We began in 1997 as The Friends of Long Island Wireless.
The organization was formed by Constance Currie, the current President of the LIRTVHS, and the late Ralph Williams, a renowned collector of Atwater Kent radios in Greenport, NY, with the help of the Sayville Historical Society, the Steuben Society and local amateur radio operators.
The goal of the society was to create a wireless museum on the 102 acre grounds of the former Telefunken international telegraph site in West Sayville.
The society engaged numerous Suffolk County politicians in the effort to preserve the Telefunken site. Unfortunately, insufficient financial support was available and the effort had to be abandoned.
In 2008, we changed our name to the Long Island Radio &TV Historical Society to reflect a broader interest in the rich and diverse history of communications on Long Island from early wireless through television.
We are a 501 (3) (c) organization