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    Island radio station will return as online only

    Rock station WMVY in Vineyard Haven has raised the $600,000 needed to continue Internet-only radio operations this year after parent company Aritaur Communications sold its FM signal, 92.7, to WBUR in November.

    A staple on Martha’s Vineyard for almost three decades, WMVY faced a total shutdown if it could not raise enough money to cover annual operating costs. Its successful pledge drive will keep WMVY alive as a nonprofit online station, streaming commercial-free music.

    WMVY has not announced its final day on the air but will turn over the FM signal to WBUR in the next two weeks.


    “We look forward to bringing this chapter of MVY to a satisfying close and excitedly turning the page to the next chapter,” said Barbara Dacey, WMVY’s director of worldwide programming.

    Callum Borchers

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