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WCCA TV Newsletter, October 2020 Meaningful Participatory Media

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This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

In a recent editorial published on Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette, WCCA TV’ Executive Director Mauro DePasquale urges Spectrum to have WCCA TV transmitted throughout the Spectrum/Charter network in the Central Massachusetts area.
WCCA TV has appealed to Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and the City Council numerous times seeking Spectrum/Charter to allow WCCA to broaden its transmission to the entire Spectrum network on Sept. 25, 2019, and again on June 11, 2020. The second appeal was made most relevant by the horrible shooting of George Floyd.
Now, we learn that Diocese of Worcester programing will be discontinued on Cable Channel 193, which was programmed through the Spectrum Central Mass. network.
Let’s not lose another opportunity, for justice sake, to better our community media channel and to elevate diverse and disenfranchised voices. We should not allow a primarily dead unused regional Channel 193 resource to remain dark.
Our community has been advocating for decades to broaden the reach of WCCA TV. One opportunity was lost decades ago when the Italian channel, seen on then Charter Cable Channel 15, carried only about four hours of Italian RAI content. WCCA TV proposed sharing the channel regionally, but Charter blocked the merger. Where is that Italian channel today? Gone!
There is an opportunity now before us. WCCA TV has the unmatched experience, capacity, content and facility to reach a regional audience beyond Worcester through Spectrum’s network of subscribers.
WCCA TV currently presents diverse content, which reflects our demographics. Production topics include health and wellness, culture, music and religion, including the new Catholic Diocesan daily masses. City Councilors, School Committee members and the Mayor also use WCCA TV.
WCCA TV can easily manage and train individuals and organizations of all backgrounds to access the station’s equipment and channel. Our goal is to empower the disenfranchised with broader reach. It is in the absolute interest of the city to fully support our public access channel and mission, which is the only channel to be fully centered upon community participation, democracy and media literacy. Public Access Channel is after all, TV by for and of the people. Let’s make the switch for a broader-reaching WCCA TV and put the people and their channel first. Thanks you as always for your support!

To support WCCA TV programming, please text WCCATV to 243725. Your generous gift is tax deductible!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Special Presentations

