Lakeshore Public Media has grown since its inception in the mid-1980s, but the mission has never changed. Today more than ever, Lakeshore Public Media, through television, radio, the web, community outreach and events, is a source for local and national information to connect people and ideas here at home and across the globe.
James A. Muhammad, president and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media says that providing local and national content, for television programming is important to serving the community. “It’s all about being able to provide a service where there is local as well as national content that is relevant to our community. The national programs we select for our station address the needs and concerns of the community we live in, so we select many educational and kids programs, healthy living shows, cooking shows, creative programs on art, quilting, and gardening, and we bring it all together to provide a service that is distinct in our market,” says Muhammad.
One example of this type service: Lakeshore recently aired a special on Public Television, FRONTLINE The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, which was selected because it’s a national story with regional interest. The dialogue was then continued through an interview on Lakeshore Public Radio, which talked to a local individual who had worked against Apartheid. Muhammad says, “This is an example of what we’re doing across channels. It’s using the circle of what is happening in your local world to provide context for what is happening in the greater world.”
For PBS stations, nationally Lakeshore is one of the top producers of local programming producing hundreds of hours each year. This month Lakeshore launched their new weekly, Lakeshore Reports, with host Kristyn Estes, which delivers accurate, in-depth analysis about the stories that affect the region, from education to environment, politics to the arts and Money $ense a series that will focus on financial wellness provided by experts from Centier Bank. In addition, Lakeshore Focus with host Keith Kirkpatrick addresses important topics for residents of the region and the fascinating lives of his guests. Lakeshore is also the one stop source for local sports coverage with Prep Football Report, PFR Scoreboard and Prep Sports Report with long time hosts, Joe Arredondo and Wayne Svetanoff.
We proudly offer iconic children’s shows like Sesame Street and Curious George plus new programs such as Peg + Cat and Daniel Tiger. For history buffs and collectors we offer highly informative shows like the Ken Burns documentaries, History Detectives, and Antiques Roadshow. For lovers of drama and mystery we offer you the MASTERPIECE Collection which includes Scherlock and Downton Abbey. For those interested in science we bring fascinating programs like Nature and NOVA. Last, but certainly not least, we bring encore presentations of the American classic The Lawrence Welk Show. These are just a few examples of the favorites Lakeshore brings into homes throughout the region.
Local radio coverage, on Lakeshore Public Radio means up-to-the-minute news, traffic and weather coverage during Morning Edition, especially necessary during the recent harsh winter; coverage of important local events are lead by host Steve Walsh with Regionally Speaking and continue with Casual Fridays with Jerry Davich, Your Mind on Money with Oak Partners, The Ad Men and Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges. National programming includes analysis of national topics on the Diane Rehm Show, Here & Now, All Things Considered and Marketplace Money.
LakeshorePublicMedia.org brings all of these programs and more to your finger tips. Not only does the website give viewers the ability to watch and listen to a wide range of local and national programs it is a news source for the region.
Community Outreach, especially hosted by Lakeshore Kids is a leader in bringing fun and educational activities to the region with the opportunity to meet PBS Kids characters such as Daniel Tiger, Super Y and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Lakeshore Public Media’s events have also addressed the needs of residents in Northwest Indiana and one of the most respected of these efforts is the Lakeshore Professional Women’s Conference, which will take place on September 18th, is in its third year. This event offers high level training and networking through speakers, panel discussions, and seminars addressing all aspects of the business world from a woman’s perspective.
Through television, radio, the web, community outreach and events, Lakeshore Public Media is connecting people, ideas, and information in the region. Residents of Northwest Indiana can rely on Lakeshore Public Media as their source for the important issues in their lives and the people of the world.