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TV vs Public Access TV ( Looking at a Fundamental Difference)

There is no comparison.

One other difference is You may be more likely to be seen on public access (in Worcester that would be WCCA TV 13) than on any other commercial TV channel.

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Rockin’ WCCA TV 13 the recent news letter is here.

The current success of WCCA TV is possible only through the partnerships and collaborative efforts between our dedicated staff, board, community participation along with encouragement and pillars of legislative / telecommunication laws that provides the necessary foundation to sustain a minimal level or operations for public access television stations across the nation.

The funding we receive from the city’s cable franchise is not nearly enough to sustain the current level of operational capacity let alone to meet the ever increasing community need for affordable television outreach or to empower themselves by accessing state of the art television and digital media tools and facilities. For a city as large as Worcester, public access should be a much larger operation and even more inclusive. Both the non-profit world, local governments and the business community can benefit greatly, at so many levels, by underwriting and participating in the public access television process as well.

In addition to cable funding WCCA also relies upon Community volunteers, interns, community producers, and community and foundation underwriting and support. The amazing activities mentioned in our recent newsletter for example is only a small sample of what goes on in this studio every day. Community television production, youth media activities, learning workshops, internships, covering local events, promoting dozens of events, sharing news information and the personal stories of all who are a part and fiber of our city. The experience has had a profound effect on many and, in some cases, even life changing and life saving. Looking at the programming along with consideration to the regular programming that includes workshops, and volunteer opportunities WCCA is much more than simply providing access to a state of the art TV studio or channels of distribution, it is a vital part in building and sharing community gifts. WCCA TV is empowerment, it’s the voice and face of Worcester, it’s marketing Worcester, it’s a window into Worcester and it’s the place in Worcester to learn, create and connect.

I still feel WCCA can do better. I a working to improve our facility, renovate our studios, to make policy changes with my Board to increase community participation, to elevate the tools, technology and educational programming at WCCA TV. To do this requires advocacy, materials, staff support,community interaction, and capital. The station may be thriving right now, but there is so much more potential ahead of us. We consistently inundated with request to cover or promote events. Not everyone has the time to produce their own TV show. People request staff assistance, or for WCCA to cover events, in spite of the various treatments for programing we offer for do it yourself television. We want to be able to meet those needs and it will be important the City Manager along with the rest of our community work with us to help make that possible.

We want to see stronger business and non-profit particiaption as well as more student activity, local government leaders an agencies, continued to be welcomed to participate as well. The strategic benefits community public access television include affordability, visibility not limited to a a single cable provider for another, and to contribute and work side by side with a broad based and diverse local network of participants and viewers. Face to face, hand to hand, experiential learning, working together to build community community through electronic media. That is what public access TV is all about.

So, I am appealing to you. If you have ideas about how we can work together to make improvements, or if you are interested in underwriting the station to help continue the fine programming, or if you would like to share your talent with us, I want to hear from you. Enjoy the remaining summer and as always, I look forward to seeing you on WCCA TV 13, The People’s Channel”.

All Happening at WCCA TV

People from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds will always need access to a community television facility in order to freely and fully participate in our democratic process. While social web platforms such as YouTube may provide some technically-low-level video sharing, they don’t not provide the full scope of opportunities and benefits available at WCCA TV. For more on this story, read Mauro’s blog on the WCCA website: Mauro’s Staff Blog

Keep WCCA on air with your donation or program underwriting through our ‘Circle of Friends.’ We’re a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible. WCCA TV has a full schedule of news, youth, foreign language, music, religious, cooking, sports, educational and political programs. Support award-winning WCCA TV Programming: DONATE AND SUPPORT WCCA TV . Thank you!

