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7 Comments by MattS


With deadline looming, radio station still short of funds

It is indeed sad to see this happen, although to some degree the economy and budget cutbacks from governments that had traditionally provided grants that were reduced or withdrawn is a substantial cause.

But for full disclosure let me add that I speak with some knowledge of the broadcasting industry and "public" radio in particular. In fact I was one of the founders of Hamptons Community Radio which currently operates the 88.7 station in East Hampton, and has just been given the FCC go-ahead to build another station on 89.1 in Westhampton. Thus in competition with WLIU/PPB. Although I am no longer on the Board, I know that fund raising has been difficult in spite of their focus on local community programming. Getting volunteers takes time and resources which are not in abundant supply anywhere these days.

Of particular concern to me is that 27East and the Press Group papers have gone along with the statement that NPR programming will disappear on the East End. The Independent this week interviewed a Long Island University spokesperson who saii that if the sale does not go through, WLIU (which the University owns, after all) will continue to play NPR programming, but with computers instead of real people. In fact, they will likely take more NPR material to fill the day. Of course there are two other "public" stations (besides the 88.3 and 88.7 locals. There's 91.3 licensed to Southampton but programmed from Connecticut, and 89.9 licensed to Noyack, again programmed from Connecticut, and both do A LOT of NPR originated material. The 88.7, at which I still do volunteer work, will not become another NPR affiliate and is hustling to get more local programming, but they've only been on for 9 weeks.

As to what happens to 88.3 long-term, that's not clear for now. The NPR contracts with WLIU run until the end of the year, and I'm sure LIU (the University) would like to sell it to recoup at least part of the over $2 Milllion in losses they covered prior to 2009. Will another "public" broadcaster buy it? Maybe, but the more likely scenario is that a religious group with deep pockets will eventually own it, and change the programming. I guesstimate that may take six months or more.

Let me add that WPKN in Bridgeport, which is on 89.5 reaches all but the Easternmost parts of the East End, is a public station unaffiliated with NPR. " Aug 15, 10 2:37 PM

Saks Fifth Avenue closes Southampton store this past weekend; Water Mill's Citarella also closed

Fortunoff is gone, now Saks. Staples hasn't opened yet in Bridgehampton, four months after advertising for help. And I could go on.
Will Pier 1 leave too, as I've heard?
Saks will likely be replaced by an upscale 99 cent store (like $ 1.59)
There are no jobs out here, and our duly elected government is juggling statistics to hide its failures, not just Democrat or Republican, but the whole Washington mess, which is tied to Wall Street.
On second thought, maybe Saks could become a seed store so we can grow fruits and vegetables at home.
Things stink to high heaven." Oct 6, 10 6:40 PM

Ballot Count Begins; Altschuler Travels To Washington

I worked as the Republican inspector in my district, and can tell you with some authority that the ballots could be placed into the machine in one of four ways, but because of heavy printed markings at the edges, the scanner would electronically align the image of your ballot so that it would count properly, the same way your home computer can invert a photograph, Simple nowadays.
But I welcome a recount of each paper ballot, which is better than some states where there is no paper trail." Nov 8, 10 8:16 PM

Southampton Village Hires Specialized EMT For Bidens' Visit

Welcome to the effluent Hamptons." Jun 5, 11 5:02 PM

FDA Meets With Local Farmers To Discuss New Regulations

Oh boy, another government agency creating work for itself.
Do we really need this?
When was the last case of pumpkin poisoning?
They want to enforce regulations including registration and reporting; this happens to be attached to $1000 fines for non-compliance.

"I'm from the Government and I'm here to help."

Oh shit" Aug 19, 11 5:43 PM

No Opposition To Wind Turbine In East Hampton

A bit of sanity: no objections.

More of these should be allowed!" Aug 19, 11 5:45 PM

Bob Stevens Faces Felony Charges Of Stealing From Appliance Store Employees In Westhampton

I received a free jar (with a sprinkler top) of his BBQ spices, supposedly Bob's own recipe. Do you think that it could not been a secret family recipe, but something with a Bob's label pasted on it? I'm devastated!" Apr 9, 12 7:57 PM