Behind the Headlines

WLIW-FM and The Express News Group Partner to Launch Behind the Headlines, a New Public Radio Program Exploring Local and Regional News

Premieres January 16 on 88.3 WLIW-FM and


(Southampton, New York – January 5, 2021) Today, The WNET Group, parent company of Long Island’s only NPR Station WLIW-FM, and The Express News Group announced the launch of Behind the Headlines, a new one-hour, weekly public radio program featuring conversations about the local and regional news of the week. Behind the Headlines premieres on Saturday, January 16, at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WLIW-FM and The program will encore on Sundays at 10 a.m. Episodes will also be available to stream on-demand at Check the schedule for encore broadcasts.

Providing analysis of the latest local and regional and cultural issues, Behind the Headlines is hosted by Express News Group editors Bill Sutton and Joseph P. Shaw. To bring listeners a diversity of perspectives, voices and views, each week Sutton and Shaw will host a rotating panel of esteemed guest journalists and colleagues, from a robust collection of East End, Long Island, and regional news and public affairs outlets. Confirmed participating organizations include The Times-Review News Group, The East End Beacon, Newsday, The East Hampton Star and Riverhead Local. Other reporters from the Express News Group and WLIW-FM will also participate in the roundtable rotation.

“We have actively been seeking ways to expand our local news coverage and are pleased to partner with The Express News Group to make that vision a reality,” said Long Island native and resident Diane Masciale, Vice President & General Manager of WLIW21 and 88.3 WLIW-FM and Executive Producer of local productions at WLIW. “We have a shared mission to educate, inform and empower our local community through quality media content.  With Behind the Headlines, listeners can expect more coverage of the issues and topics that are important to the diverse East End community of Long Island.”

“We’re excited to partner with WLIW and reach an entirely different audience with our news reporting, and even our lifestyle coverage from time to time,” Express News Group Co-Publisher Gavin Menu said. “The East End of Long Island is blessed with some of the best community news outlets in the entire country, and bringing reporters and editors from across the region together to discuss important and timely issues will be of great value to the listeners of WLIW and beyond as the program is shared across different platforms.”

“We’ve always enjoyed the panel conversations on the radio station with our colleagues, and we’re excited to keep it going forward in a new, more formal presentation,” said Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor of the Express News Group. “The camaraderie among South Fork journalists is remarkable — even as we compete against each other, we really do support and respect one another. It will be an honor to bring so many perspectives together on a weekly basis.”

The WNET Group is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN , WLIW21 , WLIW-FM and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey and its news division, NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS.  The WNET Group acquired the new 88.3 WLIW-FM, Long Island’s only NPR station, in March 2020. Formerly WPPB-FM, the new radio station kicked off a schedule featuring local favorites and introducing new national offerings. In July 2020, WLIW-FM opened its brand new, state-of-the-art studio in downtown Southampton.

The Express News Group publishes The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press, The Sag Harbor Express and 27east. The Express and Press newspapers and websites consistently rank among the best publications in the nation for editorial excellence.




About WNET

WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN , WLIW21 , WLIW-FM and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey and its news division, NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including NatureGreat PerformancesAmerican MastersPBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multiplatform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.


About Express News Group

The Express News Group publishes the leading weekly newspapers, The Southampton Press (Eastern Edition and Western Edition), The East Hampton Press and The Sag Harbor Express, blanketing the oceanfront and bayfront communities of southeastern Long Island, commonly referred to as “The Hamptons.” Additionally, The Express News Group publishes The Express Magazine, a series of niche publications delivered across the North and South Forks of Long Island, and produces the area’s most popular online websites, and



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