This WCCA TV special offers a preview of what awaits visitors at the ‘Worcester’s 2011 Art in the Park’ at Elm Park. The artwork is on display now through October 2nd. ‘Preview Art in the Park 2011′ has been posted on the WCCA website: ART IN THE PARK

WCCA TV Programming

Go ‘Back to the Future’ with this episode of WCCA’s ‘508’: 508 TV show

Senator Harriette Chandler, host of ‘BEACON HILL CHAT’, welcomes Tom Foley, the former Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police: Beacon Hill Chat

Featured stories on this episode of ‘NEWS 13: COMMUNITY FOCUS’ are: Erin O’Connell interviews three local authors (Jessie Olson, Cheryl Cory, and Liz Steele); Christina Andrianopoulos talks with John Giangregorio and Alan Fletcher about the 6th annual Worcester’s Canal Fest happening on September 10th: NEWS 13

In this new episode of ‘FLIPSIDE’ host Lynne Simonds introduces her audience with three members of YouthGROW: FLIPSIDE

Have a ‘COFFEE WITH KONNIE’ and meet host Konnie Luke’s guest, history buff Dan McAuliffe: COFFEEE with KONNIE

Whether you want to plan a family event or pursue a career in Event Planning, this new episode of ‘RAMONA INTERVIEWS’ should be of interest to you. Host Ramona Pokoly interviews Meredith Bond from the event planning company ‘Crave26 Events': Ramona

Virginia Swain, host of ‘IMAGINE WORCESTER’ which is a WCCA show about peace and community relations, chats with Robert Bachelder from the ‘Worcester Area Mission Society': Virginia

Blast from the Past! From the WCCA video vault comes ‘OFF THE HOOK’, a 90’s comedy and music production: OFF THE HOOK

‘DRUM OF THE PEOPLE’ hosted by Spiritwalker Woods, offers a platform for indigenous people to understand and share Native American culture, spirituality, and crafts: Drum of the People

From a deep corner in the WCCA video vault comes ‘STATIC FUSION’ #11, a creative cultural show featuring local music and arts created by Jim Racicot and Allen Levine: Static Fusion

‘SENIOR SPEAK’, a WCCA show for seniors and by seniors, is not your typical senior citizen show. Our seniors are full of energy and certainly know how to have a good time: Senior Speak

‘VIDEO JAM’ is your source for ecletic music videos featuring mainstream and indie rock. Host Tracy Foley has in store an exciting playlist for you: J Mascis, Najjah Calibur, Sally Anthony, David Guetta, Janes Addiction, and Coldplay debuting ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall': <a href="http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/videojam660"Video JAM . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

From the WCCA video vault comes ‘ELLIE SPEAKS’, a show hosted by our veteran host Ellie Grossman, who recently passed away. In this episode Ellie talks with her guest Ray Meola about vending machines: Ellie Grossman

Watch this episode of ‘COOKING WITH GEORGIA’ and learn how to make a special Greek Moussaka filled with filo dough: http://www.wccatv.com/video/cooking-with-georgia/cookingwithgeorgia275 . But wait. There’s also something fishy happening as Georgia and Dez prepare delicious fish stew, salmon kabobs and a potato salad: Cooking with Georgia Real Food. Real People. Real Simple.

Keep watching and supporting award-winning WCCA TV programming!

We also stream live on the web at: WCCA TV 13, the People’s Channel


WCCA TV13, channeling community since 1986

BandEdge on WCCA TV 13 features the Sandstorm Trio

The Sandstorm Organ Trio will be featured on WCCA TV’s
program BandEdge on
Monday July 25 at 10pm
Tuesday July 26 at 4pm
Wed July 27 at 9am

On cable channel 13 in Worcester or seen online, in real time at wccatv.com

Band Edge #29 Sandstorm Organ Trio has also been posted on the WCCA website at

at your favorite local community television station website

Band Edge is exclusivly seen on TV 13.

WCCA TV present part one of it’s “VOTE SMART” education series

WCCA TV 13 The first edition of the WCCA TV 13 Candidate Profile featuring, in this order,
Virginia Ryan
Joff Smith
Barbara Haller
Devin Coleman
will air on WCCA TV 13 and stream live on-line on
Friday, July 15 & 22 at 9:30pm
Monday, July 18 & 25 @ 11:30am.

ONLY ON ch 13 or at wccatv.com stream live 24/7.

If you are a registered candidate for school committee or city council. WCCA TV 13 is a great way to share your point of view/story/platform.

