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WCCA TV Newsletter, October 2020 Meaningful Participatory Media

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This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

In a recent editorial published on Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette, WCCA TV’ Executive Director Mauro DePasquale urges Spectrum to have WCCA TV transmitted throughout the Spectrum/Charter network in the Central Massachusetts area.
WCCA TV has appealed to Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and the City Council numerous times seeking Spectrum/Charter to allow WCCA to broaden its transmission to the entire Spectrum network on Sept. 25, 2019, and again on June 11, 2020. The second appeal was made most relevant by the horrible shooting of George Floyd.
Now, we learn that Diocese of Worcester programing will be discontinued on Cable Channel 193, which was programmed through the Spectrum Central Mass. network.
Let’s not lose another opportunity, for justice sake, to better our community media channel and to elevate diverse and disenfranchised voices. We should not allow a primarily dead unused regional Channel 193 resource to remain dark.
Our community has been advocating for decades to broaden the reach of WCCA TV. One opportunity was lost decades ago when the Italian channel, seen on then Charter Cable Channel 15, carried only about four hours of Italian RAI content. WCCA TV proposed sharing the channel regionally, but Charter blocked the merger. Where is that Italian channel today? Gone!
There is an opportunity now before us. 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 Channel is after all, TV by for and of the people. Let’s make the switch for a broader-reaching WCCA TV and put the people and their channel first. Thanks you as always for your support!

To support WCCA TV programming, please text WCCATV to 243725. Your generous gift is tax deductible!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Special Presentations

This edition of WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ features Adrien C. Finlay, Executive Director at Music Worcester, who informs viewers about free concerts during the COVID-19 shutdown and upcoming paid virtual events as part of the 2020-2021 Season.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bryan Levangie, the Location Pastor at the Next Level Church in West Boylston. Pastor Levangie shares the good news and uplifting messages of his church during these challenging times. He also talks about what they are doing online & in person to bring continued hope to the greater Worcester community and beyond.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ann McCarron, Associate Athletic Director at WPI and a two-time breast cancer survivor. Ann talks about her experience with metastatic breast cancer, treatment with both traditional and experimental drugs, and the hopeful story of living a full life while in remission.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Terrell Wilson, the Executive Chef at the new Franklin Street Fare restaurant. The restaurant combines various food truck delicacies under one roof.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Charbel Najem from The Nissi Project, who will provide information about the Project’s mission, vision and purpose.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mark Henderson, Founder and CEO of The016.com. Mark talks about the history of The016.com, along with its growth and daily work. The016.com is THE place where people can find out everything going on in and around Worcester. It recently surpassed 10 million page-views all time and a record 1 million page-views in August. Mark is thankful for their users, advertisers and media partners, like WCCA TV, who share their mission of informing local people about things that impact their lives.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Karen E. Ludington, Vice President at Children’s Friend, Inc., an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation. Karen talks about the organization’s history of serving children and families since 1849, and their mission to improve the lives of children and those who love them by creating, supporting and strengthening families.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jean-Luc Wittner, chef and co-owner of Suzette Crêperie & Café in the Canal District. Jean-Luc talks about opening a restaurant during the Covid pandemic and the café’s authentic French, gluten free, and vegan-friendly offerings.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Brad Dumont, Music Director with the Salisbury Singers, Inc.. Brad will introduce the group’s fall season with guest artists presenting virtually from around the region & country and welcoming new members to meet with them and sing from home.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Evelyn Darling, Executive Director at the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District. Evelyn will discuss the organization’s ongoing efforts and plans in making Downtown Worcester a more vibrant destination.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Felicio Lana, owner of Northeast Properties, who shares his plans for Midtown Mall as well as major changes and future developments in downtown Worcester.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Dr. Michael Lee, Associate Professor and a breast cancer researcher based at UMass Medical School, who has a grant funded by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Lee discusses his vital work and strides made.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in October. Host and WCCA TV Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, will feature self-help books author Charles Smith; consultant Melody Beach who will discuss job seeking for those 50 and older; Julieane Frost and Cheri Carty from the Paul Revere Toastmasters Club; and WiFi dangers with advocate Patricia Burke. 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. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV!
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Gary Blanchard to the show. The topic of discussion is A Health Care Proxy: You Must Choose, But Choose Wisely. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about Polar Park and the projects surrounding. In another episode, the topic of discussion is the hot real estate market on Worcester’s west side.
  • Did you know that some homemade crafts turn out to be very valuable? To learn more, tune in to this 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.
  • The Mayor’s Forum, hosted by Worcester’s Mayor Joe Petty, features local guests to discuss a
    wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. The Mayor welcomes Peter Dunn, the Chief Development Officer for the City of Worcester. In another episode, the Mayor chats with Stephanie Ramey, President of Worcester Railers HC.
  • Perspectives is a WCCA TV program that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Host Asima Silva welcomes to the show children’s author Ali Chemkhi. In another episode, Asima’s guest is author and convert to Islam Dr. Celene Ibrahim.
  • 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 Tracy Lovvorn, a candidate for the 2020 Massachusetts 2nd Congressional District. In another episode, Ron chats with The Last Telegram blogger Jay
    Givan
    .
  • This is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. Bill’s guest is the Executive Director of the YWCA, Linda Cavioli. The plans for the future of the YWCA are discussed. In another episode, Bill and his guest Greg Dennis talk about the voting changes in Massachusetts.
  • 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, talks about nail care with Bree Wright, a registered nurse in Canada.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching. Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show the multi-talented Dee Tomasetta. In another episode, Tommy chats with Dave O’Gara about radio stations in Worcester.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Now Endeavor, Olivia Holt, Jeremy Zucker, and Sonarpilot. 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’!!
  • WCCA TV’s country music video show, Video Jam Country, will feature new music from Love Harder, Jimmy Buffet, Filmore, A.C. Jones, Cherie Brennan, Richard Lynch, and much more. Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. 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.

