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The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Happy Spring, everyone!! WCCA TV is calling for Volunteers and Sponsors for our BIG upcoming event ‘Central Mass Jazz Fest 2019’, happening on June 22, at Cristoforo Colombo Park in Worcester. You do not want to miss this opportunity to be a part of a signature event that will feature world class celebrity musicians – the first and only one of its kind in Worcester!! Please consider being a Sponsor! You will have access to a LOT of people from all over the region through our outreach, as well as other tremendous benefits. This is a real community event — The Newport Jazz Festival of Worcester!! WCCA TV is also calling for Visual Artists and Merchants interested in participating. There is a ‘CMJF 5k’ that will be preceding the show, please look for sign-up information coming soon. If interested, call WCCA TV at 508-755-1880, ext 111, or email Michael Coogan at michael@wccatv.com. For more information, visit www.centralmassjazzfest.com. Hope to see you there! Let’s get together and jazz it up!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Ending Racism – Getting Along Without It, is a WCCA TV Special Presentation that features a panel discussion about Racism and insightful perspectives/ideas shared in a frank and open dialog, covering the history of racism in America, personal experiences, the need for education and work toward ending disparities and systemic policies that promote hatred, the need for respect and trust, how to address it with perpetuating it, and more. Guest include: Gordon Davis; Michael Harvey, Executive Director of the Baptist Ministries in MA; Robert Lane, Assistant Dean for Outreach Program at UMass Media School; Brian Leonard, St Peter Marion Religious Education Teacher; Barbara Roberts, Retired Engineer and Mathematician; Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV and moderator. Ending Racism is aired exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in April, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Stephanie Pratico from AdCare Hospital to discuss mindfulness and recovery; Patricia Burke to discuss Smart Meters and whether they’re good for the community; Priscilla Ress, Eversource Spokesperson, to talk about the Massachusetts Good Energy Fund; John Giangregorio to talk about the canal district development; Paul Ford and Rosemary Ford from the The 365Z Foundation; as well as Satya Mitra and Barbara Guthrie from the Worcester Rotary Club. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com on Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm. To be a guest on the show, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org . There is something for everyone on WCCA TV!!
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about what can tax-exempt organizations do in the political arena.
  • 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 Joe Bellil, the Vice President of Public Affairs and Youth Services for Easter Seals.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes to the show members of the 2018-2019 North High basketball team and their coach, Al Pettway. In another episode, Tommy learns about what’s new in dentistry, from his dentist Stanley Levenson, DMD.
  • 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. This episode features a meeting of The Committee to Protect Journalists. In another episode, Asima’s guest is Eliza Ennis, the President of International Relations Council at Harvard University.
  • 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 Karen O’Hare and Theresa Kane from The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is Norman Boisvert. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • 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. In this episode, host Bill Safer slices through the
    mystery of collectible knives.
  • Why are there so many candidates running for At-Large Councilor? Tune in to this episode of Rosen’s Round Table to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members have to say.
  • 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’s guests are candidates who are running for office in the 2019 election – Chantel Bethea and Jermoh Kamara for the Worcester School Committee and Evan Corrigan for Worcester City Council.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guest is Debby Dugan. Tune in to find out what they talk about.
  • 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.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has coffee with one of her neighbors, Mary Mullaney.
  • 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 features: Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes, Stealth ft. The Dap Kings – Black Heart, The Shindellas – Ain’t That the Truth, Black Coffee – Wish You Were Here, Jason Derulo – Let’s Shut Up + Dance, Joshua Israel – You’re Not Alone, Sean Darin – California, Man Made Time – Insanity. 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: Kyle Park – Rio, Crowder – Red Letters and Prove It, Hasting & Co – American Love, Tim Montana – American Threas, David Petovar – My Kind of Country, Alan Turner – Tennessee Twister, Kenny Davin Fine – What Happened to Goodness, Co Co O’Connor – This Ol’ War, Toby Keith – Don’t Let the Old Man In & Should’ve Been a Cowboy, Jenna Raine – Us, Lee Gantt – Ruined This Town, Walker Montomery – Just Say When. Shout-out to all our country music fans!!
  • 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!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

Cable Companies Threaten to de-fund free speech community public access television. Save your Public Access Centers.

