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WCAT Newsletter – Winter 2018




Welcome to the new WCAT Board of Directors!

Suzanne Bowering (President), Dan and Lois Benjamin, Rob Brogna, Joe Buscaino, Elaine Guaetta, Patty Bianchet, Julie Smith Galvin and John Murray.

This newsletter is a bit different…

Using the contents from the 2017 Annual Report (but not the photos), you will see what WCAT was up to in 2017. Stay in touch via WCAT’s public and government channels plus Facebook (Wakefield Community Access TV), Twitter (@WCATtv) WCAT Wakefield You Tube and

WCAT in the news, social media, newsletter, website

  • 2017 continued to be a great year for WCAT in Wakefield Daily Item, 33 articles, photos and ads.
  • Facebook followers grew from approx. 100 in July 2015 to over 700 in November 2017. At least half of WCAT postings are shared to the Wakefield Community Group (10,473 members) as well as other Wakefield Facebook groups.
  • WCAT Twitter followers started at zero in July 2015 to 351 in November 2017. Note that all WCAT You Tube posts go automatically to Twitter.
  • The newsletter is produced quarterly and is posted on WCAT Facebook page.
  • Many features were added to the WCAT website including live streaming of both channels. The display of actual channel schedules is a great new feature.

WCAT Community Involvement

WCAT participated in and filmed the annual town events: Festival by the Lake, Festival Italia and Holiday Stroll. Also WCAT staff bowled in The Scholarship Foundation’s Bowling Fundraiser. Tom Stapleton dodged balls in the Boys and Girls Club Dodging for Dollars tournament – and WCAT filmed one set of games. WCAT also filmed the Boys and Girls Club Gala including a red carpet and backdrop.

Movies By The Lake

WCAT created Movies By The Lake in 2015. The third year built on the success of the first two years. Most notable was that each movie had a sponsor paying $1500 per movie: BrightView Senior Living sponsored “Ghostbusters” complete with an ECTO-1 from Salem and many costumes. Rotary Club of Wakefield sponsored “The Sandlot” complete with a softball game. The Savings Bank sponsored two movies: “Monsters, Inc.” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with amazing give-aways. Lahey Health sponsored “Jurassic Park”.

Movies are an excellent way to connect WCAT to the community with the truck, tent, and bubbles. Over 1800 WCAT pens, magnets, antibacterial juice, and can coolers were given to movie-goers. Attendance ranged from 250 to 350 per movie. Backyard Movies used a much larger screen this year.

WCAT Off-Site Productions

ARC Relay for Life, Boys & Girls Club Dodging for Dollars and Annual Gala, Brothers Deli Riverside Care Award, Climate Reality Project Speaker and PSA, Congressman Barney Frank, Festival by the Lake, Festival Italia, Hallmark Health: Health Minutes, Holiday Stroll, Independence Day Parade, Memorial Day Ceremony, Movies by the Lake Sponsor PSAs, Paddle Battle, Parent University keynote presentation, PAWS (cats), Retired Men’s Club interview, Spooktacular town events, St. Joseph’s School documentary, WAAV White Ribbon PSA, Wakefield Human Rights International Women’s Day Panel, Understanding Whiteness, Black Lives Matter, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony, Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, West Side Social Club July 4th Pet Parade and Wheel Parade, WHS Home Football Games (3), WHS Grand March and Graduation.

WCAT Productions Filmed in Studio A or B

Beebe Library Book Reviews, Mass Office of Consumer Affairs Greg White on Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams, Family Album series, Girl Scouts Junior Troop “Random Acts of Kindness” PSA, Introduction to Tree Cutting, Kids Video Club, NE Tech Drama Club talent show, Recreational Marijuana Discussion, Red Sox Review, Rendon Group (Rental of Studio A), Travel Talk (15), WAAV White Ribbon PSA from Kick-Off, Wake-Up Youth Action Team Presents Quiz Show and short videos, Wakefield Choral Director Interview, WMGLD Essay Contest winners.


