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“Regionally Speaking” Returns to Lakeshore Public Radio, Monday, February 29th

February 25, 2016

Merrillville –Regionally Speaking will return to the Lakeshore Public Radio airwaves, on February 29th at 12:00 pm (CST). Chris Nolte, the original host of the show when it debuted in 2011, will transition from his role as the local Morning Edition host, to host/producer of the daily (Mon-Thu) show.

“The opportunity to bring back this show, not only for our news team, but for Northwest Indiana has been the goal since June [when Steve Walsh left],” said Tom Maloney, Vice President of Radio Operations. “Steve set the standard, after taking the show over after its first few years, and I have no doubt in my mind that Chris will exceed our expectations.”

Regionally Speaking will explore the news of Northwest Indiana, and not just the headlines. Chris Nolte will talk with politicians, business leaders, educational leaders, and residents who help to make an impact in Northwest Indiana.

“I’m looking forward to speaking with many of the newsmakers that I got to interview when Regionally Speaking began years ago,” said returning host Chris Nolte. He continued, “Northwest Indiana is a great place to live and work and its problems are well-known, but the Region is recovering well and showing the rest of Indiana that all of the business innovation and lifestyle changes aren’t just happening in the center of the state.”

“We are excited to have Regionally Speaking come back to the program schedule of Lakeshore Public Radio.  The program provides the critical outlet for civil discourse that is needed in every community,” James Muhammad, CEO of Lakeshore Public Media said.

Sharon Jackson will take over Morning Edition, and Dan Clark will engineer Regionally Speaking, as well as host All Things Considered. Steven Lattimore will remain on as a general assignment reporter. Steve Walsh, the most recent host, accepted a reporting job at KPBS in San Diego during the summer of 2015. At the time, Lakeshore Public Radio was in a transitional phase, and Regionally Speaking went on hiatus.

Podcasts for the show will be available the same day as the show, and segments from Regionally Speaking will air on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.