This edition of WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ features Adrien C. Finlay, Executive Director at Music Worcester, who informs viewers about free concerts during the COVID-19 shutdown and upcoming paid virtual events as part of the 2020-2021 Season.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bryan Levangie, the Location Pastor at the Next Level Church in West Boylston. Pastor Levangie shares the good news and uplifting messages of his church during these challenging times. He also talks about what they are doing online & in person to bring continued hope to the greater Worcester community and beyond.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ann McCarron, Associate Athletic Director at WPI and a two-time breast cancer survivor. Ann talks about her experience with metastatic breast cancer, treatment with both traditional and experimental drugs, and the hopeful story of living a full life while in remission.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Terrell Wilson, the Executive Chef at the new Franklin Street Fare restaurant. The restaurant combines various food truck delicacies under one roof.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Charbel Najem from The Nissi Project, who will provide information about the Project’s mission, vision and purpose.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mark Henderson, Founder and CEO of The016.com. Mark talks about the history of The016.com, along with its growth and daily work. The016.com is THE place where people can find out everything going on in and around Worcester. It recently surpassed 10 million page-views all time and a record 1 million page-views in August. Mark is thankful for their users, advertisers and media partners, like WCCA TV, who share their mission of informing local people about things that impact their lives.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Karen E. Ludington, Vice President at Children’s Friend, Inc., an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation. Karen talks about the organization’s history of serving children and families since 1849, and their mission to improve the lives of children and those who love them by creating, supporting and strengthening families.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jean-Luc Wittner, chef and co-owner of Suzette Crêperie & Café in the Canal District. Jean-Luc talks about opening a restaurant during the Covid pandemic and the café’s authentic French, gluten free, and vegan-friendly offerings.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Brad Dumont, Music Director with the Salisbury Singers, Inc.. Brad will introduce the group’s fall season with guest artists presenting virtually from around the region & country and welcoming new members to meet with them and sing from home.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Evelyn Darling, Executive Director at the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District. Evelyn will discuss the organization’s ongoing efforts and plans in making Downtown Worcester a more vibrant destination.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Felicio Lana, owner of Northeast Properties, who shares his plans for Midtown Mall as well as major changes and future developments in downtown Worcester.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Dr. Michael Lee, Associate Professor and a breast cancer researcher based at UMass Medical School, who has a grant funded by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Lee discusses his vital work and strides made.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in October. Host and WCCA TV Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, will feature self-help books author Charles Smith; consultant Melody Beach who will discuss job seeking for those 50 and older; Julieane Frost and Cheri Carty from the Paul Revere Toastmasters Club; and WiFi dangers with advocate Patricia Burke. 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. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV!
  • Health Matters is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Bruce Karlin welcomes Dr. Gary Blanchard to the show. The topic of discussion is A Health Care Proxy: You Must Choose, But Choose Wisely. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members talk about Polar Park and the projects surrounding. In another episode, the topic of discussion is the hot real estate market on Worcester’s west side.
  • Did you know that some homemade crafts turn out to be very valuable? To learn more, tune in to this new episode of Hidden Treasures. Host William Safer helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life.
  • The Mayor’s Forum, hosted by Worcester’s Mayor Joe Petty, features local guests to discuss a
    wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. The Mayor welcomes Peter Dunn, the Chief Development Officer for the City of Worcester. In another episode, the Mayor chats with Stephanie Ramey, President of Worcester Railers HC.
  • Perspectives is a WCCA TV program that features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Host Asima Silva welcomes to the show children’s author Ali Chemkhi. In another episode, Asima’s guest is author and convert to Islam Dr. Celene Ibrahim.
  • 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 Tracy Lovvorn, a candidate for the 2020 Massachusetts 2nd Congressional District. In another episode, Ron chats with The Last Telegram blogger Jay
    Givan
    .
  • This is Worcester is a WCCA TV program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. Bill’s guest is the Executive Director of the YWCA, Linda Cavioli. The plans for the future of the YWCA are discussed. In another episode, Bill and his guest Greg Dennis talk about the voting changes in Massachusetts.
  • 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 program, doctor Donald Pelto, talks about nail care with Bree Wright, a registered nurse in Canada.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching. Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show the multi-talented Dee Tomasetta. In another episode, Tommy chats with Dave O’Gara about radio stations in Worcester.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Now Endeavor, Olivia Holt, Jeremy Zucker, and Sonarpilot. Tune in on Fridays at 9 pm to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • WCCA TV’s country music video show, Video Jam Country, will feature new music from Love Harder, Jimmy Buffet, Filmore, A.C. Jones, Cherie Brennan, Richard Lynch, and much more. Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with host Tracy Foley. Shout out to all our country music fans!
  • Tune in to a new episode of WCCA TV’s Senior Speak. Host of the program, Edith Morgan, will discuss how seniors are coping with the stress of the pandemic, local happenings, and more. Senior Speak airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm and Wednesdays at 12 pm.

Bonus Editorial

September 23, 2020
Make the switch. Let’s have WCCA TV transmitted throughout the Spectrum/Charter network in the central Mass area.
WCCA TV appealed to the City Manager and Council numerous times seeking Spectrum/Charter to allow WCCA to broaden its transmission to the entire Spectrum network as recently as Sept 25, 2019 and again on June 11, 2020, an appeal made most relevant by the horrible shooting of George Floyd, and also now to learn of the Diocese programing discontinuing on cable channel 193 which was programmed through the Spectrum central Mass network.
Let’s not lose another opportunity, for justice sake, to better our community media channel and to elevate diverse and disenfranchised voices. We should not allow a primarily dead unused regional channel 193 resource remain dark.
Our community has been advocating for decades to open broaden the reach of WCCA TV, one opportunity was last lost decades ago when the Italian channel on then Charter cable channel 15, seen regionally, which then carried only about 4 hours of Italian RAI content. WCCA TV proposed to share that channel regionally but Charter apparently pitted the Italian community against the Community at large to stop the merge. Where is that Italian channel today? GONE!
There is an opportunity now before us. WCCA TV has the unmatched experience, capacity, content and facility to take Worcester, the hub of Central Mass, to reach regional audience through Spectrum’s network of subscribers.
WCCA currently presents diverse content which reflects our diverse demographics. Production topics include, but are not limited to, health and wellness, cultural shows, music, show on a variety of religions and languages including the newly added Catholic Diocesan daily masses, City Councilors, The Mayor’s Forum and School Committee members all without being subservient to Spectrum or Charter’s prejudicial and discriminatory use of that channel. WCCA can easily manage and train individuals and organizations of all backgrounds to access the station’s equipment and channel.
Our goal is to empower the disenfranchised with broader reach.
WCCA TV is a non-profit and this approach would benefit the Government and Education Channels by WCCA TV’s willingness to carry their select content regionally as well. Regional broadcast of WCCA would be a key incentive to many including WCCA TV in our outreach, development and sustainability, especially in these trying times of the Covid pandemic.
How does the current discriminatory use of cable channel 193 weigh against the Cable Franchise Agreement? The basis of that agreement are built upon an exchange of neighborhood rights of way. All of our community should receive maximum benefit from it.
There is no viable reason why Charter cannot switch our signal to be regionally, to all the towns in its system, transmitted and in HD, while it did it for cherry picked community members. Please note, this appeal is not a slight to other town access centers. What we are asking does not and should not necessarily affect those channels at all.
It is in the absolute interest of the City and our community to better and fully support our public access channel and mission which is the only channel to be fully centered upon community participation, media democracy and media literacy. Public Access Channel is after all, TV BY FOR and OF the People. Let’s make the switch for a broader reaching WCCA TV and put the people and their channel first.
Thank you,

