How viable is WLIU’s bid for independence?

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The campaign to establish Long Island’s WLIU as an independent public radio outlet is faltering, according to this report by the Hamptons Independent. With a looming deadline to relocate from WLIU’s longtime home on the Southhampton campus of Stonybrook University, station leaders are also trying to raise money through a new nonprofit, Peconic Public Broadcasting, to acquire WLIU’s license. The Independent reports that actor Alec Baldwin, one of several celebrities who backed the campaign, is not fulfilling his pledge. Meanwhile, critics of G.M. Wally Smith say he hasn’t done enough to reduce operating expenses. “We do have a plan,” Smith said. “Our goal is to not live hand to mouth.”