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The WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2017

The WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2017


This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

We want to thank the City Council and all our members and friends for their support on the Worcester City Council item 10b, which will help begin the process of returning the local Worcester television channels back to the prominent locations that the people of Worcester want and deserve. The quick response to this Council Item by several community members was very inspiring to us!
As you may remember, WCCA TV used to show on Channel 13. Meanwhile the School, Government, and Charter Channel 3 channels all were nearby in the numbers for community members to watch. Then, Charter Communications, without consulting the community or their customers in Worcester, chose to move all of these channels to higher numbers that were not conveniently close to the other channels that most Worcester cable customers watch. This movement of channels, without community input, has had negative results on ALL of the community channels. WCCA TV was at Channel 13 for many years and the move away from there has resulted in some community members being unable to view the station. This is contrary to the spirit of the public access channel agreement, and has decreased access to public access television instead of improving it.
Item 10b was sent to the Public Service and Transportation Committee, which includes Councilors Gaffney, Lukes, and Economou. We ask that you contact these three City Council Members, if you have not already, and let them know how important it is that WCCA TV be put back on Channel 13, where we belong, instead of Channel 194. Please stand up for your community and make your voice heard on this issue! Thanks again for your precious support!! see ++

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Recently, the WCCA TV crew recorded the Anna Maria College Artist Showcase featuring Peter
Marcus. Darrell Matsumoto, Director of Visual Arts Programs and Gallery at Anna Maria College, conducted the interview.

On the College Front:
Soapbox #1114 NE Jazz Hall of Fame has been posted on the WCCA website at
WCCA TV produced Soapbox show is hosted by WCCA Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro’s guests are WPI Professors Rich Falco and Tom Shaker discuss the NE Jazz Hall of Fame. Portions of the actual event, along with interviews with jazz artist by Mauro DePasquale, will be video taped and added to the Jazz Data Base and will also soon air on WCCA TV.

Community Forum: Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, The True Tale of American Opiate Epidemic was presented by the Worcester County DA, Joseph D. Early Jr.. The program was recorded by Adam Rice for WCCA TV, Channel 194.

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WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune into new episodes of SOAPBOX in May. Host Mauro DePasquale welcomes Rich Falco and Tom Shaker to talk about the NE Jazz Hall of Fame; Rita Sullivan and Kathy Fugatt to tell us
    about the RSVP Group; former Worcester Mayor Ray Mariano; Lorrie Martiska and Laura Farnsworth to talk about the Safe Homes program at The Bridge; and City Councilor Moe Bergman, Jerry Powers, and Deborah Packard from Preservation Worcester. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, The People’s Channel!
  • BEACON HILL CHAT is a program with interesting people talking about the interesting
    things going on in Central Massachusetts. Host of the program, Senator Harriette Chandler, welcomes Vince Lombardi, the Executive Director of the Audio Journal. In another episode, Senator Chandler chats with Michael
    Thomas and Wendy Lindsay from the New England Board of Higher Education.
  • In this new episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE, host Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about Clear Bags and changing the way Worcester recycles. In another episode, the guys share their opinion on how Worcester is turning into an Agricultural Center.
  • KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by
    Ron Madnick. This episode’s topic is Death with Dignity. In another episode, Ron talks about the Massachusetts Drug Lab. Tune into WCCA TV to know your civil rights!
  • CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Yenni Polanco, instructor at YMCA and Fitness Guru.
  • WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes the chairman of the Columbus Day Parade committee, Judy Verdini,
    along with the Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Parade, Mauro DePasquale. In another episode, Tommy’s guest is Lyn Lincourt, the author of the book Mansions Of Magnates: America
    In The Mad 20th Century
  • Tune into another episode of HIDDEN TREASURES. Host of the show, Bill Safer, will guide you through the odd world of Yard Sales and Flea Markets. There is a science to it and Bill will give hints and tips to make your treasure hunting more enjoyable and profitable. Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • Your coffee break is not complete without COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Join City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with attorney Paul O’Conner.
  • HEALTH MATTERS is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Drs. Joel Popkin and Paul Steen to the show. The topic of discussion is Art and Humanism in Medicine.
  • THIS IS WORCESTER is a program that features interesting facts about Worcester, hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. Bill chats with Worcester resident Frederick Harvey Nathan.
  • 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 Jordan Salvatoriello, producer of the documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things.
  • 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!
  • 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: Natalise and The Sunset Run/ The Lucky Ones, Tremble/ Want to Want Me, Carolyn Marie/ Shelter Me, May Fall/ Same Code, AV Super Sunshine / Star Man, Kenney Polson/ Babydoll, and more! Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!!
  • Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. This episode of VIDEO JAM COUNTRY features: Mark Melloan / Things I Feel, Crystal Day/ Brave, LOCASH/ Ring on Every Finger, Kenzi Whittington/ Comin in Hot, J Michael Harter/ I’ll Fly Away, OBB / Sweater, David Fanning/ First, Doug McCormick/ Dirt Road Dancin’, Indigo Summer/ Something You Miss. Enjoy!
  • BEN BEHIND THE SCENES is a WCCA TV show that showcases music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced and hosted by Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into for another episode of pure entertainment.
  • NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted 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.


