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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Indiana Public Media

A mentor can have a life-changing impact on a young person, regardless of race.  But an upcoming Indiana Youth Institute-Urban League of Northwest Indiana mentoring workshop will focus on vulnerable black men and boys.

State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) is also co-sponsoring the event.  He will share his thoughts and experiences as a mentor with the two-day workshop on January 27 and 28.  It will be held at the Gary City Life Center, 225 W. 5th Ave.  I talked with him about this event on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday.  Here's the conversation.

The Associated Press

Today:  We talk with Melanie Dunajeski and Shelbie Byers, two management-side labor and employment attorneys who were the guest speakers at today's "Morning Mingle" session at the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce office in Merrillville.   Their topic: what to expect in labor and employment law from the incoming Trump administration.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore visited the Veterans Cafe in Merrillville to not only sample the food but talk to those at the cafe who benefit from the business' mission of helping local veterans.

Valparaiso University

Today:   Elizabeth Lynn, the director of the Valparaiso University Institute for Leadership and Service, talks about the beginning next week of the spring 2017 "Pathway To Purpose" speakers series on-campus.  There is a wide range of topics and speakers this year and Ms. Lynn tells who they are and what'll they talk about.

Governor Eric Holcomb delivered his first State of the State address on Tuesday night, and we have some of his remarks as well as reaction to the speech from Michigan City Representative Scott Pelath, who is Indiana House Democratic Leader.

National Police Car Archives

Today:   Lake County Sheriff John Buncich reviews the Lake County Drug Task Force report for 2016, what he calls the most successful year on record:  more than $1 million in illegal drugs seized, nearly 400 felony and misdemeanor charges filed against individuals and the identification of nearly 100 gang members. 

Sheriff Buncich notes that the most significant drug bust of the year was that of the uncovering of a drug trafficking operation near Crown Point High School.

Indiana Chamber

By: Chris Nolte

January 16, 2017 -- "Regionally Speaking," Lakeshore Public Radio

INDIANAPOLIS -- The President of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Brinegar, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the business organization's close watch on the current General Assembly session for action on measures that can affect the Hoosier State economy.

IPB News

Today:  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor Ed Feigenbaum talks about the latest casino revenues report from the Indiana Gaming Commission -- how the northwest Indiana casino boats did last month and last year -- and a look at revenue-related issues before the General Assembly and how they will fit into Governor Eric Holcomb's first State of the State address on Tuesday evening.  You can hear that address on Lakeshore Public Radio.

Edgewater Systems website

Today:   Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, the President-CEO of Edgewater Systems, talks about how the organization earned a January Innovators Award from the Society of Innovators for Northwest Indiana for its new Edgewater Primary Care Centers in Gary and Griffith. analyst Jill Gonzalez is with us to talk about how Indiana cities fared in the latest "Most and Least Recession-Recovered Cities" list for 2017.  No city in the Hoosier State ranked very high on the list (mostly cities in the Southwest.)

A Chicago Sojourn blog

Today:  Times of Northwest Indiana business reporter Joseph Pete talks about a recent article on how northwest Indiana is becoming an exporter of high-tech knowledge through several avenues.  including the ArcelorMittal R&D laboratory in East Chicago and Cimcor in Merrillville.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore reports on a donation of equipment to the School City of East Chicago that will provide fresh salads and vegetables to students.  The hope is that this will help the students' bodies deal with the lead contamination in that community.

Howey Politics Indiana

By: Chris Nolte

January 10, 2017 -- "Regionally Speaking," Lakeshore Public Radio

INDIANAPOLIS -- "Howey Politics Indiana" recently released its 2017 "Power 50 List" of Hoosier political movers and shakers. 

"HPI" creator and editor-publisher Brian Howey came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about his latest list, which includes several prominent northwest Indiana residents who have been on past "Power 50 Lists."   Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Brian Howey of "Howey Politics Indiana" joins us to review his 2017 HPI Power 50 List - a listing of the state's political  "movers and shakers" for the coming year.  They include some northwest Indiana figures who have been on many past Power 50 Lists.

IPI homepage

Indiana is experiencing an unprecedented crisis of substance abuse disorders.

The latest statistics from the state show 9.19% of adults reported illicit drug use in the past month and there were 4.34% of Hoosier adults reporting nonmedical use of painkillers (or use by those not prescribed the drug or non-prescription use) in the past year.  

IPI homepage

Today:  Jena Bellezza of the Indiana Parenting Institute joins us in the studio to talk about the IPI's designation by the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention as a "Treatment Best Practice."  IPI is the only organization in Lake County.  She also talks about successful programs, including a 10-week-long truancy reduction program.

