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WCCA TV Newsletter, December 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope everyone is having a nice and safe holiday season!!

On Tuesday, December 1st, 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 and on Roku channel Worcester TV.
Here is our challenge we ask you to consider. It worked well last year so we’re putting the challenge out there again for 2020. We call it “Give 5, Get 5.” Visit wccatv.com or text WCCATV to 243725 and donate $5.00 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!!

Thank You as always for your support!!

Speaking of charity: Kids will be be able to speak to SANTA via ZOOM, from the North Pole. Thanks to WCCA TV’s proud partnership project with the Worcester PLANTING THE SEED FOUNDATION to raise toys for the area’s needy children. Tune into Daily Breaking on November 30th for details or watch us “LIVE” on THURSDAY, December 10th from 5PM-7:30 PMfor WPTS’s SANTATHON. Kids may have an opportunity to speak to SANTA via ZOOM connect to the North Pole. This year will be the WPTS 48th Community Toy drive. https://www.plantingtheseed.org/

WCCA TV’s Special Presentations

The Daily Mass and the Sunday Masses, in Spanish and English, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester, are now being broadcast LIVE on WCCA TV. The Daily Mass airs Monday thru Friday at 9 am. The Sunday Mass in Spanish is at 8 am and in English at 10 am. They can be seen live on Worcester Cable Channel 194, streaming worldwide at wccatv.com, and on the Roku ‘Worcester TV’ Channel.

WCCA TV and UMASS MED’s Dr. Joseph Sabato & his students created a dramatic and educational CPR Instructional Video. Great for businesses and organizations to share!!

WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Editions

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Howard Steen, who will join the show via Zoom from Germany to provide perspectives and insights about COVID-19 in Germany and Europe, as well as the work of the German Corona Committee.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Helen and Scott Holt, founders of Hope for Holty. They will discuss the change of plans for an annual fundraiser they organize to cover medical costs for Scott’s significant injuries while on duty as a firefighter. They will also talk about a food drive to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Dr. Luis G Pedraja, President of Quinsigamond Community College. He talks about the Fall enrollment, their response to the pandemic, and remote instruction.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Cece Doucette, Technology Safety Educator and Director with Massachusetts for Safe Technology. She returns to the program with an update on the health and environmental impacts of today’s wireless technology and possible solutions.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features WCCA TV ‘s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, who explains how to participate and utilize the valuable free-speech platform that WCCA TV provides for our community.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Rachel Goclawski, Foraging and Mushrooming instructor. She will discuss how foraging for wild foods, wild medicine and mushrooming have soared in popularity since the COVID-19 outbreak, while emphasizing ways to stay safe and avoid poisonous plants and mushrooms.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in December. Host and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, will feature Deborah S. Packard, Executive Director of Preservation Worcester, to discuss the Door to Door Holiday Tour throughout the month of December, including all Worcester neighborhoods, to celebrate the architecture, history, culture, and all that makes our city beautiful, interesting, and unique. The tour will evoke the holiday spirit in a way that is safe, fun, and educational. Mauro is also joined by Dr. Joseph Sabato, an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Umass, to discuss COVID-19 and the importance of CPR Training. 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, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • Tune in to Rosen’s Round Table – a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen and produced at WCCA TV. In this episode, Gary and his panel members discuss the MBTA plans to cut rail service in Worcester. What kind of impact will it have on the residents of Worcester? In another episode, the topic of discussion is Worcester’s new Commissioner of the Department of Public Works & Parks, Jay Fink. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!
  • The Mayor’s Forum, hosted by Mayor Joe Petty, features local guests to discuss a wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. The Mayor welcomes Tamara Lundi, the President of Community Healthlink. In another episode, the Mayor talks to Laura Lodi and Alex Arriaga, the Director of Veteran’s Services for the City of Worcester.
  • This is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. In this episode, Bill talks with folks from the Friendly House and the A.M.E. Zion Church about the issue of food insecurity in Worcester.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron chats Politics with returning guest Jay Givan, The Last Telegram Blogger. In another episode, Ron chats with his grandson Chris about Sports.
  • 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 chats with Reverend Father Christopher Stamas in the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester.
  • Tune in to Health Matters – a program from the Worcester District Medical Society produced at WCCA TV. Host Dr. James Broadhurst welcomes Dr. Matilde Castiel and Dr. Robert Finberg to the show. The topic of discussion is the COVID-19 Vaccine Trial. Why are people hesitant to get the vaccine and why it’s important to get it; What is the difference between the vaccines that different manufacturers are working on; How should we roll out the vaccine for vulnerable communities, etc. You don’t want to miss this episode! Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV program hosted by Dr. Donald Pelto of Worcester. Dr. Pelto interviews medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues such as losing weight, diabetes, etc. In this episode, Dr Pelto explains new treatments for ingrown toenails.
  • Welcome to a new episode of Human Touch – a WCCA TV program that spotlights refugees and their struggles. Host Augustine Kanjia welcomes The Krio Descendants Union of New England back to the show. The Krio Descendants Union is made up of the Krio people, and their efforts benefit the development of Sierra Leone. The topic of discussion is Ghana and the Western Togoland Rebellion.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Gigi Vega, Paris Bennett, Glorybots, Ashrr, Grey DeLisle, Tealand Smith, and For King & Country. Tune in on Fridays at 9 pm and Saturdays at 7 pm to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. 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 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.

