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The WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2019 It’s ALL Happening at WCCA PUBLIC ACCESS, COMMUNITY TELEVISION, and DIGITAL MAKER SPACE SINCE 1986

The WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

DO YOU KNOW WHO THE FIRST and only “DIGITAL MAKER SPACE” IS IN WORCESTER? WCCA TV of course.Specializing in Public Access and Media Literacy since 1986

WCCA TV’s Central Mass Jazz Fest is just around the corner. This BIG Jazz Festival, presented by WCCA and F M G Financial of Worcester, that will take place at Cristoforo Colombo Park in Worcester on SATURDAY, June 22, will feature world-class celebrity musicians. Among the performers are: Amanda Carr with Les Femmes De Chanson, Dave Frank, Fernando Holz, Greg Abate, Pamela Hines, Steven Kirby, Isosceles Groove, Jazzed Up Trio, Jim Porcella, and Mike Renzi. It will be a Jazz fest like no other in Worcester and you don’t want to miss it!! We kindly ask you to text 243725, keyword WCCATV, to donate and show your support. Thank you! We hope to see you there!! http://www.centralmassjazzfest.com

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

The League of Women Voters held a forum on Climate Change – Taking Action For A Cleaner, Greener Massachusetts and WCCA TV was there. The keynote was delivered by Melissa Hoffer. Special thanks to Bill Hamilton of WCCA TV for this special presentation.

Front Row is a television experience that takes you up close to live, local, and on-location performances with in-depth interviews of talent, directors, producers, artists and more. WCCA TV’s Adam Rice interviews Steven Good, who plays Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway Musical
Waitress. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, this uplifting musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

The third annual Ukeapalooza Middle School Festival featured music by students from Forest Grove and Burncoat middle schools. Students performed popular tunes, while playing the four strings of the 19th century Hawaiian instrument. WCCA TV’s Adam Rice was there to capture the excitement.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • WCCA TV194 presents Soapbox – meaningful television produced in Worcester, by Worcester citizens for ALL. Host of the show is WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale. New episodes in June will feature: Kevin Hartigan and Jeff Gaucher from the Worcester Bravehearts baseball team to update us on what will be happening at Fitton Field this year; Frank Huntley, aka Pill Man, to tell us his story about opiate addiction and to provide insight on how to overcome drug addiction; Amanda Carr, WICN Radio’s Executive Director, to share the fantastic story of how WICN has developed over the years to give voice to our music community; William Wallace, the Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum, to talk about Worcester’s history and the Worcester Historical Museum; and Michael Coogan to talk about the opportunities WCCA TV offers and, more specifically, about WCCA’s annual fundraising event, the Central Mass Jazz Fest, coming to Worcester’s Cristoforo Colombo Park on June 22. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • 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 Louis Brady, the President and CEO of Family Health Center. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Jill Dagilis, the Executive Director of the Worcester Community Action Council.
  • This weekend, you don’t want to miss the Albanian Festival in Worcester! This is the oldest Albanian Festival in the US, with more than 10,000 visitors and 200 volunteers!! Konnie Lukes, host of WCCA TV’s Coffee with Konnie, welcomes to her show Festival Co-Chair, Gregory Steffon, and the Volunteer Coordinator, Sandra Johns Dionis. The Albanian festival will take place at St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church (located at 535 Salisbury St in Worcester) from May 31st till June 2nd, rain or shine under a massive tent. The festival will feature live music and entertainment, authentic Albanian food, as well as Church tours, kids carnival, cooking demonstrations, and lots of dancing! To learn more about the Albanian Festival, tune in to this episode of ‘Coffee with Konnie’ exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Tune in to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio, Moe Bergman, and Walter Bird. There will be preliminary elections for both the Worcester City Council and the School Committee this year. In another episode, the guys talk about the decision of long-time Worcester City Councilor, Konnie Lukes, to not run for re-election.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCC TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guest is Jermoh Kamara, a candidate for the Worcester School Committee. In another episode, Ron and his guest Mike Bottos chat about what’s going to happen with the New England Patriots in 2019.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Marie Ferree to the show.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron continues his series of shows on the topic What is the Truth About American Muslims.
  • 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’s hidden-treasure find today is not an antique or collectible. Today’s treasure is the musical duo of Karen Novy and Bob Ireland. We listen to treasures from their album Dragonfly. In another episode, Bill welcomes Anne Morrissey back to the show to educate us about vintage costume jewelry.
  • 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 and guest Yaffa Fain talk about the Cultural Division of the Economical Development Department for the city of Worcester. In another episode, Bill’s guests are Linda Bullock and Agelina to tell us about the 2019 Armenian HyeLights production.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is health and wellness coach, June House.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes State Rep Jim O’Day 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 features: Brooke Alexx – Bored, Yuna – Blank Marquee, 3Lau & Justin Caruso – Better with You, Waterfall Wash – Colors, John Paciga – The F Word, Kelly Padrick – Waiting for This, Rocky Dawuni – Beats of Zion, and more. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: John Tracy – Love True Just For You, Nate Currin – Heart on the Run, Scott Shipley – Save Me from Me, David Petovar – My Kind of Country, Jordan Foster – Crystal Clear, Jenna Raine – A Letter to Me, Walker Montgomery- Just Say When, Caroline Jones – Chasin’ Me, QUEEVA- How Do You Know, Erin Enderlin – Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn, Nick Alligood – Drinking Left to Do, Jamie Lee Thurston – The Window, Eric Etheridge – If You Met Me First, Stephanie Urbina Jones – Jolene, AC Thomas – Man of Constant Sorrow. Shout-out to all our 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 Allotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into another episode of pure entertainment.
  • 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!

