Summer Newsletter 2019

Business of the Year!

The WCAT staff accepting the Business of the Year Award!

On June 6, the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce named Wakefield Community Access Television as Business of the Year. We are incredibly honored and so proud of our staff and volunteers! Our talented and hardworking team strives to bring the best content possible to the community of Wakefield. A great big “thanks” to the community and our members as well – we couldn’t have done it without you!


WCAT is proud to feature a stellar selection of up-and-coming podcast series that will delight, inform, and engage listeners in varied and creative ways:

  • Speaking Opera: Lively host Howard Hart shares radio and personal interviews with notable 20th century opera stars such as Eleanor Steber, Renata Scotto, and Bernd Weikl. Hart’s storied history in the New York music business brings a new level of insight that illuminates this podcast.

  • Caring for EoE: Suzy York, a Wakefield mom of a young boy with a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis (shortened as EoE) shares her research and experiences in this heartfelt and authentic podcast. Interviews featured in this podcast include doctors from Mass General Hospital, two authors who have researched and written about EoE, and her own husband for perspective on what it’s like to be a parent of a child with EoE.

  • Prose Café: WCAT board member Patty Bianchet shows off her voice acting skills in this delightfully engaging podcast. Bianchet, who has lots of experience in production, shares her talents with listeners by reading short stories.

    Have an idea for a podcast of your own? Contact for more information on podcasting, equipment sign-out, and individualized instruction!


Mass Access is the umbrella organization for community access TV in Massachusetts and serves as a resource for stations. WCAT staff attended workshops including programming best practices, social media marketing, google analytics, multiple generations in the workplace, podcasting, sponsorship and underwriting, interns and short term workers plus toured production vehicles.

WCAT – Thursday is Movie Night!

WCAT is hosting Movies by the Lake (Quannapowitt – by the bandstand) for the 5th year! Come by the Commons every Thursday after the 4th of July to join us!  Each movie begins at nightfall, when it’s dark enough to SEE the movie! Nightfall varies from the beginning of the summer to the end and is also impacted by cloud cover, humidity and bubbles. Come as early as you’d like to get a good spot on the grass! Most movies have a themed activity before the show.

Major movie sponsors make it all possible and we were fortunate to pin them down early this year. Each movie starts with a short welcome on screen from the sponsors!

Our rain date for this year is August 15.

Dates (Thursdays)Movies
July 11Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 18Despicable Me
July 25Ralph Breaks the Internet
Aug. 1Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Aug. 8Mary Poppins Returns


A great big “thank you” to our wonderful movie sponsors this year! They are especially important in helping us put on these movie nights, and as such we would like to name them all here:

Albrecht Auto Group

Brightview Senior Living

Lahey Health

Melrose Wakefield Healthcare

Tarpey Insurance Group

The Lakeside Inn

The Savings Bank

WCAT Camera Crew Makes it Happen!

WCAT relies on a great camera crew – filming Studio A government meetings, town meetings at the Galvin, town festivals and ceremonies. You name it, they are there. In 2017, crew members filmed 321 hours, in 2018 353 hours and so far in 2019 have managed to film 265 hours! Crew members also run the soundboard, which makes sure the audio levels aren’t too loud or too quiet, and the switchboard – switching between the camera angles you see on TV – in the control room. Interested in joining the volunteer crew? Let us know!

Summer Crew:

Our interns, Gabriella Needham from Emerson College and Brianna Randazza from Endicott College are joining us as part of our crew this summer! Also part of our volunteer crew are Sean DiGiambattista, Emily Lane, Abby Amatucci, and Mark Joseph-Yirrell, all of whom have done great work in helping us – thank you!

WCAT – Available for Rental

Did you know that you can rent the studio? The Rendon Group of Northeast Boston rents Studio A. They are a member of the Mass Production Coalition and find WCAT’s facilities to be perfect for their occasional production need. Contact WCAT for details on renting Studio A.

WCAT Membership

Membership runs from January 1 to December 31. Some member benefits include the opportunity to produce your own show, access to video-production expertise, PSA development, on-location shoots, community bulletin board, Facebook postings, and use of the conference room.

WCAT seeks to expand member and volunteer engagement in covering community happenings and interesting ideas

Established in 1991, WCAT is Wakefield’s trusted community media partner. To learn more about WCAT or to discuss membership or video opportunities, contact Tom Stapleton, Executive Director at or 781-224-0300.

Wakefield’s Public Access Channels:

WakefieldPublic AccessPublicEducationalGovernment
“PEG” ChannelsWCAT-TVWHSTV(high school)WCAT-TV

Note that WCAT and WHSTV are independent of each other.

Host Mary Kay Elloian and her esteemed guest, Dr. Senef of MIT. The Legal Edition, airing all over the country since 2012 and now joining WCAT in Studio A, is a show that covers important legal and political topics. June 2019.

Thank you to our Platinum Members:

Melrose Wakefield Healthcare

and The Savings Bank

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