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Radio Show #358 – Labor Day in Films and Music: A Pioneer Valley Radio Special

Labor Day Weekend in 2020 has come and gone.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Michael Harrison and Brad Shepard, the presence of Labor Day in films and popular music, along with a variety of associated themes, is discussed!

(With thanks to WTIC Radio, Hartford.)

Radio Show #357 – Mike Zabik and the
“Right To Repair” Ballot Question

When you vote in November, you will see a ballot question on the “Right To Repair,”  also known as “Question 1.”

The original law, as passed, allows the independent auto repair business to have the same diagnostic information as the original auto dealer.

This legislative update includes coverage of new technology, “wireless and telematic,” so-called, to close loopholes associated with the law.

To put this in perspective for both the independent auto mechanic shop owners as well as the consumer’s choice to determine where they may go for service, Mike Zabik, of Mike’s Auto Service in West Springfield, discusses the impact this could have on his business, as well as what he believes the restrictions to the vehicle owner might be.

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

Radio Show #356 – An Impromptu Primary Day Conversation With Former State Senator
Brian Lees

Doing his civic duty, and with great pride, former State Senator, Clerk Of Courts, and Senate Minority Leader Brian Lees chatted about the election, the current state of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the impact of the pandemic on voting.

Brian reflected on his long career of public service to Massachusetts in several  capacities, and now very much enjoys settling into the private sector as a consultant for businesses on government relations.

Radio Show #355 – Late and Former Springfield Mayor William “Billy” Sullivan Remembered
by Tony Cignoli

William C. Sullivan, who served as the 48th mayor of Springfield in the mid-1970s, has passed away at the age of 95.

The sad news was announced last evening (8/26) by current Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The former mayor was a resident of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. He served his nation during World War II.

Personal recollections of his life and work for the city of Springfield mark this exclusive interview with international political analyst and consultant Anthony Cignoli.

Tony knew Sullivan well, and speaks with a deep respect for the man and his legacy.

Radio Show #354 – Giguere’s Used Appliances is Ready for the Massachusetts Tax-Free Weekend!

Josh Bergeron, Sales Associate at Giguere’s Used Appliances in Chicopee, is ready for the tax-free weekend in Massachusetts!

After being on the front lines for three of them in the past, he knows what to expect and what to be ready for!

Giguere’s offers all brands of used appliances – refrigerators, gas and electric stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and wall ovens.
The inventory changes daily as additional items are required.

The showroom is located at 200 Exchange Street in Chicopee.

Josh provides info on delivery, warranties, and more in this exclusive conversation.

Tel: 413-593-6839  •  www.gigueresappliances.com

Radio Show #353 – Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services

Courtney Moreno and Tracey Farnsworth of Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services join Brad Shepard in a conversation detailing the role of this organization in Western Mass.

Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services is a non-profit agency that provides early intervention, in-home (Telehealth currently) services for toddlers and their families. They’re trying to let families know that they are here to help, at no cost to them, as insurance covers all of it. Due to COVID-19, the potential for children slipping through the cracks has increased greatly, especially with doctor visits having been limited for several months.

Web: thomchild.org  •  Email: www.thomchild.org/contact-thom

Radio Show #352 – Chicopee’s Aldenville Concert Series on TV, with Jay Buckley!

After several postponements and ultimate cancellation, Chicopee TV, in cooperation with the Chicopee Department of Parks and Recreation and other city agencies, have come up with a solution…. put the series and its performers on TV!

Chicopee TV’s producer Jay Buckley joins us to recount the creation of this concept and the subsequent video productions.

Web: www.chicopeetv.org   •   Email: jbuckley@chicopeeps.org

 

Radio Show #351 – Robert “Bob the Bike Man” Charland Reaches Out to Ohio!

Nothing gets in the way of Bob the Bike Man when a child with special needs needs a bike!

When Bob heard the news of a boy in Ohio, who needed a trike specially customized for his disability, Bob got to work!

As he’s done more than a thousand times, he created the bike and then contacted the state police with a plan to get the bike to 8-year old Silas in Cleveland!

In this program, Bob relates the wonderful and inspiring story of the partnership he’s achieved with state police departments from here to Ohio to get this bike on its journey to young Silas!

Radio Show #350 – “Back The Blue” Rally
with Rich Howell

From the organization, Adopt-A-Cop, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 the community will gather for another rolling rally in support of the brave men and women of the Hampden and Wilbraham Police Departments and beyond.

The “Back the Blue” Hampden-Wilbraham rally will begin at 5 p.m. at Crane Park in Wilbraham, MA and last until 5:45 p.m., then move to 3 Allen Street in Hampden, MA for a 6 – 7 p.m. rally there.

Here is the story of this organization and what it hopes to accomplish, with organizer Rich Howell.

Email: adoptacop@gmail.com

Radio Show #349 – Storm Damage and Your Home Insurance, with David Matosky of
First American Insurance

Downed trees, damaged roofs – what to do first?

Get an estimate? Call a contractor?

Contact your insurance agent?

Here’s the rundown with David Matosky, Operations Director of First American Insurance of Western Mass.

David walks us through what is covered and what isn’t, what is our liability, what we can expect and how we can achieve it!

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

Radio Show #348 – Lighting Up Western Mass. with Priscilla Ress of Eversource

Heading into the weekend, it would appear that the long wait for the restoration of your electricity is at an end – at least as far as Eversource customers are concerned.

This special program may be especially welcomed by those who are weary of outage maps and voicemail in obtaining information on their electricity status.

In this interview, Priscilla Ress, spokesperson for Eversource, indicates the success the power company is having in finalizing the return of all their customer’s commercial and residential power.

This storm was deceptively brutal, and the repairs and cleanup operations have been extraordinary and challenging.

You’ll hear precisely why in this conversation.

Radio Show #347 – Safe Tree Removal,
with Bill Spears

Agawam’s Bill Spears, of Bill Spears Tree Service, believes this last storm might number among the five worst storms in his 40-year history in Western Mass.

In this conversation, Bill explains why he identifies this storm as so severe.

Bill also gives some important information regarding safe removal of trees, limbs, and related debris from your property.

Radio Show #346 – Koi Story

There is something “fishy” going on in South Hadley.

A small pet store has had its share of excitement in just a matter of weeks.

First, a break in, and then a visit from the South Hadley Building Commissioner, informing the owner that the store they’ve operated for seven years can no longer operate in its location – an unpleasant surprise for owners Catherine and Steven Knowles!

New England Koi was granted an operating license by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to operate its Koi sales and accompanying tea house.

However, the Building Commissioner is unimpressed with this matter, and still insists their entire operation be relocated.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio, owner Catherine Knowles recounts the entire episode and where it presently stands.

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

Radio Show #345 – Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi and “Rise Up”

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi is proud, as he should be, of his department’s production of an evocative and moving song, “Rise Up.”

The song is inspiring and heartfelt, and brings forth the feeling of the men and women of the Sheriff’s office.

What makes the song and accompanying video particularly unique is that it is performed only and entirely by the staff of the department.

Their level of talent and professionalism is stunning.

In this program, Sheriff Cocchi gives us the story behind the story of “Rise Up.”

The program concludes with the full audio version of the song.

Web: hcsdma.org  •  Email john.evon@sdh.state.ma.us

Radio Show #344 – Maureen Sullivan and the Maureen Sullivan Media Group

Over the years, Maureen Sullivan has played a key role in the local media landscape.

During her ten years at The Republican, Maureen founded the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” event series, a publication of the same name, and launched “Reader Raves,” a joint reader engagement project between The Republican and MassLive.com.

She is currently President and Chief Creative Officer of Maureen Sullivan Media Group, founded in 2014, that specializes in lifestyle marketing, advertising, branding, event concept and management.

In this conversation Maureen discusses her company’s embrace of the pandemic and her life in Western Mass. in general.

Web: www.maureensullivanmedia.com

Email: maureensullivanmedia@gmail.com

Radio Show #343 – “Nadim’s 20th!”

Springfield’s Mayor Sarno saw fit to honor Springfield restaurateur Nadim Kashouh on the occasion of his 20th anniversary in business in downtown Springfield!

Through the tornado, the October storm, the upheaval caused by downtown construction, and now the pandemic… Nadim’s focus and conviction to serve Springfield and Western Mass. has remained rock solid.

Reflections on over 20 continuous years in business – and the secret to his success – are explored in this special program.

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

Radio Show #342 – Attorney William Bennett Responds to the State Report on Bennett Walsh and the Holyoke Soldiers Home

As the story of ousted Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent, Bennett Walsh rolls on, Attorney William Bennett held a press conference at the Springfield Sheraton, Thursday, July 23.

In an address lasting more than an hour, Attorney Bennett reviewed what he believed to be a series of inaccuracies in the “Pearlstein Report,” as it has come to be known, and further pointed to an overall “poisoned atmosphere” emanating from the Baker Administration.

In this special program, you will hear specific segments of this press conference.

Radio Show #341 – Andrea Sullivan of
MOXY Boutique

Moving around the region and conversing with Western Mass. business owners, Pioneer Valley Radio’s Lauren Brill’s travels have taken her to South Hadley and MOXY Boutique.

Here, Lauren chats with the owner-operator, Andrea Sullivan.

You’ll hear a discussion of the changes in the operating model of the shop Andrea feels were necessary to adapt to the constraints of the pandemic.

The hours of operation, staffing, and general state of mind before and during the era of COVID 19 are also featured in this dialogue.

You’ll find Moxy Boutique in the Village Commons at 17 College Street in South Hadley.

Web:  www.moxyboutique.com

Radio Show #340 – Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood – Issues and Answers

Candid and straightforward, Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood addresses the current anti-law enforcement climate, and its impact on the SPD. Commissioner Clapprood also opines on endemic racism, exploitation, the effect of protest and civic unrest on Community Policing, calls to defund the police, petitions for her resignation, a critical DOJ review of the narcotics bureau, suspensions, reinstatements and more!

Commissioner Clapprood responds to these issues on a professional and personal level that is engaging and vital.

Web: www.springfield-ma.gov/police •  Email: 311@springfieldcityhall.com

Radio Show #339 – Michelle Wirth and the Original Mercedes-Benz of Springfield
Drive-In Movie!

Mercedes-Benz of Springfield is hosting a drive-in movie fundraiser on Saturday, July 18 to benefit the Urban League of Springfield.

Live band Malado is performing at 7:30 p.m, and the movie, “The Lion King,” starts at 9 p.m.

All are invited to attend, and to arrive early to secure a spot.

Michelle Wirth joins PVR’s Brad Shepard with more information about this exciting and fun family event!

Email: www.mbspringfield.com/contact-us • Web: www.mbspringfield.com