Radio Show #351 – Robert “Bob the Bike Man” Charland Reaches Out to Ohio!

Nothing gets in the way of Bob the Bike Man when a child with special needs needs a bike!

When Bob heard the news of a boy in Ohio, who needed a trike specially customized for his disability, Bob got to work!

As he’s done more than a thousand times, he created the bike and then contacted the state police with a plan to get the bike to 8-year old Silas in Cleveland!

In this program, Bob relates the wonderful and inspiring story of the partnership he’s achieved with state police departments from here to Ohio to get this bike on its journey to young Silas!

Radio Show #350 – “Back The Blue” Rally
with Rich Howell

From the organization, Adopt-A-Cop, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 the community will gather for another rolling rally in support of the brave men and women of the Hampden and Wilbraham Police Departments and beyond.

The “Back the Blue” Hampden-Wilbraham rally will begin at 5 p.m. at Crane Park in Wilbraham, MA and last until 5:45 p.m., then move to 3 Allen Street in Hampden, MA for a 6 – 7 p.m. rally there.

Here is the story of this organization and what it hopes to accomplish, with organizer Rich Howell.


Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 14, 2020

Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Dunkin’!
Adopt-A-Cop presents “Back the Blue” for Hampden and Wilbraham.
Mayor Sarno announces former Chief Justice Roderick Ireland will advise the mayor.
West Springfield water main break.
Tax-free weekend is coming up at the end of the month.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse refutes the call for his removal.
Congressman Neal rejects suggestion that his campaign has attacked the Morse campaign.
Fairview Cemetery in Chicopee asks families to remove decorations.
Two Western Mass. towns have the highest COVID-19 rates in the region.
Marijuana store vending machines?

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 13, 2020

Holyoke City Councilors support an order for the recall of Mayor Alex Morse.
FEMA provides grant to the Westfield Fire Department.
Westfield Police investigating YMCA Camp Shepard staffer.
School reopenings.
Hatfield basketball hoops are being removed.
Congressman Neal announces grant to clean Brownfield sites.
Census workers are almost finished – and urge cooperation!
State tightens rules on restaurants.
Cartamundi announces 100 new hires!
Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow looking forward to the high holidays.
Springfield will delay the ban on single-use plastic bags.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Mercy Medical Center receives heart and stroke honors for the 7th year in a row.
Home insurance remedies for storm damage to your property! With David Matosky at First American Insurance.
Jordan Goodman examines the problematic efforts of a new stimulus package.
FEMA presents a grant to the East Longmeadow Fire Dept.
Springfield Museums presents “Hooray For Heroes!”
Mayor Sarno thanks Eastman Corporation for huge face mask donation.
Amherst car break-ins.
Springfield Police warn of Social Security phone scam.
Feds say increased harvesting of squid will be allowed!

Radio Show #349 – Storm Damage and Your Home Insurance, with David Matosky of
First American Insurance

Downed trees, damaged roofs – what to do first?

Get an estimate? Call a contractor?

Contact your insurance agent?

Here’s the rundown with David Matosky, Operations Director of First American Insurance of Western Mass.

David walks us through what is covered and what isn’t, what is our liability, what we can expect and how we can achieve it!

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Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Springfield cooling centers are open.
Mayor Sarno’s COVID-19 city statistics.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
New 413 Café opens in downtown Springfield.
Mayor Alex Morse’s campaign for Congress loses support from some organizations.
“Bunny” in Chicopee is honored with a mural!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 10, 2020

Eversource is still picking up the pieces – with Priscilla Ress.
COVID-19 uptick in Western Mass. – the latest numbers.
Tapestry Community Health Care staffers scour the canal area for discarded syringes and needles.
Springfield and East Longmeadow school districts decide to go “remote” in the fall.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s campaign runs into some difficulty.
Three Holyoke parishes propose combining.

Radio Show #348 – Lighting Up Western Mass. with Priscilla Ress of Eversource

Heading into the weekend, it would appear that the long wait for the restoration of your electricity is at an end – at least as far as Eversource customers are concerned.

This special program may be especially welcomed by those who are weary of outage maps and voicemail in obtaining information on their electricity status.

In this interview, Priscilla Ress, spokesperson for Eversource, indicates the success the power company is having in finalizing the return of all their customer’s commercial and residential power.

This storm was deceptively brutal, and the repairs and cleanup operations have been extraordinary and challenging.

You’ll hear precisely why in this conversation.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend! August 7, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England announces new MS center.
Local tree service professional Bill Spears believes Isaias was one of the worst storms in recent history.
What are you supposed to do when the traffic lights are out?
Marijuana stores want the Cannabis Control Commission to straighten out delivery methods.
What to do with your food in a power failure?
New EEE mosquitos samples in the state.
JCC offers “J-Camp in a Box” to over 400 children!
Wilbraham particularly hard hit by power failure.
Volleyball Hall of Fame cancels this year’s induction ceremony.
Indian Orchard still cleaning up.

Radio Show #347 – Safe Tree Removal,
with Bill Spears

Agawam’s Bill Spears, of Bill Spears Tree Service, believes this last storm might number among the five worst storms in his 40-year history in Western Mass.

