Radio Show #156 – A Conversation with Greg Kolodziey, General Manager of the Western Mass Pioneers Soccer Team

Organized soccer is alive and well in the Pioneer Valley for young people of all ages.  Michael Harrison talks with Ludlow High School boys varsity coach Greg Kolodziey who also serves as GM of the Pioneers.

 

Radio Show #155 – Mark Auerbach –
Getting Your Book Out There!

Springfield-based public relations wizard Mark Auerbach shares tips for authors on how to get the word out on their books. Find out more about Mark on Facebook at Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations.

Radio Show #154 – Brianna Curran, Wells Fargo and Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

Wells Fargo has provided a sizeable grant to Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

The funds will support a special project of JA to help young people develop skills toward meaningful employment.

In this conversation, Brianna Curran of Wells Fargo outlines the specifics of the grant, and why Junior Achievement of Western Mass. has been chosen!

Radio Show #153 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this visit, “America’s Money Answers Man” continues to deconstruct the trade war we have entered into with China, and its far-ranging effects.

Also, as graduation season is upon us, students leaving college and entering the workforce would benefit from Jordan’s information on handling potentially crushing college loan debt!

You will also hear some suggestions on low-risk, high-yield investments!

Radio Show #152 – Patricia Lee Lewis – Poet

Westhampton-based poet Patricia Lee Lewis is one of the founding members of Straw Dog Writers Guild who have proudly produced Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, (Levellers Press, 2018).

To find out more about the guild or the poetry collection, go to www.strawdogwriters.org. To learn more about Patricia and her award-winning books, check out writingretreats.org.

Radio Show # 151 – Maestro Kevin Rhodes, Springfield Symphony Orchestra

From fifteen different countries, and fifty different orchestras, internationally famous Maestro Kevin Rhodes makes Springfield his home, as the seventeen-year Music Director and Conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Come inside the SSO as Kevin talks at length about his fascinating career spanning concerts, opera and ballet.

Find out what it is like to conduct orchestras in Springfield, Michigan and Boston!

Listen as Kevin talks about the joy in weaving pop culture music with the symphony’s more established fare.

Hear his exciting plans for this season and the next!

Radio Show #150 – Casa Pizzeria Jimmy

Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow is making a huge splash in the competitive universe of pizza!

Winning a reader’s poll as the number one pizza maker in the entire state has brought in enough business to cause them to shut off the phones!

Why the excitement?

Join Brad and his special guest, “Casa Pizzeria Jimmy,” as he presents his quest to bring Brooklyn-style pizza to Western Mass.!

Just what is “Brooklyn-style pizza”?

Listen in and find out!

Radio Show #149 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

On Pioneer Valley Radio, it’s time once again for “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman!

For the first time since 1930, a trade war seems to be quite possible.

The Trump administration and China are locked in  a high stakes standoff.

Teetering on this brink not only causes a corresponding reaction in the stock market, but also has a possibly devastating effect on markets, prices, products and many other financial instruments.

Hear Jordan’s breakdown of trade war cause and effect in this very important program!

Radio Show # 148 – Joe Stevens, Hofbrauhaus

The Hofbrauhaus, a signature Western Mass. restaurant, has shut down after some 83 years.

Joe Stevens made the decision, and joins us now on Pioneer Valley Radio to tell us why.

As a career restaurateur, he has given us some insight as to why other iconic restaurants in our region have also ended their run.

What’s next for Joe?

Listen in!

Radio Show #147 – Lisa Carter, Vocalist and Cher Tribute Artist

Lisa Carter is busier than ever!

Western Massachusetts premier “Cher” tribute artist has new shows planned for top spots in the region!

Lisa chats with Brad Shepard about performing as Cher, but also about the other side of her career – simply being herself, a fine vocalist, and performing with music partner Matt in her show called “Table For Two.”

Far from being typed only as ‘Cher,” Lisa allows audiences to enjoy her finely honed abilities as a singer, performing a perfect program of great songs for a night out!

Radio Show #146 – Joe Saimeri, All American Gymnastic Academy

Self-employed and doing business in Western Mass,, the many talents of special guest Joe Saimeri extend from building health and strength to singing out and entertaining!

