Medford Access Station Manager Ben Brown Let the Community Down


Ben Brown Let the Community Down
New TV3 Station Manager Doesn’t Know Medford…but he was warned!

also on Medford Info Central


By Joe Viglione, Award-Winning Host of Visual Radio and the Pop Explosion

It would be easy to ramble on and on and on about the juveniles MCC TV3 hired in the past and how Stephanie Burke couldn’t find someone FROM Medford, she had to hire an obedient star-struck young man from Brookline. Go figure.

It is called censorship, people, and it is WRONG.

But here’s how we right the ship.  My letter to Attorney Scanlon at 11:39 pm or so August 30, 2017


Hi Attorney Scanlon,

Yes, I would very much like a digital copy via e mail as well. Thank you.
Wonder if Ms. Dever-Wood will allow the citizens to be on access TV for this election.
Is the Muccini-Burke Administration so terrified of criticism and Stephanie’s inability to speak clearly without being shrill any reason for the Issuing Authority/Mayor to take advantage of the children, senior citizens and cable tv subscribers?
City Hall serves at the pleasure of the Muccini-Burke Administration, not for the citizens of this municipality.
As one notable resident said to me 8:30 pm tonight in another city “Nothing has changed (under Stephanie.)
An unqualified woman, Mrs. Burke, hires a young man to run an access station when he knows nothing about Medford, and personally told me he didn’t know what kind of an agreement to put together for residents who use Verizon.
So Stephanie hires someone who admitted to me that he doesn’t know what he’s supposed to know.
As you may have seen the e mail, you know that I sent him a document he can use as a model.
Of course when the mayor allegedly orders the impressionable young man not to do the job the citizens are paying him to do, there’s no access TV during a critical primary election.
This is not a competent mayor.
She’s as incompetent as Rick Caraviello mumbling under oath in a court of law.
You had to be there January 31, 2017 to believe such an incoherent dullard is actually the president of the Medford City Council.
And this is not digression, it is the sad reality of life under Muccini-Burke.
Thank you again for your sending the document, and reading my important thoughts and observations

Joe Viglione  


Now for some fun at the superintendent’s expense – he’s rich, he can afford it:


All you need to look at are the shifty eyes of Roy E. Belson, superintendent of schools, standing next to one of the reprobates from Medford Community Cablevision, Inc., the failed 501c3 that is being investigated by the office of the Attorney General, Maura Healey, to know that Medford Access Television has gone to hell in a hand basket in the era of Hurricane Harvey, and don’t ignore the irony within that statement.

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Bonus photo – ugly Dr. Rabies going to see Ben Brown.

Ben, Ben, BEN – what were you thinking?   If Ben knew about Medford he would have had his can of Raid ready to stop Rabies at the door!

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Now there’s a dream date for all you gals on  Bertorelli or Deluca?

Decisions, decisions!  How about two for one?

Now to really ruin your day with the power of suggestion.  Imagine a porn movie with the three individuals in these two photographs.  That would not be rated X for prurient content…more like X for Too Terrifying!


Unqualified Knight, Dello Russo and Muccini-Burke

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Medford Massachusetts Has Had Enough.

With questions swirling about the 2015 election – one of Muccini-Burke’s invisible “transition team” bragging around the city that he stole the election for Burke, why hasn’t the Federal Bureau of Investigation looked into the allegations?

How does a woman as unqualified as Muccini-Burke stay in office?      You would need corrupt members of the Medford City Council supporting her, and at least two councilors – Adam Knight who flagrantly promotes himself as the chosen one from embattled Teamsters Local 25 (5 members indicted during the election; Sean O’Brien with a suspension for threats on his record – not the kind of people you want to meet with in a dark alley,) and Fred Dello Russo, Jr., the anti-social Jekyll and Hyde who smiles and shakes hands as an undertaker and, presto change-o, becomes a socially inept moron as a human being after hours.  

