In October 2009, Long Island’s East End witnessed a strange but wonderful nativity, the birth of a new non-profit organization, Peconic Public Broadcasting, formed for the sole purpose of preserving the broadcast license of 88.3 FM and saving what a media-savvy public now understands to be a virtual natural resource: a community based, commercial-free, national public radio station here on the East End of Long Island. In fact, the only remaining local public radio (NPR) or television (PBS) license on all of Long Island.
In December 2010, Peconic Public Broadcasting successfully acquired the license to operate 88.3 Southampton New York from Long Island University and moved its studios and offices from the campus of Southampton College to a store front location in the Village of Southampton.
Leaving the ivory tower and security of a large institution behind but carrying forward a fully mature and well established local and national public radio programming service, Peconic Public Broadcasting achieved its goal of saving a vital community resource and the only public broadcasting franchise on Long Island.
Americans value public radio. Even in an era of proliferating media options, millions of American’s recognize that public radio presents content that simply cannot be found elsewhere. It connects them directly to their community and to the world through, in depth news and arts programming that is respectful, intelligent, challenging, and engaging. As commercial radio has centralized, its content has homogenized. Local content has suffered grievously. In this welter of homogenization and hyper-commercialism, the need for public radio as an honest broker for news and entertainment is even greater.
WPPB takes seriously its responsibility to our community to provide programming that serves the mission and values of public radio. Through our programming and community outreach, 88.3 FM informs, convenes, and connects our community. We reflect our community’s heritage and diversity. We educate. We engage. We inspire. We entertain. We are committed to the full range of information, arts, music, and community services that has distinguished 88.3 FM through the years and invite you to listen, support, and participate with us to secure commercial free local access to vital information, life-enhancing arts, and informed discourse about issues that affect the quality of our life together in this very fortunate community.