Mauro DePasquale, WCCA TV
508-755-1880 ext. 111
mauro@wccatv.com

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, August 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! WCCA TV recently aired their 70th live “Daily Breaking” show. The show began in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak as the state ordered shutdown of many businesses. According to WCCA’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale, the show was originally intended to provide information as to where people could find much needed services when so many places were forced to close. The show has featured an array of guests from many sectors – school teachers, students, counselors, restaurant owners, religious leaders, and directors of dozens of social service organizations. The “Daily Breaking” has been a community collaborative and public service of WCCA. It not only squarely expresses the community’s response to the pandemic, but also empowers the community through honest and unfiltered dialogue, as it addresses issues of the day, such as Racism and other social justice matters. The show airs live at noon Mondays through Thursdays on Worcester Cable Channel 194, and streams live at the same time on www.wccatv.com and on the station’s Facebook page: facebook.com/wccatv. Shows are re-aired at various times during the week and a directory can be found on our website. Thanks for watching and participating! WCCA TV is here for you!

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WCCA TV’s ‘Daily Breaking’ Editions

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bill Wallace from the Worcester Historical Museum. Bill talks about the Museum’s COVID-19 Chronicles – a project capturing the stories, images and sounds of the Worcester community living through the pandemic. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Edward Madaus, Executive Director of Guild of St. Agnes Early Education and Child Care, which was established in 1913 and is the largest early education and care agency in Central Massachusetts. Ed will explain how they dealt with COVID-19 and the closure of all centers, and how the organization reopened and is now welcoming families back.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Melody Beach, founder of Melody L. Beach Consulting Group, who talks about her HR business and the expansion of the HR businesses in Central Mass; facilitating 4 out of 17 Fifty+ Job-Seekers Networking Groups in Mass; and her radio show Connections Count on 97.9 Unity Radio.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Carl Gomes – President of the Indian Lake Community Association, Rich Cameron – Assistant Director at Woodward Day School, Matthew Morse – Principal of Forest Grove Middle School, and Andrea Cameron – Teacher at Forest Grove Middle School. They inform the viewers about the development of the Community Teaching Garden literacy project, as well as their partnership with the Worcester Public Schools and the Central Massachusetts Collaborative.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Juliet Feibel, Executive Director at ArtsWorcester. She shares news of re-opening the galleries and the Gravity/Levity exhibition, the first-ever sculpture show in their 40 years of exhibiting regional and contemporary artists. For more information, visit www.artsworcester.org.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mayor Joe Petty, who will discuss how the city is reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown. The mayor will also talk about ‘Worcester Together’ – a nonprofit collaboration & response to the pandemic crisis that has raised over $8.5M and distributed millions to over one-hundred organizations across the city; the Worcester Economic Recovery Committee; Worcester Public Schools and the distribution of over 4,100 Chromebooks to allow students to continue their education over the course of summer, and other local updates.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Nate Nakhid, Business Partner at Secret Touch Mobile Detailing that serves all of Worcester County with affordable auto detailing. Nate will explain the process of detailing your automobile safely in your own driveway. They come to your home or workplace to clean, wax and sanitize your car or truck. Tune in to learn about this convenient mobile auto-detailing service.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Carl Rushton, a local author, who will talk about his thoughts on COVID-19 and its impact on creating the next generation of latchkey kids and Generation X. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester!

