Long Island Morning Edition

Weekdays 7:00am - 9:00am

Monday through Friday WPPB broadcasts national news reported through the resources of NPR (6am - 9am). From 7am to 9am our Long Island Morning Edition host Michael Mackey provides frequent local weather updates as well as regional news stories, urgent traffic reports, and special features that speak to the body politic, the pulse of our planet, and the marketplace of life.

This week our WPPB TBT features Southampton resident Brenda Simmons and her neighborhood on the hill.

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates the 77th birthday of award winning film director, producer, screenwriter, and wine entrepreneur Francis Ford Coppola. Born on April 7, 1939 in Detroit, by age two Coppola, his older brother August, and their first generation Italian-American parents had moved to Queens, New York. {Where in 1946 his sister Talia Rose was born.} As a child Francis contracted polio leaving him bedridden yet positioned to produce imaginative puppetry and cultivate his creative instincts during recuperation.


Apr 1, 2016

The wide world of public radio received a righteous uppercut this week upon hearing the bizarre revelation that veteran east end news announcer Michael Mackey is really former boxer Mickey "Mighty Mick" Goldmill. Spending nearly an entire adulthood slipping discovery of his story seldom told, bobbing away from the memory of every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried, Mackey {Goldmill?} managed to weave a plausible tale convincing us he had never been nothing more than a humble local broadcaster.

Dear Fellow B52ers - My Classmates & Contemporaries,

Like all of us I've known for a long time it was coming. After all, the moment has been embedded in our psyches since 1967. From age 15 onward the arrival of this day has been in a state of suspended anticipation. And now with grandchildren on our knee, here it is. On March 26, 2016 I celebrate my 64th birthday.  

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Mar 11, 2016

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Dear Listener,

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates a history in the making hoops phenomenon. 

It’s the WPPB Road to the Pot of Gold

Feb 29, 2016

May the roof above us never fall in.

And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

-Irish Proverb 

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, or more specifically an episode broadcast exactly half a century ago.

On Sunday night; February 13, 1966, as President Johnson's Great Society stood at the precipice of political and cultural upheaval - its reverberation felt these 50 years later - many millions of Americans sought escape through television. 

Have you ever had your favorite WPPB program be interrupted by dead air while you are listening? WPPB, Long Island’s Only NPR Station, is joining forces with goodcircle, an organization that connects businesses and non-profits. We’re asking local businesses to join in to help upgrade our studio equipment so you can listen to your favorite programs like the Swingin Years, the Metropolitan Opera and Friday Night Soul without these annoying interruptions.

Help Keep WPPB's Voice Loud and Strong!

Jan 21, 2016

Dear Listener,

Since you are a loyal supporter of 88.3 FM, we know at some point that you have encountered a service interruption or heard cracking, popping or sometimes nothing but static on our station. We need to fix that. Join us and our business partner Sotheby’s International Realty, and goodcircle.org to raise funds for our much needed new equipment.


This week our WPPB TBT celebrates the 80th anniversary of Billboard magazine's first music hit parade and The Hit Parade's biggest hit that year.

Founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters, Billboard Advertising evolved into an entertainment industry source for news pertaining to circuses, amusement parks, fairs, carnivals, whale shows, minstrels, vaudeville, motion pictures, and the fledgling radio industry. 

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates the life and legacy of Guy Williams...better known to baby booming boys and girls as ZORRO!

This week our WPPB TBT has found a new place to dwell; a timeless 45 rpm moment in music history when within a mere matter of months a boy becomes a man...and the man becomes the KING.

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates the 50th anniversary of "Thunderball", the 4th film in the series starring Sean Connery as British secret agent 007. Even now, half a century since its release {12/22/65 in the States and a week later in the U.K.} the adolescent in me occasionally...OK...frequently fantasizes about being Bond. James Bond. His license to kill - especially in the bedroom - is a fantasy which still stirs my teenage soul. And like most boys my age, it's a dream I just can't seem to shake.

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates Christmas '15 with a visit from the pastor of The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton, New York - Rev. Michael A. Vetrano.

How does Father Mike approach his church's celebration of Jesus’s coming? As Christmas draws near, how do people of faith embrace a moment that seems to surpass human understanding? What about the consuming commercialization of a Roman Catholic holy day of obligation?

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates a story that even the evil Mr. Potter couldn't kill. For nearly seven decades a movie from the heavens has made us want to live again...appreciate and cherish our for better or worse lives again...to NOT jump off the bridge of life. But, rather embrace the fear and glory of human existence and keep on keeping on...even if you do crash into a tree or lose eight thousand bucks or can't shake the dust of this crummy little town off your feet.

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates the 90th birthday of Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke!

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates a time for every purpose under heaven. For exactly 50 years ago the record "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" by The Byrds became the #1 popular song with the oldest lyrics, dating back to the Book of Ecclesiastes. Many biblical scholars believe Ecclesiastes 1:1 implies King Solomon as the book's author; thus, if true, giving Solomon (born c. 1011 BC) lyrical credit for a 20th century, international smash hit single.

This week our WPPB TBT celebrates Thanksgiving with a song I've associated with the holiday since first having heard it as an idealistic, impressionable teenager.

46 autumns ago Glen Campbell's new hit single reminded us that even amidst a heated national debate over war, race, and the role of government in our lives, no one need doubt that we could start to help the down and out by simply being kind and lending a helping hand.