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

The WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

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

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

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

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

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

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

WCCA TV Program Notes

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

About WCCA TV

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

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

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

The WCCA TV Newsletter, February 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

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

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

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

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

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in March, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Eduardo Rivers, Marcela Rivas, and Benjamin
    Aryeh from the Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition; Dr. James Cordova, professor at Clark University and president of Arammu Couples Health Check, to tell us about relationship
    health
    ; Melody Beach and Amy Vogal Waters to talk about Worcester’s Senior Center and the 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group; Honee Hess, the Executive Director at the
    Worcester Center for Crafts; Casey Zink, Lynne Gaines, and Crystaltina Montagna from the Horizons For Homeless Children. This taping of ‘Soapbox’ concluded with episode 1193 – the longest running TV series in probably all of New England! Meaningful television and community-empowering content made in Worcester! ‘Soapbox’ can be seen on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com, on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about U.S. War Powers Act. In another episode, Ron talks about African American contributions to the separation of church and state.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta’s guests are from Worcester’s F.C. Smiles, a team in the United Women’s Soccer (U.W.S.) League. In another episode, Tommy’s welcomes Ann Quinlivan and Steve Benton to tell us about the Irish Festival taking place in Worcester on March 2, 2019.
  • Another amazing Super Bowl win by New England Patriots inspired WCCA TV host and die-hard Patriots fan, Ron Motta, to dedicate two episodes of Activate Worcester to our football champions. Ron’s guest is Mike Bottos to talk about the Patriots’ journey to another [victory] (https://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER223).
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Liz Myska, welcomes to the show Lee Anne Hooley, Talking-Book Librarian at the Worcester Public Library.
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table that features a discussion on Worcester’s Midtown Mall. The future of Midtown Mall is uncertain. If it does not meet the city’s expectations, the property could be taken by eminent domain. Some in City Hall don’t think the indoor mall has kept up with the 21st century and consider it an impediment to the city’s ongoing Urban Revitalization Plan. Watch this episode to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about the future of Midtown Mall.
  • Close to Home is a WCCA TV program about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the program, Molly Finn, welcomes CJ Doyle, President of the Catholic Action League. The topic of discussion is abortion and the ethical controversy surrounding it. Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • This is Worcester is a program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. The program focuses on interesting Worcester area facts and history. In honor of Black History Month, Bill and his guests talk about Worcester’s past for black people.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV program that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental and emotional health, as well as religion. Asima goes to the MetroWest Muslim Festival to talk with some of the participants.
  • Sound Check, produced by Stefano Traficante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester area. Local Mix 9 is an arrangement of images and music by local talent.
  • Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers, is the host of Ben Behind the Scenes — a show featuring music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. Tune in to another episode of pure entertainment.
  • Video Jam is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host, Tracy Foley, has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist features: Pitbull – Muevelo Loca Boom Boom, Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved, Gypsy Temple – Pick a Number, Mel Holder – Crossroads Ft. Ben Tankard, Death Valley Girls – Disaster (Is What We’re After), SadGirl- Breakfast for 2, SpiN – What’s It Gonna Take. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St., on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!

About WCCA TV

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

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

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

The WCCA TV Newsletter, 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.  

Check out this PLAYLIST for WCCA TV’s “VIDEO JAM” episode #992 PREMIERES AUG 17, 2018 ; FEATURING 2 Amazing LOCAL Worcester ARTISTS

MUSIC IS ALWAYS HAPPENING AT WCCA TV

Check out this PLAYLIST for WCCA TV’s “VIDEO JAM” episode #992

PREMIERES AUG 17, 2018 ; FEATURING 2 Amazing LOCAL

ARTISTS TO WORCESTER

Olivia Frances- Great Blue

My Silent Bravery – 18

Rafael- You Are

Peabo Bryson – Love Like Yours and Mine

Hop Along – How Simple

18th and Addison – Time Bomb

Scott Gray – Maybe It’s You

Daniel Correa- Take a Chance


Tracy Foley
Station Manager & Program Director
Producer of VIDEO JAM, Soapbox, & Video Jam Country
WCCA TV Ch. 194

Les Stroud writer and performer of “How Long” video and cover of Joni Mitchell’s “BIG YELLOW TAXI” expresses his appreciation of WCCA TV’s VIDEO JAM

Les Stroud writer and performer of “How Long” video and cover of Joni Mitchell’s “BIG YELLOW TAXI” expresses his appreciation of WCCA TV’s VIDEO JAM to the shows producer Tracy Foley

“Hey There Tracy

I just wanted to personally thank you for the support you have been showing my video for “How Long” on Video Jam on WCCA TV. I’m honoured and greatly appreciative! With the release of the Bittern Lake album, the launch of the “How Long” video and now also the new video for the cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”, we’re well on our way to continuing the mission of pushing this music and the message that comes with it. A message of re-connecting to, celebrating and protecting nature. I have a brand new studio album waiting in the wings (featuring Slash on guitar) that was also produced by legendary producer Mike Clink so I will be excited to keep up the energy and continue creating as much as possible.

Thanks so much!

