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Mindy Todd

Managing Director of Editorial, "The Point" Host and Producer

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting.  She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN.  Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH.   She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.

In February 2012 Mindy was named Managing Director of Editorial.

Mindy sits on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Sea Grant Marine Outreach Guidance Group, Marine Biological Laboratories Falmouth Forum Fundraising Committee, NOAH Telethon Steering Committee,  the Falmouth Fund, the Turkey Land Cove Foundation on Martha’s Vineyard and is a member of the board of directors at The ARC of Cape Cod.

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Self-Help books - there are many! Our book experts Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times and Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library share some favorites with Mindy Todd on The Point, plus some suggestions from listeners.

See the book list for this program here.   

Bird News: The Hour-long Premiere

Feb 2, 2013
V. Laux

Bird News debuts as a monthly, one-hour show with Mindy Todd and Vern Laux. A discussion of alcids, lots of listener calls, and special guest Sandy Komito, who holds the Big Year record with 745 species seen.

Audio posted above


A busy, stormy week in the news.  On The Point, Mindy talks with Sean Gonsalves at the Cape Cod Times, and Josh Balling from Nantucket's Inquirer and Mirror, about some of the week's top stories.

Jim Preston, Cape Cod Times

The person you just passed on the sidewalk could be homeless and you might not know it.  On The Point with Mindy Todd, a discussion of being homeless on Cape Cod.  Where do people live?  And what becomes of homeless camps in the woods when those camps are dismantled?

Schell and Hogan, Paul Sherman collection

A tragic shipwreck near Aquinnah on a bitterly cold night in 1884 took 100 lives yet led to new marine safety rules.  On The Point, historian Thomas Dresser talks about the sinking of the steamer City of Columbus, and those who risked their lives to save the victims.


Mentoring programs have a huge positive impact for youth, and mentors also reap many benefits. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with Hadley Luddy, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Cape Cod, David Zeif, Executive Director of Mentoring Youth Nantucket and Dawn Moran, Big Sister.

Andrew Morrell Photography / http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewmorrell/74859482/

On the weekly News Roundup with Mindy Todd: What is making dogs in Wellfleet sick? Also: local reaction to Obama's inaugural address, and Nantucket's only funeral home is struggling to survive.  To discuss these and other top regional stories, Mindy is joined by local news editors.

On The Point with Mindy Todd, we remember Dave Masch, who passed away earlier this month. Dave's stories, anecdotes and recipes have been heard on our airwaves since the radio station's beginning. Jay Allison and Viki Merrick join Mindy Todd in the studio to share stories about Dave from his many friends and colleagues, as well as dipping into the archives to hear some of the stories Dave has shared with us over the years.

Listen to the audio above.  Hear the show rebroadcast at 7pm.

Healthy Eating

Jan 23, 2013

How to achieve your optimum weight by making sensible choices from what we eat to how we exercise. On The Point with Mindy Todd, registered dietician and nutritionist Pat Vasconcellos talks about eating healthy.

John Bonnani

Poetry is not limited to the words of Thoreau or Dickinson.  On The Point, Mindy Todd and her guests talk about the resurgence of poetry both nationally and locally.  Our guests are the co-editors of Cape Cod Poetry Review John Bonanni and Gemma Leghorn, and poet Kim Baker.

Dan Tritle

Reaction to Gov. Patrick's push to raise taxes for transportation and education, and eleven firms apply for casino licenses - on The Point Mindy Todd speaks with news editors for the weekly News Roundup.  Also, a ban on dogs returns to Brewster's Drummer Boy Park, and more.


How can we improve wastewater management for our region? On The Point, Mindy Todd finds out about the latest efforts with guests Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, and Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative.

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Feeling a bit burnt out after the holiday hustle and bustle? You're not alone. On The Point, clinical psychologist Michael Abruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley join Mindy Todd to discuss why January can be a time of the "winter doldrums" - and what we can do to feel better.

WCAI gets a power boost to its signal, Bird News launches as a one-hour once-a-month program - on "Ask the Manager" on The Point with Mindy Todd, General Manager Phil Redo joins us to talk about the programming on WCAI and the exciting news of our latest projects, including plans for an expanded Point program, and we take your comments and suggestions.

Nadine Lysiak / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

On the weekly News Roundup on The Point with Mindy Todd: the flu hits Cape Cod hard, the Cape is expected to receive $3M to develop a regional wastewater management plan, underwater robots developed in Woods Hole are helping whales, and more.

J. Junker

Ornithologist Vernon Laux brings us up to date with the latest bird news on The Point with Mindy Todd. We'll hear about the tallys from this years Christmas Bird counts, and some highlights including unusual birds. 

The Accessible Home

Jan 9, 2013
Kathy Tarantola Photography / from "The Accessible Home"

There's a growing awareness of making homes more accessible for independent living. On The Point with Mindy Todd, guests Deborah Pierce, architect and author of "The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities", and Roe Osborn, architectural photographer, author and former editor at Fine Home Building Magazine, discuss creating and adapting homes for graceful daily living.

Rowland Scherman

The 1960's was a time of radical change in American culture. On The Point, photographer Rowland Scherman talks about capturing history and iconic images on film. From the March on Washington and Bobby Kennedy's campaign trail to The Newport Folk Festival and Woodstock, Scherman's images capture the essence of the time. Documentary Filmmaker Chris Szwedo has chronicled Scherman's work in a new film "Eye on the Sixties."  Mindy Todd speaks with Rowland Scherman and Chris Szwedo about the film.

On the News Roundup, this week on The Point with Mindy Todd: A new legislative session for lawmakers at the Statehouse brings new priorities, the new medical marijuana law has many towns asking for guidelines, remembering Patti Page, and more. News editors and reporters join Mindy to discuss the top stories from the state and the Cape and Islands.

Can't wait to find out what happens on the new season of Downton Abbey? On The Point, Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton talks about Season Three of the acclaimed Masterpiece Classic, which premieres January 6th. We get a glimpse into what it takes to create the show and how the new season unfolds.

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

Right whales are among the most endangered mammals on the planet - and they spend much of their time in our near-shore waters. On The Point, Mindy Todd joins Charles "Stormy" Mayo, senior scientist at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, and his crew on a voyage to conduct whale research. This program first aired in April, 2008.

To know a place deeply, you must live there the year through. On The Point with Mindy Todd Laura Wainwright discusses her book Homebird: Four Seasons on Martha’s Vineyard. She offers her lyrical views of everyday things – the birds arriving and departing, the winter nights when skaters take to frozen ponds, the joys of quick dips in oceans and ponds. Since food often accompanies her memories, she includes eight of her favorite island recipes.

Superstorm Sandy, the Wampanoag casino bid, bears and sharks... it was a busy news year! On The Point with Mindy Todd, Paul Pronovost, Editor at the Cape Cod Times, and Josh Balling, Assistant Editor at the Inquirer and Mirror, discuss some of the stories that made headlines in 2012.

What if Ben Franklin came back to life? On the Point with Mindy Todd, author Tom Fitzgerald discusses "Poor Richard's Lament," a re-imagining of Benjamin Franklin.  After more than 200 years in purgatory, Franklin returns to face the celestial court where he faces his wrongs and is introduced to 21st century America.


Got a favorite read from 2012?  A new author you discovered? Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library, and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times, join Mindy Todd on The Point to discuss their favorites reads from 2012.  Always a surprise or two, find out what Jill, Melanie, and Mindy thought were the best page-turners they read over the last year.