The WNET Group Expands Its Radio Coverage on Long Island with the Acquisition of an FM Translator

Delaney Hafener, Lindsey Horvitz | January 28, 2022

The purchase of the translator located at 96.9 in Manorville, New York will extend the reach of WLIW-FM, Long Island’s only NPR station.

Today, The WNET Group, home to Long Island’s only NPR Station WLIW-FM, announced the acquisition of the FM translator W245BA on the 96.9 frequency based in Manorville, New York. The purchase, which was approved by the FCC, will allow The WNET Group to expand the terrestrial broadcast reach of the Southampton based WLIW-FM to western Suffolk.

“We are excited that more Long Islanders will now have access to WLIW-FM over the air on 96.9,” said Long Island native and resident Diane Masciale, Vice President & General Manager of WLIW21 and WLIW-FM. “We look forward to continuing to bring our expanded audience the quality programming and conversations they expect from public media. In the weeks ahead we’ll be examining an even broader range of local topics to address the issues that are unique to the Long Island community.”

WLIW-FM offers a dynamic programming schedule featuring local shows and hosts as well as popular national titles. Local offerings will continue to include Morning Edition Long Island Local News with Michael Mackey, Heart of the East End with Gianna Volpe, The Afternoon Ramble with Brian Cosgrove, The Urban Jazz Experience and Friday Night Soul with Ed German, Behind the Headlines, and many other local programs. National offerings include Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, The Moth, This American Life, among others. Audio versions of public television programs PBS NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, MetroFocus and ALL ARTS Radio Hour are also featured.

The WNET Group acquired 88.3 WPPB in March 2020. The purchase, which was approved by the FCC and the New York State Attorney General’s office, made WLIW a dual licensee, operating both a PBS television station and NPR radio station. In June 2020 The WNET Group introduced the new WLIW-FM. The station is available for listeners to stream on Long Island and beyond at and other streaming platforms.