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Radio Show #137 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s February visit, he analyzes the latest huge rise and drop in the Dow.

Is it historic?  Or just the market “self correcting”?

Jordan also presents an investment alternative to both the volatility of the stock market, and the underperforming vehicles offered by banks.

Finally, Jordan goes over the Bitcoin kick investors have seized upon.

It is all here, exclusively, with Jordan Goodman and Brad Shepard on Pioneer Valley Radio!

 

Radio Show #136 – Shelley Hines and the Women Business Owners Alliance’s “Women’s Night of Comedy” – 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Women Business Owners Alliance provides networking and support to women in business in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

They are celebrating their 25 years in Western Mass. with their “Women’s Night of Comedy!’

The date of the event and the availability of tickets and other specifics are here in this program.

Shelley Hines is Brad Shepard’s special guest and presents this special day of food, contact, raffles, prizes and a great night of comedy improv!

Radio Show #135 – Brad Shepard and Michael Harrison on the UMass/Amherst Post-Super Bowl Chaos

In the aftermath of UMass/Amherst’s outrageous hooliganism, attendant upon the Patriot’s loss, Brad Shepard and Michael Harrison deconstruct the issue.

The conversation ranges from cause, reaction, and ways to remedy a growing issue, to an overview of the nation’s higher education system!

Radio Show #134 – Mike Mathis,
MGM Springfield

With seven months to go, MGM Springfield hurtles toward its long awaited opening!

Three thousand employees are in the process of being hired… will this staffing effort meet the deadline?

What is the new relationship between MGM and the Mass Mutual Center, City Stage, and Symphony Hall?

How will MGM transform Springfield into the center of entertainment for the region?

MGM Springfield president Mike Mathis answers these questions and takes you through his personal journey from shovels in the ground, to the rarefied atmosphere of a thriving casino!

Biggest obstacles and challenges? Overcoming bitter opposition? Greatest misconception?

Mike Mathis chronicles his experience in this intensive, exclusive conversation with Brad Shepard!

Radio Show #133 – Valentine’s Day Goodies at Pete’s Sweets!

Peter Gray at Pete’s Sweets is in his element this Valentine’s Day!

Baking remains his very favorite thing to do in life, and you will see the results of this through his amazing array of cakes, cupcakes and specialty baked goods – all themed for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolates and candy popcorn are all homemade and available too!

In the latest program with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, you will hear the full level of Pete’s inspiration, with his specially created chocolate covered bacon!  No man cave should be without it!

And, between now and the “Big Game,” Pete also offers decorated cake and cookie items for the Pats fan!

Pete’s popular baking classes are filling up fast, but tickets are still available!

Listen in… there is so much more!

Pete’s Sweets has you covered for Valentine’s Day!

Radio Show #132 – Congressman Richard Neal interviewed by G. Michael Dobbs


The dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, Richard Neal, sat down with G. Michael Dobbs to talk about DACA, the stalemate in Congress and how the media reacts to the presidential tweets.

Radio Show #131 – Anneliese Townsend and Agawam Axe House

In addition to her career in real estate and her ice cream shop, Scoops, Anneliese Townsend of Agawam has brought a brand new sport to New England and Western Mass.

It is the first of its kind – Axe Throwing!

How did this sport get started?  How popular is it? You’ll find out in this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard!

At Agawam Axe House, you can throw an axe at a target to your heart’s content!
Coaching? Proper attire? How it all works?

Listen in!

Radio Show #130 – Annette Scheidecker, Marketing Director of Tower Square

Annette Scheidecker toggles two paths in Western Mass; raising her two sons, and continuing a two decades-plus career in the heart of Springfield’s downtown business district.

As the Marketing Director of Tower Square, Annette coalesces a variety of regional civic and cultural events, and continues Tower Square’s history as a vibrant and positive force in the city.

 

Radio Show #129 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s first program of the new year, his attention turns to the new sport of “credit card surfing.”

Bite off more than your Visa could chew over Christmas?  Jordan has advice on where to turn.

Also, the latest on the Fed, and what to do with any cash you have earmarked for low-risk investment.

Finally, an update on the “bitcoin frenzy” sweeping the nation!

Radio Show #128 – Annemarie Barrett-Doyle and Daragan’s Dog Care

From a career in education, from Springfield to Hartford to Boston and back to Springfield, Annemarie Barrett-Doyle has changed courses in her professional life and found her calling – caring for the dogs of the Pioneer Valley!  Their exercise, care, and needs are her focus, and the elements of extreme weather do not deter her!  Hear her story now, with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard.

Radio Show #127 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan’s December visit, the new tax bill is in the spotlight. Jordan details this historic piece of legislation and its effect on Western Mass taxpayers.

Jordan also reviews the booming retail season, and further, clarifies the new era of “cryptocurrency” and “bitcoins.”

Listen in to America’s Money Answers Man!

Radio Show #126 – Peter Gray of Pete’s Sweets

In a small shop in East Longmeadow, amidst walls and counters lined with delectable cakes, cookies and assorted baked delights, you will find the genial baker par excellence himself, Peter Gray.

