Radio Show #156 – A Conversation with Greg Kolodziey, General Manager of the Western Mass Pioneers Soccer Team

Organized soccer is alive and well in the Pioneer Valley for young people of all ages.  Michael Harrison talks with Ludlow High School boys varsity coach Greg Kolodziey who also serves as GM of the Pioneers.

 

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
Birthday Musings

Michael Dobbs’ birthday is looming – and the thought of growing a year older is his top-of-mind awareness.

 

Mark Auerbach – Getting Your Book Out There!

Springfield-based public relations wizard Mark Auerbach shares tips for authors on how to get the word out on their books.  Find out more about Mark on Facebook at Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations.

Radio Show #155 – Mark Auerbach –
Getting Your Book Out There!

Springfield-based public relations wizard Mark Auerbach shares tips for authors on how to get the word out on their books. Find out more about Mark on Facebook at Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations.

Radio Show #152 – Patricia Lee Lewis – Poet

Westhampton-based poet Patricia Lee Lewis is one of the founding members of Straw Dog Writers Guild who have proudly produced Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, (Levellers Press, 2018).

To find out more about the guild or the poetry collection, go to www.strawdogwriters.org. To learn more about Patricia and her award-winning books, check out writingretreats.org.

Patricia Lee Lewis – Poet

Westhampton-based poet Patricia Lee Lewis is one of the founding members of Straw Dog Writers Guild who have proudly produced Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, (Levellers Press, 2018). To find out more about the guild or the poetry collection, go to www.strawdogwriters.org.  To learn more about Patricia and her award-winning books, check out writingretreats.org.

Radio Show #142 – Judy Matt and the 2018 Bright Nights Ball

The Spirit of Springfield’s Judy Matt is very excited to announce an HISTORIC edition of the Bright Nights Ball for November 2018!

Her announcement involves the Chair of the event this year, and the fusion between the Spirit of Springfield and one of the most exciting new additions to the city!

Judy outlines the plan and the effort in this conversation with Brad Shepard.

Rick Sullivan, Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

Rick Sullivan, the president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts (EDC) believes the next chapter in economic development for Springfield and the region is connecting local companies in the supply chains of the CRRC rail car factory and MGM Springfield. Learn more in this interview with G. Michael Dobbs.

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.

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.

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.