Heart of the East End
By Gianna Volpe
Heart of the East EndApr 01, 2021
Matko Tomicic - April 22nd, 2021
Executive Director of Longhouse Reserve talks about the many reasons to visit the bucolic site as the flowers bloom.
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.
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.
Jonathan Pearlman and Valerie Zeman - April 16th 2021
Artists from the Full Moon Collective discuss their upcoming exhibition on the North Fork.
Martin Faint - April 16th, 2021
Gianna welcomes local teacher Martin Faint to the show.
Gene Casey - April 15th, 2021
Local East End musician Gene Casey talks about his most recent release and more.
Tom Dunn - April 13th, 2021
David Falkowski - April 14th, 2021
Local entrepreneur joins Gianna to discuss his CBD business and the Freedom Rally taking place in Sag Harbor.
George Hirsch, Alex Goetzfried, Diane Masciale - Special announcement!
General manager Diane Masciale joins Hamptons locals and frequent guests for a special announcement!
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.
Anthony Madonna, Ryan Campbell, & Ariana Venturi - April 6th, 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.
Kaitlin Oster - April 1st, 2021
Local writer Kaitlin Oster joins Gianna.
Dr. Peter Michalos - March 29th, 2021
Gianna digs into information about Covid-19 on the East End with Dr. Peter Michalos.
Ann Kelsey and Ashley Adelman - March 26th, 2021
Lynn Blue - March 25th, 2021
Gail Field, Dawn Banks and Joseph Perricone - March 19th, 2021
Sue Wicks - March 10th, 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.
Suzanne Cade, Lois Moses, Helen Higginbotham, and Chip Williford of Poetry Street - February 26th, 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.
Delaney Hafener - February 23rd, 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.
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.
Kathleen Kirkwood - February 10th, 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 wliw.org/radio.
Janice Jaworski - February 9th, 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.
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.
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 wliw.org/radio
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: http://visionlongisland.org/
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: https://www.getchapter.com/
Anne Sherwood Pundyk - November 30, 2020
A perspective on the planned construction on the Mattituck Inlet.