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A conversation about animal welfare with Michael Harrison

Western Mass-based broadcaster and publisher Michael Harrison discusses his new role as one of two new members of Gunhill Road – a legendary rock band that has been around since 1969.

Harrison discusses his history with the band that goes back to his disc jockey days on New York City’s historic music radio station, WNEW-FM and a new song titled “I Know You’re Real” which is an anthem for Animal Welfare.  Harrison wrote the lyrics and recites the lead vocals. The video is below.

The song appears on the new album by Gunhill Road titled “What Year Is This!” –  a collection of 13 new tracks by one of the most colorful and durable bands to emerge from the golden era of album rock.

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A conversation about animal welfare with Michael Harrison
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A Conversation with Founder of Inspired By Unity, Jeremy Rodriguez

Jeremy Rodriguez is a motivational speaker, life coach, entrepreneur, and a man who has overcome his own personal challenges, to create an organization he calls, “Inspired By Unity.” His own story has made him highly empathetic to the struggles of others, to the point of actively reaching out to help.

During the coldest wave of the winter, Jeremy literally drove around, looking for those who had nowhere to go, and nothing to eat, and put them up in 12 motel rooms and fed them for three days, entirely at his expense. In this program you can hear more of the story behind Inspired By Unity, and its founder, Jeremy Rodriguez. Inspired By Unity on Facebook

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A Conversation with Founder of Inspired By Unity, Jeremy Rodriguez
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A Conversation with Food Bank of Western Mass Executive Director, Andrew Morehouse.

Andrew Morehouse has served as the Executive Director of the Food Bank Of Western Massachusetts since 2005 and has devoted his entire professional career to the nonprofit sector and, specifically, to social and economic justice issues.  In this special program on Pioneer Valley Radio, the operations of the Food Bank of Western Mass are discussed, as well as the efforts of gathering and distributing food to many different outlets in Western Mass. Andrew’s efforts in resolving hunger and food insecurity are well established in our region and come to life in this conversation.

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A Conversation with Food Bank of Western Mass Executive Director, Andrew Morehouse.
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Radio Show #411 – Historic Westfield Virtual Tours With Fred Gore and Cindy Peacock Gaylord

When Westfield teacher Cindy Peacock Gaylord could no longer take her students on an historic walking tour of Westfield due to the pandemic, she joined forces with noted Western Mass. photographer Fred Gore.

Together, they have created “Historic Westfield Virtual Tours,” a completely interactive experience.

In this special program, Fred and Cindy give an overall picture of this online experience.

Web: fredgore.com  •  Email:  FredGorePhoto@Gmail.com

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Radio Show #411 - Historic Westfield Virtual Tours With Fred Gore and Cindy Peacock Gaylord
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Radio Show #410 – Senator Eric Lesser’s Legislation to Address Vaccine
Distribution Confusion

Senator Eric Lesser, responding to the appeals from constituents, has established legislation to clarify a “haze” of confusion for seniors and others in making online arrangements for COVID-19 vaccination.

Call centers and other parts of the bill are explained in this exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio.

Email: eric.lesser@masenate.gov  •  Web: malegislature.gov/legislators/profile/epl0.

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Radio Show #410 - Senator Eric Lesser's Legislation to Address Vaccine
Distribution Confusion
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Radio Show #409 – Brett Richards is Making Fishing Spots Great Again!

Brett Richards loves to fish.

But he became so appalled at the amount of trash at fishing sites in the region that he decided to do something about it.

Brett and his fellow fisherman created MAKE MASSACHUSETTS FISHING SPOTS GREAT AGAIN!

Brett’s organization has devoted itself to removing trash, refuse and in general cleaning up the fishin’ holes of Western Mass.!

His organization has caught on and now boasts more than 4,000 members.

Hear his story in this exclusive interview.

Facebook: MAKE MA FISHING SPOTS GREAT AGAIN

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Radio Show #409 - Brett Richards is Making Fishing Spots Great Again!
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Radio Show #408 – Current West Springfield Housing Market Conditions
with Tammy Crochiere

Real estate professional Tammy Crochiere offers up-to-date information on home sales in West Springfield.

