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The Rise of Tourism on Martha’s Vineyard

J. Junker

Tourism is so entwined with the present day identity of the Cape and Islands that we may not have stopped to wonder, when did we evolve from a fishing and whaling economy to a tourist economy? What prompted the start of tourism and how has it changed over the last century? On The Point, we talk with Tom Dresser about his latest book The Rise of Tourism on Martha’s Vineyard which gives us the answers to these questions, plus the backstory of the people and events that shaped tourism on the island.




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.