Wakefield Community Access TV and Media Center (WCAT) is Wakefield’s community media partner, offering a communication platform for dialogue, civic engagement, and diverse perspectives not generally available from commercial media. We are committed to excellence in storytelling and information access for all our citizens.
Founded in 1990, WCAT-Wakefield first began broadcasting from a facility on Water Street with a staff of two. It moved to the Senior Center, then to the former Montrose School before landing at its current location. Since 2003, WCAT-Wakefield has created, produced, broadcast, and more recently, streamed content from a modern studio behind Wakefield Memorial High School on 24 Hemlock Road.
Today, WCAT broadcasts content using two fully functional, HD-compatible studios, with coordinated control rooms and editing stations. The WCAT studio includes a modern conference room, available for rental to members and community partners.
WCAT’s programs range from government/school committee meetings to political debates; school performances and sports events to local performances; and from educational and informative discussions, to award-winning feature documentaries. In addition, WCAT broadcasts/streams classic movies and television series on the public channel.
If it’s happening out there, we’re capturing it in here.
As the media/technology landscape changes, WCAT is evolving from a cable-access station into Wakefield’s Community Media Center, where staff, members and volunteers produce videos and podcasts, learn how to create and curate content with new technologies, and come together to participate in WCAT-sponsored, community-oriented events.
If you have a story to tell, we are here to help you tell it!
Please join WCAT and become part of Wakefield’s story. You are Wakefield’s citizens, leaders, educators and heroes, you represent our community’s businesses and nonprofits, and you can best share the culture, politics and wonders that make our Wakefield a thriving community north of Boston.
WCAT – Wakefield has a fully outfitted, modern production truck that can travel to area sites to provide businesses or organizations with the means to showcase their events and products. With our talented staff, we also can help you develop your story whether on location or in our studio. We also have installed cable feeds in the new Galvin Middle School auditorium to cover events held there.
WCAT provides civic, educational, cultural and public content from the Government and Public channels of Verizon (42 and 40), Comcast (22 and 3) and RCN (13 and 3).
Wakefield Cable Access TV & Media Center is your trusted community media partner that offers a communication platform for dialogue, civic engagement, and diverse perspectives not generally available from commercial media.
WCAT is committed to providing quality programming that reflects the voice of, and for, the community of Wakefield.Through its investment in high-quality technology, staff, education, visibility, and strong community engagement, we provide coverage of government, public and educational events.
WCAT members help strengthen the Voice of Wakefield through involvement in the community media center! Any individual, family, non-profit organization or business can join WCAT for a small, annual membership fee. By joining, members can use any of WCAT’s equipment and book the conference room or a studio, all free of charge. Members can take classes to develop skills in visual media basics, camera and lighting design, Final Cut Pro and much more. Members can create their own program or join staff for a mobile shoot.
Become part of a community that is creating new programs in a friendly and welcoming environment. Members and volunteers can take advantage of opportunities to learn and contribute alongside talented and knowledgeable WCAT staff who enjoy sharing their experience.
- Opportunity to produce your own show
- Access to HD video/editing equipment
- Access to video production expertise
- PSA development
- On-location shoots
- Calendar listing and logo placements
- Use of conference room
- Quarterly newsletters
Individual & Family
Access to equipment, classes, volunteer opportunities, receptions, support from our staff, and 1 vote at WCAT Annual Meeting.
Individual: $25 (in honor of WCAT’s 25th anniversary!)
Family: $25 for first member + $15 for each additional member.
Access to above plus Public Service (PSA)* on WCAT website and public/government channels for 3 months
$100 Nonprofit and businesses < 10 employees
All benefits of Bronze, with PSA lasting for 6 months.
All benefits of Silver, plus WCAT support in producing/creating (1) 30 minute PSA for your organization that also runs on WCAT media for 3 months
All benefits of Gold plus WCAT staff support in producing/creating (3) 30 minute PSAs for you your organization that also runs on WCAT media for 3 months. Platinum supporters receive logo placement on WCAT’s website and newsletter.
Wakefield Co-Operative Bank
The Savings Bank
Many businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals recognize the value of partnering with WCAT and do so through financial donation or by offering in-kind materials and services and volunteers. Partners and members gain visibility for their businesses or organizations through their association with WCAT. Some Community Partners or members produce a show about their activities and events or simply use the Community Bulletin Board.
American Red Cross
Bielakiewicz (Mark & Eric)
Bob Bry (Donated 2 IBM Computers)
Boys & Girls Club Stoneham/Wakefield (Bronze)
Brother’s Deli Restaurant
Col. James Hartshorne House (Bronze Member)
First Parish Church (Bronze Member)
Frank Fiorentino & Dick Reidy, Red Sox Review
Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (Silver)
Gena Salvo, Girl Scout Troop 65161
Gloria & Merrill Mezikofsky
Gloria Mezikofsky, Glo’s Eatery
Holiday Travel of Wakefield (Bronze Member)
Human Rights Commission
Jason Del Castillo
Jo Lynn Foster
Joe & Ann Puleo
John & Cynthia Murray
Lois & Dan Benjamin
Nancy & Jeff Cicia
Odyssey Day School (Bronze Member)
Richard J Reidy
Robert & Jasmine Vogtli
Robert Burk, Sweetser Lecture Series
Rotary Club of Wakefield (Silver Member)
St. Joseph’s Church (Silver Member)
Sweetser Lecture Series
The Honda Gallery
The Savings Bank (Platinum Member)
The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield (Bronze Member)
The Wakefield Daily Item
Tom and Judy Gordon
Town of Wakefield
Town of Wakefield debates
WAAV (Wakefield Alliance Against Violence)
Wake-Up (Wakefield Unified Prevention)
Wakefield Cooperative Bank (Platinum Member)
Wakefield Fire Department
Wakefield Health Dept.
Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry
Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce
Wakefield Police Department
Wakefield Recreation Department
Wendy and Frank Leone
WMGLD (Bronze Member)
Producers, Directors, Actors, Crew Members wanted for WCAT…
WCAT invites members to become volunteers to run cameras, edit video, play a role in a film and participate on mobile shoots and community events. Volunteer and learn new skills, make new friends and join a community that is telling stories about and around Wakefield! Please send inquiries about volunteer opportunities to: info@WCAT.tv or call 781-224-0300 and ask to speak with Barbara Worley.
A limited number of internships are available at WCAT and created on a case-by-case basis. Contact the executive director, Tom Stapleton via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, for additional information.
Visit us behind Wakefield Memorial High School:
24 Hemlock Road
Wakefield, MA 01880
Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
fax (781) 224-0301