Brian Cosgrove broadcasts the first program out of WLIW-FM’s new Southampton studios, The Afternoon Ramble.

In its first year as part of The WNET Group, WLIW-FM opened a new studio in Southampton, Long Island: radio host Brian Cosgrove inaugurated the space by broadcasting local program The Afternoon Ramble. The public radio station quickly added new local programs to the schedule, including Behind the Headlines – a collaboration with Express News Group that welcomed East End and regional public affairs journalists to discuss the latest local and regional news – and WLIW-FM In Conversation. WLIW-FM also aired a number of documentaries, celebrating NPR’s 50th anniversary with Fifty and Forward, and debuting the radio premiere of In Their Footsteps, an audio version of Ashley Adelman’s play detailing the experiences of five American women who served their country during The Vietnam War.

The station also gave “made for television” programs a second life on radio. Local television news magazine MetroFocus began airing weeknights at 11pm, while George Hirsch Lifestyle Radio, an extension of the long-running public television series, will bring weekly informative and entertaining conversations about food and lifestyle starting in Fall 2021. WLIW-FM also collaborated with The WNET Group’s three multiplatform initiatives on three specials with panelists that gave a local perspective to global issues. Exploring Hate on Eastern Long Island examined the deep-seated roots of hate on Eastern Long Island; Peril and Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change looked at the effects climate change is already having on Eastern Long Island and what actions local communities are taking; and Chasing the Dream‘s A Tale of Two Teachers spotlit two married Long Island educators and their experiences teaching at different schools over the course of the pandemic.

The station even dipped into podcasts, streaming Reid My Mind, a podcast featuring compelling people impacted by all degrees of blindness and disability, on wliw.org/radio. And just in time for the summer, WLIW-FM made itself known with an outdoor advertising campaign, which included a digital billboard on Sunrise Highway (NY 27 East) and a WLIW-FM-branded Hampton Jitney!