Bonus Editorial

September 23, 2020
Make the switch. Let’s have WCCA TV transmitted throughout the Spectrum/Charter network in the central Mass area.
WCCA TV appealed to the City Manager and Council numerous times seeking Spectrum/Charter to allow WCCA to broaden its transmission to the entire Spectrum network as recently as Sept 25, 2019 and again on June 11, 2020, an appeal made most relevant by the horrible shooting of George Floyd, and also now to learn of the Diocese programing discontinuing on cable channel 193 which was programmed through the Spectrum central Mass network.
Let’s not lose another opportunity, for justice sake, to better our community media channel and to elevate diverse and disenfranchised voices. We should not allow a primarily dead unused regional channel 193 resource remain dark.
Our community has been advocating for decades to open broaden the reach of WCCA TV, one opportunity was last lost decades ago when the Italian channel on then Charter cable channel 15, seen regionally, which then carried only about 4 hours of Italian RAI content. WCCA TV proposed to share that channel regionally but Charter apparently pitted the Italian community against the Community at large to stop the merge. Where is that Italian channel today? GONE!
There is an opportunity now before us. WCCA TV has the unmatched experience, capacity, content and facility to take Worcester, the hub of Central Mass, to reach regional audience through Spectrum’s network of subscribers.
WCCA currently presents diverse content which reflects our diverse demographics. Production topics include, but are not limited to, health and wellness, cultural shows, music, show on a variety of religions and languages including the newly added Catholic Diocesan daily masses, City Councilors, The Mayor’s Forum and School Committee members all without being subservient to Spectrum or Charter’s prejudicial and discriminatory use of that channel. WCCA 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.
WCCA TV is a non-profit and this approach would benefit the Government and Education Channels by WCCA TV’s willingness to carry their select content regionally as well. Regional broadcast of WCCA would be a key incentive to many including WCCA TV in our outreach, development and sustainability, especially in these trying times of the Covid pandemic.
How does the current discriminatory use of cable channel 193 weigh against the Cable Franchise Agreement? The basis of that agreement are built upon an exchange of neighborhood rights of way. All of our community should receive maximum benefit from it.
There is no viable reason why Charter cannot switch our signal to be regionally, to all the towns in its system, transmitted and in HD, while it did it for cherry picked community members. Please note, this appeal is not a slight to other town access centers. What we are asking does not and should not necessarily affect those channels at all.
It is in the absolute interest of the City and our community to better and fully support our public access channel and mission which is the only channel to be fully centered upon community participation, media democracy and media literacy. Public Access Channel is after all, TV BY FOR and OF the People. Let’s make the switch for a broader reaching WCCA TV and put the people and their channel first.
Thank you,

Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV
508-755-1880 ext. 111
mauro@wccatv.com

