WBUR is announcing that it is buying another FM frequency that will allow its programming to be heard throughout Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Coast.
WBUR is buying 92.7 in Tisbury, on Martha's Vineyard — a station currently using the call letters WMVY.
The changeover to WBUR programming on the newly acquired frequency will occur in early 2013, pending FCC approval.
Listeners can continue to hear WBUR programming on 90.9 FM and on wbur.org.
-- Here's the full WBUR press release:
As one of the first stations in the country to recognize and invest in online streaming, mvyradio enjoys a worldwide audience which tunes into the station's musically diverse playlist — one that includes everyone from Neil Young and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Norah Jones and Mumford & Sons.
"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. “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 and other customary closing conditions. Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed at this time.
About WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station
Founded in 1950, WBUR began broadcasting NPR programming in 1970, offering NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered along with local news programming, establishing its iconic identity as a news and information station. One of the nation’s most successful public radio stations today, WBUR produces extensive local and national content from its studios on Commonwealth Avenue at Boston University, in addition to airing content from NPR, The BBC, PRX and other independent content providers.
WBUR’s over-the-air mix of news, information and entertainment programming is complemented with a robust digital presence, including HD and satellite channels; mobile applications; and live streaming, podcasts and original online content such as Cognoscenti (opinion); CommonHealth (health care) and much more at its news destination website, wbur.org. The work produced at WBUR has won countless honors, including national Peabody and Murrow awards. More at www.wbur.org.
A Heritage Adult Alternative radio station, WMVY/mvyradio broadcasts and streams from studios on Martha’s Vineyard. Mvyradio’s day-to-day programming is a spirited and intelligent mix of classic and contemporary songwriters and bands. The station originates a full roster of specialty programming, including Blues, Jazz, Folk, Grateful Dead and Beatles shows, which are also archived for listening on demand through www.mvyradio.com. In 2007, non-profit Friends of mvyradio was created to take tax-deductible donations in support of online streaming operations and offerings.
More information about the station and its leading approach to digital, streaming music can be found at www.friendsofmvyradio.org. WMVY has been broadcasting from 92.7FM since 1981.
Kristen Holgerson, WBUR - 617.358.2011, email@example.com
Barbara Dacey, WMVY – 508-693-5000 Ext. 110, firstname.lastname@example.org
This program aired on November 27, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.