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!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

More problems for a troubled Chicopee Police Lt.
An authentic Chicopee hero… and an award.
Agawam man texts photos that should have been kept “private.”
Greenfield police place a duck in protective custody.
–much more!!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Agawam contaminated site report.
Play-Doh comes home to East Longmeadow… and brings some jobs with it!
The tornado in Goshen and Conway – it’s official, according to the National Weather Service.
$3 gas this summer?  AAA has the prediction!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 1st, 2016.

Where are the Christmas concerts?
Where can the kids see Santa Claus?
And what did the fourth grade kids name the new Agawam fire engine?
Get the answers and more with Brad!  Listen right now!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday November 3, 2016

Join Brad this morning for a spotlight on early voting in our communities! Turnout? State mandate?What is the cost to the towns? Hear East Longmeadow’s Tom Florence, and Agawam’s Mayor Rich Cohen!  A stop smoking clinic, and a Chinese restaurant in Amherst changes hands and enjoys a new beginning!

So much more!  Your Western Mass morning starts here!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday September 21, 2016

Paper shredding in Agawam; How to reserve your vendor space at the Columbus Day Tag Sale at Spec Pond; Home heating prices for the winter; Northampton’s continued efforts to spur business; and State Rep. Angelo Puppolo stopped by the Village Store and Café to give a citation and his congratulations to the new owners, Frank and Erica Gencarelli. Great plans for this landmark in Wilbraham!  Transponders given out, and grass burning at Westover!  It’s all here with Brad!  Listen in today!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 1, 2016

  • DELANEY’S MARKET opens this week in the Longmeadow Shops!
  • Charlie Baker vetoes proposed mileage tax for Mass motorists
  • Barking and Beer!  Dakin event
  • Gas prices DOWN..expected to stay down for the summer!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday May 11, 2016

  • Pancakes are coming!
  • Find out where the “happiest place in Massachusetts is.”
  • A new cemetery for Ludlow
  • Possible predator in East Longmeadow may have turned up in Agawam as well

Much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday February 11, 2016

  • Bishop Rozansky asks forgiveness for the Catholic Church
  • WIENERGATE in Holyoke now drags the Mayor into the fracas
  • Agawam Motor Lodge to be demolished
  • Westfield sees three heroin fatalities in six days
  • East Longmeadow music teacher recognized by the state
  • Balise washes your car and helps the Heart Association at the same time!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday December 11, 2015

  • Big holiday concert tonight in Agawam! (with special guest, Richie Mitnick)
  • Holyoke’s Aaron Vega’s Holiday House Contest
  • Some laser lights on home displays can endanger pilots
  • First Church of Christ Longmeadow’s Christmas on the Green
  • Keep your packages deliveries from being stolen from your doorstep!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday November 4, 2015

Western Mass elections at a glance…who won, and who didn’t

  • Getting darker earlier=danger for pedestrians
  • Around the region;
  • Beer and Wings, and the Pats at Sophia’s!
  • Bax and O’Brien celebrate their 20th at City Stage

Brad Shepard Today! Halloween Edition and Weekend Wrap-Up

  • How did Western Mass react to the War of The Worlds radio panic? (Thank you to Ray Kelley)
  • East Longmeadow car vs. Agawam house
  • Springfield candy bar thief
  • Northampton pumpkin burial

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Is Chicopee the new hot spot for gang violence?
  • Will the “X” be rehabbed?
  • Curtis Blake washes his hands of AIC
  • PLANTATION MAN moves to Agawam
  • Tim Rooke on MGM SPRINGFIELD “….a mountain out of a molehill!”

Brad Shepard Today! September 17, 2016

  • Trouble at Springfield’s largest school
  • Amelia Park honors fallen Sgt, Sullivan
  • Springfield sex offenders can now live wherever they want
  • Holyoke military scam
  • Cooley Dickinson cancer care center
  • Electric companies must refund customer charges…but…are you paying yourself your own refund?
  • Rail travel in the region expands!