WCCA TV Newsletter, October 2020 Meaningful Participatory Media

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This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

In a recent editorial published on Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette, WCCA TV’ Executive Director Mauro DePasquale urges Spectrum to have WCCA TV transmitted throughout the Spectrum/Charter network in the Central Massachusetts area.
WCCA TV has appealed to Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and the City Council numerous times seeking Spectrum/Charter to allow WCCA to broaden its transmission to the entire Spectrum network on Sept. 25, 2019, and again on June 11, 2020. The second appeal was made most relevant by the horrible shooting of George Floyd.
Now, we learn that Diocese of Worcester programing will be discontinued on Cable Channel 193, which was programmed through the Spectrum Central Mass. network.
Let’s not lose another opportunity, for justice sake, to better our community media channel and to elevate diverse and disenfranchised voices. We should not allow a primarily dead unused regional Channel 193 resource to remain dark.
Our community has been advocating for decades to broaden the reach of WCCA TV. One opportunity was lost decades ago when the Italian channel, seen on then Charter Cable Channel 15, carried only about four hours of Italian RAI content. WCCA TV proposed sharing the channel regionally, but Charter blocked the merger. Where is that Italian channel today? Gone!
There is an opportunity now before us. WCCA TV has the unmatched experience, capacity, content and facility to reach a regional audience beyond Worcester through Spectrum’s network of subscribers.
WCCA TV currently presents diverse content, which reflects our demographics. Production topics include health and wellness, culture, music and religion, including the new Catholic Diocesan daily masses. City Councilors, School Committee members and the Mayor also use WCCA TV.
WCCA TV can easily manage and train individuals and organizations of all backgrounds to access the station’s equipment and channel. Our goal is to empower the disenfranchised with broader reach. It is in the absolute interest of the city to fully support our public access channel and mission, which is the only channel to be fully centered upon community participation, democracy and media literacy. Public Access Channel is after all, TV by for and of the people. Let’s make the switch for a broader-reaching WCCA TV and put the people and their channel first. Thanks you as always for your support!

To support WCCA TV programming, please text WCCATV to 243725. Your generous gift is tax deductible!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Special Presentations

This edition of WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ features Adrien C. Finlay, Executive Director at Music Worcester, who informs viewers about free concerts during the COVID-19 shutdown and upcoming paid virtual events as part of the 2020-2021 Season.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bryan Levangie, the Location Pastor at the Next Level Church in West Boylston. Pastor Levangie shares the good news and uplifting messages of his church during these challenging times. He also talks about what they are doing online & in person to bring continued hope to the greater Worcester community and beyond.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ann McCarron, Associate Athletic Director at WPI and a two-time breast cancer survivor. Ann talks about her experience with metastatic breast cancer, treatment with both traditional and experimental drugs, and the hopeful story of living a full life while in remission.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Terrell Wilson, the Executive Chef at the new Franklin Street Fare restaurant. The restaurant combines various food truck delicacies under one roof.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Charbel Najem from The Nissi Project, who will provide information about the Project’s mission, vision and purpose.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mark Henderson, Founder and CEO of The016.com. Mark talks about the history of The016.com, along with its growth and daily work. The016.com is THE place where people can find out everything going on in and around Worcester. It recently surpassed 10 million page-views all time and a record 1 million page-views in August. Mark is thankful for their users, advertisers and media partners, like WCCA TV, who share their mission of informing local people about things that impact their lives.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Karen E. Ludington, Vice President at Children’s Friend, Inc., an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation. Karen talks about the organization’s history of serving children and families since 1849, and their mission to improve the lives of children and those who love them by creating, supporting and strengthening families.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jean-Luc Wittner, chef and co-owner of Suzette Crêperie & Café in the Canal District. Jean-Luc talks about opening a restaurant during the Covid pandemic and the café’s authentic French, gluten free, and vegan-friendly offerings.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Brad Dumont, Music Director with the Salisbury Singers, Inc.. Brad will introduce the group’s fall season with guest artists presenting virtually from around the region & country and welcoming new members to meet with them and sing from home.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Evelyn Darling, Executive Director at the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District. Evelyn will discuss the organization’s ongoing efforts and plans in making Downtown Worcester a more vibrant destination.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Felicio Lana, owner of Northeast Properties, who shares his plans for Midtown Mall as well as major changes and future developments in downtown Worcester.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Dr. Michael Lee, Associate Professor and a breast cancer researcher based at UMass Medical School, who has a grant funded by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Lee discusses his vital work and strides made.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in October. Host and WCCA TV Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, will feature self-help books author Charles Smith; consultant Melody Beach who will discuss job seeking for those 50 and older; Julieane Frost and Cheri Carty from the Paul Revere Toastmasters Club; and WiFi dangers with advocate Patricia Burke. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester and streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest on the show, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV!
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Gary Blanchard to the show. The topic of discussion is A Health Care Proxy: You Must Choose, But Choose Wisely. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about Polar Park and the projects surrounding. In another episode, the topic of discussion is the hot real estate market on Worcester’s west side.
  • Did you know that some homemade crafts turn out to be very valuable? To learn more, tune in to this new episode of Hidden Treasures. Host William Safer helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life.
  • The Mayor’s Forum, hosted by Worcester’s Mayor Joe Petty, features local guests to discuss a
    wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. The Mayor welcomes Peter Dunn, the Chief Development Officer for the City of Worcester. In another episode, the Mayor chats with Stephanie Ramey, President of Worcester Railers HC.
  • Perspectives is a WCCA TV program that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Host Asima Silva welcomes to the show children’s author Ali Chemkhi. In another episode, Asima’s guest is author and convert to Islam Dr. Celene Ibrahim.
  • 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 Tracy Lovvorn, a candidate for the 2020 Massachusetts 2nd Congressional District. In another episode, Ron chats with The Last Telegram blogger Jay
    Givan
    .
  • This is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. Bill’s guest is the Executive Director of the YWCA, Linda Cavioli. The plans for the future of the YWCA are discussed. In another episode, Bill and his guest Greg Dennis talk about the voting changes in Massachusetts.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the program, doctor Donald Pelto, talks about nail care with Bree Wright, a registered nurse in Canada.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching. Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show the multi-talented Dee Tomasetta. In another episode, Tommy chats with Dave O’Gara about radio stations in Worcester.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Now Endeavor, Olivia Holt, Jeremy Zucker, and Sonarpilot. Tune in on Fridays at 9 pm to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • WCCA TV’s country music video show, Video Jam Country, will feature new music from Love Harder, Jimmy Buffet, Filmore, A.C. Jones, Cherie Brennan, Richard Lynch, and much more. Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Shout out to all our country music fans!
  • Tune in to a new episode of WCCA TV’s Senior Speak. Host of the program, Edith Morgan, will discuss how seniors are coping with the stress of the pandemic, local happenings, and more. Senior Speak airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm and Wednesdays at 12 pm.

Bonus Editorial

September 23, 2020
Make the switch. Let’s have WCCA TV transmitted throughout the Spectrum/Charter network in the central Mass area.
WCCA TV appealed to the City Manager and Council numerous times seeking Spectrum/Charter to allow WCCA to broaden its transmission to the entire Spectrum network as recently as Sept 25, 2019 and again on June 11, 2020, an appeal made most relevant by the horrible shooting of George Floyd, and also now to learn of the Diocese programing discontinuing on cable channel 193 which was programmed through the Spectrum central Mass network.
Let’s not lose another opportunity, for justice sake, to better our community media channel and to elevate diverse and disenfranchised voices. We should not allow a primarily dead unused regional channel 193 resource remain dark.
Our community has been advocating for decades to open broaden the reach of WCCA TV, one opportunity was last lost decades ago when the Italian channel on then Charter cable channel 15, seen regionally, which then carried only about 4 hours of Italian RAI content. WCCA TV proposed to share that channel regionally but Charter apparently pitted the Italian community against the Community at large to stop the merge. Where is that Italian channel today? GONE!
There is an opportunity now before us. WCCA TV has the unmatched experience, capacity, content and facility to take Worcester, the hub of Central Mass, to reach regional audience through Spectrum’s network of subscribers.
WCCA currently presents diverse content which reflects our diverse demographics. Production topics include, but are not limited to, health and wellness, cultural shows, music, show on a variety of religions and languages including the newly added Catholic Diocesan daily masses, City Councilors, The Mayor’s Forum and School Committee members all without being subservient to Spectrum or Charter’s prejudicial and discriminatory use of that channel. WCCA can easily manage and train individuals and organizations of all backgrounds to access the station’s equipment and channel.
Our goal is to empower the disenfranchised with broader reach.
WCCA TV is a non-profit and this approach would benefit the Government and Education Channels by WCCA TV’s willingness to carry their select content regionally as well. Regional broadcast of WCCA would be a key incentive to many including WCCA TV in our outreach, development and sustainability, especially in these trying times of the Covid pandemic.
How does the current discriminatory use of cable channel 193 weigh against the Cable Franchise Agreement? The basis of that agreement are built upon an exchange of neighborhood rights of way. All of our community should receive maximum benefit from it.
There is no viable reason why Charter cannot switch our signal to be regionally, to all the towns in its system, transmitted and in HD, while it did it for cherry picked community members. Please note, this appeal is not a slight to other town access centers. What we are asking does not and should not necessarily affect those channels at all.
It is in the absolute interest of the City and our community to better and fully support our public access channel and mission which is the only channel to be fully centered upon community participation, media democracy and media literacy. Public Access Channel is after all, TV BY FOR and OF the People. Let’s make the switch for a broader reaching WCCA TV and put the people and their channel first.
Thank you,

Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV
508-755-1880 ext. 111
mauro@wccatv.com

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!

