WMVY Acquires Station, Will Return to FM Dial
Sara Brown
The popular local radio station WMVY, which has been an online entity since it lost its FM signal nine months ago, will return to the airwaves next spring. Barbara Dacey, a longtime deejay and the station’s director of worldwide programming, announced the news on the air just after 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
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Where the Music Stands at WMVY
Ivy Ashe

Radio station WMVY officially went on the air 30 years ago. Though block programming and automation had existed on the signal for some time, 1983 was the year that “we basically signed on as WMVY in the format of mixing rock and blues and folk rock,” director of worldwide programming Barbara Dacey said this week.

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WMVY Celebration Party

During the fundraising efforts to keep WMVY alive on the internet, musicians wondered how they could help out.

“Lots of musicians came to us and asked what can we do,” said station manager Barbara Dacey. “But at that time we were just taking pledges.”

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WMVY Lives On Online, Will Leave Dial Next Week
Sara Brown

Radio station WMVY, the popular Vineyard station that was endangered after its owners sold its FM signal, will live on through online streaming after having reached its fundraising goal last week.

The station’s fundraising effort, which drew support from listeners around the world, was completed just in time: WMVY’s 92.7 FM call signal will be transferred to WBUR, a Boston-based National Public Radio station, in about a week.

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WMVY Reaches Fundraising Goal; Station's Future Assured for Year
Sara Brown
Radio station WMVY will continue after reaching its fundraising goal Friday evening, one day before the deadline.
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WMVY Nears Goal To Raise $600,000
Sara Brown

North Dakota has come through, making it a clean sweep of donations from 50 states for radio station WMVY.

And the popular Vineyard station that was in danger of going silent after an NPR station purchased its signal, has nearly reached its fundraising goal.

"We are hoping to do it in the next 24 hours," Barbara Dacey, director of programming for WMVY, told the Gazette at press time Thursday. "We don't know. It's all up to everybody else," she added.

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FCC Approves Sale of WMVY Signal; Efforts to Save Station Heat Up
Sara Brown

As a strong fund-raising push continues to keep the popular Vineyard radio station WMVY on the air, the Federal Communications Commission Thursday approved the transfer of the station’s 92.7 FM radio signal to Boston radio station WBUR. The MVY radio fund-raising effort is now at 80 per cent of its $600,000 goal, and has drawn support from 48 states and 14 countries.

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WMVY Radio Investigates Alternatives to Stay On-Air
Sara Brown

More than a week after radio station WMVY sold its signal to a Boston public radio station, Friends of MVY was busy fundraising to keep the station going as a nonprofit, as it continued to look into acquiring a new FM signal.

One potential signal could come from a newly-licensed Island-based startup owned by Dennis Jackson, a seasonal resident.

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Help Keep the Dead Air at Bay at MVY
PJ Finn
I was worried. What had I gotten myself into? I was moving to Martha’s Vineyard to become a deejay on WMVY. I knew about WMVY. I knew its prestigious standing within the radio world. I knew that joining their staff would be a big professional leap for me. But something I heard on the air immediately told me that I was going to fit in just fine.
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Sale of WMVY Fallout
As co-chairmen of the Red Stocking Fund of Martha’s Vineyard, we are distressed to learn of the recent sale of WMVY. Greg Orcutt and the entire staff at WMVY have been stalwart supporters of Red Stocking’s efforts to provide food and clothing to Vineyard children and their families. For over a decade, the radio station has been a willing and able sponsor of both the annual chowder contest and of the chili fest. These are two of our three major fundraisers each year and account for almost half of our over $75,000 budget. WMVY has assured us that this year’s fundraisers will happen as planned. However, there is no guarantee beyond this year. This fact will present Red Stocking with a real challenge in the future to continue providing the level of service that our children need. This is one example of WMVY’s being truly an integral part of Island life. Unfortunately, a hole has now been torn in the fabric of the Vineyard community.
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