When I brought back the Long Island Radio Dial, I decided to include online radio stations in the list. One of them is taking an extended break:
“The decision was not reached easily and is not the result of a lack of interest among staffers or listeners. Rather, our executive staff has had to make a difficult call when it comes to balancing work and personal obligations,” wrote James Brierton, general manager of SmithtownRadio.com.
Brierton’s letter on the SmithtownRadio.com web site goes into more detail about the origins of the station and what may happen in the future:
When SmithtownRadio.com signed on-the-air January 1, 2006 from the North Tower of Smithtown High School East in St. James the iPod still had a navigation wheel. The idea of streaming your favorite radio or tv station on-the-go was nothing but a dream.
It was at this time we at SmithtownRadio.com turned to the Internet as a place to learn the trade while also finding new ways to serve the community. And over that time we have felt the strain that is maintaining the balance between work and life. Maintaining programming 24-hours a day for half a decade is no easy task but it has been a labor of love.
The demands of academia for many of our staffers in the coming months will be difficult but critical for many of our staff which are entering their final college courses. We have decided that it only makes sense to dedicate as much of our attention to these final months in school.
Once their college courses are completed, they may put the station back on the air. Additional local voices is a good thing, considering how it can be difficult to find local news on the local airwaves.
As for the Long Island Radio Dial itself, I’ll be keeping the link to SmithtownRadio.com up. Their online presence is not going away. Hopefully they’ll return to the air sooner rather than later.