25 Ways Lakeshore Public Media Serves the Community

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This year, Lakeshore Public Television celebrates 25 years of providing quality, local and commercial-free programming for Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland.

As Northwest Indiana’s sole televised source for local news, sports, and weather, and as the leader in providing information on cultural events and community issues, we want to share this important achievement with our supporters and our community.

In the 25 business days leading up to our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we will share the 25 ways we serve you, our community. Check back each day to learn more. (For more information about the 25th Anniversary celebration, click here.)

1. Our Reach

Based in Merrillville as a nonprofit and public-owned media organization, Lakeshore Public Television brings quality PBS and original programming that educates, enlightens and informs 3.5 million citizens in 14 counties in Indiana and Illinois.

Though television is the core, Lakeshore is much more than a television station, it is your public media company. Four years ago a radio station – 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore – was added to the portfolio, reaching more than 500,000 listeners throughout Northwest Indiana.

 2. PBS Programming

PBS is America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts, and a trusted window to the world. At Lakeshore, we proudly wear the PBS brand–choosing the very best of PBS programming for our viewers including “Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey,” “Charlie Rose,” “Austin City Limits” and “Antiques Roadshow.”

 3. Community Programming

Of the 178 PBS member stations in the US, Lakeshore ranks 21st for the number of hours of local programming produced. Such programs include “Lakeshore News Tonight,” the only local nightly newscast serving Northwest Indiana, and “Lakeshore Focus,” where host Keith Kirkpatrick provides a platform for understanding topics relevant to our area.

4. National Programming Produced Locally

Lakeshore has teamed up with former ballerina and fitness enthusiast Miranda Esmonde-White to bring you the popular public television series, “Classical Stretch.”  Lakeshore is the presenting production station for the show that is distributed nationally to 110 PBS stations.


Classical Stretch Taping in Jamaica

Taping of Classical Stretch with Miranda Esmonde-White in Jamaica


5. Local Documentaries

Lakeshore provides its viewers with popular, locally produced programs including the Telly Award-winning documentary “The Region Remembers: WWII,” “Haunts and Legends of Indiana” and documentaries on Cedar Lake and Dyer.


WWII: The Region Remembers

WWII: The Region Remembers


6. Educational Programming

Lakeshore provides and produces local educational programming such as “Making the Grade,” a quiz show which features the best and brightest students in Northwest Indiana.

 7. National Public Radio

89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, presents a hand-picked selection of the finest public radio offerings from National Public Radio (NPR). NPR mainstays include “The Diane Rehm Show,” “Talk of the Nation,” “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Car Talk,” “Ask Me Another,” and many others.

NPR Logo


 8. Mobile Production

Lakeshore Productions offers remote television broadcast services throughout Northwest Indiana and the greater Midwest.

Whether its live events, satellite uplinks, sports, news or entertainment, Lakeshore’s team of award-winning professionals develop, produce and distribute high-quality television for major networks as well as local and regional broadcasters. We can also assist you in getting your live shot or live event on air and ready for broadcast. Visit for examples.

 9. Lakeshore Kids Channel

PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. Built on the trusted PBS brand, Lakeshore Kids provides children the tools they need to enhance their development. Lakeshore Kids connects with the viewers on a personal level, providing top rated, educational programming on the only local 24 hour children’s channel in the community.

10. Martha Speaks Reading Buddies

Educating children in our community is the top priority for Lakeshore. Developed to accompany the Martha Speaks television series, “Martha Speaks Reading Buddies” is a cross-age reading program that is an innovative way for young students to increase their vocabulary, develop self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of books.

11. Lakeshore Kids Club

The Lakeshore Kids Club membership is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful world of public broadcasting. Lakeshore Kids Club members receive a gift pack, on-air recognition during their birthday month, pre-sale notification for Lakeshore Kids Club shows and events, and discounts at local businesses. Enrollment is $30 per child and supports educational programming as well as family events in our community.

12. Membership

Members play a vital role in continuing the excellent tradition of community supported broadcasting. As a member of Lakeshore Public Television and 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, support ensures quality educational programming that encourages life-long learning at all ages. Membership levels vary, for more information on how to be involved, visit

13. Station Tours

Lakeshore provides residents the opportunity to tour the station and gain behind the scenes knowledge of how a television and radio station works. Children’s groups such as Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts, schools or other neighborhood organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.   For more information, please call the station at 219-756-5656.

