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POBJFK Celebrates WPOB 40th Anniversary

Larry “The Duck” attends celebration

WPOB 88.5 FM, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy (POBJFK) High School’s radio station, celebrated 40 years of broadcasting as one of only four high school radio stations on Long Island on Friday, Feb. 10. The anniversary celebration included several well-known speakers in the broadcasting field, many of whom had begun their careers at WPOB.

Past, current, and future broadcasters gathered together at the school’s auditorium with over 400 POBJFK High School students to pay tribute to the groundbreaking and distinguished radio program that has given students a head start in the broadcasting industry for generations.

“We have to thank the district for the innovation and vision that they showed when they started this station 40 years ago,” said Adam Weinstock, who teaches radio fundamentals, production and broadcasting classes at POBJFK and serves as the station’s faculty advisor. “WPOB gives Plainview students who are interested in broadcasting a huge advantage in the industry by providing vital hands-on experience that is unavailable to most of their peers.”

Speakers at the celebration included Hoodie Allen, an up-and-coming rap artist who graduated from POBJFK High School, Shawn Novatt and DJ Skye of WBLI, Brad Klein of NASCAR Channel, Scotty B, a Z100 radio personality and POBJFK graduate, Larry the Duck, broadcasting legend and Newsday contributor, and Norm Prusslin, from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Service. The event was sponsored by Coliseum Caterers and Catch a Wave Yogurt.

News

Plainview school officials are looking for public input for the next round of capital improvements.

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District announced the search for volunteers to serve on its Facilities Upgrade and Improvement Advisory Committee at a special Board of Education meeting held on July 16. The committee will advise and assist the District in preparing a capital improvement bond issue that will be proposed to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community for a vote in December.

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.


Calendar

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Saturday, July 26

Young Israel Blood Drive

Sunday, July 27

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Monday, July 28



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