Steve Junker | WCAI

Steve Junker

Managing Editor of News

Steve is Managing Editor of News. He came to WCAI in 2007. He also hosts the weekly News Roundup on Friday mornings, and produces The Fishing News and Weekend Outlook.

A writer, a fisherman, an occasional boat builder, a recovering musician, a longtime chicken rancher, a beekeeper... Steve keeps busy in Woods Hole, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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Taylor Dayne, a familiar voice atop the Adult Contemporary charts, makes an appearance at the Beaux Arts Ball in Provincetown this Saturday, November 2nd. Sure, she'll sing a few numbers - exactly four, according to the press release: three dance hits and one ballad. She'll also be helping to judge the costumes.

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Putting on the Halloween costume is too much fun to be kept to just one day. Fortunately, there are a number of other chances to get dressed up this weekend, or simply enjoy the Halloween spirit! Dennisport and Hyannis both offer day-long festivals with all kinds of Halloween fun. Looking to get spooked?

Temperatures have been a bit cooler than average to end the week, but according to meteorologist Phil Burt, of, our best chance for a hard frost comes next Tuesday. Forecast models are setting up with a possibility for temperatures to drop into the mid-20s on Tuesday night going into Wednesday. For most of our region, that would end the growing season. 

Steve Junker and meteorologist Phil Burt discuss the weather outlook in the audio posted above - give it a listen.

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Oyster lovers unite! This weekend brings the 13th annual Oysterfest in Wellfleet. There's lots more going on, too... Looking for an early opportunity to put on that Halloween costume? Head to the Cape Cod Children's Museum on Friday evening.

After a lovely, balmy week in which temperatures topped 70 degrees in places on Cape Cod, our weather pattern is shifting. Meteorologist Phil Burt of says we should expect temperatures to "step down" over the next few days, as cooler weather arrives by the latter half of next week.  That means low-mid 60s for the weekend, and lower 60s early in the week. By Thursday and Friday next week, expect daytime temperatures in the low-mid 50s, and overnight temperatures in the 30s. Get that firewood ready!

At the statehouse Wednesday a seminar focused on the lessons from Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe as applied to the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth. Moderating that discussion was WCAI’s Sean Corcoran. Panel members at the seminar included Naoto Kan, the former Prime Minister of Japan; Dr. Gregory Jaczko, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); and State Senator Dan Wolf of Harwich. In the audio posted above, Sean Corcoran discusses the event on All Things Considered with Steve Junker, including the issues of evacuating Cape Cod in the event of an incident at the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station, and Senator Wolf's assertion that the rewards for keeping Pilgrim are not worth the risk. 

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Another fine weekend for musical offerings! In Orleans, it's the 5th annual Ukulele Caberet, with workshops and a fundraiser concert.

When the Atlantic Hurricane Season opened June 1st, almost every forecasting body, including NOAA, predicted a higher-than-normal number of storms. So, have you noticed how quiet it's been? Not complaining, but... what happened? Meteorologist Phil Burt, of, says that question will be a subject of study for meteorologists for a long while to come.

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The final week in September brings the finish of the Fishing News on WCAI - but saltwater fishing continues in our region, as "the fall run" funnels southward-migrating striped bass along our coast through October. Big bluefish are in abundance as well.

Tautog fishing will keep up until the end of November. And then?

We have passed the equinox, so fall is here! There are plenty of events happening, and plenty to look forward to, around Cape Cod and the Islands. This weekend brings the kick-off to the five-week Fall for the Arts festival, including Cape Cod Cranberry Day, a Highland Park Band concert, and the Manhattan Shorts Film Festival on Nantucket.

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The fall round of trout stocking in state ponds gets underway at the end of September. Trout raised at Sandwich Fish Hatchery will be stocked into ponds around our area. The trout make fun catching and nice eating. Kevin Blinkoff, of On The Water magazine, says heading to the ponds is a great activity for a quick  after-work fish, or for enjoying the fall foliage while fishing.

