WPKM / WPKN: Free Speech Radio is Still Here

WPKN and WPKM want your feedback on our new program line-up: 
Listen to 89.5 FM from Bridgeport  or 88.7 FM from Montauk or streaming at wpkn.org
the email us at wpknfeedback@yahoo.com. 

Letter sent to Editor of the Southampton Press:*

The news about the probable demise of one of the several NPR radio affiliates broadcasting from eastern Long Island, "Public Radio Station Now Up For Sale", Press, August 13, may not signal the end times for news, music and information in these parts.

WPKM 88.7 FM Montauk and WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport are fiercely independent non-commercial radio stations run by volunteers on Long Island and in Connecticut. Our programs are available everywhere at www.wpkn.org. We offer a wide variety of music from rock and folk to classics.

Our news and public affairs programs, such as Counterpoint with Scott Harris (Mondays, 8pm) will be augmented starting August 31 by Democracy Now with Amy Goodman at 10pm weekdays. A re-working of the schedule will allow for a greater number of programmers and even more diverse offerings starting in September. Two programs produced by Native-Americans will be included.

WPKN is a station that welcomes volunteers from the East End. Programs produced here already include "Song Trails with Caroline Doctorow and Mick Hargreaves" (1st Saturday each month at 7pm) , Tidings From Hazel Kahan (moved to 2nd Wednesday at 12:30 pm ) and East End Ink, a literary review from Sag Harbor (moved to 4th Wednesday at 12:30 pm). Other programs such as Mal Dankner's "American Popular Song" and local news reports are produced by East Enders.

All this is presently put together on a $330 thousand yearly budget that must be met by listener contributions. WPKN does not accept funds from corporate or other business concerns so that the free speech we enjoy can continue. Please go to wpkn.org to make a tax deductible donation.

Also, join us at Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead on Sunday, August 30 from 12 to 6 for a rocking benefit concert with four of Long Island's Grateful Dead tribute bands.

Tony Ernst
Southampton, New York
* this letter was not published