Commercial radio is bad everywhere, not just in Cleveland. Of course I knew this before my trip to Boston and Cape Cod last week, and to some I'm stating the obvious. Yet, from time to time I'll hear from Clevelanders singling out Cleveland as the lone spot for dismal commercial radio. It's just not so.
There are those exceptions. Those independent stations who take the risk, who feel the need to fill a musical void on the dial. Bostonians have a salvation in WMVY whereas we here in Cleveland do not. That's the difference.
Located on Martha's Vineyard the signal doesn't reach all of greater Boston but if you're far enough south of the city you can pick it up. I've known about WMVY for years. It was one of the first stations I listened to with regularity on the internet. Yet I hadn't done so in some time now.
My son and I were in the rental car heading from Boston to the Cape. For the life of me I couldn't remember the call letters. I had him google Boston radio stations on his iPhone and read the call letters off to me. As soon as I heard him say WMVY it came back to me. He told me the frequency, I tuned it in and there it was like an old friend. Being a DJ on WMVY seems like an idyllic life. Living on Martha's Vineyard and working at such a great station.
We spent the week listening to it in the car and via the internet at our cottage. I don't bring a radio when I travel anymore. What's the point? I do bring along a small boombox which I can connect my iPhone or iPad to.
Now that I'm back home I'll be listening more regularly once more. Doing so makes you feel like you're still on vacation, kinda.