Radio Show #271 – “The Eternal Allure of the Vampire!” With American International College Professor Dr. Lori Paige

Why has “the vampire” from the middle ages endured into the 21st century ?

This mystical, supernatural, and at times terrifying creature’s undeniable seduction of the reader and viewer’s imagination is probed in this conversation with Dr. Lori Paige of American International College in Springfield.

Dr. Paige not only teaches a class on this subject, but has authored books on it as well.

In this special Halloween-styled feature, Dr. Paige provides engaging insight into the creature’s impact on centuries of poetry, literature and the performing arts.

Radio Show #270 – Patrick Kandianis, Helping Students and Families Understand College Costs

Holyoke’s Patrick Kandianis, and his firm, Pay 4 Education, have “set up shop” in Springfield with the mission of helping families discover college affordability.

Patrick has been innovative in the higher education arena for over thirty-five years, and has spent the last fifteen focused on student finance – first at First Marblehead Corp., and then as co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of SimpleTuition, an award-winning consumer friendly site that has helped millions of families make sound financing choices.

In this program, Pat explains how Pay4Education boils down the confusing math of the award letters and tuition bills (and all of the acronyms like EFC, NPC, FSA, PLUS, COA and FAFSA) and turns them into real numbers.

Web: www.pay4edu.com  •  Email: info@pay4edu.com

Radio Show #269 – Donut Dip in
East Longmeadow

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Michael Harrison and his wife, AIC professor Bernadette Duncan Harrison, stopped by the legendary coffee/donut shop Donut Dip at 648 N. Main Street in East Longmeadow on Thursday morning (10/17), only to have found the store closed due to its roof having blown off in the storm that ripped through the area.

As they were about to pull out of the empty parking lot, Paul Shields, president of Donut Dip, came out of the darkened shop and explained what had
happened. The Harrisons offered their friendly concern and were about to leave when Shields offered to bring each of them out a cup of hot coffee to alleviate their disappointment.  Michael Harrison thought that this was an extraordinary example of customer service and exemplary character and interviewed Shields on the spot for Pioneer Valley Radio.

Check out their brief conversation. Donut Dip has two locations in the area – in addition to East Longmeadow, they also have a store at 1305 Riverdale Street in West Springfield.  The company was started in 1957 by Paul Shields’ grandfather, Robert Shields.

Radio Show #268 – 2019 Toys for Tots

Western Mass. “Toys For Tots” for 2019 is underway!

Autumn leaves may still be falling, but for the United States Marine Corps, it’s time to start thinking of the children this holiday season.

Toys for Tots, a 70-plus-year tradition with the Marines, is well cared for in Western Mass. by SSgt. Michael Vopal and his crew.

Sergeant Vopal chatted with Pioneer Valley Radio about the program – what they are looking for, and how you can contribute to the only holiday gifts some children in our region may receive.

Web: westernmass.toysfortots.org  •  Email: chicopee.ma@toysfortots.org

Tel: 413.210.9780 • 413.557.7619

Radio Show #267 – The Capitol Steps Return
To Northampton!

The premiere musical satire group, The Capitol Steps are coming back to New England for one performance, October 18th at 7:30 p.m., at The Academy of Music Theater in Northampton!

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, The Lyin’ Kings.

They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

No one is immune – not the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court. All are subjects of the razor sharp wit in the the music of this talented troupe.

Writer, performer and Capitol Stepper Mike Thornton joins us in this program to reflect on his years with the group, and to tell you what you are in for at their show!

 

Radio Show #266 – Career Electrician and Teacher, Michael Poole

Michael Poole has operated Poole Electrical Services in Western Mass. for more than two decades.

He not only specializes in residential and business electrical needs, he also finds time to teach the electrical trade to students in the Springfield school system.

Michael’s experiences teaching this industrial trade to young people, as well as the common pitfalls and dangers of the “amateur  residential electrician,” comprise this conversation with Brad Shepard.