Steve Junker and Kevin Blinkoff discuss trout fishing tactics in the audio posted above.

High pressure set up over our region has brought days of crystal blue skies. We'll hit a little bump in the road with some rain the first-half of Sunday, and then the cycle is lining up to repeat itself with another lovely week. Meteorologist Phil Burt of agrees it's nice weather, but he says, sheesh... it's a little boring for the poor forecaster.

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Good food and good music are two great enticements for going out this weekend. The Bourne Scallop Festival celebrates the bivalve, and offers a whole lot more: chowder, lobster rolls, burgers, and desserts. In a fundraiser for the Audubon Society, the Barnstable Harbor Oysterfest offers an elegant affair with dishes from local restaurants at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid on Saturday night.


Looking to do something fun this weekend? The first-ever Cape Cod Bird Festival takes place, with many birding events, a marketplace, and a family day Sunday at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster.

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The saltwater fishing season approaches its finish with a nice bit of symmetry. Just as springtime offers the spectacle of fishermen awaiting the arrival of large striped bass, September brings the same. Fishermen across the Cape and Islands are anticipating The Fall Run, when those large bass which passed through earlier in the year on their northward migration should now return, this time heading south.

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The scientific name for the Atlantic blue crab is Callinectes sapidus. Translated from Latin, that means 'beautiful savory swimmer.'  We live at the northern end of the range of blue crabs - and they are a delicacy worth getting out and hunting for.

In Massachusetts, no permit is needed to go for blue crabs by handlining or dipnetting.  There are, however, a few rules:

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From Cape Cod up through the Boston area, bigger bluefish have not shown up in-shore in substantial numbers this year. Kevin Blinkoff, editor of On The Water magazine, says the fish probably found enough to eat offshore, and just never made their way to the Coast. There's no real concern about bluefish population numbers - especially as big schools of juvenile bluefish, also known as "snappers"- are now making their seasonal appearance in abundance.

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Beautiful weather is in the weekend forecast, and outdoor events abound! In Sandwich, Heritage Museums & Gardens is hosting a drive-in movie on Friday night – “Back to the Future” – where you can also see a real DeLorean.

High pressure building over our region should keep fine weather in place for the weekend: plenty of sunshine, with cooler temperatures on Saturday, in the low 70s.  Sunday the thermometer climbs back up to the upper 70s. Looking ahead to next week, unsettled weather starts to arrive by mid-week.

Steve Junker and meteorologist Phil Burt of discuss the in-depth forecast in the audio posted above.     

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"Hast seen bonito?"

Mid-August is here, bringing symptoms of Bonito Fever to anglers across the Cape and Islands. The fast-swimming member of the tuna family arrives from the south at this time of year, and its appearance is eagerly awaited by many fishermen. Already, reports of bonito catches are coming from the Hooter and the Bonito Bar, two locations south of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard known for early bonito bite.

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When the water gets warm, it's time to target big striped bass down low. One of the most effective pieces of tackle for this is the tube - a curious piece of gear resembling a short length of surgical tubing. This week on The Fishing News, Captain Phil Stanton details how to fish the tube.

"Fishing the Tube," a conversation with Steve Junker and Captain Phil Stanton, is posted in the audio above.

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Enjoy August! Here's a selection of events and activities to consider for the weekend and week ahead.

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You find periwinkles in almost every rocky nook of our tidal coastline: small snail-like creatures clinging onto boulders, lining tide pools. Pluck one off and roll it in your palm for a few seconds, then watch as the periwinkle pokes out from its shell as if to get its bearings.

Periwinkles - the common species is littorina littorea - also make good eating, and they are an often overlooking shellfishing resource.

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August is here, and there are plenty of events to enjoy this weekend. Book lovers will want to be on the Vineyard for the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival.

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Fluke are a flatfish. They're also known as Summer Flounder. As the waters warm around the Cape and Islands, it's a great moment to go for fluke, and Jimmy Fee of On The Water magazine shares tips in this week's Fishing News.