About WCCA TV

Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

  • To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
  • To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
  • To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
  • To promote communication through community use of media

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

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

The WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

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

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

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

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

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

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

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • WCCA TV194 presents Soapbox – meaningful television produced in Worcester, by Worcester citizens for ALL. Host of the show is WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale. New episodes in June will feature: Kevin Hartigan and Jeff Gaucher from the Worcester Bravehearts baseball team to update us on what will be happening at Fitton Field this year; Frank Huntley, aka Pill Man, to tell us his story about opiate addiction and to provide insight on how to overcome drug addiction; Amanda Carr, WICN Radio’s Executive Director, to share the fantastic story of how WICN has developed over the years to give voice to our music community; William Wallace, the Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum, to talk about Worcester’s history and the Worcester Historical Museum; and Michael Coogan to talk about the opportunities WCCA TV offers and, more specifically, about WCCA’s annual fundraising event, the Central Mass Jazz Fest, coming to Worcester’s Cristoforo Colombo Park on June 22. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • Beacon Hill Chat is a talk show that features interesting people talking about the interesting
    things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, State Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes Louis Brady, the President and CEO of Family Health Center. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Jill Dagilis, the Executive Director of the Worcester Community Action Council.
  • This weekend, you don’t want to miss the Albanian Festival in Worcester! This is the oldest Albanian Festival in the US, with more than 10,000 visitors and 200 volunteers!! Konnie Lukes, host of WCCA TV’s Coffee with Konnie, welcomes to her show Festival Co-Chair, Gregory Steffon, and the Volunteer Coordinator, Sandra Johns Dionis. The Albanian festival will take place at St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church (located at 535 Salisbury St in Worcester) from May 31st till June 2nd, rain or shine under a massive tent. The festival will feature live music and entertainment, authentic Albanian food, as well as Church tours, kids carnival, cooking demonstrations, and lots of dancing! To learn more about the Albanian Festival, tune in to this episode of ‘Coffee with Konnie’ exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Tune in to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio, Moe Bergman, and Walter Bird. There will be preliminary elections for both the Worcester City Council and the School Committee this year. In another episode, the guys talk about the decision of long-time Worcester City Councilor, Konnie Lukes, to not run for re-election.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCC TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guest is Jermoh Kamara, a candidate for the Worcester School Committee. In another episode, Ron and his guest Mike Bottos chat about what’s going to happen with the New England Patriots in 2019.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Marie Ferree to the show.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron continues his series of shows on the topic What is the Truth About American Muslims.
  • Welcome to Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill’s hidden-treasure find today is not an antique or collectible. Today’s treasure is the musical duo of Karen Novy and Bob Ireland. We listen to treasures from their album Dragonfly. In another episode, Bill welcomes Anne Morrissey back to the show to educate us about vintage costume jewelry.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. Bill and guest Yaffa Fain talk about the Cultural Division of the Economical Development Department for the city of Worcester. In another episode, Bill’s guests are Linda Bullock and Agelina to tell us about the 2019 Armenian HyeLights production.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is health and wellness coach, June House.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes State Rep Jim O’Day back to the show.
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist features: Brooke Alexx – Bored, Yuna – Blank Marquee, 3Lau & Justin Caruso – Better with You, Waterfall Wash – Colors, John Paciga – The F Word, Kelly Padrick – Waiting for This, Rocky Dawuni – Beats of Zion, and more. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: John Tracy – Love True Just For You, Nate Currin – Heart on the Run, Scott Shipley – Save Me from Me, David Petovar – My Kind of Country, Jordan Foster – Crystal Clear, Jenna Raine – A Letter to Me, Walker Montgomery- Just Say When, Caroline Jones – Chasin’ Me, QUEEVA- How Do You Know, Erin Enderlin – Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn, Nick Alligood – Drinking Left to Do, Jamie Lee Thurston – The Window, Eric Etheridge – If You Met Me First, Stephanie Urbina Jones – Jolene, AC Thomas – Man of Constant Sorrow. Shout-out to all our country music fans!!
  • Ben Behind The Scenes is a WCCA TV program that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Allotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St, on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!

