Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 20, 2018

MassMutual offers its Enfield campus for sale; moving operations to Springfield.
Bo Sullivan will complete his late brother’s term on the Westfield School Committee.
Look Park in Northampton Garden House presents Santa’s Trains!
Longmeadow special town meeting held to recall members of the school committee.
Sarno vetoes City Council’s “Welcoming” ordinance.
Be on the lookout for holiday scams!
Watch out for hunters at this time of year!
Mingles in West Springfield announces it’s closing.
Richie Mitnick’s Christmas Spectacular shifts its location to the Agawam Senior Center!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Frontier Airlines comes to Bradley International Airport.
Fire at the Liberty Street Burger King.
Cummington residents reject Dollar General’s proposed location.
James Hardie Building Products comes to Westfield.
Sarno vs. City Council; City Council vs. Sarno.
Husband and wife will be Chicopee Parade Marshals in the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Spirit of Springfield planning a Bright Nights Memory Book, and you can be a part of it!
Deadlines fast approaching for on-time Christmas delivery for the post office and other shipping firms!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Merriam-Webster chooses their 2018 Word of The Year.
Mental Health Association of Springfield receives an acknowledgement.
Words that enjoyed “lookup spikes” in 2018.
Carbon monoxide danger rises in cold weather in the Valley.
4th Annual Ride to Remember Christmas party!
MGM Springfield and Spectacle Management submit bids to manage Symphony Hall.
Holland Cooke acknowledges Pioneer Valley Radio on RT America.
Longmeadow’s Jiffy Lube co-founder Stephen Spinelli, Jr. is the new president of Babson College.
Columbia Gas Co. doubles the price of gas for this winter.
Illegal hunting a problem in the Commonwealth.

Western Mass.’ Pioneer Valley Radio Receives Worldwide Attention

Veteran broadcast consultant Holland Cooke (who hails originally from Springfield, MA) acknowledges the growing importance and prestige of the new digital “radio” platform, Pioneer Valley Radio.

In this highly informative conversation on RT America, Cooke notes the continued challenges print media faces, while simultaneously noting the rise of the online hyper-local media innovation, as exemplified by Pioneer Valley Radio!

Watch the video here!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, December 17, 2018

West Springfield recreational marijuana shops remain complicated.
Christmas concert at St.Mark Armenian Church.
Backstage at “Home For The Holidays” at the Majestic Theater, with Ray Guillemette.
Longmeadow’s Brynn Cartelli signs with Atlantic Records.
Bluebird Estates in East Longmeadow is battling back a stomach virus.
Springfield Museums hold their annual Gingerbread Saturday!
Shopping is booming for the holidays at the Longmeadow Shops.
7500 wreaths placed by volunteers on the veterans’ gravestones in Agawam.
Ceramic Christmas trees are making a comeback!
Police and a passerby rescue an injured owl.
Easthampton Police Dog Gino turns 3!

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

Kentucky Fried Chicken offers you a log with the aroma of fried chicken.
Chairwoman of Longmeadow Democratic Committee steps down.
Easthampton Police warn of thin ice.
Happy Holidays from TD Bank’s Denise Fleming.
Concerns arise over the condition of Springfield street lights.
Mohawk Trail Regional Schools received an anonymous $50,000 donation.
The Longmeadow Shops will soon sport a new restaurant.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 13, 2018

Enfield Square Mall sold at auction.
Hugo’s Cafe in Northampton closing after 50 years.
Agawam Fire Dept. receives two new fire trucks!
“Home For The Holidays” opens at the Majestic (with Cate Damon).
Fundraiser for the 9/11 monument at River Front Park ends.
The long saga of the Mater Dolorosa Church ends, as demolition begins.
Palmer High School student who threatened his school scheduled to return to court.
Hampden Savings Bank building up for sale- – could become retail cannabis location.
Efforts for non-renewal of East Longmeadow Town Manager Denise Menard.

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!