LIU To Close Station If No Buyer Found
August 10, 2009 at 4:44 AM (PT)
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY has announced that it will close noncommercial WLIU/SOUTHAMPTON, LONG ISLAND if it cannot find a buyer by OCTOBER 3rd. "WLIU offers innovative programming and provides an essential community service to LONG ISLAND, but unfortunately, currently runs at a deficit that the university can no longer afford to subsidize," LIU VP/Finance-Treasurer ROBERT ALTHOLZ wrote in a statement explaining the school's decision.
GM Dr. WALLY SMITH told the SAG HARBOR EXPRESS about the possibility of getting a buyer to take over the station, "I think we have a good shot at putting this together. Already the outpouring of support is pretty significant ... Several prominent citizens of the EAST END have expressed support for the establishment of a new nonprofit entity that will be able to purchase the license of WLIU. We are hopeful that we will strike an agreement that will enable us to continue the robust programming that distinguishes WLIU by pursuing options with other public radio stations in the region, or through the work we are now engaged in to build long-term support at the local level."