About WCCA TV

Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

  • To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
  • To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
  • To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
  • To promote communication through community use of media

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

Central Mass Jazz Fest 2019

WCCA TV and FMG Financial present the first Annual Central Mass Jazz Fest 2019. A full day of amazing world class Jazz by some of the finest National and Regional jazz celebrities. Free to the public. It’s happening at Christoforo Colombo (East) Park, Shrewsbury St. Worcester, MA on Saturday June 22, 2019 starting at 12 noon. WCCA TV’s annual fundraiser also partnering with Worcester County Food Bank, voluntary donation of one non perishable food item.

Fun for the whole family! Stay tuned to WCCA TV or visit CentralMassJazzFest.com for details.

Bonnie Johnson, Host of WICN’s, featured on “The Beat”

“The Beat” produced and hosted by students of Worcester State University, and presented on WCCA TV Sundays, Nov 11 & 18 7:30pm will feature Bonnie Johnson , WICN Radio host, to discuss her program “Colors of Jazz”.

On cable channel 194 in Worcester or at www.wccatv.com

Go Lancers !

New Voices Auditions was amazing!

The 2018 New Voices Awards auditions were held at the WCCA TV studio on Tuesday, October 30th.  We had many talented singers who performed extremely well in front of judges, lights and cameras!

Our three judges, Amanda Carr, Cliff Goodwin and Victor Infante were impressed with each singer and had the difficult task of selecting the five contestants who will move on to the semi-finals.

Tune into WCCA TV channel 194 to watch the auditions as well as the semi-finals and the final performances.  These young voices will leave you in awe with their incredible talent.

The Contestants

The Judges


The WCCA TV Newsletter, October 2018 ALL ABOUT WORCESTER !

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope you had a fun and scary good Halloween! Did you know that there are many ways to get involved with WCCA TV? You can become a volunteer/intern and earn high school and college credits; you can take our TV Production course and learn the basics of TV production, which is the first step on becoming a TV producer; you can be a guest on one of our shows; your organization can join our Circle of Friends and Media Sponsorship program which will help increase its visibility in our community, or you can announce your event on our Bulletin Board. So, what are you waiting for? Embark on your exciting television journey today! For more information, visit our website: www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV gets submissions of new shows almost every day – music shows, talk shows, religious shows – you name it! To make our diverse community programming possible, please consider donating. Anything helps to keep your favorite program on the air! Donations to WCCA TV can be made directly to: WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester MA 01608 (ATT. Station Manager) or online at www.wccatv.com/donate . Thank you as always for your support!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV’s Voter Education Program presents Foro Latino Di Los Candidatos – a Candidate Forum for the Latin Community – which took place at the studios of WCCA TV, on October 16, 2018. Candidates in attendance were Blake Rubin, Katie Toomey, Paul De Palo, and Tracy Lovvern. The panel consisted of Tina Velazquez, Tania Romero, and Antero Amparo. WCCA TV’s host and producer, Tommy Colletta, hosted the event with the assistance of Yarelis Velez, Carmen Lounis, and Jensy Rosario. Don’t forget to vote this November!

WCCA TV attended the Pre-Open Press Tour of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center in Worcester, on Monday, October 22, 2018. Attending the event were Congressman James McGovern, Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus, and more. The new visitor center, with state-of-the-art exhibits, will serve as a recreational and cultural resource and a gateway to the city of Worcester and the communities located in the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor. The event was recorded and edited by WCCA TV’s, Adam Rice.

WCCA TV’s Front Row will be interviewing Buddy, The Elf, when he comes to Worcester’s Hanover Theatre on November 10! Do you or your kids have a question for Buddy? Send it to tracy@wccatv.com and we just might ask YOUR QUESTION on air!! Tune in to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, or at www.wccatv.com , for upcoming episodes of Front Row.

WCCA TV’s NEW VOICES 2018 shot the “AUDITION EPISODE” Last night, the first of three episodes of New Voices. Amazing singer from all over the Commonwealth registered and participated. WCCA also combed social media with it’s continual open call for young singers ages 14- 21 up until the last hour of the studio shooting started. Out of all who participated in the Audition Episode, only 5 will be selected to move forward to teh semifinals. Stay tuned cable cast will soon be announced. WCCA TV’s “New Voices Awards” Elevating young local singers. Produced and cable/web cast WCCA TV Cable Channel 194 and wccatv.com

Testimonials

Another success story for WCCA TV! Stefano Trafecante, producer of the WCCA TV show ‘Sound Check’, was featured in an article of Boston Voyager and we could not be prouder of him! Among other things, he gave credit to WCCA’s Mauro DePasquale, Tracy Foley, and the rest of the staff at WCCA TV, for being ”my greatest supporters who have helped me along this creative path.. and for allowing me to have this creative outlet.”