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, November 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel Cable 194 and at wccatv.com

DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE

The Daily Mass, which was previously programmed through the Spectrum Central Mass Network, is now Live at 9 am on WCCA TV, Worcester Cable Channel 194, and at www.wccatv.com.

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 TV is, after all, TV By For and Of the people!

To support WCCA TV programming, please text WCCATV to 243725. Your generous gift is tax deductible. Thanks you as always for your support!

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

WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Peter A. Stefan, Owner of the Graham, Putnam, & Mahoney Funeral Parlors. Peter is announcing that he is a write-in candidate for Governor’s Council in District 7 and will donate his entire salary if elected to various local charities. Peter is a fixture in the Worcester business community and considers himself a voice for the people who have no voice – the forgottens.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Vanessa Joga, Founder and Director of the Guardians of Traditions, who will be joined by Worcester Youth Poet Laureate, Amina Mohammed. They talk about their mission to create entertaining and culturally-relevant events that reflect the diversity of the community, and an upcoming virtual event called The Power of my Voice.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Chris Goodney, co-owner of Rascals. One of the largest venues in the city with a 3,000-square-foot dance floor, Rascals was new to the club scene in Worcester when COVID forced them to close. Chris will discuss their plans for the future.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Michael Marchand, owner of Alfred Roy and Sons Funeral Home. Mike returns to the show to provide updated information on the changes in rules regarding visitations and funerals in the area.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features John Snyder. John will talk about a new business just launched that offers online first-time-guitarist workshops in a Zoom call setting for small groups or one-on-one. In less than four hours somebody can learn the fundamentals to play by the end of the workshop. For more information, visit www.johnsnyderskeys.com/free

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Justin Panarelli, local realtor and founder of the Worcester Works real-estate team powered by The LUX Group, and John Jeorgos from Envoy Mortgage. The guys discuss the housing market and mortgage rates in Central Massachusetts during the pandemic, and their opinions on recent and future trends in the industry.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mason Wheaton, a sophomore and music major at Quinsigamond Community College. Mason has put her own spin on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic with a self-written and self-recorded music video

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mark and Rita McCabe, owners of the NE franchise Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream that is located in the Worcester Public Market. They will explain how the company has created a unique experience that is a tasty treat and a visual experience! They will create nitrogen blasted ice cream before your very eyes!!

