Stephen R. Bissette has been hailed as one of the comic book industry’s most innovative and thoughtful creators. He will be making his last convention appearance at the Bing Comic-Con on Oct. 22 from 11 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church in Springfield, and sat down to speak with G. Michael Dobbs about the changes in the art form and industry.
Filmmaker-director Raf Monserratte and writer-actor Troy Hall join Brad Shepard in a conversation about the Amherst Cinema’s world premiere of their new film, “The Dissection of Thanksgiving.”
The film is about a family meeting in 1980s Buffalo for Thanksgiving and their having to come to terms with some funny but also heartbreaking challenges… and even a few surprises.
Rafael Monserrate was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is an award-winning director and producer who began his career as an actor for stage, film, and television. Since 2010, Monserrate has produced over 10 cable network series, including the Emmy-Award Winning OUT OF THE WILD (Discovery Channel), WHALE WARS and IVORY WARS (Animal Planet). Rafael is an Executive Producer on History Channel’s new hit series ALONE and is currently casting his next feature film.
Troy Hall is a writer and actor. His acting credits include ANOTHER WORLD, THE FAMILY MAN, TOWER HEIST as well as a number of well-known commercials including ads for Cheerios, Miller Lite, AT&T, and most recently, Heineken Lite with Neil Patrick Harris. He has also voiced characters in video games including Red Dead Redemption, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the soon-to-be released Walking Dead 3. Hall founded the internet sketch comedy group The Adult Table which has been featured on Funny Or Die. He directed, edited, and wrote most of their sketches.
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Brian Hale is the executive director of the Bing Arts Center located at 716 Sumner Avenue in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood. The Bing Arts Center is a multi-use hub for community cultural and artistic activity. The former Bing Theater opened in 1950 and served several generations of area residents until 1999 when it was taken by the City of Springfield for non-payment of taxes. The X Main Street Corporation a non-profit, purchased the property from the City in 2004 to create a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life. The adaptive re-use of the building has created a place to enable citizens of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley to actively participate in a variety of artistic expressions.
G. Michael Dobbs is Managing Editor of The Reminder.
HATS OFF TO A HERO. Retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel Bennett Walsh was honored yesterday (8/30) during the Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park. Walsh, the son of Springfield City Councilor (and Pioneer Valley Radio program host) Kateri Walsh and retired USMC Captain Dan Walsh, was sworn in by Gov. Charlie Baker as Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home on July 6. He served in combat during the Gulf War and in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Walsh appeared on the Red Sox dugout in the middle of the fourth inning as the public address announcer introduced him and his photo was displayed on the stadium video screen. Walsh tells MassLive, “I am incredibly humbled and honored to be recognized as a veteran during the ‘Hats Off to Heroes’ ceremony. For an organization that I have loved my entire life to take time during a game to recognize veterans, the Soldiers Home, Western Massachusetts and the Marine Corps is a wonderful act of recognition for the U.S. military — both active duty and retired.” Walsh retired earlier this year after 24 years in the Marine Corps. Pioneer Valley Radio salutes the entire Walsh family for their years of service to our community. See the video below showing Walsh being honored.
Asst. Professor of Accounting and Finance at Elms College, Amanda Garcia continues along her distinguished career path with her appointment as the director for the college’s new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. In this conversation with Brad Shepard, Amanda will detail the origin and mission for the center, as well as her own passion for helping people discover their own leadership skills and potential.
ASHLEY KOHL’S NEW CAREER!
Join Brad Shepard and his special guest, TV’s Ashley Kohl, as Ashley discusses her new career!
Hear the story behind Ashley’s journey, from co host of TV22’s popular Mass Appeal, to the pursuit of her life’s dream, the dance! Ashley has re branded her family’s business as “Ohana School of Performing Arts.”
Special guest Paul Santaniello takes you back in time with vivid memories of Muhammad Ali’s famous visit to Springfield in 1991!
Paul remembers the meeting, the trips around the city, and the touching visit the champ made to the children at Baystate!
Paul was “there”… and you will be as well when you listen to this special program!
Local author Tammy Young Coté offers young adults a great summer read!
Tammy talks with Brad about the third book in her series Merlin and Martha. You will hear how she captures the mind and imagination of young readers, with action, adventure, suspense, and a very positive message.
She discusses her newest release in this series, Darkness at #5 Elm St., in great detail!
Hardly a “brand name” in the race for Sheriff of Hampden County, a career corrections professional, Jack Griffin has gained experience and insight into the substance abuse issues plaguing most inmates. He wants to bring this experience to the post of Sheriff.
Jack fervently believes his identity as a “political outsider” makes him unique among the candidates.
In the first of several programs featuring the candidates in this race, Brad Shepard talks at length with Jack about his life, his professional history, and his vision for the Sheriff’s Department.