WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, has installed a new antenna, which it says will expand its radio reach by 400,000 listeners across eastern and central Mass. The station increased the height of its antenna by 175 feet – the equivalent of almost 16 stories – by relocating its primary 90.9 FM antenna from a tower in Newton, to a taller tower in the neighboring town of Needham.
“This has been a long time coming, and we’re thrilled to have a stronger signal so WBUR is now reaching into more of Massachusetts, spanning Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk, Bristol, and Plymouth counties,” said station manager Charlie Kravetz. “For context, the new antenna is at the height of 100-story building, and the John Hancock Tower is a 60-story building. This is a major milestone in our mission to serve the community.”