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Boston Area Low Power / Unlicensed AM/FM Radio Stations

Boston Area Low Power / Unlicensed AM/FM Radio Stations

by Bruce Conti - NRC, BADX

 

Here are the results of continued monitoring and follow-up Internet searches for low power and unlicensed (pirate) AM/FM broadcasts on the air in the greater Boston area.  Note the dominance of radio stations serving the Haitian community.  Many of these stations are running full-scale professional commercial operations and maintain an equally impressive presence on the web.  (Updated July 22, 2007)

 

  530       R.Planet Compas, Randolph - French Caribbean; off the air. <www.planetcompas.com>

 

  540       GRLZ, Dorchester - R&B/urban contemporary; after-school program for girls' leadership training.  Reported off the air; Internet still active Mar 29. <www.grlz540.com>

 

  720       Dorchester - Haitian/Caribbean; religion.

 

  870       Boston - Classical and jazz music days, French Caribbean zouk nights.  Back on the air, Feb 2007.

 

1570       WKNM R.Comercial, Lowell - 599 Central St.  Off the air.

 

1580       WRCB R.Concorde, Mattapan - French Caribbean. <www.radioconcorde.com>

 

1580       Brockton - Haitian/Caribbean.

 

1610       Lowell - Lowell National Historical Park info. <www.nps.gov/lowe>

 

1610       WQEA969 Hyannis - Woods Hole, Marthas Vineyard, and Nantucket Steamship Authority.

 

1610       WPZS690 Great Bay Radio, Durham - Environmental information; University of New Hampshire.

 

1610       WPKW775 Maine Turnpike Authority's Highway Advisory Radio System - Construction info. <www.maineturnpike.com>

 

1620       R.Energy, Boston - French Caribbean. <www.radioenergyboston.com>

 

1620       R.Soleil International, Brockton - French Caribbean.

 

1620       WPRI268 Leominster - Relays 162.525 MHz WNG575 Pack Monadnock, NOAA Weather.

 

1630       Zumix Radio, East Boston - 202 Maverick St.; free-format music. <www.zumix.org/>

 

1630       Cambridge - Religion.

 

1630       Variety AM, Marlborough - <www.varietyam1630.com>

 

1630       WQAM781 Natick - Emergency info.

 

1640       WRNM R.Nouveauté, Boston - Reported shutdown and fined by FCC, Jan '06.  Still on at low power? <www.radionouveaute.com>

 

1640       R.Creole Inter, Brockton - Relays 1690 WRCI Lynn.

 

1640       WQGG781 Massachusetts Turnpike Authority - Construction info.

 

1640       WQFH340 Fish and Wildlife Outdoors Radio, York - Maine outdoor sports info. <www.mefishwildlife.com>

 

1650       WQBE789 / WQBQ732 East Boston - Logan Airport airline terminal assignments.

 

1670       WRVD R.Voix Divine, Mattapan - French; formerly WRDI. <www.radiovoixdivine.com>

 

1670       R.Communautaire de Brockton, Brockton - French Caribbean.

 

1680       WRUI R.Union International, Boston - Continuous French Caribbean zouk. <www.radiounioninter.com>

 

1690       WRCI R.Creole Inter, Lynn - French news/talk, AM Stereo. <www.radiocreoleinter.com>

 

1690       Adventist Radio, Brockton - French, religion.

 

1700       R.Bčl Ayiti, Boston - French Caribbean. <www.belayiti.com>

 

1700       R.Luz / R.Palabra de Vida, Lawrence - Spanish contemporary Christian music and preaching.

 

1700       R.Derry, Derry NH - Local information. <www.radioderry.com>

 

1710       R.Top Inter, Hyde Park-Dorchester - 24 hr. French Caribbean, relayed on 98.9 FM.

 

 88.5       R.Free Cambridge, Cambridge

 

 88.5       Dedham - Middle Eastern.

 

 88.5       Off-Coast Radio - Rock music.

 

 88.7       Randolph - French.  Off the air, 2006.

 

