Thursday, February 09, 2006

Three Islands in the sound

I have an interest in radio stations on islands. Each has the opportunity to develop a microcosm of community support. And because it's somewhat cut off from the rest of the world, it can become a tighter and more loyal crowd. There are three major islands from the mouth of Long Island Sound to Cape Cod. Moving North to South these are Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Block Island.

Nantucket has 3 radio stations. WNCK (a WGBH feed), WNAN (another WGBH feed) and WRZE 96.3 an actual CHR pop station.

On Martha's Vinyard is WMVY 92.7 (a very reputable AAA), and 93.3 WCAI another WGBH feed. I will note that a few other stations blast the island from Falmouth. A special note on WMVY, their website is loaded with mp3s from local bands. That is just sheer class. They don't have to do that. They just want to. slightly smaller Block Island also only has two sticks on it: 95.9 WCRI a classical outlet, and 99.3 WJZS a Nostalgia outlet focusing on Big Band: but Martha's Vinyard.

Notice a pattern? NPR, Classical, and Nostalgia all have the same demo: over 50, with high income and as white as a new fluorescent bulb. It's a demo you can hit up for cash, and a demo that delivers the donations. That's why WGBH has three of the sticks out of the 7 I noted.

A little Fybush blurb on LP applications in that area (link below) I was not the only one that noticed all LP applications were denied. click and scroll down.