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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.




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 […]

2016 Rotary Polar

  • January 28, 2016
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HELLO WCAT WATCHERS!!!! Last Saturday January 23rd, 2016; the WCAT crew filmed the 2016 Rotary International Polar Plunge. We went down to the Cape Ann Motor Inn in Gloucester, Ma to film the event look at the photos below. Be on the look out for the video later this month on WCAT.

Introduction to Production

  • January 25, 2016
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HELLO WCAT WATCHERS!!! The workshop date for Introduction to Production has moved from February 20th, 2016 to March 5th, 2016. This was done to accommodate more people, and is still being taught by Technical Director Scott Kurland. You must sign up before the week of February 29th to take the class. Go to the learning […]

Hallmark Health and WCAT’S Collaboration Leads To Social Media Award

  • January 18, 2016
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Hello WCAT Watchers!!!! As you know, for some time now WCAT and Hallmark Health have been working together to make segments called “Health Minute.” This shorts have been submitted to “The Mayo Clinic Social Media Network” and received a Bronze Fellow designation. Here’s more on the details from Hallmark Health’s Rob Brogna: “The Mayo Clinic […]

WCAT’s New Show With The Wakefield Rotary Club

  • January 15, 2016
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Hello WCAT Watchers!!! As we speak WCAT’s staff is hard at work filming a brand new show with Amy Luckiewicz of the Wakefield Rotary Club.This program will discuss the 2015 Rotaplast and Rotary mission to the Philippines. WCAT’s Executive Director Tom Stapleton is hosting the program and interviewing Ms. Luckiewicz. Take a look below at […]

Rotary International Polar Plunge 2016

  • January 13, 2016
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Hello WCAT Watchers! As we do every year WCAT will be filming Rotary International’s annual polar plunge. The event will consist of Rotary members from all over Massachusetts raising money to end Polio, and diving into the freezing Atlantic Ocean. WCAT will be filming the morning ceremony, interviews with the divers, and we get into […]

Holiday Movie!

Mark your calendars!!! Please join us on Friday December 18th for a holiday movie at the Galvin Middle School! We can’t tell you what movie, but here are a few (not-so subtle) hints… Will Farrell, sugar for breakfast and lots of off-key singing! Doors open at 6:00pm and the movie is set to begin around […]


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).


screenplayPlease contact Scott at WCAT about your interest in making Documentary Films.   SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2016.


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? SATURDAY MARCH 5TH, 2016. 
10:00 – 3:00 Workshop
Members: $25 and non-members: $50.00 (includes membership).

Please send inquiries and express interest to Scott Kurland.



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. SATURDAY JUNE 4th, 2016.
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.

Please contact Scott Kurland to request a flyer or reserve a spot for the summer of 2016!


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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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