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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.

STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT NOW ! A powerful play for Peace and Non-Violent Solutions

STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT NOW ! is now available for on line viewing at The Stop it, Stop it, Stop it Now! Video has been posted on the WCCA website at

http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/STOPITPLAY Enjoy !

Stop it, Stop it, Stop it Now! is a one act play describing real and imagined events that occur while standing Peace Vigil at Lincoln Square in Worcester. The vigil takes place near the World War I memorial and a dead man, Homer Wheaton, killed in action in France during WWI comes alive and queries the peace vigil. Other dead from the War on Terror come to life to express their pain and horror of war. An evil presence advocates for war followed by a man of peace’s call for a solution to war. A poem and the listing of 34 of the wars the US has been in since WWII is read. All the dead plead “Stop it, Stop it, Stop it Now.”

Watch Hops & Harmony Valentines from Mechanics Hall — February 2018

In Partnership, Mechanics Hall and WCCA TV present Hops and  Harmony at the Hall. It was a fun night of live music with audience  participation at Mechanics Hall on February 12, 2018.  Audience members  learned how to sing “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Guest artists were Amanda Carr and Matty B. 

Hops & Harmony is brought to you by Mechanics Hall with partner WCCA TV and supported by Atlas Distributors, Bay State Savings Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and the Worcester Railers.