Vote smart with WCCA TV 13

Learn Create Connect WCCA TV 13 “The People’s Channel”

This week’s reason why I love WCCA TV 13

Just take a look at our website. It’s the right website for pubic access television. More importantly, look at the top recently uploaded community produced programs brought to you by your neighbors:
Workforce Centrals Entrepreneurs program
Armenia’s Martyrs Day
Worcester Civic Academy
Beacon Hill Chat Woman‘s Conference
the 433rd edition of News13 (News with a community vision)
Be Mentally Well treatments for depression

That is only a small tip of the volume of works Worcester’s citizens produce or present at WCCA TV.

TV at it’s best and it’s WCCA TV 13, “The Peoples’ Channel” [The people of Worcester and the world that is] We hope you are participating or watching. WCCA TV LEARN CREATE CONNECT.

TV that is good for you and the community.

Public Access Community Television: Not to be confused with any other types of television

Recent Community Media Database mapping indicates that there are over 1,867 community access television providers. All of us our members, on-camera guest, community producers, and viewing fans, at WCCA TV 13 is proud to be one them.

We are certainly happy that Worcester has three of such access channels serving local public schools (ch11), local government(12),and the grassroots/citizens public at large (WCCA TV 13).
“Public Access/Community television” such as WCCA TV 13, is not the same species and not to be confused with “Public Television”. Community television serves a specific community in a much broader scope. Operations are supported on a completely different funding mechanism and beyond non-profit status, the missions are completely different although continually important and valuable.

In the commercial broadcast field, it is not uncommon to find channels earning revenues that range from under 2 Million to well over 50 million dollars per year. A tip of the iceberg for Network earnings. As a cable service provider, Charter Communications made over 40 million dollars gross revenues in Worcester alone in 2010. In comparison to many network affiliates stations whose programming consist of maybe one daily news show, WCCA TV’s programming is significantly higher, while working with a lot less operating revenue.

To place things in perspective, a few episodes of one network produced “reality” show may be closer to the amount that WCCA TV has to spend on a whole years worth of community programming and that’s including the classes, equipment and studio space. How many low budget movies can even be completed with under Eight Hundred Thousand per year? More than WCCA TV’s the annual budget.

Looking at other nearby Network Affiliate stations, including PBS ( not to be confused with public access television btw), and other locally originated commercial stations, none of them , even when combined offer the opportunities that WCCA TV 13 does here locally or that any community public access television station should offer. Here in Worcester, none of those channels offer and make available, for anyone who lives, works, or is a student in Worcester, access to a public forum channel, the production tools, studio facilities and resources to encourage community participation and programming that is distributed over cable and on line. None of those channels come close to the amount of diverse-locally-community produced programs as seen on WCCA TV 13 on it’s cable and web stream. That is fact and is obvious just buy watching the channel.

Public access is NOT here to sell soap, or compete with commercial market TV, or to aspire to traditional TV values. It’s simply a different approach to television. An approach that compliments all other approaches to the medium. A public access center acts, in part, as the stewards of television technology and community produced video media and while ensuring community access, working as advocates for the people’s voice. WCCA TV places the tools of television technology into the hands of the community to empower those who need it. We are here to provide community access and we are not here to serve only a few. We are here for all to enjoy as a resource, as an opportunity to learn, build, and reach out and connect as well as to be entertained by. Some look at us as niche programming or democracy in action. WCCA strives to serve the poor, the disenfranchised, as well as those considered wealthy or for any organization, thriving or not, that wishes to share, educate, and reach out in public service to our community or to just tell their story. As far as any television facility goes, WCCA is the place to learn, create, present and connect and we are YOUR VISION television Worcester. WCCA TV 13.

We are TV By, For and Of the People because you, the people of Worcester, present works you either produced or wish to present on the public access channel. In Worcester, NO OTHER television station does that or has done that at the level WCCA TV has since it began in 1986.

I understand that there will apparently always be some that resist acknowledging the positive differences of WCCA TV community television from our commercial and even public counterparts, and for some, perhaps for personal reasons or agendas, will continue to obfuscate those differences. If you wish to learn the fact about public access/ community television, you can always speak directly to me anytime. Unlike many major network channels I think that’s another difference WCCA is local, accessible and a part of our community neighborhood.

I have said this all before. Less than verbose is not my best quality.

