New Local Sunday Night Program Coming

May 7, 2013

The MVY Music Hour hosted by Barbara Dacey debuts on WCAI beginning Sunday, May 26 at 9pm.

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WCAI Preserves Local Cape and Island Music Broadcast


MVY Music Hour with Barbara Dacey to debut on WCAI this month


WOODS HOLE, Mass. (May 9, 2013) – Three months after WMVY’s local music programming left the broadcast airwaves, Cape and Islands NPR® Station WCAI will bring back the beloved MVY Music Hour, the monthly local music program hosted by Barbara Dacey, a familiar radio voice on Martha’s Vineyard since 1985. The program premieres on Sunday, May 26 at 9pm, as a part of the station’s Sunday ‘Arts and Ideas’ programming slate and will air on the last Sunday of each month. 


“All of us at WCAI miss the sound of MVY on our local air. We are all fans of locally-grown radio,” said Jay Allison, WCAI station founder and host of Sunday Nights Arts and Ideas. “We are very pleased that WMVY was so quick to accept our invitation to bring the local Cape and Island music scene back to the local broadcast airwaves.”


The MVY Radio Hour will feature archival interviews and one-of-a-kind performances from WMVY’s decades of local music and arts coverage. Dacey also will broadcast and share stories of songs recorded by noted local and national artists in WMVY’s studios.


Keeping with its commitment to expanding local coverage with local voices, WCAI – a service of WGBH – worked closely with Dacey and WMVY Program Director PJ Finn to preserve WMVY’s tradition of broadcasting local music for local audiences. In February, public radio station WBUR purchased 92.7 FM, the former home of WMVY, and local music broadcasts were taken off the air in favor of talk news beamed in from Boston. WMVY listeners and supporters raised funding to create a streaming internet station, mvyradio. The final WMVY broadcast on 92.7 FM aired on February 8, 2013.