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WCCA TV Newsletter, May 2020

This Month at WCCA TV, The People’s Channel

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

WCCA TV is calling restaurants and businesses especially hurting from the shut down: FREE TV Exposure is being offered on a limited time! This is a public service brought to you by WCCA TV it is an opportunity to simply connect to your loyal customers and constituents !
WCCA TV is an all-inclusive interactive and creative venue. Now with our Daily Breaking public-service programming that is designed to address the pandemic impact, we have an open call for participation including those in arts & performance, businesses, social service organizations, and more. We are running FREE opportunities to help those especially challenged during the pandemic, on a limited basis. WCCA TV’s purpose is to engage and empower or community through education and access to media tools, resources and creative space, to facilitate the sharing of local news & information, and to help rebuild our economy.
WCCA TV presents direct perspectives from healthcare providers, wellness groups and social services, educational and self-help information, uplifting expression from the arts and culture community, story telling, business and non-profit news & events, and faith-based messaging. WCCA TV productions are available on cable, as live stream-cast, Facebook live, as podcast, and more. They are replayed as well on Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, and live-streamed at www.wccatv.com.
Check out WCCA TV’s latest public service program ‘Daily Breaking’. Productions are currently conducting interviews on Skype or Zoom, and with limited number of people in our sanitized Studio. Let your customers and clients know how you are doing. Contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com for further details.

WCCA TV’s new, live program ‘Daily Breaking’ – designed to allow our community members, organizations, and individuals to share and express immediate, up-to-date information – has generated a lot of interest and engagement in our community. Visit WCCA’s Podcast Central to hear some of the latest ‘Daily Breaking’ shows that have been airing at noon for just over a month. Due to the high number of views even after the show airs, you can now listen to it Anytime, Anywhere, on WCCA’s ‘Podcast Central.’ Just load the SoundCloud app on your phone and search for WCCA TV or visit WCCA’s Podcast Central. For more WCCA TV programs, visit www.wccatv.com/video

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WCCA TV Special Presentations

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Ashley Carter, Farmers Market Program Coordinator at Regional Environmental Council (REC). She informs the viewers about How the Regional Environmental Council Inc (a long time grassroots food justice organization based out of Main South Worcester) has adapted its mobile farmers market to serve SNAP customers safely and enable them to continue use of their Healthy Incentive Program benefits; What is the HIP program and what it means for local farmers and SNAP-users especially during the COVID-19 pandemic; Their partnership with the Worcester Regional Food Hub and local growers; How they are involving youth, and Where you can find the farmers market in June and beyond if the coast is clear.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Troy Lee, Senior Student at Tantasqua Regional High School, to discuss how almost all senior events have been canceled or postponed, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on high-school students, and how they’re adjusting to these challenging times.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Anne Bureau from the Worcester Community Connections Coalition. Anne informs us how the Worcester Community Connections Coalition is working to bring out the voices of Worcester parents at this time to ensure that their needs are being met and to get out important resource information

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Gina Plata-Nino, Staff Attorney at the Central West Justice Center. Gina explains how to access resource information that is important to parents at this time – on housing, food access, or mental health

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Alex Guardiola, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, to provide our business community with information and aid available from the Municipal, State and Federal levels of government. Mr. Guardiola provides important information for both small and large businesses. He discusses programs ranging from micro-loans, forgivable grants and paycheck protection funds. For more information, visit the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Victoria Waterman, CEO at Girls Inc of Worcester. Victoria talks about the “Girls Celebration 2020” event. Like many things, the event became a “virtual celebration” and they did a segment each day of the week electronically. Girls Celebration is one of their biggest events to honor young girls for a variety of achievements.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Bryan Levangie, Location Pastor at the Next Level Church in West Boylston. Bryan talks about all they are doing online to bring continued hope to the greater Worcester community and beyond.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Kristen Cariglia, the Director of Operations at HMEA’s Autism Resource Central. Kristen provides us with a brief overview of the Center and the challenges they are facing. She also talks about the support the Center continues to provide for families during this difficult time, and the virtual 5k/walk they have running currently. For more information, visit Autism Resource Central’s website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Paula Bushey, Treasurer at the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker. She talks about how the Covid-19 crisis has changed their daily operation & procedures and what they are doing now with weekday meals and the Food Pantry.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features three members of The 365Z Foundation – President Rosemary Ford, Vice President Ed Gardella, and Media Relations Officer Chris Weber. They talk about how the Foundation began and the work they are doing with their fundraising efforts and scholarships they have awarded. The 365Z Foundation was founded in honor of Zachary Ford, who tragically took his own life at age 20. Their mission is to help perpetuate a community-wide kindness movement, raising awareness and personal commitment to helping others. For more information, visit The 365Z Foundation’s website.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Heidi Sue LeBoeuf, Counseling and Advocacy Director at Pathways for Change, Inc. She informs viewers that your local rape crisis center is still open and still supporting & believing survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, friends, family, etc. The center also provides support for professionals. Services right now are being provided by phone and telehealth. For more information and to ask about services, call 508-852-7600, Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm. Also visit the Center’s website.