In this conversation, Bill explains why he identifies this storm as so severe.

Bill also gives some important information regarding safe removal of trees, limbs, and related debris from your property.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 6, 2020

Western Mass. takes a tropical beating.
Mayor’s emergency decrees.
Power outage review.
Smith & Wesson splits into two companies.
Cleanup underway in East Longmeadow.
Untreated wastewater released into the Chicopee and Connecticut Rivers.
Cyanobacteria found in the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton.
Picking up the Isaias pieces.
Clorox disinfecting wipes shortage.
Grocery store shortages.

Radio Show #346 – Koi Story

There is something “fishy” going on in South Hadley.

A small pet store has had its share of excitement in just a matter of weeks.

First, a break in, and then a visit from the South Hadley Building Commissioner, informing the owner that the store they’ve operated for seven years can no longer operate in its location – an unpleasant surprise for owners Catherine and Steven Knowles!

New England Koi was granted an operating license by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to operate its Koi sales and accompanying tea house.

However, the Building Commissioner is unimpressed with this matter, and still insists their entire operation be relocated.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio, owner Catherine Knowles recounts the entire episode and where it presently stands.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tropical storm recap!
New England Koi vs. South Hadley, with Catherine Knowles.
E.B’s Restaurant reopens!
Agawam City Council wrestles with renaming their town’s sports nickname, “The Brownies.”
Amherst Town Council votes 13-0 for a resolution to urge the state to build a new Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.
Mercy Medical Center welcomes Nada Kawar, M.D., women’s cancer specialist.
Sports for public schools in Chicopee scheduled to start mid-September.
Agawam town officials curtail use of athletic fields due to COVID-19 concerns.
Mayor Sarno celebrates 20-year career of Mercy Medical’s Doreen Fadus.
Storm damage wrap up.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tropical storm bringing unsettled weather to Western Mass. today and tonight.
Northampton starts its parking system back up.
ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.
COVID-19 uptick? Dr. Mark Keroack.
Mercy Medical Center’s ongoing COVID-19 fight – with CMO Dr. Robert Roose.
The Village Closet in Huntington is relocating.
Embezzlement trial of a former town treasurer is scheduled.
Utility companies prepare for a tropical storm.
Testing sites for Governor Baker’s “Stop the Spread” program.
Springfield Public Schools now offering evening meals.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August, 3, 2020

Granville police and fire departments are providing free face masks!
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and the department’s song, “Rise Up.”
Eric Carle Museum in Amherst has reopened.
At Heritage Hall in Agawam, Anna Jasmine celebrates her 106th birthday!
Baystate Health implements a new visitation policy.
Dunkin’ offers “Free Coffee Mondays” and “Free Coffee Fridays” in August!
Behavioral Health Network opens a new resource center in Ware.
Governor Baker warns Mass. residents that he may cut the number of people allowed at residences.
New Mass. statewide advisory in effect for travel from COVID-19 “hot spots.”

Radio Show #345 – Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and “Rise Up”

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi is proud, as he should be, of his department’s production of an evocative and moving song, “Rise Up.”

The song is inspiring and heartfelt, and brings forth the feeling of the men and women of the Sheriff’s office.

What makes the song and accompanying video particularly unique is that it is performed only and entirely by the staff of the department.

Their level of talent and professionalism is stunning.

In this program, Sheriff Cocchi gives us the story behind the story of “Rise Up.”

The program concludes with the full audio version of the song.

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 31, 2020

New infections at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home spark visitation limits.
New ordinance proposed to address private ways in Springfield.
Media professional Maureen Sullivan reflects on the effects of COVID-19.
Springfield basketball courts are reopening for limited use.
South Hadley’s mysterious Chinese seeds scam.
Pan-Mass Challenge Bike-A-Thon coming through Springfield and Longmeadow at 12 noon!
Springfield Museums presents “Heroes in Health Care!”
Wales Olde Home Festival postponed.
Town of Amherst issues requirement to wear masks in the town center.
Holyoke Mall expands hours of operation.

Radio Show #344 – Maureen Sullivan and the Maureen Sullivan Media Group

Over the years, Maureen Sullivan has played a key role in the local media landscape.

During her ten years at The Republican, Maureen founded the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” event series, a publication of the same name, and launched “Reader Raves,” a joint reader engagement project between The Republican and

She is currently President and Chief Creative Officer of Maureen Sullivan Media Group, founded in 2014, that specializes in lifestyle marketing, advertising, branding, event concept and management.

In this conversation Maureen discusses her company’s embrace of the pandemic and her life in Western Mass. in general.



Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 30, 2020

Mayor Sarno announces the reopening of the city’s cooling centers.
MassDOT announces funding allowing Easthampton to create a new sidewalk.
Amherst’s “Jump Bridge” cancels any swimming.
Heat wave continues.
Granby fires its fire chief.
Mayor Sarno and Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola join informational push for 2020 Census.
Possible cannabis dispensary in Northampton.
Protesters outside the homes of Eric Lesser and Joe Wagner.
Stop & Shop workers protest the elimination of hazard pay.
Niche presents the top towns in Mass. to buy a home.