Dello Russo “looked like he had lost his best friend” one council colleague noted after Dello Russo was pummeled in the primary.  How the hell does such a joke of a councilor who has rarely, if ever, filed a motion or resolution – who essentially doesn’t do the job the residents demand and deserve – how does someone so inept with very little advertising, rebound in the general election? 

That’s simple – it is clear that there was funny business with Election 2015, a stolen election, with unpopular candidates magically getting in when the citizens of Medford, utterly frustrated, did not vote for those individuals. 

The FBI was alerted in July of 2015 that the election would be stolen. Mayor McGlynn stuffing positions on boards and commissions that he had let lapse for years, frantically working to elect Stephanie Muccini-Burke, her robo-calls smearing and defaming the popular opponent.

Day #134 of 2015 finds so much alleged infighting at Medford City Hall that it reportedly makes Captain America: Civil War look like a day at the beach.   Mike Nestor purportedly wearing shorts, sneakers and no socks to work at the DPW, just part of the sick joke that Muccini-Burke and McGlynn played on the city by having an election where a computer chip raised doubts about the honesty of the election.  Then there was City Clerk Ed Finn flipping out on June 16, 2015, a stalker harassing a journalist on June 12th and 13th – the victim obtaining a restraining order against the then 58-year old ex marine who had spent 17 months defaming and threatening him, invading his privacy, casting vicious aspersions, finally ending up at the man’s home to frighten his household.

May 13 is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 232 days remaining until the end of the year.

Since the stalker was aligned with Medford Community Cablevision, Inc. and, prior to the restraining order on her, was voted off of a board of directors of a 501c3 for harassment, it becomes clear that the events with the stalker (who was never arrested by the police in Medford and Malden, despite numerous complaints filed on her,) and the city clerk can’t be coincidence.   Especially – in retrospect – when the current “mayor” has a vile and disgusting husband – an assistant clerk at Superior Court, who called the victim a vulgarity when the victim was set to be the back-up videographer at the Great Debate, which assistant court clerk Brian S. Burke’s wife lost in spectacular fashion. 

Stephanie Muccini-Burke lost the great debate, and, in a panic, was non-stop polling to see how many votes she was behind.  The huge turnout for her opponent at Montvale Plaza on two occasions, her poor turnout at Bistro, and city councilors being elected when their popularity was at an all-time low, raised suspicions among residents.

Now Muccini-Burke is staffing her Administration with payback, quid-pro-quo, her son’s girlfriend, a former city councilor’s wife, her campaign manager’s wife, positions going to allegedly unqualified people and a corner office in chaos. 

If ever a woman needed to be impeached it is Stephanie Muccini-Burke, vindictive and hell-bent on retaliation, she is now going after former colleagues like Captain Ahab chasing the great white whale. It is sick.  Rumor has it she is paranoid, looking for leaks, and ready to use her authority – not to better Medford – but to dish out vengeance.  Her unbalanced husband allegedly stated on November 3 after the election was allegedly stolen “Payback begins tomorrow.”

Does that sound like a sane man?  And he’s an Assistant Clerk of Courts under Michael Sullivan.   Brian S. Burke allegedly told one victim “I have a hit list,” making the victim feel like he was #1 on the list (certainly that would make this journalist #2.)     So while Muccini-Burke is harassing one good officer of the law, some of his colleagues on the police force are ENABLING Muccini-Burke’s retaliation.   The Attorney General and the District Attorney and Nell Escobar Coakley, the editor of the weekly paper, have all insulated the crazed woman who has hijacked the corner office.   

But there is hope, despite these tremendous odds against residents, Muccini-Burke’s partner-in-crime, School Superintendent Roy E. Belson, is facing irate parents and hundreds of signatures to put a plan in place for a new school superintendent.  Rumors about Belson and Muccini-Burke covering up a serious sex incident at the high school demands answers.  The parents want answers and Roy E, Belson and Mrs. Burke have, thus far, refused to properly answer a public records request on a varsity coach who left the school June 30, 2015.  It could be the one thing that finally brings down the entire gang of thugs.   Did Muccini-Burke and Superintendent Belson engage in a massive cover-up over a sex scandal?  That’s the question parents will be putting to Roy E. Belson over the next couple of weeks.

