The Board of Directors of MVYRadio, the non-profit organization behind the Island’s long-running radio station Triple A non-comm WMVY, announced today that it has reached an agreement to purchase a property in West Tisbury, MA. The building will become the new home of the radio station and its studios.
The station will purchase 489 State Road in West Tisbury, currently the home of Vineyard Complementary Medicine, which will be relocating their main office to Post Office Square in Edgartown in October 2019. The closing date is set for October 1st. Later this summer MVYRADIO will announce the details of a capital campaign to cover the cost of purchasing the property, outfitting the building with modern studios, and creating proper office space to accommodate the staff.
“Just a few years out from the Save MVY Campaign, the station has found itself on solid financial ground and is ready to grow,” said MVYRadio Board Chair Kathleen Teehan. “It is time to move to a facility that is befitting of a community institution with a worldwide reach.”
WMVY has been located on Carrolls Way in Vineyard Haven since the early 1980s. Despite the plan to move the studios and offices to West Tisbury, the station will still maintain a presence at this original site, as the transmitter, tower and engineering equipment will remain in place on Carrolls Way.
“It’s a lot of exciting change,” said PJ Finn, Executive Director of MVYRADIO. “We’re ready to be owners instead of renters, to replace old equipment with new technology, and to have space for staff, guests, and visits from musicians and our community.”
WMVY has been broadcasting with live DJs from Martha’s Vineyard since 1983 and streaming worldwide since 1999. Originally a commercial enterprise, the station converted to an independent, Massachusetts based 501c3 non-profit in 2013.