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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!

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U ! More than SOCIAL MEDIA or having someone video tape you.

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U through charitable Community Media !

While there are new and inexpensive ways to produce video, Public Access television facilities still allow people to produce video in a higher quality and shown to a very broad local audience or a targeted audience.

While you can put a video out on YouTube, the chances of it being seen by significant numbers of people is still very small. Commercial platforms ( social media or otherwise ) place their own profit before your interest, they can be intrusive and they are not truly free speech. They often express rights to censor, delete and or terminate post or video. to suit their own bottom line.

WCCA TV provides access it is commercial free, and it is truly PARTICIPATORY MEDIA at it’s highest. All ages, and people of all backgrounds, are welcomed and encouraged to join in the creative fun of building community through electronic media. There are still some financial obstacles to producing video. Although the technology to produce a decent quality video has increase significantly over the years, there are still many people that simply do not have access to the cameras to shoot the video, or to the computers to edit the video, or to the internet to upload the content.

Many Public Access media or television facilities, such as WCCA TV, also provide technology training and media literacy programs to help new producers make quality video productions and to discern most effective messaging. Sometimes these productions are later shown on other channels, such as PBS, or picked up on other platforms supplemental to Public access presentations. This renders a higher benefit to our participants that may not be available to others. Numerous public access volunteer producers and interns often go on to careers in video production, become media specialist, or simply enjoy the creativity of physically networking in a creative collaborative space with other like minded creators. Also WCCA TV curates community media productions as the video art of our time, as historical and cultural artifacts. WCCA is non-commercial (a charitable 501(c)(3))and dedicated to a mission that is inclusive, participatory, free speech ( free from political whim, or corporate retribution ), and to empower the Citizens of our City and beyond.

WCCA TV is “The PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”

WCCA TV is THE place to LEARN, CREATE, and CONNECT like NO other.
Become a member or help support us today.
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WCCA TV NEWS : It’s ALL Happening here !

Whether it’s to satisfy your own desires to be popular, or to place yourself in service to others, or to share your special talent, WCCA TV is the media space for that.

Here’s whats happening here and it encompasses LOCAL Arts and Culture, History and Education, Politics, Religion, Social matters, Ethnic Pride, Non-profit – Neighborhood – Community News, Music, the heart and fiber of Worcester. Shouldn’t you be a part of it too?

The WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2018

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

We ran a tally from the current roster of WCCA TV community television local-originated shows and are pleased to announce that WCCA TV has presented over 9,210 individual Worcester centric community television shows!! This amazing accomplishment reflects the high level of commitment from our WCCA TV member producers and creators as they give so much of their time, skill, and passion toward building community through electronic media.This number does not include all our current community productions – it represents those who have produced over 100 shows and who are currently in production. There are many more single episodes, specials, and other community productions that are not included in this number.
Every day of the week you will find WCCA TV community volunteers on the job, creating, learning, connecting and supporting community development in meaningful ways. WCCA TV is a true community creative space. Our volunteers and the WCCA TV staff who supports all the creativity at WCCA, are also to be congratulated and celebrated. Please join us in celebrating this remarkable accomplishment on June 14, 2018. More details for this community event will be forthcoming. Mark your calendars as you will not want to miss this!

In other related news, congratulations to Ron Motta and Chris Pinto of Active Worcester on producing and hosting over 200 shows as of April 2018! Congratulations, you make us proud!!

Our next TV Production Class starts on May 19 and is held at the WCCA TV studio, in downtown Worcester. This class is a MUST for all aspiring TV producers, as it provides useful information about all components of the TV production process. 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

WCCA TV recorded the Mechanics Hall Brown Bag Concert with Jim Porcella. Jim is a jazz vocalist who serves up the iconic tunes of Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and Duke Ellington. He delivers American Songbook greats and leaves you wanting more. Tune into WCCA TV for this special presentation featuring Jim Porcella.

Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, interviewed world renowned sitarist Ustad Parvez Kahn at the WCCA TV studios to promote the Joy Guru Humanitarian’s Service’s concert “The Essence: Where East Meets West” – a fundraising event to benefit humanitarian causes in the Worcester community and beyond.

This WCCA TV special presentation features an interview on the April 2018 Famous (And Not So Famous) Armenians Exhibit at the Worcester Public Library sponsored by the Knights Of Vartan Arshavir Losge No. 2.

