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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

DAILY BREAKING

In response to the urgency of the Covid-19 Virus, WCCA TV has launched a public service program seen LIVE daily on WCCA Cable Channel 194 (Worcester) and at wccatv.com and facebook.com/wccatv . Daily Breaking is designed to allow community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate and up – to – date information and to mobilize support and resources. Sheilah Dooley, Pernet Family Health, Marybeth Campbell, WCAC and Barbara Fields, Greater Worcester Community Foundation will be featured this weekend on Saturday March 28 at 6pm and 9:30pm and Sunday, March 29 at 10pm.

DAILY BREAKING

WCCA TV 194 launched “DAILY BREAKING” with its first guest, Tim Garvin, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. ”DAILY BREAKING” went live at 12 noon. If you missed it, it will be replayed at 6:26 PM today and again at 9:26 AM tomorrow, 3/18/20. Times of WCCA TV’s DB will vary as needed by the community.
WCCA TV invites you to WATCH and PARTICIPATE. The program’s mission is to provide up to date information, views, opinions, community news, and to assist organizations in helping others and mobilizing support through this crisis.
“DAILY BREAKING” can be seen daily, LIVE cast from 12:00 – 1:00 PM on Facebook.com/wccatv and on Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com. Space is limited.
Participating guests are invited to schedule an appointment through michael@wccatv.com. Solo musicians, poets, and artists are welcome to participate.

The Mayor’s Forum now on WCCA TV

City of Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and his television show, “Mayor’s Forum” is now airing on WCCA TV. The new productions can be viewed on Worcester cable channel 194 or streamed or on demand worldwide at wccatv.com. The show debuts on Tuesday, February 25th. It will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. There will be two new productions each month.

The WCCA TV Newsletter, February 2020 Happening at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

The WCCA TV Newsletter, February 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope you’re having a great 2020 so far. Our next TV Production Class starts on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 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!!

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

WCCA TV Special Presentations

On January 14, 2020, WCCA TV was proud to attend the ceremony at the Worcester City Hall to present a Key to the City to Senator Harriette Chandler in recognition of being named the 2019 Outstanding Woman State Legislator Supporting the Arts by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Women In Government. Senator Chandler is also a supporter of Public Access and a long-time producer/host at WCCA TV, having produced around 320 episodes of her show ”Beacon Hill Chat” at the station. Congratulations Senator Chandler on your well-deserved award! Thank you for your hard work & dedication to the arts and for supporting Public Access Television!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in February. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, will interview Dr. Theodore Macnow, MD Pediatric Emergency Physician at Umass Memorial, to demonstrate life-saving CPR instructions for infants and children; Brayton Shanley, a No-Violence Advocate of the Agape Community; Educator and Artist, Susan Dunshee, with the latest on CBD treatments; and Author and Army Veteran, Charlie Smith, to talk about his educational series on PTSD and addiction recovery. This is meaningful and community-empowering TV at its best! 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 on the show, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • 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 show, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes to the show Nelly Colon and Pamela Dorazio from Fallon Health.
  • 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 Worcester’s Poet Laureate, Juan Matos.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Jared Forman from Dead Horse Hill, Andrew Day from the Flying Rhino, and Domenic Mercurio, the founder of Worcester’s Best Chef competition.
  • Welcome to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen and produced by WCCA TV. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio, Candy Mero-Carlson and Moe Bergman. Wayfaring Signs are popping up in Worcester. Gary Vecchio calls them useless totem poles. Do the City Councilors agree with him? Tune in to find out! In another episode, the guys talk about where should the new Doherty Memorial High School be put.
  • 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 welcomes Prashanth Bala from The Surgery Center in Shrewsbury.
  • 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 Sarah Galvin, an important member of Marie’s Misson. In another episode, Ron welcomes Debby Dugan, the chairwoman of the Renew Massachusetts Coalition.
  • Welcome to another episode of Hidden Treasures. Host Bill Safer helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill’s guest is WCCA’s IT Specialist John Simakauskas, whose interests include antiques & collectibles. The topic of discussion is Vintage Postcards – how were they made and what makes them valuable.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature music from Jonas Brothers, Anthony Flammia, Conan Gray, Sebastian Mikael, Salt Cathedral, Grey, and The Avett Brothers. Tune in to ‘Video Jam’ on Fridays at 9 pm and Saturdays at 7 pm on 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 WCCA TV’s A Journey of Words, hosted by author and poet Catherine Reed. This is a show for all ages that features interviews with local poets, who talk about the inspiration behind their work and read some of their poems. Catherine welcomes to the show poet Emmanuel Freeman.
    • 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!

Mourning The Loss Of A Great Priest And Community Advocate

https://www.telegram.com/news/20191204/longtime-mount-carmel-pastor-bafaro-man-of-action-conviction-in-worcester

Our deepest sympathy to Father Michael Bafaro’s family,to the Dioceses, and to the entire City of Worcester.

Father Mike loved and was well loved. A true Priest and Pastor. More than exemplary of our Faith, he embodied it.

