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WCCA TV Newsletter, September 2020 MEANINGFUL MEDIA YOUR VOICE YOUR STATION

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends, hope you are staying safe and enjoying your summer! So far WCCA TV has produced and aired more than 80 episodes of our live “Daily Breaking” show. The show began in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and was originally intended to provide useful information as to where people could find much needed services when so many places were forced to close. The show has evolved to better suit our community’s needs and has featured an array of guests from many sectors, including school teachers, students, counselors, restaurant owners, religious leaders, directors of dozens of social service organizations, and more. “Daily Breaking” has been a valuable community collaborative and public service of WCCA TV that not only expresses the community’s response to the pandemic, but also empowers our community through honest and unfiltered dialogue as it addresses important issues of the day, such as Racism and other social justice matters. The show airs live at noon Mondays through Thursdays on Worcester Cable Channel 194, and streams live at the same time on www.wccatv.com and on the station’s Facebook page: facebook.com/wccatv. Shows are re-aired at various times during the week and a directory can be found on our website. To be a guest on the show, contact Michael Coogan at michael@wccatv.com. Thanks for watching and participating!!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Barbara Fields, President & CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Barbara talks about the Worcester Together Fund, which recently surpassed $10 million in donations.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Juan Gomez, President and CEO of CENTRO. Juan will discuss how COVID-19 required adjustments in their mission to assist individuals and families seeking to achieve self-sufficiency and build purposeful lives.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Tracy Kraus, Executive Director of Worcester Chamber Music Society. Tracy will talk about COVID impacts and the group’s plans for Season 15 concerts.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Rod Lee, Editor & Publisher of The Rambler. Rod talks about ”Goodbye, Columbus” and other hard-hitting content in the recent issue of The Rambler.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kasia Wennerberg, a local attorney who is running for the Worcester Register of Probate. Kasia will explain how the Department of Probate and Family Court works and the duties of the Register of Probate.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Cece Doucette, Director of Massachusetts for Safe Technology. Cece will address what the science says about the risks involved with 5G technology, ‘smart’ meters, and safe technology solutions. In Part 2 of this interview, Cece talks about current actions toward safe technology, present legislation in Massachusetts, and lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Melissa Prescott, Owner & President of Paradise Pet Spa. Melissa will inform us about how COVID-19 has changed the operations of pet grooming.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Monique Messier, Executive Director of Discover Central Massachusetts. Monique talks about promoting tourism through unprecedented times and showcasing all Central Mass has to offer. She also explains what family-friendly activities are available while complying with social-distancing guidelines. DCM is focusing on the hyper-local market and supporting small businesses through the We-Love-Worcester campaign.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Hank von Hellion and Stephanie Burgos from the Guardians of Traditions. They discuss their work to build a network event with other cultural organizations in Worcester. They also talk about their organization GOT, cultural history, Dominican carnival, public art, and future projects.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Theresa Freeman, Director of Communications with the American Cancer Society in Massachusetts, who talks about what’s new with this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and their shift to all-online fundraising this year.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • The Mayor’s Forum resumes its production at WCCA TV. Mayor Joe Petty welcomes to the show Edgar Luna, Business Development Manager for the City of Worcester & Worcester Census 2020 Campaign Coordinator. He talks about Census 2020 and the importance of completing it. In another episode, the Mayor chats with Andrew Andrianopoulos and Randy Becker from the Holden Towers Worcester Tennis Club.
  • Activate Worcester hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. In this episode, Ron talks with Kathy Roy about the Republican party’s past, present, and future.
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members will talk about Sidewalk Dining in Worcester. In another episode, the topic of discussion is Should the Worcester Police Department Issue Body-cams to their Officers. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Michelle Shabo welcomes to the show Ezequiel De Leon, RN, and Katherine Sadaniantz. The topic of discussion is Improving Inpatient Sleep Quality at UMMHC Campus.
  • Time for a coffee break and a new episode of Coffee with Konnie. Host of the show and former City Councilor, Konnie Lukes, has coffee with Father Mark Doku and Vasku Progri from the St. Mary’s Albanian Orthodox Church in Worcester.
  • Perspectives is a WCCA TV program hosted by Asima Silva, that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima welcomes to the show Dr. Bill Slaughter from the Gaza Mental Health Foundation.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching. Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Blues enthusiast David Abare, who explains to Tommy what the Blues is all about.
  • Human Touch hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a WCCA TV program that spotlights refugees and helps viewers learn about their struggles and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. In this episode, Augustine talks about COVID-19 impacts on Africans and African Americans. In another episode, Augustine talks about the politics of Africa.
  • Healthy Living is a WCCA TV show that features interviews with medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding important health-related issues. Host of the program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with Dr. Jeremy Golding. Be well and live healthy!
  • 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 to the show Television Journalist Garry Armstrong.
  • BandEdge is a WCCA-TV produced local music show that is shot live and spotlights Worcester area bands, singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. My Silent Bravery is the featured band on this episode of BandEdge.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Toni Braxton, Awgust, Alan Williams, Kailey Nicole, Mustafa, lotusbliss, CPT KIRK and the Devil Horns, and Katy Perry. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of WCCA TV’s Senior Speak. Host of the program, Edith Morgan, will talk about how seniors are coping with the stress of the pandemic, local happenings, and more. Senior Speak airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

