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Heart of the East End

Heart of the East End

By Gianna Volpe
The morning show on Long Island’s only local NPR radio station, 88.3 WLIW-FM, hosted by award-winning multi-platform journalist, Gianna Volpe, features music from all decades & genres, as well as folks from all walks of life. The Heart airs LIVE 9am to 11am weekday mornings, with a nightly replay at midnight streaming at
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Heart of the East End

Matko Tomicic - April 22nd, 2021
Executive Director of Longhouse Reserve talks about the many reasons to visit the bucolic site as the flowers bloom.
April 22, 2021
John Dalen, Billy Dalton, & Paul Insalaco - April 21st, 2021
Three representatives from local fire departments come on-air ahead of the statewide RECRUIT NY to discuss the benefits of joining up as a volunteer firefighter, including a collectable pension, connection to a family and the ability to help one’s neighbors. We discuss the different types of firefighter, memories from decades of service and how some local youth are getting started before they’ve even graduated high school.
April 21, 2021
Julie Fanelli - April 20th, 2021
A teacher at the cross-aged local school talks about the unique approach to education found at Hayground School and taking the kids to clean local beaches on their first field trip since March 2020.
April 20, 2021
Jonathan Pearlman and Valerie Zeman - April 16th 2021
Artists from the Full Moon Collective discuss their upcoming exhibition on the North Fork.
April 16, 2021
Martin Faint - April 16th, 2021
Gianna welcomes local teacher Martin Faint to the show.
April 16, 2021
Gene Casey - April 15th, 2021
Local East End musician Gene Casey talks about his most recent release and more.
April 15, 2021
Tom Dunn - April 13th, 2021
Southampton Arts Center Executive Director Tom Dunn and speaks about his recent appearance on the WLIW21 series Arts Leaders and lots more.
April 14, 2021
David Falkowski - April 14th, 2021
Local entrepreneur joins Gianna to discuss his CBD business and the Freedom Rally taking place in Sag Harbor.
April 14, 2021
George Hirsch, Alex Goetzfried, Diane Masciale - Special announcement!
General manager Diane Masciale joins Hamptons locals and frequent guests for a special announcement! 
April 13, 2021
Brian Polite - April 9th, 2021
Brian Polite of the Shinnecock Nation joins Gianna to discuss the tribe's recent efforts for economic equality through development.
April 09, 2021
Anthony Madonna, Ryan Campbell, & Ariana Venturi - April 6th, 2021
Guild Hall Education leader Anthony Madonna, playwright Ryan Campbell, and actor Ariana Venturi speak about their recent project on this edition of the HOTstudio segment. Find out more about the showcase.
April 06, 2021
John Beacham - April 5th, 2021
CEO of Toorak Capital Partners what Toorak is doing to help finance apartment and home renovations aimed at providing more affordable housing for Long Island’s lower income population.
April 05, 2021
Kaitlin Oster - April 1st, 2021
Local writer Kaitlin Oster joins Gianna.
April 01, 2021
Dr. Peter Michalos - March 29th, 2021
Gianna digs into information about Covid-19 on the East End with Dr. Peter Michalos.
March 29, 2021
Ann Kelsey and Ashley Adelman - March 26th, 2021
Vietnam Veteran Ann Kelsey and playwright/actor Ashley Adelman join Gianna ahead of the broadcast of their radio play In Their Footsteps, airing Sunday March 28th at 2pm. 
March 26, 2021
Lynn Blue - March 25th, 2021
Local East End musician Lynn Blue joins Gianna. Learn more about Lynn Blue Band.
March 25, 2021
Gail Field, Dawn Banks and Joseph Perricone - March 19th, 2021
Two local musicians and Folkie Fest coordinator join Gianna during our pledge drive. Find out more about Folkie Fest.
March 19, 2021
Sue Wicks - March 10th, 2021
WNBA Hall of Famer Sue Wicks has made her home on the east end as an oyster farmer. She speaks with Gianna about her experience and the importance of oyster farming. Learn more here.
