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WCCA ‘s “NEW VOICES AWARDS 2015” showcases Worcester’s Talented Young Singers

The WCCA TV second season of the New Voices Vocal Talent Awards Show will premiere on WCCA TV Ch. 194 and stream live online at wccatv.com:
NEW VOICES STUDOSaturday, Dec. 26th 9:30am, 5pm and 9pm and Sunday, Dec. 27th at 9:30am, 5pm, and 11:30pm.
The winner(s) will be announced on Saturday, Jan. 2 @ 9:30am, 5pm and 9pm and Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9:30am, 5pm, and 11:30pm.

> New Voices is an annual WCCA TV production created, written and directed by Mauro DePasquale. It is a WCCA TV community youth programming project. Our goal is interface community and youth from a diversity of backgrounds and interests, particularly applications that relate to music and television.

Produced by a team that includes WCCA members of all ages, the focus of this program showcases young talent between the ages of 14-19.

More than a dozen singers applied and auditioned to further their musical experience and to compete for prizes donated from community members. Gift sponsors include free make- overs for semi finalist and finalist from LJ’s Hair Hop , a recording session from Starfleet Audio, an audition spot for Community Auditions Star of the Day, shot in Boston, gift certificates from Union Music, and cash awards from Music Revolt. The program is sponsored, in part, by Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, Kirby Foundation Fund, and the Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, and also by WCCA volunteers and interns.

Singers receive valuable insight and constructive critiques from a judges panel which includes industry professionals and accomplished peers.
The grand prize winner will also have an opportunity to serve as a judge in next year’s edition of New Voices. Judges this year included Arts and Entertainment writer, Victor Infante of the Telegram and Gazette, Cliff Goodwin, international professional guitarist and music producer, and Trinity Faith, the New Voices grand prize winner in 2014 who also became a finalist in the major market Community Auditions in Boston as a result of her win at WCCA TV.
News Voices TV crew also includes young student video and communications interns who are learning the craft of television production at WCCA TV .

WCCA TV is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to empower individuals and to build community through electronic media since 1986. WCCA is an organization that stands for media democracy, media literacy and creative innovation.

For more information contact Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV at 508-755-1880 ext. 11



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Youth Testimonials at WCCA, 2013 has been posted on the WCCA website at

Youth Testimonials

Youth that have been involved in the programs at WCCA TV13 give their testimonials on what they’ve learned, how the programs are bettering their future, and why they love WCCA !
WCCA TV purpose is to empower our community with access to not only watch local programming but to give people a chance to directly participate in MAKING and CREATING the programs seen on WCCA TV.
All of the programming on our channel reflects the INTEREST of the community we serve. Thank about how valuable that is. Help us sustain our mission. Stand in support of WCCA TV 13 . Write an editorial, send a letter to the City Manager and Mayor of Worcester, asking them to ensure the station is proper funded, consider making an affordable and tax deductible donation payable to WCCA TV care of 415 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608


TV130912-22013 Youth Connections Program has been posted on the WCCA website at

The Youth Connections Program was a collaboratin with WCCA TV 13 and the MCAS Program of the Worcester Public Schools. The youth invovled wanted to explore and learn more about Worcester. While reading the book “3,000 Degrees”, the youth went to different historical locations, museums, and fire stations in Worcester. During the program, they interviewed Mayor Joseph Petty along with several firefighters who were at the Cold Storage Fire in 1999. Not only did they learn about Worcester, but they had a great time in the process!


YOUTH and MUSIC at WCCA this week

WCCA TV participated in, as well as videotaped, the Youth Summit held at City Hall. about 60 people attended this event. City Councilor Saria Rivera sought input from the community. The challenges facing youth are many from racial, poverty, health disparities, and lack of communication. WCCA TV plays a vital role in helping our young people to overcome these issues. TV 13 currently struggles with our budget to provide an affordable means for youth and youth organizations to: outreach; to build meaningful connections with parents and the community; to be empowered; and participate through their OWN voices; and to share their own stories. However, we can not do it alone, we rely on our community partners and our cable franchise funding to continue the work we have been doing since 1986. We applaud the initiative.

ALso this week WCCA TV’s BandEdge, Worcester’s number one live music TV show, shoots Rock Tail Renditions for some 60 style rock fun.
Thanks to our WCCA Interns for ALL they do to cover local events and to help many organizations outreach and to be a success at their respective missions.
This is Worcester’s youth at their best: