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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!

The WCCA TV Newsletter, November 2019 Enjoy !

The WCCA TV Newsletter, November 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Democracy Now! is an ad-free news program featuring in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuse of power. The show airs on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, Monday thru Friday, from 8 am to 9 am. Democracy Now! produces their daily news-hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation, without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. Please support our efforts in continuing to bring you Democracy Now! and many other ad-free programs, by donating to WCCA TV – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity! You can make a tax-deductible donation by simply texting keyword WCCATV to 243725. It’s easy, fast, and secure. Thank you, your support is much appreciated!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV 194 recently held a Candidates Open Mic at the WCCA TV studio for all School Committee and City Council Candidates. This special presentation was hosted by Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV – the People’s Channel. Don’t forget to vote on November 5!

WCCA TV’s community producer, Barbara Roberts, continues her series titled “Racism – We Can Do Without It” produced at WCCA. Part 3 of the series, Ending Racism, hosted by Barbara and Mauro DePasquale, brings a frank and meaningful discussion of shared stories and experiences. This episode features Maria Pappas and Lynn Guzman of two different cultural backgrounds, but with similar experiences that many of us share. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester MA, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in November for some informative, meaningful, and fun interviews with an emphasis on cultural experiences and benefits to our entire community. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, welcomes Adrien Finlay, Executive Director of Music Worcester; Tina Zlody and Nikki Erskine to tell us about stART on the Street; and Chris Simpson, the owner and founder of Sail to Trail WineWorks. 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. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV — Your Vision Television!
  • The 2019 Municipal Election is right around the corner! Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table and watch host Gary Rosen and his panel members trying to forecast the outcome of this Election. And who will be the next mayor of the Woo? In another episode, the guys talk specifically about the Mayoral Race in Worcester. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • 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 to the show Deborah Packard and Phil Niddrie to share their experience to save Stern’s Tavern. In another episode, Senator Chandler talks to Worcester’s Assistant City Clerk Niko Vangjeli about the upcoming elections.
  • Health Matters is a WCCA TV program in collaboration with the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Alwyn Rapose to the show. The topic of discussion is Vaccines. Because your health matters!
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes City Council Candidate Donna Colorio back 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, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomes Satya Mitra to the show.
    • 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 Peter Stefan, Director of the Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Home in Worcester.
  • 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 guests are Dr. Sana Qutubuddin and Mohammed Jawad from IAMC.
  • Welcome to Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill’s guest is auctioneer Ron D’Auteuil. The topic of discussion is Estate Auctions.
  • 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 special Halloween-themed Video Jam features: Nick De La Hoyde – Ghost; Earthquake Lights – Moonlight; Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight; Waldowitt – Crystalball; Haille Steinfeld – Afterlife; Cheroke – Goddess; Xxxtentacion – Moonlight; Coco O’Connor – The Devil, a Wounded Man and Me. Happy Halloween!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features country-music artists: Marty Rhone, David Petovar, Gary Kyle, Tiffany Woys, Antonio Moraes, Alexis Ebert, Caroline Jones, Sarah Patnik, and more. Shout out to all our country music fans!!
  • 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.
  • 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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WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

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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, October 2019 See what ELSE is happening in Worcester on WCCA TV

The WCCA TV Newsletter, October 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Do you know that there are many ways to get involved with WCCA TV? You can take our TV Production class and learn the basics of TV production, which is the first step on becoming a TV producer and having your own show. Our next TV-Production class starts this Saturday, October 5th, and there are still some seats available. Hurry up and register today! You can also get involved by becoming a volunteer/intern and start earning high school and college credits; 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

