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Radio Show # 115 – Brad Shepard Joins Michael Harrison’s Podcast Discussing ‘40s – ‘70s TV Kiddie Shows

Michael Harrison’s award-winning international podcast “Up Close and Far Out” serves as the platform for a fascinating conversation with PVR’s Brad Shepard about the legendary TV kiddie shows and hosts of the late ‘40s through early ‘70s.  Not to be missed!




Radio Show #114 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

“America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman, details the Equifax breach and provides critical advice on how to protect your money and your identity!

Also, the “Irma” fallout – gas prices, food, insurance rates and the political impact!

Radio Show #113 – The War and Walt Whipple…

… a new and original play by producer, director and dramatist Danny Eaton of the Majestic Theater in West Springfield.

In a conversation with Brad Shepard, the playwright explains the origin of this reality-based, personal family narrative.

Set in 1943, “The War and Walt Whipple” presents a  chaotic domestic scene in which the wives of newly-inducted brothers descend upon the home of their grandfather.

 

Radio Show #112 – Pastor Jackie Simmons, Regional Director, My Daughters Can We Talk INC

My Daughters Can We Talk INC is a Springfield-based non-profit organization for girls 7 to 18 whose mission is raising women of honor to be the mothers and leaders of the future through life skills, leadership, character building, teamwork and service to others.

Radio Show #111 – Hampden County Sheriff
Nick Coccchi

Our Pioneer Valley Radio series of special programs, gathered from our live broadcast of the Sheriff Cocchi BBQ, comes to a close with a grand finale, featuring the host himself, Sheriff Nick Cocchi.

This short and sweet program is a glimpse into the honest, direct and warm nature of the Hampden County Sheriff.

Radio Show # 110 – Legendary local author and newspaper reporter/columnist Tommy Shea

Palmer resident Tommy Shea spent 40 years as a writer at The Republican.  In 2003 he received the New England Associated Press Award for the best local New England column.  He was also nominated for a Pulitzer.  In this interview, he shares highlights from his days profiling local citizens and how baseball and Bob Dylan impacted him.  His latest book is titled Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History (Sports Publishing, 2016).

Radio Show # 109 – Michael Harrison and Brad Shepard discuss the life of Jerry Lewis

An in-depth discussion about one of America’s greatest entertainment icons.

Radio Show #108 – Marine Lt. Col. Bennett Walsh, Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

What are the true concerns of Western Mass veterans?

Is the United States in a state of war? And if so, for how long, and where?

Listen now to PVR’s Michael Harrison – in this exclusive interview with Marine Lt. Col. Bennett Walsh, Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Radio Show #107 – Anthony Cignoli, Political Analyst

“Hail fellow, well met,” are the perfect words to describe Anthony Cignoli, a man located at the heart and nerve center of Western Mass., state and national politics.

His political analysis is highly sought by most media outlets – both nationally and internationally,

Tony dropped by to say “hello” to Michael and Brad at the Cocchi Picnic.

In this thorough, energetic,  and unedited conversation, you will hear Tony at his best on the subject of Springfield, Holyoke, the region’s players, high speed rail, the economy, real estate, and other hot topics!

Radio Show #106 – Bill Miller, Vice President of Housing and Homeless Services, Friends of the Homeless Springfield, interviewed by Alexi Cohan

Friends of the Homeless does great work helping the homeless in Springfield including providing meals and shelter, plus more.  The organization’s website is www.fohspringfield.org.

Radio Show #105 – Kelli Moriarty-Finn, Candidate for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large

Our series of rebroadcast interviews from Sheriff Cocchi’s BBQ continues with Kelli Moriarty-Finn.

Kelli is running for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large.

In this spirited and articulate exchange with Brad Shepard, Kelli describes some unexpected moments in her door-to-door campaign!

Radio Show #104 – Communications Historian John Ellsworth interviewed by Michael Harrison

A VISIT TO THE RADIO MUSEUM

Western Mass. resident and Pioneer Valley Radio personality Michael Harrison paid a visit to the nearby Vintage Radio and Communication Museum of Connecticut in Windsor where he interviewed the institution’s Founder and Executive Director, John Ellsworth.  Harrison describes the museum as a “regional treasure” that should be visited by residents of the Springfield area interested in the colorful history of radio, TV, and electronic media.  This interview appears on Harrison’s locally-produced, award-winning international podcast “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Don’t miss this!

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Radio Show #103 – Former Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe

In this first episode of our series of conversations with notables at Sheriff Cocchi’s BBQ, Brad Shepard connects with retired Sheriff Michael Ashe.  The former sheriff of more than 42 years reflects on coming to terms with retirement, and has some words of advice for the new sheriff in town.

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.