Group Aiming To Save WLIU Holds Rally
September 14, 2009 at 4:37 AM (PT)
A group aiming to buy noncommercial WLIU/SOUTHAMPTON, LONG ISLAND held a rally at SUNY-STONY BROOK's SOUTHAMPTON campus last week to demonstrate public support for its efforts to rescue the station, reports the EAST HAMPTON STAR. The school has put the station on the block and has threatened to close it if a buyer does not come forward, and a group called PECONIC PUBLIC BROADCASTING is attempting to raise enough money to buy the station and operate it. Bids on the station are due SEPTEMBER 23rd.
Assemblyman FRED THIELE (R-SAG HARBOR) and State Senator KEN LAVALLE (R-1) were on hand along with other politicians vowing support for the effort to save the operation, along with WLIU Managing Dir. DR. WALLY SMITH, who told the assemblage that the school has "invested an immense amount of money over the years" but has been "squeezed by this economic crisis."