WCAT Government and School Shows
Community Conversations with Senator Lewis, (right) Around the Town with Lily (interviews with town officials and personalities), Conversation with Chief Rick Smith, Dr. Kim Smith – Learn Where You Are, Town Forum on Hurd Building,  Town Administrator’s Report, Town Board of Selectmen meetings, Town Candidates Debate, Town Clerk’s Report, Town Candidate Debates and Election coverage, Town Meetings, Wakefield Election Results Show, Wakefield School Committee meetings, Walton School Upgrade, WPS State of Schools and Budget Forum (at Galvin)


WCAT Member Productions & Volunteer Involvement

Animation by Stefan Bucchierri (Triangles), BrightView Senior Living Panel and interview with Elder Lawyer, Center Wellness, Common Cents, Dimensions of Me, Dog Park Ribbon Cutting and Re-Dedication filmed by volunteer and “Media Dogs”, Financial Cyber Security, The Savings Bank, Glo’s Eatery, Good News, First Parish Church (shows), Patty Bianchet – WMHS productions and A Capella documentary, Maya Indian Bar & Grill PSA on location, Rotary Club Presents Polio (compilation of past years Polar Plunges), Sweetser Lecture Series (Robert Burke edits here), St. Joseph’s Church weekly mass, The Room to Write, Traveling Librarian, Wakefield Co-operative Bank 130th.

Spotlight on WCAT Crew

Volunteer Virginia Bry regularly shoots Studio A meetings. This fall she was the co-commentator at WHS home football games. Virginia filmed the Pet Parade and Wheel Parade. Woof! Brianna Randazza filmed the Dog Park Re-Dedication. Abby Amatucci, Patty Bianchet, Liz Reidy and Jenna Sanchez are also dedicated crew members.

PEG Media, Sources of Non-WCAT Shows

When WCAT is not airing our own productions, we select shows from PEG (Public Educational & Government) Media (shows produced by other community access or government sources.) Members can also submit shows for WCAT to air.

11 Bravo – Vietnam A Soldier’s Story, 30 Odd Minutes, A Finished Work, Americana, Animal Adventures, A Veteran’s Story, Ablevision, Adventures of Scuba Jack, Along the Blackstone, Ask Dog Lady, Ben and Bella Children’s Read Along, Baby Blue Arts Presents, Bridging Cultures, Capital Perspectives, Carolines Critter Corner, Clean Green Living, Doggie Dilemmas, Earth Talks Back, Expedition New England with Scott Tucker, Gardening Rhythms, Glitzy Gourmet, Healthy Hypnosis, Helping YOU Take Center Stage, Learning the Bible, Legal Edition, Mass Factor, Middlesex District Attorney updates, Money Talk with Jack Bevilacqua, NASA 360, Off the Shelf, Physician Focus, Public Domain Movies, Purr View TV, Reeling movie reviews, Science Quest, Stand Strong, Surviving Everyday, The Folklorist, The Garage with Steve Butler, The Kamla Show, The Legal Edition, The Pitch, The Total Woman, Travel Western National Parks, Wicked Good Food, Your Federal Government, and Your Money Your Life.

How to View WCAT on a Computer or Mobile Device

To watch WCAT on computer (not all mobile devices able to do this, depends):

Go to

>> Watch Now (on the home page)


>> Pick Channel 1 (public) or 2 (gov)


For schedule, pick SCHEDULE

>>Pick Channel.

>>Pick Schedule*


You can see a basic schedule “shell” by picking WATCH on the homepage and select the channel.


Government meetings are generally shown on a set schedule.


*This is the “Real” schedule happening as it has been entered. If future days do not show up, they have not been scheduled yet. Questions? Give Studio Administrator Barbara Worley a call at WCAT 781-224-0300.

Wakefield’s Public Access Channels:


Public Access

Public Educational Government
Verizon 40 41 42
Comcast 3 15 22
RCN 3 15 13

Note that WCAT and WHSTV are independent of each other.


WCAT Membership Information

Level Annual Membership Fee Benefits


$50 ·         Opportunity to produce your own show.

·         Access to studio and facilities

·         Support from production staff

·         Use of conference room (once a month)

·         Discount on classes (20%)

·         One (1) vote at WCAT Annual Meeting

Family $50 first member + $15 for additional members
Non-Profit $100


For information about Business Membership or WCAT, contact Tom Stapleton, Executive Director at or 781-224-0300.

Enjoy Your Winter!

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