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Eclectic Martha’s Vineyard radio station hopes to regain an over-the-air signal

Mvyradio is based in small house in Vineyard Haven. The online station could be back on the airwaves in May.
Mvyradio is based in small house in Vineyard Haven. The online station could be back on the airwaves in May.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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Mvyradio operates out of a small house in Vineyard Haven, but the programming has a global reach. Listeners stream the nonprofit online station — in Morocco and Madrid, in Costa Rica and China, sometimes even in Antarctica.

This spring, however, more than a year after former owner Aritaur Communications sold the station’s 3,000-watt signal — 92.7 FM — to WBUR in Boston, mvyradio is returning to the place where it all started, the airwaves of Martha’s Vineyard.

The tiny station — locals still call it WMVY — anticipates receiving Federal Communications Commission approval in April to buy the noncommercial signal at 88.7 FM for $450,000, and could return to the air as soon as early May. Its online programming will continue as well.

“It’s exciting for us and it’s exciting for the people who have missed us,” program director P.J. Finn said.

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