Foster and Orgeron declared unqualified by Quartzsite council

    Parker Pioneer

The La Paz County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the actions of the Quartzsite Town Council at their June 4, special meeting. At that meeting, the council approved the canvas of the May 15 general election. They also determined mayoral candidate Ed Foster was not qualified to serve as mayor, and that council candidate Mark Orgeron was not qualified to serve on the council. They determined Patricia Workman was qualified to serve on the council.

“The office is currently reviewing the action taken by the common council at the special meeting,” County Attorney Sam Vederman said in a press release. “I ask that all citizens remain calm and engage in respectful discourse while the review process occurs.”


Mrs. Muccini-Burke only had “a minute” left to talk to council

Review of Committee of the Whole with Stephanie Muccini Burke  Wednesday, February 24, 2016

By Joe Viglione

Your chief of staff was fired, removed from City Hall on February 6, and 18 days later Mrs. Burke would rather think about her Feb 28 fundraiser than the elephant in the room: Why an attorney that worked with Burke on the embattled campaign to be Mayor suddenly was disappeared like a junior varsity head coach, unceremoniously booted, sayonara, don’t call us, we won’t call you!


Citizens need a mayor not so self-absorbed as to tell the city council “I only have a minute left” after she talked at, not with, them and then skedaddled like a junior varsity head coach disappeared by Samantha Stevens and I Dream of Jeannie (not THAT Jeannie, the real Genie in a bottle)



Burke Announces Candidacy for Mayor

by Stephanie Muccini Burke

As I reflect on the future of this great city, I couldn’t help but look at the impact Medford has had on my life and how it molded me into the person I am today. I grew up in Wellington and graduated Medford High School; my husband Brian and I started our family on Belle Ave

Sex In The City…of Medford, Massachusetts. Massive High School Sex Coverup?

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In the city of Medford, Massachusetts School Superintendent Roy Belson, he who did not fully declare information requested in a public records request/freedom of information act filing regarding a varsity coach, is just as sneaky on the school website: there is still “to be determined” on the official school website, smack dab in the middle of the school year.

Here is what we know: Roy Belson has acted sketchy when a woman allegedly stole from 8 teachers on or about October 30, 2015, the news not hitting Fox 25 (where Medford resident Kerry Kavanaugh allegedly is an “investigative reporter) until the night of the Nov. 3 election.  Belson has made no public comment that we know of regarding the lawsuit against councilor-elect George Scarpelli in regards to the rape of a 16 year old in Otis Mass when Scarpelli and Somerville Mayor Curtatone were part of the “chaperone” team, and Belson hasn’t made a comment that we are aware of on the press release of a crazed woman getting on a school bus to harass the students, your children, parents of Medford.

Why is Belson still the superintendent with all these problems on his watch?Breaking_News


You think Kerry Kavanaugh at Fox 25 gives a damn about Medford?

Kavanaugh’s mother, who lives at the same residence as Kerry Kavanaugh, gave money to support Stephani Muccini-Burke for mayor, despite the fact that Kerry, fired from a Tampa TV station for a nutty stunt, was the “moderator” of a debate at the Chevalier Theater on Oct. 15

With McGlynn/Muccini-Burke suck-ups Dan Kennedy and John Anderson on the panel, the “debate” was clearly tilted to favor Burke, and despite the advantage Burke was DEMOLISHED by her opponent, Bob Penta



It wasn’t even a toss up, it was a slaughter, with Muccini-Burke’s “pay-to-park” endorsement going over like a lead balloon, as well as Stephanie Burke praising Penta’s ideas on public access TV, basically, all of Penta’s ideas were embraced by the woman who was once his colleague.

