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Radio Show #205 – Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Geoff Diehl represents the 7th Plymouth district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

As of September 2018, he is the Republican candidate in the upcoming Senate race facing incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Coming off of his second contentious debate with Sen. Warren, in an exclusive conversation on Pioneer Valley Radio, Diehl responds candidly to questions and issues surrounding his debate performance and overall strategy.

A Little Light Music!


Western Mass.’ online Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard took his music show to an appreciative audience at the Longmeadow Senior Center, Longmeadow, MA, on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

With accompanist Richie Mitnick at the keyboard, the show consisted of great pop standards and songs from Broadway shows including “The Music Man,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “Man of La Mancha,” “The Fantasticks” and “Chicago.”  The music-packed hour-plus performance also elicited quite a few laughs from Brad’s impromptu remarks!

Radio Show #204 – Robert Holland a.k.a. Holland Cooke

In 1968, a young man named Robert Holland graduated from East Longmeadow High School.  He went on to Westfield State and then entered the field of radio locally at WHYN and WSPR.  Known professionally as Holland Cooke, he established himself as a big time player in the radio industry as an air personality and program director at major stations on the East Coast and eventually became an influential national consultant.  This past year, he entered a new phase in his career as the host of a weekend TV talk show called “The Big Picture” on the RT America Network.   Several weeks ago, the ELHS class of 68 held its 50th reunion which Holland – now a resident of Rhode Island – enthusiastically attended.  Michael Harrison caught up with him for this exclusive Pioneer Valley Radio interview.

Website: www.hollandcooke.com

Radio Show #203 – Bob Russell,
American Pest Solutions

As the fourth generation of the Russell family steers American Pest Solutions solidly into the future, Bob Russell, president since 1995, has seen it all – and in more than 10,000 Western Mass. homes!

Bob loves his work and is truly proud of the efforts and success his family has attained in keeping homes free of unwanted pests – pests that can be a danger to public health!

In this special program, you will also learn more about what to be on your guard for at this time of year… and when to call in the pros!

Web: www.413pestfree.com/springfield-pest-control

Email: bugs@413pestfree.com (Bob Russell – personal)

Radio Show #202 – Andrew Smith and
Smith & Son Jewelers

Andrew Smith is a man who loves his work.

And he has been at it all of his life.

And his business has been at it for a century.

Andrew Smith is celebrating an amazing professional milestone – the 100th Anniversary of Smith & Son Jewelers of Springfield!

This is a family operation in Western Massachusetts devoted to its loyal customers.

The future of watches?  In doubt, as millennials tend to not use them in favor of their cell phones?

Andrew’s thoughts on this might surprise you!

For more information, email: andrew@smithandsonjewelers.com

or visit their website: www.smithandsonjewelers.com.

 

Radio Show #201 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In a continuing series of programs devoted to financial news of use and benefit to Western Mass., Jordan Goodman looks at the challenge of continually rising interest rates.

The impact on loans, credit cards and other essentials is specifically defined by Jordan in his latest appearance on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Breaking consumer information and tips on how to take advantage of current conditions highlight this program.

How has the contentious Kavanaugh confirmation affected the markets?

You will hear Jordan’s thoughts on that as well!

Radio Show #200 – East Longmeadow’s Michelle Provencher and “The Love Mich Collection”

Michelle Provencher of East Longmeadow exited her career as a paralegal and followed a dream.

She had taught herself to sew, and always saw herself in the fashion industry.

Realizing one day that the paper sleeve on her iced coffee just wasn’t preventing the condensation, and was also not aesthetically pleasing, a realization that iced coffee should not be excluded from high fashion developed, and… The Love Mich Iced Coffee Cozy was the result!

This entrepreneurship has been successful to the point where the handmade accessories are snapped up as quickly as they are created, and the true challenge is in supply meeting demand!

This fascinating story unfolds in this program.

Radio Show #199 – Dan Chraplak and
Dan’s Domestic Auto Repair

Career auto technician Dan Chraplak realized his ambition and set up shop on his own.

Dan’s life and work is settled in West Springfield, where he is well known for his efforts to work with customers and go a little further to keep their costs down and his standards up.

At Dan’s Domestic Auto Repair, Dan proudly maintains that he “can fix anything!”

Dan is also very involved in his young son’s performing efforts and accomplishments – you will be surprised to learn what they are!

 

Radio Show #198 – Robert Dominick,
L&R Residential Home Window Tinting

Bob Dominick of Feeding Hills was born at Westover and toured the world, as he grew up, with his Air Force dad.

Upon returning to Feeding Hills, he moved through several business situations until he found his present career in the unique world of home window tinting!

What it’s all about, and what it means to this Western Mass. resident and business person, is the subject of this program!

Interested? You can reach Bob at 413-335-1516 or landrresidentialwindowtinting.com.

Radio Show #197 – Mike Desmarais, and Huntington’s Comfort Kitchen and Bar

Throughout his career as a noted Western Mass restaurateur, Agawam’s Mike Desmarais now brings fine dining to Huntington.

As the owner of The Comfort Kitchen and Bar, Mike embraces the different set of challenges that a restaurant in our “hilltowns” represents.