I wish I knew of a way to help everyone understand my point and what the strategic value public access is for a community. If there was an answer to that, be assured top Wall Street Ad industry execs would be all over it. We at WCCA TV press on, simply hoping to serve, to contribute to build community and to help provide that niche to empower from a grass roots level up.
It’s our job to do so. Another difference between WCCA and commercial TV, we are not working to reap a profit for company. Our job, what we are paid to do, is provide a service to our community.

As long as commercial television station exist, public access/community media will be needed. Obviously community need for access is visible as seen through the level of production activity, collaborative initiatives, continual learning programs, and the number of programs as well as the diversity of programs. Thanks to those in our community who care, and participate. Speaking of which, feel free to contact me if you have ideas to help us improve.

Understanding public access television

In case you’ve been living under a rock, alone in a desert:
Rob McCausland writes:
Similarly, public access television (programming produced by the public itself) provides opportunities for people to use and meaningfully process information that the other forms of access television cannot. Comparatively, non-public access television is just “more television,” while public access television is actually community engagement.

Public Access Community Television is not the same as “regular TV”, it doesn’t compete with TV or the Internet. It shouldn’t have to either. It exist for the community to utilize, to share it’s own news and information, culture, ethnicity, views and opinions, a free flow of information. It provides an opportunities for collaborative partnerships, creative visual arts, a place to build bridges and tear down walls through public dialogue in a unique way, with a support system and network that is simply not matched anywhere else.

Yes you may have hundreds of cable channels on cable or the Internet, but how many of those channels reflect the interest of our community while, at the same time provides training and tools, studio space, edit suites, professional support needed to enable you to present your own programming or better still, participate in the making of what you are seeing, at the level that your public access channel can ?

Have you ever wondered, while you’re watching regular commercial TV, what it would be like to be running the camera or editing the show, or acting in front of that camera, or given your own play by play critique of that meeting? Public Access gives you that niche like no other channel.

In Worcester there are three access channels two run by departments of the City of Worcester, channels 11 (WPS) and 12 (City hall ), and channel 13 (WCCA TV “the People’s Channel”, public access). While channels 11 and 12 reflects the interest of those specific city departments, WCCA TV serves the rest of us and the programming there reflects the interest of those in our community who participate. All three channels play an important role in our community.

I’ve often said that WCCA TV 13 is more than just TV it’s a community resource. It’s really more than that. It’s your place to learn, create and connect and become empowered.

If you would like to learn more about public access television visit our WCCA TV‘s website or the Alliance for Community Media. You can also call me via phone at 508-755-1880, I be happy to help anyone understand the reality and value of public access television.

Your input and ideas needed

WCCA TV 13 is a charitable community organization made up of members from our community. The center is an instituion that is “The People’s Channel” committed to providing award winning public access services since 1986. WCCA is a place where inclusiveness is encouraged. Looking at our programming you will easily see that our diverse membership illustrates a center that welcomes all who live, work or study in our city. WCCA invites all members from our neighborhoods, our doors are opened for all to share what ever they want to share. You will find a window in the various ethnic populations, political philosophies, cultural initiatives, religious points of view, the rolling and shaking of our business and non-profit community, people young and old of all socioeconomic backgrounds. We currently offer classes and workshops, youth media experiential learning opportunities, grass roots journalism programs, internships, and plenty of volunteer opportunities in community media production , do it yourself productions, as well as other activities to advance the public access free speech mission.

Activities at WCCA TV do not rely upon city tax revenues or city tax dollars. The intention behind the station is to provide a public forum that is free from political whim and corporate retribution.

Our mission is to ensure people have access to the use of a public forum through various channels of communication including technology and media with education and training resources.

WCCA TV is not JUST a local community “TV” station, it is YOUR community media resource. The intention of this resource is to empower you, to provides needed tools and channels to allow you to express your point of view, share your opinions, culture, news and information, to connect your organization with the rest of the community while sticking your own core mission, elevate your communication and job skills, promote localism, the benefits of WCCA TV public access mission go on an on.

When you see us advocating for legislative justice or funding consideration relative to our Public Access channels it is on your behalf.

