WCCA TV Newsletter, June 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Dear friends, we hope this newsletter finds you in good health!

We are excited to welcome you (slowly) back to WCCA TV and hope you begin to produce/edit your program again at our station. During Phase1, we may have to alter studio hours and staff availability. Access will be by appointment only. Please contact your WCCA TV production facilitator to schedule production times.
Studio procedures have been modified to accommodate a safe, clean, and near touchless production process. Space in our studio will be limited to a total of four people, including camera operators. Staff and volunteer users will clean and disinfect all work areas thoroughly before and after each use. Our facilitators will explain and train you on the details in person.
We have made the edit rooms single-use only and they must be scheduled in advance. People editing must take in their own headphones. We will require that you wear a mask and gloves when editing. Please do not bring outside beverages or food in to the studio or edit suites.
Staff and community volunteers & guests will wear face mask at all times, where physical distancing is not possible. All staff and WCCA TV members will be required to maintain social distancing at all times. Spacing between people should be at least six feet.
To reserve your time, contact 508-755-1880. We ask for your patience and understanding during this difficult time as we are working very diligently to be both accommodating and conscientious to your needs. We appreciate your kindness and support! Stay safe and healthy!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jonathan Brennand, Artistic Director of the Worcester Youth Orchestras, to talk about how Worcester Youth Orchestras and its students continue to make music during COVID-19, while finding new ways to engage and learn together.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ann Gibbons-Smith, Interim Executive Director of Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, as well as Rev. John Madden (Pastor of St John’s Catholic Church in Worcester) and Kevin O’Sullivan – Cochairs of the 35th Annual Walk for the Homeless. We learned about the mission of CMHA and how the increase in homelessness has impacted them. We also learned about the 35th Annual Walk for the Homeless which, due to the pandemic, it’s a virtual walk.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sean O’Neill, Manager of Business Development at Servpro of Worcester, to talk about how Servpro is uniquely prepared to help our community in these unprecedented times with professional cleaning and disinfecting. Sean also talked about their highly-trained team of professionals, adherence to EPA and CDC guidelines, and Servpro’s unwavering support of local first responders.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features David Fields, Managing Partner at Wormtown Brewery. David talks about Wormtown Brewery, which has been recognized as a world-class brewery with over 150 national and international medals. David also talked about how the pandemic has impacted production and distribution, and what next steps look like.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Aurelio Metohu, Owner & Chef at Casta Diva Restaurant – a waterfront restaurant in Northborough MA. Aurelio talks to WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about his background and culinary career, how the restaurant is adapting to these challenging times, and what they will offer when the restaurant reopens.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Debbie Hall, Director of Domestic Violence Services at the YWCA Central Massachusetts. Debbie talked about domestic violence during COVID-19 and the services available to survivors at YWCA. The Domestic Services Hotline is: 508-755-9030

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Domenico Fabiano, Chef & Owner of Arturo’s Ristorante. Domenico talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry and the safety measures Arturo’s will implement upon reopening.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features William Butler (aka Brian Masters), Author of Roads to Addiction – Highways to Recovery: The Brian Masters Story – a book that focuses on Brian Masters’ road to recovery from homelessness and addiction. Bill also talks about the challenges addicts and homeless people are facing with the ongoing pandemic and how many of them are trying to reduce stress with alcohol and drugs. He also talks about his new upcoming book. For more details, visit www.addictionrealityeducation.com