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, December 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

On Tuesday, December 3rd, organizations from all over the world will join together for one big day of giving! Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has brought together millions of people to support the work and services of thousands of non-profit organizations. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift to WCCA TV, a 501(C)(3) organization. Our mission is really all about “Building and Empowering Community Through Digital Media Inclusion.” We’ve made it easier than ever to give and you can do it right now! Simply text WCCATV to 243725 and follow a couple of prompts. It takes less than a minute to support programing designed to empower, enlighten and enrich all sectors of our diverse community. We call it ”Give 5, Get 5.” Visit www.wccatv.com or text WCCATV to 243725 and donate $5.00 to our work to ensure WCCA TV continues to be a community beacon for first amendment rights and a place to learn, create and connect! Then challenge 5 people to do the same. Your support helps create the most local, diverse, and free-speech television available in Central Mass. WCCA TV – Meaningful, Unfiltered Television ”By, For, and Of the People!” Thank You and Happy Holidays!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV 194 recently produced a special edition of BandEdge featuring local artists performing Holiday Music. BandEdge is a local music show that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com. Enjoy and have a joyful holiday!!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in December. So far we’ve produced over 1,225 episodes of Soapbox shows, all about Worcester! Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, interviews: Dr. Joseph Sabato, UMass Emergency Room Physician, to talk about a new program to target people at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest for CPR; Bil Gardiner and Photo-Journalist/Artist Lou Jones to promote his upcoming panAFRICAproject Gallery Show at the Worcester Center for Crafts, on July 2020; Entrepreneur/Management Consultant Mike Howard to share his view of Worcester; and WSU Professor Steven Michielli teaching us about the impact of The Beatles. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester, and streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. To be a guest on the show, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • Worcester Fire Department and the City of Worcester experienced a tragic loss on November 13, 2019, when Lt. Jason Menard died heroically in the line of duty. In this episode of Rosen’s Round Table, host Gary Rosen and his panel members remember the nine Worcester firefighters who have died battling blazes in the past 20 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Worcester Fire Department and their families!
  • 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 the CEO and President of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Barbara Fields. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes to the show Shaun Connolly, a comedian from Worcester who regularly performs in the New England area. Shaun is also the producer of Worcester’s only comedy festival, WOOtenanny.
  • Welcome to another episode of WCCA TV’s Hidden Treasures. Host Bill Safer helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. In this episode, Bill talks about new tips for finding that “hidden treasure” through the use of sterling silver markings, how the internet is a major asset in studying what you enjoy and collect, and what the method of bundling is all about.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate and celebrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show Molly Finn welcomes Forensic Scientist Norma Anne Hollender-Celico.
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society, produced at WCCA TV. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Michael Hirsh and Tina Grosowsky to the show. The topic of discussion is Public Health Response to the Vaping Crisis. In another episode, Dr. Michael Hirsh and Dr. Matthew Masiello talk about The Public Health Challenges to Climate Change and How We Can Face Them.
  • 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 welcomes Tom Ingrassia, an author and the President of The MotivAct Group. In another episode, Dr. Pelto tells us about how diabetes can effect our feet.
  • 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 show, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes the new CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Carolyn Jackson. In another episode, Liz talks to MCPHS student Astiney Franklin.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie, hosted by City Councilor Konnie Lukes. Join Konnie and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with Ann Marie Shea.
  • 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 welcomes to the show Manny Alvrado to talk about Worcester Community Radio. In another episode, Bill talks about a fallen hero, Waverly L. Taylor, Jr..
  • Perspectives, hosted by Asima Silva, is a WCCA TV show that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, mental & emotional health, and religion. Asima’s guest, Bill Slaughter, is here to tell us about his work in the Middle East. In another episode, Asima welcomes Buba Dicko back to the show.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s special guest is Louise Motta to tell us about Marie’s Misson.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Mark Covotta, Brian Tankersley and Dustin Wirzburger from Security First Mortgage.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program to spotlight refugees and learn about their struggles, stories, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. In this episode, Augustine profiles a refugee.
  • 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.
  • 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: Charles Parker – Love is Us; Brynn Stanley – Santa Bring My Baby Back; Josie Cotton – Ukrainian Cowboy; Down the Lees – Antiseptic Heart; Empress – Lovely I Am; Ricardo Barragan – Coo Coo; kX – Right Place at the Right Time. Happy Holidays and keep on jammin’!!
  • WCCA TV’s country music video show, Video Jam Country, with host Tracy Foley, will feature holiday music from Houston Bernard Band, The Runaway Hamsters, Sherry Lynn, Joanna Yaeger, The Nickel Slots, and Nancy Hays & The Heffernans. 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

LEARN, CREATE, CONNECT!