Radio Show #118 – Rebroadcast Play-By-Play Coverage of High School Football – Longmeadow Lancers versus Chicopee Comp Colts, Friday Evening October 13

It was a scene out of “Friday Night Lights” as hyper-local Pioneer Valley Radio (www.PioneerValleyRadio.com), serving Springfield and its surrounding communities in Western Massachusetts, launched its new sports department with live play-by-play coverage of high school football games.  Pictured in the press box calling the PBP between the home team Longmeadow High School “Lancers” and visiting Chicopee Comprehensive High School “Colts” is Pioneer Valley Radio sports director Kevin Casey (c) joined by color callers Eddie Garibian (l), a Longmeadow senior, and Graham Topor (r), a Chicopee Comp junior.

Pioneer Valley Radio was launched in 2015 by local resident Michael Harrison and former WHYN, Springfield morning personality Brad Shepard as an experiment in local “personality-oriented, hyper-local public affairs radio.”  Since then it has gained tremendous traction and become what Shepard describes as “an important local media platform that is making a difference.”  The expressly non-partisan station has expanded its menu to include a wide variety of programs covering local politics, civics, business, education, public health and safety, arts and entertainment and now, sports. According to Casey, “One of the most satisfying aspects of this project is giving local high school students the opportunity to sit in the broadcast press box and call color on the radio.  These two great kids,  Eddie and Graham, were fantastic!  We plan to expand our coverage beyond football to include basketball and other sports and get lots of kids from area schools involved in our broadcasts.”  The next scheduled football game to be covered is the annual Thanksgiving classic between Longmeadow and East Longmeadow on Thanksgiving morning.  All Pioneer Valley Radio live broadcasts are powered by Boston-based Backbone Networks.  Schools interested in having their games broadcast and businesses interested in sponsoring these broadcasts should contact Michael Harrison at michael@talkers.com.

Radio Show #113 – The War and Walt Whipple…

… a new and original play by producer, director and dramatist Danny Eaton of the Majestic Theater in West Springfield.

In a conversation with Brad Shepard, the playwright explains the origin of this reality-based, personal family narrative.

Set in 1943, “The War and Walt Whipple” presents a  chaotic domestic scene in which the wives of newly-inducted brothers descend upon the home of their grandfather.

 

Local Writer and Writers’ Group Organizer Becky Jones

Writer Becky Jones has been a participant in a peer-run writing group for 25 years and has been leading a niche writing group for nearly 15 years – the subject, bereavement.  Her 18 years as a chaplain at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton have certainly served her well in this particular genre.  Becky is here today to talk about the making of a writers’ group and what has contributed to the lasting power of hers.

Radio Show #94 – Jamie Savoie,
Haluch’s Landscapes

From fertilizer programs to irrigation sprinkler system installation and service, Haluch’s Landscapes in Hampden offers it all!

They offer flea and tick protection and mosquito spraying for your property as well.

Brad talks with Office Manager Jamie Savoie about the Haluch’s story.

Radio Show #91 – Bob Philp, Jr., Bob’s Auto

From the mid-seventies to today, Bob’s Auto in West Springfield has been the “go-to specialist” for Volkswagen and Audi service.

Here, Bob Philp, Jr., who has taken over the business from his father, talks with Brad and reflects on VWs, Audis, and doing business as an independent in Western Mass.

Radio Show #80 – Kevin Whitehead
Air Control Services

Meet Kevin Whitehead, the coolest guy in town!

Kevin Whitehead of  Air Control Services, is the guy to call – just in time to keep you cool in the coming summer heat!

What to do to get your system ready for the season?

How to run it at the most cost-effective efficiency?

These questions and more with Kevin, in this special Pioneer Valley Radio conversation!

 

Radio Show #78 – Bill Collins @ The Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow

In the Western Mass. world of restaurants, the Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow can only be regarded as a “hit!” Owner-operator Bill Collins joins Brad in a conversation about this most challenging business and how success may be created!

Center Square Grill • 84 Center Square • East Longmeadow, MA 01028
(413) 525-0055

Radio Show #76 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In his April visit on Pioneer Valley Radio, Jordan outlines seesawing interest rates and how they affect investments, retail and jobs.

Also, a report on credit card debt in America exceeding the one trillion dollar mark (!)

And, as always, Jordan presents ideas and possible strategies to cope.

Radio Show #72- Hampden County Sheriff
Nick Cocchi

In an exclusive conversation with Brad Shepard, newly-minted Sheriff of Hampden County Nick Cocchi reflects on his first days in office; his plans, challenges and position on issues inside and outside of prison walls.

From the opioid epidemic to the politics of corrections in Western Mass., here is Sheriff Cocchi at his most candid.