Radio Show #222 – John Heaps, Jr.,
President and CEO of Florence Bank

John Heaps, Jr., President and CEO of Florence Bank, enjoys a long banking history in Western Mass.

He grew up in Springfield, and began his banking career at Valley Bank & Trust Co.

The latest branch of Florence Bank has attracted attention due to its innovation of “pod” style teller services, and even the amenities of a coffee bar!

In this conversation, John explains the Florence Bank concept of re-imagined brick and mortar banking, and what makes Florence Bank unique in the Valley.

Web: www.florencebank.com  •  Email: customerservice@florencebank.com

Radio Show #221 – Bryant Whitsett,
Box Paper Scissors in Feeding Hills

For Bryant Whitsett, his new business in Feeding Hills, Box Paper Scissors, is very much a family affair – two nieces and a nephew comprise the staff!

Agawam is happy to welcome this new store, which features an amazing variety of business needs in one location – mailing, shipping, mailboxes, tee shirts, key cutting, shredding, notary services, a conference room and much more!

In this program, Bryant outlines how they provide one-stop conveniences to businesses as well as individuals at Box Paper Scissors, 1325 Springfield St  9, in Feeding Hills.

Email: bknuck@comcast.net

Web: www.boxpaperscissors.com

 

Radio Show #220 – Robert L. Howarth of Hampden, Massachusetts

Bob Howarth, retired State Representative, criminal defense attorney, and Circuit Court Judge, reflects on his storied career of service to Western Mass.

The six-term former State Rep. shares some great anecdotes of his years “on the bench,” as well as his feelings about the law and the changes in the culture of today.

Radio Show #219 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

The holidays are over, and here come the staggering credit card bills!
Western Mass. winter energy costs.
Interest rates, loans and mortgage rates going forward.
The cost of the government shutdown in the Pioneer Valley.
The “Heroes Come First” program for our veterans.

It’s all in this program, with “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman.

Radio Show #217 – The Music Man From
Feeding Hills, Richie Mitnick!

For more than thirty years, Richie Mitnick has been filling Western Mass. with music!

And the peak of this effort takes place every year during the holiday season, with a full-length concert featuring a variety of local vocalists!

In this program, the spotlight also picks up Kathie Mitnick, distinguishing the two as the music-making couple very well-known to our region.

From a career in retail musical instrument sales, to dances, concerts, and music for all occasions, Richie covers the four corners of the Commonwealth.

This year’s concert becomes the “the concert that almost wasn’t.”

Listen in!

Website: richiemitnickmusic.com

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!

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

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!

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?

Radio Show #213 – Ashley Tresoline and
Bella Foodie!

Springfield’s Ashley Tresoline, after being diagnosed with a serious illness, decided to find a new path toward healthy eating without compromising the enjoyment of traditional Italian dishes.

The result is her business – Bella Foodie!

It’s a celebration of good health and fine dining!

Classes, parties, special events, and a monthly menu created for pick-up or delivery for Western Mass. families on the go are all a part of the Bella Foodie experience!

You can hear about this and more, including Ashley’s very personal story, in this program with Brad Shepard.

Email: ashley@bellafoodie.net  •  Web: www.bellafoodie.net

Brad Shepard and Senator Eric Lesser on ELCAT

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, in a co-production with East Longmeadow Cable Access Television, presents a one-hour telecast with Mass. State Senator Eric Lesser.

Topics of conversation include the Senator’s continued efforts toward a high-speed east-west rail connection in the state, the ongoing opioid crisis, efforts to keep seniors in their homes with affordable care, recreational marijuana, and a controversial stance on the electoral college.

The program will air on local cable, and online on both ELCAT and Pioneer Valley Radio. Click here to watch!

Radio Show #212 – Cambridge Credit
Counseling Corp.

Serving Western Massachusetts and the nation from its Agawam offices, Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is considered to be one of the top credit counseling services in the country.

Utilizing its special arrangements with major credit card companies, Cambridge Credit can offer a comprehensive program to alleviate excessive credit card debt.

The financial services under their umbrella are wide ranging, and offer workable solutions to many situations challenging to today’s consumers.

In this special program, Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. president and CEO Christopher Viale presents an overview of options to resolve inordinate credit card debt, and additionally, a relatively new program to cope with the emergence of huge student loan debt.