WCCA TV Newsletter, September 2020 MEANINGFUL MEDIA YOUR VOICE YOUR STATION

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends, hope you are staying safe and enjoying your summer! So far WCCA TV has produced and aired more than 80 episodes of our live “Daily Breaking” show. The show began in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and was originally intended to provide useful information as to where people could find much needed services when so many places were forced to close. The show has evolved to better suit our community’s needs and has featured an array of guests from many sectors, including school teachers, students, counselors, restaurant owners, religious leaders, directors of dozens of social service organizations, and more. “Daily Breaking” has been a valuable community collaborative and public service of WCCA TV that not only expresses the community’s response to the pandemic, but also empowers our community through honest and unfiltered dialogue as it addresses important issues of the day, such as Racism and other social justice matters. The show airs live at noon Mondays through Thursdays on Worcester Cable Channel 194, and streams live at the same time on www.wccatv.com and on the station’s Facebook page: facebook.com/wccatv. Shows are re-aired at various times during the week and a directory can be found on our website. To be a guest on the show, contact Michael Coogan at michael@wccatv.com. Thanks for watching and participating!!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Barbara Fields, President & CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Barbara talks about the Worcester Together Fund, which recently surpassed $10 million in donations.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Juan Gomez, President and CEO of CENTRO. Juan will discuss how COVID-19 required adjustments in their mission to assist individuals and families seeking to achieve self-sufficiency and build purposeful lives.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Tracy Kraus, Executive Director of Worcester Chamber Music Society. Tracy will talk about COVID impacts and the group’s plans for Season 15 concerts.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Rod Lee, Editor & Publisher of The Rambler. Rod talks about ”Goodbye, Columbus” and other hard-hitting content in the recent issue of The Rambler.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kasia Wennerberg, a local attorney who is running for the Worcester Register of Probate. Kasia will explain how the Department of Probate and Family Court works and the duties of the Register of Probate.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Cece Doucette, Director of Massachusetts for Safe Technology. Cece will address what the science says about the risks involved with 5G technology, ‘smart’ meters, and safe technology solutions. In Part 2 of this interview, Cece talks about current actions toward safe technology, present legislation in Massachusetts, and lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Melissa Prescott, Owner & President of Paradise Pet Spa. Melissa will inform us about how COVID-19 has changed the operations of pet grooming.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Monique Messier, Executive Director of Discover Central Massachusetts. Monique talks about promoting tourism through unprecedented times and showcasing all Central Mass has to offer. She also explains what family-friendly activities are available while complying with social-distancing guidelines. DCM is focusing on the hyper-local market and supporting small businesses through the We-Love-Worcester campaign.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Hank von Hellion and Stephanie Burgos from the Guardians of Traditions. They discuss their work to build a network event with other cultural organizations in Worcester. They also talk about their organization GOT, cultural history, Dominican carnival, public art, and future projects.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Theresa Freeman, Director of Communications with the American Cancer Society in Massachusetts, who talks about what’s new with this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and their shift to all-online fundraising this year.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • The Mayor’s Forum resumes its production at WCCA TV. Mayor Joe Petty welcomes to the show Edgar Luna, Business Development Manager for the City of Worcester & Worcester Census 2020 Campaign Coordinator. He talks about Census 2020 and the importance of completing it. In another episode, the Mayor chats with Andrew Andrianopoulos and Randy Becker from the Holden Towers Worcester Tennis Club.
  • Activate Worcester hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. In this episode, Ron talks with Kathy Roy about the Republican party’s past, present, and future.
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members will talk about Sidewalk Dining in Worcester. In another episode, the topic of discussion is Should the Worcester Police Department Issue Body-cams to their Officers. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Michelle Shabo welcomes to the show Ezequiel De Leon, RN, and Katherine Sadaniantz. The topic of discussion is Improving Inpatient Sleep Quality at UMMHC Campus.
  • Time for a coffee break and a new episode of Coffee with Konnie. Host of the show and former City Councilor, Konnie Lukes, has coffee with Father Mark Doku and Vasku Progri from the St. Mary’s Albanian Orthodox Church in Worcester.
  • Perspectives is a WCCA TV program hosted by Asima Silva, that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima welcomes to the show Dr. Bill Slaughter from the Gaza Mental Health Foundation.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching. Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Blues enthusiast David Abare, who explains to Tommy what the Blues is all about.
  • Human Touch hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a WCCA TV program that spotlights refugees and helps viewers learn about their struggles and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. In this episode, Augustine talks about COVID-19 impacts on Africans and African Americans. In another episode, Augustine talks about the politics of Africa.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with Dr. Jeremy Golding. Be well and live healthy!
  • Connecting the Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes to the show Television Journalist Garry Armstrong.
  • BandEdge is a WCCA-TV produced local music show that is shot live and spotlights Worcester area bands, singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. My Silent Bravery is the featured band on this episode of BandEdge.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Toni Braxton, Awgust, Alan Williams, Kailey Nicole, Mustafa, lotusbliss, CPT KIRK and the Devil Horns, and Katy Perry. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of WCCA TV’s Senior Speak. Host of the program, Edith Morgan, will talk about how seniors are coping with the stress of the pandemic, local happenings, and more. Senior Speak airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

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!

WCCA TV Newsletter, August 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! WCCA TV recently aired their 70th live “Daily Breaking” show. The show began in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak as the state ordered shutdown of many businesses. According to WCCA’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale, the show was originally intended to provide information as to where people could find much needed services when so many places were forced to close. The show has featured an array of guests from many sectors – school teachers, students, counselors, restaurant owners, religious leaders, and directors of dozens of social service organizations. The “Daily Breaking” has been a community collaborative and public service of WCCA. It not only squarely expresses the community’s response to the pandemic, but also empowers the community through honest and unfiltered dialogue, as it addresses issues of the day, such as Racism and other social justice matters. The show airs live at noon Mondays through Thursdays on Worcester Cable Channel 194, and streams live at the same time on www.wccatv.com and on the station’s Facebook page: facebook.com/wccatv. Shows are re-aired at various times during the week and a directory can be found on our website. Thanks for watching and participating! WCCA TV is here for you!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Editions

