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Author | Historian | Speaker

Weekly Oak Bluffs Town columnist for the Vineyard Gazette from June 2012 to June 2017, Skip Finley is a retired broadcaster who has written for, been featured or quoted in most media industry trade publications.

Skip built his career in radio, becoming a well-known executive and station owner. He served as Vice Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters and Chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau. He served on virtually all broadcasting industry boards of directors, and on their executive committees. He founded a radio station [WYOB – 105.5 FM] located at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School to teach professional radio broadcasting.

Having attempted to retire since age 50, he keeps returning to communications, currently as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Vineyard Gazette on Martha's Vineyard, where he summered since 1955 and has lived since 1999.

Now a writer, he wrote about black whaling captain William A. Martin for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and hopes to excerpt a portion of his book once a publication date is set. He authored a newspaper article about Provincetown’s black Captain Collins Stevenson in December 2015 and another about the Confederate raiders of the Civil War, the Alabama and Shenandoah in July 2016.


“At sea, a black master could slap or flog a white sailor.  On land, he couldn't look a white man in the eye..”

- Skip Finley