The options possible include forgiveness, cancellation and discharge.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is in a unique position to provide meaningful assistance you might not have thought available.

Email: info@cambridgecredit.org   •  Web: www.cambridge-credit.org

 

Radio Show #211 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan’s November visit, he discusses the effect of the midterm elections on the major financial markets, home sales opportunities for veterans, the home heating season, predictions for holiday retail sales, and credit card issues.

Radio Show #210 – Carol de Carlo, and the Enormous, Endangered Shires

A team of 2800 lb. Shires – a horse breed more endangered than the giant panda – will strut their stuff at Equine Affaire, North America’s Premiere Equine Exposition & Equestrian Gathering, on Sunday, November 11 at 1:15 pm in the Mallory Building at the “Big E” in West Springfield.

With only 360 Shires worldwide, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close and personal!

Carol de Carlo has done a study, and relates the history and current precarious existence of the Shires in this special program.

For more information: Email: camelothot@comcast.net  •  Web: equiculture.org

Radio Show #209 – Jennifer Connolly, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

From Maine to Western Mass., Jennifer Connolly has moved seamlessly from a career in education to the Executive Directorship of Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

Jenn is proud of her 12 years in this post, and of JA’s efforts on behalf of the young people of Western Mass.

What’s the difference between working in Maine and in Western Mass.?

Jenn elaborates on this, as well as the big events JAWM has coming up – the Stock Market Challenge and the 100th Anniversary of Junior Achievement.

This is especially significant as Springfield is the birthplace of Junior Achievement.

Radio Show #208 – Bill Collins, The Center Square Grill, and the Shriners Hospital

Noted restaurateur Bill Collins believes in “giving back” to his community.

In this case, his award-winning restaurant affords him an opportunity to raise funds for the Shriners Hospital.

This effort, mobilized by Bill, is based in a measure of gratitude to Shriners for very personal reasons, and he is willing to share those reasons with us in this program.

Web: centersquaregrill.com
Email: bill.spoleto@gmail.com

Radio Show #207 – Danny Eaton at the Majestic Theater presents “The War and Walt Whipple”

For Danny Eaton, playwright, producer and director at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, the next show is a very special one.

Rooted in reality, it features an earlier generation of his own family during the time of World War II.

“The War and Walt Whipple” is a very personal production to Danny, as it is written by himself, and inspired by accounts of events handed down through the years.

In this special program, the plot of this heartwarming night in the theater is presented in detail.

Radio Show #206 – Max Hartshorne and the Hidden Hills of Western Mass.

Travel writer, editor and latter-day explorer Max Hartshorne has a new adventure to share.

It’s the Hidden Hills of Western Massachusetts, referring to the Southern Berkshire Hilltowns, specifically the towns which do not have an exit from the Massachusetts Turnpike.

These towns include Becket, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Granville, Hawley, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Otis, Plainfield, Russell, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor, and Worthington.

Max’s website provides you with a link to outdoor recreation in these beautiful places: kayaking, hiking, restaurants, weddings, and shopping. Hear it all with Max in this special program!

You can email Max at: editor@gonomad.com

Radio Show #205 – Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Geoff Diehl represents the 7th Plymouth district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

As of September 2018, he is the Republican candidate in the upcoming Senate race facing incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Coming off of his second contentious debate with Sen. Warren, in an exclusive conversation on Pioneer Valley Radio, Diehl responds candidly to questions and issues surrounding his debate performance and overall strategy.

Radio Show #204 – Robert Holland a.k.a. Holland Cooke

In 1968, a young man named Robert Holland graduated from East Longmeadow High School.  He went on to Westfield State and then entered the field of radio locally at WHYN and WSPR.  Known professionally as Holland Cooke, he established himself as a big time player in the radio industry as an air personality and program director at major stations on the East Coast and eventually became an influential national consultant.  This past year, he entered a new phase in his career as the host of a weekend TV talk show called “The Big Picture” on the RT America Network.   Several weeks ago, the ELHS class of 68 held its 50th reunion which Holland – now a resident of Rhode Island – enthusiastically attended.  Michael Harrison caught up with him for this exclusive Pioneer Valley Radio interview.

Website: www.hollandcooke.com