More Troubles For WLIU
February 18, 2010 at 4:48 AM (PT)
The deadline for embattled LONG ISLAND NPR affiliate WLIU/SOUTHAMPTON, NY to move from its studios at SUNY-STONY BROOK's SOUTHAMPTON campus is now MARCH 31st, and the INDEPENDENT of the HAMPTONS reports that the school, after granting two extensions, is now holding fast to the new termination date. "We need the space for our MFA writing program. It attracts scores of students," SUNY spokesman DARREN JOHNSON told the paper. "We're in a little tiny office. LIU put a provision in the sale that the station could stay for three years -- that was 3 1/2 years ago."
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY threatened to close the station last year until a local group, PECONIC PUBLIC BROADCASTING, stepped forward to take over the station for $2.4 million, but the INDEPENDENT claims that the new group's efforts have "fallen flat" and some of the celebrity investor/donors have not come through with promised funding.