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!

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

The WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Happy May, everyone! If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, please do so – JUNE 22 at NOON, Central Mass Jazz Fest 2019 is happening at Cristoforo Colombo Park in Worcester. You do not want to miss this signature event that will feature world class celebrity musicians – the first of its kind in Worcester! This will be a really big community event – The Newport Jazz Festival of Worcester!! WCCA TV is calling for Sponsors, Visual Artists and Merchants interested in participating. Please consider being a sponsor, as this is an event with tremendous benefits. If interested, call WCCA TV at 508-755-1880, ext 111, or email Michael Coogan at michael@wccatv.com. For more information, visit www.centralmassjazzfest.com.

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Front Row is a television experience that takes you up close to live, local, and on-location performances with in-depth interviews of talent, directors, producers, artists, and more. In this episode, WCCA TV’s Adam Rice, interviews Chaise Rossiello and Anthony J. Russo of Tap Dogs, which was performed in April at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. ‘Tap Dogs’ has been seen live by over 12 million people in 330 cities across the planet. The show combines the strength and power of hot and hunky workmen with the precision and talent of the art form. Tune in to this interview, exclusively on WCCA TV194!

In this WCCA TV Special Presentation, our intern, Braden Auger, interviews Virginia Swain about her 25 years of work in human rights and peace at the United Nations. Virginia also talks about her new book My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11 – the story of an ordinary woman with extraordinary experiences. Virginia Swain’s soul journey takes her from the devastating loss of her brother to moments of peace and visions of a new future. After a harrowing day in New York City on September 11, a vivid dream of a phoenix rising from the city’s
ashes, was calling her to a new definition of leadership – one of empowerment, reconciliation and peace. For more, go to: http://www.virginiaswain.com/new-book

