WCAI shuns Clean Power Now

The radio station is already in bed with The Cape Cod Times and the Alliance to Save our Sound (ASS).

An interesting relationship has developed between the local NPR station, WCAI-NAN and the local daily newspaper, The Cape Cod Times.  While some of us are railing about the lack of local news coverage by the Times, letting the internet and even the weeklies beat them to local news stories, they have been diversifying into a different  media ... radio. Leave it to the Times to go back to the future.

Every morning you can catch the editors from the local daily commenting on the news of the day, really yesterday's  news, promoting the stories and features in their own paper while being interviewed on WCAI.

Some of the more astute of you will remember that the Times and the WCAI got together to sponsor a poll on Cape Wind a while back. You can tell from the way The Times ran roughshod over the poll results, who wears the pants in this relationship.

But the point of this story is to explain to some of our listeners, er readers, why you only get to hear the opponents of Cape Wind on the radio, in studio. Not that WCAI has been unfair to Cape Wind, it's just that they won't have the Clean Power Now folks on. Why not? They have about the same number of members as the Alliance.

It has a lot to do with who's running the (radio) show now. The Times - WCAI relationship, financial and otherwise, made it possible for the NPR affliliate  to buy another channel to broadcast its programming deeper into the Cape. The new antenna  (located in Brewster) signal reaches Provincetown. And together with WNAN on Nantucket, the local NPR affiliate can reach all of Cape Cod and the Islands.

This was of particular interest to the Times because they have very weak distribution in Falmouth and P-Town. The local publications there, the Provincetown Banner and Falmouth Enterprise, are king. (The Times already owns the paper in Nantucket). Since they can't get P-Town and Falmouth  readers to buy the Times, they broadcast  it in over the air waves.

So long as the Times is calling the shots at WCAI, you won't see or hear the spokeman from Clean Power Now  in Woods Hole. The Times may no longer love the Alliance, but they can't afford to have anyone correcting their dis-information about Cape Wind on air.

The Times has become very important to WCAI's bottom line. Who wants to go back to pledge drives.  So let's oblige them this fundraising season. Skip the donation to the radio station, just buy the paper instead.

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