WCCA TV Special Presentations

Frederick Douglass Communal Reading 2020 was funded by Mass Humanities and was recorded & produced at WCCA TV 194 in Worcester. ”What to the Slave is 4th of July?” is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history, delivered at a Rochester, N.Y. Independence-Day event in 1852 by abolitionist Frederick Douglass. “It is the birthday of your national independence and of your political freedom,” he said, noting, “The distance between this platform and the slave plantation from which I escaped, is considerable.” Across Massachusetts, communities come together to read the speech aloud during the July 4th holiday. The tradition started 11 years ago. This special presentation features several community members, including Mayor Joe Petty, and was produced by Cedric Arno with WCCA TV.

Ending Racism is a candid and on-going series of discussions, produced and hosted by Peace Activist, Barbara Roberts. This episode features George R. Ingham, Ph.D., Lecturer on US History at Assumption University and retired Clinical Social Worker. Barbara and George will address issues about Systemic Racism at both local and national levels, and possible causes of widespread racism through history.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Should the kids return to school? Tune in to a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table. Host of the show & City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members will talk about what will happen with the Worcester Public Schools this academic year.
  • Time for a coffee break and another episode of Coffee with Konnie. Join former City Councilor Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has a cup of joe with Katie Toomey, the Register of Deeds for Worcester.
  • Welcome to a new episode of 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 provides tips for navigating at yard sales and flea markets.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a WCCA TV program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles and triumphs, in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine’s guest is Owura Sarkodieh to talk about his journey.
  • 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 program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with functional dietitian Tamara Luck. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is pharmacist Gary Kracoff.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva and Hank Stolz, features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima’s guest is Dr. Suraj Yengde. The Untouchables in the Hindu Caste system in India is the topic of discussion.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Flight Attendant, Persons of Interest, Harloe, Deadmau5, Sankoh, Omar Courtz, and Jack the Radio. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of WCCA TV’s Senior Speak. Host of the program, Edith Morgan, will talk about how seniors are coping with the stress of the pandemic, the importance of wearing masks, and more. Senior Speak airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

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, July 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! We hope everyone is having a nice summer while staying safe and healthy! As Massachusetts is about to enter Phase 3 of reopening, WCCA TV continues to prioritize COVID-19 Safety Protocols through its daily operations. Studio procedures have been modified to accommodate a safe, clean, and near-touchless production process. Space in our studio is limited to a total of four people, including camera operators. Staff and volunteer users are required to clean and disinfect all work areas thoroughly before and after each use. Our edit rooms are single-use only and they must be scheduled in advance. People editing are required to wear a mask and gloves. No food is allowed in the studio or edit suites. Staff and community volunteers & guests will wear face mask at all times, where physical distancing is not possible. All staff and WCCA TV members are required to maintain social distancing at all times.

To reserve your time, call 508-755-1880, or contact your WCCA TV production facilitator to schedule production and/or editing. We ask for your patience and understanding during these challenging time as we are working very diligently to be accommodating to both your needs and safety. We appreciate your kindness and support!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sal Arcuri and Eli Velez from Arcuri Moda Salon in Worcester to talk about the reopening of barbershops and salons in the Commonwealth.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Magdelene Barjolo, one of the organizers of the Solidarity Protest at Worcester Common. Magdelene informs us that the purpose of these peaceful protests is to call attention to racial injustices being committed against our black communities and to inspire systemic change.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Brian Sora, Director of Operations with DiLeo Gas in Worcester, to discuss their program of giving away gift cards to clients of the Worcester Community Action Council.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Fred Taylor from Worcester Branch NAACP (Carpenters Union) to talk about recent Solidarity Protests in Worcester. Fred wants to tell people that despite their frustration, violence is not the answer.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, who explains WCCA’s reopening protocol and welcomes back our members and producers.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Jason & Linda Grimshaw, both teachers at Leicester Public Schools. They discuss the challenges of teaching separate classes remotely in their house, as well as having their children learning remotely at home.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Dennis Lipka & Anna Kosterski from Worcester Regional Transit Authority. They talk about the impact of COVID-19 on public transportation, what has WRTA done during these challenging times, and where to go from here.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Vincent Pedone to discuss his work as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents and as Chairman of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority. Viewers will gain insight on how Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities are preparing to repopulate their student body. Vincent also discusses the impact of COVID-19 upon WRA and the many projects that are ongoing, including the Worcester Red Sox Stadium