WCCA TV is now airing Urban Shade Tree: Nature’s Air Conditioner, made by western Mass high-school senior, Madeleine Lombard, as a public service announcement. The video won 1st Prize in the League of Women Voters 2019 Climate Change Challenge!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in May, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Tracy Kraus, the Executive Director of the
    Worcester Chamber Music Society; Professional Speaker and Author [Darlene Corbett] (https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1201); Dave Crowley, the owner of Adaptive Exercise; Satya Mitra, the author of the book The 5 C’s: Common Sense Tips for Bringing Uncommon Success to Entrepreneurs and
    Leaders
    ; Derrick Kiser, Founder and CEO of Fresh Start 508; and Ashley Carter, Valeria Niyonkuru, and Conor Rice to talk about the REC Farmers’ Market. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com , on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org . There is something for everyone on WCCA TV!!
  • 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 Vicki Greene, the host of WXLO’s Community Conversations. In another episode, Senator Chandler talks to William Wallace, the Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie and her guest, Nicole DiCello, have a cup of joe at the Bedlam Book Cafe.
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, chats with Karen Gostenhofer and Jennifer Duval about the Envision Success Project. In another episode, Liz welcomes Meg Coffin from the Center for Living and Working.
  • Tune in to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio and Walter Bird and the topic of discussion is Trash and Recycling. The guys also talk about what’s in store for the Mt Carmel Church in Worcester. In other news, City Councilor Matthew E. Wally says that Worcester needs a rental housing registry. What do the knights of the ”Rosen’s Round Table” think about a rental registry?
  • 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. Asima’s guest is Maysam Mutallip, the founder of NOO.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly attended the private pre-screening of Unplanned: Abby Johnson Story. Exclusively on WCCA TV194!
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Pat Barnosky, the coordinator of the UGrow program. In another episode, Tommy talks to Rocco Leone, the Mass Housing Relationship Manager.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about Misinformation About School Prayer. What is the truth about American Muslims? Watch this episode to find out.
  • **Healthy Living ** is a new WCCA TV program, hosted by Dr. Donald Pelto of Worcester. Dr. Pelto interviews medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding health-related issues, such as losing weight, diabetes, and much more. In this episode, Dr. Pelto tell us about Diabetic Foot Complications. In another episode, Dr. Pelto talks about Common Trail Running Foot and Ankle Problems.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. Bill’s guest is Ashley Alafberg, a spoken word artist. In another episode, Bill talks about voting in Massachusetts.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and their struggles, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. The topic of this episode is challenges that refugees face in America.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is transformation coach Kimberley Bell. In another episode, Ramona welcomes Dawn Garabedian-Weber back to the show, to tell us about her next book.
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist features: Anderson Paak Ft. Smokey Robinson – Make It Better, Jonas Brothers – Cool, Lost Frequencies – Recognise, Dean Lewis – Stay Awake, Pedro the Lion – Quietest Friend, Front Line Assemby – Rock Me Amadeus,
    Yovanni – Breathe. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Band Edge is a WCCA TV produced local-music show, spotlighting Worcester-area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Marty Beecy and the Rogue Loons is the featured band on this episode of BandEdge.
  • Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program, produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The show is put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen. In this episode, Jim takes us to Nick’s to hear Chuck and Mud.
  • 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!

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 shares it’s innovative and meaningful programming

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Happy Spring, everyone!! WCCA TV is calling for Volunteers and Sponsors for our BIG upcoming event ‘Central Mass Jazz Fest 2019’, happening on June 22, at Cristoforo Colombo Park in Worcester. You do not want to miss this opportunity to be a part of a signature event that will feature world class celebrity musicians – the first and only one of its kind in Worcester!! Please consider being a Sponsor! You will have access to a LOT of people from all over the region through our outreach, as well as other tremendous benefits. This is a real community event — The Newport Jazz Festival of Worcester!! WCCA TV is also calling for Visual Artists and Merchants interested in participating. There is a ‘CMJF 5k’ that will be preceding the show, please look for sign-up information coming soon. If interested, call WCCA TV at 508-755-1880, ext 111, or email Michael Coogan at michael@wccatv.com. For more information, visit www.centralmassjazzfest.com. Hope to see you there! Let’s get together and jazz it up!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Ending Racism – Getting Along Without It, is a WCCA TV Special Presentation that features a panel discussion about Racism and insightful perspectives/ideas shared in a frank and open dialog, covering the history of racism in America, personal experiences, the need for education and work toward ending disparities and systemic policies that promote hatred, the need for respect and trust, how to address it with perpetuating it, and more. Guest include: Gordon Davis; Michael Harvey, Executive Director of the Baptist Ministries in MA; Robert Lane, Assistant Dean for Outreach Program at UMass Media School; Brian Leonard, St Peter Marion Religious Education Teacher; Barbara Roberts, Retired Engineer and Mathematician; Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV and moderator. Ending Racism is aired exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in April, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Stephanie Pratico from AdCare Hospital to discuss mindfulness and recovery; Patricia Burke to discuss Smart Meters and whether they’re good for the community; Priscilla Ress, Eversource Spokesperson, to talk about the Massachusetts Good Energy Fund; John Giangregorio to talk about the canal district development; Paul Ford and Rosemary Ford from the The 365Z Foundation; as well as Satya Mitra and Barbara Guthrie from the Worcester Rotary Club. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com on Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm. To be a guest on the show, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org . There is something for everyone on WCCA TV!!
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about what can tax-exempt organizations do in the political arena.
  • Beacon Hill Chat is a talk show that features interesting people talking about the interesting
    things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes Joe Bellil, the Vice President of Public Affairs and Youth Services for Easter Seals.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes to the show members of the 2018-2019 North High basketball team and their coach, Al Pettway. In another episode, Tommy learns about what’s new in dentistry, from his dentist Stanley Levenson, DMD.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV program that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental and emotional health, as well as religion. This episode features a meeting of The Committee to Protect Journalists. In another episode, Asima’s guest is Eliza Ennis, the President of International Relations Council at Harvard University.
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, chats with Karen O’Hare and Theresa Kane from The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is Norman Boisvert. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Hidden Treasures is a WCCA TV program that helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. In this episode, host Bill Safer slices through the
    mystery of collectible knives.
  • Why are there so many candidates running for At-Large Councilor? Tune in to this episode of Rosen’s Round Table to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members have to say.
  • This is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. Bill’s guests are candidates who are running for office in the 2019 election – Chantel Bethea and Jermoh Kamara for the Worcester School Committee and Evan Corrigan for Worcester City Council.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guest is Debby Dugan. Tune in to find out what they talk about.
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Allotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has coffee with one of her neighbors, Mary Mullaney.
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist features: Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes, Stealth ft. The Dap Kings – Black Heart, The Shindellas – Ain’t That the Truth, Black Coffee – Wish You Were Here, Jason Derulo – Let’s Shut Up + Dance, Joshua Israel – You’re Not Alone, Sean Darin – California, Man Made Time – Insanity. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: Kyle Park – Rio, Crowder – Red Letters and Prove It, Hasting & Co – American Love, Tim Montana – American Threas, David Petovar – My Kind of Country, Alan Turner – Tennessee Twister, Kenny Davin Fine – What Happened to Goodness, Co Co O’Connor – This Ol’ War, Toby Keith – Don’t Let the Old Man In & Should’ve Been a Cowboy, Jenna Raine – Us, Lee Gantt – Ruined This Town, Walker Montomery – Just Say When. Shout-out to all our country music fans!!
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St., on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!

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!

Cable Companies Threaten to de-fund free speech community public access television. Save your Public Access Centers.

We call upon the FCC to reject the proposal coming from Cable companies to defund our PEG channels.
PEG channels provide Cable customers with the only truly LOCAL programming on their cable systems, and, at the same time, empower their customers and build community through digital inclusion, and education and access to the tools and technology needed to participate in the media landscape, something found nowhere else. PEG stations are really more of a selling point, that offers an edge to cable subscribers, a gain that comes exclusively from Cable. Why are they not seeing that? To suggest PEG is a burden to cable companies is disingenuous at best. The cost for Dish and and Phone networks is currently about the same as Cable, so to suggest PEG provisions are driving up the cost of cable may also be disingenuous. What is provided to sustain PEG is given in exchange of rights of way. ROW is something that deserves due consideration in the FCC’s decision in this process. Additionally, it should be noted that under current congressional legislation the cost for PEG is not something that has to be passed on to subscribers, the cable companies choose to do so. Public Access in Worcester has a demonstrated growing need for community participation and mainly from the disenfranchised. What happens to these people? Where is their free speech?The FCC must see the proposed rule change coming from the Cable providers as a nothing more than a money grab. If any changes are needed the Verizons , Dish networks, and the Googles, that should be giving back to support PEG as well, in exchange for the rights of way that they also benefit from. Write to the FCC and share this comment.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2019/03/17/cable-access-stations-are-facing-financial-reckoning/Sbf1fcRr4womaG0OZzLXHJ/story.html?fbclid=IwAR26lzI_dK8l20azCKnTn3iGTxOuuMjwWv9wC6Hltj1vMhthu3r1ilyX_74

FCC Threatens Community PUBLIC ACCESS Television

Thanks to our friends at Brattleboro Community Television, we are sharing this. Take a moment to write a letter to protect the media outlets that truly empower your voice, your story, your views and opinions, your interest. Thank you.

FCC Threatens Community Television

On September 25, the FCC issued proposed rulemaking (Docket 05-311) that could have a catastrophic impact on BCTV and all Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) cable access channels and community media centers around the country. We are calling on supporters to take a moment to file comments with the FCC expressing your disapproval of their proposed actions. Instructions for filing comments are available on this page.

You can still make a difference by filing an “Ex Parte” letter.

What’s at stake?

The new FCC rulemaking allows cable companies to assess the value for ‘in kind’ services related to providing PEG channels and deduct that amount from the Franchise Fees passed to municipalities and nonprofits like BCTV to run PEG stations and channels. These loosely defined ‘in kind’ costs can include the ‘value’ of the cable channels themselves as well as any other services provided. The FCC fails to set any guidelines or limitations to the values that cable companies can assess, and it’s conceivable that station operating funds could be eliminated.

You can help!

Here’s how to submit a letter that supports BCTV’s filed comments in opposition to the proposed Rulemaking.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING FCC EX PARTE LETTER
1. Download and customize the letter template (BCTV_ExParteTemplate_LettertoFCC) and put it on your
letterhead if possible. Areas to customize are marked in Red. Make sure that you include your address. Save your letter as a
PDF file.
[Note: If you want us to file it for you, email it in any format to cor@brattleborotv.org]
To file the letter yourself:
2. Go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings and enter the following information:

Proceeding(s) 05-311 (hit ‘enter’ after to proceed)
Name(s) of Filer(s): Your Name or Organization (hit ‘enter’ after to proceed)
Law Firm(s): leave blank
Attorney/Author Names: leave blank
Primary Contact Email: Your Email Address
Type of Filing: choose “Letter”
File Number: leave blank
Report Number: leave blank
Bureau ID Number: leave blank
Address of: choose “Filer” from menu
Address: Your Address
Address 2 – City – State – Zip

  1. In the “Upload Documents” area, click to select your PDF file from your computer or drag and
    drop the file into the box.
  2. When the “Description” box appear, enter “Ex Parte Letter in support of the Comments of the
    Cable Act Preservation Alliance (“CAPA,” File ID 1114050901562) and the Reply Comments of
    the Vermont Access Network, Inc. (“VAN,” File ID 112798463855) and the Reply Comments of Brattleboro Community Television, Inc. (File ID 1113560010350).
  3. Check “Email Confirmation.”
  4. Click on “Continue to Review Screen.”
    7.Click on “Submit.”
  5. You should receive an email confirmation. Please forward this confirmation to cor@brattleborotv.org.

Thank you for supporting Commmunity Media in Vermont and across the nation!

Links

Read the FCC Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Second FNPRM),
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-18-131A1.pdf

Read Comments already filed for RM 05-311
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?limit=25&offset=0&proceedings_name=05-311&sort=date_disseminated

Press

A federal proposal to limit cable-TV fees has public-access channels scrambling for survival (Colorado Sun)

Our opinion: Loss of BCTV Would Affect More Than Just Viewers (Brattleboro Reformer)
Will the FCC pull the plug on public-access TV? (The Commons)

FCC Proposal Could Hurt BCTV’s Bottom Line (Brattleboro Reformer)

BCTV: FCC Action Threatens Future (Vermont Business Journal)

FCC rule change could threaten PEG-TV funding (Rutland Herald)

FCC Threatens Governmental and Public Channels (Media Alliance)

A Proposed FCC Rule Change Could Put An End To Local Access TV Stations (WGBH)

FCC is at it again: Proposed changes to benefit big cable, harm local access channels

FCC Rule Change Could Limit Funding for Public Access Programs (NEPR)

Background

In the Cable Act legislation of 1984, Congress established Franchise Fees and PEG Fees as a condition for cable operators providing commercial cable TV services. Franchise fees are often described as ‘rent’ for the commercial access and use to the public right of ways within a municipality. These fees help cover the associated costs to cities from cable TV installations and also help fund other municipal public services. PEG fees can optionally be established by a municipality to provide for the capital equipment necessary to the operations of local PEG channels. Both Franchise and PEG fees are public interest obligations that ensure the commercial media being pumped into residents homes is balanced by meaningful non-commercial locally originated content. Non-commercial PEG channels are unique, they provide an important means of free speech via the public channel, government transparency and communication with residents via the government channel and an educational channel available for use by local schools and universities. It’s important to note that Cable companies do not pay Franchise or PEG fees, these fees are paid by cable subscribers and merely pass through the cable companies to the cities and nonprofits. The new FCC rulemaking will not change the amount currently charged to cable subscribers, it merely allows cable companies to keep this money. The FCC explained that its proposals “are intended to place new entrants and incumbent cable operators on an equal regulatory footing and remove obstacles to the deployment of broadband.”

The FCC’s press release and supporting documents can be found here: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-seeks-comment-lfas-regulation-cable-operators

The WCCA TV Newsletter, February 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Our next TV Production Class starts on March 23, 2019 and is held at the WCCA TV facility, in downtown Worcester. This class is a MUST for all aspiring TV producers, as it provides useful information about all components involved in TV production. The class is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reserve your seat, call 508-755-1880, ext. 114. Embark on your exciting TV Production journey today!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Ending Racisim – Getting Along Without It is a WCCA TV special presentation in celebration of Black History Month. Members of the community met at WCCA TV on February 19 to discuss the issue of racism in America. Moderated by Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, the panel included Barbara Roberts, retired mathematician/engineer, and Dr. Thomas Doughton, Professor of History at Holy Cross. Exclusively on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester!

