East Longmeadow native Alexi Cohan just celebrated her first anniversary as a reporter with the Boston Herald. She served an internship as a field reporter here at Pioneer Valley Radio in the summer of ’17 while attending Hofstra University as a communications major. Michael Harrison conducts a fascinating interview with this bright young woman destined to go far in the media.
This week, Springfield District Court retired Judge William Boyle succumbed to a lengthy battle with ALS.
Glowing tributes seem to follow one theme: “beloved and missed.”
Tony Cignoli, international political consultant and a friend to the man known as “Billy” Boyle, presents his insight into the difference made by Judge Boyle on the bench, and remembers both the jurist and the man.
Hampden County Sheriff Cocchi’s 3rd cookout forged ahead through rainy weather, to another clear success.
The Sheriff hosted a wide array of VIPS from all walks of the public and private sectors.
Join us now for a review of some of the region’s notables and VIPs who took a moment in front of our microphones.
In this program, you will hear the voices of:
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi
Monson Chief of Police Steve Kozloski
Monson Town Administrator Evan Brassard
Former East Longmeadow Board of Selectmen Chair Paul Federici
State Representative Angelo Puppolo
CEO Baystate Health Systems Dr. Mark Kerouac
Chicopee Police Dept. Information Officer Mike Wilk
Former State Senator Brian Lees
Former State Senator Michael Knapik
At-Large Springfield Councilor Jesse Lederman
Springfield Parks and Recreation Chair Brian Santaniello
United States Senator Ed Markey
The quality of life for seniors has become a calling for Western Mass.’ Alicia Smith, the Programming Coordinator for the East Longmeadow Council on Aging at the Pleasant View Senior Center.
Organizing and devising events from fitness to wellness to legal issues to entertainment is an engaging role that Alicia truly enjoys.
Her personal and professional story unfolds in this program on Pioneer Valley Radio.
Retired actor Bob Plasse talks about his acting career and his ultimate transition to human services in Western Massachusetts, including his current love and avocation, Westfield On Weekends, or W.O.W!
Bob is at the heart of the city’s concerts, musical offerings, theatrical entertainment and larger scale city events.
Hear the entire story, as well as W.O.W’s summer and fall events, in this exclusive conversation.
With a common thread of service to the public, in and out of the private and public sectors, Granby’s Wade Dubois, has moved seamlessly through a few varied careers.
In this program, Wade will trace his travels through the retail world of jewelry, a tour of duty in law enforcement, and now a new concept in mobile jewelry repair as “The Jewelry Medic.”
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Need to beat the heat?
Need the water and the beach?
Don’t want to drive for hours in traffic?
Horace Greeley once said “Go West, young man, go West!”
Well… Max Hartshorne says, “Go North!”
In this program, noted travel authority, Max Hartshorne of gonomad.com tells us about some great “swimmin’ holes,” off the beaten path in Franklin County!
This year’s signature East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade coincides with the town’s 125th anniversary!
Carl Ohlin notes this, as well as other special events in the celebration!
The parade is on schedule for the Fourth, and promises to be every bit the red, white and blue crowd-pleaser that is its heritage.
The identity of this year’s Parade Grand Marshal, and other elements that make the event distinctive, are presented in this enjoyable program with Carl!
With Independence Day coming, Judy Matt and the Spirit of Springfield are proud to present another edition of “Star Spangled Springfield!”
In this program, you will hear a rundown of the day, from the music and entertainment at Riverfront Park, to the grand finale of the fireworks over the river as presented by the famous Grucci Brothers!
You’ll find out how this event comes together, as well as some tips on attendance, parking and more!
Ensuring that your life makes a difference, or perhaps leaving the world a little bit better than it was, or however you wish to think about it, these feelings are exemplified by the life led by Springfield’s Robert Charland, more affectionately known as “Bob the Bike Man.”
And Bob’s story has gone well beyond Western Mass. In fact it has been the subject of a film, CBS Evening News, and coverage in People magazine.
Bob Charland is a deputy with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, a teacher at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, and a Girl Scout leader.
After being diagnosed with a terminal neurodegenerative brain disorder, Bob proceeded to quickly settle his own affairs and to move full steam ahead on his pet project – restoring junked bicycles and distributing them among the disadvantaged children of the region.
More than a thousand bikes have been gifted to underprivileged youngsters through Bob’s organization, PEDAL THRU YOUTH.
Here is the story of life that makes a difference, the story of a man who knows that how much time we have is not as important as what we choose to do with it.
