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WCCA TV News and Information Round Up: November 10, 2015

Congratulations to WCCA TV INTERN Stephanie Pasquale.
Stephanie is a volunteer intern at WCCA TV
and has been honored with a volunteer award.
She will be attending the upcoming “Celebrate Self-Sufficiency” Luncheon. The keynote speaker is Joi Gordon, CEO Dress for Success Worldwide. She will inspire all in attendance. Clients will share personal stories and Stephanie Pasquale, who volunteers with WCCA as a news anchor, will be receiving our “Volunteer” award.

The luncheon is this Thursday, November 12th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross.

Watch Stephanie on WCCA TV’s Worcester Community NEWS program seen weekly on WCCA TV cable ch 194 and at wccatv.com .
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Worcester SUN Writes:
Binienda plans to apply for Worcester schools superintendent
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Roundtable Discussion of Closed Captioning for Public Access and Governmental Programming

November 10, 2015, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

The FCC will hold a forum on November 10, 2015, to promote discussion about closed captioning of public access and governmental programming shown on television. The event will include discussions about the benefits of captioning such programming, the relevant captioning obligations of programmers and stations, and effective captioning solutions. The event will engage local government professionals, policy makers, captioning vendors, consumer groups, engineers, representatives from the programming industry, and others as appropriate. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding captioning of public access and governmental programming, and to ensure the accessibility of such programming for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as other individuals who may benefit from the availability of closed captions on this programming.

What: Tools for Expanding Closed Captioning of Public Access Programming
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

Additional information about the event will be made available here and distributed to subscribers of DRO’s “AccessInfo,” a DRO service that provides regular e-mail updates on disability-related rulemakings, notices and events. To subscribe to AccessInfo, send an email to accessinfo@fcc.gov, and write “subscribe” in either the subject header or body of the e-mail.

The event will be free and open to the public. Live, captioned video of the event will be available at http://www.fcc.gov/live.
Public Notice

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WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
wccatv.com and clicking on “Join the mailing list” which will take you
to the signup form HERE
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.



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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On the local election front

A WCCA TV camera was there and it might be fun to watch this and form your own opinion ( soon to be aired on WCCA TV and at wccatv.com :

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NEW VOICES AWARDs Singing Competition produced by WCCA TV is casting for the 2015 edition. Singers between the ages of 14 and 19 are encouraged to register for televised auditions which will be held on November 5th, 2015. Contact joseph@wccatv.com today.

Our friends at the RADAR announce their competition:
There are only 25 days left for young musicians under the age of 21 to enter The New England RADAR Award presented by Pavoh and The New England Music Awards (NEMA) at a special event in February 2016! This year will bring new prizes and even better gigs!

RADAR Award Submission Form

Singing is good for you and as you may remember from WCCA TV’s New Voices 2014 Worcester area has many talented young singers.

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Smile today is a good day if you want it to be.
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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


Here is the “BACKGROUND”

I thought I’d provide some background to help some better understand WCCA TV
Just background to clarify:
I thought I’d provide some background to help some better understand WCCA TV
Some background History and facts :
The City of Worcester, around 1985, under City Manager Mulford, organized a community group and charged them to form a non-profit organization in 1985 to facilitate and advocate for public access ( as a free speech venue opened to ALL citizens and organizations, including religious,via the cable channel(s)). This newly formed organization was to run as a private autonomous community non-profit, this became Worcester Community Access Inc., aka WCCA TV in 1986 . We continue this work and mission today and proud to have established a large community of partnerships city wide, while serving public access, as an institution that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation. We provide a free speech platform to all , rich or poor, of all backgrounds, creeds, and heritage, to tell their stories, share their points of view, express and celebrate their vision and dreams. We also add public vitality to downtown, and community engagement, with students and volunteers systemically connected through the City six days each week. We serve as a TV studio, a “STEAM”Educational facility, and a neighborhood center in one facility seconds away from City hall at the heart of downtown. I have been the Executive Director for the organization since 1990.

In 2014, City collected about $2.1 million in 2014 from the cable license of that $1.3 was allocated to the 3 PEG channels, (P) WCCA received $765,166.85 of that while the City channel received $347, 803.11 , the WPS received $278,242.49 and the City holding on to 1,391,212.45 which they seemed to have dedicated to INET, and Admin Fees. As I understand it, under current Federal Telecommunications Act /Cable Franchise law, municipalities are not allowed to utilize license funding for general use. The same law requires public/community input during these renewals. WCCA submits detailed financials and activity reports to the city on a quarterly basis along with an independently conducted audit annually. We have done this for at least 20 years or so.
As one may see from the above, currently, WCCA does NOT receive 55 % of the license fee annually, it does, however currently receive 55% of the PEG allocations annually. These are moneys that are provided to the City through the cable licensed cable provider, in Worcester’s case, Charter.

During the last Cable franchise renewal, WCCA conducted a full community ascertainment that demonstrated a community need to expand the public access operation. We expressed a vision and plan to carry that out to the City, as have during every renewal period. We never expected the City’s Cable funding to fully meet Worcester’s community media needs, however if a chance exist to further public access and community participation, the people of Worcester deserve a chance to discuss it in an open way. That is where our advocacy comes into play and why I occasionally address issues before the council.

WCCA greatly appreciates what is allocated to serve the public access mission we carry out. That funding is also supporting , in large part, a staff of 10, run it’s building, and programming. WCCA does not wish to take funding away from the E and G channels. In fact we want to seem them thrive. We just feel the city council and citizens deserve to know what is going on and have some say about it and to seek out opportunities that allow for further growth of the public’s portion of the PEG channels. WCCA has operated with a strong vision for development to enhance and better meet community needs and mission. We are excited to soon share our plans to expand our studio and class room space as well as to better assist creative business with their media needs.

So, on behalf of the people we serve, that’s where I speak up on occasion.

WCCA is NOT shown in HD. Charter’s system only allocates an SD channel for public access use.

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


Worcester Resident offers an open video letter to City Manager and City Council


Here is a resident of Worcester with an open letter to the City Manager and the City Council

Her testimony echos what we have documented at all of the community public hearings, cable franchise ascertainment hearings, cable committee meetings, and cable related community forums.
We hope the City Administration and the Council will listen and take this call to action to work to see WCCA’s community media needs are met. We understand Cynthia’s appeal, along with her sentiments, are shared by a great many.

All of us at WCCA TV, including our Board of Directors, Staff, members and participants look for your demonstrated support through the renewed cable license.

The license expired in January and we are waiting patiently for the renewal with improvements to ensure WCCA’s community media needs can be realistically met.

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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