Muccini-Burke’s colleague, being a gentleman, refused to ask Mrs. Burke, as Director of Personnel, why she wasn’t upfront about a Varsity coach no longer at the school as of June 30, 2015.   After all, the Director of Personnel, who fumbled the Stephen LeBert fiasco in majestic fashion (it was a colossal disaster with LeBert walking the streets today after threatening to blow a hole through a driver’s head,) is too busy singing The Tremeloes Silence Is Golden to do the job that the former Mayor, McGlynn, appointed her to do.



And the elephant in the room is the huge question, was Jenna Tarabelsi the only teacher allegedly having sex with students?  A confidential source claims there was more than two teachers allegedly taking liberties with your children, parents of Medford students.

Reportedly, Ms. Tarabelsi is in Italy attempting to avoid prosecution, but are there other mistakes made by Roy Belson, School Superintendent, and former Director of Personnal

GROSS MISCONDUCT BY A TRUSTED STAFFER! is what the TV announcer states boldly….Medford school counselor accused of having sex with students

Counselor on paid administrative leave

UPDATED 11:14 PM EDT May 08, 2015


MEDFORD, Mass. —A high school counselor in Medford is under investigation after two students say they had an inappropriate sexual relationship with her.

Watch the report

Officials at Medford Vocational Technical High School said they were made aware of the allegations in early April.

“The allegation is that there was an inappropriate relationship. Now the nature of that relationship isn’t clear to me,” Superintendent Roy Belson said.


Now the rumors surrounding the baseball coach are ultra ugly, and Belson refuses to give the public answers that the public wants to know:

Assistant Varsity Coach: Ryan Burke

Junior Varsity Head Coach: TBA

Now think about this, and it really hits home for the Burke family:

1)Ryan Burke is the Assistant Varsity Coach

2)Stephanie Muccini-Burke was Director of Personnel

3)Middlsex Superior Court Assistant Clerk Brian Burke called this reporter a “motherfucker” on October 15, 2015 in front of seniors and woman, many witnesses.

You’ve got a court clerk, a director of personnel and a colleague of the alleged “missing teacher, missing Junior Varsity Head Coach, and anger exhibited from “Daddy Dearest,” Ryan’s old man, Brian Burke.

What the hell is going on, Roy Belson?  Why so silent, Roy?


noun: varsity; plural noun: varsities
  1. North American
    the principal team representing a high school or college in a sport or other competition.

Head Coach: Mike Petrides

Assistant Coach: Luigi Mirasola

Junior Varsity Coach: TBD

Freshmen Coach: John Prestgiovanni

word is that there is A LOT MORE TO THIS STORY



Ex-coach charged with raping boy
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Posted on 2/24/2005, 3:54:58 PM by bikepacker67

A former Malden wrestling coach who called his students “disciples in training” and instructed them to perform sexual acts to be a part of his team is facing charges of raping one of his students and more victims are likely to come forward, according to authorities.

Prosecutor Michelle Margolis said Everett Bower, 32, asked his wrestlers to perform sex acts as the culmination of their four-step indoctrination into his “family.” Everett Bower is arraigned at Somerville District Court.
(Staff photo by Michael Seamans)

Bower has coached boys wrestling at Savio Prep High School in East Boston, Malden High and Malden Catholic, though he’s currently unemployed. Margolis described in court how he would instruct his young charges to tell him a secret and show him some act of devotion before performing a sex act in order to be initiated into the club.

She said she expects more victims to surface now that one 17-year-old Malden boy has told police about the alleged abuse that began when he was studying judo with Bower at age 8.



Mark Berndt, a former LAUSD teacher accused of committing lewd acts against dozens of students, appears in court for a preliminary setting hearing on July 15, 2013.
After nearly a week with no response to our inquiries about allegations the Los Angeles Unified School District destroyed documents that may have held key evidence in child abuse cases within the district, a spokesman admits the documents no longer exist.
In an interview with KPCC, Sean Rossall of Cerrell Associates, the public relations representative hired by one of the law firms representing the district to exclusively handle media inquiries about the Miramonte child abuse scandal, says the documents were destroyed sometime in 2008.