This special edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Philip Ozzone, a student at Worcester State University. Philip asks Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV, a few questions about our public access TV station and how the organization is facing the challenges of COVID-19.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Matt Hanlon, Co-owner of Breen’s Cafe. Breen’s is a long established neighborhood sports-bar that draws people from across the city and several towns in Central Mass. They serve delicious food and large portions at very affordable prices. Many of the patrons have been friends for decades. Matt will talk about that and also wants to let their customers know that he and other owners & employees miss them at Breen’s.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan from Christ The King Catholic Church in Worcester. He talks about how his parish is impacted by the restrictions posed by COVID-19 and how they’re coping with it. He ended the interview with an uplifting prayer.

This edition of ‘Daily Breaking’ features Colleen Sullivan, Bartender/Manager at Barber’s Crossing restaurant in Leicester. Colleen talks about restaurant closures and the impact it has had not just financially on the business, but also on her fellow employees and even regular customers who want to Zoom with her.

WCCA TV Program Notes

  • Tune in to WCCA TV’s Worcester Community News. This episode features a special story about Michael Timko, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), who has been put onto a research grant to investigate a new and efficient way to create biofuel. A second story involves college students talking about the transition of having their classes be completely online. Exclusively on WCCA TV 194 in Worcester, also streaming live worldwide at www.wccatv.com
  • 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 doctor Donald Pelto presents some strategies and tips to stay healthy and motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic. In another episode, Dr. Pelto explains how to use technology to stay in touch with patients remotely and improve patient care during such challenging times.
  • WCCA TV is doing its part to help local seniors stay connected and informed in these challenging times, through its program Senior Speak. Tune in to a new episode that features Senior Center member Edith Morgan. ‘Senior Speak’ airs on WCCA TV, Cable Channel 194 in Worcester, and streams live at the same time worldwide at www.wccatv.com, on Tuesdays at 12:30pm and Wednesdays at 12pm.
  • 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 Worcester’s history on hiring black police officers. Exclusively on WCCA TV!
  • WCCA TV’s independent, eclectic music-video show, Video Jam, with host Tracy Foley, will feature new music from Briannagh D, Rockie Brown, Disq, Raylon, Jack Garratt, and Laura Pieri. Tune in on Fridays at 9 PM and Saturdays at 7 PM to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Keep on jammin’!!
  • Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music with Video Jam Country, hosted by Tracy Foley. This show will feature new music from Dawn Marie, Calamity Jane, Mags, Tiffany Woys, Ruthie Collins, Head Fake and much more. Tune in on Thursdays, at 11:00 pm, to WCCA TV, Channel 194 in Worcester. Shout out to all our country music fans!!

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, 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!

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!

Cable Companies Threaten to de-fund free speech community public access television. Save your Public Access Centers.

We call upon the FCC to reject the proposal coming from Cable companies to defund our PEG channels.
PEG channels provide Cable customers with the only truly LOCAL programming on their cable systems, and, at the same time, empower their customers and build community through digital inclusion, and education and access to the tools and technology needed to participate in the media landscape, something found nowhere else. PEG stations are really more of a selling point, that offers an edge to cable subscribers, a gain that comes exclusively from Cable. Why are they not seeing that? To suggest PEG is a burden to cable companies is disingenuous at best. The cost for Dish and and Phone networks is currently about the same as Cable, so to suggest PEG provisions are driving up the cost of cable may also be disingenuous. What is provided to sustain PEG is given in exchange of rights of way. ROW is something that deserves due consideration in the FCC’s decision in this process. Additionally, it should be noted that under current congressional legislation the cost for PEG is not something that has to be passed on to subscribers, the cable companies choose to do so. Public Access in Worcester has a demonstrated growing need for community participation and mainly from the disenfranchised. What happens to these people? Where is their free speech?The FCC must see the proposed rule change coming from the Cable providers as a nothing more than a money grab. If any changes are needed the Verizons , Dish networks, and the Googles, that should be giving back to support PEG as well, in exchange for the rights of way that they also benefit from. Write to the FCC and share this comment.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2019/03/17/cable-access-stations-are-facing-financial-reckoning/Sbf1fcRr4womaG0OZzLXHJ/story.html?fbclid=IwAR26lzI_dK8l20azCKnTn3iGTxOuuMjwWv9wC6Hltj1vMhthu3r1ilyX_74

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

THIS WEEKS PICKS ON WCCA TV

Mon Nov. 12 at 10pm

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

Tue Nov. 13 at 7pm

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

Wed Nov. 14 8:30pm

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

Thur Nov. 15 10:30pm

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

Sat, Nov. 17 8:30pm

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

Sun., Nov. 18 10:00pm

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

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

#greatTV, #localProgramming, #WCCATV

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U ! More than SOCIAL MEDIA or having someone video tape you.