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Rev. Father Christopher Stamas, Presiding Priest at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and Gus Giannakis, Chairman of the Pastry Fair and the Grecian Festival. They will talk about the cancellation of the 2020 festival and a newly-scheduled Greek Pastry Fair – scheduled in November 14th and 15th with COVID protocols in place.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ken Cranson, a member of the Men’s Ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Holden, MA. Ken will discuss their efforts to raise funds for an all-weather exterior wheelchair elevator for a local 11 year old boy, whose name is Dylan. Dylan has unrelenting major medical issues that leave him unable to walk but a few very painful steps. He is epileptic, and stroke has weakened his right side. Dylan had left shoulder replacement that is not healing well. Donate to Help Dylan: www.gofundme.com #dylanslift #wheelchairlift

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Amber Howard, co-owner of 508 International. Amber will explain running a business during COVID-19 and the sports/entertainment they’re offering to the community. She also talks about their Horror at the Drive-in event.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Tamara Lundi and Shannon West to talk about White Cane Awareness Day, their roles in the event, as well as the diversity and inclusion as it relates to visually-impaired people and community services. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jason Kotar, co-founder of Knowledgeable Aging. Jason will explain how Knowledgeable Aging started, as well as their webinars designed to help people be more informed and prepare for decisions regarding legal issues, housing and finance, which may be necessary as they grow older. For more information, visit www.knowledgeableaging.com

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Steven Santos from the Greater Boston Adult and Teen Challenge. Steven will talk about their efforts to serve those who might be struggling with addiction or life controlling issues, as well as their opening of a new location in Worcester. For more information visit www.tcgreaterboston.org

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Thomas Harvey, Chairman of the Mass Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion. Thomas will inform viewers about the Roe Act presently pending before the Massachusetts legislature and why the Alliance feels it should be defeated.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Election Day is November 3rd. In this episode of Rosen’s Round Table, host Gary Rosen and his panel members discuss the pros and cons of the Right To Repair item on the Massachusetts ballot. In another episode, they discus the controversial topic of the potential creation of a Worcester Ballpark Authority to oversee Polar Park operations.
  • This is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. In this episode, Bill talks with Christi Berry about her son Travis Monroe – a Worcester teenager who never came home one night in 2006.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching, hosted by Tommy Colletta. Tommy’s guests are from the Paxton Tennis and Fitness Center. Owner of the club, Mike Roberts, and two coaches of the club will talk about the challenges faced and their plans for the future.
  • 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 Bob Harrington, a certified Consulting Hypnotist. In another episode, Liz welcomes to the show Evren Gunduz, CEO and co-founder of Enjoy Life Education – a nonprofit driven to empower teens to become the best version of themselves.
  • The Mayor’s Forum, hosted by Mayor Joe Petty, features local guests to discuss a wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. The Mayor welcomes Linda Cavaioli, the Executive Director of the YWCA in Worcester, and Debarah Hall, the Director of Domestic Violence Services at the YWCA, to discuss Domestic Violence issues. In another episode, the Mayor welcomes to the show Worcester City Clerk, Nikolin Vangjieli, and the Deputy City Clerk, Stephen Andrew-James Pottle. The topic of discussion is Voting in Worcester.
  • Tune in to a 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. Bill’s guest is Linda Kotsopoulos, the owner of Nu-Tiques At The Barn – a store that sells all kinds of antiques from a number of vendors.
  • 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 the importance of Voting.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Papi Shiitake, Sofia Carson, Damon Fletcher, The Skinner Brothers, Makes My Blood Dance, and more. 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’!!
  • Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley! This new episode of our country music video show, Video Jam Country, will feature music from Ruthie Collins, Dawn Marie, Lucas Hoge, Don Gates, Eric Paslay, Frank Myers, Trisha Yearwood and more. 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.

