From the WNET Staff Spotlight:
In July 2020, WLIW-FM opened its new studio in Southampton, introducing a dynamic new schedule featuring favorite local programs and newly added NPR and PBS titles. Native Long Islander Brian Cosgrove hosts two of the radio station’s popular programs. “I host The Afternoon Ramble (Monday-Friday, 1-4pm) and The Overnight Ramble (Tuesday-Friday, 2-5am), a one-of-a-kind mix of music that includes many Long Island singer/songwriters and bands. I am also always available to help in any way I can at the radio station and the WNET Group as a whole,” Brian says. Read on to learn about the mentor who inspired Brian’s career in radio, the radio hosts who inspire him today, and more.
What is your background, and how did you land at WLIW-FM?
My first radio shows were at Nassau Community College and Adelphi University, and my first paid radio job was in 1990 at WDRE 92.7 and 98.5. Both frequencies covered all of Long Island. (92.7 covered Nassau/western Suffolk and parts of N.Y.C., while 98.5 covered the East End.) In 1997, I got a job at WEHM in East Hampton. I did mornings and eventually became the Program Director.
In 2007, I moved over to 88.3 WLIU, an NPR affiliate out of Southampton College, hosting the afternoon music show. I had always wanted to work in public media because of its dedication to content and substance. In 2010, 88.3 became an independent radio station and the call letters changed to WPPB. Then in 2020, we were extremely fortunate to be acquired by the WNET Group and are now WLIW-FM.