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City Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Cape Cod and Islands
Frequency 90.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
(also on HD Radio via WGBH (FM)-HD3)
Repeater(s) See § Simulcasts
First air date September 25, 2000 (2000-09-25)[1]
Format FM/HD1: Non-commercial; National Public Radio
WCAI-HD2: WCRB simulcast
ERP 12,500
HAAT 73.5 meters (241 ft)
Class B1
Facility ID 8566
Transmitter coordinates 41°26′16″N 70°36′50″W / 41.43778°N 70.61389°W / 41.43778; -70.61389 (WCAI)
Callsign meaning Cape (Cod) And Islands
Owner WGBH Educational Foundation
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.capeandislands.org

WCAI (Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 90.1), WNAN (Nantucket, 91.1) and WZAI (Brewster, 94.3) are National Public Radio member radio stations serving the Cape Cod and Islands area of southeast Massachusetts. They broadcast primarily news and information programming and are owned by the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston.

The station was founded by independent radio producer Jay Allison and his organization, Atlantic Public Media, with construction and operation duties assigned to WGBH, and first went on the air in 2000; Atlantic Public Media has also produced local programming for the station. (WNAN went on the air on March 15, 2000) Coverage for WCAI and WNAN didn't reach all of Cape Cod and the nearby islands, however, and in 2005 the third signal, WZAI, went on the air. In addition, an online stream of the station is available.

In 2007, the station won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, often called the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism, for a 20-part series called "Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands". The series was produced and reported by Sean Corcoran, and it highlighted numerous poverty issues in a region that often is thought of as playground for the rich. WCAI was the only radio station to win the award that year.

Apart from being owned by WGBH, there is no connection between the Cape and Islands NPR stations and WNCK in Nantucket, which formerly simulcast WGBH's primary radio service and later WCRB, a classical music station owned by WGBH. WCAI itself carries WCRB's programming on its second HD Radio channel, which was added in late 2013 after WCAI boosted its power.[2]


Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates Call sign meaning First air date
WNAN 91.1 FM Nantucket, Massachusetts 8600 2,300 64 m (210 ft) A 41°17′6″N 70°8′39″W / 41.28500°N 70.14417°W / 41.28500; -70.14417 (WNAN) NANtucket March 15, 2000 (2000-03-15)[3]
WZAI 94.3 FM Brewster, Massachusetts 162458 4,700 113.4 m (372 ft) A 41°46′31″N 70°0′38″W / 41.77528°N 70.01056°W / 41.77528; -70.01056 (WZAI) variation of WCAI June 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)[4]


  1. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 2, 2000). "Spinning the Dial in Connecticut". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "WCAI Increases Transmitter Strength, Reaching more than 200k New Listeners". WCAI. January 28, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 17, 2000). "Clear Channel Spins Again". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (June 13, 2005). "A Great Day in Alpine, N.J.". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 

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