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Dec 21, 2010 4:29 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

WPPB-FM Now Officially On The Air

Dec 21, 2010 4:29 PM

Peconic Public Broadcasting completed the purchase of the former WLIU 88.3 FM public radio station’s licenses and broadcasting equipment on Wednesday, December 15, bringing an end to a year-long struggle to ensure that the station remained in the East End community.

The station is now officially known as WPPB-FM.

The sale was finalized when the Federal Communications Commission signed off this week on the transfer of the station, as it must do whenever one of the stations reserved for public radio changes ownership.

The purchase agreement between Peconic Public Broadcasting and the university was finally completed in late September after the upstart group of WLIU employees and supporters who formed PPB were able to secure last-minute loans from a local bank and some wealthy local residents to complete the $800,000 purchase.

PPB won the right to purchase the station with an $800,000 bid for the licenses and equipment, and by offering to take over the nearly $1 million-a-year operating costs of the station while the deal was being finalized. The two groups signed a contract for the purchase and made a $150,000 down payment in February of this year. The purchase was supposed to close in June, but PPB officials asked for an extension because the group had not yet raised the more than $600,000 left on the bill. The university granted three extensions in all before the deal closed.

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This is public radio. The same public radio who fired Juan Williams so sharing his feelings. Yet , they let other news reporters say what they want. They never heard of the first amendment! NPR deserves NO funding from the government, or the public. Was the wealthy resident GEORGE SOROS OR his LEFTIST organization????!
By bayview (160), Southampton on Dec 16, 10 12:49 PM
Please learn how to form complete, coherent sentences before you post.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Dec 16, 10 2:01 PM
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Wow. Take a pill. No other democracy makes its public TV and radio network(s) sell their soul and grovel for corporate financing the way we do. They are fully government funded. Period. And in most cases (like Canada and Great Britain), they're great. U.S. public broadcasting still too "LEFTIST" for you? Change the channel.
By rss0246 (23), East Hampton on Dec 19, 10 2:57 PM
People should finance their own hobbies without looking for handouts from an overextended government.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Dec 19, 10 5:13 PM
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Congratulations and way to go to this wonderful station. 88.3 is so important to the community and I am sure the community will continue to support them.
By sunshine (47), southampton on Dec 16, 10 1:50 PM
Real public radio wouldn't run advertisements.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Dec 17, 10 8:55 PM
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Not the same as the old Southampton College station that I enjoyed so much. If this is NPR, why so many commercials?
By joan s (53), hampton bays on Dec 27, 10 7:54 PM