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Recently, Trinity Financial provided the media with a behind-the-scenes look at the on-going development of the former Worcester Country Courthouse, and our production crew was there. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester MA, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in October. Host of the program and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, welcomes guests from the Washburn House, Worcester Center for Crafts, Pawsitively 4 Pink, book authors, and more. ‘Soapbox’ can be seen on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester MA, 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. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV 194, The People’s Channel!!
  • 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 to the show the Project Coordinator of the Central Mass Tobacco Free Community Partnership, Tina Grosowsky. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Paul Matthews, the new Executive Director of the Worcester Research Bureau.
  • 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 and his guest Regan Harrold, Senior Landscape Architect, talk about what Worcester is doing to enhance the city’s parks. In another episode, Bill welcomes the owners of Fairway Beef, George and Jack Sigel.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about the Debate For Abortion Rights In Massachusetts. In another episode, the topic is Should We Recriminalize Abortion.
  • **Healthy Living ** is a WCCA TV program, hosted by Dr. Donald Pelto of Worcester. Dr. Pelto interviews medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding health-related issues, such as losing weight, diabetes, and much more. In this episode, Dr Pelto presents a Consumer Awareness Guide to choosing a Podiatrist. In another episode, Dr. Pelto answers [common questions] (https://www.wccatv.com/video/healthy-living-with-dr.-donald-pelto/healthyliving12) that people ask him.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Kirk Jonah, Founder of the ”Jack Jonah Foundation,” which was created in 2018 in honor of Jack Jonah, a West-Springfield teen who died of an accidental overdose at just 19. The story also inspired the ‘Jack Jonah’ film, which will be released soon. The mission of the foundation is to raise awareness and provide assistance and education about the opioid crisis throughout the United States. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!!
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes Chris Pinto back to the show to discuss guns.
  • 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 college professor, Michael Baker, and her college roommate, Virginia Schultz.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta chats with Dianna Biancheria, a candidate for Worcester School Committee.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and their struggles, challenges and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine welcomes to the show members of The Krio Descendants Union of New England. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!
  • Join Christine Greige, host of WCCA TV’s Defining Good Health, and learn about her health & wellness journey as she interviews people in the health industry. Christine visits the Release Well-Being Center and chats with Barbara Norton and Christi Tarzia.
  • Tune in to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. Plastic bags in the Woo are a hotly contested topic right now. How do Gary Rosen and his panel members feel about their use now and in the future? Tune in to this episode to find out.
  • Health Matters is a WCCA TV program in collaboration with the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. James Broadhurst welcomes Tina Grosowsky to the show. The topic of discussion is Vaping Prevention: Flavor Regulation with Menthol, Mint and Wintergreen. In another episode, Dr. James Broadhurst welcomes Brenda Jenkins, Matthew Evans and Keith Tatum. The topic of discussion is the Live Strong Program at YMCA in Worcester.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes the Executive Director of the JCC, Emily Rosenbaum.
  • BandEdge is a WCCA TV produced local music show that is shot live and spotlights Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Scott Michael Olson is the featured artist on this episode of BandEdge.
  • 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: Mother Yeti – My Best Please; Katy Perry – Never Really Over; Maddie Poppe – Made You Miss; Sabrina Carpenter – In My Bed; Betta Lemme – Play; Zack Martino & Dyson – Mood; Stanaj – Sweat; Lauv – Drugs & The Internet; Marshmello & Tyga & Chris Brown – Light It Up. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: Timothy Craig – One Small Miracle; Jordan Foster – White Bikini; Walker Montgomery – Just Say When; Penny Jayne Black – Steel Horse; Scott Shipley – Save Me from Me; Truxton Mile – California in My Mind; Radio Romance – Like the Moon; The Black Lillies – Midnight Stranger; Shannon Rae – Get Lucky; Caroline Jones – Gulf Coast Girl; Jessie G. – Whatever This Is; Krista Angelucci – Jungle; For King and Country – God Only Knows; Cherie Oakley – Work It; Kaitlyn Kohler – Everything’s Here But You; Bret Kissel – Drink About Me; Stephanie Quayle – If I Was a Cowboy. Shout-out to all our country music fans!!
  • 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 Latin American Festival and shows us artwork on Worcester buildings.
  • 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!

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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!

WCCA TV Newsletter, September 2019 IT’s ALL Happening at WCCA TV where YOU ARE THE NEWS !

The WCCA TV Newsletter, September 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Attention ALL City Council and School Committee Candidates – In addition to a Soapbox Special introducing candidates, WCCA TV 194 is hosting a ‘CANDIDATE OPEN-MIC NIGHT’ on September 9, 2019 from 5 PM till 7 PM. First Come, First Serve! If interested, call the Station at 508-755-1880 or send an email to mauro@wccatv.com

Our next TV Production Class starts on September 21, 2019 and is held at the WCCA TV facility, in downtown Worcester. This class is a MUST for all aspiring TV producers, as it provides useful information about all components involved in TV production. The class is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reserve your seat, call 508-755-1880 today and embark on your exciting TV Production journey!

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WCCA TV Program Notes: YOUR VISION TELELVISION

