Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hasbro revenue down – due to Toys R Us closing.
Scammers exploit fallen Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon.
Springfield to Hartford – direct rail service in June!
Old Hadley Flea Market season underway.
Torrington man tries to board plane at Bradley with loaded gun in carry-on.
Monson man (Superintendent of the Suffield Water Pollution Authority) charged with domestic abuse.
C-Suite Springfield Chamber Cocktails and Conversation.
New restaurant comes to the former Touch of Garlic location.
Wilbraham Police Department hires new officers and promotes others.
Gas prices up – again!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 23, 2018

Road closures, hydrant flushings and traffic advisories!
Longmeadow vandal.
Springfield Police proposal to hire back retired officers for extra duty jobs.
Ware Police make a river rescue.
Granby residents want to celebrate Granby’s 250th anniversary by cleaning up the town.
DO NOT EAT ROMAINE LETTUCE! E. coli outbreak!
Holyoke Chief of Police ready to retire.
Franklin County man arrested for 6th OUI.
Chicopee man makes two phone 911 calls and causes trouble at a hospital.
Gas prices spike up!
K-9 Nero is out of the hospital and recovering.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend April 20, 2018

Dr. Timothy Ewing to speak at the Chamber’s Business@Breakfast.
Electronics store that tried to continue where Radio Shack left off closes.
New restaurant in East Longmeadow touts “fresh made pasta!”
Bill Collins, owner of Center Square Grill, reaches out to hire former Bertucci’s employees.
Price tag on repairing the Campanile – going up!
Casa Pizzeria Jimmy in Ludlow; response so overwhelming that Jimmy had to shut off the phones!
Long lines and long waits at the Registry of Motor Vehicles!
Miriam Nelson is the new Hampshire College president.

Radio Show #150 – Casa Pizzeria Jimmy

Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow is making a huge splash in the competitive universe of pizza!

Winning a reader’s poll as the number one pizza maker in the entire state has brought in enough business to cause them to shut off the phones!

Why the excitement?

Join Brad and his special guest, “Casa Pizzeria Jimmy,” as he presents his quest to bring Brooklyn-style pizza to Western Mass.!

Just what is “Brooklyn-style pizza”?

Listen in and find out!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 19, 2018

More trouble for the State Police; former payroll head placed on leave.
UMass researcher joins NASA program to spend 45 days in a space capsule.
Fire and Hazmat summoned to Indian Orchard auto shop over chemical smell.
Franklin County man in the hospital after a forty-foot fall from a tree.
Mayor Sarno’s personal message of condolence to the Bush family.
Organized effort to keep Casa De Nana open.
Iraqi national living in Westfield confesses to setting fire to an Enfield pizza parlor.
Palmer gets a regional animal control facility.
Westfield Bon-Ton closing.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April, 18, 2018

Brynn Cartelli makes the cut – again!
Ludlow’s award-winning pizza at Casa Pizzeria!
On tax day… the IRS payment website was DOWN!
Two restaurants change locations.
Chicopee Police crack down on texting while driving.
Wednesday night music with Merrill!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, April 17, 2017

Bertucci’s in West Springfield, Amherst, and Longmeadow – CLOSED!
Wayward cows wander onto Greenfield road!
Home Depot on Boston Road repeatedly robbed… police have charged a suspect.
Chez Albert closes.
Westfield Wildwater Races!
Mayor Sarno joins with several police departments to sign a petition to change bail laws.
Mercy Medical Center receives a “Blue Distinction Center” designation.
Last week for Toys R Us gift cards!
Turkey drops in to home – and leaves

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 16, 2018

Barbara Bush in failing health.
Traffic advisory for downtown Springfield this week.
Westfield State University remembers Officer Sean Gannon.
K-9 Officer Nero, the late Officer Gannon’s partner, survived surgery and is on the road to recovery.
MGM Springfield gets extension from the Mass. Gaming Commission on restoration of 31 Elm Street.
Columbia Gas files with the DPU for a revenue increase.
More reinforcement added to decrepit Campanile.
MGM Springfield – game changer?