About WCCA TV

WCCA TV an institution that stands for media democracy and creative innovation

WCCA TV, is a community anchor institution that stands for media democracy and creative innovation (since 1986). Community Media PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION is place where literally THOUSANDS come to share and participate in a free flow of LOCAL news and information. THIS IS YOUR TV STATION Worcester ! Media Democracy in ACTION !!!!
WCCA TV is a community media center in the hub of Worcester’s downtown.
Located in the Theater district of Worcester, WCCA operates as a community TV production house, as a school for communications technology, and community journalism and film and video arts. WCCA is also a neighborhood center and a performance venue.

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!!

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

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, 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!

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

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!

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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!!

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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!!

The WCCA TV Newsletter, November 2019 Enjoy !

The WCCA TV Newsletter, November 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Democracy Now! is an ad-free news program featuring in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuse of power. The show airs on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, Monday thru Friday, from 8 am to 9 am. 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. Please support our efforts in continuing to bring you Democracy Now! and many other ad-free programs, by donating to WCCA TV – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity! You can make a tax-deductible donation by simply texting keyword WCCATV to 243725. It’s easy, fast, and secure. Thank you, your support is much appreciated!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV 194 recently held a Candidates Open Mic at the WCCA TV studio for all School Committee and City Council Candidates. This special presentation was hosted by Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV – the People’s Channel. Don’t forget to vote on November 5!

WCCA TV’s community producer, Barbara Roberts, continues her series titled “Racism – We Can Do Without It” produced at WCCA. Part 3 of the series, Ending Racism, hosted by Barbara and Mauro DePasquale, brings a frank and meaningful discussion of shared stories and experiences. This episode features Maria Pappas and Lynn Guzman of two different cultural backgrounds, but with similar experiences that many of us share. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester MA, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in November for some informative, meaningful, and fun interviews with an emphasis on cultural experiences and benefits to our entire community. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, welcomes Adrien Finlay, Executive Director of Music Worcester; Tina Zlody and Nikki Erskine to tell us about stART on the Street; and Chris Simpson, the owner and founder of Sail to Trail WineWorks. 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. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV — Your Vision Television!
  • The 2019 Municipal Election is right around the corner! Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table and watch host Gary Rosen and his panel members trying to forecast the outcome of this Election. And who will be the next mayor of the Woo? In another episode, the guys talk specifically about the Mayoral Race in Worcester. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • 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 to the show Deborah Packard and Phil Niddrie to share their experience to save Stern’s Tavern. In another episode, Senator Chandler talks to Worcester’s Assistant City Clerk Niko Vangjeli about the upcoming elections.
  • Health Matters is a WCCA TV program in collaboration with the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Alwyn Rapose to the show. The topic of discussion is Vaccines. Because your health matters!
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes City Council Candidate Donna Colorio back to the show.
  • 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 Satya Mitra to the show.
    • 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 Peter Stefan, Director of the Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Home in Worcester.
  • 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 guests are Dr. Sana Qutubuddin and Mohammed Jawad from IAMC.
  • 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 guest is auctioneer Ron D’Auteuil. The topic of discussion is Estate Auctions.
  • 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 special Halloween-themed Video Jam features: Nick De La Hoyde – Ghost; Earthquake Lights – Moonlight; Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight; Waldowitt – Crystalball; Haille Steinfeld – Afterlife; Cheroke – Goddess; Xxxtentacion – Moonlight; Coco O’Connor – The Devil, a Wounded Man and Me. Happy Halloween!!
  • 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 country-music artists: Marty Rhone, David Petovar, Gary Kyle, Tiffany Woys, Antonio Moraes, Alexis Ebert, Caroline Jones, Sarah Patnik, and more. 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

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Since 1986, WCCA TV has always been a creative space and a place that has engaged people of all backgrounds in bringing the city to life through creative expression of storytelling, engaging community television talk programming, music, dance, television journalism, dramatic arts and film/video making, public art and multimedia works, and to exercise free speech. It’s a space for everyone to get engaged in the arts in an active way.
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WCCA community projects and programs are seen around the world and we have many letters expressing appreciation of this from many different countries. BRAVO !!
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