Steve Junker

All Things Considered Host, Producer

Steve is a regular host of All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Saturday. He came to WCAI in 2007. In addition to hosting, he also produces The Fishing News, Weekend Outlook, and contributes to Creative Life. And he manages the website, too.

A writer, a fisherman, an occasional boat builder, a recovering musician, a longtime chicken rancher, a beekeeper... Steve keeps busy in Woods Hole, where he lives with his wife and two children.

 

Ways To Connect

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Catching a fish, only to return it alive to the water, may seem counter-intuitive. Especially if it's a trophy-size striper. But it's happening more often than you might expect, and becoming increasingly popular.

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More solar outbursts on Monday have created the conditions for the Northern Lights to again be visible (maybe!) across the Cape and Islands tonight.

Earlier this week, on Monday night, the Northern Lights were visible from our shores.

Dr. Michael West, astronomer with the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket, explains what causes the Northern Lights, and has some tips for the getting the best views, in his conversation with Steve Junker on All Things Considered.

On The Water

Chris Cavanaugh was fishing for scup from the beach along Buzzards Bay when he hooked something much bigger. He figured it must be a striped bass, until he wrestled it ashore and got a good look at it. Then he didn't know what he had.

So maybe having great white sharks off the beach isn't ideal for a tourist destination. But then again... maybe it can be a good thing. The fascination for sharks is celebrated this Saturday in Chatham with an all-day Finomenal Fest that's part education, part fun.

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Fishing is unpredictable, right?

But sometimes it's not. Anglers who frequent the Cape Cod Canal may have looked at the tide charts during the ice-bound days of winter and highlighted this past week as a good possibility for great fishing. If they had, they would have been right. This past weekend and early in the week saw reports of plenty of fish 30-40 inches being landed.

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 Yes, it's been cool. And yes, that wind has been blowing a lot these days.

But even if these aren't the beautiful days of summer boating (think jewel-like July or sultry August), we are into the very best time of year for inshore fishing.

Heritage Museums & Gardens opens a major art exhibit this weekend that brings together work by three generations of paintings by the Wyeth family.

You won’t have to leave your dog at home to go to the latest festival in Brewster, because paws in the Park on Saturday is all about pets and raises money to help other animals. More info.

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So what's an eager spring fisherman to do?

Those busy southwest winds kept up most of this past week. For recreational anglers edgy to get out on the water searching for newly arrived striped bass, it has been a bit of a torment. Those 20mph+ gusts can take a lot of the fun out of small craft and kayak fishing. It's not so easy to cast and reel when you're being pitched from gunwale to gunwale, never mind trying to hold your boat's position up close to those big rocks.

  If you were asked to name a musical duo that has performed at the Presidential Inauguration, played at 3 NFL Superbowls, and collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles – you might be scratching your head.

That musical duo is called Black Violin. Their music combines elements of pop, blues, hip-hop, classical – and more.  They’re appearing at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford Friday, May 29.

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