We Are Wallingford Public Access

Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc. d/b/a WPAA-TV and Community Media Center

Spiritual Communities on TV

What We Do Together

Some stories never get old.
Some community stories never get old.

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Together we are Community TV in Wallingford.

Join Us for Annual Make Holiday Greeting Events
Join us annually for ‘MakeTV Holiday Greetings’ .

Local Business supports our Outreach with discounts on merchandise.THANKS
THANK YOU to local businesses that help with discounts.

Often those who contribute to their community are overlooked or undervalued. Please recognize the many unsung contributions of WPAA. #TheGreatGive2019

What intern applicants are saying:

I am elated to be applying for the position of digital media assistant with WPAA-TV. This position interests me because of its flexibility and dedication to informing the community.  E.K. 2021

After talking with you and looking at your website, I see that your main goal is to teach citizens what you know about the media and to provide an open space to the public to create. I appreciate your dedication to transparency in the media, as I am a journalist who shares the same values of free, truthful speech. Your mission to allow people to create content in a supportive environment is a unique concept that I want to be a part of.

What volunteers are saying:

Thank you for the opportunity this summer. I learned a lot from you and I had fun doing it. It was the best internship out of the three I did this summer. NL 2018

It was a pleasure working with you guys at WPAA-TV. I enjoyed the years I worked there and I’m grateful for the kindness you guys have shown me. I would like to thank you for putting a kind word, I hope you guys at WPAA-TV are well and keep spreading love around. N.J. 2018

I appreciate and am grateful for such thoughtful answers, … I can’t say that enough. Volunteering at WPAA and learning from you has helped me tremendously. D.M. 2018

What producers are saying:

Bill and I really appreciated all the support we have received since 2015. The Take cohost 2020

Thank you so much for your donation on #GivingTuesday to Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media. You were one of the 40 donors.

Thanks for providing a home location for our traveling troupe. Connecticut Compass Theatre 2018

Thank you. …continuing gratitude and support. DTC 2018

Thank you for all that you do for the community. You were so gracious to tape … Wallingford350 Committee 2018

…appreciative that I can count on you for fervent support and good counsel. …for Wallingford’s future. J.L. 2017

We can not thank you enough for all the hard work and expertise with this project. Sincerely appreciated. Wallingford Rotary 2015

After 180 days of filming. Kool Award from the cast & crew of The Sparrow Falling  ~2017

Mission


Put yourself on the map. Be a citizen Media Maker!

#YourTownYourStationYourVoice

Facilitating creation and distribution of meaningful noncommercial Community Access TV as stewards of Wallingford CT’s media making resources in fulfillment of Cable Access Provider responsibilities and as a local arts nonprofit.

#wpaatv #BeTheMedia #MoreThanTV #YourTownYourStationYourVoice #SocialActionArt #CelebrateWallingfordEveryday

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Goals


  • To operate a community-based media center inclusive of a television studio with community meeting, performance space and gallery
  • To provide (free or low cost) tools & stage to the public for creating and distributing media
  • To foster awareness of the First Amendment and Free Speech (with gratitude for the 14th Amendment)
  • To sustain Community Access TV resources on behalf of the people of Wallingford
  • To enable transparency in government; especially, locally and globally

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Community Access Provider (CAP)


Wallingford Public Access Association, Inc. (WPAA), as designated by the State of Connecticut utility regulators, is the Community Access Provider (CAP) for the town of Wallingford. WPAA is a (501-3(c)) nonprofit organization incorporated in Connecticut as a Public Charity. Our primary business is support for the creation and sharing of video content as hyper-local television. Hyper-local refers to Wallingford CT. We refer to our initiatives in Wallingford with hashtags including but not limited to  #YourTownYourStationYourVoice #wpaatv #MoreThanTV #BeTheMedia #AnyoneCanBeFreeman #TeamHercules Continue reading “Community Access Provider (CAP)”

Citizen Media-Maker Awards


  • 2020 National Alliance for Community Media Hometown Awards

    • 1st Place Community Impact – Independent Producer Promotion Video for #StreetshotZ the Gallery Producer Adele Houston, Host Linda Marie Colon, Tech Director Tom Brady – Featuring Photographer Charles Buzinsky

