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

There are usually two sides (perhaps more) to a controversial issue.  This controversy surrounds a proposal by Merrillville-based Maya Energy LLC to build a solid waste materials processing facility in Gary.  Lakeshore Public Radio offers, first, the proposal from Maya Energy and, secondly,  the viewpoint of environmentalists and the businesses and residents affected by it.

Here is James Ventura, a former East Chicago city councilman who is the principal of Maya Energy LLC, when he came on "Regionally Speaking" on March 12th.

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Today:   we continue our conversation on the proposed solid waste materials recovery facility in Gary with "the other side" of the issue.  Sam Henderson, an attorney for the Hoosier Environmental Council, is in the studio to talk about the concerns that the HEC and local citizens, businesses and educational organizations like the Steel City Academy about Maya Energy LLC's proposal. 

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Today:  Noted Indiana economist-speaker-writer Morton Marcus joins us to talk about some of his latest "Eye on the Pie" columns published across the state that cover the Hoosier and national economy and related topics, sprinkled with his unique (and sometimes whimsical) views.

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Today:   A conversation with Dr. Indra Frank, the environmental health director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, about a new report of the impact of coal-fired power plants' ash disposal pits on water quality in the areas near the pits.  The HEC used new data released for the first time as a requirement of the 2015 federal coal ash rule to create the report.  Dr. Frank goes through the data that affects northwest Indiana the most: coal ash coming from the Bailly Generation Station along Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana and the Schaefer power plant in Jasper County.

One of the firms that worked on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida, killing six people, also is building a bridge in East Chicago.

CBS-2 is reporting that Florida-based FIGG Bridge Group designed the Florida pedestrian bridge that collapsed, and is building the upcoming Cline Avenue bridge replacement.

The new bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal will rise 10 stories over the canal when it opens next year,  It replaces a Cline Avenue bridge closed and declared unsafe by INDOT.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we have "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon to talk about the stories they covered both in print and online.  Much of what they worked on was related to public education, school safety and gun reform.

We also bring you a report from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on the close of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly on Wednesday at midnight and a look at the issues addressed this session.

IN Passenger Rail Alliance

Today:  we find out the latest concerns about railroad safety, especially in light of recent passenger and freight train incidents around the country, from Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance president Steve Coxhead.  Steve also has updates on the Amtrak "Hoosier State" and "Cardinal" services between Indianapolis and Chicago and -- for the "Cardinal" -- points to the East Coast.   A very unique south Lake County bed-and-breakfast is featured as Indiana's only listing on a special U.S.

Daily Mail website

Today: a conversation with Lake County Coronor Merilee Frey, after she spoke to the recent Lake County Advancement Commission meeting in Schererville about the Region's opioid epidemic.  She offers the latest figures and more.  We also have a related feature from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Lindsey Wright.  She focuses on what regional and state leaders are hoping to find out from the Trump administration, when it announces its policy plan in the weeks ahead.

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Maya Energy LLC is a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary.  The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.   The principal of the company, Jim Ventura, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to explain the project and to answer questions about it.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:   we look at two major environemtal projects in northwest Indiana.  First, a conversation with Jim Ventura of Maya Energy LLC, a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary.  The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.   

Kokomo Perspective/Brian Howey

Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we call on LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for his stories published and posted this week, as well as stories from "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda.    And we have, on the phone from Brown County, "Howey Politics Indiana" creator and editor Brian Howey for a look at politics around the state and country.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer is back to talk about the ways that investors can remain calm in a long-running bull market, as we're experiencing, and get some last-minute tips and advice when preparing the 2017 income tax returns ahead of the April 19th filing deadline.

We have another edition of Green Fleet Radio, supported by South Shore Clean Cities, with host Carl Lisek and guest Ted Barns with Gas Technology Institute.  We also have the third of the three-part series from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Emilee Syberg on low-income housing in Indiana.

Guy Rhodes / Guy Rhodes Photography

East Chicago native and resident Guy Rhodes lists his talents as a photographer as well as lighting designer and video producer on his resume -- and what he does every day.  Guy just returned from South Korea, where he was stationed right in the middle of the Winter Olympics, taking dramatic (and often artistic) photos of snowboarders and skiers in competition for the gold.  Guy joined us in the Lakeshore Public Radio studio on Tuesday to talk about himself and his work on "Regionally Speaking."

Montana Public Radio

Today:  we revisit our conversations with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr. and Portage Police Chief Troy Williams on being prepared for an active shooter situation, in light of the recent one at a high school in Florida.  Police departments in communities like in Portage are offering workshops to educate the public in how they can deal with these serious incidents.

We have for you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, this time with a young Muslim woman here in northwest Indiana.

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Today:   a conversation with  Purdue University Northwest associate professor psychology Christina Ragan and Liz Bernel with the university's Art Collections and Special Events, about Tuesday's "Brain Awareness Day" on the Westville campus and a week-long accompanying art exhibit in the Gallery in the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

IPB News

Today:  it's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, when we ask reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about the stories they covered -- both online and in print.  On this edition, we have "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Dan Carden, Rob Earnshaw and Joseph Pete.

