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WCCA TV awarded $207,000.00 Grant

May 14, 2018




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 serving community media needs : Media Sponsorship

As a continual part of our Philanthropic mission, WCCA TV is again a proud media sponsor of Fathers Fest on Saturday, June 18 from 12pm-4pm at Institute Park in Worcester. Pernet Family Health Service joins the Fathers and Family Network to present this exciting event, which attracts up to 2000 dads, moms and partners, kids and extended family members for food, fun, games, clowns, music and resource tables.

Thanks for choosing WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”



WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated and the views and opinions expressed in the news articles embedded herein are not necessarily those of WCCA TV, it’s Board of Directors, It’s Staff, It’s sponsors and associates.

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CANDIDATE OPEN MIC (for City Council and School Committee Candidates 2015)
Will be held at WCCA TV Studios, 415 Main Street, Worcester Ma . Wednesday October 14th at 5:30 PM. Candidates sign in in our lobby, first come first serve according to that sign in sheet.

Candidate Open mic is ONLY for candidates for this 2015 local city elections. It’s a closed set.
This production and presentation is a part of WCCA TV’s Voter Education project a public service.

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City, Fire officials to remind residents about importance of working smoke alarms
Worcester accepts donation of 150 smoke alarms, 50 CO alarms from Kidde Fire Safety

Worcester, MA – Regretfully, this past year Worcester has experienced two fatal
residential fires which have resulted in the loss of three civilian lives after
nearly four years without a home fire death. In an effort to continue the work of
the Worcester Fire Department Community Risk Reduction team to reduce the risk of
house fires across the community, Worcester fire officials and local leaders will
discuss the topic of fire safety and their plan to distribute these donated smoke
alarms to the City’s most at-risk residents.

This group of community leaders will gather at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 76 Paine
Street, Worcester, to discuss the importance of working smoke alarms along with
other safety measures that can save lives and reduce the risks that both civilians
and firefighters face.

City Hall and Police officials along with representatives from the American Red Cross, along with
Neal Zipser, Community Affairs Manager at Kidde Fire Safety, will outline efforts
the WFD’s Community Risk Reduction team is taking to help improve residential fire
safety and discuss how Worcester residents can minimize their overall safety risk.

Following this brief speaking program, there will be a client testimonial about the
city’s smoke alarm installation program and a photo opportunity. Later in the week,
Lt. Pickett and a team will conduct neighborhood educational sweeps to distribute
donated smoke alarms, and perform home safety inspections.

Kidde Fire Safety, a global leading
manufacturer of residential fire safety products, has donated 150 of its Worry Free
smoke alarms and 50 Worry Free carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Both alarms contain
sealed batteries which offer nonstop power for 10 years.

About 3,000 people in the United States die each year as a result of residential
fires. Most of these fatal fires occur in homes which have no alarms present, or
often, a disabled or non-functioning alarm. Every three to four hours a civilian
will die from fire in the United States; most of these fires occur in the middle of
the night, in your home, a place you should be safe. Sadly, dead or missing
batteries are a leading cause of smoke alarms that do not work during a fire.
Working smoke alarms and a practiced home escape plan will more than double your
chances of surviving a fire in your home.

In 2014, 43 people died in Massachusetts as a result of residential fires.
Disappointedly thus far in 2015 54 Massachusetts residents have died as a result of
a home fire. (Source: United States Fire Administration fire fatalities report).

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MAYORAL DEBATE shot at WCCA TV on October 7th is now available for ON-DEMAND VIEWING.
Note this was recorded on night before the announcement of the Superintendent of WPS DR Boone’s resignation.

Mayoral Debate at WCCA Oct 7, 2015 has been posted on the WCCA website at

A debate was held at WCCA TV in Worcester on October 7, 2015 with the three Worcester Mayoral Candidates. It was hosted by Walter Bird, Editor of the Worcester Magazine, and moderated by Mauro DePasquale Executive Director of WCCA TV. The candidates for Mayor of Worcester are Joseph Petty, William Coleman, III., and Michael Gaffney.

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“Hello Mauro,
This email is a follow up to the phone conversation we had earlier.
I want to thank you for the segment with Harry Tembenis regarding vaccine awareness and injury. Unfortunately, vaccine injury is a reality that is ignored in the mainstream media. It is refreshing to see a news outlet willing to give a voice to those injured in this way.”
Linda Lesar, New York”

WCCA TV would like to thank Linda for her encouraging words and also thanks to “Age of Autism” For sharing this episode to their readers and viewers around the world.

Our Station Manager, Tracy Foley, update Mr Tembenis, the father, who was interviewed concerning Vaccine risk and here is his response:
“Thank You, Tracy! Yes….I have received a bunch of positive feedback on social media as well. Are you able to track on where the hits on the link are coming from? I have had folks in Australia, Canada and across the USA commenting on what a great interview this was…
Harry ”

Yes many time we can trace comments and on line viewing. WCCA TV is definitely world wide in viewership.

If our fans missed it here is the link for FREE “On-Demand” viewing:

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October is National Arts and Humanities Month — a coast-to-coast celebration of the role arts and culture play in our daily lives in America. This celebration is about enjoying the arts and advocating for the resources needed to make arts activities and your community thrive.

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Enjoy the beauty of fall in New England.

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