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The WCCA TV Newsletter, October 2018 ALL ABOUT WORCESTER !

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope you had a fun and scary good Halloween! Did you know that there are many ways to get involved with WCCA TV? You can become a volunteer/intern and earn high school and college credits; you can take our TV Production course and learn the basics of TV production, which is the first step on becoming a TV producer; you can be a guest on one of our shows; your organization can join our Circle of Friends and Media Sponsorship program which will help increase its visibility in our community, or you can announce your event on our Bulletin Board. So, what are you waiting for? Embark on your exciting television journey today! For more information, visit our website: www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV gets submissions of new shows almost every day – music shows, talk shows, religious shows – you name it! To make our diverse community programming possible, please consider donating. Anything helps to keep your favorite program on the air! Donations to WCCA TV can be made directly to: WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester MA 01608 (ATT. Station Manager) or online at www.wccatv.com/donate . Thank you as always for your support!!

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

WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV’s Voter Education Program presents Foro Latino Di Los Candidatos – a Candidate Forum for the Latin Community – which took place at the studios of WCCA TV, on October 16, 2018. Candidates in attendance were Blake Rubin, Katie Toomey, Paul De Palo, and Tracy Lovvern. The panel consisted of Tina Velazquez, Tania Romero, and Antero Amparo. WCCA TV’s host and producer, Tommy Colletta, hosted the event with the assistance of Yarelis Velez, Carmen Lounis, and Jensy Rosario. Don’t forget to vote this November!

WCCA TV attended the Pre-Open Press Tour of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center in Worcester, on Monday, October 22, 2018. Attending the event were Congressman James McGovern, Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus, and more. The new visitor center, with state-of-the-art exhibits, will serve as a recreational and cultural resource and a gateway to the city of Worcester and the communities located in the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor. The event was recorded and edited by WCCA TV’s, Adam Rice.

WCCA TV’s Front Row will be interviewing Buddy, The Elf, when he comes to Worcester’s Hanover Theatre on November 10! Do you or your kids have a question for Buddy? Send it to tracy@wccatv.com and we just might ask YOUR QUESTION on air!! Tune in to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, or at www.wccatv.com , for upcoming episodes of Front Row.

WCCA TV’s NEW VOICES 2018 shot the “AUDITION EPISODE” Last night, the first of three episodes of New Voices. Amazing singer from all over the Commonwealth registered and participated. WCCA also combed social media with it’s continual open call for young singers ages 14- 21 up until the last hour of the studio shooting started. Out of all who participated in the Audition Episode, only 5 will be selected to move forward to teh semifinals. Stay tuned cable cast will soon be announced. WCCA TV’s “New Voices Awards” Elevating young local singers. Produced and cable/web cast WCCA TV Cable Channel 194 and wccatv.com

Testimonials

Another success story for WCCA TV! Stefano Trafecante, producer of the WCCA TV show ‘Sound Check’, was featured in an article of Boston Voyager and we could not be prouder of him! Among other things, he gave credit to WCCA’s Mauro DePasquale, Tracy Foley, and the rest of the staff at WCCA TV, for being ”my greatest supporters who have helped me along this creative path.. and for allowing me to have this creative outlet.”

Ambient Sojourn, featured artist on our show ‘Band Edge’, posted on their social media page: ”Thank you to WCCA TV, Channel 194, The People’s Channel!! The crew and host Mauro Depasquale are 1st class! We are greatful for this incredible opportunity! If you haven’t tuned into this channel, check out the variety and diversity of local programming they offer – it’s second to none!!”

Another feaured artist on ‘Band Edge’, Scott Olson, wrote on an email he sent to our Executive Director: ”Thank you Mauro! It was a distinct honor and an extreme pleasure to be featured on Band Edge. Last night’s shoot was awesome! I am so happy to be featured on this popular show! Can’t wait to see it live! Thanks again!!”

Musician Dre Blach, whose music video was featured on ‘Video Jam’, posted on his social media page: ”Our video is being featured on Video Jam, a really cool show put together by the fine folks of WCCA TV, The People’s Channel. Big thanks to them for including us in the rotation!” Also, nationally-known band ‘Couch Jackets’, that was as well featured on ‘Video Jam’, posted on Facebook: ”Hey Hey! Thanks for playing our music! We really appreciate it, you guys! Cheers from Arkansas and the road!”

