WCCA TV Newsletter June 2017




The WCCA TV Newsletter, June 2017

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Last Summer, WCCA TV began a program called the Video Maker’s Clubhouse, which we will offer again in August. It is a great program where young people between the ages of 13-18 learn how to plan, set-up, and create video projects in a professional studio production environment. Unfortunately, there were many youths who were unable to participate due to the cost, as this kind of program is expensive to operate. With this in mind, this year we’re asking for donations to cover the costs of some great kids to be in the program. We want to make this program available to youth of all incomes. Please help provide scholarships to low-income and underprivileged youth. WCCA TV is recruiting underprivileged youth from organizations like the Worcester Youth Center, The Worcester Community Action Council, Boys and Girls Club, and Girls, Inc.. We will make a list of contributors known to the public. Thank you Bay State Savings Bank for contributing! For more information, contact Joseph at 508-755-1880 or joseph@wccatv.com. As always, thank you for your support!!

Antiques and Collectibles Day that was recently held at WCCA TV, turned out to be a successful event and lots of FUN!! Keep an eye for our TV program ‘Hidden Treasures’, hosted by Bill Safer, which will be showcasing this event. Thanks to Zoup of Worcester and George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs for their support!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Broadway comes to Worcester!! WCCA TV volunteer, Cynthia LaPan, interviews Allison Semmes, the star of [Motown the Musical] (http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/MOTOWNTHEMUSICALINTERVIEW), at Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Allison Semmes, who is Diana Ross in Motown the Musical, sits down with Cynthia LaPan to discuss the passion, the joys and the challenges of being an actress in a nationally-touring company today. Exclusively on WCCA TV, now seen on Channel 194 in Worcester!

As part of Make Music Worcester on June 21, 2017, WCCA TV and host, Mauro DePasquale, welcome guitarist and musicologist, Carlos Odria, Ph D. His Latin Jazz performance is featured on this episode of Bandedge.

WCCA TV was at the first Out to Lunch Concert Series of 2017 featuring the ‘Blue Light Bandits’ at the Worcester Common Oval on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Also featured were community Shout Outs.

On June 23, 2017, WCCA TV volunteer, Cynthia Lapan, joined Lt. Governor Karyn Polito as well as local officials, members of the Worcester community and Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to help celebrate more than 400,000 passengers being served by JetBlue at the Worcester Regional Airport (ORH). To honor the occasion, Massport hosted a Runway Relay Challenge competition. The event was made possible by sponsorships from Bowditch & Dewey Attorneys, Columbia Tech, Enterprise Cleaning Corporation, Kurlan & Associates, Inc., Mirick O’ Connell Attorneys at Law, Penta Marketing, and Polar Beverages. Through the generosity of these sponsors, a donation will be made to the United Way of Central Massachusetts to celebrate this milestone at ORH, with Massport matching the donations. Cynthia Lapan interviewed Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, City Manager Ed Augustus, Tim Garvin of the United Way, and Worcester Country Sheriff and Massport Board Member, Lew Evangelidis. Tune into WCCA TV, Channel 194, for a special presentation of Runway Relay Challenge.

WCCA TV’s Adam Rice recently joined the Anna Maria Art Department for the celebration of their Senior Art Exhibit.

On June 26, 2017, WCCA TV attented an event in which City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. announced that the City of Worcester has chosen Trinity Financial, a community-driven and diverse real estate development firm with a proven track record for redeveloping complex urban sites from New York to Greater Boston, as developers for the former Worcester County Courthouse. Proposed plans for the currently vacant courthouse include approximately 125 new units of residential housing and ancillary amenity space, with half of the units rented at market rates and the remaining units designated for workforce housing with a creative economy focus. The development will include the historic rehabilitation and preservation of the former Worcester County Courthouse.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of Soapbox in July, hosted by the WCCA TV Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. New episodes will feature Joe Bellil from Easter Seals Massachusetts and Mike Kennedy from the Center for Living and Working; Adriana Ojeda and Dr Matilde Castiel to talk about the WISH Task Force; Calandra Chaney to tell us about REC, the
    Regional Environmental Council, and George Wong to talk about Freedompreneur. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, as well as streaming live online, on Saturdays at 10:30 PM and Sundays at 6:30 PM. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, The People’s Channel!
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee With Konnie. Host Konnie Lukes has coffee with Carmelita Bello and Jane Pastore. The topic of discussion is the preservation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Worcester.
  • Beacon Hill Chat is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, Senator Harriette Chandler, chats with Valerie
    Zolezzi-Wyndham and Nicole Cardamone from Worcester Communmity Legal Aid. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Gail Carberry to the show.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Lyn Lincourt, the author of the book Mansions Of Magnates: America
    In The Mad 20th Century
  • Learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and other housing issues with IN THE HOUSE, a WCCA TV program hosted by George Russell. In this episode, George welcomes attorney Steve Platten to the show to talk about Seller’s Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Activate Worcester is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and
    become active in Worcester. Host Ron Motta welcomes Ray Hanna back to the show.
  • Know Your Rights is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about Muslim Mosques Zoned Out. Tune into WCCA TV to know your civil rights!
  • In this new episode of Rosen’s Round Table, host Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about City Councilor Konnie Lukes’ proposal to ban plastic bags in Worcester. In another episode, the Citizen Advisory Council actions are bantered.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program, hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester facts. In this episode, Bill talks about Worcester in 1949.
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Michael Hirsh welcomes DA Joseph Early Jr., Benjamin Goldman, J.D., and Reverend Aaron Payson to the show. The topic of discussion is Goods for Guns. Because your health matters!
  • 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 Jessica Walsh from Worcester Wares.
  • Tune into Ramona Interviews, a talk show that features people from all walks of life. Host Ramona Pokoly interviews Raquel Castro-Corazzini, the Director of Youth Opportunities in Worcester, and Recreation Worcester Coordinator, Vianna Mercedes.
  • Healthy Bodies, Healthly Minds, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. The SHINE Initiative’s Executive Director, Paul Richard, welcomes Carol Botty and Ali Veinbachs. Frame of Mind is the topic of discussion.
  • Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program, produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. It’s put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen. This episode features a trip to Vincent to see the Hip Swayers and then check out some of the mural art in Worcester.
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St., on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist includes: The Dead Daisies/ Make Some Noise, AV Super Sunshine/ I Am Alien, The Chordaes/ Cry Another Day, Zodiak/ Don’t Be Debbie, Koreen Perry/ Dreams in a Bucket, Koreen Perry/ See Through You, Chandani/ Baby Blues, DVBBS ft Belly/ You Found Me, and more! Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!!
  • Host Tracy Foley also brings to you Video Jam Rive Special June 2017. You don’t want to miss this exciting show, featuring artists from Sara Leone to Kevin Downswell. Turn up your volume and enjoy!
  • Tune into Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music, with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: Sons of the Palamino/ Countryholic, The Mavericks/ Brand New Day, Smith and Wesley/ The Little Things, Lee Brice/ Boy, Kylie Frey/ Too Bad, James Robert Webb/ Six Strings and the Truth, Jimmy Charles/ Bout Summertime. A special shout-out to all our dedicated country music fans!!
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Nuestra Esperanza is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey.


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