Ambient Sojourn, featured artist on our show ‘Band Edge’, posted on their social media page: ”Thank you to WCCA TV, Channel 194, The People’s Channel!! The crew and host Mauro Depasquale are 1st class! We are greatful for this incredible opportunity! If you haven’t tuned into this channel, check out the variety and diversity of local programming they offer – it’s second to none!!”

Another feaured artist on ‘Band Edge’, Scott Olson, wrote on an email he sent to our Executive Director: ”Thank you Mauro! It was a distinct honor and an extreme pleasure to be featured on Band Edge. Last night’s shoot was awesome! I am so happy to be featured on this popular show! Can’t wait to see it live! Thanks again!!”

Musician Dre Blach, whose music video was featured on ‘Video Jam’, posted on his social media page: ”Our video is being featured on Video Jam, a really cool show put together by the fine folks of WCCA TV, The People’s Channel. Big thanks to them for including us in the rotation!” Also, nationally-known band ‘Couch Jackets’, that was as well featured on ‘Video Jam’, posted on Facebook: ”Hey Hey! Thanks for playing our music! We really appreciate it, you guys! Cheers from Arkansas and the road!”

From a mom whos daughter competed on NEW VOICES 2018: “Thank you! What a wonderful experience, the judges were so kind to her which was great!” Lisa Bousbouras

WCCA TV Program Notes

MORE YOUR VISION TELEVISION

  • Tune in to new episodes of Soapbox in November, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Brian and Lynn Tomey from ‘Your Retirement Advisor’; Dr. Romas Buivydas of Spectrum, providing addiction and recovery resource information; Richard Gonzalez, Executive Director of ‘Net of Compassion’; Asa Floyd, young cancer survivor; as well as Amoret Zamarro and Barbara Lucci from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Preservation Society. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV! 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@wccatv.org
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron answers the question: Can Massachusetts Taxpayer Money
    Subsidize Historic Church Renovations? Tune in to this episode to find out what his answer is!
  • The Sisters of Saint Benedict Center were the featured guest on Close to Home, hosted by Molly Finn, to perform some songs from their recent album This Faith Is What I Love. The Sisters of Saint Benedict Center, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a canonically recognized religious congregation in the Diocese of Worcester, MA. If interested in purchasing their CD, you can go to www.truedevotionals.com
  • 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 Lucy Hale, the Executive Director of the EcoTarium in Worcester. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Suzanne Bump, the Auditor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Activate Worcester is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Guest host Jim McGrath welcomes State Rep candidate Paul Fullen 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, Liz Myska, talks with attorney Linda Long-Bellil. In another episode, Liz welcomes attorney Sabrina Bohun from the Family Services of Central Massachusetts.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join host of the program and City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with Bryon Lewis-Cummings.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV show that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental and emotional health, as well as religion. Asima talks with Abdul Malik Mujahid, President of the Sound Vision Foundation. In another episode, Asima welcomes Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the NY Co-Chair of the Muslim Peace Coalition.
  • Why does it take some contractors forever to complete street and sidewalks projects? This is the topic of discussion in this episode of Rosen’s Round Table, hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. In another episode, Gary and his panel members talk about the City Council’s recent discussion to chain the tax rate for residential buildings with more than 5 units.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that features interesting guests from all walks of life. In this episode, Ramona’s guest is WCCA TV’s host and producer, Bill Safer.
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Tina Grosowsky to the show. The topic of discussion is the Great American Smokeout happening on November 15, 2018.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV program definitely worth watching! In this episode, host Tommy Colletta chats with Dennis McManus, a candidate for Clerk of Courts.
  • Sound Check, produced by Stefano Trafecante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester area. Featured in this episode is Tinderbox Circus Sideshow. From Lexington, Kentucky, The Tinderbox Circus Sideshow performs at Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester on their 2018 tour. Exclusively on WCCA TV!!
  • Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The show is put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen. Jim takes us to the Caribbean Festival, then starts checking out PowWow Worcester artworks, and wraps the show up at stART on the Street.
  • 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 talks with Deb Huegel and Joseph Townsend from Habitat For Humanity. In another episode, Bill chats with Kelly Jenkins on the topic of Equality in Massachusetts.
  • Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers, is the host of Ben Behind the Scenes — a show featuring music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. Tune in to another episode of pure entertainment.
  • It’s time to celebrate Video Jam, hosted and produced by Tracy Foley. This WCCA TV music-video show has reached a milestone – 1,000 episodes.. and counting!! Video Jam has been in continuous production for 26 years! It has introduced many local artists, as well as discovered talent that has gone on to national and worldwide stardom. It has also featured some famous musicians and bands through the years, such as Tears for Fears, Joe Strummer from The Clash, Stephen Page from the Barenaked Ladies, and more. Keep watching to see who might stop by in the future! This episode’s playlist features: Paul McCartney – Come on to Me, Jerad Finck – New Kids, Smashing Pumpkins – Silvery Sometimes, Smashing Pumpkins – Solara, Couch Jackets – Don’t Think Just Breathe, A.Def Feat. Ava del Cielo – OP8 of the Masses, Ibru – War and Violence, and more. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Band Edge is a WCCA-TV produced local-music show, that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Ambient Sojourn is the featured artist on this episode of Band Edge. Rock on!
  • Hidden Treasures is a WCCA TV program that helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Host Bill Safer and his guest David Nishimura talk about Collectable Fountain Pens.
  • Human Touch is a new WCCA TV program to spotlight refugees and to learn about their struggles, their stories, their challenges and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. Host Augustine Kanjia talks with Kaska Yawo. In another episode, Augustine welcomes Desire Banguendoh.
  • 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!