From a mom whos daughter competed on NEW VOICES 2018: “Thank you! What a wonderful experience, the judges were so kind to her which was great!” Lisa Bousbouras

WCCA TV Program Notes

MORE YOUR VISION TELEVISION

  • Tune in to new episodes of Soapbox in November, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Brian and Lynn Tomey from ‘Your Retirement Advisor’; Dr. Romas Buivydas of Spectrum, providing addiction and recovery resource information; Richard Gonzalez, Executive Director of ‘Net of Compassion’; Asa Floyd, young cancer survivor; as well as Amoret Zamarro and Barbara Lucci from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Preservation Society. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV! Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online 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
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron answers the question: Can Massachusetts Taxpayer Money
    Subsidize Historic Church Renovations? Tune in to this episode to find out what his answer is!
  • The Sisters of Saint Benedict Center were the featured guest on Close to Home, hosted by Molly Finn, to perform some songs from their recent album This Faith Is What I Love. The Sisters of Saint Benedict Center, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a canonically recognized religious congregation in the Diocese of Worcester, MA. If interested in purchasing their CD, you can go to www.truedevotionals.com
  • 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 Lucy Hale, the Executive Director of the EcoTarium in Worcester. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Suzanne Bump, the Auditor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Activate Worcester is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Guest host Jim McGrath welcomes State Rep candidate Paul Fullen to the show.
  • 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, Liz Myska, talks with attorney Linda Long-Bellil. In another episode, Liz welcomes attorney Sabrina Bohun from the Family Services of Central Massachusetts.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join host of the program and City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with Bryon Lewis-Cummings.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV show that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental and emotional health, as well as religion. Asima talks with Abdul Malik Mujahid, President of the Sound Vision Foundation. In another episode, Asima welcomes Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the NY Co-Chair of the Muslim Peace Coalition.
  • Why does it take some contractors forever to complete street and sidewalks projects? This is the topic of discussion in this episode of Rosen’s Round Table, hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. In another episode, Gary and his panel members talk about the City Council’s recent discussion to chain the tax rate for residential buildings with more than 5 units.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that features interesting guests from all walks of life. In this episode, Ramona’s guest is WCCA TV’s host and producer, Bill Safer.
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Tina Grosowsky to the show. The topic of discussion is the Great American Smokeout happening on November 15, 2018.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV program definitely worth watching! In this episode, host Tommy Colletta chats with Dennis McManus, a candidate for Clerk of Courts.
  • Sound Check, produced by Stefano Trafecante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester area. Featured in this episode is Tinderbox Circus Sideshow. From Lexington, Kentucky, The Tinderbox Circus Sideshow performs at Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester on their 2018 tour. Exclusively on WCCA TV!!
  • Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The show is put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen. Jim takes us to the Caribbean Festival, then starts checking out PowWow Worcester artworks, and wraps the show up at stART on the Street.
  • 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 with Deb Huegel and Joseph Townsend from Habitat For Humanity. In another episode, Bill chats with Kelly Jenkins on the topic of Equality in Massachusetts.
  • Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers, is the host of Ben Behind the Scenes — a show featuring music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. Tune in to another episode of pure entertainment.
  • It’s time to celebrate Video Jam, hosted and produced by Tracy Foley. This WCCA TV music-video show has reached a milestone – 1,000 episodes.. and counting!! Video Jam has been in continuous production for 26 years! It has introduced many local artists, as well as discovered talent that has gone on to national and worldwide stardom. It has also featured some famous musicians and bands through the years, such as Tears for Fears, Joe Strummer from The Clash, Stephen Page from the Barenaked Ladies, and more. Keep watching to see who might stop by in the future! This episode’s playlist features: Paul McCartney – Come on to Me, Jerad Finck – New Kids, Smashing Pumpkins – Silvery Sometimes, Smashing Pumpkins – Solara, Couch Jackets – Don’t Think Just Breathe, A.Def Feat. Ava del Cielo – OP8 of the Masses, Ibru – War and Violence, and more. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Band Edge is a WCCA-TV produced local-music show, that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Ambient Sojourn is the featured artist on this episode of Band Edge. Rock on!
  • Hidden Treasures is a WCCA TV program that helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Host Bill Safer and his guest David Nishimura talk about Collectable Fountain Pens.
  • Human Touch is a new WCCA TV program to spotlight refugees and to learn about their struggles, their stories, their challenges and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. Host Augustine Kanjia talks with Kaska Yawo. In another episode, Augustine welcomes Desire Banguendoh.
  • 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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!