  • 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 Executive Director of the Worcester Community Action Council, Marybeth
    Campbell
    . In another episode, Senator Chandler chats with Tracy Kraus, the CEO of the Worcester Chamber Music Association.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join host Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester-area coffee shops. Konnie has a cup of joe with Yedeh Arkue and her two sons, A.J. and Alvin. Yedeh tells Konnie about her efforts to help people in Liberia.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCC TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron chats with Donna Colorio, a candidate for Worcester School Committee. In another episode, Ron’s guest is Alyssa Dancause to tell us about Jeremiah’s Inn.
  • 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 Kathleen Gagne, the Executive Director, and Tricia Shea, the Facilities
    Director, at Mechanics Hall.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta chats with Tony Ecomomou, a candidate for Worcester City Council.
  • Mike Tourville, author of the award-winning book “A Promise to Astrid: A True Story”, is the featured guest in this episode of Close to Home, hosted by Molly Finn. The book — which also inspired a movie with the same title — is about a remarkable woman, named Astrid, who uses unconventional methods to change the lives of an entire community. According to Country Living Magazine, ”A Promise to Astrid’ is one of the best Christian movies coming to theaters in 2019!” Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com
  • Join Christine Greige, host of WCCA TV’s Defining Good Health, and learn about her health & wellness journey as she interviews people in the health industry. Christine’s guest is nutritionist Julia Scott. In another episode, Christine chats via Skype with wellness coach Sachin Sharma.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and their struggles, challenges and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine talks about a refugee that came to America about 15 years ago. In another episode, Augustine’s guest is Owura Sarkodieh who is running for Worcester City Councilor at Large.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about Parole in Massachusetts.
  • **Healthy Living ** is a WCCA TV program, hosted by Dr. Donald Pelto of Worcester. Dr. Pelto interviews medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding health-related issues, such as losing weight, diabetes, and much more. Dr. Pelto talks with Zach Reed Smith about Patient Education. In another episode, Dr. Pelto talks with Paul Cyr about Crossfit.
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News show. Trinity Financial has been able to obtain several financing sources to refurbish Worcester County’s old Courthouse. MassHousing is furnishing the financing of $12.2 million as another step towards providing housing for people with lower income. For more local news, watch ‘Worcester Community News’ on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester on Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30am and Mondays at 11am.
  • 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. Asima goes to a UPF event.
  • 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: Caylee Hammack – Family Tree; Luke Bryan – Knockin’ Boots; The Parlotones – Antidote; Memory Alexandra – Don’t Break Us; Happy, Hollow – Flowers; A Bad Think – Falling Star; Chris James & The Showdowns – Somewhere Out in California. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: Southern Halo – Sunshine; Truxton Mile – California in My Mind; Robert Eskridge – Buck Wild & Whiskey Crazy; Nick Brennan – It’s a Good Time to Fall in Love; Chuck Mead – Big Bear in the Sky; Radio Romance – Like the Moon, Kalsey Kulyk – Bad Liar; Pamela McNeill – Dear Radio; Tiffany Woys – Sparks; Stephanie Quayle – If I Was a Cowboy; Bailey Hefley – Dust on a Diamond; Olivia Lane – So Good It Hurts; Jermie Albino – Hard Time; The Avett Brothers – High Steppin’, and more. Shout-out to all our country music fans!!
  • 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 a variety of Worcester locations and events.
  • 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, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

The WCCA TV Newsletter, July 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Will the FCC reduce funds available to PEG channels? At issue is the aforementioned Cable Communications Act and what cable providers are bound by law to give back. Title VI, Section 622 of the act sets a ceiling on the fees cities can charge cable companies at five percent of companies’ gross revenue from that cable service. Last year, the FCC set off a firestorm of criticism when it announced a move to allow cable companies to deduct non-monetary requirements they are compelled to adhere to by the act. This would include providing PEG channels’ capacity and associated costs.

The casual observer might not even know where his or her local PEG channel is among the dizzying list of networks a cable operator offers. When one does look, a cornucopia of critical local content awaits. Whether it is televised city council and school board meetings, college courses or local public-affairs programming, PEG channels are a vital part of a city’s media choices. PEG channels are even more indispensable for working families, the elderly, those with limited transportation or other mobility issues, for whom PEG outlets give a window into our democratic procedures. In addition, because so many PEG channels also offer training in media and equipment, they may be the first place someone can go for an education in media that is more affordable than a big-city college. This learning as well as educational programming is doubled in a scattering of cities where PEG outlets offer both television and radio broadcasts.

In the end, the changes mean less funds available to PEG channels and less for the public, at a moment when money is already scarce. We must STOP this!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV recently attended the Groundbreaking of the Worcester Public Library. The Library renovation project timeline is approximately 52 weeks.The renovations will include a build out of the portico on the Salem Street side, new entrance on Franklin Street, larger teen area, new Children’s Room, new location of the periodicals area, larger Banx Room, and new Innovation Lab and Digital Studio.The renovation will impact the number and type of library programs that they are able to offer at the Main Library. Space will be limited, and construction will take place while the library is open. They will work to ensure library service continues to be available outside of the Main Library. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

