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The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2020

The WCCA TV Newsletter, March 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

Auditions for WCCA TV’s New Voices Awards 2020 start on March 9th. Do not miss out! This is our 4th year celebrating young talent in the Worcester area. This event is free, no registration fee! Entry is based upon opened auditions.There are three rounds for contestants. It begins with Round One when participants sing acappella. Five semi-finalists move on to Round Two at a later date when they will sing with their own instrument or bring an audio file for accompaniment. Our judges make the difficult decisions to select three finalists who move on to Round Three. These finalists are asked to perform again and then the overall winner is selected. Great prize opportunity includes professional Recording Session at Star Fleet Studios, Cash Gifts, Television Appearances, and more. A great and unique experience! This invitation is for young talent – vocalists, instrumentalists, musicians of all genres including Hip Hop. Spread the word! For details, contact michael@wccatv.com or 508-755-1880 ext 119.

Our next TV Production Class starts on Saturday, March14, 2020. The class will cover how to use our production equipment, cameras, lights, Adobe Premiere editing software, and studios. The cost is $75.00 (with membership included) and covers 4 Saturdays of instruction with a test to be given on the 5th Saturday. 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

The Mayor’s Forum hosted by the City of Worcester Mayor, Joe Petty, is now produced at WCCA TV! The show debuted on Tuesday, February 25th. It will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM and 9:00 PM, and on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM. There will be two new productions each month. Mayor Petty will host local guests and discuss a wide range of topics that impact residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. ”The Mayor’s Forum” adds to the diverse, hyperlocal programming that WCCA TV is known for. In the first episode, The Mayor welcomes Laura Brand, a private investigator. Tune in to WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com

WCCA TV was there when the League of Women Voters presented The Juvenile Justice Forum – a timely discussion about interrupting the juvenile to prison pipeline. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!

Hye Lights Show – An Armenian cultural show highlighting the country’s history, culture, and faith through the performing arts – has been posted on the WCCA TV website. Enjoy!

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to all new episodes of Soapbox in March. Host of the show and WCCA TV’s Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, welcomes Priscilla Ress to discuss Massachusetts Good Neighbor Fund; Pawsitively 4 Pink to discuss how they financially and emotionally support women diagnosed with breast cancer; Dr. Jay Fong, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at UMass, to tell us about Chrons and other IBD issues; and Eduardo Rivas to talk about the Worcester Free Tax Coalition VITA. 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@wccatv.org
  • Congratulations to City Councilor Gary Rosen and his panel members on their 400th episode of Rosen’s Round Table produced at WCCA TV!! ”Rosen’s Round Table” is a political and current-issue program. Among the topics discussed on this show are Polar Park and the projects surrounding it; Community Activists and their impact in our community, etc. ”Rosen’s Round Table” airs on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester on Mondays at 9:30 AM and Sundays at 9:30 PM. Stay tuned!
  • 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 Mary Frandsen, the Executive Director of Audio Journal.
  • 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 activist John Haynes Honeycutt to the show. In another episode, Bill chats with Priscila Espinosa, the Founder & CEO of Sprout Change.
  • 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 Dr. Neil Feldman, his partner at Central Mass Podiatry. In another episode, Dr. Pelto’s guest is Andre Brisson to
    discuss Diet and Nutrition.
  • Congratulations to the WCCA TV show Health Matters and the Worcester District Medical Society on producing their 200th show!! Host Dr. Michael Hirsh welcomed Dr. Sara Shields and Vanessa Villamarin to talk about the Worcester Healthy Baby Collaborative. The first “Health Matters” show was broadcast in 2003. You can view past shows, on demand, at www.wccatv.com
  • Close To Home is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Lee Crowley. The 40 Days For Life campaign is the topic of discussion. In another episode, Molly’s special guest is the Pastor of St. Anne Church in North Oxford, Father Michael Lavallee.
  • 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 to the show Juliet Feibel from Arts Worcester. In another episode, Liz chats with Chantel Bethea, the President and CEO of Women In Action.
  • Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta, is a WCCA TV program that shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes Bonnie Johnson, a candidate for
    Republican State Committee. In another episode, Ron chats with another candidate for Republican State Committee, Bill McCarthy.
  • 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. In this episode, Augustine explains the relationship between refugees and their host countries.
  • BANDEdge is a WCCA-TV produced local music show that is shot live, spotlighting Worcester area bands, singers/songwriters, and instrumentalists. Featured on this episode is singer, guitarist, songwriter, aka ‘Internet Sensation’ Mark Belanger.
  • 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, auctioneer Wayne Tuiskula, chat about all kinds of different treasures.
  • A Journey of Words is a WCCA TV program hosted by author and poet, Catherine Reed. This is a show for all ages to take a journey of words through poems. Catherine’s guest is Joan Erickson, a poet and a painter.
  • Welcome to Ramona Interviews, a talk show that spotlights interesting guests from all walks of life. Host of the show Elizabeth Ramona Pokoly welcomes Kathryn Rose, Founder & CEO of wiseHer whose mission is to help women accelerate their businesses or careers. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194!
  • Sound Check, with Stefano Trafecante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local musicians/bands and song writers in the Worcester area. ”Local Mix 11” 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: Pearl Jam, Stereo Jane, Sam Smith, The Inoculated Canaries, viseMènn, James Cole, and Terry Robb. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. 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 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: Roger Jaeger, Nick Brennan, Johanna Winkel, Tim Dugger, Tracy Lawrence, Carrie Underwood, 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 in to 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!