Indiana Public Media

By: Claire McInerny

January 9, 2017 -- IPB News - State Impact Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS -- Remember the series "Schoolhouse Rock?"  Well, you can click here to find  a similar way to work your way through the complexities of this current General Assembly session.

WFYI Public Radio

Today:   Patrick DeHaan of says we can expect higher gasoline and diesel fuel prices in 2017 -- and he gives us the reasons why.

We also talked with Lake County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center assistant director Jessica Petalas-Hernandez about the temporary quarantine in place right now due to the canine flu -- and with Rachel Delaney of the Humane Society Calumet Area about the canine and feline flu outbreak they experienced last year, and how they dealt with it.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Tom Pappas from the city of Portage's veterans committee will offer the latest news of interest to Region veterans and talk about the latest activities of the group.

We'll hear from Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson with her conversation with Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.  about getting ride of an eyesore in his city's Hessville neighborhood.

Today:  A conversation with Highland attorney Bill Fine, who is stepping down from his private law practice to become the next Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor.  Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb appointed Fine to the post to take over for Davis Stippler, who retired effective Jan. 1st.  Fine says he's looking forward to this new career opportunity.

A northwest Indiana attorney is closing his law practice, as he prepares to head to Indianapolis to become the next Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor.

Bill Fine was appointed by Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb last week to take the position held for the past eight years by David Stippler.  Stippler retired effective Jan. 1st.  Fine begins his new job on Monday, January 9th.  I talked with Mr. Fine on Tuesday for "Regionally Speaking."  Here's the conversation.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   State Representatives Hal Slager (R) and Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) join us to talk about the General Assembly session getting underway this week, the issues expected to be brought up (including crafting and passing a new, two-year state budget) and if religious freedom and LGBT rights issues will be re-introduced.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   State Representatives Hal Slager (R) and Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) join us to talk about the General Assembly session getting underway this week, the issues expected to be brought up (including crafting and passing a new, two-year state budget) and if religious freedom and LGBT rights issues will be re-introduced.

Indiana Senate Democrats

  Hoosier lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week to work on, among other things, a new two-year state government budget.  The Senate Budget Committee's been busy all month long on the pre-session "prep-work."    Committee member Karen Tallian, a Democrat from Portage, was on "Regionally Speaking" Thursday to give Lakeshore Public Radio listeners and supporters an update.

Indiana Public Media

On this final show of 2016:  State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso)  joins us to talk about the issues that will dominate the upcoming General Assembly session which begins next week, including road and bridge rehabilitation (and how to pay for it) as well as underground infrastructure.  That's an issue Charbonneau has been stressing to his Statehouse colleagues for years that must be addressed as soon as possible.  He offers us some alarming statistics.

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Community activist and Indiana University Northwest labor studies Professor Emeritus Ruth Needleman was in the "Regionally Speaking" studio to talk about her interest in her community and its people.

Today:  Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to talk about the key passenger rail events and issues of 2016, mainly the public-private partnership for the "Hoosier State" Amtrak passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis, and a look at a proposed passenger rail route that begins in Chicago, travels through Valparaiso and through points south and east to Ft. Wayne.  The route then extends into Ohio and ends at the state capital, Columbus.

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Indiana University Northwest

Community activist and Indiana University Northwest labor studies Professor Emeritus Ruth Needleman was in the “Regionally Speaking” studio to talk about her interest in her community and its people.

Today:  Bowden Quinn, the executive director of the Sierra Club of Indiana, talks about the issues that the incoming Trump and Pence administration may affect, as well as the incoming Holcomb administration at the Statehouse.  We'll also hear from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on what legislators may have to do to the next two-year state budget if the Trump administration makes any changes.

Indiana economist Morton Marcus joins us with his view of the latest on the Hoosier State's economy and what he'd advise the next Governor, if he had Eric Holcomb's ear.

“” health writer Alex Zielenski’s been looking into the East Chicago lead contamination issue and posted an article about three weeks ago about it — as well a new national development just two weeks ago, involving the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the lead standards it is responsible for monitoring.   Here is the entire conversation, as aired on Tuesday on “Regionally Speaking.” 

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly came to East Chicago on Friday to see for himself the lead contamination issue that’s forcing hundreds of people to move out of their homes in the West Calumet public housing project.

ArcelorMittal Gets 10-Year-Deal

Jun 21, 2016

Chris Nolte spoke with Northwest Indiana Times reporter Joseph Pete regarding ArcelorMittal’s new 10-year-deal that will bring business to its East Chicago steel mill.

Much of the news about the Northwest Indiana steel industry focuses these days on improving output and reduced overseas steel “dumping,” thanks to recent tariff increases and other action taken on Capitol Hill.  Times of Northwest Indiana business reporter Joseph Pete talked about these topics, and the Region’s steel industry in general, recently on “Regionally Speaking.”  Pete started with the news of an increase in steel output.