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Vineyard to get WBUR shows Saturday

WBUR, a National Public Radio news station in Boston, plans to begin broadcasting its programming Saturday on its new 92.7-FM signal on Martha’s Vineyard. The signal had been held by a rock station, WMVY.

In November, WBUR said it would buy the 3,000-watt signal from Aritaur Communications for an undisclosed amount — part of a plan to expand its reach in Southeastern Massachusetts and add as many as 60,000 listeners.

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On Wednesday, WBUR said the sale is expected to close Friday and it plans to begin broadcasting the next day as 92.7 WBUA-FM. (WBUR will continue to broadcast on its Greater Boston signal of 90.9-FM.)

When the sales agreement was first disclosed, WMVY said it would attempt to continue as a nonprofit station, streaming commercial-free music online and possibly broadcasting on a new FM channel. But to do that, it had to raise $600,000 by the end of January to cover its annual operating costs and avoid a complete shutdown. A few days ago, WMVY said that it had raised the $600,000 needed to continue Internet-only radio operations for this year.

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