ISSUES AND PROGRAMMING 03/31/2018
The following is a summary of some of the program broadcast by Station WRIV (AM), Riverhead to address issues of concern in our service area. This list is by no means an exhaustive study but rather, a brief synopsis of our efforts.
WRIV maintains contacts with numerous community leaders including but not limited to
Hon. Jodi Giglio, Councilwoman, Town of Riverhead Hon. Laura Jens-Smithy, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead Hon. George Woodson, Highway Superintendent, Town of Riverhead Hon. Christine Scalera, Councilwoman, Town of Southampton Hon. Alex Gregor, Highway Superintendent, Town of Southampton
Hon. Albert Krupski, County Legislator Hon. Edward P. Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
Mr. Robert Hartmann, Jr, Mainstream House (Recover from addiction) Hon. Laura Jens-Smith, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead
Rev. Roy Pennon, Galilee Church of God in Christ, Riverhead
Rev. Mary Cooper, House of Praise Christian Revival Center, Riverhead
Rev. Larry Dunklee, St. John the Evangelist Church, Riverhead
Most Rev. Emil Wcela, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre (retired)
Rev. Enrique Lebron, Riverhead United Methodist Church, Riverhead
Rev. Edward Sheridan, Pastor, St. Rosalie’s Church, Hampton Bays
Hon. Anthony Palumbo, Assemblyman, 1st District of New York
Mr. Robert Hartmann, Jr., Mainstream House Recovery Homes, Riverhead, New York
Eastern Suffolk is New York State’s most productive farm region. Farmers are under tremendous pressure to sell their property for development. WRIV presents The Ag Radio Network Farm News to report on agricultural trends to preserve this way of life.
Monday to Saturday 6:05 am 42 mins/week
ACCESS TO ELECTED OFFICIALS
There is no daily newspaper on the East End, and even with the internet, frequently it is hard for the public to hear from their local elected officials. WRIV presents the elected officials listed below to give the public their view on the issues that face the towns and county.
Legis. Al Krupski Mon 8:40-9:00 Assem. Anthony Palumbo Mon 9:10 - 9:30 Councilwoman C Scalera Tue 8:40 – 9:00 Supv. Ed Romaine Thu 9:10 – 9:30 Councilwoman Jodi Giglio Fri 8:45 – 9:30 Hon. Laura Jens-Smith Tue 8:10 - 8:30
IN DEPTH REPORTING
While the area does not have a daily newspaper, Gianna Volpe is a long time freelance journalist who is published in several weekly newspapers. The Freelance Report is an in depth look at local news that affects listeners.
THE FREELANCE REPORT Thu 8:10 – 9:00
The WRIV Community Bulletin Board provides non-profit groups free access to publicize their events so they can devote more of their resources to relieving suffering in the WRIV area.
Community Bulletin Board various 40 mins/wk
WRIV broadcasts religious programming produced by various religious groups at the station.
Sunday 6 am to 10 am, Sunday
WRIV broadcasts The Dawn Patrol, a local news/talk morning show that enables listeners to speak on the air about local issues and concerns in the WRIV service area.
Mon – Fri 6 am to 10 am,
Health care remains an important issue nationally and locally. Peconic Bay Medcial Center is the area’s leading health care facility, as well as being the single largest enterprise in Riverhead Town. PBMC produces commercials and Public Service Announcements that deal with important issues in health care and their programs to address them. WRIV provides free publicity for the medical center in addition to its commercial schedule.
Mon – Sun 6 am to 6 pm, Mon-Sun 20 mins/wk
END OF LIFE ISSUES
24% of Riverhead Town’s population are those over 65. Given this fact, and given the fact that there are very few facilities on Long Island that deal effectively with end of life issues and palliative care, East End Hospice in Westhampton Beach is the leading facility out here. WRIV provides publicity to them so they can reach the public to help address those end of life issues.
Mon – Sun 6 am to 6 pm, Mon to Sun 28 mins/wk
Suffolk County has the highest number of Opiod deaths in New York State. It starts with teenagers taking their parents’ pain medication and eventually ends up in heroin addiction and a lot of times, death. WRIV presents Bobby Hartmann, a recovering addict and owner of Main Stream House Recovery Homes to discuss treatment and more importantly, prevention.
Thu 9:40 am to 10:00 am,
ISSUES AND PROGRAMMING
Riverhead Town has the lowest median household income of any Long Island town. For this cycle of poverty to be broken, the town must attract employers who can provide living wage jobs. The Town has been trying to redevelop the former Grumman site for 20 years. This remains the town's hope for prosperity with factory jobs. We discuss this each Tuesday morning with Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and on Friday's with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio.
Tue 8:10 am to 8:30 am
Fri 8:45 am to 9:30 am
While the number of deaths from opioid overdoses has fallen dramatically, addiction continues to be a serious problem in Suffolk County. The founder and operator of Mainstream House held a golf outing on May 24, 2018 as a fund raiser for treatment and appeared on The Dawn Patrol on June 28, 2018 to discuss the issue further.
May 24, 2018 12:00 to 1:00 pm
June 28, 2018 9:40 to 10:00 am
Suffolk County is New York State's leading agricultural region. In order to help farmers stay on top of the latest trends and methods, WRIV Broadcasts the Ag Radio Network Farm News, produced by the Ag Radio Network each morning.
Mon-Fri 6:05 am to 6:12 am
NON-PROFIT NEED FOR PUBLICITY
As we described above, Riverhead has the lowest median household income of any Long Island town. It is fortunate to have any number of non-profit groups dedicated to relieving the issues that arise from poverty. WRIV offers free publicity for their events on our Community Bulletin Board.
Mon-Sun Various times
Zombie houses is a relatively new phenomenon. A house that has been foreclosed sits vacant and in a state of decay. That results in the house being occupied illegally by those in the throes of addiction, gang members and other unsavory types. This results in lowered property values, safety issues and more. Brookhaven Town demolishes at least one 'zombie house' a week. We disucss this each week with Supervisor Ed Romaine.
Thu 9:10 am to 9:30 am
ISSUES AND PROGRAMMING
September 30, 2018
Riverhead is the leading agricultural producer in Suffolk County's east end. Farmers are under tremendous pressure to sell their farmland for development. WRIV presents the Ag Radio Network Farm News, Monday to Saturday at 6:05 am to give farmers the latest information and techniques for profitable growing.
Riverhead has the lowest median household income on Long Island. The long awaited economic development of the EPCAL site in Calverton could bring living wage jobs to the area. WRIV broadcasts Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith each week to inform listeners of progress there.
Tuesday's 8:10 am to 8:30 am
QUALITY OF LIFE
Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio has made Code Enforcement and Quality of Life issues a major part of her efforts as an elected official. Overcrowded illegal rental houses not only detract from a neighborhood, they put undue pressure on Riverhead's already crowded schools. WRIV discusses these issues with Ms. Giglio each week.
Friday's 8:45 am to 9:30 am
24% of Riverhead's population is over age 65. Senior Citizens tend to have more health issues than younger people. Riverhead is blessed to have Peconic Bay Medical Center located in it. WRIV broadcasts messages from PBMC designed to help people take better care of themselves and take advantage of options available.
Monday to Sunday 20 minutes/week
As stated before, Riverhead has the lowest median household income on Long Island. There are a number of local groups that provide help. They need publicity and often can't afford it. The WRIV Community Bulletin Board provides them with free publicity.
Monday to Sunday 36 minutes/week