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

WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

++ Our Comment to the City regarding the item seeking to return our local channels back to their original cable channel line up:

April 25, 2017
Dear City Manager Augustus, Mayor Petty and Members of the City Council
On behalf of all our members ask that you please mandate Charter Communications to return our local NON-PROFIT PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL, WCCA TV, back to its original channel location 13 and to also return the City Hall Channel back to 12 and the WPS channel back to 11.
Please note currently CHARTER has its cable channel 3 and 11 black with no signal. The NFL Channel “13”is not available to all basic cable subscribers. Returning WCCA the people’s channel back to our original channel locations as proposed, is an opportunity for Charter to illustrate good faith and a REAL commitment to serving Worcester, a city it greatly profits from in exchange for OUR rights of way.
Our call letters “WCCA” stands for Worcester Community Cable “Access”. Placing our station in the outer stratosphere of the cable line up makes us essentially “inaccessible” to a great many. The City Cable license calls for PUBIC ACCESS, not public in-accessible. Moving us to cable channel 194 has severely undermined access to the channel and our own ability to fund raise to meet community media needs in city as large as Worcester.
WCCA TV is the ONLY Station in the ENTIRE Cable channel system, and in the region, that has been solely dedicated to serving ALL of Worcester since 1986. FURTHER MORE, WCCA TV (13) should be distributed throughout the region. It is unjust not to do so.
Many community producers from surrounding towns request their television shows to be seen on WCCA TV and our content has many programs such as “Beacon Hill Chat “, “Know Your Rights”, “Senior Speak”, “Soapbox”, Documentaries such as the works created about the Armenian genocide, Ethnic Programs, various PSA’s, and many more, that often present content that applies to the region and beyond as well for the benefit of Worcester citizens.
Whereas Worcester is the second largest City in New England and whereas all other “commercial” stations that are seen on the lowest spectrum of the cable channel tier, represent and serve BOSTON, Worcester’s PUBLIC ACCESS Channel, WCCA, is the best station to represent our great city and its diversity, as no other channel is or is even capable of doing.
The City currently spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote itself. WCCA TV is virtually an untapped resource that, if it were distributed regionally and made accessible in the lowest tier, it could provide a meaningful and substantial benefit toward elevating our City and its people FOR FREE, without infringing on the City budget!
Return WCCA TV back to the lower cable channel tier and have it accessible in the region we will be delighted to also include the City Council Meetings in our program lineup, as well as even Charter’s News, along with ALL THE REST THAT IS WORCESTER.
Wouldn’t that be good for Worcester, good for our Citizens by giving them a voice to truly level the media playing field? Wouldn’t it also be good for promoting and developing Worcester? Wouldn’t it be good for public access WCCA, and it would even be good for Charter?
I’d happy to work with all parties to make this possible. Thank you for your consideration
Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV “The Peoples” Channel, WORCESTER, MA 508-755-1880 ext. 111

CANDIDATE OPEN MIC ( Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 )


WCCA TV invites ALL candidates for City Council and School committee to attend our Candidate OPEN MIC on OCTOBER 14, 2015. Candidates will appear on a first come first serve basis and given up to 5 min to speak freely about their platform. WCCA CANDIDATE OPEN MIC STARTS AT 5:30 PM.

CANDIDATE OPEN MIC is a part of WCCA TV’s Voter Education Project.

For further information contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or email him at mauro@wccatv.com

This program is a part of WCCA TV Voter Education Programming. BE SURE YOU VOTE on NOV. 3rd.

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City of Worcester Community Dialogues on Race: Media and Online Social Networks

I attended this program on Monday Night (6/22). The goals of the organizers of this particular forum were to create 1. A list of ways racism is perpetuated or dismantled through media, 2. A list of ways media outlets can improve their reporting based on race, and 3. A list of ways readers of online media and participants of online social media networks can dismantle racism.
The organizers had about 140 people break out in groups to ponder and brainstorm on the above 3 goals.

None of the documents I received that were handed out establish a definition for media nor did any of the facilitators that I heard, during the welcome portion or through the group facilitator express, at least in brief, an initial definition given for “MEDIA”(M) or “ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKS” (OSN) or the various levels Media and OSN’s can be perceived. My group however seemed to have a good handle on that.

