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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.

Saving Mr. Mackey

Aug 27, 2014

Our WPPB Throwback Thursday feature this week takes a spit spot step back in time as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins." Now I suppose there are some among us who can listen to "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and keep from sobbing. But, I'm not one of them. And truth be told I don't hold up so well through the rest of this magical musical, either. When I first saw "Mary Poppins" in the beautiful Bay Shore theater half a century ago my 12 year old self stayed the storm and blinked away the tears welling within. No one was gonna see this lad cry.

This week's WPPB Throwback Thursday posting features the second most famous person ever born in Southampton Hospital. For tomorrow we celebrate the 75th birthday of Carl Michael Yastrzemski. The Boston Red Sox baseball player, popularly known as Yaz, grew up right here in Bridgehampton, on School Street, several lots south of the Candy Kitchen. The future Hall of Famer's father also named Carl and mother Hattie { nee Skonieczny } were part of a large Polish community which farmed the south fork. The elder Carl and his brother Tommy owned a seventy - acre farm in Water Mill.

For this week's WPPB Throwback Thursday post we lament the circle of life and death brought forth by war. A hundred years ago this week while neutral America observed from an ocean's distance, a horrific new age World War was underway in Europe.

This week our WPPB Throwback Thursday segment once again celebrates the Southampton Lions Club Charitable Trust 12th Annual Oldies Spectacular. On the bill this Saturday evening are artists from the 1950s and 60s who sustain a musical style that never really gets old. Call it doo wop, rock & roll, rhythm & blues; whatever the term the result is always a gas.

On Saturday evening August 9th the Southampton Lions Club Charitable Trust presents its 12th annual OLDIES SPECTACULAR featuring The Flamingos, La La Brooks of The Crystals, The Four Aces, The Knockouts, and The Marcels performing live their hit songs of the late 50s and early 60s. For this week's WPPB Throwback Thursday segment we preview one of the artists with more looks and listens to come. The Flamingos are renowned for their mastery of tight R&B group harmony.

For this week's Throwback Thursday segment we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stages — the non-profit Children’s Theatre Workshop which provides East End children all year long a place to act, sing, dance and perform. Stages' legacy of excellence in live entertainment is on display this weekend in Sag Harbor with their production of DEAR EDWINA; a musical comedy for the child in all of us.

This week our WPPB Throwback Thursday feature revisits the yearnin' burnin' summer of 1964. 50 years ago this week, just a month after its release, "The Supremes" first hit single "Where Did Our Love Go"  was the hottest record in America. Joining in June '64 Dick Clark's "American Bandstand Caravan of Stars", Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross began the tour at the bottom of the bill; by the conclusion of the tour, they were at the top. The sizzling success of America's most successful vocal group - ever! - started with a song about promised love lost.

For this week's WPPB Throwback Thursday feature we celebrate the United States of America and the republic for which it stands! The give me liberty or give me death patriot within my soul especially admires brave Americans who have stood tall and fought for their country through inspiring speech and powerful non-violent action.

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This week's WPPB Throwback Thursday segment celebrates the 40th birthday of Derek Jeter, one of the most accomplished and admired players in baseball history. D.J. was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, on June 26, 1974. Jeter and his sister Sharlee lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan with their parents during the school year and spent their summers with their grandparents in New Jersey. Attending New York Yankees games with grandma and grandpa, Jeter became an avid fan of the team. 

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.

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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.