We call upon the FCC to reject the proposal coming from Cable companies to defund our PEG channels.
PEG channels provide Cable customers with the only truly LOCAL programming on their cable systems, and, at the same time, empower their customers and build community through digital inclusion, and education and access to the tools and technology needed to participate in the media landscape, something found nowhere else. PEG stations are really more of a selling point, that offers an edge to cable subscribers, a gain that comes exclusively from Cable. Why are they not seeing that? To suggest PEG is a burden to cable companies is disingenuous at best. The cost for Dish and and Phone networks is currently about the same as Cable, so to suggest PEG provisions are driving up the cost of cable may also be disingenuous. What is provided to sustain PEG is given in exchange of rights of way. ROW is something that deserves due consideration in the FCC’s decision in this process. Additionally, it should be noted that under current congressional legislation the cost for PEG is not something that has to be passed on to subscribers, the cable companies choose to do so. Public Access in Worcester has a demonstrated growing need for community participation and mainly from the disenfranchised. What happens to these people? Where is their free speech?The FCC must see the proposed rule change coming from the Cable providers as a nothing more than a money grab. If any changes are needed the Verizons , Dish networks, and the Googles, that should be giving back to support PEG as well, in exchange for the rights of way that they also benefit from. Write to the FCC and share this comment.

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The WCCA TV Newsletter, February 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Our next TV Production Class starts on March 23, 2019 and is held at the WCCA TV facility, in downtown Worcester. This class is a MUST for all aspiring TV producers, as it provides useful information about all components involved in TV production. 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!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Ending Racisim – Getting Along Without It is a WCCA TV special presentation in celebration of Black History Month. Members of the community met at WCCA TV on February 19 to discuss the issue of racism in America. Moderated by Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, the panel included Barbara Roberts, retired mathematician/engineer, and Dr. Thomas Doughton, Professor of History at Holy Cross. Exclusively on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester!

WCCA TV is again a proud media sponsor of the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition. Our crew attended the annual kick-off ceremony at Clark University, Higgins University Center. The event was in conjunction with the IRS Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. This is the 17th year of providing free tax preparation and asset building services to low-income working tax payers in central Massachusetts.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in March, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Eduardo Rivers, Marcela Rivas, and Benjamin
    Aryeh from the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition; Dr. James Cordova, professor at Clark University and president of Arammu Couples Health Check, to tell us about relationship
    health
    ; Melody Beach and Amy Vogal Waters to talk about Worcester’s Senior Center and the 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group; Honee Hess, the Executive Director at the
    Worcester Center for Crafts; Casey Zink, Lynne Gaines, and Crystaltina Montagna from the Horizons For Homeless Children. This taping of ‘Soapbox’ concluded with episode 1193 – the longest running TV series in probably all of New England! Meaningful television and community-empowering content made in Worcester! ‘Soapbox’ can be seen on WCCA TV 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, contact Tracy Foley at 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 talks about U.S. War Powers Act. In another episode, Ron talks about African American contributions to the separation of church and state.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta’s guests are from Worcester’s F.C. Smiles, a team in the United Women’s Soccer (U.W.S.) League. In another episode, Tommy’s welcomes Ann Quinlivan and Steve Benton to tell us about the Irish Festival taking place in Worcester on March 2, 2019.
  • Another amazing Super Bowl win by New England Patriots inspired WCCA TV host and die-hard Patriots fan, Ron Motta, to dedicate two episodes of Activate Worcester to our football champions. Ron’s guest is Mike Bottos to talk about the Patriots’ journey to another [victory] (https://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER223).
  • 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, welcomes to the show Lee Anne Hooley, Talking-Book Librarian at the Worcester Public Library.
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table that features a discussion on Worcester’s Midtown Mall. The future of Midtown Mall is uncertain. If it does not meet the city’s expectations, the property could be taken by eminent domain. Some in City Hall don’t think the indoor mall has kept up with the 21st century and consider it an impediment to the city’s ongoing Urban Revitalization Plan. Watch this episode to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about the future of Midtown Mall.
  • Close to Home is a WCCA TV program about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the program, Molly Finn, welcomes CJ Doyle, President of the Catholic Action League. The topic of discussion is abortion and the ethical controversy surrounding it. Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • This is Worcester is a program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. In honor of Black History Month, Bill and his guests talk about Worcester’s past for black people.
  • 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. Asima goes to the MetroWest Muslim Festival to talk with some of the participants.
  • Sound Check, produced by Stefano Traficante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester area. Local Mix 9 is an arrangement of images and music by local talent.
  • 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.
  • 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 features: Pitbull – Muevelo Loca Boom Boom, Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved, Gypsy Temple – Pick a Number, Mel Holder – Crossroads Ft. Ben Tankard, Death Valley Girls – Disaster (Is What We’re After), SadGirl- Breakfast for 2, SpiN – What’s It Gonna Take. Keep on jammin’!!
  • 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!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