Mike’s pride in the Comfort Kitchen’s signature dishes, from a steaming Chicken Pot Pie (a local favorite) to the unique Shrimp and Grits, is unmistakable!

 

Radio Show #196 – Paul Kozub, Creator of
V-One Vodka

Paul Kozub, a Western Mass. entrepreneur, family man and creator of the wildly successful V-One Vodka, took a chance.

Leaving behind a promising career in banking, he pursued his desire to create an original vodka.

The result is V-One now found in liquor stores, bars and restaurants throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Paul’s efforts led him to explore his own heritage in Poland, prompting a love affair with that locale and its culture that continues to inform his work.

Though V-One is a national and international brand, Paul’s deep attachment to Western Mass. keeps his home base right here.

In this conversation, you will hear Paul’s personal history, his thoughts and feelings through 13-plus years of experimentation and trial and error.

Paul’s almost lyrical account of his first excursion to Poland, and this year’s cocktail creation for the Big E, are additional highlights!

Radio Show #195 – Nicole Bessette
of Marvel Cleaners – Residential and Office Cleaning

Westfield’s Nicole Bessette exited a career in law, insurance, and other pursuits to devote herself to working with her husband, Mike in their own cleaning company here in Western Mass.

Clearly, the husband and wife who clean professionally together, stay together.

Nicole and Mike seem happy and satisfied in their work, as Nicole conveys in this special program.

You can hear how they handle all manner of cleaning jobs, including junk removal, hoarding, and biohazards!

Nicole and Mike describe Marvel Cleaners as, “a two-person, co-ed cleaning team. We are friendly, experienced, detail oriented, thorough and non-judgmental. Let us make your home SPARKLE!”

Radio Show #194 – Mike Zabik and
Mike’s Auto Service

Mike Zabik leads a happy existence in a family business, devoted to keeping the cars of the region in solid repair and on the road!

Born in West Springfield, Mike has been knee-deep in automotive technology from the time he graduated high school to the present.That is more than thirty years of accumulated automotive knowledge and experience.

He can be found every day at Mike’s Auto Service in West Springfield.

In this program, you will also gain some valuable info on what ponding, flooding and related rain issues can do to your vehicle.

Radio Show #193 – Carmine DiCenso, Executive Director, Dakin Humane Society

Dogs, cats, rabbits, mice. ferrets, guinea pigs and hamsters – all are in good hands with Western Mass.’ Carmine DiCenso.

With a background in psychology, Carmine has made his 20-year career, the last two years as Executive Director at Dakin, beneficial to Western Mass. pets and their owners alike.

In this program, you will hear how Carmine and Dakin have also helped the Carolinas and Central Mass. through two disasters by making room here in the shelter to house their displaced pets!

Radio Show #192 – Noreen Tassinari and
The Big E!

For more than 30 years, Westfield’s Noreen Tassinari has been the face and voice of The Big E!

The signature fair for the northeast is underway the weekend of September 14, and Noreen is here on Pioneer Valley Radio for a sneak preview of the events, music, food and excitement this year!

Radio Show #191 – Kendrah Elise and Frankenhair

Kendrah Elise is a highly accomplished Western Mass. business woman, a vegan, and in her own words, a “bonus mom.”

With an educational background in psychology, and career track including MassMutual, she entered a career in cosmetology, culminating in a very unique and original salon of her own known as Frankenhair.

Billed as “vegan and cruelty-free,” Kendrah finds Westfield to be a great location for her original hairstyling concept.

Radio Show #190 – America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, with Advice on Increasing Loan Rates

In Jordan Goodman’s latest visit to Pioneer Valley Radio, he cautions that all manner of loans Western Mass. folks may have are destined to go up as the Fed adjusts the interest rates accordingly.  This includes, student loans, auto loans, credit card rates etc.

Jordan offers some advice on ways to reduce and otherwise offset these increases.

Radio Show #189 – Charlie Dupre,
Grounds Keeper Landscaping

Charlie Dupre mows lawns.

This is his talent and his vocation.

And Charlie felt a “calling” to help a young boy in Agawam fighting a tough battle.

9-year-old Ben Manzi has a form of leukemia. Charlie and his crew at Grounds Keeper Landscaping, along with other landscaping firms, decided to spend their entire weekend, from sunup to sundown, mowing lawns and donating the proceeds to the Manzi family.

Here is the story from Charlie himself!

 

Radio Show #188 – Anthony Maloni,
Rice Fruit Farm

Living in Agawam and working in Wilbraham, Anthony Maloni finds working with his family to be a happy experience!

At Rice Fruit Farm in Wilbraham, he and his family made the decision three years ago to bring this iconic Wilbraham business back after it had closed for good.

Since then, the division of chores and the partnership with the town of Wilbraham have made life enjoyable for this Western Mass. native!

 

Radio Show #187 – Danny Eaton Unveils his New Season at the Majestic!

Producer, director, dramatist, Danny Eaton is very exited about his new season!

Already underway, Danny talks about the current production, “Johnny Guitar,” as well as the additional plays and musicals that round out another winning lineup at the theater.

One of the plays, “The War and Walt Whipple,” is a personal memoir Danny has penned, himself!