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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

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