Mauro

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The WCCA TV Newsletter, December 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

On Tuesday, December 3rd, organizations from all over the world will join together for one big day of giving! Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has brought together millions of people to support the work and services of thousands of non-profit organizations. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift to WCCA TV, a 501(C)(3) organization. Our mission is really all about “Building and Empowering Community Through Digital Media Inclusion.” We’ve made it easier than ever to give and you can do it right now! Simply text WCCATV to 243725 and follow a couple of prompts. It takes less than a minute to support programing designed to empower, enlighten and enrich all sectors of our diverse community. We call it ”Give 5, Get 5.” Visit www.wccatv.com or text WCCATV to 243725 and donate $5.00 to our work to ensure WCCA TV continues to be a community beacon for first amendment rights and a place to learn, create and connect! Then challenge 5 people to do the same. Your support helps create the most local, diverse, and free-speech television available in Central Mass. WCCA TV – Meaningful, Unfiltered Television ”By, For, and Of the People!” Thank You and Happy Holidays!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV 194 recently produced a special edition of BandEdge featuring local artists performing Holiday Music. BandEdge is a local music show that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com. Enjoy and have a joyful holiday!!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in December. So far we’ve produced over 1,225 episodes of Soapbox shows, all about Worcester! Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, interviews: Dr. Joseph Sabato, UMass Emergency Room Physician, to talk about a new program to target people at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest for CPR; Bil Gardiner and Photo-Journalist/Artist Lou Jones to promote his upcoming panAFRICAproject Gallery Show at the Worcester Center for Crafts, on July 2020; Entrepreneur/Management Consultant Mike Howard to share his view of Worcester; and WSU Professor Steven Michielli teaching us about the impact of The Beatles. 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
  • Worcester Fire Department and the City of Worcester experienced a tragic loss on November 13, 2019, when Lt. Jason Menard died heroically in the line of duty. In this episode of Rosen’s Round Table, host Gary Rosen and his panel members remember the nine Worcester firefighters who have died battling blazes in the past 20 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Worcester Fire Department and their families!
  • 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 the CEO and President of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Barbara Fields. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes to the show Shaun Connolly, a comedian from Worcester who regularly performs in the New England area. Shaun is also the producer of Worcester’s only comedy festival, WOOtenanny.
  • Welcome to another episode of WCCA TV’s Hidden Treasures. Host 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 talks about new tips for finding that “hidden treasure” through the use of sterling silver markings, how the internet is a major asset in studying what you enjoy and collect, and what the method of bundling is all about.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate and celebrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show Molly Finn welcomes Forensic Scientist Norma Anne Hollender-Celico.
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society, produced at WCCA TV. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Michael Hirsh and Tina Grosowsky to the show. The topic of discussion is Public Health Response to the Vaping Crisis. In another episode, Dr. Michael Hirsh and Dr. Matthew Masiello talk about The Public Health Challenges to Climate Change and How We Can Face Them.
  • 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 welcomes Tom Ingrassia, an author and the President of The MotivAct Group. In another episode, Dr. Pelto tells us about how diabetes can effect our feet.
  • 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 show, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes the new CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Carolyn Jackson. In another episode, Liz talks to MCPHS student Astiney Franklin.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie, hosted by City Councilor Konnie Lukes. Join Konnie and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with Ann Marie Shea.
  • 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 welcomes to the show Manny Alvrado to talk about Worcester Community Radio. In another episode, Bill talks about a fallen hero, Waverly L. Taylor, Jr..
  • Perspectives, hosted by Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV show that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental & emotional health, and religion. Asima’s guest, Bill Slaughter, is here to tell us about his work in the Middle East. In another episode, Asima welcomes Buba Dicko back to the show.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s special guest is Louise Motta to tell us about Marie’s Misson.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Mark Covotta, Brian Tankersley and Dustin Wirzburger from Security First Mortgage.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program to spotlight refugees and learn about their struggles, stories, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. In this episode, Augustine profiles a refugee.
  • 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.
  • 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: Charles Parker – Love is Us; Brynn Stanley – Santa Bring My Baby Back; Josie Cotton – Ukrainian Cowboy; Down the Lees – Antiseptic Heart; Empress – Lovely I Am; Ricardo Barragan – Coo Coo; kX – Right Place at the Right Time. Happy Holidays and keep on jammin’!!
  • WCCA TV’s country music video show, Video Jam Country, with host Tracy Foley, will feature holiday music from Houston Bernard Band, The Runaway Hamsters, Sherry Lynn, Joanna Yaeger, The Nickel Slots, and Nancy Hays & The Heffernans. 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!

Support WCCA on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019

On Tuesday, December 3rd, organizations from all over the world will join together for one big day of giving!
Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has brought together millions of people to support the work and services of thousands of non-profit organizations. #GivingTuesday offers a way to refocus the importance of giving during the holiday season. At WCCA TV we’ve made it easier than ever to give and you can do it RIGHT NOW!!
Simply text WCCATV to 243725 and follow a couple of prompts. It takes less than a minute to support programing designed to empower, enlighten and enrich all sectors of our diverse community. Shows on health, music, local business, news, cooking and religion are only a sampling of what airs on Worcester cable channel 194 and streams live or on demand at wccatv.com.
Here is our challenge we ask you to consider. We call it “Give 5, Get 5”. Visit wccatv.com or text WCCATV to 243725 and donate $5.00 to our work to ensure WCCA TV continues to be a community beacon for first amendment rights and a place to learn, create and connect! Then challenge 5 people to do the same. Social media is powerful and you have the power to make a difference starting with your $5 donation now!!