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Radio Show #102 – Cookie and the Casa Café

Meet Cookie!

Her day starts at 3:30 a.m. as she begins whipping up breakfast at Casa Café in East Longmeadow!

After a thirty-year corporate career, she is pursuing her dream of owning her own breakfast and lunch spot!

Casa Café has staked its claim in Western Mass., and Cookie enjoys getting to know her customers personally!

Radio Show #101 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this vitally important visit with Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man,” he details the Fed’s level of consumer debt, now reaching a record high!

Jordan has information for Western Mass on refinancing high-interest car loans and what to do about escalating credit card interest rates!

Radio Show #100 – Cathy Belleville,
Reflections By Claudia

After a long career in the corporate world, Cathy Belleville has settled into a new era – one in which she can make a personal and emotional connection with her customers at a very difficult time.

Reflections By Claudia is far more than a notions or gift shop, and it is more than a specialty store for bereavement. Instead, it is a special creation nurtured by Cathy in her own distinctive way.

Listen to a local business woman describe her unique shop in its brand new setting.

Radio Show #99 – Local Author Beverly Bloomberg

Longmeadow resident Beverly Bloomberg is a novelist whose fast-paced dialogue was molded by her history as a writer on television sitcoms such as “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “Happy Days.”  The Last Hollywood Romance: A Novel (Bridgeworks, 2000) brings you behind-the-scenes of the frenzied, sitcom world as only an insider would know.  Today, Bev is finishing up a second novel and enjoying the “easier pace of life” in Western Massachusetts.

Radio Show #98 – Immigration Attorney
Marie Angelides

Longmeadow-based attorney Mary Angelides of Angelides Law Firm practices family immigration law.  She discusses the complex processes of immigration law in bringing foreign relatives to the U.S.  She also talks about the need for immigration legal reform on a national level.

Radio Show #97 – John Sheirer, Local Author and Professor

Continuing her series on local authors, Bernadette speaks with Florence resident and Asnuntuck Community College professor John Sheirer.  He’s written many books – humor, children’s books, political satire – all the while teaching English and Communications at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield. His latest is a political satire, Donald Trump’s Top Secret Concession Speech  (Empty Suit Publications, 2017).

Radio Show #96 – Ellen Meeropol

Western Massachusetts resident Ellen Meeropol is a self-described “literary late bloomer.” She has written three novels after a two decade-plus career path that led her from day care teacher to nurse practitioner.  Her books draw from her passions for medicine and social justice.  Kinship of Clover (Red Hen Press, 2017), is her most recent. This Pioneer Valley Radio exclusive interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan.

Radio Show #95 – Erica Jansons Dwyer

Erica Jansons Dwyer is easily one of the busiest and most industrious entrepreneurs in our midst!

Erica is a staunch believer in local business in the Valley.

From raising and breeding alpacas on her own farm, to weaving and creating yarn goods and marketing them through Amazon.com, Erica also finds time to specialize in beer, liquor and wine at Table and Vine!

You will be very surprised to learn what she was doing when she spoke with Brad!

Radio Show #94 – Jamie Savoie,
Haluch’s Landscapes

From fertilizer programs to irrigation sprinkler system installation and service, Haluch’s Landscapes in Hampden offers it all!

They offer flea and tick protection and mosquito spraying for your property as well.

Brad talks with Office Manager Jamie Savoie about the Haluch’s story.

Radio Show #93 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

The Fed is poised to raise the prime rate – again! This will affect all loans tied to the prime: auto, credit cards, student and others!

Jordan will explain how you might protect your finances from further strain. Also, he analyzes the drop in oil prices, home sales and more!

Jordan appears exclusively in Western Mass. on Pioneer Valley Radio!

Radio Show #92 – The Ruff House

Hedy Lewis, owner-operator of THE RUFF HOUSE in Westfield, doesn’t just groom pets… she and her daughter Jill provide a complete spa for their “boarders!”

The pups are pampered from beginning to end — or should we say from nose to tail! High-quality products are used to give them the softest fur, well-conditioned skin and that beautiful look that all tail-waggers want.

Hear The Ruff House story  with Brad’s special guest Hedy Lewis!

Radio Show #91 – Bob Philp, Jr., Bob’s Auto

From the mid-seventies to today, Bob’s Auto in West Springfield has been the “go-to specialist” for Volkswagen and Audi service.

Here, Bob Philp, Jr., who has taken over the business from his father, talks with Brad and reflects on VWs, Audis, and doing business as an independent in Western Mass.

Radio Show #90 – Chef Fabio Desousa
of Fina’s Pizza

Forest Park area pizza lovers are thrilled to have a brand new spot for delicious pizza, sandwiches, salads and more!
Fina’s at 672 Dickinson Street is a mere three months old and already making a name for itself.
Here, owner and Chef Fabio Desousa talks with Brad on how he made his pizza dream a reality.

Radio Show #89 – Pioneer Valley Radio’s
Michael Harrison guests with Todd Feinburg
on WTIC on the Fourth of July

Pioneer Valley Radio’s very own Michael Harrison (also the publisher of TALKERS magazine) of Longmeadow made a rare appearance on WTIC, Hartford on the Fourth of July discussing his involvement in helping that Connecticut station go to an all-talk format 26 years ago!  Link to it here.

Radio Show #88 – Elle B

Alexi Cohan talks with Elle B, a former resident and a graduate of East Longmeadow High School, who is now trying to break into stardom in New York City.

Visit her website www.ellebofficial.com to learn more about Elle B and her music.

Radio Show #87 – Evan Plotkin,
NAI Plotkin Real Estate

Evan Plotkin, President, NAI Plotkin Real Estate, is very pleased with White Lion Wednesdays at 1350 Main Street.

As one of its creators, in concert with the Springfield BID and Berkshire Bank, Evan reflects on Springfield’s rich cultural offerings today, and his thoughts on the city’s progress tomorrow.

Radio Show #86 – Gary Mayotte, The Village Food Mart

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in Hampden, The Village Food Mart continues to delight a loyal customer base!
Owner-operator, Gary Mayotte reflects on this labor of love and the past three decades.
Gary talks with Brad on the store’s continued success in the shadow of the mega food store chains!

Radio Show #84 – Jordan Goodman
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Jordan Goodman returns Pioneer Valley Radio, with an in-depth look at the Fed’s next rate increase. Find out what it means to small business loans, car loans, etc. AND… help for those coping with soaring student loan debt.

“America’s Money Answers Man” is heard exclusively in Western Mass. on Pioneer Valley Radio!