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Debbie Maruca Hoak, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. Debbie talks about the impact of housing on health during a pandemic, mortgage forbearance for Habitat homeowners, and the Habitat’s impacts and abilities moving forward.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Zach Combs, Director of Crocodile River Music, to talk about how they are adapting with their large annual event schedule in June and other challenges posed by COVID-19. Zach also plays a “Ngoni” stringed instrument and a “Djembe” drum. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Darcy Cook from SmashIt2 – Worcester County’s ONLY Smash Room! Darcy talked to WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about how SmashIt2 started, why people come, how it works, and the challenges they are facing during these difficult times.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kristen Vartanian, teacher at Quinsigamond Elementary School. Kristen talks about the differences and some of the challenges teachers are facing during this pandemic with virtual teaching versus the ‘traditional’ classroom.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Michael F. Marchand, President/Funeral Director at Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home in Worcester. Mike talks about how COVID-19 has changed their funeral services and the impact on grieving families.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sheryl Blancato, CEO at Second Chance Animal Services – a nonprofit organization and the only one in Massachusetts that provides veterinary services to the public with subsidized rates for those who qualify. Sheryl talks about the struggle the organization has been facing during COVID-19 pandemic as the donations have been down while they’re seeing more urgent situations. Despite the challenges, Second Chance Animal Services has been open throughout the pandemic, making sure they are there for the pets. The organization helps about 40,000 pets a year. For more information, visit www.secondchanceanimals.org

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mary Beth Papcsy and Martha Deering from AdCare Hospital in Worcester, to discuss their Telehealth program that combines group therapy and individual counseling. They also talked about their Virtual Family Education program that enables families throughout the region to gain valuable information in the safest way possible. For more information, visit www.AdCare.com

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. City Councilor Gary Rosen is back to our studio to resume the show using our current touchless-production protocol. Rosen and his panel members, Gary Vecchio and Moe Bergman, talk about coronavirus in Worcester and also about next year’s budget.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the show doctor Donald Pelto chats via Zoom with Lynn Homisak, a specialist in helping podiatrists and other physicians with their medical staff. In another episode, Dr Pelto’s guest is Natasha Dashkovskaya, a Postural Alignment Specialist and a Nutritious Movement Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. Since 2011, she’s been helping people with chronic musculoskeletal pain by improving their postural alignment.
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News. This episode features a segment with Anne Buerau, from The Worcester Community Connections Coalition, interviewing Xolchit Polanco-Roman, the chair of the Parent Action Group; a video from ”Pathways to the Bench” featuring Judge Roger L. Gregory; Darlene Corbett with information on Behavioral Therapy, and other local stories. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Michelle Shabo, a medical student from Worcester. Just a few weeks ago, Michelle was infected with coronavirus and fighting for her life at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She talks to Dr. Karlin about how she survived COVID-19.
  • WCCA TV is making sure local seniors stay connected and informed during these challenging times, through its program Senior Speak. Tune in to a new episode that features Senior Center member Edith Morgan. ‘Senior Speak’ airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, and streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Tuesdays at 12:30pm and Wednesdays at 12pm.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from from Ariana Grande with Justin Bieber, Drake, Olivia O’Brien, Kailee Morgue, Zoe Wees, Bruce Sudano, and Heartracer. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Keep on jammin’!!

About WCCA TV

Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

  • To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
  • To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
  • To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
  • To promote communication through community use of media

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!

WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and healthy!!

WCCA TV is calling restaurants and businesses especially hurting from the shut down: FREE TV Exposure is being offered on a limited time! This is a public service brought to you by WCCA TV it is an opportunity to simply connect to your loyal customers and constituents !
WCCA TV is an all-inclusive interactive and creative venue. Now with our Daily Breaking public-service programming that is designed to address the pandemic impact, we have an open call for participation including those in arts & performance, businesses, social service organizations, and more. We are running FREE opportunities to help those especially challenged during the pandemic, on a limited basis. WCCA TV’s purpose is to engage and empower or community through education and access to media tools, resources and creative space, to facilitate the sharing of local news & information, and to help rebuild our economy.
WCCA TV presents direct perspectives from healthcare providers, wellness groups and social services, educational and self-help information, uplifting expression from the arts and culture community, story telling, business and non-profit news & events, and faith-based messaging. WCCA TV productions are available on cable, as live stream-cast, Facebook live, as podcast, and more. They are replayed as well on Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, and live-streamed at www.wccatv.com.
Check out WCCA TV’s latest public service program ‘Daily Breaking’. Productions are currently conducting interviews on Skype or Zoom, and with limited number of people in our sanitized Studio. Let your customers and clients know how you are doing. Contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com for further details.