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WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about the Abortion Debate in Massachusetts. In another episode, Ron talks about Health Care denied because of religion.
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Terence Flotte and Dr. Daniel Lasser to the show. The topic of discussion is Training the Primary Care Doctors of Tomorrow. In another episode, Dr. Bruce Karlin and Dr. Dale Magee talk about 225 Years of Medicine in Worcester. Because your health matters!
  • What’s happening with trash and recycling in Worcester? Tune in to this episode of Rosen’s Round Table to listen to host Gary Rosen’s and his panel members’ ”trash talk”.
  • 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. Asima’s guest is Lindsay Conrad Alfieri, the author of From Prom Queen to Hijabi.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Aleks Gjonca, the Executive Chef and owner of the Nuovo Restaurant in Worcester. Chef Gjonca has brought with him some of the delicious Mediterranean dishes served in his restaurant. Yum! You don’t want to miss this!
  • 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 Juliana Brown and Angelann Gachoka from the Girls Inc. Eureka! Program.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a WCCA TV program that spotlights refugees and their struggles, challenges and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. In this episode, Augustine talks with members of the Worcester World Cup team.
  • **Healthy Living ** is a WCCA TV program, hosted by Dr. Donald Pelto of Worcester. Dr. Pelto interviews medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding health-related issues, such as losing weight, diabetes, and much more. Dr. Pelto’s guests are Jay and Judy Angelico to talk about Intermittent Fasting. In another episode, Dr. Pelto explains the different types of Ankle Pain.
  • 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 Cynthia Walsh MacKenzie, Broker/Owner at Walsh and Associates Real Estate.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCC TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. In this episode, Ron chats with Jay Givan. Stay tuned!
  • Band Edge is a WCCA TV produced local-music show, spotlighting Worcester-area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Johnny Casual, an acoustic Jazz duo with a soulful R&B spin, is the featured band on this episode of Band Edge. Johnny Casual is a musical partnership that’s the result of 50 years of friendship between the guitarist Joe D’Angelo and vocalist John Solaperto. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!
  • Welcome to Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, 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 shares some of his favorite hints and tips to help you find hidden treasures.
  • 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: Fati – L.O.V.E. Love, Jeremie Albino – Hard Time, Val Emmich – Worry, Zana – Nah, The Inoculated Canaries – Sneakers, Judah & the Lion – Why Did You Run?, Kiana Lede – Bouncin, The Avett Brothers – High Steppin’. Keep on jammin’!!
  • 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, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

Comprehensive Cultural Plan and WCCA TV

Good Morning and an early and grateful wish for a HAPPY 4th to you and yours !

Please read the Cultural Coalitions recently adopted comprehensive plan and also the Mass Cultural Webpage link Executive Summary, visit WorcesterCulture.org where it states:

“In response to this challenge, Barr’s Creative Commonwealth Initiative is an investment in the unique potential of community foundations to generate new opportunities, and connect donors and policymakers with artists and arts organizations whose work enlivens communities. Together, we seek to build local networks for arts and culture, and to help the creative sector become more sustainable, equitable and accessible statewide, not just in Boston.

Creative Commonwealth has three over-arching goals:

To strengthen arts and creativity in communities by deepening financial support, and strengthening local arts policy.
To form a learning community that shares successes and challenges, to enhance the capacity of each participating foundation.
To offer a model of constructive partnership between private and community foundations and civic entities.

Diversity is also a core value for this initiative – recognizing that, as the world changes around us, we depend on arts and creativity to continue to change as well, to help bridge divides, build understanding, and for all to find their voice and place in our communities. This means new kinds of art, cultural explorations, voices, perspectives and genres that takes new forms, and appears in unexpected places.”

Simply put, as an institution that stands for media democracy and creative innovation and as a digital maker space and public access platform, this (above) is exactly the sum of WCCA TV’s accomplishments and mission. Plus, ours is a community of creative activity.

FURTHERMORE

“The Coalition Cultural Plan, in partnership with the CITY, lays out 90 strategies over 10 years, 20 strategic priorities were identified as actionable for 2020 by the City, GWCF, and the Worcester Cultural Coalition. Priorities include shaping cohesive branding and imaging for the “Worcester Story”; engaging “9-to-5ers” in the downtown area through increased offerings and activities; and designing and launching an in-artist residence program to incorporate creative design on the front-end of projects in municipal government, business, and neighborhoods.”

“This plan will enable Worcester to take full advantage of the opportunities for quality of life and economic development that a robust arts, culture and creative sector can bring,” said Ann T. Lisi, CEO and President of Greater Worcester Community Foundation. “Providing a clear strategy regarding our cultural resources, we hope this plan can be a model for others in the Commonwealth to take action in strengthening the arts and culture presence in their communities.”

The above points as I underlined are focal points to the purpose of WCCA TV as it is WCCA TV who is uniquely WORCESTER, carrying the brand of Worcester’s communities forward through our television and social networks, while also providing an electronic common area where Worcester’s story is told. This plan IS WHAT WE DO ( and we’ve been doing it since 1986). This as part of the framework of our everyday conversation about WCCA TV. I hope understanding the value and roll of WCCA the CITY, it’s leadership, and Organizations and Foundations that support the arts will continue to embrace and encourage the work you and our volunteers are all doing.