WCCA TV mission is to EMPOWER Y O U through charitable Community Media !

While there are new and inexpensive ways to produce video, Public Access television facilities still allow people to produce video in a higher quality and shown to a very broad local audience or a targeted audience.

While you can put a video out on YouTube, the chances of it being seen by significant numbers of people is still very small. Commercial platforms ( social media or otherwise ) place their own profit before your interest, they can be intrusive and they are not truly free speech. They often express rights to censor, delete and or terminate post or video. to suit their own bottom line.

WCCA TV provides access it is commercial free, and it is truly PARTICIPATORY MEDIA at it’s highest. All ages, and people of all backgrounds, are welcomed and encouraged to join in the creative fun of building community through electronic media. There are still some financial obstacles to producing video. Although the technology to produce a decent quality video has increase significantly over the years, there are still many people that simply do not have access to the cameras to shoot the video, or to the computers to edit the video, or to the internet to upload the content.

Many Public Access media or television facilities, such as WCCA TV, also provide technology training and media literacy programs to help new producers make quality video productions and to discern most effective messaging. Sometimes these productions are later shown on other channels, such as PBS, or picked up on other platforms supplemental to Public access presentations. This renders a higher benefit to our participants that may not be available to others. Numerous public access volunteer producers and interns often go on to careers in video production, become media specialist, or simply enjoy the creativity of physically networking in a creative collaborative space with other like minded creators. Also WCCA TV curates community media productions as the video art of our time, as historical and cultural artifacts. WCCA is non-commercial (a charitable 501(c)(3))and dedicated to a mission that is inclusive, participatory, free speech ( free from political whim, or corporate retribution ), and to empower the Citizens of our City and beyond.

WCCA TV is “The PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”

WCCA TV is THE place to LEARN, CREATE, and CONNECT like NO other.
Become a member or help support us today.
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Downtown Worcester Arts Community Happening at WCCA TV

Located in the center of Worcester’s downtown Theater District is WCCA TV, since 1986. We moved to 415 Main street in 1998, we were here when most of the City’s downtown was at it’s worst with little else happening and in great need of revival. We are strong advocates for our public access mission. We are TV BY FOR and OF THE PEOPLE !

“THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL”!

We helped bring vibrancy and life to our neighborhood by offering video creatives an space to work in to tell and share their stories or for non profit entities, and others, to reach out to a wide audience. We are a place for creativity, exploration, sharing , and story telling. Expressing it all in a sort of virtual electronic park. Where everyone is invited to play and create. A virtue common place.

WCCA TV is proud of our work and mission. WCCA is a source of empowerment for the disenfranchised. Whether it is helping to develop audiences for various community purposes, or to highlight artist achievement, in virtually any genre, or elevating many community organizations, we are meeting that need in a unique way, open to all.

WCCA TV is also much more. A premier center form media literacy, and media democracy, we are also inclusive, participatory and a vibrant creative space, dedicating to nurturing a diversity of content creation and where storytelling floursihes. It is all shared broadly to large audiences via cable channel 194 or on-line on multiple world wide platforms. We are also documenting and curating community history in making.

WCCA is one of the most continually creative, cultural spaces in Worcester where 100% of our programing reflects our community who create the content themselves. Meaningful media with intention that values community over profits.

The People’s Channel needs you. To participate, to be a part of the conversation that is Worcester, to create, or to watch and or to support this cultural WORCESTER centered mission.

Last but not least, we are most grateful to the community we serve and to the City leadership for supporting our mission, and also thankful for ALL who volunteer and provide sustainable support to maintain and uphold our mission.

THANK YOU

See you on WCCA TV 194 or on line at wccatv.com or anywhere on social media.
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WCCA TV and Herb Alpert in the music world news


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

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

It’s All Happening at WCCA TV

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

We are excited to announce the first edition of FRONT ROW episode #1 has been posted on the WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/front-row/FRONTROW1

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

Enjoy !

WCCA TV awarded $207,000.00 Grant

May 14, 2018

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Stay tuned for more good news to come.

 

Mauro DePasquale,

Executive Director

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