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Today:  We continue our look into active shooter preparedness in northwest Indiana, with a conversation with Portage Police Chief Troy Williams.  His department is preparing a series of workshops beginning on March 13th to address concerns about active shooter situations for not only schools, but churches and businesses.

Crown Point Community Schools website

Today:  Crown Point Community Schools Superintendent Teresa Eineman is the recipient of one of the latest "Innovator of the Month" awards from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana, for the successes and improvements made during her 13 years so far as CPSC's CEO.  She joins us on the program to talk about it all.  

Roblox.com blog

Today:  a conversation with Dyer resident Joshua DeBoer, better known as "Joshua D."  He is the creator of one of the nation's most popular games on the Internet, "Vehicle Simulator," available through Roblox.com.  His personal story is in itself worth listening to.

Gary Community Schools

Today:  this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday features "Times of Northwest Indiana"  county government and politics reporter Bill Dolan and Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle.  They talk about the stories they put out online and in print (in Bill's case), and on-the-air (in Eric's case) this week.

Today:  we revisit our conversation with Irene Boone Phillips and Mike Maska, both with Franciscan Health, which is a lead agency for the Lake County Smoking Prevention and Cessation Program.  The program's anti-smoking public information campaign continues this week.

Indiana Business Research Center

Today:  we talk to Carol Rogers, who is the Deputy Director and Chief Information officer for the Indiana Business Research Center in Indianapolis.  She is in charge of the award-winning interactive Web service STATS Indiana.  The site's become one of the nation's most-used public data sites  along with its sister site STATS America. You can find almost any statistic within Indiana on it, dating back more than 100 years.

State Rep. Vernon Smith (D-Gary)

Today:  A special edition of "Regionally Speaking" of the question-and-answer portion of the Feb. 7, 2018 public forum held at the Glen Theatre in Gary by the members of north Lake County's state legislative delegation. Most of the questions by constituents were about the House bill sponsored by Rep. Earl Harris, Jr., which sought to change the IDEM rules on the distance of a construction-demolition waste site from nearby residential property in the city of Gary.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was also on-hand to answer some questions.

Celina Weatherwax, MAAC

Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable, we hear from "Times" education reporter Carmen McCollum and "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson.  Both talk about the stories they contributed online and in print for their respective newspapers.   We also hear from MAAC Foundation's Celina Weatherwax about the next graduating class of volunteer firefighters from the Valparaiso-based Fire Training Academy.

NICTD/Thomas Woolworth

Today:  Michael Noland, the president of NICTD, talks about the progress of the two South Shore Line projects now moving through the funding and planning stages -- "Double Track NWI" and the "West Lake Corridor," which expands the commuter railroad service south from the existing east-west line through Hammond and Munster and into Dyer.

We also have the latest in a decision from a federal court judge on a request to allow East Chicago residents affected by the lead contamination in the area to participate in the court case. 

Porter County govt website

Today: we revisit our conversation last month with Porter County Commissioner Jeff Good about the county's major capital improvement projects and the successful bond issue that is supporting them. 

We also bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  The Welcome Project collects first-person stories and pairs them with intentional conversations to help forge stronger ties within and across our communities. This conversation is particularly poignant, because it involves a "DREAMER."

The Independent

Irene Boone Phillips and Mike Meska, both with Franciscan Health -- a lead community agency for the Lake County Smoking Prevention and Cessation Program -- came into the Lakeshore Public Radio studio on Monday to talk about the efforts this week, and the week of February 19th, across Indiana to tell stories and conversations that they hope will emphasize the importance of stopping smoking -- or not beginning to smoke at all. 

Both Irene and Mike say they want to make sure no one suffers any longer from the impact of the tobacco industry.

The Conversation web site

Today: Irene Boone Phillips and Mike Meska, both with Franciscan Health -- a lead community agency for the Lake County Smoking Prevention and Cessation Program -- join us in the studio to talk about the efforts this week, and the week of February 19th, across Indiana to tell stories and conversations that they hope will emphasize the importance of stopping smoking -- or not beginning to smoke at all.  Both Irene and Mike say they want to make sure no one suffers any longer from the impact of the tobacco industry.

Andrean High School / Diocese of Gary, IN

Today:  on this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we turn to Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune" for her stories, mainly about education and the General Assembly session, and to Jon Gard, who is a reporter for the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."

Gary/Chicago Crusader

Today:  Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana joins us to talk about the 6th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon, to be held on March 22nd in Merrillville.   She explains the categories for this year's awards -- how applicants can put in nominations for them -- and how the awards fit in with the Urban League's goals of promoting, encouraging and enhancing services for all minority groups in northwest Indiana.  The deadline for applications for this year's awards is February 16th.

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