WCCA TV 13 Public Access Community Media. Empowering Community for over a quarter of a century

Watching the station known affectionately by all as “THE PEOPLES CHANNEL”, WCCA TV 13, I am constantly amazed by the volume of works produced by our community members and the scope of the topics of community interest reflected in TV 13’s program schedule and the level of diversity. Every day there are people coming together at WCCA studios to collaborate on a project. Look at the program schedule, while certain groups are battling elsewhere in the World, at WCCA they’re peacefully sharing the channel and our studio technology, as they share their point of view or communicate important information and or events. It’s a window into Worcester and the world. Congratulations to all who participate at WCCA. You are phenomenal !

WCCA recently conducted a community media assessment and, as always, we continue to welcome your ideas on how we can improve the services and programing we provide.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel”

Learn, Create, Connect !

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One reason, out of many, why WCCA TV 13 matters

WCCA TV 13 Programs connects the world with Worcester while making meaningful impact toward peace and non-violent solutions. Congratulations to TV 13 community television producer Virgina Swain for giving us another example why public access television matters.

Enjoy the following article which was written by Melissa McKeon of the Worcester Telegram found in today’s T&G:

January 09. 2013 12:36PM

Cable show offers children worldwide forum

By Melissa McKeon CORRESPONDENT, Worcester Telegram

Virginia Swain will offer children across the world a forum on her cable TV show “Imagine Worcester and the World.”

WORCESTER.  Ten-year-old Xinyan of China is a lot like other 10-year-olds the world over. She loves her stuffed animals and has her favorite subjects in school (art, calligraphy) and the ones she dislikes (physical education), and she dislikes having too much homework.

But Xinyan will soon join a growing group of children whose voices, if Worcester’s Virginia Swain has her way, will reach across the world on all sorts of topics.

Ms. Swain, the host of the WCCA-TV 13 cable show “Imagine Worcester and the World,” will be giving children the world over the chance to participate in the show and give their opinions on subjects most of us hear about only from the so-called experts.

“For a couple of years now, I’ve been feeling that they’re missing from the public discourse,” Ms. Swain said.

Ms. Swain’s idea to make children part of her show probably has its roots in Ms. Swain’s past experience, teaching children while in the Peace Corps in Liberia. She taught fourth- and sixth-graders and later taught kindergartners.

In recent years, Ms. Swain has worked with the United Nations and has championed world peace causes through the U.N. while operating her own mediation and reconciliation service in Worcester. Hosting her local cable show gives her a forum.

It’s not the first time she’s given children a chance to air their unique viewpoints, either.

Several years ago, Ms. Swain produced a show with Nelson Place School third-graders discussing climate change with former U.N. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury and his wife.

The students heard about climate change from experts, created images of what climate change did and how it could be changed, and created action plans for the future.

Their imaginings — and the energy they put into it — were powerful, Ms. Swain recalled.

“They were graphing their electric bills, they started to think about doing more bike riding instead of driving, all these paradigm shifts,” she said. “Naturally they affected their families.”

That experience gave Ms. Swain a template for what she’ll be doing with children on “Imagine Worcester” in the next few weeks: using those young imaginations to open a new vision of the world to her audience.

When the children in the Nelson Place School program brought the ideas they brainstormed home to their parents, they changed their own little piece of the world.

Something else Ms. Swain hopes will change is having children speak without the prompting from adults and let their original, unedited ideas find an audience.

In Ms. Swain, they’ll find a receptive audience.

“I don’t have the need for the kids to adopt my view,” she said. “My need is to allow them a voice.”

Ms. Swain plans the program to highlight children older than 7 and to also have a forum for the children who are shy and less able to speak in public. For those children, she plans an imaging project in which the artwork they produce will speak for them.

Paramount for Ms. Swain and foremost in the concerns of many parents is that the children in the program find a safe place, and a safe way to express themselves, in a world that hasn’t always been successful at protecting them. The privacy of the children in the shows will be protected.

The first children’s show will be broadcast in February, Ms. Swain said, and will be accessible to all, not just on Channel 13 in Worcester but also online at http://www.wccatv.com.

What can be gained by listening to children talk? Ms. Swain hopes it will help foster some intergenerational understanding and discussion, but in a way, it’s the children who will be setting the goals here.

For Xinyan, the goal is simple: “If we can talk more, countries will be closer.”

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WCCA TV’s BANDEdge Holiday Special part 2

WCCA TV’s BANDEdge Holiday Special part 2

WCCA TV 13 BandEdge Holiday Special part 2 ( aka Bandedge #39 2012 Holiday Music Festival, part 2) has been posted on the WCCA website for your enjoyment and convenience at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/band-edge/bandedge39
John Marderasian, Paul and Delores, Mauro DePasquale are featured in the spirited episode. If you are looking for a great holiday music gift to give for that music lover special friend, this double DVD set of BandEdge is the perfect gift idea and it can be available as WCCA TV’s gift to you for your donation of $32.00 to the station. Your donation check should be made payable to WCCA TV , 415 Main Street , Worcester, MA. 01608 ( Be sure to mention BandEdge holiday special 2012 in the check memo. Enjoy and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

My Op Ed piece in today’s Telegram

Many people have told me that they recognize WCCA as a community anchor institution that is democracy in action every day. It really is.