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

Another WCCA TV special presentation features an interview on the Worcester Commemoration of the 103rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of Soapbox in May, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: the Rotary Club of Worcester, Chief Gentle Hawk and Nicole Spirit of The Moon to discuss their June event, and Deb Packard to speak on the Community Preservation Act. Encore presentations of Soapbox regarding tick awareness and the importance of knowing how to swim, will also air in May. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at 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.
  • What’s the future of Notre Dame des Canadien church in Worcester? To find out, watch this episode of the WCCA TV program Rosen’s Round Table. In another episode, host Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about the Community Preservation Act. Holy Cross College has been in the news recently. What’s up on College Hill? The Worcester airport has a new landing system. What does this mean for Worcester? Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • 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 Grace Carmark and Kevin O’Sullivan to enlighten us about the Walk for the Homeless.
  • Know Your Rights is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about How to Fight Discrimination Against a Group. The topic of another episode is Government Funding to Active
    Churches
    .
  • 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. In this episode, Asima talks with Susan Serpa from Act Now Worcester. Asima also chats with Barbara Roberts, the author of Stop It, Stop It, Stop It Now. In another episode, Asima’s guests are Aurora and Emma from the Be-Like-Brit Club.
  • Exposure With Mosher is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes health and wellness advocate Lauro Dusha Nelson, the director of client acquisition at RC Cubed, Seth Mansur, and the owner of B-Organic, Cathy DiPilato.
  • 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 US Congress. In another episode, guest host Chris Pinto welcomes to the show Jay McMahon, candidate for Attorney General.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Once again it’s time for US Postal Service National Food Drive on May 13, 2018. Norm LaFlash, the spokesperson for the drive, and GwenWhite provide details of the event.
  • 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. In this episode, host Bill Safer shares hints and tips for your Hidden Treasures adventures. In another episode, Bill chats with Toni DeLuca about liquors.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Christina Andrianopoulos and Paul Barber to tell us about this year’s Grecian Festival. In another episode, Tommy’s guest is retired chiropractor James Convery.
    • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that features interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is Brian Nelson, the creator of the cartoon Our Girl Laurel. In another episode, Ramona’s guest is Kim Kerrigan the President of Corporate Classrooms.
  • This Is Worcester is a WCCA TV program, hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. This episode is dedicated to the speech made on April 3, 1968, by Martin Luther King.
  • Static Fusion is an alternative performance art and musical variety program, produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. The program is put together by the creative genius of Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen. Jim takes us to the Mardi Gras Party at Worcester’s Canal.
  • Sound Check, produced by Stefano Traficante, is a real-life, unscripted music program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester local area. This episode features an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • Band Edge is a WCCA-produced local-music show that is shot live and spotlights Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Today’s featured artist is Andy Brink.
  • 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.
  • 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: Crowder – Prove It, The Afters – Life Is Beautiful, Dirty Heads – The Unlikely Candidates, Beaux Cheveux – Rio Grande, Tritonal – Out of My Mind, Johnnie Mikel – Friday Night, Johnnie Mikel – Come with Me, Mr Probz- Space for Two , and more. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!
  • Tune into Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: Jenna Paulett – Coolest Girl in the World, Rita Coolidge – Walkin on Water, Zach Stone – Four Letter Word, Debras D’Lane – Raisin’ Hell, Jenny Tolman – Something to Complain About, Indigo Summer – Wishful Drinking, Melanie Meriney – Life Boat, Nick Brennan – I Want a Girl, Kassidy Lynne – Baby Just Cruise, Templeton Thompason – Ride a Wide Circle, Cash Campbell – Don’t Wanna Talk About It, Aaron Watson – Outta Style, Anthony Orio – Undeniable, and Haley and Michaels – Me Too. Shout-out to all our country music fans!!
  • Senior Speak is a program by WCCA TV in collaboration with the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed and a good time is had by all. Senior Speak is recorded at the Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence St., on Tuesdays at 2 PM. Stop by and be a part of the show!

About WCCA TV

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

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

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Since 1986, WCCA TV has always been a creative space and a place that has engaged people of all backgrounds in bringing the city to life through creative expression of storytelling, engaging community television talk programming, music, dance, television journalism, dramatic arts and film/video making, public art and multimedia works, and to exercise free speech. It’s a space for everyone to get engaged in the arts in an active way.
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.
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The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2018: We Are Sharing “YOUR VISION TELEVISION”

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2018

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Are you a young singer who would like share your talent with the people of Worcester? Or do you know of a young singer whose talent should be showcased on WCCA TV? If either of these are true of you, then you will be interested in WCCA’s New Voices Awards 2018. This program offers young singers, ages 14-21 years, to sing their hearts out to a television audience. The finalists and winners receive valuable prizes which, in past years, have included studio-recording time as well as cash prizes. Everyone who participates has an opportunity to sing on TV! We expect space for auditions to fill-up quickly, therefore we are asking for potential participants to sign-up for auditions as early as possible. This year, the auditions and recording of ”New Voices 2018” will occur during the first two weeks of October. Please contact Joseph Townsend at 508-755-1880 or email him at joseph@wccatv.com in order apply for the opportunity to audition. You may also download the application for audition by going to www.wccatv.com/about and scrolling down the webpage to the section titled Forms for Producers where you will find a link to the document ”Singer Participation Flyer and Application 2018 PDF.pdf .” We look forward to discovering the new voices of Worcester!!

