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 TBT is a real long toss - a historic heave of 374 years - for it was on June 12, 1640, that Puritans from Lynn, Massachusetts landed at Conscience Point in the hamlet of North Sea and founded the first English settlement in what would become New York State. The birth of Southampton midwifed supportively by native locals is a classic American saga.

"A Little Bit of Soap", written by Bert Berns (aka Bert Russell), became a big hit in late summer 1961 for the American R&B group The Jarmels. Nowadays upon hearing the song I still stop what I'm doing and sing along. Wednesday as tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong rallied in remembrance of the anniversary of China's 1989 crackdown on Beijing student protesters, I coincidentally {?} discovered another recording of "A Little Bit of Soap." Seems this record was a huge hit in southeast Asia for the Hong Kong-based group Cliff Foenander and The Fabulous Echoes.

Can You Imagine a World Without Public Radio? 

I know. We can't either. We'd be so sad...

And grumpy. 

This week we celebrate the 63rd birthday of former N.B.A. player and native son Clarence "Foots" Walker, the most famous member of Long Island's Greatest High School Basketball Team of the 20th Century. Between March 9, 1967 and March 7, 1970 the Mariners of Southampton High won 61 consecutive games; a record which no school - public or private in Nassau or Suffolk - has ever come close to surpassing! Before home games during this 3 year long unbeaten streak, with a standing room only crowd already roaring and the old S.H.S.