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.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 15, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno streams roundtable discussion on policing and race.
Mayor Sarno and CFO T.J. Plante submit FY21 budget proposal to the City Council.
Congratulations to the East Longmeadow High School class of 2020!
Greenfield job opportunities.
Justin Hurst and other Springfield city councilors will not attend Mayor Sarno’s meeting on race relations.
Western Mass. police officers show support for Special Olympics athletes at the Big E grounds.
Italian-American Veterans Memorial monument in the South End has been defaced.
The Federal in Agawam opens for outdoor dining!
Mayor Sarno acknowledges Flag Day.
High School of Commerce student demonstration against the Quebec Unit.
Good Vibes program holds peace drive.
Non-essential water restrictions in place for several Western Mass. cities and towns.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 8, 2020

Mass. Phase 2 reopening (Part 1) begins today!
Business is good at Agawam Pack and Ship – with Richard Cohen.
Watch out for the turtles crossing the road in Brimfield – with officer Ryan Olszta, Brimfield PD.
Mayor Sarno thanks Senator Welch for assistance in needed PPE equipment.
Mayor Sarno announces extension in outdoor dining.
Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes some services.
Bottle and can redemption resumes in Mass., but in phases.
The Federal in Agawam preparing to reopen.
Here’s what’s reopening in the state in Phase 2.

Radio Show #324 – At Agawam Pack & Ship, Business is Good!

In this program, former Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, along with his brother Alan, are pleased to relate that business is brisk and busy!

Agawam Pack & Ship offers an impressive array of business and personal needs for any packing or shipping task.

There is more to the story of this most successful store in the city of Agawam!

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

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Two Western Mass. towns report confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Big Y donates $125K to food banks in Western Mass. and Connecticut.

Brett Berchin at DelfShaven Designs describes current small business challenges.

Baystate Health Systems’ Dr. Mark Keroack on the status of testing locally for COVID-19.

Hot Table offers a free meal to frontline workers.

New date for special elections in two districts.

Peter Pan Bus Lines and the PVTA schedules impacted by the health emergency.

Blue Seal Kielbasa is back at Chicopee Provisions.

Ludlow Police see an increase in domestic violence calls.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 27, 2020

Springfield driver continues eating his McDonald’s meal while a state trooper arrests him.

Caribbean fare now in the new Yaad Food Restaurant.

98th Greenfield “Winter Warmer” coming up!

Many new businesses in Western Mass.!

Gaslight Entertainment reports a generator stolen!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 25, 2019

Ludlow’s Center Street projects bringing restaurants and medical service.

Halloween candy for the troops overseas – from Agawam Dental Arts (with Cecile Calabrese)!

Springfield City Council At-Large candidate Chris Pohner loses another union endorsement.

Chicopee driver’s OUI and road rage.

Springfield goes pink for Rays of Hope!

Nash Park in Chicopee gets hit by vandals… again.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Mayoral Races

G. Michael Dobbs takes a look at the local races for mayor.

Radio Show #221 – Bryant Whitsett,
Box Paper Scissors in Feeding Hills

For Bryant Whitsett, his new business in Feeding Hills, Box Paper Scissors, is very much a family affair – two nieces and a nephew comprise the staff!

Agawam is happy to welcome this new store, which features an amazing variety of business needs in one location – mailing, shipping, mailboxes, tee shirts, key cutting, shredding, notary services, a conference room and much more!

In this program, Bryant outlines how they provide one-stop conveniences to businesses as well as individuals at Box Paper Scissors, 1325 Springfield St  9, in Feeding Hills.

Email: bknuck@comcast.net

Web: www.boxpaperscissors.com

 

Radio Show #212 – Cambridge Credit
Counseling Corp.

Serving Western Massachusetts and the nation from its Agawam offices, Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is considered to be one of the top credit counseling services in the country.

Utilizing its special arrangements with major credit card companies, Cambridge Credit can offer a comprehensive program to alleviate excessive credit card debt.

The financial services under their umbrella are wide ranging, and offer workable solutions to many situations challenging to today’s consumers.

In this special program, Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. president and CEO Christopher Viale presents an overview of options to resolve inordinate credit card debt, and additionally, a relatively new program to cope with the emergence of huge student loan debt.

The options possible include forgiveness, cancellation and discharge.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is in a unique position to provide meaningful assistance you might not have thought available.

