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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Romaine and Bonner Celebrate Unveiling of Sign Commemorating Rocky Point Pine Barrens

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Farmingville, NY - On September 15, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilwoman Jane Bonner joined members of the Rocky Point Historical Society and Suffolk County elected officials at the unveiling of a new interpretive sign in the Rocky Point Pine Barrens. The sign commemorates the 100th anniversary of the world’s largest radio transmitting station on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest property. It was home to the world’s largest radio transmitting station until 1978. Towers at the station were 450 feet and capable of transmitting and receiving radio signals across the ocean. On Nov. 5, 1921, President Warren C. Harding pressed a button in the White House, which officially opened the RCA Radio Central facility at Rocky Point.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “I am proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first radio transmissions from Rocky Point. This new sign represents a part of our history that is not well known to most people and I expect it will bring it to the forefront for everyone to discover.”

Brookhaven Town Councilwoman, Jane Bonner said, “It’s great that Rocky Point has now been recognized in the history of worldwide communications. Thanks to everyone who played a part in securing the sign that will memorialize this historic property for generations to come.”

Pictured at left are Suzanne Johnston from the Rocky Point Historical Society; Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Supervisor Ed Romaine. Pictured at right with Rocky Point Historical Society and community members are Supervisor Ed Romaine (third from left); New York State Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio (fourth from left); Councilwoman Jane Bonner (fifth from left) and County Legislator Sarah Anker (sixth from right).

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