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bill Wallace from the Worcester Historical Museum. Bill talks about the Museum’s COVID-19 Chronicles – a project capturing the stories, images and sounds of the Worcester community living through the pandemic. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Edward Madaus, Executive Director of Guild of St. Agnes Early Education and Child Care, which was established in 1913 and is the largest early education and care agency in Central Massachusetts. Ed will explain how they dealt with COVID-19 and the closure of all centers, and how the organization reopened and is now welcoming families back.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Melody Beach, founder of Melody L. Beach Consulting Group, who talks about her HR business and the expansion of the HR businesses in Central Mass; facilitating 4 out of 17 Fifty+ Job-Seekers Networking Groups in Mass; and her radio show Connections Count on 97.9 Unity Radio.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Carl Gomes – President of the Indian Lake Community Association, Rich Cameron – Assistant Director at Woodward Day School, Matthew Morse – Principal of Forest Grove Middle School, and Andrea Cameron – Teacher at Forest Grove Middle School. They inform the viewers about the development of the Community Teaching Garden literacy project, as well as their partnership with the Worcester Public Schools and the Central Massachusetts Collaborative.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Juliet Feibel, Executive Director at ArtsWorcester. She shares news of re-opening the galleries and the Gravity/Levity exhibition, the first-ever sculpture show in their 40 years of exhibiting regional and contemporary artists. For more information, visit www.artsworcester.org.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mayor Joe Petty, who will discuss how the city is reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown. The mayor will also talk about ‘Worcester Together’ – a nonprofit collaboration & response to the pandemic crisis that has raised over $8.5M and distributed millions to over one-hundred organizations across the city; the Worcester Economic Recovery Committee; Worcester Public Schools and the distribution of over 4,100 Chromebooks to allow students to continue their education over the course of summer, and other local updates.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Nate Nakhid, Business Partner at Secret Touch Mobile Detailing that serves all of Worcester County with affordable auto detailing. Nate will explain the process of detailing your automobile safely in your own driveway. They come to your home or workplace to clean, wax and sanitize your car or truck. Tune in to learn about this convenient mobile auto-detailing service.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Carl Rushton, a local author, who will talk about his thoughts on COVID-19 and its impact on creating the next generation of latchkey kids and Generation X. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Frederick Douglass Communal Reading 2020 was funded by Mass Humanities and was recorded & produced at WCCA TV 194 in Worcester. ”What to the Slave is 4th of July?” is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history, delivered at a Rochester, N.Y. Independence-Day event in 1852 by abolitionist Frederick Douglass. “It is the birthday of your national independence and of your political freedom,” he said, noting, “The distance between this platform and the slave plantation from which I escaped, is considerable.” Across Massachusetts, communities come together to read the speech aloud during the July 4th holiday. The tradition started 11 years ago. This special presentation features several community members, including Mayor Joe Petty, and was produced by Cedric Arno with WCCA TV.

Ending Racism is a candid and on-going series of discussions, produced and hosted by Peace Activist, Barbara Roberts. This episode features George R. Ingham, Ph.D., Lecturer on US History at Assumption University and retired Clinical Social Worker. Barbara and George will address issues about Systemic Racism at both local and national levels, and possible causes of widespread racism through history.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Should the kids return to school? Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members will talk about what will happen with the Worcester Public Schools this academic year.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join former City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has a cup of joe with Katie Toomey, the Register of Deeds for Worcester.
  • Welcome to a new episode of Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. In this episode, Bill provides tips for navigating at yard sales and flea markets.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a WCCA TV program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine’s guest is Owura Sarkodieh to talk about his journey.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with functional dietitian Tamara Luck. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is pharmacist Gary Kracoff.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva and Hank Stolz, features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima’s guest is Dr. Suraj Yengde. The Untouchables in the Hindu Caste system in India is the topic of discussion.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Flight Attendant, Persons of Interest, Harloe, Deadmau5, Sankoh, Omar Courtz, and Jack the Radio. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of WCCA TV’s Senior Speak. Host of the program, Edith Morgan, will talk about how seniors are coping with the stress of the pandemic, the importance of wearing masks, and more. Senior Speak airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

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!

