Mindy Todd

Managing Director of Editorial, "The Point" Host and Producer

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting.  She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN.  Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH.   She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.

In February 2012 Mindy was named Managing Director of Editorial.

Mindy sits on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Sea Grant Marine Outreach Guidance Group, Marine Biological Laboratories Falmouth Forum Fundraising Committee, NOAH Telethon Steering Committee,  the Falmouth Fund, the Turkey Land Cove Foundation on Martha’s Vineyard and is a member of the board of directors at The ARC of Cape Cod.

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Depression is not just a medical condition, it’s also big business.  Mindy Todd talks anti-depressants on The Point with psychiatrist Marc Whaley and psychologist Marc Whaley. According to the National Center for Health statistics, one in 10 Americans take anti-depressants and in 2008, Americans were spending 12 billion dollars each year on the medications. In 2008 a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that drug makers only published favorable study results for the efficacy of anti-depressants and none of the unfavorable studies. We’ll talk about the efficacy, business and science behind anti-depressants.

From his birth in Russia to his death in Beverly Hills, Sergei Rachmaninoff was a towering figure in classical music in the first half of the 20th Century. On The Point with Mindy Todd, Highfield Hall Music Director Robert Wyatt explains why "Rachie" (as his fans call him)  is widely considered one of the world's great pianists, and explores the life of the acclaimed composer, pianist, and conductor.

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Last weekend's blizzard left many in the dark for days. It also inflicted significant coastal erosion. On The Point Weekly News Roundup, Mindy Todd is joined by local news editor Anne Brennan and WCAI reporter Sean Corcoran to discuss the impacts of last week's major storm.  They also consider the unusual seabirds blown in by the storm.

Business Diversity

Feb 14, 2013

New ideas to grow Cape Cod's economy beyond tourism to create more year round, living wage jobs. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with experts about the emerging sectors for business growth and a new push to bring entrepreneurial, tech-type business to the Cape. Guests are: Peter Karlson, founder of NeuEon and entrepreneur in residence at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, David Augustinho, Executive Director of the Cape and Island Workforce Investment board, and Gary Sheehan, CEO of Cape Medical Supply and chair of the Economic Development pillar at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. Here are more links to websites related to this topic: capejobs.com and capecod.startupweekend.org

Filmmaker Richard Miller talks with Mindy Todd on The Point about his documentary The Show That Shook the World: Marcel Duchamp and the 1913 Armory Show about the art show that introduced modern art to the United States.

Cynthia Riggs

Martha's Vineyard author Cynthia Riggs reconnects with a co-worker from her youth and a wonderful romance blossoms. The couple, aged 81 and 91, won't waste time: they're into enjoying their life together to the fullest. On the Point, Mindy Todd gets the entire amazing story.

 On The Point, Weekly News Round we talk about some of the week's top stories, including losing Saturday service at the Post Office, WMVY Radios last day on the airwaves and the on coming historic storm. 

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Substance abuse, mental illness and chronic homelessness issues are very often intertwined. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks about efforts to address these problems with Ray Tomasi from Gosnold Treatment Center, Gene Carey from VINFEN mental health outreach organization, and Paul Hebert from CHAMP house.

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How do Gray Seals affect beach water quality? How do they interact with Cape Cod fisheries? On The Point, Mindy Todd interviews Rebecca Gast of  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries Research at Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, about their research. Both are members of the newly created Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium or NARSC.

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Self-Help books - there are many! Our book experts Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times and Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library share some favorites with Mindy Todd on The Point, plus some suggestions from listeners.

See the book list for this program here.   

Bird News: The Hour-long Premiere

Feb 2, 2013
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Bird News debuts as a monthly, one-hour show with Mindy Todd and Vern Laux. A discussion of alcids, lots of listener calls, and special guest Sandy Komito, who holds the Big Year record with 745 species seen.

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A busy, stormy week in the news.  On The Point, Mindy talks with Sean Gonsalves at the Cape Cod Times, and Josh Balling from Nantucket's Inquirer and Mirror, about some of the week's top stories.

Jim Preston, Cape Cod Times

The person you just passed on the sidewalk could be homeless and you might not know it.  On The Point with Mindy Todd, a discussion of being homeless on Cape Cod.  Where do people live?  And what becomes of homeless camps in the woods when those camps are dismantled?

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A tragic shipwreck near Aquinnah on a bitterly cold night in 1884 took 100 lives yet led to new marine safety rules.  On The Point, historian Thomas Dresser talks about the sinking of the steamer City of Columbus, and those who risked their lives to save the victims.

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Mentoring programs have a huge positive impact for youth, and mentors also reap many benefits. On The Point, Mindy Todd talks with Hadley Luddy, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Cape Cod, David Zeif, Executive Director of Mentoring Youth Nantucket and Dawn Moran, Big Sister.

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