In this program, in an informal chat with Brad Shepard, you will learn more about this local king of cakes and cookies.

It’s a 24/7 labor of love for Peter Gray!

He’s doing the only thing he wants to do in life, and he’s been doing it as long as he can remember.

Pete is more than an acclaimed baker – he is a hard-working, focused and precise businessman.

Cakes, cookies and the like are available in many forms and locations, but if you are looking for something unique, special, and customized to your specific needs by a craftsman… ultimately you will arrive at Pete’s Sweets!

And there is so much more to his story!

Listen in!

Radio Show #125 – The Wonderful World of Christmas Music! With Brad Shepard and Michael Harrison

Enjoy a holiday fireside chat as the sounds of the season, past and present, are explored!

The artists, old and new. The styles. Carols vs. songs.

Hearing the music literally everywhere….a good thing?

The recent phenomenon of 24/7 Christmas music…

Happy holidays from Michael and Brad!

Radio Show #124 – Live Play-By-Play Coverage of the Annual Thanksgiving High School
Football Classic!

It was an idyllic scene on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning depicting true New England small town Americana… the yearly holiday meeting of two of Western Massachusetts’ most passionate high school football rivals, the Longmeadow Lancers hosting the East Longmeadow Spartans.  Hundreds of local residents from both towns turned out to cheer their squads and Pioneer Valley Radio was there providing live play-by-play coverage of the game.  PVR’s Kevin Casey provided the play-by-play supported by local student color callers, junior Michael O’ Shea of ELHS and senior Eddie Garibian of LHS.  The entire broadcast was sponsored by community-minded Pete’s Sweets – a wonderful locally owned and operated bakery – at 32 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow (Click here to visit their website).

Radio Show #123 – Michelle and Peter Wirth, Mercedes of Springfield

After a ten year absence, Mercedes is once again represented in Western Mass.

Michelle and Peter Wirth have made big news in the Pioneer Valley automotive community with Mercedes of Springfield!

Here, Michelle discusses her journey from New Jersey to Chicopee as well as her reflections on doing luxury car business in Western Mass.!

Radio Show # 120 – Don Maki, Director, East Longmeadow Community Access Television

There are a lot of exciting things happening at ELCAT.  Located on the premises of East Longmeadow High School, it serves the community, chronicles the town government, provides a platform for residents and gives local students a tremendously valuable educational opportunity.

Radio Show #119 – Sr. Jane Morrissey, S.S.J.

Holyoke-born Sr. Jane Morrissey has spent more than 50 years as a nun and has a remarkable career and life story.  Sr. Jane is the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, a PhD-earned educator who taught at Elms College, a social justice activist and humanitarian who has worked among the poor globally – from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala to Springfield and Holyoke.  Just this past year she was Grand Marshal at the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Sr. Jane is interviewed on Pioneer Valley Radio’s special show “The Writers’ Group” as a contributor to a new book titled Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters’ Stories, (Excelsior Editions; July, 2017). The interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan.   Sr. Jane can be reached at the Homework House Holyoke – www.homeworkhouseholyoke.org.

Radio Show #118 – Rebroadcast Play-By-Play Coverage of High School Football – Longmeadow Lancers versus Chicopee Comp Colts, Friday Evening October 13

It was a scene out of “Friday Night Lights” as hyper-local Pioneer Valley Radio (www.PioneerValleyRadio.com), serving Springfield and its surrounding communities in Western Massachusetts, launched its new sports department with live play-by-play coverage of high school football games.  Pictured in the press box calling the PBP between the home team Longmeadow High School “Lancers” and visiting Chicopee Comprehensive High School “Colts” is Pioneer Valley Radio sports director Kevin Casey (c) joined by color callers Eddie Garibian (l), a Longmeadow senior, and Graham Topor (r), a Chicopee Comp junior.

Pioneer Valley Radio was launched in 2015 by local resident Michael Harrison and former WHYN, Springfield morning personality Brad Shepard as an experiment in local “personality-oriented, hyper-local public affairs radio.”  Since then it has gained tremendous traction and become what Shepard describes as “an important local media platform that is making a difference.”  The expressly non-partisan station has expanded its menu to include a wide variety of programs covering local politics, civics, business, education, public health and safety, arts and entertainment and now, sports. According to Casey, “One of the most satisfying aspects of this project is giving local high school students the opportunity to sit in the broadcast press box and call color on the radio.  These two great kids,  Eddie and Graham, were fantastic!  We plan to expand our coverage beyond football to include basketball and other sports and get lots of kids from area schools involved in our broadcasts.”  The next scheduled football game to be covered is the annual Thanksgiving classic between Longmeadow and East Longmeadow on Thanksgiving morning.  All Pioneer Valley Radio live broadcasts are powered by Boston-based Backbone Networks.  Schools interested in having their games broadcast and businesses interested in sponsoring these broadcasts should contact Michael Harrison at michael@talkers.com.

Radio Show #117 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s October visit, Jordan joins Brad Shepard to review the continued soaring stock market, the on-going  financial impact of hurricane relief, the president’s appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chairman, and the overall performance of the financial markets.

You’ll also hear some recommendations on investment possibilities and opportunities!