Long road still ahead for WLIU purchasers


WLIU stands for Long Island University, but the calls will no longer be applicable if an agreement to sell the East Long Island noncom to Peconic Public Broadcasting makes it to the finish line. According to a report, PPB has come up with an initial $158K down payment, leaving it with just under $700K to go by the end of June.

The University will no longer house the station, and the prospective buyers may be moving it to a new local site almost immediately. PPB has been calling for volunteers to help with the move, and is further expecting the community, which wished to save Eastern Long Island’s only noncommercial station, to follow through on that wish and come up with the necessary funding.

The station is licensed to Southampton NY. The full sale price of $850K is due 6/30/10. As yet, no paperwork on the deal has been filed with the FCC.

For a local appreciation of the effort to save the station, follow this link to a submission to the RBR-TVBR Viewpoints department that we ran last summer.