Radio Show #404 – Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: Write For The Movies!

Ever felt like you were a born screenwriter, but not sure what to do to create that path?

From the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Executive Director Diane Pearlman alerts us to two online workshops!

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will present the two workshops with the renowned Hollywood producer, literary manager and screenwriter Marilyn R. Atlas as part of its continuing mission to provide learning opportunities for the film community in Western Massachusetts.

Atlas will present “Creating Memorable Characters” on Saturday, January 23, from 3PM-5PM ET, and “The Importance of Pitching” on Saturday, January 30, from 3PM-5PM. During the latter workshop, some participants will have the opportunity to pitch their film and video projects to Atlas.

Hear all the details in this special program with Diane Pearlman.

Radio Show #403 – A Hundred Years of
Hot Dogs in Holyoke!

Nick’s Nest, a Holyoke tradition for a hot dog, is celebrating one hundred years in business!

Current owners Kevin and Jennifer Chateauneuf, along with daughter, Emma, are keeping the tradition alive and thriving!

At Nick’s, the hot dog is still the undisputed star, but is now supported by a great variety of other “fun foods.”

Special guest and co owner Jennifer Chateauneuf joins us for a special program celebrating Nick’s centennial.

In this conversation you’ll hear why a Nick’s hot dog is a unique specialty in the region, as well as the plans for the future of Nick’s Nest!


Radio Show #402 – Hampden’s Chief of Police Moves On

Hampden Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth is ending his tour of duty after 15 years as the Chief, and a total of 30 years with the department.

Chief Farnsworth soon begins his new assignment as the  Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Public Safety.

This is an important appointment – working in the office responsible for bringing all departments in the Commonwealth into compliance with  the new standards as set forth in the Governor’s Police Reform Bill.

In this exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio, Chief Farnsworth details the thinking that informed his decision.

The chief also reflects on the changes in the town of Hampden and its safety needs over the last 30 years.

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Radio Show #401 – Special Report: The Capitol Invasion, with Tony Cignoli

In a special report to Pioneer Valley Radio, International Political Consultant Anthony Cignoli presents an overview of the break-in by protesters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The slow response by law enforcement, the reactions of high-ranking members of Congress of both parties, the call for the removal of the president by exercise of the 25th Amendment, and the overall culpability of President Trump all fall under discussion.

The vice president’s role and the legacy of President Trump are matters for analysis by Anthony Cignoli, of the A.L. Cignoli Company.


Radio Show #400 – Ken Stomski:
Preserving Memories

When Westfield’s Ken Stomski’s 24-year livelihood was canceled by the pandemic, he reinvented himself.

Now doing business as KS Solutions, Ken is converting outdated media to new digital options.

In this program, you can hear Ken detail this path, and how he can transfer your old VHS tapes, films, photos, and more – without sending them to other locations.



Radio Show #399 – Debra Vega and Reflections of a Former Rockette!

Western Mass. educator, instructor, wife and mom, Holyoke’s Debra Vega, amid her many accomplishments, is also a retired Rockette!

In this special program, she chronicles her trip from Indiana to New York City and the iconic Radio City Music Hall, to succeed in winning a coveted position as a Rockette!

What was the audition process like? The rehearsals, performance schedules, and life in general backstage at Radio City?

Hear it all in this special holiday program with Debra!

Radio Show #398 – Donna Shibley and
Pilgrim Candle

In these days before Christmas, you can get some wonderful gift ideas at Pilgrim Candle at 36 Union Avenue in Westfield, MA.

You’ll receive a warm welcome from Donna Shibley, and she will guide you through the possibilities at the shop.

Donna joins us for this program to present the history of Pilgrim Candle, and gives us a tour through the array of jewelry, accessories, and of course, the wonderful candles and their aromas!


Radio Show #397 – Richard Cohen and Holiday Packing and Shipping in a Challenging Time

Richard Cohen of Agawam Pack & Ship gently reminds you that you might still get your packages where they need to go for the holidays… but there is no longer a guarantee, and you are on borrowed time!

What’s the best choice – UPS, FedEx, USPS?

You’ll hear professional advice from Richard Cohen at Agawam Pack & Ship.

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Radio Show #396 – Scott Leone and
Your Snow Tires!

At City Tire in Springfield, Sales and Marketing Manager Scott Leone notes a 20 percent increase in snow tire sales, perhaps due entirely to the first significant snow storm of the season!

All season tires or snow tires?

When to change them?

How to tell if they’re worn?

All this and more with Scott in this timely program!

