Lakeshore Public Television: 25 Years of Service and Moving Forward

2013-02-24T00:00:00Z 2013-02-25T13:15:18Z Lakeshore Public Television: 25 Years of Service and Moving Forward nwitimes.com
February 24, 2013 12:00 am

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

Based in Merrillville as a nonprofit and public-owned media organization, Lakeshore Public Television brings quality PBS and original programming to educate, enlighten and inform the Region and 14 counties in Indiana and Illinois. In Northwest Indiana, the station can be found on Channel 56 over the air, on Dish Network and DirecTV. For Comcast viewers, please tune in to Channel 17, or 239 in HD. As your trusted resource for local news, weather, sports and public affairs, Lakeshore Public Television keeps you connected.

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. As The Voice of Northwest Indiana, and as the trusted resource for local and NPR news, 89.1 FM The Lakeshore keeps you connected.

1. THE HISTORY

Lakeshore Public Television signed on the air November 15, 1987 as WYIN Channel 56. Today, 25 years later, not only does Lakeshore carry critically-acclaimed national PBS programming, it remains Northwest Indiana’s sole televised source for local news, sports, and weather, as well as information on cultural events and community issues.

2. AWARDS

Lakeshore Public Television and 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, have won numerous awards over the years. This includes three Telly Awards—the premier award honoring the finest media productions, and a Spectrum Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

3. 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 and Sarah Holst bring a wealth of knowledge to each broadcast.

4. CULTURAL UPDATES

Keeping with the dedication to Arts in the Region, every week John Cain, of South Shore Arts, updates viewers on cultural events in Northwest Indiana with his Eye on the Arts segment during Lakeshore News Tonight.

5. PBS PROGRAMMING

Programming decisions are made at Lakeshore, which provide the opportunity to choose the very best of PBS programming for its viewers including Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, Charlie Rose, Austin City Limits and Antiques Roadshow.

6. COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

Of the 178 PBS stations operating in the US, Lakeshore ranks 21st for the number of hours of local programming produced. Such programs include Lakeshore Focus, where host Keith Kirkpatrick provides a platform for understanding topics relevant to our area.

7. 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.

8. LOCAL DOCUMENTARIES

Lakeshore provides its viewers with popular locally produced programs including The Region Remembers: WWII, Haunts and Legends of Indiana and documentaries on Cedar Lake and Dyer.

9. LOCALLY PRODUCED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

Local educational programming is provided with a show like Making the Grade, which showcases the best and brightest students in Northwest Indiana.

10. LAKESHORE PRODUCTIONS

Lakeshore is equipped with mobile production and satellite trucks that give the station the ability to efficiently and quickly obtain live coverage of breaking news as well as produce local sporting events.

11. LAKESHORE KIDS CHANNEL

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. Built on the trusted PBS brand, Lakeshore Kids is committed to giving children the tools they need to enhance their development. Lakeshore Kids can be found on Comcast Channel 376, over the air on Channel 56.3, or on Direct TV Channel 56.2.

12. LAKESHORE THIS MORNING

Starting at 6:00am every weekday morning, Steve Walsh, Chris Nolte, and Sharon Jackson wake up the Region with Lakeshore This Morning, which features local news, weather, sports, and traffic, plus NPR News and the Marketplace Morning Report.

13. PREP SPORTS

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.

14. LAKESHORE DRIVE

Spectrum Award winning Tavis Buchan hosts Lakeshore Drive, weekdays starting at 4:00pm. Lakeshore Drive is an informative yet lighthearted show that brings listeners the news that they need as well as a few fun surprises.

15. 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.

16. PREP SPORTS ON RADIO

High School sports are a high priority for 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore. Every 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.

17. 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 Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball.

18. 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, your support ensures quality educational programming that encourages life-long learning at all ages. Membership levels vary, for more information on how to be involved please contact Aimee White at awhite@lakeshoreptv.com or 219-756-5656.

19. KID’S CLUB

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

20. 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 Boy Scouts, schools, or other neighborhood organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

21. MARTHA SPEAKS READING BUDDIES

Educating the children in the community is a 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.

22. HOLIDAY AUCTION

The Holiday Gift Auction is an opportunity for local viewers to support Lakeshore in a fun and exciting way—without leaving their home. Local merchants and businesses donate items that are auctioned on-air and online. Items range from gift certificates to area restaurants to gift baskets filled with treats or memorabilia. Don’t miss your chance to shop from your couch every November.

23. LAKESHORE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

In 2012, three hundred women had the opportunity to attend the all day event featuring professional development and networking opportunities for women in all levels of the business world. This year’s event will be held on September 13, 2013 and feature nationally acclaimed speakers, professional and personal development sessions, a panel discussion, a networking reception and time to relax and have fun with colleagues.

24. LAKESHORE IS PART OF THE 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 broadcasting system.

25. COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

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 send to bonita.neff@valpo.edu. Candidates are selected by the Governance Committee to balance the Advisory Board in accordance with the Public Telecommunication Financing Act of 1978.

And don’t forget, Lakeshore Public Television is proud to be the only source for The Lawrence Welk Show in the Region, shown at 11:00pm Thursdays and 7:00pm Saturdays and Sundays.

THE FUTURE

Lakeshore Public Media will kick off their silver anniversary with a suite of events, including a 25th anniversary celebration to commemorate the organization’s achievements, a multitude of community events and a new, extensive and interactive website at lakeshorepublicmedia.org.

Changes are also taking place in the newsroom. This spring, Lakeshore News Tonight moves from its current 9:00pm time slot with two broadcasts at 6:00pm and 10:00pm. The new times will allow Lakeshore News Tonight to reach more viewers at their convenience. Lakeshore is proud of its past and excited about the future as the organization looks forward to continued support from the community.

For More Information: www.lakeshorepublicmedia.org

For event and sponsorship information please call Brandi Anstine at: 219-756-5656

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