Lakeshore Public Media received a boost from NIPSCO and the philanthropic arm of its parent company NiSource.
Representatives from NIPSCO and the NiSource Charitable Foundation, recently presented Lakeshore PBS with a combined $50,000 donation to continue local productions and programming for Northwest Indiana.
NIPSCO, a longtime supporter of Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio, presented the donation during the public television station’s professional women’s conference on Sept. 19. The contribution will be used for Lakeshore Public Media’s ongoing operations.
“After a challenging year, this generous gift shows that NIPSCO understands and values our efforts to serve Northwest Indiana,” said James Muhammad, president and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media. “On behalf of all of us at Lakeshore Public Media, we truly appreciate the years of support from NIPSCO.”
A storm damaged the Lakeshore PBS TV transmitter in July 2018, which took the station off the air. More than $400,000 was invested by Lakeshore PBS to get the station broadcasting again.
The $25,000 donation from the NiSource Charitable Foundation will be applied to a new studio transmitter link, which will be the last piece needed to update the entire transmission system, Lakeshore Public Media said.
Earlier this month, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, an alliance of more than 270-member radio and television broadcasters, announced Lakeshore PBS was among the finalists for its 2019 Spectrum Awards Station of the Year in markets outside Indianapolis. Winners will be announced on Oct. 24 during the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame Luncheon.
NIPSCO and the NiSource Charitable Foundation, recently presented Lakeshore PBS with a combined $50,000 donation to continue local productions and programming for Northwest Indiana.