Muccini-Burke’s Inclusion has same/old same/old Paul Camuso in charge?

breaking newsMrs. Burke’s promise of “inclusion” is an oxymoron when a suspicious individual, Paul A. Camuso, is the chair of Muccini-Burke’s “transition team.”   Along with lacking in qualifications, the city of Medford knows very little about the secretive character with serious allegations swirling around his head like a dark cloud.

As noted in earlier writings on another site, Mr. Camuso would go kicking and screaming to the conflicted City Solicitor when questions about his background were asked.  Sure enough, in a response to a public records request there was a CC to Mark E. Rumley, who works lockstep with Mayor Michael J. McGlynn and Paul Camuso.   This is proof positive that city hall is squelching your right to know.  There is no transparency in the McGlynn Administration, which is how Mark Rumley is ordered to do things: in the dark of (k)night, and in the shadows.


What we do know is that Mr. Camuso admitted to the residents of Medford via a comment made at the city council that he is in “Alcoholics Anonymous,” the key word being “My name is Paul and I am an A L C O H O L I C.  Muccini-Burke sure wants to be inclusive having an alcoholic chair her team.   Good for Paul Camuso, not so good for the city of Medford.   Then there’s the self-deprecating remark that Camuso made at the council that he is a “mental moron.”  No argument there, we have seen his foot inserted firmly in his mouth week after week after week engaging in censorship and worse, getting downright ugly with senior citizens.

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Dereliction Of Duty – Citizens to Sue McGlynn for Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty.


Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, as Issuing Authority of Medford, Massachusetts, was obligated to the cable tv subscribers who pay for P/E/G access TV to allow for vibrant debate after McGlynn decided to step down and not run again. 

Instead, McGlynn chose to put restrictions on access TV when he allowed for a bidding process. 

McGlynn dragged his feet discussing access with the high school while simultaneously deceiving the residents with a phony three person panel of unqualified individuals including a priest, Father Chip Hines, who was arrogant and abusive on the internet to anyone not agreeing with his skewed vision of what public access TV should be.

This was, as well as a dereliction of duty as Issuing Authority – using the monies in a manner in which they were not intended to be used, but it was fraud, denying candidates for elected office and the voters to have any sort of transparency that other cities and towns – Stoneham, Malden, Burlington, Somerville, Boston, Arlington and others pay for and enjoy. 

This was a conspiracy concocted by Mayor Michael J. McGlynn and the city solicitor, Mark E. Rumley, that McGlynn appointed.  Involved in the deception was Stephanie Muccini-Burke, the woman who allegedly “won” the election – a victory tainted with the censorship policies that Burke, McGlynn and Solicitor Rumley perpetrated and benefited from.  

The intentional restrictions McGlynn put on bidders, including his ability to deny any bidder, is more proof of the fraudulent nature of what McGlynn’s so-called attempt at installing access truly was.   More proof is that Muccini-Burke was unqualified and not ready for prime time.  McGlynn couldn’t afford to have the books audited by Muccini-Burke’s opponent, not city hall’s books, not the financial records of the high school.  So fracturing the First Amendment of the U.S.Constitution is the first step McGlynn installed in his effort to control the election of 2015.   On June 16, 2015 the one individual who put the bid in to operate the access TV station was physically and verbally assaulted by violent Edward P. Finn, the City Clerk of Medford.  Witnesses seemed too terrified to come forward. The City Solicitor lied that there was no evidence and the police beat up the victim, claiming that they would arrest him for witness tampering.  So the victim had to drop the case.  