As the owner of the All American Gymnastic Academy in Wilbraham, Joe is a highly skilled physical trainer and gymnast.

Yes, he is certainly a “workoutaholic” but also a man dedicated to helping families, and certainly children, realize their full physical fitness potential.

You will hear how, although fitness is taken very seriously, everyone, especially the children, has fun in the process!

Western Mass audiences are also finding out that this fitness specialist is an amazing vocalist!

Radio Show #145 – School Safety and Preventing Violence with Chicopee Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege

The rise in violence in American schools, as well as the threat of violence, is a national issue.

It is here in the Pioneer Valley as well, as threats within the last couple of weeks have occurred in Springfield, Holyoke, and  in Chicopee.

In Chicopee, this issue is taken seriously.

In this program, Chicopee Schools Superintendent Richard Rege responds to Brad Shepard’s questions and in great detail outlines a series of protocols designed to ensure student safety and prevent violence.

Radio Show #144 – Paul Federici’s Tax Tips

Paul Federici is a busy man at all times of the year, but particularly now.

In addition to serving on the governing board of the Town of East Longmeadow, Paul is busily  preparing tax returns at the firm of Holden Associates in East Longmeadow.

Here, Paul takes time out to talk about your taxes for 2017.

  • What has changed in the tax-code for tax year 2017?
  • Which itemized deductions are taxpayers prone to miss?
  • Who is at risk for an audit?
  • What are the “red flags”?

Listen in for some helpful advice!

Radio Show #143 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Is America headed for a trade war?

If so, how does it affect you?

What can you do to protect your personal economy?

These questions and others are answered by Jordan Goodman in his latest program!

Jordan also spot checks the stock market, other investments, jobs and provides a good tax tip!

Radio Show #142 – Judy Matt and the 2018 Bright Nights Ball

The Spirit of Springfield’s Judy Matt is very excited to announce an HISTORIC edition of the Bright Nights Ball for November 2018!

Her announcement involves the Chair of the event this year, and the fusion between the Spirit of Springfield and one of the most exciting new additions to the city!

Judy outlines the plan and the effort in this conversation with Brad Shepard.

Radio Show #141 – The Somers Village Players present “A Mother, A Daughter, and a Gun”

The Somers Village Players bring you another evening of food, drink, laughter, shock, surprise and tears!

It’s the unique play, “A Mother A Daughter, and a Gun.”

Jess is having a bad day. She has discovered that she is pregnant and that her husband is cheating on her, so she has bought a gun to kill him, but is interrupted by her mother, Beatrice, who arrives to help with a party Jess has forgotten about, and to which she has invited a handful of strangers!

Director Christine Zdebski joins Brad Shepard for a closer look at this chaotic night in the theater!

Radio Show #140 – Bo Sullivan, Executive Director, The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England

Veteran Western Mass. radio personality Bo Sullivan enters a new professional walk of life as the new Executive Director of The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England.

Bo takes us inside the ICC, its events and goals, and its meaning to the Irish colony of Western Mass.

Here, Bo reunites with former radio partner Brad in this special program!

 

Radio Show #139 – Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos

The city of Chicopee grapples with infrastructure needs while simultaneously moving carefully ahead with significant development projects – the new Mercedes-Benz dealership and two seven-figure hotel projects, among others, all under the aegis of the Mayor.

In this program, during his third consecutive term as Mayor (and seven terms in all), Mayor Richard Kos chronicles his steady pace of stewardship.

Radio Show #138 – Dinner with President Trump

Suppose you were invited to a dinner at a posh golf club in Florida, and purely on the impromptu, in walks the most powerful man in the free world.

You are now rubbing elbows with President Donald Trump, as the two of you gather your steak and lobster from the buffet.

What is your conversation like?

What is the experience like?

Michael Harrison, in a conversation with Brad Shepard, now brings this encounter to life in vivid detail!

 

Radio Show #137 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s February visit, he analyzes the latest huge rise and drop in the Dow.

Is it historic?  Or just the market “self correcting”?

Jordan also presents an investment alternative to both the volatility of the stock market, and the underperforming vehicles offered by banks.

Finally, Jordan goes over the Bitcoin kick investors have seized upon.

It is all here, exclusively, with Jordan Goodman and Brad Shepard on Pioneer Valley Radio!