Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Gas prices in Massachusetts – up!

Enfield Police help a stunned owl.

Governor Baker signs “Laura’s Law” into effect in Massachusetts.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.

Great Barrington motor vehicle break-ins.

New “COVID-19 variant” detected in the Commonwealth.

Longmeadow and East Longmeadow Girl Scouts host a drive-thru cookie booth in Longmeadow.



Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 18, 2021

Mayoral aide Lavar Click offers quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  at the flag raising ceremony.

Chicopee notes for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Holyoke’s message to citizens re: vaccine distribution.

Weekend power outages.

Easthampton Fire Department offers a “candle warning.”

Pepperoni Hot Pockets recalled.

Agawam’s Pour Bar & Selfie Lounge.

Granby’s Christmas tree eating goats.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – things opened and closed.

Radio Show #404 – Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: Write For The Movies!

Ever felt like you were a born screenwriter, but not sure what to do to create that path?

From the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Executive Director Diane Pearlman alerts us to two online workshops!

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will present the two workshops with the renowned Hollywood producer, literary manager and screenwriter Marilyn R. Atlas as part of its continuing mission to provide learning opportunities for the film community in Western Massachusetts.

Atlas will present “Creating Memorable Characters” on Saturday, January 23, from 3PM-5PM ET, and “The Importance of Pitching” on Saturday, January 30, from 3PM-5PM. During the latter workshop, some participants will have the opportunity to pitch their film and video projects to Atlas.

Hear all the details in this special program with Diane Pearlman.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, January 15, 2021

“Plush Pals” now available from Dakin Humane Society.

Nick’s Nest celebrates 100 years in Holyoke!  Jennifer Chateauneuf tells us what’s special about their dogs!

Online workshops to write for the movies, with Diane Pearlman.

Bridgestone donates $500,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke!

Big E CEO Gene Cassidy named as head of an international fair organization.

Mayor  Sarno and Bishop Talbert Swan II raising the Martin Luther King Jr.  flag in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Radio Show #403 – A Hundred Years of
Hot Dogs in Holyoke!

Nick’s Nest, a Holyoke tradition for a hot dog, is celebrating one hundred years in business!

Current owners Kevin and Jennifer Chateauneuf, along with daughter, Emma, are keeping the tradition alive and thriving!

At Nick’s, the hot dog is still the undisputed star, but is now supported by a great variety of other “fun foods.”

Special guest and co owner Jennifer Chateauneuf joins us for a special program celebrating Nick’s centennial.

In this conversation you’ll hear why a Nick’s hot dog is a unique specialty in the region, as well as the plans for the future of Nick’s Nest!


Radio Show #402 – Hampden’s Chief of Police Moves On

Hampden Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth is ending his tour of duty after 15 years as the Chief, and a total of 30 years with the department.

Chief Farnsworth soon begins his new assignment as the  Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Public Safety.

This is an important appointment – working in the office responsible for bringing all departments in the Commonwealth into compliance with  the new standards as set forth in the Governor’s Police Reform Bill.

In this exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio, Chief Farnsworth details the thinking that informed his decision.

The chief also reflects on the changes in the town of Hampden and its safety needs over the last 30 years.

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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 14, 2021

Great Barrington Police Dept. has a new Chief.

Agawam City Councilor Cecile Calabrese on the Agawam Mayor’s salary increase.

Hampden Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth departs the force for a new state assignment.

Water and sewer bill webinars are offered in Springfield.

Ronald McDonald House celebrates 30 years.

Mayor Sarno meets with new City Council President Marcus Williams.

Chicopee offers college financial aid virtual program.

Holyoke institution Nick’s Nest celebrates 100 years!

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey is proud of a year without the loss of the life of a child in a fire.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Longmeadow gas odor.

Jordan Goodman on Western Mass. investment suggestions.

Dr. Mark Keroack wants to see Western Mass. vaccinated with more speed.

Massachusetts will see roughly $9 billion in the latest stimulus package.

East Longmeadow’s vaccine “wait list.”

Greenfield Winter Carnival to be held virtually.

Westfield Penguin Plunge bumped to late February.

Westfield Pickleball receives donated equipment!

Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hampden County first responders register for COVID-19 vaccine.

Holyoke City Councilor Rebecca Lisi is running for mayor of that city.

Jeff Katz at Arnold’s Meats and “Restaurant Rescue.”

Mark Auerbach’s ArtsBeat report.

Assessor’s “Circuit Breaker” tax deadline.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill has $5 pizzas for all fellow restaurant workers!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 11, 2021

Greenfield traffic note.