The full plan is available on the worcesterculture.org website

Mauro DePasquale, Executvie Director, WCCA TV “The People’s Channel
WCCA TV the place to Learn – Create – Connect

The WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2019 It’s ALL Happening at WCCA PUBLIC ACCESS, COMMUNITY TELEVISION, and DIGITAL MAKER SPACE SINCE 1986

The WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

DO YOU KNOW WHO THE FIRST and only “DIGITAL MAKER SPACE” IS IN WORCESTER? WCCA TV of course.Specializing in Public Access and Media Literacy since 1986

WCCA TV’s Central Mass Jazz Fest is just around the corner. This BIG Jazz Festival, presented by WCCA and F M G Financial of Worcester, that will take place at Cristoforo Colombo Park in Worcester on SATURDAY, June 22, will feature world-class celebrity musicians. Among the performers are: Amanda Carr with Les Femmes De Chanson, Dave Frank, Fernando Holz, Greg Abate, Pamela Hines, Steven Kirby, Isosceles Groove, Jazzed Up Trio, Jim Porcella, and Mike Renzi. It will be a Jazz fest like no other in Worcester and you don’t want to miss it!! We kindly ask you to text 243725, keyword WCCATV, to donate and show your support. Thank you! We hope to see you there!! http://www.centralmassjazzfest.com

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

The League of Women Voters held a forum on Climate Change – Taking Action For A Cleaner, Greener Massachusetts and WCCA TV was there. The keynote was delivered by Melissa Hoffer. Special thanks to Bill Hamilton of WCCA TV for this special presentation.

Front Row is a television experience that takes you up close to live, local, and on-location performances with in-depth interviews of talent, directors, producers, artists and more. WCCA TV’s Adam Rice interviews Steven Good, who plays Dr. Pomatter in the Broadway Musical
Waitress. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, this uplifting musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

The third annual Ukeapalooza Middle School Festival featured music by students from Forest Grove and Burncoat middle schools. Students performed popular tunes, while playing the four strings of the 19th century Hawaiian instrument. WCCA TV’s Adam Rice was there to capture the excitement.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • WCCA TV194 presents Soapbox – meaningful television produced in Worcester, by Worcester citizens for ALL. Host of the show is WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale. New episodes in June will feature: Kevin Hartigan and Jeff Gaucher from the Worcester Bravehearts baseball team to update us on what will be happening at Fitton Field this year; Frank Huntley, aka Pill Man, to tell us his story about opiate addiction and to provide insight on how to overcome drug addiction; Amanda Carr, WICN Radio’s Executive Director, to share the fantastic story of how WICN has developed over the years to give voice to our music community; William Wallace, the Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum, to talk about Worcester’s history and the Worcester Historical Museum; and Michael Coogan to talk about the opportunities WCCA TV offers and, more specifically, about WCCA’s annual fundraising event, the Central Mass Jazz Fest, coming to Worcester’s Cristoforo Colombo Park on June 22. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV 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, contact Tracy Foley at 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 Louis Brady, the President and CEO of Family Health Center. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Jill Dagilis, the Executive Director of the Worcester Community Action Council.
  • This weekend, you don’t want to miss the Albanian Festival in Worcester! This is the oldest Albanian Festival in the US, with more than 10,000 visitors and 200 volunteers!! Konnie Lukes, host of WCCA TV’s Coffee with Konnie, welcomes to her show Festival Co-Chair, Gregory Steffon, and the Volunteer Coordinator, Sandra Johns Dionis. The Albanian festival will take place at St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church (located at 535 Salisbury St in Worcester) from May 31st till June 2nd, rain or shine under a massive tent. The festival will feature live music and entertainment, authentic Albanian food, as well as Church tours, kids carnival, cooking demonstrations, and lots of dancing! To learn more about the Albanian Festival, tune in to this episode of ‘Coffee with Konnie’ exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Tune in to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio, Moe Bergman, and Walter Bird. There will be preliminary elections for both the Worcester City Council and the School Committee this year. In another episode, the guys talk about the decision of long-time Worcester City Councilor, Konnie Lukes, to not run for re-election.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCC TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guest is Jermoh Kamara, a candidate for the Worcester School Committee. In another episode, Ron and his guest Mike Bottos chat about what’s going to happen with the New England Patriots in 2019.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Marie Ferree to the show.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron continues his series of shows on the topic What is the Truth About American Muslims.
  • Welcome to Hidden Treasures! Host of the show, Bill Safer, helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Bill’s hidden-treasure find today is not an antique or collectible. Today’s treasure is the musical duo of Karen Novy and Bob Ireland. We listen to treasures from their album Dragonfly. In another episode, Bill welcomes Anne Morrissey back to the show to educate us about vintage costume jewelry.
  • 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 and guest Yaffa Fain talk about the Cultural Division of the Economical Development Department for the city of Worcester. In another episode, Bill’s guests are Linda Bullock and Agelina to tell us about the 2019 Armenian HyeLights production.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is health and wellness coach, June House.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes State Rep Jim O’Day 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 features: Brooke Alexx – Bored, Yuna – Blank Marquee, 3Lau & Justin Caruso – Better with You, Waterfall Wash – Colors, John Paciga – The F Word, Kelly Padrick – Waiting for This, Rocky Dawuni – Beats of Zion, and more. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: John Tracy – Love True Just For You, Nate Currin – Heart on the Run, Scott Shipley – Save Me from Me, David Petovar – My Kind of Country, Jordan Foster – Crystal Clear, Jenna Raine – A Letter to Me, Walker Montgomery- Just Say When, Caroline Jones – Chasin’ Me, QUEEVA- How Do You Know, Erin Enderlin – Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn, Nick Alligood – Drinking Left to Do, Jamie Lee Thurston – The Window, Eric Etheridge – If You Met Me First, Stephanie Urbina Jones – Jolene, AC Thomas – Man of Constant Sorrow. Shout-out to all our country music fans!!
  • 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.
  • 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, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