Downtown Worcester Arts Community Happening at WCCA TV

Located in the center of Worcester’s downtown Theater District is WCCA TV, since 1986. We moved to 415 Main street in 1998, we were here when most of the City’s downtown was at it’s worst with little else happening and in great need of revival. We are strong advocates for our public access mission. We are TV BY FOR and OF THE PEOPLE !

“THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”!

We helped bring vibrancy and life to our neighborhood by offering video creatives an space to work in to tell and share their stories or for non profit entities, and others, to reach out to a wide audience. We are a place for creativity, exploration, sharing , and story telling. Expressing it all in a sort of virtual electronic park. Where everyone is invited to play and create. A virtue common place.

WCCA TV is proud of our work and mission. WCCA is a source of empowerment for the disenfranchised. Whether it is helping to develop audiences for various community purposes, or to highlight artist achievement, in virtually any genre, or elevating many community organizations, we are meeting that need in a unique way, open to all.

WCCA TV is also much more. A premier center form media literacy, and media democracy, we are also inclusive, participatory and a vibrant creative space, dedicating to nurturing a diversity of content creation and where storytelling floursihes. It is all shared broadly to large audiences via cable channel 194 or on-line on multiple world wide platforms. We are also documenting and curating community history in making.

WCCA is one of the most continually creative, cultural spaces in Worcester where 100% of our programing reflects our community who create the content themselves. Meaningful media with intention that values community over profits.

The People’s Channel needs you. To participate, to be a part of the conversation that is Worcester, to create, or to watch and or to support this cultural WORCESTER centered mission.

Last but not least, we are most grateful to the community we serve and to the City leadership for supporting our mission, and also thankful for ALL who volunteer and provide sustainable support to maintain and uphold our mission.

THANK YOU

See you on WCCA TV 194 or on line at wccatv.com or anywhere on social media.
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Mark your Calendar for JUNE 14 at 6:30

Mark your Calendar for JUNE 14 at 6:30 to join us for our annual WCCA TV membership and meet and greet and producer party event at Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl Street, Worcester, MA Meet the Stars from your backyard. Stay tuned for details. Light food, cash bar, entertainment, and more.

WCCA TV Needs Your Support To Keep A Valuable Youth Program For Underprivileged Youth From Ending

The following testimonial is from Dee Wells (a professional Photographer and Filmmaker) about how WCCA TV helped him in pursuit of his career.

WCCA TV offers opportunities and training for people in Worcester of all incomes. This summer we hope to have a youth program for underprivileged youth in our community, but the funding that used to pay for that annual program has been cut. We need your help to keep it going this year (2018) while we search for a sustainable way to pay for the Community Connections youth program for underprivileged youth in 2019 and after.

Please send a generous donation by going to the following link web address: www.wccatv.com/donate or calling during office hours M-F at 508-755-1880. Donations may, also, be sent to WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608. Please state that your donation is for youth programs.

Thank You for your support.

Dee Wells of Future Focus Media Explains How WCCA TV is Import…

Dee Wells of Future Focus Media Explains How WCCA TV Training Programs Helped Him in His Career Path. Please take just 1 minute and listen! To Donate to WCCA TV push the donate button on our Facebook page or go to www.wccatv.com/donate. Also, you can call 508-755-1880 and make a donation or mail us a donation to WCCA TV 415 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

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You Can Help Create the iSMARTT Center! WCCA TV is Seeking Your Assistance in Bringing A Brighter Future for Downtown Worcester through the iSMARTT Center Project — Please Make a Donation — If you’re interested in volunteering for our capital campaign please contact Joseph at 508-755-1880 or joseph@wccatv.com .

THIS MONTH AT WCCA TV WE ARE “YOUR VISION TELEVISION”

The WCCA TV Newsletter, January 2018

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

WCCA TV is very appreciative that it has been awarded a Worcester Arts Council Grant for New Voices 2018. The Worcester Arts Council is part of a network of 329 local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. It is through programs like these that give access and assistance to Worcester’s creative community. Thank you, WAC!!

