Radio Show #216 – Western Mass.
Actress/Director Cate Damon Invites You to
“Home For The Holidays” at the Majestic Theater!

Cate Damon remembers very well the classic holiday TV specials hosted by no less than Bing and Andy and many others…

Set in the star’s living room, other performers and guest stars would “drop in” for a quick greeting and a holiday song.

Well, the Majestic Theater in West Springfield’s highly-anticipated holiday special pays loving tribute to those great shows – live for you on stage!

It’s opening night for “Home for The Holidays 2018”!

And in this  program, Brad Shepard’s special guest is the director of this yuletide celebration!

Cate Damon gives us an inside view of how this show comes together, and what makes it such a treat year after year  for its audiences.

 www.majestictheater.com

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, December 12, 2018

State launches a holiday safe-driving initiative.
Springfield school crossing guard victim of a hit and run.
Jimmy Dean sausages recall.
Eversource announces rate increase.
The “Celtic Nutcracker” at the Academy of Music in Northampton.
Riverdale Shops and other shopping centers see holiday shopping kicking up.
Marijuana dispensaries still seeing long lines as well as out-of-state buyers.
Longmeadow Knights cheerleaders are going to a national competition at Disney World!
Gift cards and store closings!
Why are gas prices higher in our hill towns?
Opening night for “Home for The Holidays” at the Majestic Theater.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Section of Roosevelt Ave. closed today.
Several Springfield businesses are not renewing their liquor licenses.
A special birthday at a downtown restaurant, and YOU get the gift!
Jordan Goodman with a report on the retailers this holiday season.
David is a Salvation Army bell-ringer.
USPS, FEDEX, AND UPS mailing deadlines.
Hanukkah celebration in Longmeadow concludes.
Festival of Trees serves more than 100 trees for families.

Radio Show #215 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Seasons greetings from “America’s Money Answers Man!”
In Jordan’s last program of the year, he notes the current dismal economic news from Wall Street – shrinking profits and a decline in small business optimism – but also the record-breaking, history-making personal spending for the holiday season. How is this reconciled?
Listen to his analysis!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmastime in Turners Falls! Much is happening!
Sears Hometown store in Hadley is closing in early January.
Southwick man is indicted on charges of sending threatening letters and packages to Springfield federal agencies.
Western Mass. holiday shopping moves into high gear!
Ski season is beginning! Ski day at Otis Ridge!
East Longmeadow celebrates its 65th annual tree lighting!
Porch pirates are after your holiday package deliveries.
Welcome Father Ephraim Peters, assigned to St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Radio Show #214 – The Western Massachusetts Holiday Season

What a difference a year makes!

In this holiday feature program, Brad Shepard and special guest Michael Harrison examine the changes in the season, from last year to this.

Gift giving, the malls, online shopping, stress levels, the casino, and legalized recreational marijuana are all under discussion.

Where does it go from here?

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, December 7, 2018

New marijuana coffee!
Infant ibuprofen brands have been recalled.
Westfield Seniors holiday events, with Tina Gorman.
Chicopee driver drives drunk and leaves a trail of trash.
South Hadley private home Christmas decorations raise funds for food pantry.
Western Mass. farmers receive awards.
Turkey hunter who shot fellow hunter in the back receives sentence.
Bright Nights visitors receive invitation to see winter animals at the Forest Park Zoo.
MGM Springfield now offers bus service from YOUR HOME to MGM Springfield!
Secret Santa is paying shoppers’ layaway bills at Springfield’s Walmart.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 6, 2018

Deval Patrick will NOT run for president in 2020.
Mass. tax rate anticipated to drop in the next year.
No more gold coins at the Big Y.
Thoughts on hearing loss with Gary Winn of New Ears Affordable Care.
Chicopee Walmart 10-car accident.
Ware Board of Selectmen investigates complaints against the town manager.
Holyoke High School grad and Smith College freshman wins high Girl Scout Honor.
Burkhart, Pizzanelli P.C. accounting firm collects coats for children.
Gourmet Food Solutions of Springfield has closed and is auctioning off their equipment.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday. December 5, 2018

National Day of Mourning.
New $1 drink for the holidays from Applebee’s – The Dollar Jolly!
110 Grill about to open at the Holyoke Mall.
Springfield City Council continues its efforts to create “Welcoming Community” ordinance.
Longmeadow School Committee not renewing school superintendent’s contract.
From east to west, Massachusetts lawmakers mark the beginning of Hanukkah.
Longmeadow officially declared “a dementia-friendly town.”
Food Bank of Western Mass. ranks #9 in the country!
Holland and Ware see a huge outbreak of car break-ins!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 4, 2018

State’s Bald Eagle population increasing.
Friendly’s closes Sumner Avenue location.
Who illegally shot and killed a deer in a residential neighborhood?
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni presents another gun buy-back.
Dave Ratner closes Dave’s Soda and Pet City on Carew Street.
Free Christmas concert at Symphony Hall featuring the Army National Guard Band.
Dunkins offering afternoon $2 espresso drinks!
Winter Wonderland at the Big E Storrowton.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, December 3, 2018

East Longmeadow Police warn of chimney inspection scam!
Marijuana dispensaries have had their social media accounts disabled.
Christmas tree report (with Carl Bailey of Squire Farms).
Agawam Colleen Coronation for 2019.
Murder defendant violates release conditions by going shopping on Black Friday.
Longmeadow Police mourn the loss of a veteran officer.
Cop On Top in Chicopee!
Lights of Love at the Ronald McDonald House.
ISO New England predicts enough power to get through the winter.
Hanukkah is underway!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, November 30, 2018

