- With a two-month stay which will serve to keep WLIU Radio on air as part of Stony Brook Southampton University through to December, Assemblyman Fred Thiele
(R-Sag Harbor) and State Senator Ken LaValle
(R-1) will be holding a press conference with general manager Wally Smith
on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. to highlight the growing support for keeping the community radio station alive.
The conference, which is slated to include several other concerned elected officials from the East End, will be held at Chancellor's Hall on the Southampton campus. Stony Brook Southampton had planned to fully divest from WLIU-FM 88.3 by October, however a groundswell of public support for the station and the efforts of those gathering to save it led the university to extend the station's contract through to December.
WLIU began broadcasting in 1974 as a 10-watt station at Southampton College, making the upgrade to 150 watts in 1979, when they took the call letters WPBX.
In 1993, the station signed on as an NPR
member and moved to its current frequency at 88.3FM while increasing its signal to 25,000 watts. WPBX became WLIU in 2002 and began broadcasting in digital in 2005.