Wally Smith

President, General Manager, and Program Director

He established the first NPR station in the Los Angeles market in 1972 and has served as a Board Member of National Public Radio and a founding board member of American Public Radio, now Public Radio International. He continues his pioneering efforts on behalf of public radio as the founding President of Peconic Public Broadcasting.

On Friday afternoon, June 9, a rogue and brief thunder and lightning storm struck our satellite, internet, and broadcast transmitter causing severe damage to our broadcast facility. The damage to our transmission equipment was extensive and kept us off the air for several hours over the week-end. I apologize to you for that inconvenience.

February 19, 2016

Dear God,

This is a letter of recommendation for one of your most recent prospects. I hope this will make him an early candidate to earn his wings. We will all be listening for the bell to ring and knowing who will be playing piano for the Angels Jazz band.

WPPB Year End Appeal -- It's the No Fund Drive Fund Drive!

Dear Listener, 

WPPB Year End Appeal

Nov 18, 2015

WPPB Year End Appeal -- It's the No Fund Drive Fund Drive!

Dear Listener, 

A Word from Wally

Sep 23, 2015


It's Our Fall Pledge drive, and we are reaching out to you to enlist your help to spread the word about WPPB Long Island's Only LOCAL NPR Station. We are asking you to tell your friends, family and colleagues about this station and why we need your support. Please use your social media networks to communicate this important message. Be a WPPB Friendraiser! Details are posted on this page

Thanks to all of you who supported our fund drive. We raised $28,000 and hope to raise the last $2,000 over the next few days to achieve our $30,000 goal.

Thanks also to our on air staff: Bonnie, Brian, Michael, Kyle, Bob and our administrative staff: Susan Hanley, Paula Hinck, Paula Wolfe, and Nancye Simpson for their extra effort to make this drive a success and their dedicated commitment to bringing you the very best local public radio every day.