Changes to the classical radio dial in 2009 left many listeners south and west of Boston without access to a classical radio service, since the city's one remaining full-time station – 99.5 All Classical -- has been broadcasting on a weaker signal. The WGBH-owned classical station has now announced that a student-run station at Bryant University – WJMF 88.7 FM – in Smithfield, RI, will begin rebroadcasting the signal from 99.5 All Classical. According to WGBH, this means that full-time classical radio will be returning to Providence and other areas of Rhode Island.
Whether the new arrangement will benefit other listeners south of Boston who cannot currently tune in programming on 99.5 remains to be seen. The Smithfield station will begin rebroadcasting in August.