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
December 31, 2018
Suffolk County is Long Island's leading agricultural region and Riverhead Town is the largest producer. WRIV presents the Ag Radio Network Farm News, produced by the Ag Radio Network, to keep farmers updated on the newest techniques and issues facing them.
Monday to Friday 30 mins/week
Riverhead has been trying to revitalize its downtown business district for more than 15 years. Unfortunately, there are twice as many stores that are vacant than are rented. A lot of the vacant stores are in a state of disrepair. Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith discusses revitalization plans during her weekly appearance.
Tuesday's 20 mins/week
Riverhead has the lowest median household income of any Suffolk County Town. The town has been trying to attract living wage jobs at EPCAL, the former Grumman site in Calverton. Councilwoman Jodi Giglio discusses their efforts and plans during her weekly appearance.
Friday's 40 mins/week
QUALITY OF LIFE
Blighted neighborhood breed crime and despair. Often times, that blight is the result of homes that are vacant due to floreclosure. Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine discusses that town's efforts to eliminate that blight during his weekly appearance.
Thursday's 20 mins/week
Riverhead has the lowest median household income of any Suffolk County town. Yet, there are many groups that seek to relieve poverty, offer opportunities and services. WRIV offers free publicity to them during our Community Bulletin Board segments.
Daily 36 mins/week
24% of Riverhead's population is over 65 years of age. They have medical needs and Riverhead is fortunate to have an excellent health carer facility in Peconic Bay Medical Center. WRIV broadcasts messages on their behalf that give listeners the opportunity to take better care of themselves and avail themselves of services.
Daily 10 mins/week
March 31, 2019
Suffolk County is New York State's 3rd most productive growing region. Farming is primarily in Riverhead, Southampton, Southold and eastern Brookhaven Towns. As such, the development pressures on farmers is great. WRIV presents the Ag Radio Network Farm News to provide farmers with the latest information on growing and market trends.
Mon-Sat 6:05 am 36 mins/wk
EPCAL, Enterprise Zone at Calverton, is the single largest tract of industrially zoned land in New York State. It had been the US Naval Weapons Preserve until 1997 when it was turned over to Riverhead Town. The town has been trying to redevelop it as industry in an effort to bring living wage jobs to town. Riverhead has the lowest median household income on Long Island. WRIV Radio speaks with Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio about their plans and efforts each week to keep listeners updated.
Tue, Fri 30 mins/wk
Riverside, the community immediately south of downtown Riverhead, has suffered from the impact of blight for years. WRIV speaks with Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Councilwoman Christine Scalera about their efforts to revitalize the area weekly.
Tue, Wed 20 mins/wk
Riverhead's population is composed largely of senior citizens, 24%. They are frequently on fixed incomes and as we get older, health issues seem to multiply. Riverhead is fortunate to have an outstanding facility in Peconic Bay Medical Center to provide treatment and outreach to this community. We present their announcements weekly.
Mon-Sun 15 mins/wk
While this is, in many ways, an impoverished community, it is equally fortunate to have a number of non-profit groups working to improve it. The Community Bulletin Board provides free publicity to those non-profit groups.
Mon-Sun 36 mins/wk
June 30, 2019
Long Island remains New York State's number 3 growing region and is, in fact, the leading provider of ornamentals. Farming in Riverhead has changed from strictly potatoes, cauliflower and cabbage to wine grapes, vegetables and ornamental plants. Still, there are development pressures put on farmers who often are at the mercy of the weather and market conditions. The Ag Radio Network Farm News provides farmers with the information they need to remain successful in farming.
Mon-Fri 30 mins/wk
Riverhead Town has Long Island's lowest median household income. 20 years ago, the US Navy turned over the weapons preserve in Calverton to the town to be an economic generator, creating jobs and prosperity in Riverhead Town. Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio discuss progress toward that end each week on The Dawn Patrol.
Tue, Fri 1 hr 15 mins/wk
24% of Riverhead's population is over 65. They tend to need health services more than the general population. Peconic Bay Medical Center presents information on what is available to them frequently on-the-air.
Mon-Sun 20 mins/wk
Given that Riverhead has the lowest median household income in Suffolk, it is no surprise that many people are in need of assistance. Riverhead is fortunate to have many non-profit groups who work to meet those needs. The WRIV Community Bulletin Board provides free publicity so listeners know what kind of help is available to them.
Mon-Sun 36 mins/wk
Suffolk County is losing young adults, 18 to 34 years old in record numbers. Simply put, they can't afford to buy a house and rental apartments are largely unavailable. This topic comes up frequently in Southampton Town, which has a higher median household income that Riverhead but not much. WRIV Radio explores Southampton Town's efforts to retain young people by providing affordable housing.
Tues, Wed 20 mins/wk
Eastern Suffolk's sole source for drinking water this groundwater in the aquifer. Over the years, a lot of contaminants have entered the ground water, forcing water suppliers to drill deeper and deeper. One of the key solutions to the issue of nitrogen loading is the advanced home septic system. This has been an ongoing discussion with North Fork County Legislator Al Krupski as this is regulated by the Suffolk County Health Department.
Mondays 8:40 - 9:00 am 20 mins/week
Riverhead Town has the lowest median household income of any town on Long Island. The Town Board is trying to sell EPCAL, the former Naval Weapons Preserve, in the hopes that a developer will bring living wage jobs to the area. WRIV speaks with Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio about this every week.
Tuesday, Friday 40 mins/week
Farmers are under tremeendous pressure to sell their land for development and localities are trying to keep them in agriculture. WRIV presents the Ag Radio Network Farm News weekdays at 6 to give farmers the latest information on techniques to maximize income.
Weekdays 36 mins/wk
Eastern Suffolk County has a large percentage of residents who are over 65, and as such tend to have more health realated issues. Peconic Bay Medical Center and Stony Brook-Southampton Hospital each broadcast health related information weekly to listeners.
Mon-Sun 18 mins/wk
NON PROFIT GROUPS
As Riverhead tends to have more poverty related problems than some other Suffolk County towns, it is fortunate that a number of non-profit groups work to relieve that stress and pressure. WRIV provides them with free publicity on our Community Bulletin Board.
Mon-Sun 36 mins/wk