WCCA TV’s new, live program ‘Daily Breaking’ – designed to allow our community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate, up-to-date information – has generated a lot of interest and engagement in our community. Visit WCCA’s Podcast Central to hear some of the latest ‘Daily Breaking’ shows that have been airing at noon for just over a month. Due to the high number of views even after the show airs, you can now listen to it Anytime, Anywhere, on WCCA’s ‘Podcast Central.’ Just load the SoundCloud app on your phone and search for WCCA TV or visit WCCA’s Podcast Central. For more WCCA TV programs, visit www.wccatv.com/video

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ashley Carter, Farmers Market Program Coordinator at Regional Environmental Council (REC). She informs the viewers about How the Regional Environmental Council Inc (a long time grassroots food justice organization based out of Main South Worcester) has adapted its mobile farmers market to serve SNAP customers safely and enable them to continue use of their Healthy Incentive Program benefits; What is the HIP program and what it means for local farmers and SNAP-users especially during the COVID-19 pandemic; Their partnership with the Worcester Regional Food Hub and local growers; How they are involving youth, and Where you can find the farmers market in June and beyond if the coast is clear.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Troy Lee, Senior Student at Tantasqua Regional High School, to discuss how almost all senior events have been canceled or postponed, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on high-school students, and how they’re adjusting to these challenging times.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Anne Bureau from the Worcester Community Connections Coalition. Anne informs us how the Worcester Community Connections Coalition is working to bring out the voices of Worcester parents at this time to ensure that their needs are being met and to get out important resource information

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Gina Plata-Nino, Staff Attorney at the Central West Justice Center. Gina explains how to access resource information that is important to parents at this time – on housing, food access, or mental health

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Alex Guardiola, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, to provide our business community with information and aid available from the Municipal, State and Federal levels of government. Mr. Guardiola provides important information for both small and large businesses. He discusses programs ranging from micro-loans, forgivable grants and paycheck protection funds. For more information, visit the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Victoria Waterman, CEO at Girls Inc of Worcester. Victoria talks about the “Girls Celebration 2020” event. Like many things, the event became a “virtual celebration” and they did a segment each day of the week electronically. Girls Celebration is one of their biggest events to honor young girls for a variety of achievements.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bryan Levangie, Location Pastor at the Next Level Church in West Boylston. Bryan talks about all they are doing online to bring continued hope to the greater Worcester community and beyond.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kristen Cariglia, the Director of Operations at HMEA’s Autism Resource Central. Kristen provides us with a brief overview of the Center and the challenges they are facing. She also talks about the support the Center continues to provide for families during this difficult time, and the virtual 5k/walk they have running currently. For more information, visit Autism Resource Central’s website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Paula Bushey, Treasurer at the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker. She talks about how the Covid-19 crisis has changed their daily operation & procedures and what they are doing now with weekday meals and the Food Pantry.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features three members of The 365Z Foundation – President Rosemary Ford, Vice President Ed Gardella, and Media Relations Officer Chris Weber. They talk about how the Foundation began and the work they are doing with their fundraising efforts and scholarships they have awarded. The 365Z Foundation was founded in honor of Zachary Ford, who tragically took his own life at age 20. Their mission is to help perpetuate a community-wide kindness movement, raising awareness and personal commitment to helping others. For more information, visit The 365Z Foundation’s website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Heidi Sue LeBoeuf, Counseling and Advocacy Director at Pathways for Change, Inc. She informs viewers that your local rape crisis center is still open and still supporting & believing survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, friends, family, etc. The center also provides support for professionals. Services right now are being provided by phone and telehealth. For more information and to ask about services, call 508-852-7600, Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm. Also visit the Center’s website.