Mayor Sarno and the NAACP flag raising ceremony.

Trinity Health Of New England will hold a COVID-19 webinar/Q & A.

Agawam Lions give out 100 student desks for remote learning.

Devin Sheehan will run for mayor of Holyoke.

United Way of Pioneer Valley celebrates 100 years in Springfield.

Girl Scout Cookie Drop!

Six Flags “Holiday In The Park!”

Chicopee appointment-free COVID-19 testing offered.

Berkshire Athenaeum library services.

Russell Inn dining update.

Radio Show #401 – Special Report: The Capitol Invasion, with Tony Cignoli

In a special report to Pioneer Valley Radio, International Political Consultant Anthony Cignoli presents an overview of the break-in by protesters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The slow response by law enforcement, the reactions of high-ranking members of Congress of both parties, the call for the removal of the president by exercise of the 25th Amendment, and the overall culpability of President Trump all fall under discussion.

The vice president’s role and the legacy of President Trump are matters for analysis by Anthony Cignoli, of the A.L. Cignoli Company.


Brad Shepard Today! Friday, January 8, 2021

Tony Cignoli on the Capitol protest.

Agawam Health Director Michael Theroux on vaccination phases.

Governor Baker announces an extension to gathering limitations.

East Longmeadow has a new Chief of Police.

Mass. State Police give assurances on protest monitoring.

Chicopee first responders uncover drug operation at fire.

Dakin Humane Society offer a COVID-19-compliant curbside clinic.

Radio Show #400 – Ken Stomski:
Preserving Memories

When Westfield’s Ken Stomski’s 24-year livelihood was canceled by the pandemic, he reinvented himself.

Now doing business as KS Solutions, Ken is converting outdated media to new digital options.

In this program, you can hear Ken detail this path, and how he can transfer your old VHS tapes, films, photos, and more – without sending them to other locations.



Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 7, 2021

Easthampton continues collecting “Coats4Vets.”

Westfield’s Ken Stomski is in the business of preserving memories.

Mayor Sarno celebrates the 75th anniversary of  La Fiorentina.

Springfield Police officer retires after 27 years of service.

Mass. State Rep. Lewis files legislation to select a state dinosaur!

It’s official –  no Holyoke St. Pat’s parade or road race this year.

Mega Millions Jackpot!

Former UMass Amherst student arrested in NYC on several charges.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Mayor Sarno is furious!

Police Commissioner Clapprood comments on the state trooper shooting.

Governor Baker announces vaccine administration to first responders.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz has a special announcement.

Holyoke’s “Stop The Spread” testing site changes location.

Town office jobs in South Hadley are available.

Vaccination clinic starting up at UMass Amherst.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Daniel Craig’s Barber Shop.

Mark Auerbach’s ArtsBeat Report.

Gas prices – up!

Bright Nights winds down.

Mercy Medical Center’s “Hand Metal” project.

“How People Make Things” at the Springfield Museums.

Six Flags continues holiday lighting!

Westfield Boys & Girls Club closed for  the week.

Springfield Thunderbirds opt out of play for the 2021 season.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 4, 2021

Welcome to 2021!

Mayor Sarno comments on New Year’s Day police shooting.

A statement from the pastor of the Martin Luther King Church.

Getting rid of your Christmas tree.

Dr. Seuss plates for your car are now available.

Springfield’s Arson Hotline.

Hampden Zimmerman Electrical Supply’s virtual education donation.

Agawam police officer delivers a New Year’s baby.

Parking bans now in effect.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, December 28, 2020

We hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday!

As 2020 sputters to a close, we wish everyone a very happy new year, and again, hope you can do what you are able to stay safe and healthy.

Regular programming of this and other shows will resume the week of January 4, 2021, on Pioneer Valley Radio!

-Brad Shepard

Brad Shepard Today! December 25, Christmas 2020

A very Merry Christmas to all, from the staff at Pioneer Valery Radio!
As many will, we will be enjoying some time off over the Holidays.
I may check in with you from time to time, and will definitely be back daily just after New Year’s.
Between now and then, if you are so inclined, please feel free to enjoy any of our past programs.
They are all available to you 24/7!
Whatever your celebration may be, please enjoy it happily and safely, with our best wishes, from Pioneer Valley Radio.
-Brad Shepard

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 24, 2020

Join us for a Pioneer Valley Radio Christmas Eve Special!
Christmas Eve Day program rundown.
Holyoke’s Debra Vega remembers her “Rockette” audition in New York.
A Christmas conversation with Michael Harrison