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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 For more information, visit 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

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


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

WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

Fund for Ava Roy video online

Fund For Ava Roy has been posted on the WCCA website

A Memorial Fund has been established by IAFF Local 1009 in the honor of Ava Roy in honor of her heroic father and firefighter, Christopher J. Roy.

Fund For Ava Roy has been posted on the WCCA website at

Donations can ALSO be sent to:

Ava Roy Fund
Worcester Fire Department Credit Union
34 Glennie St, Worcester,MA, 01605

Donations can now be made online at the IAFF local 1009 website.

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

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.

Watch (and listen) to the African Children’s Choir — They Performed At WICN on February 28th

On February 28th 2018 WICN and Crocodile River Music hosted a concert by The African Children’s Choir. The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.