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The WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2020 – This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and healthy!!

WCCA TV IS HERE FOR YOU

In response to the urgency of the Covid-19 situation, WCCA TV has launched a new public service program called “Daily Breaking.” Seen LIVE daily Monday through Thursday, at 12 PM on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com and facebook.com/wccatv. It will also re-cast during later parts of the day, as program schedule space allows.

”Daily Breaking” is designed to allow community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate, up- to-date information, to mobilize support and resources, and to alert viewers accordingly. Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, says: “The program is in response to the constantly changing environment and procedures the pandemic has caused. Not all is gloom and doom, things are happening in Worcester, only perhaps accessible in a different way, from our homes, virtually, or private offices. Citizens should know they are not alone. Services are still available out there and there’s plenty of life to live. Daily Breaking has room for everyone: social service providers, healthcare professionals, public service organizations, and even academics, musicians, and poets. The community needs an outlet to express joys and fears. We are all in this together.” At WCCA TV YOU are the news.

WCCA TV invites you to WATCH and PARTICIPATE. Space is limited. Participating guests are invited to schedule an appointment through michael@wccatv.com

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV 194 launched DAILY BREAKING with its first guest, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Tim Garvin, to talk about the response of United Ways to the coronavirus crisis.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Sheilah Dooley, Executive Director of Pernet Family Health, to provide information and updates on families and their social needs.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director of Worcester Community Action Council, to provide information on the support WCAC is offering to our community in these challenging times.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features WCCA’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale to inform viewers about the adjustments WCCA TV has done to the programming and its other services to better respond to the urgency of the Covid-19 situation and to better assist our community.

This episode of WCCA TV’s **DAILY BREAKING ** features Barbara Fields, Executive Director of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, to share information pertaining to the Covid-19 Response Fund, also known as The Worcester Together Fund. The Worcester Together Fund is developing resources and assistance that many may find useful, including seniors and those in need for health care.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features David Ginsburg, General Manager at 90.5 WICN in Worcester, to talk about the support and resources that WICN is offering to the community. He also talked to WCCA’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about the importance of Radio & TV Stations, and Media in general, in such challenging times.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Christine Rawan, COO and Compliance Officer at Drew Mortgage Associates, to talk about the impact of this pandemic on the financial industry and what people can do if they consider refinancing their mortgage.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Allen W. Fletcher, Founder of the Worcester Public Market, to talk about how the crisis has impacted the Worcester Public Market and what are his thoughts on the future.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Clark University Psychology Professor, Wendy Grolnick, who discusses how parents can help children navigate this challenging environment of endless sacrifice and new ways of socializing, playing, and learning. Professor Grolnick is an expert on parenting and children’s motivation and adjustment. She has worked extensively with parents after disasters like Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon. Professor Grolnick says structure is crucial for children’s well-being.

Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • 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 Juan Matos, the Poet Laureate of Worcester, and Amina Mohammed, Worcester’s Youth Poet Laureate. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Edgar Luna, Worcester’s Business Development Manger, and Mustafa Alnaimi from the Worcester Refugee and Immigrants Center.
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News, your weekly local news program. This episode will offer information and updates on the Covid-19 crisis, such as Massachusetts’ coronavirus stay-at-home advisory; what is considered ”esential” business; Stop & Shop’s announcement to donate $1 million to help food banks across the northeast; WPI collecting and donating gloves and masks to medical centers and also offering 3D printing of supplies, and more. For all the updates, watch this episode of ‘Worcester Community News’ on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com
  • Close To Home is a WCCA TV show about people and situations that demonstrate and celebrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly talks via Skype with Rene Sousa about dealing with the stress induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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 about the Worcester Citizens of Color Honor Roll.
  • 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 chats with Dr. Bret Scher, a cardiologist and the Medical Director for the Diet Doctor. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is Debbie Eddy, owner of the athletic-shoe store Miles To Go Sports.
  • Welcome to Ramona Interviews, a WCCA TV talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Host of the show, Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly, welcomes author Marie LeClaire. In another episode, Ramona’s guest is Sedruola Maruska, a personal development coach.
  • 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, and religion. Asima’s guest is Dr. Bill Slaughter from the Gaza Mental Health Foundation.
  • 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 and his guest, Anne Morrissey, talk about costume jewelry.
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, chats with Dr. Michael Hirsh. In another episode, Liz’s guest is WPI professor Sarah Strauss.
  • 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 poets and their work. Catherine’s guest is Poet & Professor, Jonathan Blake.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes the multi-talented actor Michael Skrzek. In another episode, Tommy chats with comedian Adam Murphy.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from NCT 127, Waldo Witt, Zidiq, The Naked And Famous, ZZ Ward, BREE, Sean Paul with Tove Lo, and Demi Lovato. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Keep on jammin’!!
  • 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.

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!

Testimonials: We are honored to be of service.

WCCA Testimonials

“Tracy

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

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

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 BandEdge places the spotlight on the music on the performing artist.

WCCA TV’s BandEdge is a TV show that show cases and pushes performers and their music, ONE Act at a time. Each entire episode is about one act or artist. As a non-profit venture, it is not about pasting the Host all over the screen or logo, nor is it about exploiting sponsors. BANDEDGE as in WCCA’s VIDEO JAM is musicians telling their story through the music they play.

Band Edge #68 featuring singer songwriter ” Andy Brink ” is the featured artist on this episode which has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/BANDEDGE68

Band Edge is a WCCA TV13 produced local music show shot live spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalist. Singer Songwriter Andy Brink is fantastic enjoy !

The Producers of BandEdge welcome all sorts of artist from various genres. Artist submissions are ongoing. Contact Mauro at 508-755-1880 for submission details.

Be seen world wide if you are a musical artist give WCCA TV a call. let’s add your star to our frontyard.