She discusses the number of sales this year as opposed to last year, the length of time on the market, and offers an overall perspective on the right time to buy or sell in this desirable community.

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Radio Show #408 - Current West Springfield Housing Market Conditions
with Tammy Crochiere
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Radio Show #407 – Eversource Costs –
with Priscilla Ress

Eversource customers have noticed an increase in their energy bills, and have been noting this to the press and to the company itself.

Here to explain what they are seeing is Eversource Senior Media Specialist, Priscilla Ress.

Priscilla also notes ways that can be very effective in reducing your energy costs.

Web:  www.eversource.com  •  Email: priscilla.ress@eversource.com

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Radio Show #407 - Eversource Costs -
with Priscilla Ress
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Radio Show #406 – Paul Lapointe’s
“One Ball For All”

Agawam Tire’s Paul Lapointe has had a lifelong love of soccer.

In fact, he’s been professionally associated with it for years.

Over the holidays, Paul decided to give back to his community by presenting folks at random with a soccer ball.

This has grown into an event, benefiting many families, called “One Ball For All!”

You can be a part of this, and donate to keep the fun going!

 

Web: www.agawamtireandauto.com  •  Email: agawamtire@gmail.com

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Radio Show #406 - Paul Lapointe's
"One Ball For All"
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Radio Show #405 – Jessika Rozki and
Rozki Rides

Jessika Rozki has taken her lengthy career as a school bus driver and given it back as a resource to the community.

As “Rozki Rides,” Jessika assists parents and children alike in getting them to and from their needs and services in the region!

Jessika prides herself and her organization on placing your child’s well being and safety first!

Email:  rozkirides@gmail.com   •  Web: www.rozkirides.com

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Radio Show #405 - Jessika Rozki and
Rozki Rides
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Radio Show #404 – Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: Write For The Movies!

Ever felt like you were a born screenwriter, but not sure what to do to create that path?

From the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Executive Director Diane Pearlman alerts us to two online workshops!

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will present the two workshops with the renowned Hollywood producer, literary manager and screenwriter Marilyn R. Atlas as part of its continuing mission to provide learning opportunities for the film community in Western Massachusetts.

Atlas will present “Creating Memorable Characters” on Saturday, January 23, from 3PM-5PM ET, and “The Importance of Pitching” on Saturday, January 30, from 3PM-5PM. During the latter workshop, some participants will have the opportunity to pitch their film and video projects to Atlas.

Hear all the details in this special program with Diane Pearlman.

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Radio Show #404 - Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: Write For The Movies!
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Radio Show #403 – A Hundred Years of
Hot Dogs in Holyoke!

Nick’s Nest, a Holyoke tradition for a hot dog, is celebrating one hundred years in business!

Current owners Kevin and Jennifer Chateauneuf, along with daughter, Emma, are keeping the tradition alive and thriving!

At Nick’s, the hot dog is still the undisputed star, but is now supported by a great variety of other “fun foods.”

Special guest and co owner Jennifer Chateauneuf joins us for a special program celebrating Nick’s centennial.

In this conversation you’ll hear why a Nick’s hot dog is a unique specialty in the region, as well as the plans for the future of Nick’s Nest!

 

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Radio Show #403 - A Hundred Years of
Hot Dogs in Holyoke!
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Radio Show #402 – Hampden’s Chief of Police Moves On

Hampden Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth is ending his tour of duty after 15 years as the Chief, and a total of 30 years with the department.

Chief Farnsworth soon begins his new assignment as the  Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Public Safety.

This is an important appointment – working in the office responsible for bringing all departments in the Commonwealth into compliance with  the new standards as set forth in the Governor’s Police Reform Bill.

In this exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio, Chief Farnsworth details the thinking that informed his decision.

The chief also reflects on the changes in the town of Hampden and its safety needs over the last 30 years.

