Radio Show #195 – Nicole Bessette
of Marvel Cleaners – Residential and Office Cleaning

Westfield’s Nicole Bessette exited a career in law, insurance, and other pursuits to devote herself to working with her husband, Mike in their own cleaning company here in Western Mass.

Clearly, the husband and wife who clean professionally together, stay together.

Nicole and Mike seem happy and satisfied in their work, as Nicole conveys in this special program.

You can hear how they handle all manner of cleaning jobs, including junk removal, hoarding, and biohazards!

Nicole and Mike describe Marvel Cleaners as, “a two-person, co-ed cleaning team. We are friendly, experienced, detail oriented, thorough and non-judgmental. Let us make your home SPARKLE!”

Radio Show #194 – Mike Zabik and
Mike’s Auto Service

Mike Zabik leads a happy existence in a family business, devoted to keeping the cars of the region in solid repair and on the road!

Born in West Springfield, Mike has been knee-deep in automotive technology from the time he graduated high school to the present.That is more than thirty years of accumulated automotive knowledge and experience.

He can be found every day at Mike’s Auto Service in West Springfield.

In this program, you will also gain some valuable info on what ponding, flooding and related rain issues can do to your vehicle.

Brad Shepard Today, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wilbraham Police have a bear they are trying to remove.
Granby Public Schools add new rule banning sugary high-energy drinks and coffee.
MGM Springfield announces their new theater complex.
“Good To Go,” a new program at the Mental Health Association of Western Mass., with Kim Lee.
Your Western Mass. Red Cross needs some help.
Local flooding and ponding could damage your car – with Mike Zabik.
Columbia Gas Co. cancels plans for their $33M rate hike.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Big E doubles MGM attendance numbers in its opening weekend.
How to help Lawrence, Andover and North Andover relief efforts.
Orion Shearer, a fifth grader, collects can tabs and donates the proceeds to Shriners Hospital.
Dakin is helping house displaced animals from the Carolinas and the Merrimack Valley (with Carmine DiCenso)
Columbia Gas Co. starts the relief fund for the Merrimack Valley with $10M.
Mayor Sarno makes an unofficial announcement of his plans to run again in 2019.

Radio Show #193 – Carmine DiCenso, Executive Director, Dakin Humane Society

Dogs, cats, rabbits, mice. ferrets, guinea pigs and hamsters – all are in good hands with Western Mass.’ Carmine DiCenso.

With a background in psychology, Carmine has made his 20-year career, the last two years as Executive Director at Dakin, beneficial to Western Mass. pets and their owners alike.

In this program, you will hear how Carmine and Dakin have also helped the Carolinas and Central Mass. through two disasters by making room here in the shelter to house their displaced pets!

Brad Shepard Today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bright Nights 5k Road Race… a fast sellout!
Decision made on naming the new Springfield police station.
Deerfield Craft Fair takes place in the open air!
Westfield construction alerts: intersection of Mill and Locust Streets as well as Washington Street.
Lane closures in the hilltowns on the Pike!
RMV and DOT scuffle.
The Big E in the rain.
Gas prices up!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday September 17, 2018

Baystate Wing Hospital celebrates its new expanded Emergency Department.
The Dakin Group is going to bring animals up from the Carolinas.
More than a dozen Springfield Police Officers are helping out in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.
East Longmeadow has apple picking, a corn maze and dinosaurs!
Joey Chestnut returns – and remains undefeated in the White Hut Cheeseburg Eating Contest.
The “Taste of Holyoke” is coming up!
TODAY at the Big E… here is what’s happening!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 14, 2018

Mayor Sarno turns down City Council request for posthumous promotion of the late Police Lt. Robert Caulton.
MGM Springfield announces a new comedy club – Roar!
Tony Orlando returns to the Big E for the first time in 44 years!
Noreen Tassinari – all about the Big E this year!
Blandford Ski Area makes a comeback for our skiers!
And now, a bowling alley, karaoke and billiards indoor adventure park at the Holyoke Mall!
Marcotte Ford in Holyoke completes its $8M upgrade!
Hadley’s new Route 9 traffic light beacon.
Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese fixes debris problems at St. Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke.

Radio Show #192 – Noreen Tassinari and
The Big E!

For more than 30 years, Westfield’s Noreen Tassinari has been the face and voice of The Big E!

The signature fair for the northeast is underway the weekend of September 14, and Noreen is here on Pioneer Valley Radio for a sneak preview of the events, music, food and excitement this year!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Big E and MGM and traffic.
October at City Stage – music and laughter!
Keshawn Dodds wins the 2018 Ubora Award.
Karissa Coleman named Ahadi Youth Award Winner.
Kendrah Elise owns and operates a “cruelty-free, vegan” hair salon in Westfield!
Catherine Pappas presents the Big E Shuttle!
Mass State Police setting up a sobriety checkpoint this Saturday the 15th.
Mayor Sarno, Commissioner Barbieri and other city officials will walk through shooting-plagued Forest Park.

