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Wakefield Marching Band

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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).

WCAT’s Mission, Vision & Values


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.




Summer 2016 Newsletter

Summer 2016 WELCOME SUMMER, WELCOME SOLSTICE! The longest day of the year is past! So too are the warm rays of the sun! With students on summer break, and beaches, mountains and backyard grills beckoning, its time to enjoy the great outdoors! If you’re strolling by Lake Q or happen upon a scenic spot, snap a […]

WHS’ Visual and Performing Arts Day

  • April 28, 2016
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HELLO WCAT WATCHERS!!! Here at Wakefield Community Access Television we love when you our watchers and members create content. One member Patrizia Bianchet, went out and filmed the WHS Visual and Performing Arts Day. We are currently showing it on our channel and right here on the streaming network. We want to support Patrizia and […]

Kids Video Club 2016

  • April 21, 2016
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Hello WCAT Watchers!!!! It’s that time of the year again, registration for Kids Video Club 2016. Sign ups have begun. We have one spot in July 25th-29th and more available in August 8th -12th and August 22nd – 26th. Check out the flyer below and come into the studio today to sign up.

Hallmark Health minute and WCAT

  • March 22, 2016
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Hello WCAT WATCHERS!!! WCAT and Hallmark Health have had a wonderful partnership over the last year. This has lead to WCAT making the “2015 Hallmark Health Annual report”.  Here is the excerpt below. “A BANNER YEAR FOR SOCIAL MEDIA- We expanded our community reach on social media in 2015. We broke new ground with our Health […]

Introduction To Production Update

  • February 12, 2016
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HELLO WCAT WATCHERS!!!! Here’s another update for the March 5th, 2016 Introduction to Production Class. As of right now we only have two more people signed up for the class. If we don’t get more than five the class will be postponed again. So sign up for Introduction to Production taught by Technical Director Scott […]


WCAT Membership

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.







Wakefield Co-Operative Bank


The Savings Bank


Many businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals recognize the value of partnering with WCAT and do through financial donation or by offering in-kind materials and services and volunteers. Partners gain visibility for their business or organization through their association with WCAT. Some Community Partners produce a show about their activities and events or simply use the Community Bulletin Board.

Action Ambulance, Action Ambulance Presents

American Cancer Society, Relay for Life

Atlantic Audiology, Let’s Talk About Hearing

Bill Robinson, Good News

Bob Steele, Dangers of Gambling

Brother’s Deli Restaurant

Frank Fiorentino and Dick Reidy, Red Sox Review

Friends of Lake Quannapowitt

Gloria Mezikofsky, Glo’s Eatery

Hallmark Health Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Health Minute

John Murray, TOPS: Taking Off Pounds Sensibly

John Paul, AAA, The Car Doctor

Les Bernal, Predatory Gambling

Pedro’s Judo Center, Pedro’s Judo Presents

Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rotary Polar Plunge

Scott Kurland, Dinner with Friends

Senator Lewis, MBTA Panel

St. Joseph’s Church, Sunday Mass

Sweetster Lecture Advisory Committee

The Savings Bank, Movies By The Lake sponsor

The Wakefield Daily Item

Town and State, Debates

Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, Hunger Hurts


Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce

Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department

Wakefield Police Department

Wakefield Recreation, Movies By The Lake sponsor

Town of Wakefield, town events

Wake-Up, Wake-UP!

Wakefield Adult Mentors, Wakefield Adult Members

Wakefield Alliance Against Violence, WAAV

Wakefield Community Education

Wakefield Co-operative Bank

Wakefield Fire Department, instructional videos

Wakefield Health Department, Wake-UP!

Hallmark Health

Hallmark Health


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: or call 781-224-0300 and ask to speak with Sarah Julien.


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, for additional information.





WCAT offers a select number of hands-on workshops led by knowledgeable staff.  Workshops have two rates – one for WCAT members and one for non-members  (which includes a membership).




film1Learn the ins and outs of planning a shoot in this one-day workshop including basic camera and audio skills. What does it take to make a really good TV show or film work?  
10:00 – 3:00 Workshop
Members: $25 and non-members: $50.00 (includes membership).


film makingWCAT offers a one-day workshop on film production. You will learn how to film your own short film and the key steps on what makes a good film.

Saturday,  Date To Be Determined.
10:00 – 3:00 Workshop
Members: $25 and non-members: $50.00 (includes membership).



newsCan you write stories on the fly? Do you have what it takes to be a hard hitting journalist? Well, WCAT can help you fulfill your life long dream of being a news caster, producer or news director in this course. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Spring 2017
Members: $100 and non-members: $150.00 (includes membership).


screenplayAre you creative? Do you like writing? Well, WCAT wants you to write with us! This course is a one-day workshop where you’ll learn how to write screenplays for film, teleplays for television, news report for broadcast news, and even how to write a voice over script for animated features.

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, To Be Determined in 2016/2017.
Members: $25 and non-members: $50.00 (includes membership).


tvLike the Film Production class, Television Production will teach you all the necessary steps of creating and running your own television program whether it’s a multi-cam sitcom, single cam sitcom, or an interview show. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Members: $25 and non-members: $50.00 (includes membership).



film makingThe Kids Video Club, or KVC, is the staff’s way of teaching their skills to younger generations. WCAT offers three, one-week sessions during the summer, where youth  learn how to use a TV camera, lightning and sound basics, film/video structure and how to make a short video. During each session the students come together to cast, film, and edit a short video that they present to friends and family on the final day of class.
WCAT also offers intermediate and advanced classes to children who have taken the basic KVC class.



At this time, we are unable to accept payment online for our classes. Please bring in payment or mail to WCAT.

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24 Hemlock Road
Wakefield, MA 01880


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Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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