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!


Radio Show #136 – Shelley Hines and the Women Business Owners Alliance’s “Women’s Night of Comedy” – 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Women Business Owners Alliance provides networking and support to women in business in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

They are celebrating their 25 years in Western Mass. with their “Women’s Night of Comedy!’

The date of the event and the availability of tickets and other specifics are here in this program.

Shelley Hines is Brad Shepard’s special guest and presents this special day of food, contact, raffles, prizes and a great night of comedy improv!

Radio Show #135 – Brad Shepard and Michael Harrison on the UMass/Amherst Post-Super Bowl Chaos

In the aftermath of UMass/Amherst’s outrageous hooliganism, attendant upon the Patriot’s loss, Brad Shepard and Michael Harrison deconstruct the issue.

The conversation ranges from cause, reaction, and ways to remedy a growing issue, to an overview of the nation’s higher education system!

Radio Show #133 – Valentine’s Day Goodies at Pete’s Sweets!

Peter Gray at Pete’s Sweets is in his element this Valentine’s Day!

Baking remains his very favorite thing to do in life, and you will see the results of this through his amazing array of cakes, cupcakes and specialty baked goods – all themed for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolates and candy popcorn are all homemade and available too!

In the latest program with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, you will hear the full level of Pete’s inspiration, with his specially created chocolate covered bacon!  No man cave should be without it!

And, between now and the “Big Game,” Pete also offers decorated cake and cookie items for the Pats fan!

Pete’s popular baking classes are filling up fast, but tickets are still available!

Listen in… there is so much more!

Pete’s Sweets has you covered for Valentine’s Day!

Radio Show #131 – Anneliese Townsend and Agawam Axe House

In addition to her career in real estate and her ice cream shop, Scoops, Anneliese Townsend of Agawam has brought a brand new sport to New England and Western Mass.

It is the first of its kind – Axe Throwing!

How did this sport get started?  How popular is it? You’ll find out in this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard!

At Agawam Axe House, you can throw an axe at a target to your heart’s content!
Coaching? Proper attire? How it all works?

Listen in!

Radio Show #130 – Annette Scheidecker, Marketing Director of Tower Square

Annette Scheidecker toggles two paths in Western Mass; raising her two sons, and continuing a two decades-plus career in the heart of Springfield’s downtown business district.

As the Marketing Director of Tower Square, Annette coalesces a variety of regional civic and cultural events, and continues Tower Square’s history as a vibrant and positive force in the city.


Radio Show #129 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s first program of the new year, his attention turns to the new sport of “credit card surfing.”

Bite off more than your Visa could chew over Christmas?  Jordan has advice on where to turn.

Also, the latest on the Fed, and what to do with any cash you have earmarked for low-risk investment.

Finally, an update on the “bitcoin frenzy” sweeping the nation!

Radio Show #128 – Annemarie Barrett-Doyle and Daragan’s Dog Care

From a career in education, from Springfield to Hartford to Boston and back to Springfield, Annemarie Barrett-Doyle has changed courses in her professional life and found her calling – caring for the dogs of the Pioneer Valley!  Their exercise, care, and needs are her focus, and the elements of extreme weather do not deter her!  Hear her story now, with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard.

Radio Show #127 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan’s December visit, the new tax bill is in the spotlight. Jordan details this historic piece of legislation and its effect on Western Mass taxpayers.

Jordan also reviews the booming retail season, and further, clarifies the new era of “cryptocurrency” and “bitcoins.”

Listen in to America’s Money Answers Man!

Radio Show #126 – Peter Gray of Pete’s Sweets

In a small shop in East Longmeadow, amidst walls and counters lined with delectable cakes, cookies and assorted baked delights, you will find the genial baker par excellence himself, Peter Gray.

In this program, in an informal chat with Brad Shepard, you will learn more about this local king of cakes and cookies.

It’s a 24/7 labor of love for Peter Gray!

He’s doing the only thing he wants to do in life, and he’s been doing it as long as he can remember.

Pete is more than an acclaimed baker – he is a hard-working, focused and precise businessman.

Cakes, cookies and the like are available in many forms and locations, but if you are looking for something unique, special, and customized to your specific needs by a craftsman… ultimately you will arrive at Pete’s Sweets!

And there is so much more to his story!

Listen in!

Radio Show #123 – Michelle and Peter Wirth, Mercedes of Springfield

After a ten year absence, Mercedes is once again represented in Western Mass.

Michelle and Peter Wirth have made big news in the Pioneer Valley automotive community with Mercedes of Springfield!

Here, Michelle discusses her journey from New Jersey to Chicopee as well as her reflections on doing luxury car business in Western Mass.!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend November 10, 2017

UMass frats in hot water.
Hampden County Superior Courthouse renamed.
Medical Examiner’s offices state-wide having trouble keeping up with autopsies.
Giant Westfield sinkhole!
Spirit Airlines, now at Bradley, can get you to Florida one-way for as low as $44!
NO FIRST TIME dinner and event– opioid addiction awareness!