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Radio Show #395 – Rachel Berggren and the Franklin County Community Meals Program

Fighting food insecurity for Franklin County this holiday season and all year round, Rachel Berggren is collecting and distributing meals to those in need throughout the region through the auspices of the Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Collecting and distributing the food, the origin of the program, as well as Rachel’s personal story in this endeavor is featured in this special program.

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Radio Show #394 – Rabbi Noach Kosofsky
and the History of Hanukkah

As the celebration of Hanukkah in 2020 gets underway, we welcome our special guest from Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow, Rabbi Noach Kosofsky.

Rabbi Kosofsky explains the history, traditions and cultural significance of the celebration.

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Radio Show #393 – Ashley Batlle and Beauty Batlles Lounge’s Coat and Toy Drive

Beauty Batlles Lounge in Chicopee has made itself a location for a holiday coat and toy drive to benefit two different agencies.

In this special program, featuring proprietor Ashley Batlles, you can hear exactly how the collected articles will be distributed, and how you can participate!

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Radio Show #392 – Chris Russell and the Springfield Restaurant Rally

Springfield Downtown Business Improvement District Executive Director Chris Russell has launched the Springfield Restaurant Rally!

This is the pandemic-era’s version of Springfield Restaurant Week.

Chris believes this is an important time to raise awareness about Springfield’s dining establishments, in the hope that many will patronize them this week!



Radio Show #391 – Joseph Deedy and Southwick’s Drive-Thru Santa Event

In Southwick, Joseph Deedy wears a few hats.

As a member of the Select Board , and an organizer with the Southwick Civic Association, and the proprietor of Moolicious Farm, Joe has been busy!

This is the town’s 250th anniversary, and among the many events, Southwick is hosting a drive-thru Santa Day for the kids!!

How it works and who may participate is detailed in this conversation.

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Radio Show #390 – “Round Up With Carr” with Bart Raser at Carr Hardware in Pittsfield

Carr Hardware has been a tradition in Pittsfield since 1928.

Since 1962, the store has been operated by the Raser family, principally Marshall Raser and his son Bart.

Now seven stores strong in our region, Bart strengthens his ties to the community by lending a hand to many organizations.

In this case, it’s the Berkshire Humane Society.

“Round Up With Carr” is moving along, and our special guest Bart Raser brings us up to date.

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Radio Show #389 – Life in Indian Orchard with Zaida Govan

Among a few other hats she wears, Zaida Govan is the President of the Indian Orchard Citizens Council.

As she prepares for the holiday, Zaida joins us on PVR for a review of the issues facing this very special neighborhood in the valley.

Radio Show #388 – Jack Phillips at Jobbers Auto Electric (AKA “Jack the Scrap Metal Man”)

“Ingenuity” and “adaptability” are words that come to mind with Jack Phillips.

Doing business for years at Jobbers Auto Electric in West Springfield, Jack also becomes “Jack the Scrap Metal Man” offering a service to Western Mass.

Jack will come to your home or business and pick up your old appliances or other recyclable metal knickknacks!

With COVID-19 in mind, Jack keeps the transactions safe and secure.

Find out more in this special program with Jack Phillips!

Radio Show #387 – Sarah Maniaci, Rachel’s Table, and Hundreds of Turkeys!

At the end of this week, the 100 turkeys delivered to the Gray House were just a part of the almost 1400 turkeys Rachel’s Table has presented to agencies this Thanksgiving.

These turkeys and the selected agencies are a distribution point to get the birds to those in need for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

This dinner might be just out of reach for many, a need keenly felt by Sarah Maniaci and Rachel’s Table.

In this conversation with Sarah,  the parties involved in bringing off this record-breaking amount of birds are noted, and the effort involved, described.

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Radio Show #386 – Joseph Pereira is Playing and Singing Through the Pandemic

A live and local performer who seems to keep working through the pandemic, while others are waiting for their gigs to start up again, Joe Pereira entertains at least a couple of nights a week at Springfield’s 350 Grill.

In this program, Joe explains how this opportunity came about and what it means to him.

He might be crooning, and he might be rocking out, but Joe and some fellow singers keep the night moving at the 350 Grill!

Radio Show #384 – Theme Cakes By Joelene!

Joelene Hackett Guzzo followed a passion for baking and developed a successful brand, Theme Cakes By Joelene!

In this portrait of a Western Mass. entrepreneur, Joelene relates her transition from employee to the owner-operator of her own business.

Custom cakes, as baked by Joelene’s daughter under her mom’s watchful eye, are available for literally any occasion!

To Joelene’s surprise, COVID-19 has not impeded her progress, and might well indicate her specialties are a pleasant diversion!

The Wilbraham Shops  •  2341 Boston Rd.  •  Wilbraham, MA 01095

413-279-2253 (CAKE)