WBCA will start broadcasting at 102.9 FM, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., under the direction of Boston Neighborhood Network.
The signal, beamed from a 100-watt transmitter, might reach as far as five miles away from its location at BNN's Egleston Square studios.
BNN will hold three public meetings to help figure out just what it should be broadcasting: May 18 at the Roxbury Innovation Center at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St,, Roxbury; June 15 at the Tynan School, 650 E. 4th St. in South Boston and June 22 at the Jackson/Mann School, 40 Armington St., Allston.
According to the mayor's office:
Initially, early evening broadcasting will feature current BNN programming including BNN Live studio programs and Boston Neighborhood Network News nightly at 9:00 p.m. BNN will also develop late evening programming as a resource for local artists, bands, musicians, poets and performers. The recent series of "Boston Creates" Town Hall meetings revealed a strong interest by local talent in not only performing music and spoken word, but also engaging local youth in mentoring and training. BNN will also develop new opportunities for community participation.
Several groups sought Boston's one low-power license; the city will share the frequency with Lasell College, which will be on air between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Global Ministries, which will beam out religious shows between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m.