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Somerville Community Access Television Inc.

 90 Union Square
 Somerville, MA 02143
[P] (617) 6288826
[F] --
Erica Jones
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EIN 22-2506464

LAST UPDATED: 05/03/2016
Organization DBA Somerville Community Access Television, Inc
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Somerville Community Access Television is a leading public access media center that enables a vibrant and diverse community to express its creativity, explain its ideas, share its cultures, and foster the individual's right to freedom of speech. SCATV supports and creates community-driven media through education, production resources, and distribution on cable television and the Web.

Mission Statement

Somerville Community Access Television is a leading public access media center that enables a vibrant and diverse community to express its creativity, explain its ideas, share its cultures, and foster the individual's right to freedom of speech. SCATV supports and creates community-driven media through education, production resources, and distribution on cable television and the Web.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $472,100.00
Projected Expense $471,233.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boston Free Radio
  • TV Channel
  • Youth Media Classes

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Somerville Community Access Television is a leading public access media center that enables a vibrant and diverse community to express its creativity, explain its ideas, share its cultures, and foster the individual's right to freedom of speech. SCATV supports and creates community-driven media through education, production resources, and distribution on cable television and the Web.

Background Statement

1. SCATV was incorporated in 1983 and is the oldest access center in Massachusetts. It has the longest-running live access TV program in the world (since 1972), "Dead Air Live." SCATV has taught video production to youth since its inception. It's Next Generation Producers program collaborates with other NPO's to create youth media projects that concern issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, challenges for local immigrants, and media literacy. SCATV operates one channel on the Comcast and RCN cable TV systems in Somerville. Its programs are created by Somerville residents, staff, and other area access stations. It also cablecasts programs from Free Speech TV, a satellite network. SCATV provides Somerville residents with the training, equipment and facilities they need to produce programs for their neighbors. Each quarter SCATV offers classes in video production, editing, producing, event coverage, and using social media. SCATV has an active internship program and trained 24 interns from area colleges and universities in 2014. Boston Free Radio is a 24 hour Internet radio station run as a project of SCATV. The volunteer radio producers incorporate and train new DJ’s several times each year. SCATV serves the community trough the production of PSA's, the bi-weekly Somerville Neighborhood News program, staff-facilitated series and special programs, and coverage of community events, meetings, and political forums. SCATV provides free meeting space for community groups, posts messages on the channel’s electronic bulletin board, and operates an art gallery for local artists.

Impact Statement

1. Winner of the Alliance for Community Media's National Award for Overall Excellence
2. Transition to all high definition video production
3. Production of a high quality half hour, bi-weekly news program, Somerville Neighborhood News 
 1. Diversify SCATV's income sources
2.  Strengthen Boston Free Radio as a project of SCATV
3. Rebrand the organization as a community media center 

Needs Statement

Most pressing needs:
1. Increasing our revenue as cable TV franchise payments have remained stagnant and are expected to decrease as viewers watch TV more on their computers. We need to bring in grants of about $20,000/year to have to keep our programs going at the current level.
2.  Space redesign. Our current space needs paint, furniture, and some renovation to provide adequate space for our programs and staff.
3. We need to hire a design consultant to update the SCATV brand so that it is more current and inclusive of all the media services we offer.
4. Once the organizations has a new branding strategy, we need to create outreach materials to market our services to non-profits, video producers, radio DJ's, and youth.
5. More staff hours to support the radio station, news program, and youth media program. 

CEO Statement

SCATV is well embedded in the Somerville community. It's programs are in several languages, and its mission is to allow underserved groups free access to electronic media.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Serving Somerville, MA

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Media & Communications
  2. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Boston Free Radio

SCATV offers Massachusetts residents the opportunity to produce programs on an Internet radio station, run from a studio in the SCATV building. The station can be found at
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Broadcasting
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Radio memberships increase as more resources are given to the station, including the addition of 20 hours/week of staff time.
Program Long-Term Success  Local people can learn radio DJ skills and have their own program on the radio. The station is a free speech venue so people can speak their minds without being censored.
Program Success Monitored By  Boston Free Radio gains listeners and DJ's.
Examples of Program Success  DJ's enjoy the self expression of producing their own radio programs.

