Lakeshore PBS Asks Area Residents to Share Their Traditions On-Air this Holiday Season

Merrillville, IN – Lakeshore PBS is asking for video submissions that showcase how community members across the region celebrate the season for an upcoming holiday program.


Lakeshore PBS, Northwest Indiana’s local public television station, is looking for viewers to submit a 2-3 minute video about their holiday traditions. Lakeshore PBS will gather all the submissions and create a local show Traditions: Spirit of the Holidays. This show will be aired multiple times during the holiday season on Lakeshore PBS.

“People of all ages are making videos now,” said Loren Ellis, TV Operations Manager for Lakeshore PBS. “We are asking them to share these videos with us, whether it is a decking your house out in lights, recreating family recipes or volunteering in your community, we want to see what your family, friends or coworkers do to celebrate the season every year.”


This effort continues Lakeshore PBS’ recent work engaging the community on-air.  James A. Muhammad, President and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media, welcomed the opportunity to bring viewers stories to the Chicagoland airwaves.  “We are asking viewers to share their family traditions and see what they do to celebrate the holidays.”   Muhammad reflected that this community-focused effort is aligned to Lakeshore’s mission to “share stories from the region while recognizing the diversity of our audience.”


For two years in a row, Lakeshore PBS has won the Indiana Broadcasters Association‘s Cardinal Award for Community Engagement.  In 2016 and 2017, the station held a town hall in three locations that focused on race, justice, community and policing.  In September 2017, Lakeshore PBS partnered with the Legacy Foundation to produce a televised program and supporting online elements for On the Table, which brought together community members to have a meal and conversation. Both initiatives were opportunities to have a dialogue about important community issues with the intention of sparking new connections and ideas for change.


Lakeshore PBS is asking for submissions by noon on December 3.  Visit for video tips and submission information, or call Loren at 219-756-5656 for more information.  All submissions will receive a gift from Lakeshore PBS.


Ellis sees this as a fun way to spread the holiday cheer across all of our communities.  “This is the season to spread good will,” said Ellis.  “It’s also a great way to bring our viewers even closer into the Lakeshore PBS fold.”