WCCA TV Newsletter, July 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! We hope everyone is having a nice summer while staying safe and healthy! As Massachusetts is about to enter Phase 3 of reopening, WCCA TV continues to prioritize COVID-19 Safety Protocols through its daily operations. Studio procedures have been modified to accommodate a safe, clean, and near-touchless production process. Space in our studio is limited to a total of four people, including camera operators. Staff and volunteer users are required to clean and disinfect all work areas thoroughly before and after each use. Our edit rooms are single-use only and they must be scheduled in advance. People editing are required to wear a mask and gloves. No food is allowed in the studio or edit suites. Staff and community volunteers & guests will wear face mask at all times, where physical distancing is not possible. All staff and WCCA TV members are required to maintain social distancing at all times.

To reserve your time, call 508-755-1880, or contact your WCCA TV production facilitator to schedule production and/or editing. We ask for your patience and understanding during these challenging time as we are working very diligently to be accommodating to both your needs and safety. We appreciate your kindness and support!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sal Arcuri and Eli Velez from Arcuri Moda Salon in Worcester to talk about the reopening of barbershops and salons in the Commonwealth.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Magdelene Barjolo, one of the organizers of the Solidarity Protest at Worcester Common. Magdelene informs us that the purpose of these peaceful protests is to call attention to racial injustices being committed against our black communities and to inspire systemic change.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Brian Sora, Director of Operations with DiLeo Gas in Worcester, to discuss their program of giving away gift cards to clients of the Worcester Community Action Council.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Fred Taylor from Worcester Branch NAACP (Carpenters Union) to talk about recent Solidarity Protests in Worcester. Fred wants to tell people that despite their frustration, violence is not the answer.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, who explains WCCA’s reopening protocol and welcomes back our members and producers.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jason & Linda Grimshaw, both teachers at Leicester Public Schools. They discuss the challenges of teaching separate classes remotely in their house, as well as having their children learning remotely at home.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Dennis Lipka & Anna Kosterski from Worcester Regional Transit Authority. They talk about the impact of COVID-19 on public transportation, what has WRTA done during these challenging times, and where to go from here.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Vincent Pedone to discuss his work as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents and as Chairman of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority. Viewers will gain insight on how Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities are preparing to repopulate their student body. Vincent also discusses the impact of COVID-19 upon WRA and the many projects that are ongoing, including the Worcester Red Sox Stadium