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 13, 2018

Mayor Domenic Sarno lets Mass. judges “have it” over low bails for repeat offenders.
Springfield Fire Rescue saves a dog trapped on a ledge.
George Lucas buys the Norman Rockwell painting at the root of a Berkshires lawsuit.
Yankee Candle holds ice cream sundae eating contest!
Westfield residents are up in arms over litter and trash in their neighborhood.
Iron Duke Brewing is moving to new digs in Wilbraham.
The Big Day is coming for Brynn Cartelli!
Win tickets to the Springfield Symphony just by emailing Pioneer Valley Radio!
The story of Friday the Thirteenth!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 12, 2018

World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast announces this year’s chair!
Another Western Mass. town says “no” to recreational marijuana.
Granby child porn arrestee receives additional sentence.
Gas prices to jump this summer.
Chicopee Moose and Elk Lodges present contribution to Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen.
Chicopee Police warn of a new scam.
Montague Police Dog Officer receives state award.
New owners of the former Tower Square Hotel close on the purchase.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Agawam shooter fires off at least 20 rounds during a ten-hour standoff.
$1M image campaign for Springfield moves forward!
Another Western Mass. church offers sanctuary to an immigrant awaiting deportation.
Ludlow police arrest driver speeding through residential street at more than 100 mph.
Monson man threatens to shoot up a Stafford Springs, CT school.
Two convicted Western Mass. organized crime figures have been sentenced.
With a trade war looming, Jordan Goodman describes the possible consequences.
Donald E. Ashe seeks re election as Register of Deeds.

Radio Show #149 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

On Pioneer Valley Radio, it’s time once again for “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman!

For the first time since 1930, a trade war seems to be quite possible.

The Trump administration and China are locked in  a high stakes standoff.

Teetering on this brink not only causes a corresponding reaction in the stock market, but also has a possibly devastating effect on markets, prices, products and many other financial instruments.

Hear Jordan’s breakdown of trade war cause and effect in this very important program!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday April 10, 2018

MassDOT exec placed on administrative leave.
PVTA fare is going up – service will be cut back as well.
Holyoke man arrested and charged with bomb making in his home.
Illegal dumping still a problem; surveillance cameras have been added to end the problem.
Local media gets Brynn Cartelli’s name wrong.
Springfield streets and roads are a mess.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 9, 2018

Mercy Medical Center announces a new staff member.
Ronald McDonald House “Red Shoe Run” brings financial boost!
Greenfield Second Amendment supporters gather.
Two Longmeadow men are awaiting sentencing.
Ford recall!
Campaign underway to find jobs for Western Mass. youth.
Agawam Police Dept scam warning!
Another bear warning from the police.
The end of the Hu Ke Lau and the Hofbrauhaus (with Joe Stevens).

Radio Show # 148 – Joe Stevens, Hofbrauhaus

The Hofbrauhaus, a signature Western Mass. restaurant, has shut down after some 83 years.

Joe Stevens made the decision, and joins us now on Pioneer Valley Radio to tell us why.

As a career restaurateur, he has given us some insight as to why other iconic restaurants in our region have also ended their run.

What’s next for Joe?

Listen in!

Radio Show #147 – Lisa Carter, Vocalist and Cher Tribute Artist

Lisa Carter is busier than ever!

Western Massachusetts premier “Cher” tribute artist has new shows planned for top spots in the region!

Lisa chats with Brad Shepard about performing as Cher, but also about the other side of her career – simply being herself, a fine vocalist, and performing with music partner Matt in her show called “Table For Two.”

Far from being typed only as ‘Cher,” Lisa allows audiences to enjoy her finely honed abilities as a singer, performing a perfect program of great songs for a night out!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 6, 2018

Judge allows Northampton museum to sell Rockwell works.
Northampton alleged “Peeping Tom” in court – the latest.
Michael Kremensky, “Peeping Tom” in Northampton, is fired.
It’s back – Applebee’s “Dollarita!”
Longmeadow Police rescue owl after tree fall.
Western Mass. black bears are waking up!
Springfield City Council works through rift on immigrant offered sanctuary by local church.
Western Mass. man fighting fifth OUI charge.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 5, 2018

TRAFFIC! I-91, Longmeadow, and a Mass. State Police check point!
UMass acquires Newton’s Mount Ida College.
Dinesh Patel closes on purchase of the Tower Square Hotel.
Holyoke Police try to identify tow truck driver accused of assaulting a woman.
Monson Savings bank offers Narcan training to their employees.
The Lupa Zoo is open for the Spring! (come see the little zebra!)

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pancake breakfast has room for performers!
Springfield Symphony events!
Merrill Shepard Solo Acoustics Friday night.
Agawam woman runs the Boston Marathon in honor of her sister.
Springfield man and woman indicted on human trafficking charges.
Mass. State Police warn drivers – turkeys are mating!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday April 3, 2018

West Springfield Police Captain indicted on charges of theft.
April Fool’s prank in Amherst backfires.
Amherst voters supports replacing town meeting form with town council form of government.
Another Massachusetts step toward recreational marijuana businesses.
Passport application fees have gone up.
Springfield sets one million dollar project to rehab Mercy Medical Center entrance on Carew St.
VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital cuts their emergency hours.
Mayor Sarno and City Council argue the order to crack down on a local church’s decision to provide amnesty to an illegal alien.