The victim has assisted the Medford Police with evidence regarding the Medford Housing Authority and the theft of copper; the victim helped the Medford police with their investigation of Medford Community Cablevision, Inc., and the victim gave the police leads and information including potentially hard evidence of an alleged child porn ring operated by a close friend of Mayor Michael J. McGlynn.  According to a retired lieutenant, the police could not determine if the image of the alleged child was the appropriate age. But here’s the clincher: the police had the name of the victim and know where he worked. It is clear that the Mayor – McGlynn – did not want the blowback if his friend, the alleged child pornographer, was found guilty in a court of law.    Meanwhile, a police officer was under investigation for threatening to kill a motorist.  That officer was a detective in the same unit investigating the alleged porn ring and the offensive officer who resigned after the violent incident of July 26, 2015, may have been a close friend of the alleged pornographer.

Access TV doesn’t exist in Medford, while the police chief failed to control the bad apples on the force, made up excuses, and in many cases blamed victims of thug-like behavior from at least the resigned Stephen LeBert and possibly other members of the force.

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Photo of Mayor Michael J. McGlynn at TV3 Medford on 40 Canal Street, photo (C)2015 by editor Joe Viglione, all rights reserved (left); photo of irresponsible ex-detective Stephen LeBert from a video cam shot during one of LeBert’s many indiscretions (right).


There was no vibrant debate on ANY issue in Medford because Mayor McGlynn, while enjoying a Ten Thousand dollar annual treat from Comcast to his “celebratory fund,” and another $2,500.00 for his golf tournament, cheated cable TV subscribers by paying exorbitant salaries to 3 teachers using those P/E/G monies designated for access TV while dumping the majority of the monies into the “General Fund,” not access TV.  

Meanwhile there were allegations of sex abuse at Medford High School by a teacher, Jenna Tarabelsi, who allegedly fled to Italy to escape prosecution when the District Attorney’s office took interest in the case.  There are allegations that a male teacher had sex with another student, allegedly the daughter of a candidate running for elected office, and there were problems with theft at the McGlynn School on or about October 30th, not reported to the parents until after the election, and allegations of two bomb threats not reported to the parents by Superintendent Roy Belson because, again, he allegedly didn’t want the voters to be informed prior to an election. 

On Halloween, City Councilor Elect George Scarpelli, currently on the School Committee, was on the front page of the Boston Globe as a defendant in a case filed by a plaintiff who was 17 years old when the horrific rape-with-a-broomstick happened in Otis Mass when Scarepelli and Somerville Mayor Curtatone were supposed to be keeping a watchful eye on the athletes.

To be continued.   Related story here:

How McGlynn STOLE the 2015 Election for unqualified Stehphanie Muccini-Burke


When I lived in Woburn there was never questions about stolen elections. The variety of mayors Woburn has had indicates that things are workable.   In Stoneham, Reading, Winchester, Malden, Arlington, I’ve never questioned the results of elections.   In Medford I do question the results, and a huge indicator is that one mayor could be in power for thirty years.  The alleged “election” of the unqualified Stephanie Muccini-Burke – a woman who ran a terrible campaign and who mumbled and stumbled, when she wasn’t dodging all sorts of stories, like the October 30 theft at the high school hushed up until after the election was over on November 3, 2015.

When you ask people in Medford if they think the election of 2015 was stolen they say “I know.”  The citizens are terrified of the gangster Michael J. McGlynn.

The popularity of my website, Medford Information Central dot com is exhibit A.  How does a blog get over one half a million hits?  It happens when all the other media fails to investigate, fails to report the news, when the other media – Medford Mercury, Medford Transcript, certainly Inside Medford (give Allison credit, she’s never hidden the fact that she answers to McGlynn,) the Patch, the pretty much defunct YourTown/Boston Globe Medford online.  McGlynn had a free ride with no access TV, until a blog came along and started gathering steam, attention and eyeballs.