The WCCA TV Newsletter, January 2019

# About Worcester. This is where it’s all happening

# This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

**Democracy Now!**, aired on WCCA TV, is an ad-free news program that people can trust. The program features in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. **Democracy Now!** produces their daily news-hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. Support **Democracy Now!** by tuning in to the show Monday thru Friday, from 8 am to 9 am, on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com. Please support OUR efforts in continuing to bring you **Democracy Now!** by donating to WCCA TV – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity and support! Donations can be made here: https://www.wccatv.com/donate or can be mailed to WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester Mass. 01608. Thank you as always for your support!!

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# WCCA TV Special Presentations


WCCA TV’s **Front Row** is a television show experience that takes you up close to live local & on-location performances, and often a look behind the scenes with in-depth interviews of talent, directors, producers, artists and more. It’s about the rich cultural experience and opportunities that exist in the Worcester area.

In this episode, WCCA TV’s Adam Rice interviews Neil Berg. Neil is the creator and co-producer of **Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway**, which is now the number one Broadway touring concert in the United States, playing in over 120 cities a year for the past decade. Relive the groundbreaking Rock & Roll classics of the last 50 years, as Neil Berg shares the often unknown & fascinating stories of the music that changed the world – from the beginnings of Rock & Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the 50s, 60s and 70s, up until MTV in the early 80s. The show will play at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 8:00 pm. You can watch the [Interview with Neil Berg](https://www.wccatv.com/video/front-row/FRONTROW6) exclusively on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester!

# WCCA TV Program Notes

* Tune in to all new episodes of **Soapbox** in February, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Darlene Corbett – Keynote Speaker, Success Coach, and Author of the book [Stop Depriving The World of You: A Guide for Getting Unstuck](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1185); Nancy Diessner, who will have an [exhibit](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1186 ) at the Anna Maria College from February 20 till April 12; Lisa Carlin and Martha Gach of [Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1187); as well as Jermoh Kamara, founder of the [HVK Children’s Foundation](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1188) – an organization that meets the challenging needs of children and families from disadvantage backgrounds. WCCA TV – empowering and elevating Worcester one story at a time!! 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, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org

* **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 Barry Lorion, the MassDOT District 3 Highway Director to update us to the future
of [Worcester’s Kelly Square](https://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT287). In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes [David LeBouef](https://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT286), the newest member of Worcester’s delegation to the legislature.

* How should Worcester middle school students be taught sexual education? Tune in to this episode of **Rosen’s Round Table** to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members – Tony Economou, Hank Stolz, and Walter Bird – think about this [matter](https://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE361). Exclusively on WCCA TV!!

* **Activate Worcester** is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Host of the show Ron Motta chats Chris Pinto about MA2A, [Massachusetts And the Second Amendment](https://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER220).

* **Know Your Rights** is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about [LGBTQ Rights](https://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS312) in America. In another episode, Ron talks about some of the greatest [Church/State Cases](https://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWRIGHTS310) of the last 70 years.

* **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 Maysam Mutallip, Adili Yilihamu, and Abdulvares Ablimit about the [Muslim minority](https://www.wccatv.com/video/perspectives/PERSPECTIVES39) in China.

