Peconic Bay Broadcasting completes deal for WLIU

12/16/2010 12:20 PM |

The Southampton-based National Public Radio affiliate 88.3 FM is officially in the hands of the nonprofit Peconic Public Broadcasting group after the $2.4 million purchase was finalized last Wednesday, according to a joint statement from PPB and Long Island University, which owned the station for more than 20 years.

“We wish Peconic Broadcasting the very best of luck in continuing the mission that Long Island University instituted in bringing quality, community-based public radio to Long Island’s East End, southern Connecticut and Westchester,” said LIU’s president, David Steinberg.

The new call letters for the station, which operated as WLIU for many years, is WPPB.

“PPB will maintain the same high level of quality production and programming the community has come to expect, all with added local emphasis,” said station manager Wally Smith. “Our existence is the result of the collective effort of volunteers, listeners, donors, and a dedicated professional staff, each of whom worked tirelessly to secure this valuable resource.”

The Federal Communications Commission approved the station’s license transfer in October, a month after PPB announced it had raised the final $637,000 cash payment needed to buy the station’s license and equipment from LIU. The group had originally been given until June to come up with the money but that deadline was extended four times.

LIU operated the radio station from its Southampton campus, which it sold to SUNY/Stony Brook in 2006, for more than two decades. LIU announced its intention to sell the station last year, citing $1 million in annual losses that included rent the school had been paying to Stony Brook.

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  • sorry jim….but i think that property would do more good for the area as a supplier of tax money than for wildlife that has alot of property to play on…there has been alot of support for a drag strip out there…and motorsport playland….this way there wont be any tall buildings…and wont take up that much space….it will also give the island jobs….and increase tax income for the island….leaving it alone is not positive…its negative…

  • Return to Nature …great idea…time to save what we already own…and address the issues that we can actually do something about…The Navy made a huge mistake when giving to Riverhead and turning over as DEC property. Preserveurn of Nature…is ultimately good business and good governmnet. The jobs already created at EPCAL surpass those of the Grumman plant…its not good for the town to keep entertaining stupid ideas…yours is a finally a good one!