March 10, 2021
Marissa Bridge and Danny Lamport - March 4th, 2021
Gianna is joined by Marissa Bridge and Danny Lamport to discuss The Apology Line and more. 
February 26, 2021
Suzanne Cade, Lois Moses, Helen Higginbotham, and Chip Williford of Poetry Street - February 26th, 2021
In celebration of the last show of Black History Month, Gianna invited poets Suzanne Cade, Lois Moses, Helen Higginbotham and Chip Williford onto the show. Learn more about Poetry Street here.
February 26, 2021
Jeff Schaeffer - February 24th, 2021
Peconic County Brewing is the latest addition to the growing brewery scene in Riverhead. Jeff spoke with Gianna about the history of the brewery's name, life on the east end, starting a new brewery and more.
February 24, 2021
Delaney Hafener - February 23rd, 2021
Local musician and WLIW-FM staff member Delaney Hafener joined Gianna on the air to discuss her newest release with her band The Belle Curves. 
February 23, 2021
Medical Monday with Dr. Cheryl Cashin, Darius Shahinfar, and Kathryn Szoka - February 22nd, 2021
Gianna is joined by medical panelists Dr. Cheryl Cashin, City of Albany Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, and Kathryn Szoka for a discussion on the New York Health Act and the hesitancy around the COVD-19 vaccine. Learn more about the New York Health Act
February 22, 2021
Chief Steven Skrynecki - February 16th, 2021
Gianna spoke with Southampton police Chief Steven Skrynecki about his career and the discussions surrounding police reform as they relate to the East End.
February 16, 2021
Kathleen Kirkwood - February 10th, 2021
Gianna catches up with fashion entrepeneur Kathleen Kirkwood to discuss her environmental project Bra Recycling Agency. Learn more about B.R.A.
February 10, 2021
Michael Affatato - February 9th, 2021
Gianna spoke with Michael Affatato of The Village Cheese Shop. Listen to Heart of the East End every weekday morning from 9am to 11am on 88.3 WLIW-FM or 
February 09, 2021
Janice Jaworski - February 9th, 2021
Janice Jaworski of Beads and Boards in Flanders discusses starting a business selling jewelry and hand-made wooden objects with husband, Frank, from their East End home during the pandemic.
February 09, 2021
Donnamarie Barnes & Bennett Konesni - October 1st, 2020
WLIW-FM Host Gianna Volpe talks with Co-Founder Bennett Konesni and Archivist Donnamarie Barnes about Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island, their "Plain Sight Project" and how local organizations, like Sylvester Manor, work to regularly support East End communities coupled with their efforts during the pandemic.
February 08, 2021
Bob Zellner & Pamela Smith Zellner - February 8th, 2021
Civil rights activist Robert Zellner tells Gianna about growing up in Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights movement shortly after the premiere of “Son of The South,” based on Zellner’s autobiography, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.” The grandson of a Klansmen, Zellner talks about how & why his father chose family disownment and left the Klu Klux Klan.
February 08, 2021
Helen Higginbotham - February 4th, 2021
Helen Higginbotham of “When Black Women Gather” discusses diversity matters in 2021 The morning show on Long Island’s only local NPR radio station, 88.3  WLIW-FM, hosted by award-winning multi-platform journalist, Gianna Volpe, features music from all decades & genres, as well as folks  from all walks of life. The Heart airs LIVE 9-11 week day mornings with a  night-owl replay at midnight streaming at
February 04, 2021
Rainer Gross - February 2nd, 2021
Prominent painter and North Fork resident Rainer Gross joins Gianna for the Hot Studio and discusses his work, his artistic approach, and more.  Learn more about Gross's artwork. Listen to Heart of the East End on 88.3 weekdays from 9am to 11am.
February 02, 2021
Tijuana Fulford & Brienne Ahearn - January 25th, 2021
Gianna speaks with founder of The Butterfly Effect Project Tijuana Fulford and their new program and development director Brienne Ahearn. They discuss expanding through the pandemic with a new Poospatuck chapter of the organization, joining forces with the Peconic Community School, and going wherever they are most needed. Find out more about The Butterfly Effect Project.
