WMVY Back on the Dial

Vineyard radio station WMVY is back on the airwaves, about 15 months after losing its radio signal and changing to an online-only format.

The popular independent radio station began broadcasting on 88.7 at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Chili Contest Is Hot Time at PA Club Saturday

The sold-out event sponsored by WMVY raised $34,000 for the Red Stocking Fund this year. People sampled chilis and danced to the music of the Mariachi Mexico Lindo Band, the Baja Brothers and later Johnny Hoy.

Chili Contest Serves Up Hot Stuff

The 28th Annual Big Chili Contest, a major fundraiser for both the Red Stocking Fund and the Portuguese-American Club, begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs (snow date is Sunday).

WMVY Acquires Station, Will Return to FM Dial

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.

Where the Music Stands at WMVY

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.

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.”

WMVY Lives On Online, Will Leave Dial Next Week

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.

WMVY Reaches Fundraising Goal; Station's Future Assured for Year

Radio station WMVY will continue after reaching its fundraising goal Friday evening, one day before the deadline.

WMVY Nears Goal To Raise $600,000

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.

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

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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