For two decades, many East End residents spent their mornings with Bonnie Grice, the host and producer of “Eclectic Café” and “Media Mavens” on 88.3 WPPB-FM Peconic Public Broadcasting who signed off from the public radio station in March. While Ms. Grice was ready to bid adieu to a full-time gig in Southampton, she was not quite ready to put down the microphone and will return to the airwaves next week on Sag Harbor’s WLNG Radio, 92.1 FM.
“Rock On with Bonnie Grice” will air Saturdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., and will focus on one of Ms. Grice’s favorite genres of music — classic rock.
“It has always been a passion of mine and I can’t wait to share that,” Ms. Grice said in an interview this week. “Starting out, it will be a rock show from the 50s to the 80s and maybe I will be able to sneak in a little bit of the 90s.”
Ms. Grice said she sees the show as one that will obviously showcase music, but also include classic rock musical guests performing in venues across Long Island, New York City, Boston, Connecticut and beyond — wherever the airwaves of Sag Harbor’s beloved radio station reach.
In addition to playing some of her favorite tunes, Ms. Grice says hosting a show on her hometown radio station — she lives not far from the station’s headquarters on Redwood Causeway — is a dream come true.
“It’s in my hometown,” she said. “That is part of the excitement for me — it is one thing to work locally, and certainly working at WPPB was working for a local station, but this feels like it is just truly boots on the ground, you know?”
Ms. Grice is excited to work with the station’s manager, Gary Sapiane, and said the new owners, Sandra Foschi and Bill Evans, have been incredibly supportive and bring a passion and energy to the station that is invigorating.
“They are all about keeping the station local and a part of the community,” said Ms. Grice. “It’s what that station is all about.”
Ms. Foschi and Mr. Evans, a former senior meteorologist for WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York, purchased WLNG Radio and its Redwood Causeway property in October for a reported $3.9 million.
“I have long admired her engaging radio shows and interview skills, but when Sandra and I met Bonnie — one recognizes how talented and creative she is,” said Mr. Evans in an email on Wednesday morning. “We are honored to welcome her to the WLNG family!”
“She is a legendary local personality that is deeply rooted and involved in her community,” added Mr. Evans. “She is a dynamic personality — we love those at WLNG — and she is not only a female voice but a voice for women as she always explores new facets of her talent and life and she knows how to connect us.”
With a once-a-week radio show, Ms. Grice plans to continue to grow her other, local, creative pursuits including her theater company, boots on the ground, which will present a new production that Ms. Grice is currently writing next spring at the Southampton Cultural Center. The production will bring together Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman for a conversation from some of the most celebrated women of the 19thcentury.
“They were active abolitionists, all of them,” she said. “The production will be in honor of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage and the Bi-Centennial of the birth of Susan B. Anthony.”
In the meantime, Ms. Grice is anxious to get back in front of the mic.
“And I get my own jingle.”