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

WCCA TV, Channeling Worcester Community Since 1986!

WCCA TV News Letter October / November 2015



WCCA TV 194 and Worcester Magazine Present: WORCESTER VOTES 2015, AN EVENING WITH THE CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR. On Wednesday, OCTOBER 7th, at 7 PM, join the WCCA TV Executive Director, Mauro DePasquale, and the Worcester Magazine editor, Walter Bird Jr., for a debate on the issues facing Worcester and a closer look at the three candidates vying for mayor, as we head into the November 3 general election. Incumbent Mayor Joe Petty, At-Large Councilor Mike Gaffney and At-Large candidate Bill Coleman have been invited to take part in an intimate, live televised and webcast debate in the studios of WCCA TV. The debate will be also covered live online at www.wccatv.com and at www.worcestermag.com . Although it’s a closed set. Everyone can catch this exciting event on cable channel 194 in Worcester, and watch it streaming live at wccatv.com. Worcester Magazine will also cover this and provide a live action blog. WCCA TV intends to also archive this debate on its webpage for future On Demand viewing.

Another CANDIDATE OPEN MIC will be held at the studios of WCCA TV on Wednesday, OCTOBER 14th, at 5:30 PM. WCCA TV invites ALL candidates for City Council and School Committee to attend our Candidate Open Mic. Candidates will appear on a ‘First Come, First Serve’ basis and given up to 5 min to speak freely about their platform. Candidate Open Mic is part of the WCCA TV ‘Voter Education Project’. This event will be televised on WCCA TV 194 and on www.wccatv.com streaming live and on-demand. For more information contact Mauro DePasquale at 508-755-1880 or email him at mauro@wccatv.com , and be sure to leave your contact information. We urge all voters to attend or watch, as well as to make the effort to vote on November 3. Thank you for your support!


WCCA TV is seeking young talented singers ages 14-19 years old to compete in this years “NEW VOICES AWARDS 2015” register asap before NOVEMBER 1st. The first round of auditions is NOVEMBER 5th at WCCA TV studios. This is an great opportunity to win fantastic prizes. Last year’s winner Trinity Faith won a TV appearance on a major market Television show, a recording session, and music gear. Plus be seen all over Worcester and the world.

recognize any changes at 415 Main Street? Recently the WCCA TV building, at 415 Main Street in Worcester, received a face-lift thanks in part to a funding from the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. A feasibility study was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the State of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council. Funds were generously matched by George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. WCCA TV Facade Painting has been posted on our website: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/FACADEPAINTING2015

The WCCA TV camera crew was at ‘stART ON THE STREET’, Central Massachusetts’ largest art, music and performance festival: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/START2015 . WCCA TV is a media sponsor of their next event ‘stART at the Station’ which will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

WCCA TV was a media sponsor of the Blackstone CanalFest 2015, held at Water Street in Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/CANALFEST2015

WCCA TV presents the COUNCILOR AT-LARGE CANDIDATE FORUM: Community Development & Neighborhood Revitalization brought by the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship, Worcester NAACP, and Worcester Common Grounds: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/CANDIDATEFORUM2015


SOAPBOX, with host Mauro DePasquale, WCCA’s longest running easy access platform, is all new in October. The show will feature the Friendship Network for Children, which is a mental health non-profit that provides counseling, groups, and advocacy for children and teens with Autism: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1027 Soapbox will also feature Clementine Bihiga, inspirational speaker and author of the book ‘Happily Broken: Discovering Happiness Through Pain and Suffering’ which details her escape from the massacre in Rwanda: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1028 . Another episode features the Breast Cancer Walk at Elm Park in Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/soapbox/SOAPBOX1030 . There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, now on Channel 194! Soapbox can be seen Wednesdays at 8:30 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 pm and Sundays at 6:30 pm. It also streams live online at those times at www.wccatv.com. Past shows can be downloaded anytime from our website by clicking on Video on Demand.