WCCA TV is again a proud media sponsor of the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition. Our crew attended the annual kick-off ceremony at Clark University, Higgins University Center. The event was in conjunction with the IRS Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. This is the 17th year of providing free tax preparation and asset building services to low-income working tax payers in central Massachusetts.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in March, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Eduardo Rivers, Marcela Rivas, and Benjamin
    Aryeh from the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition; Dr. James Cordova, professor at Clark University and president of Arammu Couples Health Check, to tell us about relationship
    health
    ; Melody Beach and Amy Vogal Waters to talk about Worcester’s Senior Center and the 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group; Honee Hess, the Executive Director at the
    Worcester Center for Crafts; Casey Zink, Lynne Gaines, and Crystaltina Montagna from the Horizons For Homeless Children. This taping of ‘Soapbox’ concluded with episode 1193 – the longest running TV series in probably all of New England! Meaningful television and community-empowering content made in Worcester! ‘Soapbox’ can be seen on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com, on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about U.S. War Powers Act. In another episode, Ron talks about African American contributions to the separation of church and state.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta’s guests are from Worcester’s F.C. Smiles, a team in the United Women’s Soccer (U.W.S.) League. In another episode, Tommy’s welcomes Ann Quinlivan and Steve Benton to tell us about the Irish Festival taking place in Worcester on March 2, 2019.
  • Another amazing Super Bowl win by New England Patriots inspired WCCA TV host and die-hard Patriots fan, Ron Motta, to dedicate two episodes of Activate Worcester to our football champions. Ron’s guest is Mike Bottos to talk about the Patriots’ journey to another [victory] (https://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER223).
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Liz Myska, welcomes to the show Lee Anne Hooley, Talking-Book Librarian at the Worcester Public Library.
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table that features a discussion on Worcester’s Midtown Mall. The future of Midtown Mall is uncertain. If it does not meet the city’s expectations, the property could be taken by eminent domain. Some in City Hall don’t think the indoor mall has kept up with the 21st century and consider it an impediment to the city’s ongoing Urban Revitalization Plan. Watch this episode to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about the future of Midtown Mall.
  • Close to Home is a WCCA TV program about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the program, Molly Finn, welcomes CJ Doyle, President of the Catholic Action League. The topic of discussion is abortion and the ethical controversy surrounding it. Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • This is Worcester is a program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. In honor of Black History Month, Bill and his guests talk about Worcester’s past for black people.
  • 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. Asima goes to the MetroWest Muslim Festival to talk with some of the participants.
  • 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. Local Mix 9 is an arrangement of images and music by local talent.
  • Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers, is the host of Ben Behind the Scenes — a show featuring music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. Tune in to another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist features: Pitbull – Muevelo Loca Boom Boom, Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved, Gypsy Temple – Pick a Number, Mel Holder – Crossroads Ft. Ben Tankard, Death Valley Girls – Disaster (Is What We’re After), SadGirl- Breakfast for 2, SpiN – What’s It Gonna Take. Keep on jammin’!!
  • 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!

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!

The WCCA TV Newsletter, January 2019

# About Worcester. This is where it’s all happening

# This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

**Democracy Now!**, aired on WCCA TV, is an ad-free news program that people can trust. The program features in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. **Democracy Now!** produces their daily news-hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. Support **Democracy Now!** by tuning in to the show Monday thru Friday, from 8 am to 9 am, on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com. Please support OUR efforts in continuing to bring you **Democracy Now!** by donating to WCCA TV – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity and support! Donations can be made here: https://www.wccatv.com/donate or can be mailed to WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester Mass. 01608. Thank you as always for your support!!

Be sure to follow us on [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/WCCA-TV-194-The-Peoples-Channel-23121410752/) or [Twitter](https://twitter.com/wccatv13). On Instagram, we are **wccatv13**.

# WCCA TV Special Presentations


WCCA TV’s **Front Row** is a television show experience that takes you up close to live local & on-location performances, and often a look behind the scenes with in-depth interviews of talent, directors, producers, artists and more. It’s about the rich cultural experience and opportunities that exist in the Worcester area.

In this episode, WCCA TV’s Adam Rice interviews Neil Berg. Neil is the creator and co-producer of **Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway**, which is now the number one Broadway touring concert in the United States, playing in over 120 cities a year for the past decade. Relive the groundbreaking Rock & Roll classics of the last 50 years, as Neil Berg shares the often unknown & fascinating stories of the music that changed the world – from the beginnings of Rock & Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the 50s, 60s and 70s, up until MTV in the early 80s. The show will play at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 8:00 pm. You can watch the [Interview with Neil Berg](https://www.wccatv.com/video/front-row/FRONTROW6) exclusively on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester!

# WCCA TV Program Notes

* Tune in to all new episodes of **Soapbox** in February, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Darlene Corbett – Keynote Speaker, Success Coach, and Author of the book [Stop Depriving The World of You: A Guide for Getting Unstuck](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1185); Nancy Diessner, who will have an [exhibit](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1186 ) at the Anna Maria College from February 20 till April 12; Lisa Carlin and Martha Gach of [Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1187); as well as Jermoh Kamara, founder of the [HVK Children’s Foundation](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1188) – an organization that meets the challenging needs of children and families from disadvantage backgrounds. WCCA TV – empowering and elevating Worcester one story at a time!! Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com, on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm . To be a guest, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org

* **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 Barry Lorion, the MassDOT District 3 Highway Director to update us to the future
of [Worcester’s Kelly Square](https://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT287). In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes [David LeBouef](https://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT286), the newest member of Worcester’s delegation to the legislature.

