Jacqueline T. Lynch

Chicopee-based writer Jacqueline T. Lynch is a playwright, in addition to being a blogger, novelist and non-fiction author.  Her work, which has been performed in locations as diverse as Northern Kentucky and the Netherlands, has fueled a passion that circled her right back to her own backyard.  In an amazing tribute to a rich theatrical history in this part of the world, Jacqueline produced a non-fiction book that’s jam-packed with photos and stories called Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain:  70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts, (Jacqueline T. Lynch, Spring 2017).

In this interview, Jacqueline tells stories about this gem of the entertainment world in the heart of the Pioneer Valley – that’s 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom.  She also praises the joys of independent publishing and the creative ways she promotes her book.  Find out more about Jacqueline through her site: www.JacquelineTLynch.com.

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.

Local Author Donna Jenson

Leverett, Massachusetts-based author Donna Jenson tells a story of survival in her book HEALING MY LIFE from Incest to Joy, (Levellers Press, November 2017). In this interview, Donna talks about the power of finding her voice as writer and even as a performance artist.  She also praises the experience of working with a small publisher and the creative ways she promotes her book.  Find out more about Donna through the site timetotell.org.

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).

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs – Joe Hendrix, Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge in Springfield

Joe Hendrix is the co-owner of one of Springfield’s newest and most successful downtown businesses, Smokey Joe’s Cigar Lounge. G. Michael Dobbs spoke with Joe about Cigar Smoking 101, what every novice smoker should know.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
Warren Onufer, Author from Chicopee Massachusetts

Chicopee’s Warren Onufer feels compelled to write and has built up a readership with this stories about a female vampire named Hadley Price. G. Michael Dobbs recently spoke to him about his work and about the horror genre in general.

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.

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 #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 #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!

Local Author and Journalist Meredith O’Brien

Her book is a touching real life story of pain, courage, friendship and growing up that chronicles the feelings and lives of the young members of a middle school music band who had to cope with the unexpected death due to illness of one of their classmates and bandmates.  Bernadette Duncan interviews Westfield-born writer and journalist Meredith O’Brien who will be at Bay Path University’s Writers’ Day on October 15th discussing her latest book Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, May 2017).  You can learn more about the author and her book at mrclarksbigband.com.

Radio Show #116 – Dean Rohan, Tree House Brewing Company

Dean Rohan, owner and co-founder of Tree House Brewing Company, exemplifies the spirit and passion of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.

From a successful family plumbing business, Dean pursued a dream, and struck out into the competitive world of craft beers and microbreweries, with incredible success!

From its modest origins to its present day beautiful new digs on 70 acres of land in Charlton,  Tree House Brewing Company has taken its place as a Western Mass. leader in this field.

Here, Dean describes his journey to Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard.

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! Click here or below to see this and other episodes of “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.