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Mark Gallant, owner of The Dogfather food trucks and WooTrucks. Mark addresses the dramatic impact of the pandemic on the food truck business, particularly at a time when many outdoor festivals and concerts have been cancelled.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Peter Dunn, the Chief Development Officer for the City of Worcester, to talk about upcoming developments and events in Worcester.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Michael Onett from Faith and Family Supportive Care & Hospice to talk about the COVID-19 rules related to hospice, the three pillars of hospice structure, and what should a patient or family ask before choosing a hospice.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features two members of the African Community Education – Kaska Yawo, the Executive Director & Co-Founder, and Tim O’Neil, the Marketing & Fundraising Manager. They talk about the ACE organization and programming, how they have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how people can help support their efforts.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Troy Siebels, President & CEO of The Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Troy talks about the ramifications of having to cancel a significant portion of their season due to COVID-19, plans on moving forward, and how will the experience at the theatre be different than before the pandemic.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Gary Benacquista, Director of Operations at Grid Hospitality Group, owner of Worcester Beer Garden & Pavilion. Gary will discuss the reopening of outdoor dining, the new Beer Garden menu, how dining out is going to change, their plans to keep their guests & staff safe, and what dining and live music may look like in the future.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features WCCA TV’s Development Officer, Michael Coogan. Mike talks to WCCA’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about The Jazz Fest which has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, the reopening of the station, and information on how to access WCCA TV.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Sulma Rubert-Silva, Interim Director at Worcester Public Library, to talk about the reopening of the library; the curbside pickup service now available for borrowers; summer reading; renovation project, and additional library information.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kathy Gagne, Executive Director at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. She talks about the interruption of the presentations at the hall as a result of COVID-19, as well as the impact of damage from a severe storm this past spring. Kathy also talks about future plans for Mechanics Hall.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to a new episode of Racism, We Can Live Without It – a WCCA TV Special Presentation produced by Barbara Roberts. This is a candid and ongoing series of discussions, with a focus on a caring search for non-violent solutions to unjust problems such as racism that is hurting us all. This episode features Barbara Roberts – Mathematician and Peace Activist, Bil Gardiner – Photographer and Community Activist, Scott Shaeffer Duffy – Catholic Worker in Worcester and Peace Activist, and Mauro DePasquale – WCCA TV’s Executive Director. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com
  • It’s City-Budget time in Worcester! This is the topic of discussion in a new episode of Rosen’s Round Table hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen. In another episode, Gary and his panel members talk about the challenges that landlords are facing due to the ongoing pandemic.
  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in July. Host of the program and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, interviews Tina Grosowsky, Project Coordinator at the Central Mass Tobacco-Free Community Partnership; Deb Tully and Michelle Scavone from Wholly Cannoli in Worcester; and Jackie Ngo and George Robert from the Worcester Voter Registration Initiative, who talk about the mission of WVRI and the various outreach programs they’ve developed to inspire/encourage people to vote. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV194, The People’s Channel!
  • 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 program, doctor Donald Pelto, chats with podiatrist Dr. Chris Bromley. The topic of discussion is toenails and lasers. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s talks to Dr. Joseph Saka about practice management tips.
  • Welcome to a new episode of 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 welcomes to the show Rock & Gem Collector, Larry Bull. Larry has brought some of the rocks, minerals and gems he’s found in New England.
  • WCCA TV’s BANDEdge returns for a new season! This is local music show shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, solo singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. This episode features Pope, Marcus + Co. ‘BANDEdge’ is a great venue to be seen and heard. All genres are welcome. To be featured on the show, contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com or call 508-755-1880 ext 111.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV program definitely worth watching! Host of the program, Tommy Colletta, chats with WCCA TV’s Executive Director & Professional Musician, Mauro DePasquale, about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had upon musicians.
  • Perspectives, with Asima Silva and Hank Stolz, features local and national guests sharing their perspectives on politics, current events, religion, and more. Asima’s guest is Imam Abdul-Latif Sackor, who talks about his journey to Islam.
  • 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 Frank Rocco, the station Engineer at WCCA TV, to talk about his job and upcoming TV Production classes.
  • Human Touch, hosted by Augustine Kanjia, is a program that spotlights refugees and help viewers learn about their struggles, stories, challenges and triumphs in order to bring about understanding and change. Augustine’s guest is Hillary Ochieng’ Ang’ila to talk about his journey as an immigrant in the US. Augustine also talks about some of the conspiracy theories linked to COVID-19.
  • Sound Check, with Stefano Trafecante, is a documentary-style music program featuring local artists and musicians in the Worcester area. Local Mix 13 is an arrangement of local talent and images.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from from Laura Bryna, Ksenia & Stevie Mackey, Carmine Appice, Gavin Haley, Lovers & Poets, The Bobbleheads, and Hooked Like Helen. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to a new episode of Senior Speak. WCCA TV is making sure the show goes on and local seniors stay connected and informed during these challenging times. This episode features Senior Center member Edith Morgan. ‘Senior Speak’ airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM and Wednesdays at 12 PM.

