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SOAPBOX is seen on WCCA TV cable channel 194 and all around the world at wccatv.com
LEARN CREATE CONNECT at WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” Worcester, MA




Soapbox morning production underway. Building Community through electronic media

We’ll have a full day shooting eight episodes of WCCA TV’s SOAPBOX today. So far we covered: The Department of Labor Employee Regs, City Boards and Commissions, REC/Farmers Markets, Youth Grow, and Health and Wellness. This is Public Access Television, this is WCCA TV “The PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”
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SBXJune_151 institution for Media Democracy, Media Literacy, and Creative Innovation, sine 1986

WCCA TV Captures the 2015 Food Truck Festival in WORCESTER

2015 Food Truck Festival has been posted on the WCCA website at

On June 20, 2015, Fathers Day Weekend, the 4th Annual Food Truck Festival rolled into Elm Park in Worcester and WCCA TV was there. Anne-Marie Aigner, Executive Producer of the Food Truck Festival describes how festival featured more than 20 of the region’s most popular food trucks serving up a variety of fan favorites, including local seafood, BBQ, whoopee pies and much more. Check out the Fathers Day Shout Outs from the locals as well!

WCCA TV public access is a non-profit institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation since 1986

ABOUT WCCA and some History about public access in Worcester

Public Access ( WCCA TV ) provides an important outlet for those who are not afforded media coverage as easily as City Officials. Compare the attention given on local commercial outlets of City Officials, business leaders and political figures, against community, cultural, neighborhood groups, and religious and non profit organizations.

WCCA TV helps level the playing field for these. However with channel reach restrictions WCCA is under, it still does not adequately compete against such media access disparity. That’s why we advocate for greater distribution reach.

This why I advocate to further WCCA and its mission and expand its ability to enhance opportunities for Community hands on participation. If you feel this level playing field is needed then WCCA is your media TV station.

Some background History and facts :

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

In 2014, City collected about $2.1 million in 2014 from the cable license of that $1.3 was allocated to the 3 PEG channels, (P) WCCA received $765,166.85 of that while the City channel received $347, 803.11 , the WPS received $278,242.49 and the City holding on to 1,391,212.45 which they seemed to have dedicated to INET, and Admin Fees. As I understand it, under current Federal Telecommunications Act /Cable Franchise law, municipalities are not allowed to utilize license funding for general use. The same law allows for public/community input during these renewals. WCCA submits detailed financial and activity reports to the city on a quarterly basis along with an independently conducted audit annually. We have done this for at least 20 years or so.

As one may see from the above, currently, WCCA does NOT receive 55 % of the license fee annually, it does, however currently receive 55% of the PEG allocations annually. These are moneys that are provided to the City through the cable licensed cable provider, in Worcester’s case, Charter.

During the last Cable franchise renewal, WCCA conducted a full community ascertainment that demonstrated a community need to expand the public access operation. We expressed a vision and plan to carry that out to the City, as have during every renewal period. We never expected the City’s Cable funding to fully meet Worcester’s community media needs, however if a chance exist to further public access and community participation, the people of Worcester deserve a chance to discuss it in an open way. That is where our advocacy comes into play and why I occasionally address issues before the council.
WCCA greatly appreciates what is allocated to serve the public access mission we carry out. That funding is also supporting , in large part, a staff of 10, run it’s building, and programming. WCCA does not wish to take funding away from the E and G channels. In fact we want to see them thrive. We just feel the city council and citizens deserve to know what is going on and have some say about it and to seek out opportunities that allow for further growth of the public’s portion of the PEG channels. WCCA has operated with a strong vision for development to enhance and better meet community needs and mission. We are excited to soon share our plans to expand our studio and class room space as well as to better assist creative business with their media needs.
So, on behalf of the people we serve, that’s where I speak up on occasion.
WCCA is NOT shown in HD. Charter’s system only allocates an SD channel for public access use. We stand with our community to continue to fight for this as well as for additional funding, and broader distribution for the community public access channel throughout the region.

Learn more at http://www.wccatv.com and by watching Worcester cable channel 194


Soapbox, with host, Mauro DePasquale, is all new in June. The show will feature the Ecotarium, a discussion on jobs in Worcester with Chris Horton, the Relay for Life in June, Girls Inc. summer opportunities and Fathers Fest with Chris Nelson of Pernet Family Health Service. Soapbox can be seen Wednesdays at 8:30pm , Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm on WCCA TV -now on Channel 194- and as it streams live on line at those times at http://www.ECO_SBXwccatv.com. Past shows can be downloaded anytime at wccatv.com Just click on Video on Demand.

Library Awards Gala on WCCA TV ch 194 and wccatv.com

> Mass Library Association Gala Awards Dinner 2015 has been posted on the WCCA website at
> http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/MLAAWARDS2015
> WCCA TV recorded, for the second year in a row, the Massachusetts Library Association Gala Awards Dinnerat the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in May 2015.


WCCA TV 13 presents “NEW VOICES AWARDS 2014”

Youth voices matter at WCCA TV 13. THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO US since 1986.
That is why with the generous help of the Massachusetts Cultural Commission and the Worcester Arts Council and other Community heroes, soon to be announced, WCCA is in now in production for a new an exciting project:
“New Voices Awards 2014” a new and unique vocal competition for Worcester’s best young singers. Participants are being registered through local music schools and performance centers. To find out how to reserve your place in the Auditions, please email or call the address and number on the flyer. Finalist will have an opportunity to become a grand finalist and may become eligible to win fabulous prizes including a feature appearance on Worcester’s top TV 13 Music Shows BANDEDGE and Video JAM. STAY TUNED . . .

Want to participate. Call WCCA (508) 755-1880 and ask for Joseph or send mail to joseph@wccatv.com

This Month on WCCA TV’s SOAPBOX with Mauro DePasquale

Soapbox #929 Gerry Weston has been posted on the WCCA website at

WCCA TV13 produced Soapbox show is hosted by WCCA Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro talks with WICN FM radio station Executive Director Gerry Weston.

Soapbox #930 Marvin Safford has been posted on the WCCA website at

WCCA TV13 produced Soapbox show is hosted by WCCA Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro talks with basket player extraordinaire Marvin Safford about social anxiety disorder.

Soapbox #931 Ray Mariano has been posted on the WCCA website at

WCCA TV13 produced Soapbox show is hosted by WCCA Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro’s guest is Ray Mariano from the Worcester Housing Authority.

Soapbox #932 Angel Vazquez has been posted on the WCCA website at

WCCA TV13 produced Soapbox show is hosted by WCCA Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro’s guest is poet Angel Vazquez.

This month on WCCA TV’s SOAPBOX

This month on Soapbox, host, Mauro DePasquale, features Amy Mosher and Daniella Marie, of Workforce Central, Greg Opperman of Veg Fest 2014, Raul Socha of GoodWorks Insurance,
Miriam Hyder of Hyder’s Market,
Gerry Weston of WICN 90.5, Marvin Safford, former professional basketball player
who suffers from social anxiety disorder, Ray Mariano of the Worcester Housing Authority and poet, Angel Vazquez.

Soapbox can be seen on WCCA TV 13 in Worcester on Saturdays at 10:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm. Also look for encore dates of this popular program as well each week.