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!




Survival stories author Michael Tougias

Longmeadow native Michael Tougias has 26 books to his credit, seven of them true survival stories at sea.  The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue (Scribner, 2009), which Tougias co-authored with Casey Sherman, was made into a Disney film in 2015.  In this conversation, Tougias shares what he’s learned about people who come face-to-face with death, how he goes about his research, and much more.

 

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!

Activist, educator, and local author, Kathy Picard, on childhood sexual abuse

Springfield-native Kathy Picard is an activist and educator who shares what she learned about writing on tough subjects as told in her book, Life with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage and Justice over Childhood Sexual Abuse, (Kathy Picard, March 2017). Reach Kathy at Kathychildadvocate@gmail.com and learn more about her at kathypicard.com.

Local Attorney, Professor and Prolific Author Steve Weisman

Amherst-based attorney and prolific author Steve Weisman, a professor at Bentley University in Boston, has become one of the most sought after experts on scams and identity theft in America – and this after being a victim himself.  The books that put him on the map? The Truth About Avoiding Scams (FT Press, 2008) and Identity Theft Alert (FT Press, 2014).  In this conversation, he describes the benefits for writers who specialize in an area of expertise and what motivated him to write more than a dozen books.

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.

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 # 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 #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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Local Historical Author Michele Barker

Michele Barker is an East Longmeadow-based author whose historical fiction and non-fiction are all rooted in Western Massachusetts.  In this conversation, Michele reveals historical gems that have emerged from her writing – and the joys of working in this part of the world.

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.