My OpEd piece published in today’s telegram may help explain why that is a fact.

Thank you for your support and friendship and please enjoy the holidays.
Mauro

JAZZED UP Trio your jazz choice for special events

JAZZED UP TRIOCome see JAZZED UP Trio at Byblos Lounge in Union Station December 15th at 7:30PM

What are people saying about award winning JAZZED UP Trio ?

“You guys are the best Jazz trio I’ve ever seen! We’re so lucky to have you in Worcester! ”

So more quotes at http://www.jazzedup.net

Hear for yourself and enjoy :

JAZZED UP

Jazzed UP Trio Crowd

Booking Jazzed UP as a trio, duo even four and five pieces. We will fit your budget.

Available Solo vocals/piano, duo, Trio four and five piece orchestra.

508-769-4294

Thank you

Happy Holidays

“Twelve Days of WCCA TV 13 Christmas”

A great way to celebrate some of the great programs produced by for and of the people of Worcester. Please remember to add TV 13 to your holiday giving list.

Sung to the tune ” Twelve Days Of Christmas” Written by John Simakauskas :
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love watched with me
 An episode of Soapbox on tv.
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On the second day of Christmas,
my true love watched with me
Video Jam,
 And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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 On the third day of Christmas,
 my true love watched with me
 Coffee with Konnie,
Video Jam,
 And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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 On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love watched with me
 Cooking with Georgia,
Coffee with Konnie,
Video Jam,
And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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On the fifth day of Christmas,
 my true love watched with me
 Beacon Hill Chat,
 Cooking with Georgia,
Coffee with Konnie,
Video Jam,
And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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On the sixth day of Christmas,
 my true love watched with me
Activate Worcester,
 Beacon Hill Chat,
Cooking with Georgia,
Coffee with Konnie,
 Video Jam,
And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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 On the seventh day of Christmas,
 my true love watched with me
 Band Edge a playing,
Activate Worcester,
 Beacon Hill Chat,
 Cooking with Georgia,
Coffee with Konnie,
 Video Jam,
And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
>
 On the eighth day of Christmas,
 my true love watched with me
 Lynn Simmonds Flipside,
 Band Edge a playing,
Activate Worcester,
Beacon Hill Chat,
Cooking with Georgia,
 Coffee with Konnie,
 Video Jam,
 And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love watched with me
Rosen’s Round Table,
Lynn Simmonds Flipside,
Band Edge a playing,
Activate Worcester,
 Beacon Hill Chat,
Cooking with Georgia,
 Coffee with Konnie,
Video Jam,
And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
>
 On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love watched with me
 Ramona Interviews,
Rosen’s Round Table,
Lynn Simmonds Flipside,
 Band Edge a playing,
Activate Worcester,
 Beacon Hill Chat,
 Cooking with Georgia,
 Coffee with Konnie,
Video Jam,
 And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
>
 On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love watched with me
Static Fusion and Senior Speak.
 Ramona Interviews,
 Rosen’s Round Table,
 Lynn Simmonds Flipside,
Band Edge a playing,
Activate Worcester,
 Beacon Hill Chat,
Cooking with Georgia,
 Coffee with Konnie,
 Video Jam,
And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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On the twelfth day of Christmas,
 my true love watched with me
 Imagine Worcester,
Static Fusion and Senior Speak.
Ramona Interviews,
Rosen’s Round Table,
 Lynn Simmonds Flipside,
 Band Edge a playing,
Activate Worcester,
Beacon Hill Chat,
Cooking with Georgia,
 Coffee with Konnie,
 Video Jam,
 And an episode of Soapbox on tv.
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WCCA TV is a non-profit charitable community / public access TV station. To donate to WCCA TV send checks payable to WCCA TV , 415 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas !

Schools will have a 2hour depay in the A.M due to a main water pipe break in the City.

According to the T&G a main water pipe break causes some problems in the city. A few minutes before this writing, we just received a reverse 911 from the schools stating that schools will be delayed 2 hours.
There was an emergency notice issued by the city on the evening of November 12, 2012:
CITY OF WORCESTER informed us that Worcester water has been shut off in areas of the city due to a main water break near Worcester State University. Residence of Worcester may experience no water, or low water pressure, or rusty water until crews repair the main, which may be returned tomorrow morning.
Once it is repaired crews will flush out the system you are therefor advised to boil you water for 20 minutes within the next 24 hour period after such repair.

Worcester public schools called residence this evening to inform them of a 2 hour delay opening schools on Tuesday November 13, 2012.