Radio Show #191 – Kendrah Elise and Frankenhair

Kendrah Elise is a highly accomplished Western Mass. business woman, a vegan, and in her own words, a “bonus mom.”

With an educational background in psychology, and career track including MassMutual, she entered a career in cosmetology, culminating in a very unique and original salon of her own known as Frankenhair.

Billed as “vegan and cruelty-free,” Kendrah finds Westfield to be a great location for her original hairstyling concept.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Eastfield Mall is “de-malling.”
MGM Springfield’s first assault.
Jordan Goodman on the Fed’s adjustment of the prime rate.
MASS DOT have funds and support to study a new exit to serve the hilltowns.
Southwick Country Club golf course becomes a new residential development!
Subway cans the $5.00 Footlong.
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside examines new shopping experiences.
Goodbye to the Hadley landmarks of “Stan the Vegetable Man” and the Hadley Burger King.

Radio Show #190 – America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, with Advice on Increasing Loan Rates

In Jordan Goodman’s latest visit to Pioneer Valley Radio, he cautions that all manner of loans Western Mass. folks may have are destined to go up as the Fed adjusts the interest rates accordingly.  This includes, student loans, auto loans, credit card rates etc.

Jordan offers some advice on ways to reduce and otherwise offset these increases.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Snapchef has an open house for applicants in Springfield!
Amherst Block Party is in its 7th year!
Charlie Dupre mowed lawns to help an Agawam family coping with cancer.
National Pace Association at Mercy Medical Center.
Management of Symphony Hall and CityStage changes…
Springfield September 11 Remembrance Ceremony.

Radio Show #189 – Charlie Dupre,
Grounds Keeper Landscaping

Charlie Dupre mows lawns.

This is his talent and his vocation.

And Charlie felt a “calling” to help a young boy in Agawam fighting a tough battle.

9-year-old Ben Manzi has a form of leukemia. Charlie and his crew at Grounds Keeper Landscaping, along with other landscaping firms, decided to spend their entire weekend, from sunup to sundown, mowing lawns and donating the proceeds to the Manzi family.

Here is the story from Charlie himself!

 

Brad Shepard today! Monday, September 10, 2018

Bright Nights “Fun Run” 5k race registration.
Mercy Medical Center 5k “Road to Recovery” race!
Guns Incorporated and Hot Brass Indoor Firing Range held its grand opening in West Springfield.
Time for flu shots! Big Y offering vaccinations.
5th Annual “2018 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Parade” road race!
Pittsfield schedules mosquito spraying.
North Adams Police Department’s first K9 officer, Molly, laid to rest.
Brynn Cartelli up for People’s Choice Award!
Mike Desmarais celebrates 1st anniversary of Comfort Kitchen in Huntington.

Radio Show #188 – Anthony Maloni,
Rice Fruit Farm

Living in Agawam and working in Wilbraham, Anthony Maloni finds working with his family to be a happy experience!

At Rice Fruit Farm in Wilbraham, he and his family made the decision three years ago to bring this iconic Wilbraham business back after it had closed for good.

Since then, the division of chores and the partnership with the town of Wilbraham have made life enjoyable for this Western Mass. native!

 

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

Apple iPhone recall.
RIP Burt Reynolds.
Shelburne Falls’ Bill Cosby sued by his defense team over unpaid fees.
East Longmeadow’s NHL Florida Panthers center Frank Vatrano comes home to check out MGM!
Danny Eaton’s first production of his new season, “Johnny Guitar” had its opening at the Majestic Theater!
Anthony Maloni and his family have rescued the Wilbraham landmark, Rice’s Fruit Farm.
West Springfield High School mourning the loss of JV Basketball Coach Kevin Campbell.
The Gray House teamed up with Hot Table to feed those in need.
The Mattoon Street Arts Festival marks 46 years.
World Trade Center “I-beam” groundbreaking ceremony is Friday at Riverfront Park.

Radio Show #187 – Danny Eaton Unveils his New Season at the Majestic!

Producer, director, dramatist, Danny Eaton is very exited about his new season!

Already underway, Danny talks about the current production, “Johnny Guitar,” as well as the additional plays and musicals that round out another winning lineup at the theater.

One of the plays, “The War and Walt Whipple,” is a personal memoir Danny has penned, himself!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 6, 2018

Don’t eat this cereal – throw it out!
9/11 Memorial not ready in time for the Springfield 9/11 Tribute.
“Ride to Remember” charity bike ride this year takes off from MGM Springfield.
The Big E offers a pass to skip long ride lines.
Hampden Senior Center presents a dinner theater murder mystery (with special guest Rick Rubin).
$650M indoor water park planned for Palmer (with special guest, Paul Robbins).
Adams man sentenced for fomenting a terrorist act.
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is vandalized.