Residents are frustrated over pay-to-park, the useless trio of Frederick N. Dello Russo, Jr., Rick Caraviello and Adam Knight, and the thought of Stephanie having stole the election has sent shock waves through the broken police station, the broken school system, the broken roads, the broken access TV, the mess perpetrated on citizens by the one person who supervised the installation of all voting machines, Michael J. McGlynn, the cheater, the creep, the liar, the thief.


McGlynn stole your access TV – or as a businessman on Salem Street who once wrapped himself up in a flag said awhile ago: “McGlynn, MutherfXXker.,” 



You have no free expression here, Medford.  The only expression appears to be criminal facilitation by the gangster and his cronies. People are too afraid to speak up and express their First Amendment rights, and that’s how their dishonest structure is kept in place.



What Marco Rubio Paid for With His Florida GOP Charge Card

Movie tickets, Costco and grocery store runs, Walt Disney World trips, flowers and flights for his wife –- those are some of the charges listed in two years of statements for Marco Rubio’s American Express card issued by the Republican Party of Florida.

Rubio charged a total of $160,000 to the card from 2005 through 2008, according to his book, and according to the Washington Post he paid off over $16,000 in personal expenses.

In 2010, a Florida man filed an ethics complaint against Rubio for the charges, but it was dismissed.


Medford Public Access TV in 2016


     Embattled outgoing mayor, Michael J. McGlynn, loathes transparency and access television.  A source tells me he was speaking to McGlynn and the lame-duck mayor told the access veteran “I hate public access.”  Those in Medford know that all too well, the Mayor seeing how Vinny Piro’s election hopes in the 1980s went down like the Hidenburg.  The entire TV3 fiasco is a metaphor for McGlynn’s 28 years of dictatorship.



       On Inauguration Day in Medford, January 2, 2012, School Committee member Robert Skerry told me “everything will change” (in regards to local televised media.)   What he was talking about was Verizon coming to Medford, a contract Mayor McGlynn signed with Verizon on February 3, 2012.    The Mayor’s promises have yet to be delivered – here is is August 12th and we still don’t have the School Committee and City Council meetings on Verizon; we don’t have either of them on Comcast’s ON DEMAND, despite Medford being one of the six cities in the nation to be participating in Comcast’s Project Open Voice (Made In Medford).   Are residents  supposed to just be quiet, complacent and not rock the boat?  Wait until the “powers that be” deliver on those promises?

All due respect to Bob Skerry, a nice fellow with a good heart, things have not changed, and we need powerful voices like Bob Skerry’s as well as other people on the School Committee and on the City Council to let the Mayor know in no uncertain terms that this kind of failure to lead is unacceptable.

Let’s discuss Project Open Voice.   If you have Comcast press Channel 1, the ON DEMAND Channel.   You will find 10 icons (Top Picks, Search, TV Series, Movies and six more) on the first page, scroll down to the bottom where it says More v Choices  (the “v” is an arrow down), click down and you get 10 more icons (HD On Demand, Sports & Fitness etc).  Go to the 8th icon, GET LOCAL and press it.    You will now have 10 more icons inside “Get Local”, those being Red Sox On Demand, What’s New?, 92.5 The River Live (which is a great place to check out!   Adam Ezra Band and Air Traffic Controller live at the River Music Hall, both with Malden residents in their respective groups) and 7 other icons…just go all the way to the bottom again to More v Choices.

Go to More v Choices and there are only two choices: Latino and Made in Medford.  Click on Made in Medford and three new icons pop up:  Public Access, Family and Community.   These sites on the ON DEMAND are from the online website part of

Today, August 12, 2012, there is only one program on Public Access, it is a 123 minute (two hours, 3 minutes) 2012 Graduations (High School and Vocational), available until August 30, and it is free.   On Family you will find a free 6 minute vid of Marine Corps veteran Danielle Marcellino demonstrating her extreme workout routine while on Community a free 5 minute profile of Berklee Music College student Gia Green available until September 14th.  Click on the icon to get a full paragraph on the program.