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, April 2020 – This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and healthy!!

WCCA TV IS HERE FOR YOU

In response to the urgency of the Covid-19 situation, WCCA TV has launched a new public service program called “Daily Breaking.” Seen LIVE daily Monday through Thursday, at 12 PM on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com and facebook.com/wccatv. It will also re-cast during later parts of the day, as program schedule space allows.

”Daily Breaking” is designed to allow community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate, up- to-date information, to mobilize support and resources, and to alert viewers accordingly. Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, says: “The program is in response to the constantly changing environment and procedures the pandemic has caused. Not all is gloom and doom, things are happening in Worcester, only perhaps accessible in a different way, from our homes, virtually, or private offices. Citizens should know they are not alone. Services are still available out there and there’s plenty of life to live. Daily Breaking has room for everyone: social service providers, healthcare professionals, public service organizations, and even academics, musicians, and poets. The community needs an outlet to express joys and fears. We are all in this together.” At WCCA TV YOU are the news.

WCCA TV invites you to WATCH and PARTICIPATE. Space is limited. Participating guests are invited to schedule an appointment through michael@wccatv.com

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

WCCA TV 194 launched DAILY BREAKING with its first guest, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Tim Garvin, to talk about the response of United Ways to the coronavirus crisis.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Sheilah Dooley, Executive Director of Pernet Family Health, to provide information and updates on families and their social needs.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director of Worcester Community Action Council, to provide information on the support WCAC is offering to our community in these challenging times.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features WCCA’s Executive Director Mauro DePasquale to inform viewers about the adjustments WCCA TV has done to the programming and its other services to better respond to the urgency of the Covid-19 situation and to better assist our community.

This episode of WCCA TV’s **DAILY BREAKING ** features Barbara Fields, Executive Director of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, to share information pertaining to the Covid-19 Response Fund, also known as The Worcester Together Fund. The Worcester Together Fund is developing resources and assistance that many may find useful, including seniors and those in need for health care.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features David Ginsburg, General Manager at 90.5 WICN in Worcester, to talk about the support and resources that WICN is offering to the community. He also talked to WCCA’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, about the importance of Radio & TV Stations, and Media in general, in such challenging times.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Christine Rawan, COO and Compliance Officer at Drew Mortgage Associates, to talk about the impact of this pandemic on the financial industry and what people can do if they consider refinancing their mortgage.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Allen W. Fletcher, Founder of the Worcester Public Market, to talk about how the crisis has impacted the Worcester Public Market and what are his thoughts on the future.

This episode of WCCA TV’s DAILY BREAKING features Clark University Psychology Professor, Wendy Grolnick, who discusses how parents can help children navigate this challenging environment of endless sacrifice and new ways of socializing, playing, and learning. Professor Grolnick is an expert on parenting and children’s motivation and adjustment. She has worked extensively with parents after disasters like Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon. Professor Grolnick says structure is crucial for children’s well-being.

Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • 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 Juan Matos, the Poet Laureate of Worcester, and Amina Mohammed, Worcester’s Youth Poet Laureate. In another episode, Senator Chandler welcomes Edgar Luna, Worcester’s Business Development Manger, and Mustafa Alnaimi from the Worcester Refugee and Immigrants Center.
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News, your weekly local news program. This episode will offer information and updates on the Covid-19 crisis, such as Massachusetts’ coronavirus stay-at-home advisory; what is considered ”esential” business; Stop & Shop’s announcement to donate $1 million to help food banks across the northeast; WPI collecting and donating gloves and masks to medical centers and also offering 3D printing of supplies, and more. For all the updates, watch this episode of ‘Worcester Community News’ on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194, also streaming live at www.wccatv.com
  • Close To Home is a WCCA TV show about people and situations that demonstrate and celebrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. Molly talks via Skype with Rene Sousa about dealing with the stress induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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 talks about the Worcester Citizens of Color Honor Roll.
  • 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 chats with Dr. Bret Scher, a cardiologist and the Medical Director for the Diet Doctor. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is Debbie Eddy, owner of the athletic-shoe store Miles To Go Sports.
  • Welcome to Ramona Interviews, a WCCA TV talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Host of the show, Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly, welcomes author Marie LeClaire. In another episode, Ramona’s guest is Sedruola Maruska, a personal development coach.
  • 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, and religion. Asima’s guest is Dr. Bill Slaughter from the Gaza Mental Health Foundation.
  • 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 and his guest, Anne Morrissey, talk about costume jewelry.
  • 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 Dr. Michael Hirsh. In another episode, Liz’s guest is WPI professor Sarah Strauss.
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s A Journey of Words hosted by Author and Poet, Catherine Reed. This is a show for all ages that features poets and their work. Catherine’s guest is Poet & Professor, Jonathan Blake.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host of the show, Tommy Colletta, welcomes the multi-talented actor Michael Skrzek. In another episode, Tommy chats with comedian Adam Murphy.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from NCT 127, Waldo Witt, Zidiq, The Naked And Famous, ZZ Ward, BREE, Sean Paul with Tove Lo, and Demi Lovato. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Keep on jammin’!!
  • 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.

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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The WCCA TV Newsletter, February 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Hello friends! Hope you’re having a great 2020 so far. Our next TV Production Class starts on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 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, ext. 114. Embark on your exciting TV Production journey today!!

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

On January 14, 2020, WCCA TV was proud to attend the ceremony at the Worcester City Hall to present a Key to the City to Senator Harriette Chandler in recognition of being named the 2019 Outstanding Woman State Legislator Supporting the Arts by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Women In Government. Senator Chandler is also a supporter of Public Access and a long-time producer/host at WCCA TV, having produced around 320 episodes of her show ”Beacon Hill Chat” at the station. Congratulations Senator Chandler on your well-deserved award! Thank you for your hard work & dedication to the arts and for supporting Public Access Television!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in February. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, will interview Dr. Theodore Macnow, MD Pediatric Emergency Physician at Umass Memorial, to demonstrate life-saving CPR instructions for infants and children; Brayton Shanley, a No-Violence Advocate of the Agape Community; Educator and Artist, Susan Dunshee, with the latest on CBD treatments; and Author and Army Veteran, Charlie Smith, to talk about his educational series on PTSD and addiction recovery. This is meaningful and community-empowering TV at its best! 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 on the show, contact Tracy Foley at tracy@wccatv.org
  • 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 to the show Nelly Colon and Pamela Dorazio from Fallon Health.
  • 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 Worcester’s Poet Laureate, Juan Matos.
  • What It’s Worth is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! Host Tommy Colletta welcomes to the show Jared Forman from Dead Horse Hill, Andrew Day from the Flying Rhino, and Domenic Mercurio, the founder of Worcester’s Best Chef competition.
  • Welcome to Rosen’s Round Table, a political and current issue program hosted by City Councilor Gary Rosen and produced by WCCA TV. This week’s panel members are Gary Vecchio, Candy Mero-Carlson and Moe Bergman. Wayfaring Signs are popping up in Worcester. Gary Vecchio calls them useless totem poles. Do the City Councilors agree with him? Tune in to find out! In another episode, the guys talk about where should the new Doherty Memorial High School be put.
  • 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 Prashanth Bala from The Surgery Center in Shrewsbury.
  • 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 Sarah Galvin, an important member of Marie’s Misson. In another episode, Ron welcomes Debby Dugan, the chairwoman of the Renew Massachusetts Coalition.
  • Welcome to another episode of Hidden Treasures. Host 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 WCCA’s IT Specialist John Simakauskas, whose interests include antiques & collectibles. The topic of discussion is Vintage Postcards – how were they made and what makes them valuable.
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature music from Jonas Brothers, Anthony Flammia, Conan Gray, Sebastian Mikael, Salt Cathedral, Grey, and The Avett Brothers. Tune in to ‘Video Jam’ on Fridays at 9 pm and Saturdays at 7 pm on WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester MA. The show streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, where you can also download past shows. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s A Journey of Words, hosted by author and poet Catherine Reed. This is a show for all ages that features interviews with local poets, who talk about the inspiration behind their work and read some of their poems. Catherine welcomes to the show poet Emmanuel Freeman.
    • 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, 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!

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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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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!