Radio Show #203 – Bob Russell,
American Pest Solutions

As the fourth generation of the Russell family steers American Pest Solutions solidly into the future, Bob Russell, president since 1995, has seen it all – and in more than 10,000 Western Mass. homes!

Bob loves his work and is truly proud of the efforts and success his family has attained in keeping homes free of unwanted pests – pests that can be a danger to public health!

In this special program, you will also learn more about what to be on your guard for at this time of year… and when to call in the pros!

Web: www.413pestfree.com/springfield-pest-control

Email: bugs@413pestfree.com (Bob Russell – personal)

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 15, 2018

New French restaurant for Longmeadow!
Mass. state “roadkill” laws.
United Bank takes over six Webster Bank branches purchased in May.
Halloween in Westfield!
Pine Hill Cemetery receives clean-up from community volunteers.
UMass students and staff do community service on a rainy Saturday!

Radio Show #202 – Andrew Smith and
Smith & Son Jewelers

Andrew Smith is a man who loves his work.

And he has been at it all of his life.

And his business has been at it for a century.

Andrew Smith is celebrating an amazing professional milestone – the 100th Anniversary of Smith & Son Jewelers of Springfield!

This is a family operation in Western Massachusetts devoted to its loyal customers.

The future of watches?  In doubt, as millennials tend to not use them in favor of their cell phones?

Andrew’s thoughts on this might surprise you!

For more information, email: andrew@smithandsonjewelers.com

or visit their website: www.smithandsonjewelers.com.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 12, 2018

Ware Board of Selectmen consider two recreational marijuana dispensaries.
Greenfield firm research funded to feed seaweed to methane-producing belching cows.
Flu season is coming to the valley; a flu clinic will be held.
Continued elevator breakdowns, a serious problem for residents of a Springfield apartment building.
Feeding Hills church hand knits pink scarves for breast cancer survivors.
Smith & Son Jewelers celebrates 100 years of business in Springfield.
Former Springfield postal supervisor charged with bribery and tampering.
Granby selectmen file a complaint against the Town Administrator over the Assistant Fire Chief’s investigation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bradley International Airport named third best in the U.S.
Jen is making pizza in 80 degree weather!
Mercy Medical Center opposes mandated nurse staffing ratios in Question 1 on the November ballot.
Great music planned at the Holyoke and Springfield Symphonies.
One of the most dangerous intersections in the state is right here in Western Mass.
Last day to register to vote or change voter info is a week away,
Shoplifter from Holyoke hits Big Y in Northampton, takes off on foot and runs onto the highway!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brynn Cartelli performs at the Log Cabin at the launch of a new book on women .
Southwick’s Farm Parade!
The Zoo at Forest Park receives $75,000 from the state’s 2019 budget.
The New England Health Center Nursing home in Sunderland announces it’s closing.
Moose and deer are more active right now due to breeding season, and the bears are coming out of hibernation and are hungry. Drivers are warned!
Jordan Goodman on consumer credit.
Michelle Love Provencher explains her creation, “The Iced Coffee Cozy.”

Radio Show #201 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In a continuing series of programs devoted to financial news of use and benefit to Western Mass., Jordan Goodman looks at the challenge of continually rising interest rates.

The impact on loans, credit cards and other essentials is specifically defined by Jordan in his latest appearance on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Breaking consumer information and tips on how to take advantage of current conditions highlight this program.

How has the contentious Kavanaugh confirmation affected the markets?

You will hear Jordan’s thoughts on that as well!

Radio Show #200 – East Longmeadow’s Michelle Provencher and “The Love Mich Collection”

Michelle Provencher of East Longmeadow exited her career as a paralegal and followed a dream.

She had taught herself to sew, and always saw herself in the fashion industry.

Realizing one day that the paper sleeve on her iced coffee just wasn’t preventing the condensation, and was also not aesthetically pleasing, a realization that iced coffee should not be excluded from high fashion developed, and… The Love Mich Iced Coffee Cozy was the result!

This entrepreneurship has been successful to the point where the handmade accessories are snapped up as quickly as they are created, and the true challenge is in supply meeting demand!

This fascinating story unfolds in this program.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes comes to CityStage.
Pumpkins and Pets on the Hill Festival.
St. Gregory’s Armenian Bazaar!
Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots!
Springfield Post Office is hiring for the holidays! 500 part-time jobs available.
Pioneer Valley has top allergen, ragweed, making allergy sufferers miserable.
Sara L. Stein, Cold Case Consultant, who worked on the Molly Bish case, will be at Elms College.
A ping pong marathon – “Pongathon” – to support Catholic Charities and veteran’s settlement efforts.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, Columbus Day, October 8, 2018

All about Christopher Columbus.
Juicy Seafood opens in Springfield.
Memorial planned for Jill Ker Conway, first woman president of Smith College.
St. Elizabeth Parish in Ludlow holds their annual meat pie sale!
Forest Park Library presents Toddler’s Story Time!
Chicopee police would like help in identifying perfume thief.
Columbus Day: what’s open and what’s closed.