I observed, from both the group conversations and the end of session report, which summarize each of the 15 groups findings, the following: The 3 goals really were perceived as one of the same, there were a lot of overlapping answers and suggestions; People understand the mainstream media is often biased, it feeds on spectacle including the spectacle of gossip, violence, and hatred that is often spewed on OSN comments and news clips; Commercial and mainstream Media is driven by audience numbers and profit and therefor the lowest common denominator wins ( If it bleeds,it leads); Media often represents the agenda of the handful of corporations that own it nationally or globally; Reporting is generally weak, lacks true unbiased investigation for the most part (commentary is not news, it’s opinion), and while leaning toward spectacle ( ad clicks and for ad sales)it also seems to serve as a propaganda machine for government or corporate interest; Media often focuses on national news feeds and most of the information is repeated in loops covering remote happenings. It was acknowledged in my group that the constant repeated play of a story tends to magnify violence and racism through strategic use of imagery and language (again to draw an audience), which in turn is infectious and generates more of the same and misunderstanding or worse, hatred and resentment; Media often leaves out the good news or fails to probe into the non-violent solutions or sides of the story; Readers of OSN’s need to learn to better discern, counter, and understand that there are pros’ and cons’ to anonymity ( for instance some fear political or corporate retribution, or being marginalized and others, on the con side, use it as a cloak to spread hate), and that while some choose to be be silent, not everyone is an enemy. The on line readers have to stop feeding the negativity by adding instead positive perspectives to counter others who push the negative and hate; There is a lack of real media literacy and this means an understanding and skill set of how to write, create digital media, and critically analyze what is written, in order to discern the message and it’s agenda or posturing; (sadly) uninformed or media illiterate are more prone to surrender their freedom of speech to “higher” authorities, rather than empower themselves with tools that are currently available such as community public access outlets,( Like WCCA TV or WCUW, or to write their own blogs on-line , or create their own broadside or news letters, for instance).

One piece that I thought was curiously missing, at least through my group or in the final session’s end report, was no one spoke about how racism and hate thrive on fear and isolation. Although this was subtly touched upon by pointing out that most coverage focuses upon national news rather than local issues. Avoiding the local perspectives and news creates a type of isolation from what is happening in our own back yard. The lack local connections removes the connection and discourages the immediacy of underlying issue (race or hate crime). Another point I found missing was the acknowledgment that there is also BIG money in keeping people in fear and through managing and or addressing hatred and violence. Keeping voices silent and isolated helps sustain a culture of death, racism and violence. The money making is not rendered only on the media and OSNs level, it’s raked in through the court systems, jails, Local, State and Federal government, even levels of social workers and healthcare, and other spin off enterprises. I sincerely hope that point is not going to be lost at the end of these sessions for the sake of sincerity of this entire dialogue process. I look forward to the end reports and hope to see tangible solutions that can be applied to end racism and all forms of hate and violence.

It is clearly apparent to me, through my observations, that programs such as public access WCCA TV and others like it need to be encouraged, better supported, and expanded as means to build bridges of peace, end racism, empower the voices of the people, and to build community. More importantly facilities such as WCCA need to be utilized much more. AT WCCA TV the people of our community ARE THE MEDIA. That translates to power to the people !

WCCA TV, non-profit public access media, is an institution for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation since 1986


City announces plans to spend over $778,000 on a City Hall TV studio

Thank you to those who have shown your support and courage to speak up on this important issue so far.

