On the Radar


Sarah Opat talks with local up-and-coming bands, artists, and cool people in general across Northwest Indiana and Chicago, exploring how they got their starts, and what plans they have for the future.

Lakeshore's Sarah Opat cuts open the bold and socially important issue of ending patriarchy with Robert Jensen, a writer, radical feminist, activist, and a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

The two talked "On the Radar" about Jensen's latest book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (Spinifex Press, 2017).

Lakeshore's Sarah Opat talked with Chicago progressive jam band, Stampy "On the Radar" 89.1 FM.

Two of Stampy's band members, bassist Kevin Campbell and guitarist Ian Engels sat down in the radio studio with Opat. The progressive band describes their sound as bluesy meets jazz and soul.

"Stampy's original material travels many musical avenues. From soulful grooves to high energy dual guitar solos, Stampy brings a versatile set to the table that is sure to please a variety of palates," said Campbell.

Low Cut Connie's lead singer and piano player, Adam Weiner talks with Sarah Opat On the Radar for Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM.

The two talk Chicago. Grab you and your crew this THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd and head over to the Beat Kitchen for a Low Cut Connie show in Chicago. Tickets available here

Purdue University Northwest student Nick Ward and host Sarah Opat talk about his experience in the Air Force and transitioning back into college. The two talk "On the Radar" at Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1FM. 

Ward decided to join the Air Force for life direction. “I didn’t know what I wanted to study specifically, all I knew is I wanted a full time job, so I joined the Air Force,” Ward said.

Chicago rock band, The Letter Girl struts into studio Lakeshore studios Wednesday at dusk. The band chats with Sarah Opat On the Radar 89.1 FM.

Before the in studio interview, a private band meeting was held outside over cigarettes and giggles with Opat, the producer.

On the dot at 7 pm, the meeting adjourned and The Letter Girl band members sat down for an up close and personal interview. These empowering women share various stories throughout the interview and how the passion began for The Letter Girl.

Shamanic healer from Chicago, Juan Alzate joins Sarah Opat at Lakeshore studio.

Here in the cave, they open up a conversation about activating the luminous healer inside. 

The message is clear. Alzate explains how one can practice releasing fear to embrace your luminous warrior within.

The Luminous Healer holds a safe space for meditation ceremonies and one on one healing sessions in Old Irving Park in Chicago. 

"The answers are within." says Alzate. 

Alzate adds in a few personally selected songs to the interview.

Live in the studio at Lakeshore Public Radio: 

Martin Navejas joins Sarah Opat On the Radar for an in-studio interview.

Navejas shares how he got his start in photography and his passion within this upcoming exhibit: Talking Body at White Ripple Gallery. 

Both speakers, Naveja and Opat have opening receptions for solo exhibits the same night in the same building. 

White Ripple Gallery presents...

Talking Body opening reception Saturday June 10th, 6-11pm with photographer Martin Navejas. Free entry. 

Chantalism: Art Talk

Jun 6, 2017

The man. The legend. Chantala Kommanivanh steps into the radio studio and talks culture, art, and his personal rap career with Lakeshore's Sarah Opat On the Radar. 

Fresh beats  (all songs) by Chantala's group: Maintenance Crew


Chantala Kommanivanh is an award-winning Lao American Artist, Educator, and Musician.

New York native, Phillip Scott shares his story and perspective on art with Lakeshore's Sarah Opat. Bold, blunt and fresh - his word is heard.

Artist P. Scott now lives in Chicago and runs NYCH Gallery (pronounced: niche) in Pilsen on 643 West 18th street. The gallery hosts monthly events on the second Friday.

The next opening reception at NYCH Gallery is Friday June 9, 2017 6pm-11pm featuring P. Scott's work. Free entry.

Connect with P.Scott on Instagram and keep up with his creations: @PSCOTTART

Find P. Scott's art on social media:

Lakeshore's Sarah Opat gets on the line with front man and piano player Adam Weiner from Philadelphia rock 'n roll band Low Cut Connie. The rock group radiates a sound strangers can nod their head to.

Rolling Stone recently described Low Cut Connie's new single: "If the New York Dolls had done a session with Jerry Lee Lewis it'd sound a lot like the Philadelphia rocker's new one - a political anthem drunkenly teetering on plat from heels."

The Lighthouse Restaurant located on Cedar Lake serves up killer steak, seafood, and burgers. Meet one of the chefs behind the madness, Jason Tellado.

Chef Tellado joins Lakeshore's Sarah Opat in a conversation about passion, where he got his start in cooking, and special dinner techniques.

Thanks for tuning into On the Radar.

Photographer Ross Bacon

 Chicago music artist Matthew Skirving, known as DJ Hegemony talks about his passion for scratchin' with Lakeshore's Sarah Opat.

The interview cuts deep into personal meaning, growth, and what collaboration means for DJ Hegemony. 

Classic rock cover band, Busted Knuckles steps out of The Shak to talk to Lakeshore's Sarah Opat.

These band members sound like Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Pink Floyd. Busted Knuckles covers a wide range of tunes: Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Beatles, and Weezer. The story started in the shed that turned into a music oasis now called The Shak.

The next show is St. Patties day Friday March, 17th at The Lowell Town Pub. Bring your curiosity.

The story goes to Chicago with Misfits cover band: Walk Among Us featuring band members, Sara VanLaningham and Nate Phillips. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sarah Opat spoke to the band about their unique sound, their love of Misfits music, and much more.

Dr. Gina Bartucci talks about mindfulness with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sarah Opat. Bartucci is a clinical psychologist in Chicago who implements mindfulness and meditation programs in groups. The simple act of using mindfulness allows our brains to live our lives more fully.

Priten Vora

Mic check, Mic check 1-2 1-2. Chicago Indie Rock band, Namorado interviews with Lakeshore Public Radio Sarah Opat on 89. 1 FM. Lead guitarist and backup vocals, Mike Altergott shares an unforgettable conversation. Check out the band Friday the 13th, January 2017 at Chicago's one and only soon to be shutting down venue: DOUBLE DOOR.

Warning: This performance WILL knock your socks off.  

Find Namorado on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/namoradomusic/