Radio Show #351 – Robert “Bob the Bike Man” Charland Reaches Out to Ohio!

Nothing gets in the way of Bob the Bike Man when a child with special needs needs a bike!

When Bob heard the news of a boy in Ohio, who needed a trike specially customized for his disability, Bob got to work!

As he’s done more than a thousand times, he created the bike and then contacted the state police with a plan to get the bike to 8-year old Silas in Cleveland!

In this program, Bob relates the wonderful and inspiring story of the partnership he’s achieved with state police departments from here to Ohio to get this bike on its journey to young Silas!

Radio Show #350 – “Back The Blue” Rally
with Rich Howell

From the organization, Adopt-A-Cop, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 the community will gather for another rolling rally in support of the brave men and women of the Hampden and Wilbraham Police Departments and beyond.

The “Back the Blue” Hampden-Wilbraham rally will begin at 5 p.m. at Crane Park in Wilbraham, MA and last until 5:45 p.m., then move to 3 Allen Street in Hampden, MA for a 6 – 7 p.m. rally there.

Here is the story of this organization and what it hopes to accomplish, with organizer Rich Howell.

Email: adoptacop@gmail.com

Radio Show #349 – Storm Damage and Your Home Insurance, with David Matosky of
First American Insurance

Downed trees, damaged roofs – what to do first?

Get an estimate? Call a contractor?

Contact your insurance agent?

Here’s the rundown with David Matosky, Operations Director of First American Insurance of Western Mass.

David walks us through what is covered and what isn’t, what is our liability, what we can expect and how we can achieve it!

Web: www.faiagency.com  •  Email:  info@faiagency.com

Radio Show #348 – Lighting Up Western Mass. with Priscilla Ress of Eversource

Heading into the weekend, it would appear that the long wait for the restoration of your electricity is at an end – at least as far as Eversource customers are concerned.

This special program may be especially welcomed by those who are weary of outage maps and voicemail in obtaining information on their electricity status.

In this interview, Priscilla Ress, spokesperson for Eversource, indicates the success the power company is having in finalizing the return of all their customer’s commercial and residential power.

This storm was deceptively brutal, and the repairs and cleanup operations have been extraordinary and challenging.

You’ll hear precisely why in this conversation.

Radio Show #347 – Safe Tree Removal,
with Bill Spears

Agawam’s Bill Spears, of Bill Spears Tree Service, believes this last storm might number among the five worst storms in his 40-year history in Western Mass.

In this conversation, Bill explains why he identifies this storm as so severe.

Bill also gives some important information regarding safe removal of trees, limbs, and related debris from your property.

Radio Show #346 – Koi Story

There is something “fishy” going on in South Hadley.

A small pet store has had its share of excitement in just a matter of weeks.

First, a break in, and then a visit from the South Hadley Building Commissioner, informing the owner that the store they’ve operated for seven years can no longer operate in its location – an unpleasant surprise for owners Catherine and Steven Knowles!

New England Koi was granted an operating license by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to operate its Koi sales and accompanying tea house.

However, the Building Commissioner is unimpressed with this matter, and still insists their entire operation be relocated.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio, owner Catherine Knowles recounts the entire episode and where it presently stands.

Web:  www.newenglandkoi.com  •  Email:  info@newenglandkoi.com

Radio Show #345 – Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and “Rise Up”

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi is proud, as he should be, of his department’s production of an evocative and moving song, “Rise Up.”

The song is inspiring and heartfelt, and brings forth the feeling of the men and women of the Sheriff’s office.

What makes the song and accompanying video particularly unique is that it is performed only and entirely by the staff of the department.

Their level of talent and professionalism is stunning.

In this program, Sheriff Cocchi gives us the story behind the story of “Rise Up.”

The program concludes with the full audio version of the song.

Web: hcsdma.org  •  Email john.evon@sdh.state.ma.us

Radio Show #344 – Maureen Sullivan and the Maureen Sullivan Media Group

Over the years, Maureen Sullivan has played a key role in the local media landscape.

During her ten years at The Republican, Maureen founded the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” event series, a publication of the same name, and launched “Reader Raves,” a joint reader engagement project between The Republican and MassLive.com.

She is currently President and Chief Creative Officer of Maureen Sullivan Media Group, founded in 2014, that specializes in lifestyle marketing, advertising, branding, event concept and management.

In this conversation Maureen discusses her company’s embrace of the pandemic and her life in Western Mass. in general.

Web: www.maureensullivanmedia.com

Email: maureensullivanmedia@gmail.com

Radio Show #343 – “Nadim’s 20th!”

Springfield’s Mayor Sarno saw fit to honor Springfield restaurateur Nadim Kashouh on the occasion of his 20th anniversary in business in downtown Springfield!

Through the tornado, the October storm, the upheaval caused by downtown construction, and now the pandemic… Nadim’s focus and conviction to serve Springfield and Western Mass. has remained rock solid.

Reflections on over 20 continuous years in business – and the secret to his success – are explored in this special program.

Web:  www.nadims.com • Email: info@nadims.com

Radio Show #342 – Attorney William Bennett Responds to the State Report on Bennett Walsh and the Holyoke Soldiers Home

As the story of ousted Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent, Bennett Walsh rolls on, Attorney William Bennett held a press conference at the Springfield Sheraton, Thursday, July 23.

In an address lasting more than an hour, Attorney Bennett reviewed what he believed to be a series of inaccuracies in the “Pearlstein Report,” as it has come to be known, and further pointed to an overall “poisoned atmosphere” emanating from the Baker Administration.

