Radio Show #170 – The Sean Byrne Memorial Music Foundation – Stephen and Sheila Byrne

Special guests Stephen and Sheila Byrne join Brad Shepard to talk about their late son Sean Byrne and a night of music at the The Bing Arts Center in Springfield!

Saturday, July 28th, hear three Western Mass. bands live, as they carry on Sean Byrne’s music legacy.

Your tax-deductible donation at the door on the night of the show will go to support the continued work by the mobile recording studio to help young Western Mass. music talent record their demos and work!

There is much more to this event and its background – listen to the program here!

Radio Show #169 – Max Hartshorne – Travel Expert, Editor and Publisher

Looking for some great vacation spots?  Looking for day trips within driving distance from Western Mass.?  Don’t want to venture too far from home, or drop a fortune?

Here are some great locales and ideas from travel expert Max Hartshorne.

Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of GoNOMADTravel.com in South Deerfield, Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and in other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted, and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, and enjoys publishing new writers.

Radio Show #167 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Jordan Goodman checks in with us, and discusses the impact on Western Mass. goods and services of ongoing “trade-wars.”
Gas and oil prices are moving up; interest rates, too.
Western Mass. college graduates are faced with their enormous student loans, and Jordan has some advice.
How will the proposed Mass. sales tax holiday affect internet sales?
Jordan also offers some tips on investments to offset the uptick in the cost of living.

Radio Show #166 – Carl Ohlin, the Man Behind the East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade!

It’s time once again for East Longmeadow’s signature parade for the Fourth of July!

Floats, bands, dignitaries, Shriners, Mummers, clowns, classic cars… and almost every organization in Western Mass. represented!

What goes into it each year?  And what can we expect this year?

Find out in this program as Carl takes us inside this huge undertaking!

Radio Show #164 – “Star Spangled Springfield” with Judy Matt

Judy Matt joins Brad Shepard with important information about this year’s Fourth of July spectacular!

Due to the rehab of Riverfront Park, the entire fireworks display, “Star Spangled Springfield,” has been moved to Blunt Park.

Listen in for tips on parking, viewing, and a rundown of the events surrounding the great Grucci display!

Radio Show #161 – Kim Lee, Mental Health Association of Springfield

Kim Lee – a career spent in public service in Western Massachusetts. 

Kim Lee begins a new chapter in her life’s work in human services with the Mental Health Association of Springfield.

From Square One, The United Way and the Center for Human Development, Kim Lee becomes the Vice President of Resource Development and Branding at the MHA.

In this program, you will learn more about this organization and what it means to many in this area, and why Kim has elected to dedicate her life to serving the people of Western Mass.

Radio Show #159 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Listen in again as America’s Money Answers Man takes you through the North Korean-Trump summit, the G7, the resulting trade war, and the overall effect on YOU!

Oil and gas prices are also under review, with a shocking prediction of how much you’ll be paying at the pump by the end of the summer.

It’s all here as Brad Shepard probes the mind of Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man.”

Radio Show #158 – Lisa Carter – Cher Tribute Artist

Western Mass.’ top performer, Lisa Carter, famous for her Cher tribute shows, has a great show for Father’s Day!

Lisa, along with Dave Colucci and four dancers, bring you their interpretations of Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Bobby Darin, Barry Manilow and Roxie and Velma from “CHICAGO!”

This exciting show shimmers its way into West Springfield’s Majestic Theater on Sunday, June 17th –  Father’s Day – with performances at 2:00pm and 7:00pm!

Listen in as Lisa joins Brad Shepard to let you know what to expect!  Dad will thank you!

 

Radio Show #157 – A Tribute to Jim Madigan

The late Jim Madigan, an irreplaceable and towering figure in the history of Springfield media, is remembered in this special program by Springfield-based international political consultant Tony Cignoli.

For years, Jim Madigan presided over debates featuring some of the most famous political figures of the times, including Ted Kennedy and Mitt Romney, right on through to Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

Class, intellect and integrity defined the man, cut from the cloth of Russert, Lehrer, and Cronkite,  and remembered in this intimate portrait.

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 # 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!