14. “Lakeshore Drive”

Tavis Buchan hosts “Lakeshore Drive,” heard weekdays at 4:00pm on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore. “Lakeshore Drive” is an informative yet lighthearted show that brings listeners the news that they need as well as a few fun surprises. In 2011, Tavis won the Spectrum Award for broadcast excellence.

15. Auctions

Our auctions are one of the ways residents and businesses support local public broadcasting station at Lakeshore Public Media. These auctions feature items donated by area businesses and organizations. Items range from golf memberships to gift certificates. Check out our Spring Auction today at The auction is online only and runs through May 10.

16. Lakeshore Professional Women’s Conference

At the Lakeshore Professional Women’s Conference, women from all over the region attend an exhilarating full day event featuring unique professional development and networking opportunities. This year’s event will be held on September 13, 2013 and features nationally acclaimed speakers such as Sam Horn, Elizabeth Lombardo, and Diana Jordan, as well as professional and personal development sessions, a panel discussion and a networking reception. For more information ,visit or call Brandi Anstine at 219-756-5656.



Lakeshore Professional Women's Conference on September 13, 2013

Lakeshore Professional Women’s Conference on September 13, 2013


17. Local Television News

As Northwest Indiana’s only local newscast, “Lakeshore News Tonight” provides accurate and timely information to the residents of the Region. With over six decades of experience, lead anchor Jodi Juhl, meteorologist Matt Wintz, sportscasters Joe Arredondo, Tommy Williams, and reporters Renetta DuBose, Denise Turner and Sarah Holst bring a wealth of knowledge to each broadcast.   “Lakeshore News Tonight” moves to 6 PM and 10 PM today, May 6. The new time slots allow the news team to reach more viewers at their convenience.

 18. Lakeshore Sports

Lakeshore Public Television is the local connection for sports information and live games. Our award-winning talent and professional productions keep Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland residents coming back for the coverage they love. Plus, Lakeshore offers Northwest Indiana’s only televised coverage of high school athletics. Joe Arredondo, who for 16 years has been the face of prep sports in the Region, along with Wayne Svetanoff, bring viewers Prep Football Report, Prep Sports Report, and Schepel PFR Scoreboard.


19. Cultural Updates

At Lakeshore Public Media, we are dedicated to promoting the Arts in the region.  Every Thursday, John Cain, executive director for South Shore Arts, updates viewers on cultural events in Northwest Indiana with his “Eye on the Arts” segment during the news.

20. Prep Sports on Radio

High School sports are a high priority for 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore. Friday nights during the fall, “Lakeshore Game Night” brings listeners four hours of fast-paced football coverage.  During basketball season, prep coverage includes the “Friday Night Hoops Pregame Show” followed by the hottest games in the region.

21. “Lakeshore This Morning”

Starting at 6:00 AM every weekday morning, Steve Walsh, Chris Notle, and Sharon Jackson wake up the region with “Lakeshore This Morning.” This weekday broadcast features local news, weather, sports, and traffic as well as NPR news and the “Marketplace Morning Report.”

22. Local  Professional & College Sports Broadcasts.

89.1 FM, The Lakeshore is the region’s radio home for IU basketball and football, as well as Purdue University sports. It’s also Northwest Indiana’s radio home for the Dan Dakich Show, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and RailCats baseball.

23. IPBS Network

Partnering with the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations network has provided Lakeshore the ability to participate in state public broadcasting funding, establish a statewide interconnection, and join WARN, the official national crisis broadcast system.

24. Community Representation

Lakeshore has a community advisory board that advises the board of directors of the station with respect to programming and other policies. If you are interested in nominating someone, please email Bonnie Neff, board chair, at Candidates are selected by the governance committee to balance the advisory board in accordance with the Public Telecommunication Financing Act of 1978.

25. Celebrating 25 years

This year marks our silver anniversary as Northwest Indiana’s sole televised source for local news, sports, and weather, and as the leader in providing information on cultural events and community issues!

Today, we celebrate this remarkable achievement with our supporters with an event at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville. Attendees have exclusive opportunity to reminisce about the station’s history and accomplishments, and get an up-close look at our newest team member: President and CEO James Muhammad.

The event will also highlight new initiatives including:

• Unveiling of the brand Lakeshore Public Media.

• An interactive website,, that features the latest local and national news, radio and television programming content, community events, and information on how to get involved.

• “Lakeshore News Tonight’s” twice-daily broadcasts at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


For tickets and sponsorship information to the 25th Anniversary Celebration, contact Brandi Anstine at 219-756-5656, ext. 317. Donations of $75 are requested per person. A limited number of tickets are available. RSVP by April 19.

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