Local NPR station WCAI strengthens signal


WCAI Cape and Islands NPR has increased its flagship signal on 90.1 FM from 1,200 watts to 12,500. The increased signal strength has increased the reach of the Woods Hole-based public radio station across the south coast, according to a press release.

“WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, is committed to broadcasting local stories that are reported, produced and broadcast by local residents,” said WCAI managing director Mindy Todd in a press release. “For years, too many of our neighbors on parts of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard could not hear our signal and missed important coverage about the issues that are uniquely important to Massachusetts’ coastal communities. Now, more than 200,000 additional listeners will have a clear signal and clear access to the region’s only locally-produced and locally-broadcast public radio station.”

In addition to expanding WCAI’s wattage on 90.1 FM, the newly installed transmitter will allow WCAI to be the Cape and Islands’ first local radio station to broadcast in HD. WCRB, the listener-supported Classical radio station broadcast by WGBH Boston, will broadcast across the Cape and Islands on 90.1 HD2.

WCAI Cape and Islands NPR continues to also broadcast on 91.1 WNAN on Nantucket and 94.3 WZAI, which reaches mid and outer Cape communities. WCAI is a locally-produced service of WGBH Radio in Boston. WCAI is online at www.capeandislands.org.