Sonics: Community Voices

These short vignettes, "sonic IDs," are sound portraits and short stories that weave throughout the broadcast day of WCAI. Below you'll find samples of the hundreds in our archives. We'll also post new sonics, added as we get them.

Atlantic Public Media helps create the "Sonic IDs." The core producing team for Sonic ID project is Jay Allison, Viki Merrick, and the staff of WCAI.

See what the broadcasting newspaper Current has to say about the Sonic ID project.

An archive of some of our earliest sonics is here

The Sonic ID project was awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow award for the best use of sound by the Radio Television News Directors Association.

Wigmaker: Fresh Sonic

Oct 19, 2015
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Richard Theodore, wig-maker, on why a replacement wig is sometimes necessary.

Produced by Ellie Payne Smith and Atlantic Public Media 

The Cape

Oct 12, 2015

Ernie Johnston on what to do and where to go on Cape Cod.

Produced by Alison Byrne and Atlantic Public Media

Mouse Heart

Sep 28, 2015
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Abe Lineaweaver on dissecting mice.

Produced by Dinah Rothenberg and Atlantic Public Media

Bowling: Fresh Sonic

Sep 21, 2015
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Genevieve Wood on candlepin bowling.

Produced by Nancy Klinginger and Atlantic Public Media

A Guitar Every Day

Sep 14, 2015
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Arlen Roth talks about the emotional need to play guitar - and how he keeps his playing fresh.

Produced by Steve Junker and Atlantic Public Media

Tom Shire, former Director of the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, reveals the secrets of the flowers that adorn the theater's ceiling.

Don Phipps, an organ technician from New Bedford, explains how to make the Zeiterion's organ "sing" for a big finale.


Sep 7, 2015
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Col. Mike McGee on flying an F15 over the Cape.

Produced by Kathy Tu and Atlantic Public Media


Aug 31, 2015
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Matthew Silva on scalloping. 

Produced by Eric Jones and Atlantic Public Media

What to Do With a Tick: Fresh Sonic

Aug 24, 2015
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Alex Crowley talks about her son's experience with a tick.

Produced by Kolin Pope and Atlantic Public Media

Garden Tour

Aug 18, 2015
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Donald LaBlanc talks about his garden.

Produced by Sophie Medeiro LeBlanc and Atlantic Public Media

Shark Bite

Aug 10, 2015
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Wayne Reese talks about his experience with a shark bite while fishing.

Produced by Davis Land and Atlantic Public Media


Aug 3, 2015

Christian Lineaweaver talks about Etta. 

Produced by Dinah Rothenberg and Atlantic Public Media

Calming Buzz

Jul 29, 2015
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In this 60-second sonic, Julie Lipkin talks about the allure of beekeeping. And Davis gets too close.

Produced by Davis Land and Atlantic Public Media.

The Fisher Poet

Jul 8, 2015
Sam Cox / flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

Here's a fresh sonic. In just thirty seconds it nicely entwines the impulses to go fishing and create poetry.

Produced by Ana Rose MacArthur and Atlantic Public Media.

Sonics from the Archives

Jun 12, 2015
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