January 25, 2021
Dr. James Banks - December 30, 2020
Gianna welcomed Dr. James Banks of the Anti-Bias Task Force in Southampton and the African American Educational Cultural Festival to talk about Kwanzaa, systemic racism, abuse of power, and more. You can learn more about the AAECF here. 
December 30, 2020
Donna Singer - December 9, 2020
Donna Singer joins Gianna to speak about what low-cost classes from Eastern Suffolk BOCES and what they have done during the pandemic, as well as their many free resources for families on the east end. Learn more about Eastern Suffolk BOCES.
December 09, 2020
Dr. Bettina Fries - December 7, 2020
Dr. Bettina Fries, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Stonybrook University Hospital. A long, hard look at the immunization efforts slated for New York State ahead of what has been referred to as most the impressive scientific  undertaking in human history — development of multiple vaccines aimed at combating the novel Coronavirus — with one of those on the front lines here in Suffolk County. We look at four of the vaccines being considered for the public, explore the idea of herd immunity and efficacy, dive into the science and talk frankly about how US failure to contain COVID was a silver lining to researchers searching for cure.
December 07, 2020
HOTvoices Roundtable with Melissa Principi and Melissa Hammel - December 4, 2020
The HOTvoices Roundtable brings together strangers of various backgrounds to foster organic unique conversation centered around the East End. Melissa Hammel has lived in Bridgehampton for the last 8 years after coming out from Manhattan with her family. Melissa Principi grew up in Amagansett and has lived on the North Fork for the last 15 years, working in the wine industry. 
December 04, 2020
Minerva Perez & Cassie Gitkin - December 3, 2020
Minerva Perez is Executive Director of OLA of Eastern Long Island, who recently held a film festival on the east end. She also recently advocated for equity in Covid vaccine access on News12 after speaking to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Learn more about OLA. OLA commissioned Cassie Gitkin, a Chicago-based illustrator and artist, to animate a series focused on teenagers emotional health  & wellness.
December 03, 2020
Kim Barbour - December 2, 2020
Kim Barbour of the Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program came onto the program to discuss the virtual version of the annual culinary event "Shellabration." The benefit is traditionally held during the first week of December and hosts over 1,500 "shellabrants." The virtual version of the event continues to raise money for their "SPAT" program and the Back To The Bays Initiative, but also worked to promote the growing oyster community. Learn more.
December 02, 2020
Cathy Demeroto - December 2, 2020
Cathy Demeroto is the Executive Director of CAST - Community Action Southold Town. She spoke with Gianna about the impacts of the pandemic on the local charity and the ways that they have continued to provide much needed community support to the North Fork among many other topics. Learn more about CAST.
December 02, 2020
Mark Torres - December 1, 2020
"Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust For Blood" is the true story about migrant labor camps in Suffolk County from their inception during World War 2 through their hey-day 1960 and their decline toward the end of the century. It chronicles the dark history of the suffering of the camps' inhabitants, the cause and effect of the camps, and the factors that lead to their decline. Author Mark Torres speaks about the book.
December 01, 2020
Eric Alexander - December 1, 2020
Director of Vision Long Island Eric Alexander speaks about the Smart Growth Communities 3-day summit held December 3rd through 5th and how they implemented a virtual version of the event to aid main streets across Long Island. Learn more about Vision Long Island:
December 01, 2020
Cobi Bloomenfeld-Gantz - November 30, 2020
Cobi founded Chapter after seeing his grandfather and parents struggle with the complexities of navigating the process of enrolling in Medicare, and strives to make it easier for those less familiar with using computers to get the proper insurance coverage at the best price possible. Find out more: 
November 30, 2020
Anne Sherwood Pundyk - November 30, 2020
A perspective on the planned construction on the Mattituck Inlet.
November 30, 2020
Ed German - November 11, 2020
Heart of the East End and WLIW-FM pays tribute to all our veterans with a special conversation one of our own, Marine Lance Corporal Edwin German, Vietnam Purple Heart Recipient and WLIW-FM host of The Urban Jazz Experience and Friday Night Soul.
November 11, 2020