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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:

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 . Thank you as always for your support!!

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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 and we just might ask YOUR QUESTION on air!! Tune in to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, or at , 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


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


  • 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, on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest on the show, contact
  • 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
  • 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!


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


Last chance to win tix to see Sugarland at the DCU on Friday

There’s just a little time left to win tickets to the Sugarland concert at the DCU Center tomorrow. Our first winner of the Sugarland tickets is Patty Foley (no relation to Tracy Foley, host of Video Jam Country).  She entered and won 4 tickets to the concert September 7 at the DCU Center.  There’s still time to enter!  Just email today and tell us Why YOU Love WCCA TV.  

Check out this PLAYLIST for WCCA TV’s “VIDEO JAM” episode #992 PREMIERES AUG 17, 2018 ; FEATURING 2 Amazing LOCAL Worcester ARTISTS


Check out this PLAYLIST for WCCA TV’s “VIDEO JAM” episode #992



Olivia Frances- Great Blue

My Silent Bravery – 18

Rafael- You Are

Peabo Bryson – Love Like Yours and Mine

Hop Along – How Simple

18th and Addison – Time Bomb

Scott Gray – Maybe It’s You

Daniel Correa- Take a Chance

Tracy Foley
Station Manager & Program Director
Producer of VIDEO JAM, Soapbox, & Video Jam Country
WCCA TV Ch. 194

Les Stroud writer and performer of “How Long” video and cover of Joni Mitchell’s “BIG YELLOW TAXI” expresses his appreciation of WCCA TV’s VIDEO JAM

Les Stroud writer and performer of “How Long” video and cover of Joni Mitchell’s “BIG YELLOW TAXI” expresses his appreciation of WCCA TV’s VIDEO JAM to the shows producer Tracy Foley

“Hey There Tracy

I just wanted to personally thank you for the support you have been showing my video for “How Long” on Video Jam on WCCA TV. I’m honoured and greatly appreciative! With the release of the Bittern Lake album, the launch of the “How Long” video and now also the new video for the cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”, we’re well on our way to continuing the mission of pushing this music and the message that comes with it. A message of re-connecting to, celebrating and protecting nature. I have a brand new studio album waiting in the wings (featuring Slash on guitar) that was also produced by legendary producer Mike Clink so I will be excited to keep up the energy and continue creating as much as possible.

Thanks so much!

Keep on rockin’ with VIDEO JAM excursively on WCCA TV 194/

WCCA TV and Herb Alpert in the music world news

Herb Alpert’s music team thanks WCCA TV !
Hi Tracy,
This is Jimmy Brunetti from Croshal Entertainment Group and Herb Alpert Presents. I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for programming Herb’s latest video, “What A Wonderful World”. We really appreciate your support!

VIDEO JAM is a WCCA TV production seen exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester and around the world at

It’s All Happening at WCCA TV

WCCA TV awarded $207,000.00 Grant

May 14, 2018




WCCA TV, Worcester Community Cable Access Inc., is pleased to announce, the board of MassDevelopment, the Mass Cultural Council’s partner in the administration of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, have met to approve grant recommendations for the 2018 round of the Cultural Facilities Fund.


WCCA TV has been approved for a Capital grant in the amount of $200,000. In addition, our organization has also been approved for a Systems Replacement Plan (SRP) grant in the amount of $7,000.  The SRP is a 20-year capital needs assessment of a facility and its mechanical systems.


This funding will be utilized to support WCCA TVs facility / fixture update, and repair project, known as WCCA TVs “in-Studio Media Arts Resource and Technology Training Center” (iSMARTT CENTER)


The first phase of the project is to address façade and fixture updates, safety improvements, and to increase accessibility of its production and digital arts amenities. Through this first phase the front entranceway would be greatly improved which will make our part of downtown Worcester more attractive and well lit.  It will, also, enhance content creation by improving its creative space and allowing programming and operational efficiency.


WCCA TV has previously completed a feasibility and planning study, and is continuing to pursue other grants and funding for the project.  During recent months WCCA has met with representatives from Mass Development, City Officials, and area organizations and community members to explore avenues to move the project forward. WCCA TV hopes to have the funds raised for the scope of phase one of the Façade by the end of this year, and we hope to begin work on the façade soon afterwards.  This amount required for the project is above and beyond the public access funding and the contractual equipment and facilities funds that WCCA TV receives through the City Cable franchise provisions.


WCCA recently made some improvements with its community media center digital creation tools.  The community media television station recently secured over $160,000 in new content creation technology that raises its television studio technology to a new state-of-the-art level.  This has led to an increased integration of our traditional cable television with a diversified online presence by using multi-casting and multi-sourcing technologies, while further empowering and engaging all participating communities and citizens of Worcester.  It has also further empowered the community to access more dynamic video production options in an increasingly efficient and effective manner.


WCCA TV has expanded its presence and can be viewed on multiple platforms worldwide, including Charter Cable 194,, FaceBook, YouTube, Roku, and others. It can be seen on multiple devises as well.


Stay tuned for more good news to come.


Mauro DePasquale,

Executive Director

(508) 755-1880 or



Joseph Townsend has left his position of Fund and Grant Developer, here at WCCA effective as of April 20, 2018.

Please be assured WCCA TV remains attentive to service and ongoing projects, therefore, in the interim, all business relations, including our Circle of Friends members, and other accounts will be addressed by our Station Manager, Tracy Foley. Tracy can be reached at 508-755-1880 ext. 110 or at .

It is with warmest personal regards that we wish Joseph much success in his future endeavors.


Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”
415 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01608
508-755-1880 ext. 111



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The International Women’s Day Celebration at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts — WCCA TV Was There!

WCCA TV recorded The International Women’s Day Celebration on March 6, 2018 at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, and Cynthia LaPan interviewed the CEO of YWCA USA, Alejandra Y. Castillo, for ourviewers. It was an inspiring evening honoring women’s experiences, addressing challenging issues, and celebrating women. This year’s theme was Press for Progress.

The keynote address was by YWCA USA’s new CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo. The YWCA USA and its network of 213 associations serves 2.2. million women and girls around the country in 46 states and the District of Columbia. With over two decades of professional experience in Washington, D.C., she has served in senior leadership in two presidential administrations. Given her policy, legal and business expertise, Alejandra has worked in various public, private, and non-profit settings. In 2014, Alejandra was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), becoming the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the agency, helping to secure financing and capital in excess of $19 billion, and creating or retaining over 33,000 jobs.

Also, the event included traditional Indian Dance, refreshments, and international artists and makers.