Taking its place among the unique eateries of Western Mass., Hoai Le introduces Pho Delicious in East Longmeadow!
Pho Delicious promises an authentic Vietnamese dining experience.
In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, Hoai takes great pride in his locally owned and operated restaurant.
Independent, and not part of a chain, Pho Delicious stands on its own.
Hoai Le, his wife and family forge a strong connection with all those who come for lunch or dinner, and insure that Pho Delicious lives up to its name!
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Aggressive or unruly dogs are very common in our region and can be a problem.
Lunging or snapping at other dogs or other people can expose you to litigation – or worse!
Originally from Feeding Hills, and now branching out across the state, Western Mass.’ Eric Letendre, the “top dog” at Eric Letendre Dog Training School, can help get your dog to respond to proper commands and maintain acceptable and safe behavior.
Even if the dog is straining at the leash, or will not come when called, Eric, his books, website and email accessibility can help!
Eric chats with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard about the common problems and misconceptions of effective dog training!
Western Mass.’ all-purpose gadabout and travel authority Max Hartshorne has a great suggestion for a three day weekend – or anytime.
Looking to break away for a day or more? How about Worcester, Massachusetts?
Max Hartshorne of gonomad.com paints an appealing picture of a vibrant city with great restaurants, art, and culture.
Max picked up on a perceptible enjoyment and appreciation of the people and their pride in their city.
All in all, there is much to appreciate – and it’s only a car ride away!
From Turners Falls, Alana Holmes Martineau is as at home in the classroom as a special education teacher focusing on autism, as she is on the music stage!
Alana also finds time to raise her family, participate as a Communicant Cantor at her church, and manage the Arena Civic Theater.
In addition to the groups and bands that have featured her as a vocalist over the years, she is also privileged to take part in reviving a famous 60s “girl group!”
Alana’s life experiences are presented in this program, as well as something surprising and personal she elects to share.
Springfield’s Payton Shubrick of 6 Bricks, LLC, has entered the recreational cannabis shop sweepstakes in the Pioneer Valley, with her proposal for 6 Bricks, LLC to locate at 250 Albany Street in the McKnight neighborhood.
Payton’s shop would be local and family-owned, immediately distinguishing it from outside companies vying for the coveted city operation licenses.
Parking, security, qualifications, and what makes her shop hit just the right “key” for “Gasoline Alley” is covered in this special program.
George Myers is the General Manager of the Amherst Cinema – a movie theater that offers Western Mass a “one of a kind” movie experience.
George presides over far more than a conventional movie house.
The Amherst Cinema is a happy confluence of crowd-pleasing “popcorn movies” – foreign, independent, art house films, and in general, film material that you are not likely to see at your neighborhood theater.
How these films are selected, and the other distinctive aspects of the Amherst Cinema, are presented in detail by George Myers in this program.
Colin Tracy is the Theater Director of the Evangel Assembly of God in Wilbraham.
With The Firefly Creative, he is also the “new community theater kid on the block!”
Colin’s background is an interesting fusion of theater education, instruction, and the clergy as well.
As producer, director, music director and more than likely utility cast member, Colin’s “maiden voyage” production is the off-Broadway hit, with the most unusual title: “Urinetown.”
What is it like to create a community theater from the ground up?
And why this particular show to introduce The Firefly Creative?
All that and more is under discussion with Colin in this special program.
Westfield’s Dawn Erickson has transitioned from a career in media promotions and sales to managing several businesses, taking care of two young daughters and still finding time to add a professional setting and boost to the St. Mary’s Parish Auction this Saturday, April 27, 2019.
In this conversation, you’ll hear just how exciting this auction promises to be!
You’ll find all manner of items including sports memorabilia!
Beer, wine, and a great opportunity to help the kids and perhaps pick up some great deals!
A new controversy has emerged featuring the much loved Irving Berlin song, “God Bless America.”
The issue has flashed from Philadelphia to New York City, affecting not only this iconic song, but two major league sports teams, and all hinging on a famous female vocalist who has been dead for 33 years.
The signature version of this song is by radio and recording star Kate Smith, whose recording of a 1931 song has lyrics interpreted by today’s standards as extremely racist. This has resulted in the use of “God Bless America” being temporarily and most likely permanently discontinued by the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees.
In Philadelphia, the statue of Kate Smith outside the stadium had been covered in a shroud, and subsequently has been completely removed.
Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard appeared with WMAL, Washington, D.C. guest host, Michael Harrison, to discuss the many levels of this issue, particularly where political correctness and historical context meet.