Cape and Islands Voices


These short vignettes, "sonic IDs," are sound portraits and short stories that weave throughout the broadcast day of the Cape and Islands NPR Stations. Below are a sample of the hundreds in our archives.

Ralph Binder of Mashpee

Nantucket's Ruth Chapel Grieder

ListenRadio Voices
Jerry Nelson of Truro

ListenClapping Scallops
On Martha's Vineyard

ListenWWII Veteran Wesley Ko
WWII Veteran Wesley Ko of East Falmouth

ListenHanging the Wash
Eileen McGrath's tips on hanging laundry on Nantucket

ListenWWII Veteran Bob Silverberg
WWII Veteran Bob Silverberg of Barnstable

ListenStripper Pole
Provincetown Hairdresser Dougie Freeman

Writer Susie Seligson of Truro

ListenThe Open Sea
Dave Masch on the lure of the open sea

ListenThe Clockkeeper Retires
The West Tisbury clockkeeper retires

ListenStreet Musician
Hyannis street musician Tom Messinger

ListenBaseball for the Blind
The sounds of baseball for the blind

ListenLearning Songs
Former Muppet-show puppeteer Jerry Nelson

ListenBass Player
Bass Player Bill Evaul of Truro

Warren Hiller: King of the Blueberries

ListenChampion Arm Wrestler
World Champion arm wrestler Jeff Gonsalves of Harwich

ListenSea Shanties
Mary Malloy on Sea Shanties

ListenPark Ranger
Cape Cod Canal park ranger Kevin Burke

Alice Brock on P'Town

ListenMessage to Kids
Mashpee Wamponoag Annawon Weeden

ListenStairwell in B Flat
Glenway Fripp's musical alcove

ListenCoin Dealer
Yarmouth coin dealer Bill Sharkey

ListenMetal Detector
Hunting for loose change at the beach

Yarmouth coin dealer Bill Sharkey

ListenCooking Eels
The late Milton Jeffers on a Cape delicacy

ListenLearning to Fish
Tom Messinger of Hyannis

Chelsea Doohan's love-hate relationship with her instrument

Dick Wheeler of Wareham

ListenHide the Bacon
An unorthodox summer in Wareham

ListenSleeping Under Sinks
Hairdresser and salon owner Dougie Freeman of Provincetown

ListenThe Baltics in West Yarmouth
Pat Warren on why her grandmother bought a shack on Cape Cod

ListenThe 2008 Arrival of the Cicadas
Cousins Kevin Furlong and Matt Carmichael

ListenElvis Costello
What deep-sea divers listen to

ListenSanta Claus
Chimney sweep Jeff Gonsalves of Harwich

Earl Mills on the Wampanoag language

ListenScraped Knee
Dick Wheeler of Wareham

ListenMaynard Silva
A Vineyard guitarist and sign-painter

ListenLunchbox Stories 1

ListenLunchbox Stories 2

Richard Kerry of Nantucket demonstrates his specialty

ListenBird Decoy Carver
Dick Nelson of Mashpee

ListenThe Gift Book
A biologist's lament

Fisherman Bill Souza of Truro

ListenThe Worst Thing About Nantucket
A teen's perspective

ListenYou're Listening To...
Dick Wheeler of Wareham

A Brazilian on the Vineyard

Naturalist Dick Wheeler of Wareham

ListenSquid Fishing
Ronnie Baretta's birthday treat

ListenWhere have the Cod Gone?
Dick Wheeler of Wareham

ListenFelicity the Llama
Maureen Collette of East Falmouth on her pet llama

ListenGreat Auk
Naturalist Dick Wheeler of Wareham

ListenNew York City and the Vineyard
Ian compares his hometown to Martha's Vineyard

Dick Wheeler of Wareham

ListenLobster Boat
George Cadwallader goes lobstering

ListenAll Hell Breaks Loose
Lobsterman Alex Brown of Provincetown

ListenThe Pet Husband
Elaine Bowen on how to control one's spouse

ListenOut of Work
Lobsterman Alex Brown of Provincetown

ListenErastus at the Circus
Nantucket's Ruth Chapel Grieder on Erastus Chapel

ListenPounding Meatloaf
Jeanne Decker of Harwich

ListenCould I Have My Leg Back, Please?
Nantucket's Michael McCone on the perils of being handicapped

ListenLow Income Housing
Alice Lopez of the Mashpee Wamponoag tribe

Polly Hill of the Polly Hill Arboretum on those nasty creatures

ListenSinging Down Flus
Chimney sweep Jeff Gonsalves of Harwich

ListenThe Old Mill
Built on Nantucket in 1847

Buck the boat dog saves the day

ListenBass Derby
Pulling scales, going down the back bone, over the ribs - cleaning fish

Making chowder from cohogs to soup

Alberta Costa on the taming of a skunk

ListenThis Halloween
What Halloween would be, if Ben Bianchini had his way

ListenNext Halloween
Dreaming about next year's costume

ListenNo Magic
When Halloween loses its magic for a 6th grader

ListenIndian Summer
A haiku reflecting Indian Summer

ListenJackson Five
A different kind of litter at the MSPCA

ListenNobska Fame
When your home is a destination

Stretching the truth... just a little

A lullaby from Jason Baird of the Wampanoag-Aquinnah Tribe

A memory of Chappaquiddick when it was primitive

The Good Rich Organ of Nantucket

ListenNathaniel Philbrick
On the ever-changing and everlasting ocean

ListenUp to the Neck
Ruth Chapel Grieder on the hurricane of 1938

ListenMs. Brazil
Riding the Menemsha bike ferry with Miss Brazil

ListenMarge on Mille
Ms. Mille and her store in Maddicott

ListenSpooky World
The things people do...

WGBH This project was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and WGBH, Boston.

Atlantic Public Media helps create the "Sonic IDs," the core producing team for Sonic ID project is Jay Allison, Viki Merrick, Jim Sulzer, Helen Woodward, Chelsea Merz and the staff of the Cape & Islands NPR stations.

See what the broadcasting newspaper Current has to say about the Sonic ID project.

The Sonic ID project was awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow award for the best use of sound by the Radio Television News Directors Association.