WCVY

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WCVY
WCVY.svg
City Coventry, Rhode Island
Slogan "Your Better Mix of Rock"
Frequency 91.5 MHz
First air date October 19, 1978[1]
Format AAA/Modern rock (2-8 p.m. weekdays)
News/talk (all other times)
ERP 200 watts
HAAT 11 meters (36 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 14229
Transmitter coordinates 41°41′10″N 71°35′37″W / 41.68611°N 71.59361°W / 41.68611; -71.59361
Callsign meaning W CoVentrY
Affiliations Rhode Island Public Radio
Owner Coventry Public Schools of Rhode Island
(Coventry Rhode Island Public Schools)
Website http://www.coventryschools.net/wcvy/

WCVY is a local student-run high school radio station in Coventry, Rhode Island that broadcasts on 91.5 FM. The station is owned by Coventry Public Schools of Rhode Island, and broadcasts from Coventry High School. The station broadcasts a combination of adult album alternative (AAA) and modern rock music formats[2][3] from 2-8 p.m. on school days, with NPR news and talk programming from Rhode Island Public Radio airing at all other times.[4]

The station, which went on the air October 19, 1978,[1] has been assigned these call letters by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[5]

The station operates on a designated non-commercial educational frequency and therefore is not authorized to run commercial ads but does occasionally run Public Service Announcements.

From 2007 until 2009, WCVY shared time with Spanish-language religious station WRJI; that station left the air in November 2009 and did not return for over a year, and was thus deleted by the FCC in January 2011.[6] In June 2011, the FCC removed the provision in WCVY's license that only allowed it to operate from 2–10 p.m. on weekdays, as the deletion of WRJI rendered the time-share agreement between the two stations moot.[7] The station now broadcasts 24 hours a day, with Rhode Island Public Radio programming airing outside of student programming hours since July 2011.[4]

Coverage[edit]

WCVY's coverage varies due to the terrain and location of the antenna. The station is picked up best throughout eastern Coventry, but with a good radio and antenna the station can be picked up as far away as Cranston and Warwick. It currently has a license to operate at 200 Watts and may be operating under a construction permit at up to 6,000 Watts.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2003-2004 (PDF). 2003. p. D-417. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "WCVY - 91.5 FM Coventry, RI". tunein.com. 
  3. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (July 11, 2011). "Merlin Drops 101.9 Clues". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 24, 2011). "Mourning Two Broadcasting Pioneers". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (June 13, 2011). "Erie's Rocket Seeks Higher Orbit". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Radio-locator: WCVY-FM

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