Email:  mpoole1966@yahoo.com

Radio Show #265 – The Future of the Holyoke Mall with Bill Rogalski

For 18 years, Bill Rogalski has been the General Manager of the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside.

Bill discusses the mall’s effort to cope with the huge shift in retail, and its effect on this signature mall.

He explains the philosophy behind converting the mall to a more “experiential” theme .

A new movie theater, new restaurants, the return of some stores that closed and have now reopened – Bill Rogalski continues to navigate these changes.

Where is the mall ultimately headed?

Listen in!

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

Radio Show #264 – Harshal Patel and
Zen’s Toyland

It may seem that the traditional American toy store is a thing of the past, but that may be changing. Again.

As the independent toy store was supplanted by the big box toy stores, and as they in turn have faded away, a Connecticut real estate broker is dabbling in this lost art.

Harshal Patel took over a Wethersfield, CT toy store less than a year ago, and now brings his toy experience to Longmeadow, with the soon to be Zen’s Toyland.

The store will occupy the former Kiddly Winks location on Williams Street in Longmeadow.

Many may see this as a welcome infusion to the void left by the much-missed Kiddly Winks.

In this program, Patel describes his vision for the Longmeadow store.

Email:  zenstoyland@gmail.com • Web:  www.zenstoyland.com

Radio Show #263 – Boston Herald Reporter
Alexi Cohan

East Longmeadow native Alexi Cohan just celebrated her first anniversary as a reporter with the Boston Herald.  She served an internship as a field reporter here at Pioneer Valley Radio in the summer of ’17 while attending Hofstra University as a communications major.  Michael Harrison conducts a fascinating interview with this bright young woman destined to go far in the media.

Radio Show #262 – Judge William Boyle Remembered

This week, Springfield District Court retired Judge William Boyle succumbed to a lengthy battle with ALS.

Glowing tributes seem to follow one theme: “beloved and missed.”

Tony Cignoli, international political consultant and a friend to the man known as “Billy” Boyle, presents his insight into the difference made by Judge Boyle on the bench, and remembers both the jurist and the man.

Radio Show #261 – Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi’s Cookout 2019

Hampden County Sheriff Cocchi’s 3rd cookout forged ahead through rainy weather, to another clear success.

The Sheriff hosted a wide array of VIPS from all walks of the public and private sectors.

Join us now for a review of some of the region’s notables and VIPs who took a moment in front of our microphones.

In this program, you will hear the voices of:
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi
Monson Chief of Police Steve Kozloski
Monson Town Administrator Evan Brassard
Former East Longmeadow Board of Selectmen Chair Paul Federici
State Representative Angelo Puppolo
CEO Baystate Health Systems Dr. Mark Kerouac 
Chicopee Police Dept. Information Officer Mike Wilk
Former State Senator Brian Lees
Former State Senator Michael Knapik
At-Large Springfield Councilor Jesse Lederman
Springfield Parks and Recreation Chair Brian Santaniello
United States Senator Ed Markey

Radio Show # 260 – Keeping Seniors Active and Engaged, with Alicia Smith

The quality of life for seniors has become a calling for Western Mass.’ Alicia Smith, the Programming Coordinator for the East Longmeadow Council on Aging at the Pleasant View Senior Center.

Organizing and devising events from fitness to wellness to legal issues to entertainment is an engaging role that Alicia truly enjoys.

Her personal and professional story unfolds in this program on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Web:   East Longmeadow Council on Aging

Email: meralee.kratovil@eastlongmeadowma.gov

Radio Show #259 – Bob Plasse Keeps the “W.O.W.” in Westfield!

Retired actor Bob Plasse talks about his acting career and his ultimate transition to human services in Western Massachusetts, including his current love and avocation, Westfield On Weekends, or W.O.W!

Bob is at the heart of the city’s concerts, musical offerings, theatrical entertainment and larger scale city events.

Hear the entire story, as well as W.O.W’s summer and fall events, in this exclusive conversation.

