Posted April 9th, 2015 by barbara
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Ashland Cable Access Corporation, WACA TV, which was incorporated in 1985, set up its first studio on Eliot Street. The station’s first programs were regular tapings of the selectmen and school committee meetings. Very soon, Ashland Cable became more active and expanded its programming line to include many types of shows. Some of these programs, which are still in production today, are “Calling All Kids,” “Unplugged,” “Soup to Nuts,” and many more.After several years, Ashland Cable became known as WACA TV, which soon caught on as a household word. People were talking about WACA TV all around town and our programming grew tremendously.

Over the years, Ashland’s younger residents have been treated to summer video camp sessions and After School Video workshops, where they learned the art of video production. They spent their days creating their own music videos and doing mock news and weather programs. Many of these students have gone on to professional careers in the television and entertainment business. They attribute their choice of careers to the education and training they received during their time spent at WACA TV.

With all this activity, WACA TV soon outgrew its space at 290 Eliot Street. In 1997, a new studio was built at the former Ashland High School at 87 West Union Street, where we were remained until 2013.

Throughout the years, WACA TV has produced programs such as cooking shows, discussion shows and programs featuring rock, folk and acoustic bands. We have gone on location to a variety of interesting places, from behind the scenes at the Boston Ballet to covering the Worcester Memorial Service for fallen firefighters, to covering the events at the National Democratic Convention in Boston. The station has also been recognized on several occasions with awards for excellence in programming as well as the Overall Excellence Award for the New England/New York area and also in  Nationally.

WACA TV once again experineced growing pains and has relocated from the West Union Street studio in the Summer of 2013 to a fully HD Studio with a separate fully equipped HD kitchen studio.  We look forward to continuing to increase our media center’s offerings to meet the needs of the Ashland Community for many more years to come.

Ashland Cable Access Corporation
200 Butterfield Drive, B1
Ashland, MA 01721
Phone: 508-881-9222
Fax: 508-881-2279

Barbara Chisholm
Executive Director

Paul Beaudoin
Production Manager

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