This year WCAI will produce even more original programming, thanks to special funding from The Circle of Ten, ten locally owned businesses and organizations who value WCAI’s mission to educate, entertain and inspire listeners on the Cape, Islands, and South Coast. We’ll be delving into the issues, events and personal stories that make our region unique. Stay tuned all year for locally produced programming, made possible by ten community-minded local businesses. We are grateful to all of our business sponsors and to our listeners, whose contributions fund our operating expenses and the annual dues we pay for national programming. The additional funding, provided by The Circle of Ten businesses listed below allows us to further serve our local community.
The Big Blue Bin: A Special 4-Part Report, May, 2019 – Disruptions to international recycling markets have been widely reported, leading many to wonder how well our local recycling is working. Our series examines the four major household recycling streams – cans, glass, paper, and plastic – to discover how much of what we toss into the big blue bin is really being recycled, and at what cost.
Sober Houses: A Special 3-Part Report, April, 2019 – Sober houses are a key part of the path of addiction recovery. Group residences for people coming out of treatment, they’re meant to be a final step in the journey to living independently or returning to family. The town of Falmouth has more sober houses than any other town on Cape Cod, and one of the highest numbers per capita of any part of the state. WCAI's three-part series examines the pressing need for sober houses, their importance in the addiction-recovery journey, and the challenges they can pose for communities.
Pilgrim Nuclear at a Turning Point A Special 3-Part Report, February, 2019 – When a nuclear plant closes, it leaves behind radioactive waste and a lot of unanswered questions.
Cape Cod Notebook As Robert Finch took a sabbatical as a Guggenheim fellow we added four essayists to continue the reports. Bob has returned doing two essays per month and we will continue to rotate the other contributors.
Reporting on Climate Change. In collaboration with The GroundTruth Report for America program we have added a full-time reporter to the staff for a one-year period to cover the human impacts of climate change. Our hope is to raise the funds to cover this position for another year.
Ways of Life – arts and culture series offering an audio tour of arts, culture, and inspiration on the Cape, Islands and South Coast. Airs 18 times per year. Ways of Life is edited by Jay Allison.
Sonic ID’s - WCAI’s signature audio snapshots. We continue to build our library of local voices and sounds by interviewing community members from the Cape, Islands and South Coast, and creating short, highly-produced vignettes we call “sonics.” Over the years, we’ve built a database of nearly 1,000 sonics, giving listeners here and afar short bursts of the flavor and stories from this special place. These sound portraits and short stories weave throughout the broadcast day of WCAI.
Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game – play-by-play, color commentary, and interviews from a Cape Cod summer tradition, the Cape League All-Star game.
Live Remote Broadcasts We acquired a new piece of equipment that allows us to go live from remote locations with an internet connection.
- June 14th Morning Edition was live at the Nantucket Whaling Museum
- September 19th The Point was live at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown
- November 12th The Point was live at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary