Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 18, 2019

Heat wave coming!

Eversource says they’re ready for the heat and to respond to any outages.

Richie Mitnick in concert in West Springfield tonight!

Live Well Springfield’s “Guess What I Did” kickoff!

JP’s Steakhouse in Southampton closes.

Springfield Election Commissioner says there will be no election notification program this year.

Evaluation of Campanile restoration almost complete.

Marty Fulwood at Club One would like some help.

Big E Horse Show!

Eversource offers tips to save money on cooling.

Mt. Tom Ice Cream offering officers working traffic details in the heat a scoop to cool off.

Cannabis Control Commission gives Pittsfield marijuana grower another chance.

Al Kasper buys Savage Arms from Vista Sports conglomerate.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 15, 2019

Happy 25th to Cindy’s Drive-In in Granby!

Dakin Humane Society opens Humane Awards nominations.

Mercy Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Center receives a new accreditation.

Mass. RMV fallout continues, issuing thousands of license suspensions.

Midwest investor buys the failing Berkshire Mall.

Arlo Guthrie headlines Celebrate Holyoke!

Steve Rodgers & Friends at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 2, 1019

Local man run over – by his own riding mower.

Chicopee Police Dept. expands K-9 unit!

Chicopee dog park bloody attack.

18 year-old hiker safe after falling into a Southwick quarry.

Paramount Theater revitalization is underway! (The Governor visits).

Trinity Health of New England’s “Caring For Kids Cereal Drive.”

McKnight neighborhood finally gets its bike trail!

Out of state fireworks sales, and Mass. penalty for use and sales.

CDC swimming pool parasite warning.

Chicopee summer campers receive free lunch for six weeks.

Air conditioning specialist.

Brad Shepard Today – Friday and the weekend, June 21, 2019

It’s the first day of summer, and Dairy Queen has a free cone for you!

Alarming statistics about drivers operating under the influence of marijuana.

A fire at Springfield’s Wild Olive Pizzeria.

Table and Vine the latest to phase out plastic bags.

Dakin Humane Society fundraiser – “Barks and Brews!”

Hampshire College raises funds and will admit a full freshman class in 2020.

New Springfield Associate City Solicitor nominated.

Senator Lesser’s “Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair.”

Palmer residents complaining about overgrowth at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Need for food pantry donations are acute in the summer.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 26, 2019

Starbucks brings back its summertime “S’mores Frappuccino”
Amherst licensing board permanently yanks the liquor license for Porta Pizzeria.
Soon, Mass. residents will need a “real ID credential.”
Reader To Reader of Amherst receives a literacy award.
Joanne Berwald of Mestek receives Distinguished Citizen Award.
NAI Plotkin promotes Daniel J. Moore to vice president of its brokerage division.
Ashley Sullivan P.E. joins a new firm.
Ina Clark joins Jacob’s Pillow in Amherst.
RIP Captain Carmelo Serafino, Springfield Fire Dept. retired.
MGM Resorts announces job cutbacks affecting MGM Springfield.
Dunkin’s new flavors celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 18, 2019

Frozen Reeses for you this summer!
Ben & Jerry’s recall.
Monson and Palmer are safe from over pressurized gas lines.
Mass. State Police announce an Easter weekend sobriety checkpoint for Hampden County.
Yarde Tavern in South Hadley reopening pushed back about a week.
Big Y Express Gas and Convenience stores are the first in the company to ban plastic bags.
Ware man angry at lack of flag outside the Belchertown courthouse.
Stop & Shop strike update.
Lyft offers “4-20” discount over Easter weekend to marijuana users.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 7, 2019

Bo Sullivan represents Westfield in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
Ware welcomes Clay Works Ceramic Studio!
Cooley Street homicide investigation continues.
65th Annual Holyoke Grand Colleen Pageant.
Helmet Day at Otis Ski Ridge.
Mark Kelley… a classic “Mr. Fix It!”
Chestnut Towers apartment building is now under new management.
MGM Springfield medical emergency results in loss of life.

Brad Shepard Today, Monday, December 24, 2018

Special Christmas Eve Edition!

Thoughts on Christmas 2018, and observations on holiday happenings throughout Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, October 4, 2018

All about absentee ballots for Mass. voters, and related info.
Dakin Humane Society has cats for adoption for only $5!
Traffic headaches for Agawam and West Springfield, the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge, and more.
Help Wilbraham Animal Control find the owner of two attacking dogs.
This year’s Western Mass. pumpkin crop is having a bad year.
Hop on board The Pioneer Valley Railroad for the annual Nostalgic Autumn Train Ride!
Westfield School Superintendent has a school bus driver removed.
Mass. fathers complain about a lack of changing tables in public men’s rooms.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday October 2, 2018

Big E sets a new attendance record!
Film and Media Exchange in Springfield for aspiring screenwriters.
Taste of Italy Festival.
UMass football coach suspended for using the word “rape.”
Palmer Paving sold to a New York firm.
MegaMillions and Powerball.
New pavilion for the Franconia Golf Course.
JDog Junk Removal and Homeward Vets team up to provide free furniture for vets.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The weather.
PVTA holds public meeting in Springfield; fare increases and service cuts.
School district turns snow days into school days with “Blizzard Bags.”
Mob sentencing.
Springfield is under a state mandate to reduce its trash disposal.
New radar speed limit signs for Hatfield.
A tax tip from Jordan Goodman.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday February 8, 2018

Monte Carlo restaurant and land in West Springfield to be auctioned.
Twice in four months, Springfield alleged drunk driver hits a police cruiser!
Catholic school teacher receives award!
Eric Lesser’s eye on Mass. State Senate Presidency.
No more foam cups at Dunkin’!
One UMass Amherst student charged in super bowl melee had also assaulted a paramedic previously.
East Springfield McDonald’s flies upside down torn flag–Tim Rooke brings them a new one!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday January 17, 2018

Dr. Mark Dumais becomes Mercy Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer.
CVS adds 42 drug disposal boxes across the state.
Here comes the snow! What’s open and what’s closed.
Southampton votes on weed moratorium.
Homeless people ejected from wooded area in West Springfield.
Holyoke Hummus Company postpones anniversary celebration.
U.S. Marshals up the ante on Jerry Mercado – still on the run.
He stole WHAT???

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday January 10, 2018

A new bank branch for the heart of downtown Springfield.
Flu on the rise statewide.
Reward now offered for info leading to the capture of a fugitive.
Firefighters collected 900 winter coats for children!
Jordan Goodman on holiday credit card debt.
New Japanese steakhouse and hibachi for Holyoke Mall…
— much, much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday August 31, 2017

Another card skimming device in Pittsfield!
Cell phones banned in Springfield Public Schools!
Danny Eaton has written a new play, and it’s being produced at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield!
Brimfield Flea Market Fall finale!
Dave’s Soda and Pet Food City dog food robbery.
Yankee Pedlar auction.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday July, 27, 2017

Chicopee’s Night Out Against Crime…LOADED with events!
Former firefighter goes to federal prison for 17 years!
Westfield illegal dumping has business owners fed up!
Six Flags hiring performers!
Richie Mitnick and Friends in concert! Tonight!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday March 29, 2017

Springfield’s Enid Ortiz moves up on THE VOICE!

Westfield woman wins half a million at Mohegan from penny slots!

Christy Mihos passes away at 67

Wilbraham 8 year old saves Great Grandmother!

Westfield Walmart picks up local liquor store’s license

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday October 27, 2016

A former mayor helps out as interim town manager in Southwick.  It’s a busy time of year at the Costume Closet in Springfield, (Geri Spear, our special guest), Columbia Gas open enrollment for heating assistance, and more this Thursday morning, with Brad!

Hats Off to a Hero

Walsh, BennettHATS OFF TO A HERO.  Retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel Bennett Walsh was honored yesterday (8/30) during the Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park.  Walsh, the son of Springfield City Councilor (and Pioneer Valley Radio program host) Kateri Walsh and retired USMC Captain Dan Walsh, was sworn in by Gov. Charlie Baker as Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home on July 6.  He served in combat during the Gulf War and in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Walsh appeared on the Red Sox dugout in the middle of the fourth inning as the public address announcer introduced him and his photo was displayed on the stadium video screen. Walsh tells MassLive, “I am incredibly humbled and honored to be recognized as a veteran during the ‘Hats Off to Heroes’ ceremony. For an organization that I have loved my entire life to take time during a game to recognize veterans, the Soldiers Home, Western Massachusetts and the Marine Corps is a wonderful act of recognition for the U.S. military — both active duty and retired.” Walsh retired earlier this year after 24 years in the Marine Corps. Pioneer Valley Radio salutes the entire Walsh family for their years of service to our community.  See the video below  showing Walsh being honored.