WACA-TV Ashland is a local access independent, non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. WACA-TV mission is to help all of Ashland citizens and institutions realize their potential through the medium of cable television. WACA-TV encourages and facilitates the production of quality programming by and for the local community of Ashland. We have three distinct channels public, education and government community media. WACA-TV is committed to fostering a welcoming and empowering environment where Ashland citizens can participate in the usage of a variety of media formats; our TV channels, online VOD, Podcasts, and Social Media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The purpose of creating community programming is that provides a unique, valuable, and locally-relevant option to non-commercial programming. WACA-TV strives to keep our viewers informed regarding town issues which impact the quality of life of the residents of the Town of Ashland. WACA is dedicated to providing the best quality programming for our residents, while strengthening expression, communication, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in a community.
WACA was incorporated in 1985 and set up our 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,” “Learning Center,” and “Badges,”. After several years, Ashland Cable became known as WACA TV, which quickly 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, doing mock news, weather programs and creating original short scripts then shooting and acting in them. 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 original space. In 1997, WACA moved to our next location at the then Ashland High School/Middle School location where we were remained until 2013. At that time, we relocated once again to a HD facility with two broadcast studios; one of which is a full functioning kitchen studio
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. Our community media center has been recognized both Nationally and Regionally with awards for excellence in programming as well as the Overall Excellence Award on numerous occasions.
We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of the Ashland Community for many more years to come.