The WCCA TV Newsletter, April 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Happy May, everyone! If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, please do so – JUNE 22 at NOON, Central Mass Jazz Fest 2019 is happening at Cristoforo Colombo Park in Worcester. You do not want to miss this signature event that will feature world class celebrity musicians – the first of its kind in Worcester! This will be a really big community event – The Newport Jazz Festival of Worcester!! WCCA TV is calling for Sponsors, Visual Artists and Merchants interested in participating. Please consider being a sponsor, as this is an event with tremendous benefits. If interested, call WCCA TV at 508-755-1880, ext 111, or email Michael Coogan at michael@wccatv.com. For more information, visit www.centralmassjazzfest.com.

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Front Row is a television experience that takes you up close to live, local, and on-location performances with in-depth interviews of talent, directors, producers, artists, and more. In this episode, WCCA TV’s Adam Rice, interviews Chaise Rossiello and Anthony J. Russo of Tap Dogs, which was performed in April at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. ‘Tap Dogs’ has been seen live by over 12 million people in 330 cities across the planet. The show combines the strength and power of hot and hunky workmen with the precision and talent of the art form. Tune in to this interview, exclusively on WCCA TV194!

In this WCCA TV Special Presentation, our intern, Braden Auger, interviews Virginia Swain about her 25 years of work in human rights and peace at the United Nations. Virginia also talks about her new book My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11 – the story of an ordinary woman with extraordinary experiences. Virginia Swain’s soul journey takes her from the devastating loss of her brother to moments of peace and visions of a new future. After a harrowing day in New York City on September 11, a vivid dream of a phoenix rising from the city’s
ashes, was calling her to a new definition of leadership – one of empowerment, reconciliation and peace. For more, go to: http://www.virginiaswain.com/new-book

WCCA TV is now airing Urban Shade Tree: Nature’s Air Conditioner, made by western Mass high-school senior, Madeleine Lombard, as a public service announcement. The video won 1st Prize in the League of Women Voters 2019 Climate Change Challenge!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in May, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Tracy Kraus, the Executive Director of the
    Worcester Chamber Music Society; Professional Speaker and Author [Darlene Corbett] (https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1201); Dave Crowley, the owner of Adaptive Exercise; Satya Mitra, the author of the book The 5 C’s: Common Sense Tips for Bringing Uncommon Success to Entrepreneurs and
    Leaders
    ; Derrick Kiser, Founder and CEO of Fresh Start 508; and Ashley Carter, Valeria Niyonkuru, and Conor Rice to talk about the REC Farmers’ Market. 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, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org . There is something for everyone 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 Vicki Greene, the host of WXLO’s Community Conversations. In another episode, Senator Chandler talks to William Wallace, the Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum.
  • 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. Konnie and her guest, Nicole DiCello, have a cup of joe at the Bedlam Book Cafe.
  • 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, chats with Karen Gostenhofer and Jennifer Duval about the Envision Success Project. In another episode, Liz welcomes Meg Coffin from the Center for Living and Working.
  • Tune in to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio and Walter Bird and the topic of discussion is Trash and Recycling. The guys also talk about what’s in store for the Mt Carmel Church in Worcester. In other news, City Councilor Matthew E. Wally says that Worcester needs a rental housing registry. What do the knights of the ”Rosen’s Round Table” think about a rental registry?
  • 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. Asima’s guest is Maysam Mutallip, the founder of NOO.
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly attended the private pre-screening of Unplanned: Abby Johnson Story. Exclusively on WCCA TV194!
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes Pat Barnosky, the coordinator of the UGrow program. In another episode, Tommy talks to Rocco Leone, the Mass Housing Relationship Manager.
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about Misinformation About School Prayer. What is the truth about American Muslims? Watch this episode to find out.
  • **Healthy Living ** is a new WCCA TV program, hosted by Dr. Donald Pelto of Worcester. Dr. Pelto interviews medical doctors and allied health individuals regarding health-related issues, such as losing weight, diabetes, and much more. In this episode, Dr. Pelto tell us about Diabetic Foot Complications. In another episode, Dr. Pelto talks about Common Trail Running Foot and Ankle Problems.
  • 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’s guest is Ashley Alafberg, a spoken word artist. In another episode, Bill talks about voting in Massachusetts.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and their struggles, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. The topic of this episode is challenges that refugees face in America.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is transformation coach Kimberley Bell. In another episode, Ramona welcomes Dawn Garabedian-Weber back to the show, to tell us about her next book.
  • 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: Anderson Paak Ft. Smokey Robinson – Make It Better, Jonas Brothers – Cool, Lost Frequencies – Recognise, Dean Lewis – Stay Awake, Pedro the Lion – Quietest Friend, Front Line Assemby – Rock Me Amadeus,
    Yovanni – Breathe. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Band Edge is a WCCA TV produced local-music show, spotlighting Worcester-area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Marty Beecy and the Rogue Loons is the featured band on this episode of BandEdge.
  • 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. In this episode, Jim takes us to Nick’s to hear Chuck and Mud.
  • 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, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

