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Record-Breaking Community Support For 88.3 FM Fund Drive

Originally Posted: November 24, 2009

Southampton - Listeners contributed a record total of more than $90,000 to 88.3FM's four-day on-air fund drive. Nearly 700 listeners and supporters pledged nearly three times the highest amount ever generated by the station under Long Island University (LIU) ownership.

"From Saturday afternoon, when we had received more than $50,000, we knew this was going to be a different fund drive," stated General Manager Dr. Wally Smith, "Responses by telephone and online were absolutely unprecedented and a solid confirmation of the enormous support throughout the East End for a community-owned public radio voice."

"This record response, though, is also confirmation of 88.3's large listening audience of influential thoughtful leaders and opinion makers," Dr. Smith added, "and bodes well for Peconic Public Broadcasting, Inc., the new community-owned non-profit corporation which is acquiring the station from Long Island University. It's never too late," he continued, "for listeners to show their support, even though the on-air fund drive is over. Contributions can still be made on line at the new website capital campaign which will allow the station to become a major community-owned resource for eastern Long Island and southern Connecticut."

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