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I certainly would not like to see the Worcester Telegram & Gazette be diminished in any way. Media convergence is happening everywhere and it is NOT in the best interest of local communities. What I see is an increase of corporate agenda and government propaganda. These pose serious threats to media democracy and democracy itself.

Internet, Wireless, and Cable giants are also merging and also forming spin offs that would literally redraw the map of cable services nationwide and again, not necessarily for the best interest of our communities or consumers. With less competition, comes less information,and less points of views, and the potential to influence your brain and spending, voting, and thoughts will be now in control of a very small few and WE ALL will have much less a “soapbox” to speak and share our point of view or to even hear any dissenting view or opinion.

While there are a lot of complicated layers to what is happening in these industries, and along with the added recent mergers and FCC rulings, the key concerns are the likely loss of competitiveness, and more importantly, the degradation of fair and unbiased access to venues to support the free and opened flow of news and information, the obvious decline of true media democracy, loss of local ability to influence higher spheres of society, a widening of the digital divide.

The last thing we need is for our voices and our community media programs to be muted. What would be left? Same high bills, same high taxes, and plenty of corporate and government propaganda to influence our thinking.

Who will be accountable for that?

Mauro DePasquale



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 !




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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Thanks guys.
Keep up the cool and fun stuff you are doing. You are an inspiration to us as well.

If you are a candidate running for a local office this year contact WCCA TV “The People’s Channel”

You can be seen on TV sharing your point of view, platform, political philosophy, background, experience, etc..
Why not make affordable public access/ community television as a part of your media presence? If you wish to connect with the community you are hoping to serve public access / community television WCCA TV 13 is the place to be seen.

If you are a registered candidate running for a local office this year contact WCCA TV 13, “The People’s Channel”.
Time slots for a special educational edition of the popular show “SOAPBOX” are available on a first come first serve basis.

Be seen and heard at WCCA TV.

Contact via email, subject: “WCCA TV Candidate Profiles” to mauro[at]wccatv[dot]com or phone 508-755-1880 ext 10.

It will be Jazzed Up for tonight and tomorrow

TONIGHT ( Friday ):
JAZZED UP Trio at LUCIANO’s COTTON CLUB, 7:30 – 11PM, located at Union Station, 2 Washington Sq, Worcester MA. A truly gorgeous location. Restaurant and bar. No Cover, Indoor self validated parking, or valet. Inexpensive but class A.
Perfect for a night like tonight.

Great American Songbook classics to dine, dance, swing, and mingle by.

Jazzed Up

On Saturday, Jazzed Up returns to the 1790 House on Rt.9 in Westboro, 7-10 PM also no cover.

Public Access Television video blogging since the beginning

Members of our community have been video blogging since 1986. Many of their shows incorporate the opinions of not only the host or reporter of these presentation, but also of their guest.
Cable was the first broadband technology. Today the expansion now includes use of community video as well as internet at a very sophisticated level.
The reach of public access well exceeds many local print outlets and even some radio broadcast. As there are hundreds of centers throughout the nation facilitating a public platform available for many. Even locally, WCCA TV 13’s reach stands tall in comparison to all other media. It is certainly more Worcester specific than most others. In addition there is no other television channel broadcast, on line, or on cable with more locally (Worcester) produced local information and culture and video content anywhere. It’s commercial free and not in competition with commercial media outlets. Which, makes me wonder why, when some reporters mention accomplishments of our producing members or name some of our shows, such as “COFFEE WITH KONNIE”, they often fail to mention the link to WCCA TV 13.
More importantly, than the reach, as valuable as that may be to some, it is the availability of this important resource that contributes greatly to our city by encouraging participation, inclusiveness, providing educational and skill developing opportunities, as well as a free flow of news, information and fresh ideas.
how many cities have public access tv? More than you might think.
WCCA TV 13 is YOUR community pubic access television station Worcester.