WBUR promises rich, but not local, programming


WBUR radio executives, along with Robin Young, on-air host of the nationally syndicated “Here & Now” PBS news and information program, visited Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday to meet and greet local community and business leaders.

The Boston public radio station began broadcasting on the 92.7 FM frequency at midnight Friday, at the height of the weekend blizzard. WBUR purchased the signal from Aritaur Communications, parent company of longtime local station WMVY.

General Manager Charlie Kravetz promoted the station’s original programming, and said the station’s news staff would be visiting the Cape and Islands to highlight local stories.

“We always knew a lot of our listeners came to the Vineyard,” Mr. Kravetz told a group of approximately 40 people gathered for lunch at the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company. “Now we get to cover it in a little more formal sense.”

Station executives cautioned, however, that WBUR will not replace WMVY.

“We cannot be what WMVY was,” Mr. Kravetz said. “We are not a local station. So when the lights go out in Tisbury, but they’re still on in Edgartown, you probably won’t hear that on WBUR.”

Lorraine Clark, who helps run the Red Stocking Fund, asked station executives if they would be doing local fundraisers. The Red Stocking Fund benefitted from WMVY fundraising events, including the Big Chili Contest.

Mr. Kravetz suggested that WCAI, a local public radio station based in Woods Hole might fill that void. He also applauded WMVY’s transition to Internet radio.

“We have been rooting for their success, and we’re delighted to hear they’ve raised the money to keep going as a streaming station,” Mr. Kravetz said.