Holyoke traffic barriers.
Dunkins warning customers their DD Perks customers may have had a security breach.
Chicopee Superintendent of Public Works seeks job restoration.
Developer plans housing and retail project for Main Street Springfield.
Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group oppose gas metering station location.
East Longmeadow resident collects children’s books for Christmas.
Springfield police officer suspended after pleading “not guilty” to nine criminal charges.
Amherst works toward changing the name of the Lord Jeffery Inn.
Don’t throw them away… you can recycle your old broken Christmas lights!
Springfield Thunderbirds shave their mustaches for cancer awareness!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mass. Pike pothole alert!
MGM Springfield votes NOT to unionize their security force.
Springfield welcomes Hot Oven Cookies!
Ashley Tresoline and Bella Foodie!
Last CityStage show is set for December 7, 2018.
Water warning for Agawam.
Dakin Humane Society presents a $5.00 “Fill-a-Bag” special!
Two studies show an increase in highway crashes in legal marijuana states.
Vandals damaged the memorial park for two murdered Springfield Police officers.
Berkshire East in Charlemont is open for the skiing season!

Radio Show #213 – Ashley Tresoline and
Bella Foodie!

Springfield’s Ashley Tresoline, after being diagnosed with a serious illness, decided to find a new path toward healthy eating without compromising the enjoyment of traditional Italian dishes.

The result is her business – Bella Foodie!

It’s a celebration of good health and fine dining!

Classes, parties, special events, and a monthly menu created for pick-up or delivery for Western Mass. families on the go are all a part of the Bella Foodie experience!

You can hear about this and more, including Ashley’s very personal story, in this program with Brad Shepard.

Email: ashley@bellafoodie.net  •  Web: www.bellafoodie.net

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Berkshire museum works on building improvements.
Mayor Sarno and the City Council at odds over an immigration ordinance.
Inspirational event for women at the Springfield Chamber of Commerce (w/Maureen Sullivan).
Easthampton’s Eagles Sports Bar changes its name.
Starbucks unveils a new holiday drink.
Mass. State Police set up a Thurs.-Fri. sobriety checkpoint.
T.J. O’Connor Animal Control receives a $12,000 grant for pet neutering.
Mass. gas prices drop – again!
Chicopee Comp threatens to close bathrooms unless they can get “vaping” under control.

Brad Shepard and Senator Eric Lesser on ELCAT

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, in a co-production with East Longmeadow Cable Access Television, presents a one-hour telecast with Mass. State Senator Eric Lesser.

Topics of conversation include the Senator’s continued efforts toward a high-speed east-west rail connection in the state, the ongoing opioid crisis, efforts to keep seniors in their homes with affordable care, recreational marijuana, and a controversial stance on the electoral college.

The program will air on local cable, and online on both ELCAT and Pioneer Valley Radio. Click here to watch!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hash Brown driving.
Bright Nights 5K Road Race postponed.
Leicester Board of Selectman have a special meeting to figure out how to deal with traffic at the new pot shop.
Wilbraham Police need your help to identify a shoplifting suspect who threatened a Loss Prevention Officer.
Strong opening weekend for Bright Nights!
Local Christmas tree farms are getting busy!
Tolland Police note the beginning of deer hunting season.
This holiday season, beware of “porch pirates.”
Agawam Clerical Workers members contribute care items to Holyoke Soldiers’ Home residents.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 26, 2018

Westfield on Weekends holiday season happenings: DecemberFest!
Holyoke Holiday Market returns!
Christmas tree shortage may or may not affect Western Mass.
Holland and Wales are the latest towns for car thefts and car break-ins.
Monson commemorates and supports its “Hometown Heroes.”
Black Friday recreational pot sales.
Melha Shriners unveil their “Fez-tival of Trees!”

Thanksgiving Day, 2018

Hello to all of our listening family at Pioneer Valley Radio!
Just a moment and a quick note, in lieu of a morning program today and tomorrow, to wish everyone all the joy and happiness this day is designed to bring.
The time-honored sentiments apply, but they are coupled with my gratitude for being a part of this wonderful adventure in communication and information here in our home.
Please take time, (as I will today, tomorrow and the weekend) to enjoy the relaxation and convivial nature inherent in this celebration.
Please exercise judicious drinking, and eat to your heart’s content!
The holiday season is truly underway, and with it comes a great deal of effort and work and preparation.
Don’t overdo, be safe, and bask in the joy and comfort of friends and family.
I will return with a new program Monday morning.
My toast to you! (clink)
Brad

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Agawam woman is connected to her newborn at Boston Children’s Hospital by King Ward Bus Company.
Easthampton City Councillor opposes public use of cannabis.
City Council committee recommends pay raise for the mayor and the council.
Northampton Mayor Narkewicz buys the first weed at the new pot shop.
West Springfield tax rate actually goes down!
Elderly Chicopee man struck by private plow truck will live; driver is charged.
Mercy Medical Center welcomes Dr. Aleksandra Ogrodnik.
Bright Nights lights up today! Big celebration and music!
DO NOT EAT ANY ROMAINE LETTUCE! THROW IT OUT!
Dakin Humane Society holds Black Friday: “It’s a Small World!”
Long-closed Getty gas station on Route 9 on Russell Street in Hadley has been sold.