Email: contact@hampdenpolice.com  •  Web:  www.hampdenpolice.com

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Radio Show #402 - Hampden's Chief of Police Moves On
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Radio Show #401 – Special Report: The Capitol Invasion, with Tony Cignoli

In a special report to Pioneer Valley Radio, International Political Consultant Anthony Cignoli presents an overview of the break-in by protesters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The slow response by law enforcement, the reactions of high-ranking members of Congress of both parties, the call for the removal of the president by exercise of the 25th Amendment, and the overall culpability of President Trump all fall under discussion.

The vice president’s role and the legacy of President Trump are matters for analysis by Anthony Cignoli, of the A.L. Cignoli Company.

Email: anthonycignoli@bluesky-wireless.net

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Radio Show #401 - Special Report: The Capitol Invasion, with Tony Cignoli
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Radio Show #400 – Ken Stomski:
Preserving Memories

When Westfield’s Ken Stomski’s 24-year livelihood was canceled by the pandemic, he reinvented himself.

Now doing business as KS Solutions, Ken is converting outdated media to new digital options.

In this program, you can hear Ken detail this path, and how he can transfer your old VHS tapes, films, photos, and more – without sending them to other locations.


Web:  www.kssolutions.xyz

Email:  kssolutionswestfield@gmail.com

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Radio Show #400 - Ken Stomski:
Preserving Memories
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Radio Show #399 – Debra Vega and Reflections of a Former Rockette!

Western Mass. educator, instructor, wife and mom, Holyoke’s Debra Vega, amid her many accomplishments, is also a retired Rockette!

In this special program, she chronicles her trip from Indiana to New York City and the iconic Radio City Music Hall, to succeed in winning a coveted position as a Rockette!

What was the audition process like? The rehearsals, performance schedules, and life in general backstage at Radio City?

Hear it all in this special holiday program with Debra!

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Radio Show #399 - Debra Vega and Reflections of a Former Rockette!
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Radio Show #398 – Donna Shibley and
Pilgrim Candle

In these days before Christmas, you can get some wonderful gift ideas at Pilgrim Candle at 36 Union Avenue in Westfield, MA.

You’ll receive a warm welcome from Donna Shibley, and she will guide you through the possibilities at the shop.

Donna joins us for this program to present the history of Pilgrim Candle, and gives us a tour through the array of jewelry, accessories, and of course, the wonderful candles and their aromas!

Web: www.pilgrimcandle.com

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Radio Show #398 - Donna Shibley and
Pilgrim Candle
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Radio Show #397 – Richard Cohen and Holiday Packing and Shipping in a Challenging Time

Richard Cohen of Agawam Pack & Ship gently reminds you that you might still get your packages where they need to go for the holidays… but there is no longer a guarantee, and you are on borrowed time!

What’s the best choice – UPS, FedEx, USPS?

You’ll hear professional advice from Richard Cohen at Agawam Pack & Ship.

Web: www.agawampackandship.com  •  Email: info@agawampackandship.com

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Radio Show #397 - Richard Cohen and Holiday Packing and Shipping in a Challenging Time
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Radio Show #396 – Scott Leone and
Your Snow Tires!

At City Tire in Springfield, Sales and Marketing Manager Scott Leone notes a 20 percent increase in snow tire sales, perhaps due entirely to the first significant snow storm of the season!

All season tires or snow tires?

When to change them?

How to tell if they’re worn?

All this and more with Scott in this timely program!

Web: city-tire.com • Email: jessicabewsee@city-tire.com

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Radio Show #396 - Scott Leone and
Your Snow Tires!
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Radio Show #395 – Rachel Berggren and the Franklin County Community Meals Program

Fighting food insecurity for Franklin County this holiday season and all year round, Rachel Berggren is collecting and distributing meals to those in need throughout the region through the auspices of the Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Collecting and distributing the food, the origin of the program, as well as Rachel’s personal story in this endeavor is featured in this special program.

Web: •  www.fccmp.org   •  Email: fccmp.ma@gmail.com

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Radio Show #395 - Rachel Berggren and the Franklin County Community Meals Program
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