A10-watt radio station run for 27 years by students of a Boston-area high school suddenly faces annihilation. The would-be annihilator? A radio station 100 times larger, operated in association with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Boston.

Why the draconian measures against a tiny high school station? "It would totally wipe out our listenership [in the Maynard area]," said Annemarie Lewis Kerwin, assistant vice chancellor at the university.

The trouble began when the Maynard High School sought to upgrade its station in response to a recommendation by the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC's behest, student-run

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