In other news, Public Access TV show, The Garage with Steve Butler, may go national! Do you remember the movie Wayne’s World? Wayne and Garth started a music television show out of their basement. It aired on their local community access television station. Eventually it grew in popularity and went national. Well, that’s how ‘The Garage with Steve Butler’ got its start. He originally had the idea after he lost his job as director of the woodworking program at a major craft school. He thought he’d film himself working, with the hopes that someone like WCCA TV, would see it and air it. Five years later his show has grown. It now airs regularly on more than 580 cable access channels, including WCCA TV (on Saturdays at 12 pm), across the states, and has created a wonderful community consisting of woodworkers, musicians and artists. And now Steve has the opportunity to go national!
We at WCCA TV applaud and congratulate Steve. He placed a tremendous amount of effort into his amazing show, and, as in other public access shows, public access media centers helped ensure his vision and dream became a reality. PBS stations across the nation have given him the opportunity to air the show, but it is expensive. Please help Steve Butler keep this incredible community alive and keep the show in production by donating to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-garage-with-steve-butler-tv-series#/

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WICN and ‘Crocodile River Music’ recently hosted a concert by The African Children’s Choir. The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.

This WCCA TV special presentation features the Anna Maria College Annual Exhibition, showcasing the work of great local professional and student artists. Up first is a gallery of high school students’ art. After that is a unique gallery by artist Esther Solondz, called So Lightly Here.

Another WCCA TV special presentation features the League of Women Voters forum on Child Safety Systems in Massachusetts. The LWV set out to examine the systems in place working to respond to the needs of the children in our state and discuss the obstacles and challenges. Special thanks to Bill Hamilton of WCCA TV for filming the event.

Our PSA Help Support WCCA TV’s Community Connections Summer Youth Program is now featured on the WCCA website, Facebook, and Youtube. As always, thank you for your valuable support!!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of Soapbox in April, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Greg Smith of the Nichols College Master of Science in Counterterrorism Degree Program; Guitar Maker, Christopher Tetreault; Housing Specialist, Jason Brady; and Girls Incorporated. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live online at 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.
  • 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 Jonathan Church, the administrator of the WRTA.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Chris Pinto has come in front of the camera to speak his mind about gun control.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Donna Bulger and Mary Garcia to tell us about the 2018 Dogs to Vets Fest. In another episode, Tommy
    welcomes members of the Worcester Smiles soccer organization.
  • Know Your Rights is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about The March For Our Lives. In another episode, Ron talks about Historic Preservation Act. Slavery in Massachusetts is the topic of another episode.
  • Exposure With Mosher is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes Alain Beret ,the CEO of My Choice Programs, and Howard Lucas, the Workforce Development and Educational Programming at My Choice Programs. In another episode, Amy welcomes Giselle Rivera-Flores, Founder of The Learning Hub; Creative Writing Instructor, Judith Walz; and Sarah Lange, Fundraising Consultant and Author of ”The Field Guide to Fundraising For Nonprofits.” Tune into this episode to find out what these Inspiring Women have to say.
  • 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. In this episode, Asima talks with Mukesh Baral.
  • 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. Featured in this episode is Torbin Harding, the founder of Lo-Z Records. Also, tune into Local Mix #5, an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • Connecting The Dots is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes Darcy Schwartz from Art Reach.
  • Tune into a special episode of Bandedge. In partnership with WICN 90.5 in Worcester, WCCA TV’s show, BandEdge, recorded musician Daniel Rotem at the WICN Studio, in March of 2018. Originally from Israel, Daniel moved to the U.S. to study at the Berklee College of Music and, shortly after graduating, he was selected as a member of the Thelonious Monk Institute Performance Program. He has had the privilege to perform with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Billy Childs and many more. Since graduating the Monk Institute, Daniel Rotem has been residing in Los Angeles. Exclusively on WCCA TV!!
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the program, Molly Finn, welcomes Yves Jacques from Michael’s Messenger 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 includes: Tash – Worried, Kygo – Stranger Things, Tune Yards – Heart Attack, Carseat Headrest – Nervous Young Humans, Bryan Fox – I Saw My Ex Wife Workin’ at the Bait Pro, The Winter Sounds – Earth After a Thunderstorm, Karen Atkins – Can’t Get, Rossember Maza – A Bad Guy, and more. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!
  • Nuestra Esperanza is a Spanish-language religious program hosted and produced by Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey.

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!
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