WBUR is buying WMVY's frequency to reach Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast.

WBUR announced this morning that is is buying the signal 92.7 FM in Tisbury, which is the current home of WMVY, the Island's radio station.

WBUR is an NPR station, 90.9FM, transmitting from Boston University.

The changeover is expected to take place early next year, pending FCC approval, stated the WBUR press release.

"The mission of the Friends of mvyradio in the next 60 days will be to raise enough pledges from listeners and fans of the nearly 30-year-old independent radio station to sustain mvyradio’s programming and staff and find a solution to continue its broadcasting operations," stated the release.

“We hope our devoted listeners, and the residents and businesses of Martha’s Vineyard will respond and help us continue the ground-breaking digital streaming programming which has become mvyradio’s mainstay while we search for an affordable FM home,” said Joe Gallagher, president of Aritaur Communications, owner of WMVY, in a press release found on WBUR's website. “Our ambitious goal is for mvyradio to evolve into a fully listener-supported streaming music channel and broadcast our programming on a new FM commercial-free signal. It’s an ideal scenario which will require significant fund raising, but we’re committed to making it happen.”

Closing of the transaction is subject to FCC approval. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Wow, that's big news. I still remember the Island's first radio station, WVOI, which as I recall went off the air abruptly in the mid-70s when its equipment was repossessed in the middle of a show. This sounds like a better solution. Best of luck to all.
Audra Myerberg November 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
What sad news. I have been coming to MV since 1978 and my family built a house in 1984 and now my kids are leaving about MV summers. As soon as we get close enough we tune in to WMVY in the car and it stays on in the house all summer long. I am seeing far too much of the "old MV" falling apart.
Martha Magee November 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM


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