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Boston to launch low-power, community FM radio station

May 15, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — In an age of smartphones and streaming music services, a community radio station may seem as quaint and retro as vinyl LPs and transistor radios.

Boston is hoping to prove that thinking wrong by demonstrating support for its own low-power FM radio station.

Unlike underground pirate radio stations, the new Boston station has the blessing of Mayor Marty Walsh.

The station will broadcast from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily at 102.9 FM under the call sign WBCA. It will be operated by Boston Neighborhood Network, which currently manages two community television channels.

The city is holding three public meetings to hear from local residents about what kind of programming they’d like to hear.

The first is Wednesday at the Roxbury Innovation Center.

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