* How should Worcester middle school students be taught sexual education? Tune in to this episode of **Rosen’s Round Table** to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members – Tony Economou, Hank Stolz, and Walter Bird – think about this [matter](https://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE361). Exclusively on WCCA TV!!

* **Activate Worcester** is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Host of the show Ron Motta chats Chris Pinto about MA2A, [Massachusetts And the Second Amendment](https://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER220).

* **Know Your Rights** is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about [LGBTQ Rights](https://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS312) in America. In another episode, Ron talks about some of the greatest [Church/State Cases](https://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWRIGHTS310) of the last 70 years.

* **Perspectives**, with Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV show that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental and emotional health, as well as religion. Asima talks with Maysam Mutallip, Adili Yilihamu, and Abdulvares Ablimit about the [Muslim minority](https://www.wccatv.com/video/perspectives/PERSPECTIVES39) in China.

* **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. In this episode, Bill talks about [Worcester](https://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER72) being a city for 170 years.

* **Hidden Treasures** is a WCCA TV program that helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. In this episode Bill talks about one of his passions, collecting

[miniature books]

(https://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES69).

* New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl again!! Tommy Colletta, host of **What It’s Worth**, welcomes Bob Perrone back to the show to talk [football](https://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH385). Go Pats!!

* **Health Matters** is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Tina Grosowsky to the show. The topic of discussion is [Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco](https://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS186). For more info, visit www.KeepTryingMA.org or call Smokers’ Helpline: 1-800-QUIT NOW. Because your health matters!!

* Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers,  is the host of **Ben Behind the Scenes** — a show featuring music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. Tune in to another episode of pure [entertainment](https://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES67)

* **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 artist in this episode is [Olivia Frances](https://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECK32)

* **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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM1012) features: DYK – Trashcan, Lucas Ray Exp – Sphinx, Nadia Lanfranconi – Italian Country Song, GOODING – Because It Hurts, Angela Josephine – Go Easy & Angela Josephine – 40 Days. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

* **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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK745)  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!        

* **Nuestra Esperanza** is a Spanish-language [religious program](https://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA79) 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.

# 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!**       

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Testimonials: We are honored to be of service.

WCCA Testimonials

“Tracy

Thank you so much! When I receive the link (to my interview with Mauro on SOAPBOX), I will post it on all of my social media sites. I am most appreciative you gave me the time. Mauro was a wonderful host. I enjoyed our conversation.   Have a lovely rest of the day! Thank you again. With a smile and much gratitude, Darlene C “

” Tracy, thank you very much for working with me to be on the show today. We didn’t meet but I think I saw you. Mauro, I appreciate you for engaging in our work by asking the important questions that you asked. I also thank you for wanting to help us get an office here in Worcester and to secure funding avenues. Jermoh K “

Fund for Ava Roy video online

Fund For Ava Roy has been posted on the WCCA website

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

Fund For Ava Roy has been posted on the WCCA website at
https://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/FUNDFORAVAROY


Donations can ALSO be sent to:

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

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

WCCA TV is media literacy/democracy. Your support is greatly appreciated.

People turn to the program, Democracy Now!, on WCCA TV,  for ad-free news they can trust.  Maybe they come for the daily headlines. Or maybe it’s for the in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power.  Democracy Now! produces their daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting.  Support Democracy Now! by tuning into the show Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 9am, on WCCA TV Channel 194 and as it streams at our website at wccatv.com .  Please support OUR efforts in continuing to bring you  Democracy Now! by donating to WCCA TV  – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity and support. Donations can be made here:  https://www.wccatv.com/donate  or can be mailed to WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester Mass. 01608 . Thank you.