The suddenly released plans to spend over $778,000 of PEG access funding deserves public and opened discussion.
WCCA, as well as others, as we understand, have been requesting a committee discussion regarding underutilized Public Access funds for over 15 years, our request for discussion on this has not been fully responded to. This, in my opinion, is another example where the city can be perceived to to have dropped the ball to illustrate it’s desire to enhance opportunities for community participation or development. It also can be seen as a matter lacking in transparency.
Since when, over the last 10 years, has there been a public discussion about such detailed studio plans, or the underutilized cable franchise funding, or any relative pre-planning for this basement studio, a studio, many seem to feel is unnecessary and redundant, with WCCA studio minutes away?
Given City Hall already has two fully equipped chambers, the actual need for a City Hall TV studio build for over $778,000 seems like a waste of public access money. The actual need for that was never demonstrated, and, in light of the real public community access needs that was demonstrated by WCCA , expanding a studio for government expansion is a real slap in the face to the broad community WCCA serves. This is not to say that WCCA does not appreciate the funding it does receive through the Cable franchise provisions. In short, in 2014, the City received over 2.1 million dollars in cable license fees and of that, WCCA was appropriated 765,166.85. The City, the government channel and WPS channel receive the remainder of that 2.1 million. In 1986 the City formed WCCA in order to facilitate and advocate for Public Access. The Cable Act set the parameters for municipalities to pursue support for their public access channels through a cable franchise license process. This process calls for community input.
Although WCCA and others have called for public discussion on this to suddenly read news of a planned studio in City Hall, in the T&G, was disappointing and unexpected. WCCA may have been aware that the City had plans on a back burner to build a studio, however, we were also under the impression there would be further discussion and community input on that through the Public Service and Transportation Committee before further steps would be taken. The primary roll of a City Hall government channel is to cover meetings in real time. There should be little turn around time to capture a meeting live and cable cast it.
I do not fault this City Manager, personally, he has been a supporter of WCCA. That is why this news, without further public discussion, was such a surprise. In my opinion, either the City Manager Edward Augustus appears to may have been misled or the process is flawed.
The two large meeting rooms already equipped with cameras and lighting plus a small fleet of field camera’s and and an edit suites, which the government channel has had for decades, are ample facilities needed for that task. If there is a month turn around to post a video of a meeting it should not be because of studio space lacking. This spending of PEG funds limits the public voices that WCCA serves in the long run. There are many cost and associated expenses to operating and maintaining a studio space. It’s use is also something that the Citizens should have some input and or information about.
We believe the Act of Congress that allowed for Public Access support was intended to serve and prioritize community use in a free speech venue shared by all citizens. The people in the public access community deserve the best. WCCA has and continues to be willing to share its expanded studios with ALL members of our community, including the City, it currently does that, including with City entities and departments. It simply was not made clear how the plan for what is essentially a 3rd studio in City hall will be in the best interest of the community. Will anyone really believe limiting broader community sharing be a healthier and best way to support local media and local community media needs?
Simply reiterated, I feel an opportunity for public comment is warranted. Therefor I made the request that this item be sent to committee for public comment.

Mauro DePasquale, 146 Morningside Road, Worcester MA 01602 # # #

Michael Gaffney wrote on FB:
“Finally! I’ve repeatedly asked for the financial information behind the cable franchise money that has been put aside for this project that has never been vetted at council (yes, I checked with the clerk.) I even have my request before committee. Then, seemingly out of the blue, a well developed plan is dropped on the council agenda. The monies should be used to enhance our public access channel, providing the city with reasonable access to studio time as needed. This would benefit all and reduce duplication of expenses. Further, the complete lack of transparency again and again is concerning. I do not want a government channel pumping out propaganda against neighborhood involvement. (Can’t wait to the hear the administration say there is no conspiracy, etc. As I know they troll my page.)”

Link to Walter Bird’s Editorial in Worcester Magazine


WCCA TV 13 Voter Education Project: City Council Candidate Profiles now on line for your viewing pleasure only on TV 13

1.City Council Candidate Profile 2013 part 1 has been posted on the WCCA website at
Council Profile 2013 part 1

A WCCA TV13 special presentation. The WCCA TV 13 “Candidate Profile: 2013 City Council” hosted by Mauro DePasquale. Part One with candidates for 2013 Worcester City Council election: Sarai Rivera, Bill Eddy, Jennithan Cortes, Michael Gaffney, Bill Coleman, Konnie Lukes, William Feegbeh

and . .

2.. City Council Candidate Profile 2013 part 2 has been posted on the WCCA website
City Council Profile part 2

A WCCA TV13 special presentation. The WCCA TV 13 “Candidate Profile: 2013 City Council” hosted by Mauro DePasquale. Part Two with candidates for 2013 Worcester City Council election: Tony Economou, Morris Bergman, Phil Palmieri, Peter Kush, Gary Rosen, Mesfin Beshir

WCCA TV 13 to cable/webcast “Candidate Profile: City Council”

soapbox3a-1WCCA TV 13 to cable/webcast “Candidate Profile: City Council”

WCCA TV 13 presents “ Candidate Profile 2013:City Council “ as a part of the station’s continuing Voter Education Programming. This series is hosted by the station’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale.

Presented in three parts the program will feature interviews with participating Candidates for Worcester’s City Council.

Part One with candidates:
Sarai Rivera, Bill Eddy, Jennithan Cortes, Michael Gaffney, Bill Coleman, Konnie Lukes, and William Feegbeh , will air on Friday, August 2 & 16 at 9:30pm and stream live on line at wccatv.com

Part Two with candidates:
Tony Economou, Morris Bergman, Phil Palmieri, Peter Kush, Gary Rosen, and Mesfin Beshir
will air on Fridays, August 9 & 23 and stream live on line at wccatv.com

Part Three with candidate Chris Rich will air on August 2 and 16 and stream live on line at wccatv.com

These episodes can be seen on WCCA TV cable channel 13 on Worcester’s cable system, and also simulcasts on WCCA’s website and also on demand at Here

WCCA TV is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Community Public Access Institution for media democracy and creative innovation.

For further information contact: Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV 508-755-1880 or mauro@wccatv.com

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