Email: info@cambridgecredit.org   •  Web: www.cambridge-credit.org

 

Radio Show #189 – Charlie Dupre,
Grounds Keeper Landscaping

Charlie Dupre mows lawns.

This is his talent and his vocation.

And Charlie felt a “calling” to help a young boy in Agawam fighting a tough battle.

9-year-old Ben Manzi has a form of leukemia. Charlie and his crew at Grounds Keeper Landscaping, along with other landscaping firms, decided to spend their entire weekend, from sunup to sundown, mowing lawns and donating the proceeds to the Manzi family.

Here is the story from Charlie himself!

 

Radio Show #188 – Anthony Maloni,
Rice Fruit Farm

Living in Agawam and working in Wilbraham, Anthony Maloni finds working with his family to be a happy experience!

At Rice Fruit Farm in Wilbraham, he and his family made the decision three years ago to bring this iconic Wilbraham business back after it had closed for good.

Since then, the division of chores and the partnership with the town of Wilbraham have made life enjoyable for this Western Mass. native!

 

Radio Show #186 – David Raiche,
Raiche Consultants Inc.

Born and raised in Agawam, David Raiche is content to make Western Mass. his professional home as well!

After decades in retail, David made his jump into the computer universe in the early 80s, and has not looked back.

David’s path at Raiche Consultants Inc. offers highly personal customer service in all areas of computer protection and security.

Even church management, as you will hear in this program!

Pioneer Valley Radio President Michael Harrison Serves as Keynote Speaker at the West of the River Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast.

Michael Harrison, publisher of TALKERS, the leading trade publication in the American talk media (radio, TV and internet) industry, served as keynote speaker at the annual breakfast of the West of the River Chamber of Commerce held Tuesday morning (6/12) at Chez Josef in Agawam.  Harrison, a 32-year resident of Longmeadow, is also president of Pioneer Valley Radio.  Accompanied by Pioneer Valley Radio’s show hosts Bernadette Duncan and the legendary Brad Shepard, Harrison delivered a fascinating 35 minute address on the impact today’s rapid changes in media and technology are having on small business as well as all of society.  He explained how the term “fake news” has evolved during the past two years and emphasized the importance of local business, media and politics as composing the foundation of a healthy society.  He further discussed freedom of speech and emphasized the fundamental role the First Amendment plays in maintaining American democratic principles. Other speakers included Chamber executive director Robin Wozniak, Chamber co-chairs Frank Palange and Ryan McLane as well as Agawam Mayor Bill Sapelli and West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt.  The first-class event was attended by approximately 75 local business people who collectively expressed a feeling of energetic optimism about the current direction and future of Agawam, West Springfield and all of Western Massachusetts.

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!

Brad Shepard Today, Friday and the weekend, August 25, 2017

Hampden’s Officer Bill Joy retires after four decades!
Kindergarten kids get a “meet and greet.”
Power Ball winner in Chicopee!
Governor’s Council approves new judges for Western Mass.
Buckland gets an anonymous $500,000 gift!
Donate your used eclipse glasses in Northampton!
THE WEEKEND! Music and fairs and more!

Radio Show #107 – Anthony Cignoli, Political Analyst

“Hail fellow, well met,” are the perfect words to describe Anthony Cignoli, a man located at the heart and nerve center of Western Mass., state and national politics.

His political analysis is highly sought by most media outlets – both nationally and internationally,

Tony dropped by to say “hello” to Michael and Brad at the Cocchi Picnic.

In this thorough, energetic,  and unedited conversation, you will hear Tony at his best on the subject of Springfield, Holyoke, the region’s players, high speed rail, the economy, real estate, and other hot topics!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday July 12, 2017

PVTA cancels certain routes
UMass tuition goes UP
Downtown Springfield pianos get live pianists!
Join “Bioblitz” and help inventory wildlife and trees and plants!
Ludlow woman goes to jail for swindling dying employer
Easthampton Mayoral heating up!
–our new “Word of the Day!”–

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday April 13, 2017

Belchertown school lay-offs.
Agawam police station bomb hoax.
New look for East Longmeadow police cars.
Fishing season begins at the Quabbin!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday March 28, 2017

Hamp – Wilb School District trying to save the jobs of some 18 teachers and other employees!

Chicopee Land Fill closing; city will move to Pay As You Throw

Gas prices

Drunk drivers

STCC Drag Show

—much more!