Radio Show #199 – Dan Chraplak and
Dan’s Domestic Auto Repair

Career auto technician Dan Chraplak realized his ambition and set up shop on his own.

Dan’s life and work is settled in West Springfield, where he is well known for his efforts to work with customers and go a little further to keep their costs down and his standards up.

At Dan’s Domestic Auto Repair, Dan proudly maintains that he “can fix anything!”

Dan is also very involved in his young son’s performing efforts and accomplishments – you will be surprised to learn what they are!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 5, 2018

Chief of the Massachusetts Environmental Police removed.
Judy Herrell of Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton inducted into the Mass. Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.
Springfield church buys two Boston Road properties.
Major beef recall.
Overgrown tree branches are obscuring some street signs in Springfield.
Longmeadow halts Columbia Gas expansion in town until the cause of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions is determined.
Pumpkin Report with Bob Bilton of Bilton’s Mountainside Orchard.
Agawam – West Springfield traffic problems on the horizon (with Cecilia Calabrese).

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 4, 2018

All about absentee ballots for Mass. voters, and related info.
Dakin Humane Society has cats for adoption for only $5!
Traffic headaches for Agawam and West Springfield, the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge, and more.
Help Wilbraham Animal Control find the owner of two attacking dogs.
This year’s Western Mass. pumpkin crop is having a bad year.
Hop on board The Pioneer Valley Railroad for the annual Nostalgic Autumn Train Ride!
Westfield School Superintendent has a school bus driver removed.
Mass. fathers complain about a lack of changing tables in public men’s rooms.

Radio Show #198 – Robert Dominick,
L&R Residential Home Window Tinting

Bob Dominick of Feeding Hills was born at Westover and toured the world, as he grew up, with his Air Force dad.

Upon returning to Feeding Hills, he moved through several business situations until he found his present career in the unique world of home window tinting!

What it’s all about, and what it means to this Western Mass. resident and business person, is the subject of this program!

Interested? You can reach Bob at 413-335-1516 or landrresidentialwindowtinting.com.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Applebee’s launches “The Dollar Zombie!”
Agawam is angry at the Big E over traffic issues.
Feeding Hills’ Robert Dominick has a career in residential window tinting.
Dunkin’ Donuts and beer?
Property sale paves way for a hookah lounge in downtown Springfield.
Chicopee Police say a man “blew” though a crosswalk, endangering children.
Springfield Youth Boxing Coach charged with sex crimes.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday October 2, 2018

Big E sets a new attendance record!
Film and Media Exchange in Springfield for aspiring screenwriters.
Taste of Italy Festival.
UMass football coach suspended for using the word “rape.”
Palmer Paving sold to a New York firm.
MegaMillions and Powerball.
New pavilion for the Franconia Golf Course.
JDog Junk Removal and Homeward Vets team up to provide free furniture for vets.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 1, 2018

About October.
Ware water warning!
Vivid Hair Salon and Spa in Westfield gave 50 cancer survivors free makeovers!
Longmeadow H.S. senior is national first-place winner in an educational competition.
Spaghetti supper in Southwick to benefit K-9 Officer “General.”
Ware police force veteran Paul Skutnick resigns to take a new job as a parole officer.
Northampton’s Judge Michael Goggins has retired.
Whately’s newly renovated town hall and Fall Festival!

Radio Show #197 – Mike Desmarais, and Huntington’s Comfort Kitchen and Bar

Throughout his career as a noted Western Mass restaurateur, Agawam’s Mike Desmarais now brings fine dining to Huntington.

As the owner of The Comfort Kitchen and Bar, Mike embraces the different set of challenges that a restaurant in our “hilltowns” represents.

Mike’s pride in the Comfort Kitchen’s signature dishes, from a steaming Chicken Pot Pie (a local favorite) to the unique Shrimp and Grits, is unmistakable!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 28, 2018

Former Springfield Mayor Mary Hurley held an event presenting the process to become a judge.
Chicopee Falls residents are fed up with illegal dumping in their neighborhood.
Undercover Springfield police officer’s sting operations nab prostitutes and their “johns.”
Region’s largest Polish heritage parade set for Northampton.
Dangerous driving threatening school children on Sumner Avenue.
A day at the Big E!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 27, 2018

Advisory from the State Fire Marshal.
Verizon issues? Slow, or no service at all? Here’s why.
Chicopee Police warn of man in truck approaching children. (with Officer Mike Wilk, Chicopee PD)
Square One and Six Flags join forces for a free one day admission, in return for diapers!
Springfield’s hotel boom rolls along!
Mass DOT is almost finished with I-91 construction, detours and closures.