 89.1       Fall River - Haitian.

 

 89.3       R.Planet Compas, Randolph, Mattapan, Brockton - French news/talk, "Compas FM."  Fined by FCC, Feb '06. <www.planetcompas.com>

 

 89.3       WDOA Worcester - Indie music.  Shut-down 1997, continues broadcasting via Internet. <www.wdoa.com>

 

 90.1       Brockton - Gospel music.

 

 91.3       Bel Mizik FM, Dorchester - Haitian/Caribbean. <http://belmizikfm.com>

 

 91.3       R.Superstars, Everett - French news/talk.  Off the air.

 

 93.5       R.Mercure Int'l, Boston - Musique compas, jazz, and gospel.  Off the air, 2006. <www.radiomercureinter.com>

 

 96.5       SoCaribe Radio, Dorchester - Caribbean; reggae, soca, gospel. <www.myspace.com/socaribe>

 

 96.5       Brockton Heat, Brockton - French Creole and Portuguese, "Serving the Cape Verdean and Haitian community." <http://brocktonheat.com>

 

 98.9       R.Top Inter, Hyde Park-Mattapan - French Caribbean, parallel 1710.  On the air weekends and overnight weekdays. <www.radiotopinter.com>

 

 98.9       R.Top Inter, Brockton - Relays 1710 / 98.9 Boston.  Off the air, 2007, after FCC notification of unlicensed operation.

 

 99.7       WNEX Next Level Radio, Dorchester - Gospel. <http://nextlevelradio.net/>

 

 99.9       La Voz de Fe, Lawrence - Religion in Spanish. <www.lavozdefe.com/principal.htm>

 

100.1      Dorchester - Caribbean.  Off the air, 2006, after FCC notification of unlicensed operation.

 

100.3      Boston - French Caribbean, French pop, African highlife.  Often open carrier during the day.  Off the air?

 

101.3      Big City Radio, Boston - Urban/Tropical. <www.myspace.com/djdrunyce>

 

101.3      Brockton - Haitian/Caribbean.

 

102.1      WRCI R.Continentale/Power FM, Boston - R&B/Haitian/Hispanic.  Has been off the air for extended periods; irregular schedule. <www.radiocontinentale.com>

 

102.1      WRCX R.Continentale/Power FM, Brockton - R&B/Haitian/Hispanic.  Off the air? <www.metrocompas.com>

 

102.9      WCFM Choice FM, Dorchester-Boston - "Number one in Boston for Caribbean music."  2 kW.  Fined by FCC, Feb 2007. <www.choice1029.com>

 

103.1      Cool FM, Brockton - Haitian/Caribbean.  Off the air, antenna downed by storm.

 

105.3      Chelsea-Boston - Brazilian smooth jazz music.  The website of the Brazil embassy in Washington DC lists 105.3 Boston.

 

105.3      Vibe, Dorchester - Caribbean. <www.105vibe.com/>

 

106.1      WTCH-LP Touch FM, Boston - "The fabric of the Black community," urban contemporary/R&B/soul. <www.touchfm.org>

 

107.1      R.Superstars, Dorchester - 102.1 relay.  Off the air.

 

107.1      Parallel 1620; R.Energy relay, or simply the same satellite/Internet network feed?

 

107.5      Dorchester/Mattapan - French Caribbean.

 

Map of transmitter sites by Jeff Lehmann: <http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=96D532551CECE67F!101>

 

A list of Haitian radio stations in the Boston area can be found online at the Haitian Americans United web site <http://www.hauinc.org/html/community/Media/Radio/RadioStations.asp>.  A more comprehensive site with links to Haitian radio in Boston is at <http://www.anselme.homestead.com/radioboston.html>.

 

Thanks to Mark Connelly WA1ION, Chris Lobdell, and Paul McDonough of BADX, and to Saul Chernos, Scott Fybush, Rick Levy, Aaron Read, and especially Jeff Lehmann N1ZZN for the input.

 

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