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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