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mark Gallant, owner of The Dogfather food trucks and WooTrucks. Mark addresses the dramatic impact of the pandemic on the food truck business, particularly at a time when many outdoor festivals and concerts have been cancelled.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Peter Dunn, the Chief Development Officer for the City of Worcester, to talk about upcoming developments and events in Worcester.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Michael Onett from Faith and Family Supportive Care & Hospice to talk about the COVID-19 rules related to hospice, the three pillars of hospice structure, and what should a patient or family ask before choosing a hospice.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features two members of the African Community Education – Kaska Yawo, the Executive Director & Co-Founder, and Tim O’Neil, the Marketing & Fundraising Manager. They talk about the ACE organization and programming, how they have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how people can help support their efforts.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Troy Siebels, President & CEO of The Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Troy talks about the ramifications of having to cancel a significant portion of their season due to COVID-19, plans on moving forward, and how will the experience at the theatre be different than before the pandemic.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Gary Benacquista, Director of Operations at Grid Hospitality Group, owner of Worcester Beer Garden & Pavilion. Gary will discuss the reopening of outdoor dining, the new Beer Garden menu, how dining out is going to change, their plans to keep their guests & staff safe, and what dining and live music may look like in the future.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features WCCA TV’s Development Officer, Michael Coogan. Mike talks to WCCA’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about The Jazz Fest which has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, the reopening of the station, and information on how to access WCCA TV.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sulma Rubert-Silva, Interim Director at Worcester Public Library, to talk about the reopening of the library; the curbside pickup service now available for borrowers; summer reading; renovation project, and additional library information.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kathy Gagne, Executive Director at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. She talks about the interruption of the presentations at the hall as a result of COVID-19, as well as the impact of damage from a severe storm this past spring. Kathy also talks about future plans for Mechanics Hall.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to a new episode of Racism, We Can Live Without It – a WCCA TV Special Presentation produced by Barbara Roberts. This is a candid and ongoing series of discussions, with a focus on a caring search for non-violent solutions to unjust problems such as racism that is hurting us all. This episode features Barbara Roberts – Mathematician and Peace Activist, Bil Gardiner – Photographer and Community Activist, Scott Shaeffer Duffy – Catholic Worker in Worcester and Peace Activist, and Mauro DePasquale – WCCA TV’s Executive Director. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com
  • It’s City-Budget time in Worcester! This is the topic of discussion in a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. In another episode, Gary and his panel members talk about the challenges that landlords are facing due to the ongoing pandemic.
  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in July. Host of the program and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, interviews Tina Grosowsky, Project Coordinator at the Central Mass Tobacco-Free Community Partnership; Deb Tully and Michelle Scavone from Wholly Cannoli in Worcester; and Jackie Ngo and George Robert from the Worcester Voter Registration Initiative, who talk about the mission of WVRI and the various outreach programs they’ve developed to inspire/encourage people to vote. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV194, The People’s Channel!
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with podiatrist Dr. Chris Bromley. The topic of discussion is toenails and lasers. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s talks to Dr. Joseph Saka about practice management tips.
  • Welcome to a new episode of Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill welcomes to the show Rock & Gem Collector, Larry Bull. Larry has brought some of the rocks, minerals and gems he’s found in New England.
  • WCCA TV’s BANDEdge returns for a new season! This is local music show shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. This episode features Pope, Marcus + Co. ‘BANDEdge’ is a great venue to be seen and heard. All genres are welcome. To be featured on the show, contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com or call 508-755-1880 ext 111.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV program definitely worth watching! Host of the program, Tommy Colletta, chats with WCCA TV’s Executive Director & Professional Musician, Mauro DePasquale, about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had upon musicians.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva and Hank Stolz, features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima’s guest is Imam Abdul-Latif Sackor, who talks about his journey to Islam.
  • 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 Frank Rocco, the station Engineer at WCCA TV, to talk about his job and upcoming TV Production classes.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles, stories, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine’s guest is Hillary Ochieng’ Ang’ila to talk about his journey as an immigrant in the US. Augustine also talks about some of the conspiracy theories linked to COVID-19.
  • Sound Check, with Stefano Trafecante, is a documentary-style music program featuring local artists and musicians in the Worcester area. Local Mix 13 is an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from from Laura Bryna, Ksenia & Stevie Mackey, Carmine Appice, Gavin Haley, Lovers & Poets, The Bobbleheads, and Hooked Like Helen. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of Senior Speak. WCCA TV is making sure the show goes on and local seniors stay connected and informed during these challenging times. This episode features Senior Center member Edith Morgan. ‘Senior Speak’ airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

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!

WCCA TV Newsletter, June 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

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

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

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WCCA TV Program Notes

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

About WCCA TV

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

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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!

WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

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

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

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

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

WCCA TV Special Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WCCA TV Program Notes

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

About WCCA TV

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

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

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

DAILY BREAKING shows are now available as podcasts!

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

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

The Importance of Public Access TV

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

Why is public access television so important?

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

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

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

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

WCCA TV IS HERE FOR YOU

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

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

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

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

WCCA TV Special Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WCCA TV Program Notes

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

About WCCA TV

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

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

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