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.
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.