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WCAI "Pub Night" Draws a Crowd in Oak Bluffs

It was standing room only at the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company when Stephan Junker, Mindy Todd, Shelley Christiansen and other on-air personalities from public radio station WCAI paid a visit Wednesday night. Were you there?

Cape and Islands public radio station WCAI, a subsidiary of Boston's WGBH, kicked off its 2013 "Pub Nights" season Wednesday at the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company in Oak Bluffs.

The two-hour gathering at the bar gave Islanders a chance to mingle with their favorite WCAI radio personalities, including Stephan Junker, Mindy Todd and Shelley Christiansen.

Heard on FM frequencies 90.1, 91.1 and 94.3 and online at capeandislands.org, WCAI is virtually the only remaining terrestrial radio station to cover Martha's Vineyard news and issues.

Low-power Island station WVVY broadcasts on 93.7 FM, but its signal fades outside Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. It can also be heard online at wvvy.org.

Longtime local station WMVY went online-only Feb. 9 after its radio frequency was sold to Boston's WBUR, which told locals last week that it has no plans to localize its programming for the Vineyard.

How many Martha's Vineyard residents do you recognize in our 30-second video from Pub Night with WCAI? Tell us in the comments.

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Tot Balay February 22, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Looks like fun! Was that Ted Hoagland?
Dionis Montrowl February 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I have no idea why WBUR thought the Cape and Islands was underserved by NPR. I started listening to it's 92.7 station, and realized it was Boston-centric. Went back to WCAI.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Yes, that was Ted! It was great to see him and Trudy and to meet the WCAI folks. I even saw some housing advocates I had just met in Chilmark the night before. And I ate way too many clam fritters.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Dionis, I don't believe WBUR ever thought we were underserved: We're served by what they see as their competition, WGBH, and that's what they didn't like. By purchasing the frequency of a beloved longtime local broadcaster, they can scoop up listeners who might be unaware of the WCAI and WVVY alternatives. Thank you, WGBH/WCAI/WNAN for keeping it local!
David R White February 22, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I was there as Artistic/Executive Director of The Yard and a member of the Arts MV Steering Committee to promote a greater Vineyard arts presence on WCAI. it may be inadvertent on their part but over the two years I've been at The Yard, I've noticed that the islands sometimes get the short end of the Cape and Islands community promotion stick, especially given the further amping up of off-shore activities. It's up to us to be more pro-active in attracting their attention - and WCAI is our station, and our voice out into the greater public radio universe.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Absolutely, David. And please use Patch, too - we're not radio but we're all about MV.
Michael West February 22, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Interesting side effect of BUR putting MVY out of business on radio might be that CAI pays better attention to the Island.
David R White February 23, 2013 at 04:14 PM
But another real possibility would be for WCAI to join forces with MVY.com to create an FM public radio contemporary music station (known as AAA in that business) with the MVY people on air - assuming an available FM frequency.

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