Last chance to win tix to see Sugarland at the DCU on Friday

There’s just a little time left to win tickets to the Sugarland concert at the DCU Center tomorrow. Our first winner of the Sugarland tickets is Patty Foley (no relation to Tracy Foley, host of Video Jam Country).  She entered and won 4 tickets to the concert September 7 at the DCU Center.  There’s still time to enter!  Just email tracy@wccatv.com today and tell us Why YOU Love WCCA TV.  

Enter to win tickets to Sugarland concert

WCCA TV’s Video Jam Country show has partnered with Sugarland and you could win tickets to see their highly anticipated return to the stage at the DCU Center on Friday September 7th!

To enter send an email to tracy@wccatv.com with the subject “Why I love WCCA TV”. Tell us why you love WCCA TV and you’ll also be entered to win Sugarland’s new CD and an Audio Technica Turntable!

Grand prize includes Four tickets to see Sugarland – One Audio Technica Turntable – Two Sugarland CDs

Contest ends Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Downtown Worcester Arts Community Happening at WCCA TV

Located in the center of Worcester’s downtown Theater District is WCCA TV, since 1986. We moved to 415 Main street in 1998, we were here when most of the City’s downtown was at it’s worst with little else happening and in great need of revival. We are strong advocates for our public access mission. We are TV BY FOR and OF THE PEOPLE !

“THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”!

We helped bring vibrancy and life to our neighborhood by offering video creatives an space to work in to tell and share their stories or for non profit entities, and others, to reach out to a wide audience. We are a place for creativity, exploration, sharing , and story telling. Expressing it all in a sort of virtual electronic park. Where everyone is invited to play and create. A virtue common place.

WCCA TV is proud of our work and mission. WCCA is a source of empowerment for the disenfranchised. Whether it is helping to develop audiences for various community purposes, or to highlight artist achievement, in virtually any genre, or elevating many community organizations, we are meeting that need in a unique way, open to all.

WCCA TV is also much more. A premier center form media literacy, and media democracy, we are also inclusive, participatory and a vibrant creative space, dedicating to nurturing a diversity of content creation and where storytelling floursihes. It is all shared broadly to large audiences via cable channel 194 or on-line on multiple world wide platforms. We are also documenting and curating community history in making.

WCCA is one of the most continually creative, cultural spaces in Worcester where 100% of our programing reflects our community who create the content themselves. Meaningful media with intention that values community over profits.

The People’s Channel needs you. To participate, to be a part of the conversation that is Worcester, to create, or to watch and or to support this cultural WORCESTER centered mission.

Last but not least, we are most grateful to the community we serve and to the City leadership for supporting our mission, and also thankful for ALL who volunteer and provide sustainable support to maintain and uphold our mission.

THANK YOU

See you on WCCA TV 194 or on line at wccatv.com or anywhere on social media.
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