It was my understanding that Project Open Voice – which Comcast is reportedly spending tens of millions of dollars on – would have dozens of channels On Demand created by the community and broadcast on television in our community.   Here’s where it gets vague and troublesome.

The City Council expected that Timothy Kelly, Sr. Manager of Gov’t & Regulatory Affairs at Comcast was going to speak to the citizens – and the Council, in Alden Chambers this past June.   There won’t be another meeting of the City Council until September 18.  There was supposed to be a big blast-off for Project Open Voice in Medford.  Have you seen it?   The party’s been canceled, and unceremoniously.   Medford residents not getting what we’ve been promised, Medford residents getting their Free Speech restrictions.  And you know where they are coming from, don’t you?   If you’ve followed these columns since June you are aware that the individual in the corner office at 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Michael J. McGlynn, is standing in the way of your ability to enjoy what you are paying for.   He’s smiling in a flowing robe when you click ON DEMAND  Made In Medford Public Access.   The students are there, but you are not!

The other 5 cities participating in  Fresno, California; Houston, Texas; Peterborough, N.H.; Philadelphia, PA  and Hialeah (outside of Miami) Florida are front and center on the page.  Medford has slipped down to the very botton, next to “CONTACT US” on the bottom right hand of the page.  Click on Visit our Test Site to see the obscure place Medford, Massachusetts has been relegated to.

Now it’s not that the people at Argus, the outside contractor helping us develop Medford’s Project Open Voice, aren’t nice people…they are.  David Lubell, April and Toyin have been very helpful.  And Tim Kelly is a friendly enough guy for a government agent…sorry…for a Sr. Manager of Govt. & Regulatory Affairs  (be careful! He was the staff director at the Mass. House of Representatives bettween ’97 and 2003)…but this is so important to Medford residents that Mr. Kelly owes it to us to visit the Council (hopefully, September 18th) and tell residents why every channel on Made In Medford isn’t accessible ON DEMAND, Channel 1.

You can visit  Community on Made in Medford and see my interview with City Councilor Robert Penta

You can visit Recreation to see my interview with Medford band Await Rescue

You can visit the Government channel on Made In Medford  as well as Public Access, Education, Family and Events.

We want our Made in Medford party.  We want to be put back on the front page of Project Open Voice, and we want all our shows ON DEMAND.  It’s not too much to ask of a company satisfying an FCC mandate as part of their compliance due to the Comcast purchase of Universal/NBC.   “Project Open Voice was created to satisfy specific requirements as mandated by the FCC during the Comcast-Universal/NBC merger in 2011. Comcast’s goal in this project is to “broaden the discovery of local content, including public, educational and government (PEG) programming… and to address the questions of the diverse demand for local content in different communities and the variety of ways to deliver it.”

To “broaden the discovery” isn’t – in the opinion of this public access veteran whose first show was broadcast in 1979 – cloning YouTube.  We can do that on our own.   Comcast delivers content to our TV set.   We want our LOCAL CONTENT delivered to our TV set.  Let’s face it, ON DEMAND is a jungle, and if Comcast cannot put all our Made In Medford content on the ON DEMAND perhaps we need our own MADE IN MEDFORD CHANNEL on the television.  It’s an information superhighway with few cars currently on it.  Comcast needs to give us our own channel for Project Open Voice / Medford to succeed.


Verizon Contiguous Channels

For the 71% of Medford that gets Verizon, you also get programming from Stoneham, Wakefield, Hudson, Melrose and Malden.  Though, technically, not the “contiguous” channels we were promised, channels from cities / towns touching Medford (Arlington, Winchester, Everett would certainly be appropriate), citizens finally have an opportunity to see how other access stations broadcast their town/city council meetings, their educational channel, their local access.  I’ve been saying it for years, I want residents to compare and see what is available in this city and what is available elsewhere.

My next essay will expand on the Verizon access broadcasts in Medford.

Joe Viglione can be reached at  Visual_Radio{@}