Want to stay healthy all year long, both physically and mentally? Then be sure to tune into our WCCA TV programming to help YOU be the best YOU possible! We offer such valuable locally produced programs as Work Out World, Health Matters, A Bridge to Better Mental Health, and Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Tune into these shows weekly on WCCA TV , Channel 194 in Worcester, or go to www.wccatv.com, Video on Demand, and search for your favorite show.

WCCA TV is seeking your assistance in bringing a brighter future for downtown Worcester through the iSMARTT Center Project. Your donation is highly appreciated! If you’re interested in volunteering for our capital campaign, please contact Joseph at 508-755-1880 or joseph@wccatv.com. As always, thank you for your support!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Hops & Harmony is brought to you by Mechanics Hall with partner WCCA TV and supported by Atlas Distributors, Bay State Savings Bank, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The second Hops & Harmony was held on December 2017 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. It was a fun night with live music and audience participation. The guest artist was Blue Light Bandits. Next Hops & Harmony is on February 12, 2018. Join us for this special Valentine’s event – Hops & Harmony with a twist!

The League of Women Voters of the Worcester area held a public forum on fake news and media literacy at the First Baptist Church in Worcester. The forum, titled Media Literacy and Fake News: Decoding Media in 2017, featured a panel of journalists and media to address questions regarding the distortion of truth in the modern media world and how news influence civil discourse.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of Soapbox in February, hosted by the WCCA TV Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. New episodes will feature Sally Jablonski from Hebert E Berg Florist; artist Esther Solondz; Ray Pfau and Bob Johnson, volunteer
    organizers of the local Repair Cafe; Mark Baldi, Peter Dunn, and Shyla Matthews who chat with Mauro about brownfields. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at 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.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has coffee with Chantel Bethea and Robin Currie. Tune into this episode to find out what they talk about.
  • Rosen’s Round Table is a political and current issue program hosted by Gary Rosen and produced by WCCA TV. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio, Moe Bergman, and Walter
    Bird. The city of Worcester has a new website: www.worcesterma.gov . Watch this episode to find out what the guys thinks about it. In another episode, Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about a lawsuit brought against Worcester for an inflated sewer fee.
  • Know Your Rights is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about Government Funding to Active Churches. In another episode, the topic is a Case of Abuse Defended in the Name of Religious Freedom.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes attorney Blake Rubin, candidate for the District Attorney. In another episode, Tommy talks to Mark Pinkham about home improvements.
  • 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, as well as religion. Today’s episode features Zaza Sakhat to talk about the girl’s perspective after a sexual assault.
  • Exposure With Mosher is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes Russ Wigen, Suzanne Wigen, and Randal Meraki to the show.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes his wife Louise to the show.
  • 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 Casey Burns, the new Director of The Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester. In another episode, Liz welcomes Jayne Schack from Acclaim Home Health Care.
  • Tune into Hidden Treasures, a program that shows the viewers how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to their life. In this episode, Bill welcomes James D. to talk about comic books. In another episode, Bill welcomes auctioneer Ron D’Auteuil back to the show. Ron and Bill chat about reality shows that involve collectables.
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist includes: Aaron Shust – My Hope is in You, My Silent Bravery – Girl You Think You Know, Anana Kaye – American Smile, TLUXX – 7th Angel, Steve Aoki – All Night, Calum Scott – You’re the Reason, Dev – Come at Me, and more. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!
  • Tune into Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. This show will feature: The Texas Red Dirt Choir – Faith in the Water,
    Little Feather – Hillbilly Love Song, Indigo Summer – Wants What It Wants & A1A, Robert Stowell – I’d Die for You, Cash Campbell – Cannonball, Anthony Orio – Undeniable, Tracy Lawrence feat. Big & Rich & Brad Arnold – The Good Ole Days, Aaron Watson – Outta Styel, Mo Pitney – Clean Up on Aisle Five, Smith & Wesley – Superman for a Day, Jenna Paulette – Coolest Girl in the World, Melanie Meriney – Life Boat, Olivia Lane – Devil & You, Jerod Niemann – I Got This, Lucas Hoge – Dirty South. Shout-out to all 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 into another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Tune into another yummy episode of Cooking with Georgia and Dez. In this episode, Georgia and Dez show the viewers how to prepare Mediterranean style beef stew and Georgia-style biscuts. Real Food, Real People, Real Simple!
  • 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!
  • Nuestra Esperanza is a Spanish-language religious program hosted and produced by Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey.

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!