In this special program, you will hear specific segments of this press conference.

Radio Show #341 – Andrea Sullivan of
MOXY Boutique

Moving around the region and conversing with Western Mass. business owners, Pioneer Valley Radio’s Lauren Brill’s travels have taken her to South Hadley and MOXY Boutique.

Here, Lauren chats with the owner-operator, Andrea Sullivan.

You’ll hear a discussion of the changes in the operating model of the shop Andrea feels were necessary to adapt to the constraints of the pandemic.

The hours of operation, staffing, and general state of mind before and during the era of COVID 19 are also featured in this dialogue.

You’ll find Moxy Boutique in the Village Commons at 17 College Street in South Hadley.

Web:  www.moxyboutique.com

Radio Show #340 – Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood – Issues and Answers

Candid and straightforward, Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood addresses the current anti-law enforcement climate, and its impact on the SPD. Commissioner Clapprood also opines on endemic racism, exploitation, the effect of protest and civic unrest on Community Policing, calls to defund the police, petitions for her resignation, a critical DOJ review of the narcotics bureau, suspensions, reinstatements and more!

Commissioner Clapprood responds to these issues on a professional and personal level that is engaging and vital.

Web: www.springfield-ma.gov/police •  Email: 311@springfieldcityhall.com

Radio Show #339 – Michelle Wirth and the Original Mercedes-Benz of Springfield
Drive-In Movie!

Mercedes-Benz of Springfield is hosting a drive-in movie fundraiser on Saturday, July 18 to benefit the Urban League of Springfield.

Live band Malado is performing at 7:30 p.m, and the movie, “The Lion King,” starts at 9 p.m.

All are invited to attend, and to arrive early to secure a spot.

Michelle Wirth joins PVR’s Brad Shepard with more information about this exciting and fun family event!

Email: www.mbspringfield.com/contact-us • Web: www.mbspringfield.com

Radio Show #338 – Smallpox, COVID-19, and Vitamin K – with Dramatic Health CEO Sean Moloney

Former Western Mass. marketing and communications professional Sean Moloney is the co-founder and CEO of Dramatic Health. The company features a new monthly podcast, “Game Changers in Medicine.”

This is a six-part series about the serendipitous events, chance encounters, and unlikely heroes and heroines behind some of the world’s most significant medical discoveries.

In this conversation, Sean stresses how critically important it is to observe the history of the smallpox epidemic and how the response to it creates connection to present day COVID-19.

You will also hear the history of the discovery of Vitamin K and its fascinating applications for newborns.

Email: podcast@gamechangersinmedicine.com

Web: www.gamechangersinmedicine.com

Radio Show #337 – Fred King Remembered


For more than 45 years, regional media personality Fred King carved out an enviable and unforgettable niche in Western Mass. radio and television.

On Fred’s passing, former colleague Bo Sullivan remembers his years teamed with Fred.

In this special program hosted by Brad Shepard, Bo presents glimpses of the public and private man.

Radio Show #336 – Pete Scully: Profile of a Western Mass. Uber Driver!

He’s been an actor, singer, health care worker, family man – and now Pete Scully drives for Uber.

And he loves it!

What’s enjoyable for him in his ride sharing career in Western Mass?

In this program, Pete goes into some detail about “Ubering” in our region in the pre- and post-pandemic era!

Radio Show #335 – Federico Mendiola and
the Frontera Grill Carry On

In Pioneer Valley Radio’s continuing narrative of how popular eateries in Western Mass. have faced the challenges of the COVID-19 era, PVR’s Lauren Brill spotlights the Frontera Grill and its owner, Federico Mendiola.

Federico’s story is a classic example of the manner in which a restaurant faces disruption and determines the necessary changes to a business model to accommodate the extreme limitations of the pandemic.

There is expert calibration in compassion for employees and solid and difficult choices to protect the future of a successful business.

Web: www.fronterafreshmex.com   •   Email: fronteragrillchicopee@gmail.com

Radio Show #334 – Adele Hill and the East Longmeadow VIRTUAL Fourth of July Parade!

Not content to let East Longmeadow’s formidable Fourth of July Parade disappear completely from consciousness this year, East Longmeadow Rotary Club Secretary, Nurse Practitioner, and Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve
Adele Hill has joined forces with East Longmeadow Community Access Television and others to bring you this first – and perhaps only – virtual edition of the parade!

You’ll find out what to expect in this exclusive interview on Pioneer Valley Radio!

Web: www.elrotaryclub.org   •  Email: eltogether@aol.com

Radio Show #333 – Lorraine Gorham and The Coalition to Fund the Holyoke Soldiers Home

Speaking on behalf of a newly formed organization, The Coalition To Fund The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, member Lorraine Gorham is excited about a big event planned for July 3rd.

This event to raise awareness about the organization includes food, beverages, and music!

Lorraine Gorham provides the specifics of this event (being held as close to the Fourth of July as feasible) in this interview exclusively on Pioneer Valley Radio.

It is hoped that as many as possible will come out to support this organization, as they work for a better Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Radio Show #332 – John Flynn Wins His Sixth Consecutive Term on the Selectboard of Hampden, Mass.

Long-serving Hampden selectman John Flynn triumphs in his sixth bid for the Board of Selectmen in the town’s election.

In this exclusive interview on Pioneer Valley Radio, Selectman Flynn reflects on his years on the board.

Mr. Flynn also comments on the impact of the pandemic on local business, public safety, and gives an update of the town’s litigation with the School Committee.

Web: www.hampdenma.gov/people/john-d-flynn •  Email: Contact Us