TV Channel

SCATV cablecasts on Comcast and RCN channels #3. In September, SCATV will share a high definition channel on RCN, #613, with two City channels. The channel programs are produced by Somerville residents, staff, interns, and community producers in surrounding towns. SCATV also cablecast programs from the Free Speech TV, a satellite network. SCATV provides access to the training, equipment, and facilities that Somerville residents use to create their programs for the channel.
Budget  $400,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Electronic Media
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Families
Program Short-Term Success  Somerville residents with no video production training will be able to produce programs using our facilities. 
Program Long-Term Success  Somerville residents will gain an understanding of the issues and concerns of their neighbors. Foreign language groups will have access to programs in their native languages, voters will have more information about the candidates for local positions, health information will be distributed.
Program Success Monitored By  Success will be determined by the number and quality of programs on our channels.
Examples of Program Success  A Haitian-American poet learned to produce his own talk show in which he interviews other local writers in Haitian Creole. Cambridge Somerville Elder Services invites elderly residents into the studio to tell the stories of their lives, adding photos in post production. A college intern learns the skills that enable her to find a job in TV.

Youth Media Classes

SCATV teaches media-making skills and media literacy to Somerville teens. The programs are after-school workshops at SCATV, some of which are collaboration with other Somerville youth-serving organizations.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  SCATV youth programs serve thirty teens each year.
Program Long-Term Success  SCATV works with low income youth who learn valuable skills that can direct them toward a career in media. Youth understand how the mass media operates to influence public opinion and stereotypes.
Program Success Monitored By  The number of teen served, the quality of the projects they produce, the response to the program by the teens and their families.
Examples of Program Success  Teens are able to shoot and edit video projects with professional equipment in the field and in the TV studio. Teens create programs that inform their peers about issues of importance to them.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms Wendy Blom
CEO Term Start Aug 2004
CEO Email
CEO Experience
BA in Sociology from the University of Rochester
MA in Theater from the University of Colorado
MA in Mass Communications from Emerson College
Director of Community Projects, Lowell Telecommunications Corp.; Membership and Outreach Director at Boston Neighborhood Network.
Production Assistant or Associate Producer at The Monitor Channel, WLVI, WCVB, New England Cable News.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ellie Pye Jan 2002 Jan 2004
Jane Regan Jan 2000 Jan 2002

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Erica Jones Membership and Outreach Director
Two years as an Americorps VISTA at the public access TV station Albuquerque, New Mexico. Three years as Programming Coordinator at SCATV, One year as Membership and Outreach Director at SCATV.
MA in Communication Studies from Suffolk University. 


Award Awarding Organization Year
Outstanding Excellence Alliance for Community Media 2015


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


We collaborate with numerous non-profit organizations in Somerville. They include Community Action Agency of Somerville, RESPOND, Inc. Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Arts Council, Arts at the Armory, Homeless Coalition, Welcome Project, Mystic Learning Center, Teen Empowerment, Community Growing Center, Somerville Library.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Board development is a challenge that will need to be addressed.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Jesse Moos
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Somerville
Board Chair Term Oct 2012 - Jan 2016
Board Co-Chair Jhenny Saint-Surin
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Dec 2014 - Jan 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Joseph Abrantes Tufts University Voting
KyAnn Anderson member representative Voting
Lisa Ball member representative Voting
Jessica Brayden RESPOND, Inc. Voting
Melitta King member representative Voting
Jesse Moos City of Somerville Voting
Robert Nesson community volunteer Voting
Henry Parker member representative Voting
Jhenny Saint-Surin Haitian community Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Haitian
Gender Female: 5
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 2%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws
  • Membership
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
  • Technology

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The primary challenge of this organization adjusting to a change in leadership, and beginning work on a new strategic plan that was completed in July 2015

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $472,100.00
Projected Expense $471,233.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $536,156 $567,470 $573,192
Total Expenses $462,218 $463,833 $499,831

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $107,395 --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions $465,831 $401,901 $521,884
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $13,326 $13,868 $21,225
Investment Income, Net of Losses $49,820 $38,181 $23,423
Membership Dues $6,750 $6,125 $6,660
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $429 -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $423,891 $432,849 $471,648
Administration Expense $25,190 $19,968 $17,603
Fundraising Expense $13,137 $11,016 $10,580
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.16 1.22 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 93% 94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,397,220 $1,313,722 $1,193,674
Current Assets $439,511 $427,859 $381,827
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $47,730 $11,003 $18,366
Total Net Assets $1,349,490 $1,302,719 $1,175,308

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 35.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 9.21 38.89 20.79

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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