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UPDATE: mvyradio is back on the FM on Martha's Vineyard at 88.7FM!! (Scroll down for more info)
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MVY IS BACK ON THE VINEYARD AIRWAVES!!!
Friends of mvyradio has purchased the broadcast license for 88.7 FMWe're sure you have a number of questions, and we've tried to answer many of them, here.
mvyradio is back on the FM at 88.7FM
We launched our new FM signal at 4pm ET on Wednesday, May 21st. We expected that signal to cover the Vineyard, but were uncertain that the signal would reach much farther. Initial reports suggest that 88.7FM can be heard in Falmouth, Mashpee, Fairhaven and other close-by Cape Cod and Southcoast towns.
Will you still be non-profit when you go on 88.7? Will I still be able to hear you on (the way I currently listen)?
From here forward, mvyradio's programming and streams will be non-commercial and non-profit. We know some of you will miss the old commercial spots, but the non-profit model is going to be the most sustainable model for the station's future.
We are only adding 88.7 as a way to listen to MVY. There are no plans to subtract any of the channels or methods that currently exist. If you listen on 96.5 or 102.7HD2 in Newport, we'll still be there. If you listen to any one of our streams, via iTunes or Windows Media or TuneIn or anything else, we will continue to stream there. And if you access us through your smart phone, we'll continue to provide that connection, too.
Will I be able to get the new WMVY signal in my town?
We are still figuring out how far this new signal goes. If you're not sure if you can get it, give it a try. Let us know how it sounds wherever you try to listen. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Will WMVY acquire other signals, so it can be heard in my town?
Our long term goal is to exceed our original 92.7FM coverage and bring WMVY/mvyradio to as large a listening audience as possible. Acquiring 88.7FM is just the first step in the process of expanding the reach of WMVY on other FM stations. There are no additional deals that are imminent, but once this current purchase is complete and paid for, we can turn our eyes toward that larger FM coverage goal.
Is the new station going to be called WMVY? Where will your studios be located? What is the programming?
We will still refer to the station as mvyradio and we are officially WMVY-FM. The programming will be as it always was---same staff, same type of music, same shows. We are still located in Vineyard Haven. However, the 88.7 signal is "licensed" to Edgartown, so you'll hear us mention that, though we have no facilities in that town.
Why did WMVY sell its 92.7 signal, just to turn around and buy a new signal?
WMVY’s owner for the past 15 years was Aritaur Communications. In the Fall of 2012, Aritaur’s Board made the decision to accept the WBUR (the public radio station in Boston) offer to acquire WMVY. Instead of selling the entire business Aritaur only sold the 92.7FM signal to WBUR. The non-profit Friends of mvyradio took over the rest of mvyradio to preserve the station and staff and work to find a new FM home for WMVY. The non-profit Friends of mvyradio operates WMVY.
Why didn’t Friends of mvyradio just buy the signal from Aritaur?
The staff at WMVY had 60 days to raise the $600,000 necessary to cover the station’s expenses for 2013. We did it in just under 60 days. To buy the signal from Aritaur, we would have additionally had to raise enough money to compete with the purchase price offered by WBUR. That was not feasible. We saved WMVY in 2013, and can now work toward restoring it to the FM airwaves in 2014.
How will Friends pay for this?
Friends of mvyradio will begin fundraising immediately. To start, Friends will rely on significant donations that provide the critical foundation of a capital campaign – similarly to those launched by major institutions or community projects. Going forward, listener donations, major gift fundraising and increased underwriting will cover the costs associated with a new FM signal and strengthening mvyradio for the long haul. Simultaneously, special fundraising will focus on much needed station equipment, and creating new initiatives to better serve the Community.
- Listener donations: We have been actively raising the funding needed for our 2014 budget, raising money through on-air drives and Friends of mvyradio concert events. The balance of our $600,000 raised in 2013 will carry over to continue operations in 2014, and we will need to raise additional money to pay for the cost of this new FM and the equipment needed to launch 88.7FM. Donations to Friends of mvyradio are now needed more than ever and will bring the music and voices of WMVY back to the FM dial on Martha’s Vineyard.
- Major Gift Fundraising: We are coordinating an effort to launch our first ever Major Gift Fundraising drive, reaching out to the listening communities of the Vineyard and to the world wide supporters who are able to make significant contributions to what has been, and will continue to be, one of the Island’s anchor institutions and part of the vibrant fabric of life on the Island.
- Increased Underwriting: When WMVY left the FM dial last winter, we did lose many of our underwriting clients and revenue. Returning to the FM dial will mean that many of those businesses can be encouraged to return to the FM airwaves. This, combined with the listener donations will build operating revenue, and help to create a more balanced funding picture – similar to the revenue mix of other public radio stations around the country.
Who is running mvyradio? What is the Friends of mvyradio board?
Day to day operations at mvyradio are being run by the folks who’ve been there for years, including General Manager Greg Orcutt, Director of Worldwide Programming Barbara Dacey, Program Director PJ Finn, and Business Manager Marianna Cibulasova.
A board has been formed and is continuing to expand as they deal with immediate needs associated with the development of Friends of mvyradio and ongoing governance for the organization. Board members are listed here. Board members are expected to help with major fundraising.