* **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. In this episode, Bill talks about [Worcester](https://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER72) being a city for 170 years.

* **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. In this episode Bill talks about one of his passions, collecting

[miniature books]

(https://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES69).

* New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl again!! Tommy Colletta, host of **What It’s Worth**, welcomes Bob Perrone back to the show to talk [football](https://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH385). Go Pats!!

* **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 [Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco](https://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS186). For more info, visit www.KeepTryingMA.org or call Smokers’ Helpline: 1-800-QUIT NOW. Because your health matters!!

* 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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES67)

* **Sound Check**, produced by Stefano Traficante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester area. Featured artist in this episode is [Olivia Frances](https://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECK32)

* **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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM1012) features: DYK – Trashcan, Lucas Ray Exp – Sphinx, Nadia Lanfranconi – Italian Country Song, GOODING – Because It Hurts, Angela Josephine – Go Easy & Angela Josephine – 40 Days. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

* **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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK745)  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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA79) 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!**

**WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!**       

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WCCA TV is media literacy/democracy. Your support is greatly appreciated.

People turn to the program, Democracy Now!, on WCCA TV,  for ad-free news they can trust.  Maybe they come for the daily headlines. Or maybe it’s for the in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power.  Democracy Now! produces their daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting.  Support Democracy Now! by tuning into the show Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 9am, on WCCA TV Channel 194 and as it streams at our website at wccatv.com .  Please support OUR efforts in continuing to bring you  Democracy Now! by donating to WCCA TV  – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity and support. Donations can be made here:  https://www.wccatv.com/donate  or can be mailed to WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester Mass. 01608 . Thank you. 

The WCCA TV Newsletter, November 2018: Worcester is happening on WCCA TV

The WCCA TV Newsletter, November 2018

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

The semi-finals of the 2018 New Voices Awards were held at the WCCA TV studio on November 20, 2018. We had many talented singers who performed extremely well in front of the judges, lights and cameras. Our three judges, Amanda Carr, Cliff Goodwin and Victor Infante, were impressed with each singer and had the difficult task of selecting the five contestants who would move on to the semi-finals. The auditions, semi-finals and the final performances of the New Voices 2018 will air soon on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live on www.wccatv.com. Stay tuned to find out who the winner is! These young voices will leave you in awe with their incredible talent!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, interviews Buddy The Elf at The Hanover Theatre to promote Elf the Musical happening November 29 through December 2 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Following the interview, Buddy helps spread Christmas cheer with the carolers and the crowd as the trees are lit outside the venue. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to new episodes of Soapbox in December, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Mary Knittle and Ellen Ganley from the Worcester Community Action Council; Karen Brown, Jennifer Choe and Justin Choe from the Hanmi Tae Kwon Do Center in Worcester; Kim Kerrigan and Steve Wells, authors of the book Making Civility Great Again, Kim Dawkins and Jennifer Rioux from Pathways for Change; Peace Activist Barbara Roberts, and Troy Siebels from the Hanover Theatre. 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
  • 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 Karen Duffy, the President and CEO of the Worcester Credit Union. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Dennis Lipka the interim administrator of the WRTA.

  • 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 becoming a town in 1722.
  • What is going on at Holy Cross? Tune in to this episode of Rosen’s Round Table to find out. In another episode, host Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about the controversial images on the bathroom doors of a Worcester restaurant and the reaction of social media.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about The New Supreme Court. In another episode, Ron gives an analysis of the last election.
  • 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 Scherrie Keating about diabetes. In another episode, Liz talks with Amy Finke from Lifeway Mobility.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV program definitely worth watching! In this episode, host Tommy Colletta chats with Jonathan Graeme McCullough, the head of music at All Saints Church.
  • 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 about understanding the Plight of Refugees.
  • 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 with Vivian Li, the Curator of Asian Art at the Worcester Art Museum.
  • Band Edge is a WCCA TV produced local-music show that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Scott Michael Olson is the featured artist on this episode of BandEdge.
  • WCCA TV’s independent music-video show, Video Jam, hosted by Tracy Foley, has a Holiday Special that will feature Christmas music-videos from Eric Clapton, Timothy Craig, For King and Country, Sherry Lynn, Joanna Yaeger, The Nickel Slots, and Victory. Happy Holidays!!

  • Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music by tuning in to Video Jam Country with host Tracy Foley. This special episode will feature an interview with country music artist Houston Bernard and also his live performance at the WCCA TV studio of four songs – Wait for It, We Made Out, Never Grow Old, and What a Man Should Do. Exclusively on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester!!
    * 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!

  • 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.

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!

Bonnie Johnson, Host of WICN’s, featured on “The Beat”

“The Beat” produced and hosted by students of Worcester State University, and presented on WCCA TV Sundays, Nov 11 & 18 7:30pm will feature Bonnie Johnson , WICN Radio host, to discuss her program “Colors of Jazz”.

On cable channel 194 in Worcester or at www.wccatv.com

Go Lancers !

THIS WEEKS PICKS ON WCCA TV see our listing in the T&G

THIS WEEKS PICKS ON WCCA TV

Mon Nov. 12 at 10pm

“Bandedge” recorded at the WCCA TV studio in Worcester, features local organist, Scott Olson.

Tue Nov. 13 at 7pm

“Connecting the Dots” hosted by attorney, Liz Myska, is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor.

Wed Nov. 14 8:30pm

“Soapbox”, hosted by Mauro DePasquale, will feature Richard Gonzalez of Net Compassion, a faith based collaborative effort of volunteer groups bringing vital support services to people in need in our city.

Thur Nov. 15 10:30pm

“Got It Covered” hosted by Victor Infante features Sean Ryder as he performs My Best Friend by Air Supply.

Sat, Nov. 17 8:30pm

What It’s Worth hosted by Tommy Collettta will feature Emily Rosenbaum, the Executive Director of the Worcester JCC to discuss the JCC gym.

Sun., Nov. 18 10:00pm

“Coffee with Konnie” features local politician , Konnnie Lukes, as she interviews various citizens of Worcester in local area coffee shops

On WCCA TV Worcester cable channel 194 and at wccatv.com

#greatTV, #localProgramming, #WCCATV

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!

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U ! More than SOCIAL MEDIA or having someone video tape you.

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U through charitable Community Media !

While there are new and inexpensive ways to produce video, Public Access television facilities still allow people to produce video in a higher quality and shown to a very broad local audience or a targeted audience.

While you can put a video out on YouTube, the chances of it being seen by significant numbers of people is still very small. Commercial platforms ( social media or otherwise ) place their own profit before your interest, they can be intrusive and they are not truly free speech. They often express rights to censor, delete and or terminate post or video. to suit their own bottom line.

WCCA TV provides access it is commercial free, and it is truly PARTICIPATORY MEDIA at it’s highest. All ages, and people of all backgrounds, are welcomed and encouraged to join in the creative fun of building community through electronic media. There are still some financial obstacles to producing video. Although the technology to produce a decent quality video has increase significantly over the years, there are still many people that simply do not have access to the cameras to shoot the video, or to the computers to edit the video, or to the internet to upload the content.

Many Public Access media or television facilities, such as WCCA TV, also provide technology training and media literacy programs to help new producers make quality video productions and to discern most effective messaging. Sometimes these productions are later shown on other channels, such as PBS, or picked up on other platforms supplemental to Public access presentations. This renders a higher benefit to our participants that may not be available to others. Numerous public access volunteer producers and interns often go on to careers in video production, become media specialist, or simply enjoy the creativity of physically networking in a creative collaborative space with other like minded creators. Also WCCA TV curates community media productions as the video art of our time, as historical and cultural artifacts. WCCA is non-commercial (a charitable 501(c)(3))and dedicated to a mission that is inclusive, participatory, free speech ( free from political whim, or corporate retribution ), and to empower the Citizens of our City and beyond.

WCCA TV is “The PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”

WCCA TV is THE place to LEARN, CREATE, and CONNECT like NO other.
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