WMVY (88.7 FM; "Mvyradio") is a non-commercial community-oriented adult album alternative radio station based in the town of Tisbury, Massachusetts and licensed to serve Edgartown, both on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The station is owned by Friends of Mvyradio, Inc.
|Broadcast area||Martha's Vineyard; Cape Cod; Greater New Bedford, Newport, Rhode Island|
|Format||Adult Album Alternative/Adult contemporary|
|Owner||Friends of Mvyradio, Inc.|
First air date
|1981 (on 92.7)|
May 21, 2014 (on 88.7, as WMEX)
Former call signs
|WMEX (May 21–28, 2014)|
WMVI (May 28–June 9, 2014)
Call sign meaning
|Airport code for Martha's Vineyard|
|HAAT||83 meters (272 ft)|
|Translator(s)||96.5 W243AI (Newport, Rhode Island)|
Mvyradio is one of the most streamed internet radio stations in the world (consistently one of the Top 20 most-listened-to internet radio stations according to Webcast Metrics). Streams are available in multiple formats, including WMA, MP3, and RealAudio, and it is a featured station on Apple's iTunes radio tuner service.
On 92.7 FMEdit
Beginning in 1981 and ending on February 8, 2013, WMVY was a commercial radio station on 92.7 FM in Tisbury. Despite being a class "A" FM signal transmitting from Martha's Vineyard, WMVY was widely listened to in both southeastern Massachusetts (particularly the "upper" portion of Cape Cod) and the area around Newport, Rhode Island (the latter via a translator station on 96.5, W243AI).
During its last few years broadcasting on 92.7 FM, Mvyradio's operations were actually split between two companies. The radio station, WMVY, was owned by Aritaur Communications. The Web presence and online streaming were managed by mvyradio, LLC. A third entity, Friends of mvyradio, is a 501c(3) non-profit created to help offset streaming and programming expenses by enabling listeners to make tax deductible donations.
On November 27, 2012 WBUR-FM, a Boston NPR affiliate, announced that subject to FCC approval, it had reached an agreement to purchase WMVY, which would become a repeater of WBUR-FM. The purchase price was $715,000. Mvyradio's programming was to be transferred to the Friends of Mvyradio as a non-commercial Internet-only station. The switch to the WBUR simulcast (under new call letters WBUA) took place on February 9, 2013 at midnight.
On 88.7 FMEdit
On November 7, 2013, Friends of Mvyradio announced that they had bought the broadcast license for 88.7 FM from Vineyard Public Radio Inc., which was 250 watts and had the callsign WMEX. Vineyard Public Radio had originally planned to use WMEX to carry a format of adult standards and big band music, but ran into zoning problems. WMEX began carrying Mvyradio programming at 4 p.m. on May 21, 2014, following a 20-minute stunt of ocean wave sounds. A week later, the callsign was changed to WMVI; on June 9, the WMVY callsign was assigned to the station. Also in June 2014, power was increased to 580 watts. In July 2015, power was increased to 13,000 watts, albeit using a directional antenna that reduces power westward to protect WJMF, Smithfield/Providence, which also transmits on 88.7 FM. The 13,000-watt signal covers most of Cape Cod, the Vineyard, the South Coast, and Nantucket.
|City of license||ERP
|W243AI||96.5||Newport, Rhode Island||55||FCC FM Query|
For a few years, beginning in June 2005, WMVY had two additional translator stations on Cape Cod: W264BA (100.7 FM) in Harwich Port and W230AW (93.9 FM) in Centerville. W230AW currently rebroadcasts WFRQ, while W264BA rebroadcasts WKFY on 100.5 as W263CU.
- Brown, Sara (17 January 2013). "FCC Approves Sale of WMVY Signal; Efforts to Save Station Heat Up". Vineyard Gazette. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- Wells, Julia. "Radio Station WMVY Will be Sold to WBUR". Vineyard Gazette. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- "Call Sign Changes" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
- Mook, Ben (November 20, 2013). "Displaced Vineyard station mounts noncommercial comeback bid". Current. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- Brown, Sara (May 21, 2014). "WMVY Back on the Dial". The Vineyard Gazette. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 2, 2014.