WCCA TV shares it’s innovative and meaningful programming

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2019

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Happy Spring, everyone!! WCCA TV is calling for Volunteers and Sponsors for our BIG upcoming event ‘Central Mass Jazz Fest 2019’, happening on June 22, at Cristoforo Colombo Park in Worcester. You do not want to miss this opportunity to be a part of a signature event that will feature world class celebrity musicians – the first and only one of its kind in Worcester!! Please consider being a Sponsor! You will have access to a LOT of people from all over the region through our outreach, as well as other tremendous benefits. This is a real community event — The Newport Jazz Festival of Worcester!! WCCA TV is also calling for Visual Artists and Merchants interested in participating. There is a ‘CMJF 5k’ that will be preceding the show, please look for sign-up information coming soon. If interested, call WCCA TV at 508-755-1880, ext 111, or email Michael Coogan at michael@wccatv.com. For more information, visit www.centralmassjazzfest.com. Hope to see you there! Let’s get together and jazz it up!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

Ending Racism – Getting Along Without It, is a WCCA TV Special Presentation that features a panel discussion about Racism and insightful perspectives/ideas shared in a frank and open dialog, covering the history of racism in America, personal experiences, the need for education and work toward ending disparities and systemic policies that promote hatred, the need for respect and trust, how to address it with perpetuating it, and more. Guest include: Gordon Davis; Michael Harvey, Executive Director of the Baptist Ministries in MA; Robert Lane, Assistant Dean for Outreach Program at UMass Media School; Brian Leonard, St Peter Marion Religious Education Teacher; Barbara Roberts, Retired Engineer and Mathematician; Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV and moderator. Ending Racism is aired exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in April, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Stephanie Pratico from AdCare Hospital to discuss mindfulness and recovery; Patricia Burke to discuss Smart Meters and whether they’re good for the community; Priscilla Ress, Eversource Spokesperson, to talk about the Massachusetts Good Energy Fund; John Giangregorio to talk about the canal district development; Paul Ford and Rosemary Ford from the The 365Z Foundation; as well as Satya Mitra and Barbara Guthrie from the Worcester Rotary Club. Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV Channel 194 in Worcester and streaming live online at www.wccatv.com on Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm. To be a guest on the show, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org . There is something for everyone on WCCA TV!!
  • Know Your Rights is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about what can tax-exempt organizations do in the political arena.
  • 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 Joe Bellil, the Vice President of Public Affairs and Youth Services for Easter Seals.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes to the show members of the 2018-2019 North High basketball team and their coach, Al Pettway. In another episode, Tommy learns about what’s new in dentistry, from his dentist Stanley Levenson, DMD.
  • 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. This episode features a meeting of The Committee to Protect Journalists. In another episode, Asima’s guest is Eliza Ennis, the President of International Relations Council at Harvard University.
  • 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, chats with Karen O’Hare and Theresa Kane from The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development.
  • Ramona Pokoly is the host of Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Ramona’s guest is Norman Boisvert. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • 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 slices through the
    mystery of collectible knives.
  • Why are there so many candidates running for At-Large Councilor? Tune in to this episode of Rosen’s Round Table to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members have to say.
  • 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’s guests are candidates who are running for office in the 2019 election – Chantel Bethea and Jermoh Kamara for the Worcester School Committee and Evan Corrigan for Worcester City Council.
  • 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 Debby Dugan. Tune in to find out what they talk about.
  • 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.
  • 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. Konnie has coffee with one of her neighbors, Mary Mullaney.
  • 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: Dean Lewis – 7 Minutes, Stealth ft. The Dap Kings – Black Heart, The Shindellas – Ain’t That the Truth, Black Coffee – Wish You Were Here, Jason Derulo – Let’s Shut Up + Dance, Joshua Israel – You’re Not Alone, Sean Darin – California, Man Made Time – Insanity. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to Video Jam Country and spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Today’s show features: Kyle Park – Rio, Crowder – Red Letters and Prove It, Hasting & Co – American Love, Tim Montana – American Threas, David Petovar – My Kind of Country, Alan Turner – Tennessee Twister, Kenny Davin Fine – What Happened to Goodness, Co Co O’Connor – This Ol’ War, Toby Keith – Don’t Let the Old Man In & Should’ve Been a Cowboy, Jenna Raine – Us, Lee Gantt – Ruined This Town, Walker Montomery – Just Say When. 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!
WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