Les”
Keep on rockin’ with VIDEO JAM excursively on WCCA TV 194/wccatv.com

WCCA TV and Herb Alpert in the music world news


Herb Alpert’s music team thanks WCCA TV !
Hi Tracy,
This is Jimmy Brunetti from Croshal Entertainment Group and Herb Alpert Presents. I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for programming Herb’s latest video, “What A Wonderful World”. We really appreciate your support!

VIDEO JAM is a WCCA TV production seen exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester and around the world at wccatv.com

It’s All Happening at WCCA TV

WCCA TV awarded $207,000.00 Grant

May 14, 2018

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WCCA TV, Worcester Community Cable Access Inc., is pleased to announce, the board of MassDevelopment, the Mass Cultural Council’s partner in the administration of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, have met to approve grant recommendations for the 2018 round of the Cultural Facilities Fund.

 

WCCA TV has been approved for a Capital grant in the amount of $200,000. In addition, our organization has also been approved for a Systems Replacement Plan (SRP) grant in the amount of $7,000.  The SRP is a 20-year capital needs assessment of a facility and its mechanical systems.

 

This funding will be utilized to support WCCA TVs facility / fixture update, and repair project, known as WCCA TVs “in-Studio Media Arts Resource and Technology Training Center” (iSMARTT CENTER)

 

The first phase of the project is to address façade and fixture updates, safety improvements, and to increase accessibility of its production and digital arts amenities. Through this first phase the front entranceway would be greatly improved which will make our part of downtown Worcester more attractive and well lit.  It will, also, enhance content creation by improving its creative space and allowing programming and operational efficiency.

 

WCCA TV has previously completed a feasibility and planning study, and is continuing to pursue other grants and funding for the project.  During recent months WCCA has met with representatives from Mass Development, City Officials, and area organizations and community members to explore avenues to move the project forward. WCCA TV hopes to have the funds raised for the scope of phase one of the Façade by the end of this year, and we hope to begin work on the façade soon afterwards.  This amount required for the project is above and beyond the public access funding and the contractual equipment and facilities funds that WCCA TV receives through the City Cable franchise provisions.

 

WCCA recently made some improvements with its community media center digital creation tools.  The community media television station recently secured over $160,000 in new content creation technology that raises its television studio technology to a new state-of-the-art level.  This has led to an increased integration of our traditional cable television with a diversified online presence by using multi-casting and multi-sourcing technologies, while further empowering and engaging all participating communities and citizens of Worcester.  It has also further empowered the community to access more dynamic video production options in an increasingly efficient and effective manner.

 

WCCA TV has expanded its presence and can be viewed on multiple platforms worldwide, including Charter Cable 194, wccatv.com, FaceBook, YouTube, Roku, and others. It can be seen on multiple devises as well.

 

Stay tuned for more good news to come.

 

Mauro DePasquale,

Executive Director

(508) 755-1880 or mauro@wccatv.com

WCCA TV STAFF CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT

WCCA TV – YOUR VISION TELEVISION –

Joseph Townsend has left his position of Fund and Grant Developer, here at WCCA effective as of April 20, 2018.

Please be assured WCCA TV remains attentive to service and ongoing projects, therefore, in the interim, all business relations, including our Circle of Friends members, and other accounts will be addressed by our Station Manager, Tracy Foley. Tracy can be reached at 508-755-1880 ext. 110 or at tracy@wccatv.com .

It is with warmest personal regards that we wish Joseph much success in his future endeavors.

Sincerely,

Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”
415 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01608
508-755-1880 ext. 111

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Since 1986, WCCA TV has always bee a creative space and a place that has engaged people of all backgrounds in bringing the city to life through creative expression of story telling, engaging community television talk programming, music, dance, television journalism, dramatic arts and film/video making, public art and multi media works, and to exercise free speech. It’s a space for everyone to get engaged in the arts in an active way.
A diversity of thousands of people attended WCCA educational class and workshops, participated in content creation, our public events, and our programs are seen in Worcester and around the world on line.
We have added over 630 videos to the WCCA website Video On Demand library in 2016! ALL AVAILABLE FOR FREE “ON-DEMAND VIEWING” at http://www.wccatv.com/video . This would not be possible without such an amazing video-prolific community and also with the tremendous work and effort of our own WCCA TV Staff of professional video technicians and video production artist.
WCCA community projects and programs are seen around the world and we have many letters expressing appreciation of this from many different countries. BRAVO !!
There is no denying WCCA TV is an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation.

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The International Women’s Day Celebration at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts — WCCA TV Was There!

http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/YWCAWOMENSDAY

WCCA TV recorded The International Women’s Day Celebration on March 6, 2018 at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, and Cynthia LaPan interviewed the CEO of YWCA USA, Alejandra Y. Castillo, for ourviewers. It was an inspiring evening honoring women’s experiences, addressing challenging issues, and celebrating women. This year’s theme was Press for Progress.

The keynote address was by YWCA USA’s new CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo. The YWCA USA and its network of 213 associations serves 2.2. million women and girls around the country in 46 states and the District of Columbia. With over two decades of professional experience in Washington, D.C., she has served in senior leadership in two presidential administrations. Given her policy, legal and business expertise, Alejandra has worked in various public, private, and non-profit settings. In 2014, Alejandra was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), becoming the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the agency, helping to secure financing and capital in excess of $19 billion, and creating or retaining over 33,000 jobs.

Also, the event included traditional Indian Dance, refreshments, and international artists and makers.