2020 Alliance for Community Media Nor’Easter New England

        • 1st Place Arts & Theater The Sparrow Falling Episode 4 – Sal DelGreco, Robert James, Ian Howard
        • 1st Place Issues & Science, Health & Spirituality MidLife Matters Child Sex Trafficking – Georgian Lussier
        • 2nd Place Issues and Political Process Bipartisan Get Out the Vote – Team Hercules
        • 2nd Place Music & Performance Bharatanatyam – Ritesh Sekhar, Meera Nair, Jeevith Ishwarya
        • 3rd Place Educational Program Making It Artisan Stories Tim & Vance and Homeschooling – Adele Houston
        • 3rd Place Diversity Empowerment Diversity Empowerment HumanKindBoth: What is our Purpose – Zahir Mannan, HumanKindBoth Contributors
        • 3rd Place Instructional and Training BlueHills Crafters – Adele Houston, Tom Brady
        • 3rd Place About Access and Community Media Time for a Story Places StudioW – Team Hercules

    • 2019 National ACM Hometown Video Festival Overall Excellence
      Budget Under 300K  “BEST SMALL STATION in USA”
      WPAA-TV and Media Center  What We Do Together

    • 2019 Alliance for Community Media Nor’Easter New England
      • 1st Place Arts & Theater The Sparrow Falling Episode 3 – Sal DelGreco, Robert James
      • 2nd Place Issues & Political Process CommUnity Conversations My Neighbor is Muslim – Miyan Zahir Muhammad, Ted Hakey, Jr
      • 2nd Place Children & Youth Creation Station – Rain Sticks – AyLiz Boran
      • 3rd Place General Talk Show Midlife Matters: Holocaust Special Edition – Georgian Lussier
      • 3rd Place Music & Performance Music with Purpose: Blues Stew – Lisa Catherine, Tom Brady, Aaron Stone
      • Single Camera – Event Coverage StandUp 4 Human Rights Rally – Adele Houston2018 About Access & Community Media
        The Sparrow Falling News Package
        3rd Place Middlesex Community College Students2016 Rika Welsh Community Impact Special Honors
        Georgian Lussier Mid-Life Matters17th Annual NE_ACM Video Festival Overall Excellence
        Budget Under 100K  
        WPAA-TV and Community Media Center16th Annual NE_ACM Video FestivalOverall Excellence
        Budget Under 100K  
        WPAA-TV and Media Center We Did It Together

        2013 3rd Place ACM New England Diversity Empowerment
        Independent Producer Oral Ofori #TheAfricanDream  
        Mandela Legacy

        2012 1st Place ACM New England Diversity Empowerment
        Producers Dawn Aldrich & Camila Gabriel
        Penn’s Pals Episode Sophie Sign Language

        2011 1st Place ACM New England Documentary Event
        Independent Producer Adele Houston  
        Home Of Free Speech

        2009 1st Place ACM New England Community Impact
        GS Troop #60794
        Livin’ Life the Right Way

        2009 2nd Place ACM New England News & Magazine Series
        Independent Producer Kathryn Robinson
        Creature Theater III

        2009 3rd Place ACM New England Children and Youth
        GS Leader Karen Kennedy

        Be Smart, Don’t Start

        2008 1st Place ACM New England Original Teleplay
        Independent Producer Kathryn Robinson
        Deadly Access

        2006 1st Place ACM New England Issues Talk Show
        Independent Producer Tom Dacey  

        Talking with Tom

        2006 Sustaining Community Access Award – Audience
        Planet Access Crew Wallingford Public Access Station
        (signed June 24, 2006)
        Cable Advisory Council South Central CT

        2006 Sustaining Community Access Award – Delivery
        Board of Directors Wallingford Public Access Station
        (signed June 24, 2006)
        Cable Advisory Council South Central CT

        2005 1st Place PSA
        WPAA Golden Ticket
        Hometown Video Awards

        2004 7th Annual NE_ACM Video Festival
        PEG PROMO Golden Ticket
        WPAA Team (David & Jason Burghardt, Kathryn M. Robinson, Sharon Kesilewski)

        2003 6th Annual NE_ACM Video Festival
        Cultural – Making a Difference
        Ordinary Citizens Everyday Doors

        Co-producers Cliff Huizenga, Adele Houston

        2001 4th Annual NE_ACM Video Festival
        Religious/Inspirational
        A Journey Stations of the Cross

        Innovative
        Wheelchairs Rolling
        Independent Producer Adele Houston

        2001 National Hometown Award
        Religious/Inspirational
        A Journey Stations of the Cross

        Independent Producer Adele Houston

        Award winning community TV station
        Video Festivals: a benefit for Alliance for Community Media Members