Cape May Has It All - Even a Radio Station!
Our spring is doing the two-step here in Cape May as the temps plummeted last week,
once again. Nevertheless, I choose to heed the tulips and daffodils in all their glory, telling me to just hang on a little longer. Our sunrises have been spectacular—harbingers of warmer, more inviting days ahead. I have some family visiting for Easter Weekend, so I am hoping to have my upper deck with a view of the harbor and outdoor furniture all hosed off and cleaned up before hand. We booked Sunday Brunch at the The Pier House at La Mer Beachfront Resort. The menu sounds fantastic and includes a multitude of options: chipotle shrimp & grits, berry bunny stuffed French Toast, huevos rancheros, lump crab meat eggs Benedict, salmon BLT sandwich, French onion soups, salads, and more! There will also be an omelet and pancake station. I personally can’t wait to snap a shot with the Easter Bunny.
Cape May has its own radio station! WCFA-LP 101.5 FM is a non-commercial low-power FM community radio station. The station is licensed to the Center For Community Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization that sponsors multicultural arts, humanities and history programs
for young people and adults. It has been broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with an all-volunteer staff since first going on the air in November 28, 2006.
WCFA, which has its antenna located on the water tower in nearby Wildwood Crest. covers a 10-mile radius on the southern tip of New Jersey. The station's primary service area includes Cape May, West Cape May, The Wildwoods, and Villas, but it can be heard as far north as Avalon and Seven Mile Island. The station offers a variety music format with a focus on jazz. It also carries local public affairs programs, as well as shows on gardening and cooking. WCFA's on-air DJs play jazz, American roots, folk, themed programs, rock, classical, movie-music, and more. Talk shows cover the local restaurant scene, local artists and performers, local and national sports, life in and around the harbor, storytelling, local events and affairs.
On Friday, April 15th, at 1pm EST, I will be joining host, Mark Allen, who runs a weekly
show which mirrors the goal and content of his column in The Star and Wave Newspaper, both called “The Other Side.” The program focuses on the issues, news, topics, and people of Cape May’s “other side” which is to say, the harbor side of Cape May—where I live. We will be
chatting about my novel, The Sound of Wings, which debuted May 4, 2021, and other aspects of my writing career. I am very much looking forward to hearing what questions Mark may have up his sleeve for me. (*If you have an Amazon Alexa in your house, you can ask her to play WCFA through Tune-In, or you can just go to the station’s website where there is a Listen Live button.)
Some other exciting news: On April 12th, my audiobook for The Sound of Wings will be
released on Audible through Blackstone Publishing. Fellow author and friend, Leslie
Rasmussen, will be releasing her audiobook the same day. We worked up this video promo to
celebrate the occasion. Leslie’s book, After Happily Ever After, was named one of Pop Sugar’s
Best of 2021. Her novel is set along the Connecticut coastline.
Suzanne Simonetti is an award-winning novelist who grew up in the New York suburbs just outside of the city. After earning a BS in marketing, she spent several years writing press releases, until she left her corporate job to focus on her passion for crafting fiction. She lives on Cape May Harbor with her husband. When not on her paddle board or yoga mat, she can be found at the beach trailing the shoreline for seashells, scribbling in her notebook, and channeling dolphins for meaningful conversation. The Sound of Wings is her first book.