The station welcomes your constructive input with regards to how you think we can better serve and meet community media needs. Please contact me at 508-755-1880 ext 11 or via email mauro[at]wccatv[dot]com.

BTW; we have a series of workshops which will soon be announced stay tuned for more great things happening at WCCA TV 13,”The People’s Channel”
Learn Create, Connect

YES to CAP Act, NO to Verizon Bill

This one is for all of us.

The Community Access Preservation Act, HR 3745, was introduced October 7, 2009 by Representative Tammy Baldwin (WI-2). It is an a important piece of legislation for Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Access Centers. Across the nation you will find
interest in states, and cities resolving to ask congress to support the CAP ACT. In Massachusetts we want to keep franchise licensing under local control.

Why it’s a good idea to support the CAP ACT:

Unlike public broadcasting, WCCA TV 13 receives no federal, state or city appropriation of funds, but relies on franchise fees and support from local members and organizations.
However, franchise fees have been threatened, and in some cases eliminated, by changes in many states’ laws and resistance from cable and wireless providers.

The CAP Act responds to four immediate threats to our funding and those of public, educational and governmental cable channels around the country:
It amends the Communications Act so that franchise fees may be
used to support basic operational costs, including employee Salaries;
It reaffirms the principles of the Communications Act that cable
providers should not discriminate against us and should treat us
the same as other local broadcast channels;

It promotes the preservation of public, educational and
governmental channels like WCCA TV 13, and ongoing funding from cable providers for local programming like the dozens of WCCA
community videos, news, youth and educational media workshops, and public service messages, city council meetings, ; and

It amends the Communications Act to treat wireless providers the
same as cable providers where support and carriage of WCCA TV 13 is concerned.

While we ask you to support the CAP ACT we also ask to oppose a recent bill Verizon is lobbing for which may cause potential harm to public access channels.

Say no to Verizon’s bill.

Companies such as Verizon, AT&T, seem to be consistently lobbying to influence cable/telecommunications legislation in their favor. Most recently in North Carolina, Time Warner, has used it’s allies in the Legislature to introduced the most sweeping and intrusive anti-municipal network bill in quite some time.

Such proposals either abandoning local municipal franchise controls altogether by moving it the state level or by imposing unreasonable time lines upon municipalities that discourage community participation and proper ascertainment. Removing community voices
from the equation, serves no good purpose for the consumer or for those who depend upon and utilize public access channels. These are bills that also have led to the elimination of protection and assurances for Public Access PEG channels.

Local cable franchise license requirements can apply to any telecommunication company that provides video over their system. Benefits gained from an exchange of rights of way, include , consumer protection issues, fair distribution of service, senior discounts, address public safety issues, INET (Data networks), ensure proper provisions to sustain viable public access channels, a means to support, grass roots public access community
media. Many states that gave up local franchise controls ended up with no increase of competition and rates that still increased while they experienced the elimination of public access channels.

Companies use the slant that abandoning municipal controls would create competition, and or reduce rates. This is apparently NOT the case.

The National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) conducted a survey and was disappointed to learn that for those states that have accommodated such anti municipal legislation here is what they found thus far:

* Rates have not decreased according to 98% of those surveyed.

* Incumbent basic rates have increased $1.12 for analog and $1.51 for digital

* Most new entrants do not market a Basic Service Tier nor report rates, which makes
consumer comparison shopping difficult at best.

* Consumer complaints remain high with 74% of respondents reporting the same level of
complaints, except as they relate to the availability of choice of provider

* The majority of LFAs reported that on incumbent systems, the number of PEG (Public,
Educational and Governmental) access channels has remained constant (97%) and that the
technical quality has remained the consistent (89%). PEG channel positions on new entrant
systems were reported as different from the incumbents by 39% with worse or poor
technical quality reported by 36% on new entrant systems. PEG funding was the same for
44% of the LFAs, whereas funding increased for 12% and actually decreased for 22% of

* Overall, 82% of LFAs do not believe that state video legislation is having a positive
impact on their community; 90% believe that PEG programming is not being treated in an
equitable manner by new entrants; and 97% believe that customer service has not improved
under state supervision.

We ask legislators to stand tall on the people’s side of these matters.