This special edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Philip Ozzone, a student at Worcester State University. Philip asks Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, a few questions about our public access TV station and how the organization is facing the challenges of COVID-19.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Matt Hanlon, Co-owner of Breen’s Cafe. Breen’s is a long established neighborhood sports-bar that draws people from across the city and several towns in Central Mass. They serve delicious food and large portions at very affordable prices. Many of the patrons have been friends for decades. Matt will talk about that and also wants to let their customers know that he and other owners & employees miss them at Breen’s.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan from Christ The King Catholic Church in Worcester. He talks about how his parish is impacted by the restrictions posed by COVID-19 and how they’re coping with it. He ended the interview with an uplifting prayer.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Colleen Sullivan, Bartender/Manager at Barber’s Crossing restaurant in Leicester. Colleen talks about restaurant closures and the impact it has had not just financially on the business, but also on her fellow employees and even regular customers who want to Zoom with her.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News. This episode features a special story about Michael Timko, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), who has been put onto a research grant to investigate a new and efficient way to create biofuel. A second story involves college students talking about the transition of having their classes be completely online. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the show doctor Donald Pelto presents some strategies and tips to stay healthy and motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic. In another episode, Dr. Pelto explains how to use technology to stay in touch with patients remotely and improve patient care during such challenging times.
  • WCCA TV is doing its part to help local seniors stay connected and informed in these challenging times, through its program Senior Speak. Tune in to a new episode that features Senior Center member Edith Morgan. ‘Senior Speak’ airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, and streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Tuesdays at 12:30pm and Wednesdays at 12pm.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester-area facts and history. Bill talks about Worcester’s history on hiring black police officers. Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Briannagh D, Rockie Brown, Disq, Raylon, Jack Garratt, and Laura Pieri. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with Video Jam Country, hosted by Tracy Foley. This show will feature new music from Dawn Marie, Calamity Jane, Mags, Tiffany Woys, Ruthie Collins, Head Fake and much more. Tune in on Thursdays, at 11:00 pm, to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Shout out to all our country music fans!!

About WCCA TV

Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

  • To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
  • To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
  • To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
  • To promote communication through community use of media

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

DAILY BREAKING shows are now available as podcasts!

WCCA TV’s new, live DAILY BREAKING show has been airing at noon for just over a month. Due to the high number of views even after the shows air, you can also listen to it anytime, anywhere. Just visit WCCA’s PODCAST CENTRAL to hear some of the latest shows. Load the SoundCloud app on your phone and search for WCCA TV or visit WCCA’s PODCAST CENTRAL at https://soundcloud.com/wccatv

DAILY BREAKING is a new public service program seen live daily Monday through Thursday, at 12 noon on WCCA Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/wccatv/videos/ and is available on the DAILY BREAKING page on the WCCA TV 194 website.
DAILY BREAKING is designed to allow community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate and up to date information, to mobilize support and resources, and to express and alert viewers accordingly.

The Importance of Public Access TV

“The Importance of Public Access TV” is an editorial post at the East Hampton PEG website.Please take a moment to read it.

Why is public access television so important?

In most cases, it’s a source of raw information that is highly pertinent to people’s lives, accessible for anyone who has a TV and the most basic of cable plans. It’s a form of freedom of expression, solidified through agreements with big cable companies that normally have to negotiate with municipalities to be the sole provider of cable access. In many places where the county or town allowed that company to move in, “PEG” channels were born, meaning “public, educational, and government” channels.

You can read the full editorial on the LTV Media Center website https://www.ltveh.org/post/the-importance-of-public-access-tv

The WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2020 – This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and healthy!!

WCCA TV IS HERE FOR YOU

In response to the urgency of the Covid-19 situation, WCCA TV has launched a new public service program called “Daily Breaking.” Seen LIVE daily Monday through Thursday, at 12 PM on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com and facebook.com/wccatv. It will also re-cast during later parts of the day, as program schedule space allows.

”Daily Breaking” is designed to allow community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate, up- to-date information, to mobilize support and resources, and to alert viewers accordingly. Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, says: “The program is in response to the constantly changing environment and procedures the pandemic has caused. Not all is gloom and doom, things are happening in Worcester, only perhaps accessible in a different way, from our homes, virtually, or private offices. Citizens should know they are not alone. Services are still available out there and there’s plenty of life to live. Daily Breaking has room for everyone: social service providers, healthcare professionals, public service organizations, and even academics, musicians, and poets. The community needs an outlet to express joys and fears. We are all in this together.” At WCCA TV YOU are the news.

WCCA TV invites you to WATCH and PARTICIPATE. Space is limited. Participating guests are invited to schedule an appointment through michael@wccatv.com

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter. On Instagram, we are wccatv13.

WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV 194 launched DAILY BREAKING with its first guest, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Tim Garvin, to talk about the response of United Ways to the coronavirus crisis.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Sheilah Dooley, Executive Director of Pernet Family Health, to provide information and updates on families and their social needs.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director of Worcester Community Action Council, to provide information on the support WCAC is offering to our community in these challenging times.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features WCCA’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale to inform viewers about the adjustments WCCA TV has done to the programming and its other services to better respond to the urgency of the Covid-19 situation and to better assist our community.

This episode of WCCA TV’s **DAILY BREAKING ** features Barbara Fields, Executive Director of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, to share information pertaining to the Covid-19 Response Fund, also known as The Worcester Together Fund. The Worcester Together Fund is developing resources and assistance that many may find useful, including seniors and those in need for health care.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features David Ginsburg, General Manager at 90.5 WICN in Worcester, to talk about the support and resources that WICN is offering to the community. He also talked to WCCA’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about the importance of Radio & TV Stations, and Media in general, in such challenging times.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Christine Rawan, COO and Compliance Officer at Drew Mortgage Associates, to talk about the impact of this pandemic on the financial industry and what people can do if they consider refinancing their mortgage.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Allen W. Fletcher, Founder of the Worcester Public Market, to talk about how the crisis has impacted the Worcester Public Market and what are his thoughts on the future.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Clark University Psychology Professor, Wendy Grolnick, who discusses how parents can help children navigate this challenging environment of endless sacrifice and new ways of socializing, playing, and learning. Professor Grolnick is an expert on parenting and children’s motivation and adjustment. She has worked extensively with parents after disasters like Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon. Professor Grolnick says structure is crucial for children’s well-being.

Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Beacon Hill Chat is a talk show that features interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes Juan Matos, the Poet Laureate of Worcester, and Amina Mohammed, Worcester’s Youth Poet Laureate. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Edgar Luna, Worcester’s Business Development Manger, and Mustafa Alnaimi from the Worcester Refugee and Immigrants Center.
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News, your weekly local news program. This episode will offer information and updates on the Covid-19 crisis, such as Massachusetts’ coronavirus stay-at-home advisory; what is considered ”esential” business; Stop & Shop’s announcement to donate $1 million to help food banks across the northeast; WPI collecting and donating gloves and masks to medical centers and also offering 3D printing of supplies, and more. For all the updates, watch this episode of ‘Worcester Community News’ on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com
  • Close To Home is a WCCA TV show about people and situations that demonstrate and celebrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly talks via Skype with Rene Sousa about dealing with the stress induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester-area facts and history. Bill talks about the Worcester Citizens of Color Honor Roll.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the show Dr. Donald Pelto chats with Dr. Bret Scher, a cardiologist and the Medical Director for the Diet Doctor. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is Debbie Eddy, owner of the athletic-shoe store Miles To Go Sports.
  • Welcome to Ramona Interviews, a WCCA TV talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Host of the show, Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly, welcomes author Marie LeClaire. In another episode, Ramona’s guest is Sedruola Maruska, a personal development coach.
  • Perspectives with Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV program that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental and emotional health, and religion. Asima’s guest is Dr. Bill Slaughter from the Gaza Mental Health Foundation.
  • Welcome to Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill and his guest, Anne Morrissey, talk about costume jewelry.
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, chats with Dr. Michael Hirsh. In another episode, Liz’s guest is WPI professor Sarah Strauss.
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s A Journey of Words hosted by Author and Poet, Catherine Reed. This is a show for all ages that features poets and their work. Catherine’s guest is Poet & Professor, Jonathan Blake.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes the multi-talented actor Michael Skrzek. In another episode, Tommy chats with comedian Adam Murphy.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from NCT 127, Waldo Witt, Zidiq, The Naked And Famous, ZZ Ward, BREE, Sean Paul with Tove Lo, and Demi Lovato. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Allotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune in to another episode of pure entertainment.