Web: westfieldonweekends.com  •  Email:  events@westfieldonweekends.com

Radio Show #258 – The Professional Worlds of Wade Dubois

With a common thread of service to the public, in and out of the private and public sectors, Granby’s Wade Dubois, has moved seamlessly through a few varied careers.

In this program, Wade will trace his travels through the retail world of jewelry, a tour of duty in law enforcement, and now a new concept in mobile jewelry repair as “The Jewelry Medic.”

Email: wade@jewelry911.com •  Tel: (413) 370-4880

Radio Show #257 – Max Hartshorne and Little Known Western Mass Beaches!

Need to beat the heat?

Need the water and the beach?

Don’t want to drive for hours in traffic?

Horace Greeley once said “Go West, young man, go West!”

Well… Max Hartshorne says, “Go North!”

In this program, noted travel authority, Max Hartshorne of gonomad.com tells us about some great “swimmin’ holes,” off the beaten path in Franklin County!

Website: gonomad.com

Radio Show #256 – Ashley Gearing
Comes Home!

From Western Mass. to Memphis – and now around the globe – it’s been a whirlwind fantasy story for Ashley Gearing, an authentic country music star, at the age of 28!

Her solo career has hit extraordinary heights and has brought her into the sphere of top stars!

She needs no introduction in this area, where she has been performing since the age of 12.

Ashley has now moved her solo career into a new band with three other girls, branding themselves “Farewell Angelina”

The band, with its signature tight harmonies and fusion of guitar and violin, will return to Western Mass. with their first appearance at the Iron Horse in Northampton.

In this program, Ashley reflects on her journey, as well as how the “Women and Wine” concert tour developed!

Radio Show #255 – Carl Ohlin and the
East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade!

This year’s signature East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade coincides with the town’s 125th anniversary!

Carl Ohlin notes this, as well as other special events in the celebration!

The parade is on schedule for the Fourth, and promises to be every bit the red, white and blue crowd-pleaser that is its heritage.

The identity of this year’s Parade Grand Marshal, and other elements that make the event distinctive, are presented in this enjoyable program with Carl!

Radio Show #254 – Star Spangled Springfield! With Judy Matt and the Spirit of Springfield

With Independence Day coming, Judy Matt and the Spirit of Springfield are proud to present another edition of “Star Spangled Springfield!”

In this program, you will hear a rundown of the day, from the music and entertainment at Riverfront Park, to the grand finale of the fireworks over the river as presented by the famous Grucci Brothers!

You’ll find out how this event comes together, as well as some tips on attendance, parking and more!

Radio Show #253 – The Wonderful Story of
“Bob the Bike Man”

Ensuring that your life makes a difference, or perhaps leaving the world a little bit better than it was, or however you wish to think about it, these feelings are exemplified by the life led by Springfield’s Robert Charland, more affectionately known as “Bob the Bike Man.”

And Bob’s story has gone well beyond Western Mass.  In fact it has been the subject of a film, CBS Evening News, and coverage in People magazine.

Bob Charland is a deputy with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, a teacher at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, and a Girl Scout leader.

After being diagnosed with a terminal neurodegenerative brain disorder, Bob proceeded to quickly settle his own affairs and to move full steam ahead on his pet project – restoring junked bicycles and distributing them among the disadvantaged children of the region.

More than a thousand bikes have been gifted to underprivileged youngsters through Bob’s organization, PEDAL THRU YOUTH.

Here is the story of  life that makes a difference, the story of a man who knows that how much time we have is not as important as what we choose to do with it.

Email: contact@pedalthruyouth.org    •   Web: www.pedalthruyouth.org

Radio Show #252 – Hoai Le and Pho Delicious!

Taking its place among the unique eateries of Western Mass., Hoai Le introduces Pho Delicious in East Longmeadow!

Pho Delicious promises an authentic Vietnamese dining experience.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, Hoai takes great pride in his locally owned and operated restaurant.

Independent, and not part of a chain, Pho Delicious stands on its own.

Hoai Le, his wife and family forge a strong connection with all those who come for lunch or dinner, and insure that Pho Delicious lives up to its name!

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