The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2018: We Are Sharing “YOUR VISION TELEVISION”

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2018

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Are you a young singer who would like share your talent with the people of Worcester? Or do you know of a young singer whose talent should be showcased on WCCA TV? If either of these are true of you, then you will be interested in WCCA’s New Voices Awards 2018. This program offers young singers, ages 14-21 years, to sing their hearts out to a television audience. The finalists and winners receive valuable prizes which, in past years, have included studio-recording time as well as cash prizes. Everyone who participates has an opportunity to sing on TV! We expect space for auditions to fill-up quickly, therefore we are asking for potential participants to sign-up for auditions as early as possible. This year, the auditions and recording of ”New Voices 2018” will occur during the first two weeks of October. Please contact Joseph Townsend at 508-755-1880 or email him at in order apply for the opportunity to audition. You may also download the application for audition by going to and scrolling down the webpage to the section titled Forms for Producers where you will find a link to the document ”Singer Participation Flyer and Application 2018 PDF.pdf .” We look forward to discovering the new voices of Worcester!!

In other news, Public Access TV show, The Garage with Steve Butler, may go national! Do you remember the movie Wayne’s World? Wayne and Garth started a music television show out of their basement. It aired on their local community access television station. Eventually it grew in popularity and went national. Well, that’s how ‘The Garage with Steve Butler’ got its start. He originally had the idea after he lost his job as director of the woodworking program at a major craft school. He thought he’d film himself working, with the hopes that someone like WCCA TV, would see it and air it. Five years later his show has grown. It now airs regularly on more than 580 cable access channels, including WCCA TV (on Saturdays at 12 pm), across the states, and has created a wonderful community consisting of woodworkers, musicians and artists. And now Steve has the opportunity to go national!
We at WCCA TV applaud and congratulate Steve. He placed a tremendous amount of effort into his amazing show, and, as in other public access shows, public access media centers helped ensure his vision and dream became a reality. PBS stations across the nation have given him the opportunity to air the show, but it is expensive. Please help Steve Butler keep this incredible community alive and keep the show in production by donating to

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WICN and ‘Crocodile River Music’ recently 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.

This WCCA TV special presentation features the Anna Maria College Annual Exhibition, showcasing the work of great local professional and student artists. Up first is a gallery of high school students’ art. After that is a unique gallery by artist Esther Solondz, called So Lightly Here.

Another WCCA TV special presentation features the League of Women Voters forum on Child Safety Systems in Massachusetts. The LWV set out to examine the systems in place working to respond to the needs of the children in our state and discuss the obstacles and challenges. Special thanks to Bill Hamilton of WCCA TV for filming the event.

Our PSA Help Support WCCA TV’s Community Connections Summer Youth Program is now featured on the WCCA website, Facebook, and Youtube. As always, thank you for your valuable support!!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of Soapbox in April, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Greg Smith of the Nichols College Master of Science in Counterterrorism Degree Program; Guitar Maker, Christopher Tetreault; Housing Specialist, Jason Brady; and Girls Incorporated. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm . To be a guest on the show, contact
  • 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 Jonathan Church, the administrator of the WRTA.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Chris Pinto has come in front of the camera to speak his mind about gun control.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Donna Bulger and Mary Garcia to tell us about the 2018 Dogs to Vets Fest. In another episode, Tommy
    welcomes members of the Worcester Smiles soccer organization.
  • Know Your Rights is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about The March For Our Lives. In another episode, Ron talks about Historic Preservation Act. Slavery in Massachusetts is the topic of another episode.
  • Exposure With Mosher is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes Alain Beret ,the CEO of My Choice Programs, and Howard Lucas, the Workforce Development and Educational Programming at My Choice Programs. In another episode, Amy welcomes Giselle Rivera-Flores, Founder of The Learning Hub; Creative Writing Instructor, Judith Walz; and Sarah Lange, Fundraising Consultant and Author of ”The Field Guide to Fundraising For Nonprofits.” Tune into this episode to find out what these Inspiring Women have to say.
  • 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. In this episode, Asima talks with Mukesh Baral.
  • Sound Check, produced by Stefano Traficante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester area. Featured in this episode is Torbin Harding, the founder of Lo-Z Records. Also, tune into Local Mix #5, an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • 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 Darcy Schwartz from Art Reach.
  • Tune into a special episode of Bandedge. In partnership with WICN 90.5 in Worcester, WCCA TV’s show, BandEdge, recorded musician Daniel Rotem at the WICN Studio, in March of 2018. Originally from Israel, Daniel moved to the U.S. to study at the Berklee College of Music and, shortly after graduating, he was selected as a member of the Thelonious Monk Institute Performance Program. He has had the privilege to perform with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Billy Childs and many more. Since graduating the Monk Institute, Daniel Rotem has been residing in Los Angeles. Exclusively on WCCA TV!!
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the program, Molly Finn, welcomes Yves Jacques from Michael’s Messenger back to 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: Tash – Worried, Kygo – Stranger Things, Tune Yards – Heart Attack, Carseat Headrest – Nervous Young Humans, Bryan Fox – I Saw My Ex Wife Workin’ at the Bait Pro, The Winter Sounds – Earth After a Thunderstorm, Karen Atkins – Can’t Get, Rossember Maza – A Bad Guy, and more. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!
  • Nuestra Esperanza is a Spanish-language religious program hosted and produced by Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey.


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  • 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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