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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!


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


THIS WEEKS PICKS ON WCCA TV see our listing in the T&G


Mon Nov. 12 at 10pm

“Bandedge” recorded at the WCCA TV studio in Worcester, features local organist, Scott Olson.

Tue Nov. 13 at 7pm

“Connecting the Dots” hosted by attorney, Liz Myska, is a non-traditional legal program with the emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor.

Wed Nov. 14 8:30pm

“Soapbox”, hosted by Mauro DePasquale, will feature Richard Gonzalez of Net Compassion, a faith based collaborative effort of volunteer groups bringing vital support services to people in need in our city.

Thur Nov. 15 10:30pm

“Got It Covered” hosted by Victor Infante features Sean Ryder as he performs My Best Friend by Air Supply.

Sat, Nov. 17 8:30pm

What It’s Worth hosted by Tommy Collettta will feature Emily Rosenbaum, the Executive Director of the Worcester JCC to discuss the JCC gym.

Sun., Nov. 18 10:00pm

“Coffee with Konnie” features local politician , Konnnie Lukes, as she interviews various citizens of Worcester in local area coffee shops

On WCCA TV Worcester cable channel 194 and at wccatv.com

#greatTV, #localProgramming, #WCCATV

WCCA TV and Herb Alpert in the music world news

Herb Alpert’s music team thanks WCCA TV !
Hi Tracy,
This is Jimmy Brunetti from Croshal Entertainment Group and Herb Alpert Presents. I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for programming Herb’s latest video, “What A Wonderful World”. We really appreciate your support!

VIDEO JAM is a WCCA TV production seen exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester and around the world at wccatv.com

It’s All Happening at WCCA TV

WCCA TV Launches “FRONT ROW” Local Arts and Culture and the back stories behind them

We are excited to announce the first edition of FRONT ROW episode #1 has been posted on the WCCA website at

The premier episode of Front Row! Front Row, an original WCCA TV production, takes you on location with an intimate and up close and personal view of art and artists and gives you a better than front row seat to the stories, backgrounds, and , at time, the art it self. Episode 1 features the inaugural Production team of Producers Mauro DePasquale (host) Executive Director of WCCA and Producer Adam Rice (WCCA TV) as they interview cast member of the touring musical “The King and I” , Kavin Panmeechao who portrays “Lun Tha” at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Enjoy !

WCCA TV awarded $207,000.00 Grant

May 14, 2018




WCCA TV, Worcester Community Cable Access Inc., is pleased to announce, the board of MassDevelopment, the Mass Cultural Council’s partner in the administration of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, have met to approve grant recommendations for the 2018 round of the Cultural Facilities Fund.


WCCA TV has been approved for a Capital grant in the amount of $200,000. In addition, our organization has also been approved for a Systems Replacement Plan (SRP) grant in the amount of $7,000.  The SRP is a 20-year capital needs assessment of a facility and its mechanical systems.


This funding will be utilized to support WCCA TVs facility / fixture update, and repair project, known as WCCA TVs “in-Studio Media Arts Resource and Technology Training Center” (iSMARTT CENTER)


The first phase of the project is to address façade and fixture updates, safety improvements, and to increase accessibility of its production and digital arts amenities. Through this first phase the front entranceway would be greatly improved which will make our part of downtown Worcester more attractive and well lit.  It will, also, enhance content creation by improving its creative space and allowing programming and operational efficiency.


WCCA TV has previously completed a feasibility and planning study, and is continuing to pursue other grants and funding for the project.  During recent months WCCA has met with representatives from Mass Development, City Officials, and area organizations and community members to explore avenues to move the project forward. WCCA TV hopes to have the funds raised for the scope of phase one of the Façade by the end of this year, and we hope to begin work on the façade soon afterwards.  This amount required for the project is above and beyond the public access funding and the contractual equipment and facilities funds that WCCA TV receives through the City Cable franchise provisions.


WCCA recently made some improvements with its community media center digital creation tools.  The community media television station recently secured over $160,000 in new content creation technology that raises its television studio technology to a new state-of-the-art level.  This has led to an increased integration of our traditional cable television with a diversified online presence by using multi-casting and multi-sourcing technologies, while further empowering and engaging all participating communities and citizens of Worcester.  It has also further empowered the community to access more dynamic video production options in an increasingly efficient and effective manner.


WCCA TV has expanded its presence and can be viewed on multiple platforms worldwide, including Charter Cable 194, wccatv.com, FaceBook, YouTube, Roku, and others. It can be seen on multiple devises as well.


Stay tuned for more good news to come.


Mauro DePasquale,

Executive Director

(508) 755-1880 or mauro@wccatv.com

A Great Video About WCCA TV

Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV talks all about WCCA TV
Community media and its importance and empowering work.




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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.


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.

Check out our amazing Video On Demand library! ALL VIDEOS ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE “ON-DEMAND VIEWING” at http://www.wccatv.com/video . This would not be possible without such an amazing video-prolific community and also with the tremendous work and effort of our own WCCA TV Staff of professional video technicians and video production artist.

WCCA community projects and programs are seen around the world and we have many letters expressing appreciation of this from many different countries. BRAVO !!

There is no denying WCCA TV is an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation.


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 BandEdge places the spotlight on the music on the performing artist.

WCCA TV’s BandEdge is a TV show that show cases and pushes performers and their music, ONE Act at a time. Each entire episode is about one act or artist. As a non-profit venture, it is not about pasting the Host all over the screen or logo, nor is it about exploiting sponsors. BANDEDGE as in WCCA’s VIDEO JAM is musicians telling their story through the music they play.

Band Edge #68 featuring singer songwriter ” Andy Brink ” is the featured artist on this episode which has been posted on the WCCA website at

Band Edge is a WCCA TV13 produced local music show shot live spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singer/songwriters, and instrumentalist. Singer Songwriter Andy Brink is fantastic enjoy !

The Producers of BandEdge welcome all sorts of artist from various genres. Artist submissions are ongoing. Contact Mauro at 508-755-1880 for submission details.

Be seen world wide if you are a musical artist give WCCA TV a call. let’s add your star to our frontyard.

Gary Rosen Host 17th Worcester District State Representative Debate. WCCA will air live on FACEBOOK and video tape for cable and free on-demand viewing

WCCA is proud to co-sponsor the 17th Worcester District State Representative Debate between Kate Campanale and Moses Dixon

house_debateThursday, October 27 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Our Lady of Angels hall, 1222 Main St., Worcester.

Here is the format:

Introductions of host, moderator and three panelists. Moderator reviews rules and time limits. (9 minutes)

1) 90 second opening statement by each candidate (total of 3 minutes)

2) 45 minutes: Questions asked by three panelists and directed to one candidate who will have up to 90 secs. to respond. Then the other candidate will have 60 secs for rebuttal. Finally, the first candidate will have 30 secs for a final response.

3) 30 minutes: Lincoln-Douglas style in which candidates alternate in asking questions directly of each other.
Note: Time specs. listed in #2 will be enforced.

4) 90 second closing statement by each candidate (total of 3 minutes)

Through announcements, social media and other forms of publicity, please help us to inform the public of this interesting and educational event. Please feel free to forward this email with attached flyer.

ALL are welcome to attend.

EAST SIDE OF ADDICTION one of WCCA TV’s most watched sows this month

The count at archive.org for Soapbox #1074 The East Side of Addiction indicates interest in this episode. I’ve Tweeted a link to the show http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1074

A compelling educational DON”T MISS show on WCCA TV cable 194 and at wccatv.comEastSide of Additiction