined us on Tuesday night's four-hour broadcast.

Today:   Ahead of Tuesday's primary election -- and Lakeshore Public Radio's Election Night coverage, beginning at 6PM -- we offer a look from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Barbara Brosher about the importance of young voters, if they come out to the polls. Barbara says many young voters don't participate in the primary election process.

Pages