What’s happening in the Worcester Public Schools?! Tune into this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE, a political and beyond program hosted by Gary Rosen and produced by WCCA TV. Find out what Gary and his panel members have to say: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE229

Your break is not complete without COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Join Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. In this episode, Konnie has coffee with Dr J. Broadhurst: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE460

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show to inform viewers of their civil rights, hosted by Ron Madnick. Ron talks about Congressman McGovern and the War Powers Resolution: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS202 . In another episode, Ron talks about Court Rules on Sex Offender Law: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS200

WHAT IT’S WORTH is a WCCA TV show definitely worth watching! In this episode, host Tommy Colletta welcomes singer Sarah Barbosa and pianist Jhoni Keys: http://www.wccatv.com/video/what-its-worth/WHATITSWORTH319

HEALTH MATTERS is a program from the Worcester District Medical Society. Host Dr. Lynda Young welcomes Dr. Heather Forkey and Patricia Vanesse to the show. The topic of discussion is child protection and the Child Protection Service at Umass Memorial Medical Center: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-matters/HEALTHMATTERS162 . Because your health matters!

ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron welcomes ‘Iron Mike’ back to the show: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER124

HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS, hosted by Paul Richard, is a collaboration with the SHINE Initiative to raise awareness on mental health challenges facing youth. Paul welcomes Megan Sullivan and Jessica Zequeira to the show. The topic of discussion is Suicide Prevention: http://www.wccatv.com/video/health-bodies-healthy-minds-/HEALTHYBODIES21

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show creator and host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes 3 restaurantours to the show: Chris Andrianopoulos, Olga Kwasniewski, and Ramon Gallo: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER43

Tune into HIDDEN TREASURES as 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 auctioneer Wayne Tuskilla: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES35

THIS IS WORCESTER is a program hosted and produced by community activist Bill Coleman. Bill’s guest is Cedric ‘Ced-Boogie’ Arno: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER20 . In another episode, Bill talks about curbing the violence in Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/this-is-worcester/THISISWORCESTER21

IN THE HOUSE is a show that helps viewers learn the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. The show is hosted by George Russell. George welcomes Grace Ross, the Chairperson of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE6

CLOSE TO HOME is a show about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind, hosted by Molly Finn. In this episode, Molly welcomes CJ Doyle. Find out what they talk about: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME451 . CTH Host and producer Molly was given press credentials to video the Pope during his visit to Philly this year!

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your stunning host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s playlist includes: Paula Boggs Band, The Mrs., EK, Chandani, Netsky, and Mayra Veronica vs. Yolanda Be Cool with their single ‘Mama Yo’: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM867 . Get your music seen and heard at WCCA TV contact Video Jam at WCCA TV. Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

SOUND CHECK, with Stefano Trafficante, is a real-life, unscripted program featuring the local talents of bands and song writers in the Worcester local area. The Federation of Belligerent Writers is featured on this episode: http://www.wccatv.com/video/sound-check/SOUNDCHECK7

WCCA TV’ BANDEDGE, spotlights local live music of all genres. This month swing with the cool 50’s West cost jazz of the Lou Borelli Octet.

SENIOR SPEAK is a show for seniors and by seniors, hosted by Edith Morgan and the gang at the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed, and a good time is had by all: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK602

STATIC FUSION is an alternative performance art and musical variety program produced with the facilities of WCCA TV. This episode features music performed by a couple of local artists: http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION322 . In another episode, producers of the show, Jim Racicot and Uncle Allen, go to the India Day Festival: http://www.wccatv.com/video/static-fusion/STATICFUSION321

Time for another yummy episode of COOKING WITH GEORGIA AND DEZ. On today’s menu is Ziti pasta with a special sauce called Ragu. It’s gonna be a light version, using ground turkey rather than ground beef. And a zucchini loaf bread with walnuts and cinnamon. So delicious: http://www.wccatv.com/video/cooking-with-georgia/COOKINGWITHGEORGIA313 . Real Food. Real People. Real Simple.

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program produced at WCCA TV and hosted by Lucy Tomey. Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA21

WCCA TV 194 is a free-speech venue opened to all and a regional public access leader that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation. Support award-winning WCCA TV programming! We also stream live on the web at: http://www.wccatv.com


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

WCCA TV, Channeling Community Since 1986 !