About WCCA TV

Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

  • To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
  • To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
  • To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
  • To promote communication through community use of media

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

DAILY BREAKING

In response to the urgency of the Covid-19 Virus, WCCA TV has launched a public service program seen LIVE daily on WCCA Cable Channel 194 (Worcester) and at wccatv.com and facebook.com/wccatv . Daily Breaking is designed to allow community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate and up – to – date information and to mobilize support and resources. Sheilah Dooley, Pernet Family Health, Marybeth Campbell, WCAC and Barbara Fields, Greater Worcester Community Foundation will be featured this weekend on Saturday March 28 at 6pm and 9:30pm and Sunday, March 29 at 10pm.

DAILY BREAKING

WCCA TV 194 launched “DAILY BREAKING” with its first guest, Tim Garvin, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. ”DAILY BREAKING” went live at 12 noon. If you missed it, it will be replayed at 6:26 PM today and again at 9:26 AM tomorrow, 3/18/20. Times of WCCA TV’s DB will vary as needed by the community.
WCCA TV invites you to WATCH and PARTICIPATE. The program’s mission is to provide up to date information, views, opinions, community news, and to assist organizations in helping others and mobilizing support through this crisis.
“DAILY BREAKING” can be seen daily, LIVE cast from 12:00 – 1:00 PM on Facebook.com/wccatv and on Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com. Space is limited.
Participating guests are invited to schedule an appointment through michael@wccatv.com. Solo musicians, poets, and artists are welcome to participate.

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2020

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Auditions for WCCA TV’s New Voices Awards 2020 start on March 9th. Do not miss out! This is our 4th year celebrating young talent in the Worcester area. This event is free, no registration fee! Entry is based upon opened auditions.There are three rounds for contestants. It begins with Round One when participants sing acappella. Five semi-finalists move on to Round Two at a later date when they will sing with their own instrument or bring an audio file for accompaniment. Our judges make the difficult decisions to select three finalists who move on to Round Three. These finalists are asked to perform again and then the overall winner is selected. Great prize opportunity includes professional Recording Session at Star Fleet Studios, Cash Gifts, Television Appearances, and more. A great and unique experience! This invitation is for young talent – vocalists, instrumentalists, musicians of all genres including Hip Hop. Spread the word! For details, contact michael@wccatv.com or 508-755-1880 ext 119.

Our next TV Production Class starts on Saturday, March14, 2020. The class will cover how to use our production equipment, cameras, lights, Adobe Premiere editing software, and studios. The cost is $75.00 (with membership included) and covers 4 Saturdays of instruction with a test to be given on the 5th Saturday. The class is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reserve your seat, call 508-755-1880, ext. 114. Embark on your exciting TV Production journey today!!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter. On Instagram, we are wccatv13.

WCCA TV Special Presentations

The Mayor’s Forum hosted by the City of Worcester Mayor, Joe Petty, is now produced at WCCA TV! The show debuted on Tuesday, February 25th. It will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM and 9:00 PM, and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. There will be two new productions each month. Mayor Petty will host local guests and discuss a wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. ”The Mayor’s Forum” adds to the diverse, hyperlocal programming that WCCA TV is known for. In the first episode, The Mayor welcomes Laura Brand, a private investigator. Tune in to WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV was there when the League of Women Voters presented The Juvenile Justice Forum – a timely discussion about interrupting the juvenile to prison pipeline. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!

