Sunday Mornings 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nautical Talk is WATD’s premiere fishing and boating radio show. Join Captain Lou for his award-winning program Sundays right here on 95.9 WATD
Meet Captain Lou
I have been boating all my life! Isn’t that what everyone says? But I can remember when I was 6 years old falling overboard with my father, brother, and uncle after our dinghy capsized while rowing back to shore from the mooring. That was more than a half century ago (1953)! At the time my family had a 24′ Chris Craft. In the early 60s, I grew up on a 36′ and a 37′ Egg Harbor. I was married in 1969, and the first boat that we bought was a 1967 double plank mahogany hull 26′ Cruz Along with a single 283 Chevy V-8 inboard. Ever hear of a Cruz Along? It really was a great wooden boat! After that we owned a 1978 10′ Avon inflatable with a 7 1/2 HP Mercury outboard engine, a 1980 28′ Wellcraft Suncruiser with twin inboard Mercruisers, a 1982 36′ Egg Harbor with twin Crusaders, a 1986 46′ Bertram with 892 Detroit Diesels that I watched the Miami factory build, a 1986 10′ Zodiac inflatable, a 1987 Bayliner Trophy Center Console with a Force 125HP outboard, and a custom built 1989 22′ Boston Whaler Outrage with a 225HP Johnson outboard. Today we own a 1990 34′ Wellcraft Gran Sport, a 1991 8.5′ Avon rollup inflatable with a 4 HP Mercury, and a 1996 20′ Stingray with a V6 I/O. The Wellcraft Gran Sport has been a wonderful, dependable boat with hundreds of cruising hours on it.
My wife (who is a great navigator), our son, and I have cruised the East Coast many times from Maine to Florida, on the “outside” in the ocean and on the intracoastal waterway. Many times we planned the trips to Florida around school vacations (Columbus Day and Thanksgiving), so that my son Brad (today he is the radio show’s engineer) could accompany us. We have done the trip from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale in 6 days, and we have done it in 26 days. The twenty-six day trip was the best! When you do it in 6 days, it is too much like work! We lived on the Bertram in Florida for 5 winters, and stayed one winter on the boat in Virginia. We have also done extensive cruising throughout New England. My favorite destinations are still Boston harbor and Cape Cod.
In 1992, I was Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club in Braintree, Massachusetts, where I have been a member since 1980. I am presently a lifetime Trustee and member of that Club.
I am my yacht club’s representative to the Fore River Watershed Association in Quincy.
I am a member of the following organizations:
Quincy Bay Race Week Association (an organization of many powerboaters who meet once a month year round to make one of the oldest sailing events for kids happen), the New Inlet Boaters Association in Marshfield, the Mass Striped Bass Association in Braintree, Commodores’ Club of America, the Massachusetts Boating and Yacht Club Association, the Mass Marine Trades Association, the Hull Lifesaving Museum, Boat Writers International, and have been a member of Boat/US since 1983.
I was an active member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and a Flotilla Staff Officer from 1981 – 1985. Today my status in the Auxiliary is “retired” after 25 years of service
I served a four year term (1996 – 2000) as a member on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, representing recreational boaters and fishermen. I have also served on the sanctuary’s outreach and media working group.
Every year I attend the Newport R.I. International In Water Boat Show, the Norwalk Connecticut In Water Boat Show, The Boston In Water Boat Show, the New York Boat Show, the Providence R.I. boat show, the New England Boat Show, and sometimes even the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Boat Shows.
I also attend many of NOAA’s New England Fisheries Management Council meetings, the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries hearings, many Coast Guard ceremonies and functions, and the Boston Harbor Islands National Park advisory council meetings.
I have hosted different music and news programs on several different radio stations over the years, including my popular Nautical Talk Radio, which has been on 95.9FM WATD for 14 consecutive years. The live broadcast of that show can also be heard on the world wide web at www.959watd.com.
Each Nautical Talk Radio program starts with the week’s latest national and local nautical news. Unlike a monthly boating or fishing magazine, the program’s news is never more than a week old! Other regular features include meteorologist Mike Reddin an admiralty report with Boston attorney Kevin Patrick Seaver, telephone callers from the listeners, and guests.
Some of the many featured guests have included Sebastian Junger author of The Perfect Storm, the world’s best swordfisherman Linda Greenlaw who also wrote the book The Hungry Ocean, Rhode Island boat builder Eric Goetz who built the America’s Cup boat for Team Young America, singer Billy Joel who builds Shelter Island Boats, singer songwriter Jonathan Edwards who hosts PBS TV series Cruising America’s Waterways, Florence Henderson of TV’s Brady Bunch who lives aboard an 87 footer at Marina del Rey, and Tori Murden, the first woman and first American to row singlehandedly across the Atlantic Ocean without benefit of sail, motor, or an escort boat. I have visited many different boat factories, and have interviewed their CEOs and owners – Genmar’s CEO Irwin Jacobs (one of the largest boat builders in the world), Ralph Leek of Ocean Yachts (I asked him if people make fun of a boatbuilder with the last name “Leek” and he answered “all the time, but I tell them to spell it backwards”), Katryn Theodoli of Magnum Yachts, Mike Fiori from Outer Limits Boats, and Reggie Fountain of Fountain Boats to name a few. Other interviews have featured TV director Bruce Kessler – owner and captain of the “Spirit of Zopilote”, Jacques Cousteau who is credited with inventing scuba, Barry Clifford who found the only treasure ship (the Whydah) in North America, and John Greviskas, host of Ship Shape TV. The list goes on and on.
Nautical Talk Radio has received national recognition and has won numerous broadcasting awards including Boston radio’s BEST INTERVIEW OF THE YEAR award sponsored by Ford Motor Company and the March of Dimes. The program has been nominated twice for the BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS radio broadcast in the Boston radio market. I have also received the Len Hadley Lighthouse Preservation Award presented by the American Lighthouse Association. Most recently, in 2003, the Associated Press awarded Nautical Talk Radio first place for the Best Talk Show in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and at the end of the 2003 summer, Commanding Officer Pat Higgins of Station Point Allerton Coast Guard presented me with the Joshua James Lifesaving Coin.