The WCCA TV Newsletter, January 2019

# About Worcester. This is where it’s all happening

# This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

**Democracy Now!**, aired on WCCA TV, is an ad-free news program that people can trust. The program features in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. **Democracy Now!** produces their daily news-hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. Support **Democracy Now!** by tuning in to the show Monday thru Friday, from 8 am to 9 am, on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com. Please support OUR efforts in continuing to bring you **Democracy Now!** by donating to WCCA TV – no amount is too small and we appreciate your generosity and support! Donations can be made here: https://www.wccatv.com/donate or can be mailed to WCCA TV, 415 Main St., Worcester Mass. 01608. Thank you as always for your support!!

Be sure to follow us on [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/WCCA-TV-194-The-Peoples-Channel-23121410752/) or [Twitter](https://twitter.com/wccatv13). On Instagram, we are **wccatv13**.

# WCCA TV Special Presentations


WCCA TV’s **Front Row** is a television show experience that takes you up close to live local & on-location performances, and often a look behind the scenes with in-depth interviews of talent, directors, producers, artists and more. It’s about the rich cultural experience and opportunities that exist in the Worcester area.

In this episode, WCCA TV’s Adam Rice interviews Neil Berg. Neil is the creator and co-producer of **Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway**, which is now the number one Broadway touring concert in the United States, playing in over 120 cities a year for the past decade. Relive the groundbreaking Rock & Roll classics of the last 50 years, as Neil Berg shares the often unknown & fascinating stories of the music that changed the world – from the beginnings of Rock & Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the 50s, 60s and 70s, up until MTV in the early 80s. The show will play at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 8:00 pm. You can watch the [Interview with Neil Berg](https://www.wccatv.com/video/front-row/FRONTROW6) exclusively on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester!

# WCCA TV Program Notes

* Tune in to all new episodes of **Soapbox** in February, hosted by WCCA TV’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. The new episodes will feature: Darlene Corbett – Keynote Speaker, Success Coach, and Author of the book [Stop Depriving The World of You: A Guide for Getting Unstuck](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1185); Nancy Diessner, who will have an [exhibit](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1186 ) at the Anna Maria College from February 20 till April 12; Lisa Carlin and Martha Gach of [Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1187); as well as Jermoh Kamara, founder of the [HVK Children’s Foundation](https://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1188) – an organization that meets the challenging needs of children and families from disadvantage backgrounds. WCCA TV – empowering and elevating Worcester one story at a time!! 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, contact Tracy Foley at 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 Barry Lorion, the MassDOT District 3 Highway Director to update us to the future
of [Worcester’s Kelly Square](https://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT287). In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes [David LeBouef](https://www.wccatv.com/video/beacon-hill-chat/BEACONHILLCHAT286), the newest member of Worcester’s delegation to the legislature.

* How should Worcester middle school students be taught sexual education? Tune in to this episode of **Rosen’s Round Table** to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members – Tony Economou, Hank Stolz, and Walter Bird – think about this [matter](https://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE361). Exclusively on WCCA TV!!

* **Activate Worcester** is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Host of the show Ron Motta chats Chris Pinto about MA2A, [Massachusetts And the Second Amendment](https://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER220).

* **Know Your Rights** is a WCCA TV show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. In this episode, Ron talks about [LGBTQ Rights](https://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS312) in America. In another episode, Ron talks about some of the greatest [Church/State Cases](https://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWRIGHTS310) of the last 70 years.

* **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 Maysam Mutallip, Adili Yilihamu, and Abdulvares Ablimit about the [Muslim minority](https://www.wccatv.com/video/perspectives/PERSPECTIVES39) in China.

* **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. In this episode, Bill talks about [Worcester](https://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER72) being a city for 170 years.

* **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 Bill talks about one of his passions, collecting

[miniature books]

(https://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES69).

* New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl again!! Tommy Colletta, host of **What It’s Worth**, welcomes Bob Perrone back to the show to talk [football](https://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH385). Go Pats!!

* **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 [Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco](https://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS186). For more info, visit www.KeepTryingMA.org or call Smokers’ Helpline: 1-800-QUIT NOW. Because your health matters!!

* 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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES67)

* **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 artist in this episode is [Olivia Frances](https://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECK32)

* **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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM1012) features: DYK – Trashcan, Lucas Ray Exp – Sphinx, Nadia Lanfranconi – Italian Country Song, GOODING – Because It Hurts, Angela Josephine – Go Easy & Angela Josephine – 40 Days. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

* **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](https://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK745)  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!        

* **Nuestra Esperanza** is a Spanish-language [religious program](https://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA79) 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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