Hye Lights Show – An Armenian cultural show highlighting the country’s history, culture, and faith through the performing arts – has been posted on the WCCA TV website. Enjoy!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in March. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, welcomes Priscilla Ress to discuss Massachusetts Good Neighbor Fund; Pawsitively 4 Pink to discuss how they financially and emotionally support women diagnosed with breast cancer; Dr. Jay Fong, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at UMass, to tell us about Chrons and other IBD issues; and Eduardo Rivas to talk about the Worcester Free Tax Coalition VITA. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Saturdays at 10:30 PM and Sundays at 6:30 PM. To be a guest on the show, contact tracy@wccatv.org
  • Congratulations to City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members on their 400th episode of Rosen’s Round Table produced at WCCA TV!! ”Rosen’s Round Table” is a political and current-issue program. Among the topics discussed on this show are Polar Park and the projects surrounding it; Community Activists and their impact in our community, etc. ”Rosen’s Round Table” airs on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester on Mondays at 9:30 AM and Sundays at 9:30 PM. Stay tuned!
  • Beacon Hill Chat is a talk show that features interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes to the show Mary Frandsen, the Executive Director of Audio Journal.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. Bill welcomes activist John Haynes Honeycutt to the show. In another episode, Bill chats with Priscila Espinosa, the Founder & CEO of Sprout Change.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the show Dr. Donald Pelto welcomes Dr. Neil Feldman, his partner at Central Mass Podiatry. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is Andre Brisson to
    discuss Diet and Nutrition.
  • Congratulations to the WCCA TV show Health Matters and the Worcester District Medical Society on producing their 200th show!! Host Dr. Michael Hirsh welcomed Dr. Sara Shields and Vanessa Villamarin to talk about the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative. The first “Health Matters” show was broadcast in 2003. You can view past shows, on demand, at www.wccatv.com
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Lee Crowley. The 40 Days For Life campaign is the topic of discussion. In another episode, Molly’s special guest is the Pastor of St. Anne Church in North Oxford, Father Michael Lavallee.
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes to the show Juliet Feibel from Arts Worcester. In another episode, Liz chats with Chantel Bethea, the President and CEO of Women In Action.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes Bonnie Johnson, a candidate for
    Republican State Committee. In another episode, Ron chats with another candidate for Republican State Committee, Bill McCarthy.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles, stories, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. In this episode, Augustine explains the relationship between refugees and their host countries.
  • BANDEdge is a WCCA-TV produced local music show that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Featured on this episode is singer, guitarist, songwriter, aka ‘Internet Sensation’ Mark Belanger.
  • Welcome to Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill and his guest, auctioneer Wayne Tuiskula, chat about all kinds of different treasures.
  • A Journey of Words is a WCCA TV program hosted by author and poet, Catherine Reed. This is a show for all ages to take a journey of words through poems. Catherine’s guest is Joan Erickson, a poet and a painter.
  • Welcome to Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Host of the show Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly welcomes Kathryn Rose, Founder & CEO of wiseHer whose mission is to help women accelerate their businesses or careers. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Sound Check, with Stefano Trafecante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local musicians/bands and song writers in the Worcester area. ”Local Mix 11” is an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic, music-video show ,Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from: Pearl Jam, Stereo Jane, Sam Smith, The Inoculated Canaries, viseMènn, James Cole, and Terry Robb. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features country-music artists: Roger Jaeger, Nick Brennan, Johanna Winkel, Tim Dugger, Tracy Lawrence, Carrie Underwood, and more. Shout out to all our country music fans!!
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Allotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune in to another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St, on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!

About WCCA TV

Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

  • To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
  • To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
  • To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
  • To promote communication through community use of media

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