Radio Show #168 – Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Shares Her Personal Battle Against Lyme Disease

East Longmeadow resident Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman is a free-lance writer and local business owner who shares her story in The Waiting Room: Invisible Voices of Lyme, (CreateSpace Independent Platform Publishing; June, 2018). This collection of 27 stories was compiled by Vickie Gould and casts light on symptoms for those still undiagnosed, as well as for caregivers and doctors who aim to better understand the Lyme Disease sufferer. You can reach Carleen at www.carleenhoffman.com or www.clutterdoctor.com.

Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Shares Her Personal Battle Against Lyme Disease

East Longmeadow resident Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman is a free-lance writer and local business owner who shares her story in The Waiting Room: Invisible Voices of Lyme, (CreateSpace Independent Platform Publishing; June, 2018).  This collection of 27 stories was compiled by Vickie Gould and casts light on symptoms for those still undiagnosed, as well as for caregivers and doctors who aim to better understand the Lyme Disease sufferer.  You can reach Carleen at www.carleenhoffman.com or www.clutterdoctor.com.

Radio Show #162 – Jeanne Yocum, Author and
Public Relations Consultant

Jeanne Yocum, who has spent a number of years living in Western Mass., is the author of The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). She’s been a self-employed public relations consultant since 1989.  When she wasn’t ghost-writing books along the way, she co-authored a few of her own. You can find out more about Jeanne and her books at www.succeedinginsmallbusiness.com.

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 #160 – Amy Cohen – Retired WNEU Law Professor, Local Novelist and Genealogy Researcher

Amy Cohen has written a fact-based work of fiction called Pacific Street (CreateSpace, 2016), inspired by research on her family genealogy. The story focuses on characters Isadore and Gussie who assimilate to life in New York City in 1899 and deal with the challenges of being immigrants. As Amy points out, this experience sheds light on current events. To learn more about the book by this retired Western New England University School of Law professor, click here.

Amy Cohen – Retired WNEU Law Professor, Local Novelist and Genealogy Researcher

Amy Cohen has written a fact-based work of fiction called Pacific Street (CreateSpace, 2016), inspired by research on her family genealogy.  The story focuses on characters Isadore and Gussie who assimilate to life in New York City in 1899 and deal with the challenges of being immigrants.  As Amy points out, this experience sheds light on current events.  To learn more about the book by this retired Western New England University School of Law professor, click here.

Mark Auerbach – Getting Your Book Out There!

Springfield-based public relations wizard Mark Auerbach shares tips for authors on how to get the word out on their books.  Find out more about Mark on Facebook at Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations.

Radio Show #155 – Mark Auerbach –
Getting Your Book Out There!

Springfield-based public relations wizard Mark Auerbach shares tips for authors on how to get the word out on their books. Find out more about Mark on Facebook at Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations.

Radio Show #152 – Patricia Lee Lewis – Poet

Westhampton-based poet Patricia Lee Lewis is one of the founding members of Straw Dog Writers Guild who have proudly produced Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, (Levellers Press, 2018).

To find out more about the guild or the poetry collection, go to www.strawdogwriters.org. To learn more about Patricia and her award-winning books, check out writingretreats.org.

Patricia Lee Lewis – Poet

Westhampton-based poet Patricia Lee Lewis is one of the founding members of Straw Dog Writers Guild who have proudly produced Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, (Levellers Press, 2018). To find out more about the guild or the poetry collection, go to www.strawdogwriters.org.  To learn more about Patricia and her award-winning books, check out writingretreats.org.

Jacqueline T. Lynch

Chicopee-based writer Jacqueline T. Lynch is a playwright, in addition to being a blogger, novelist and non-fiction author.  Her work, which has been performed in locations as diverse as Northern Kentucky and the Netherlands, has fueled a passion that circled her right back to her own backyard.  In an amazing tribute to a rich theatrical history in this part of the world, Jacqueline produced a non-fiction book that’s jam-packed with photos and stories called Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain:  70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts, (Jacqueline T. Lynch, Spring 2017).

In this interview, Jacqueline tells stories about this gem of the entertainment world in the heart of the Pioneer Valley – that’s 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom.  She also praises the joys of independent publishing and the creative ways she promotes her book.  Find out more about Jacqueline through her site: www.JacquelineTLynch.com.

Local Author Donna Jenson

Leverett, Massachusetts-based author Donna Jenson tells a story of survival in her book HEALING MY LIFE from Incest to Joy, (Levellers Press, November 2017). In this interview, Donna talks about the power of finding her voice as writer and even as a performance artist.  She also praises the experience of working with a small publisher and the creative ways she promotes her book.  Find out more about Donna through the site timetotell.org.

Sr. Jane Morrissey, S.S.J.

Holyoke-born Sr. Jane Morrissey has spent more than 50 years as a nun and has a remarkable career and life story. Sr. Jane is the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, a PhD-earned educator who taught at Elms College, a social justice activist and humanitarian who has worked among the poor globally – from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala to Springfield and Holyoke. Just this past year she was Grand Marshal at the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Sr. Jane is interviewed on Pioneer Valley Radio’s special show “The Writers’ Group” as a contributor to a new book titled Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters’ Stories, (Excelsior Editions; July, 2017). The interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan. Sr. Jane can be reached at the Homework House Holyoke – www.homeworkhouseholyoke.org.

Radio Show #119 – Sr. Jane Morrissey, S.S.J.

Holyoke-born Sr. Jane Morrissey has spent more than 50 years as a nun and has a remarkable career and life story.  Sr. Jane is the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, a PhD-earned educator who taught at Elms College, a social justice activist and humanitarian who has worked among the poor globally – from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala to Springfield and Holyoke.  Just this past year she was Grand Marshal at the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Sr. Jane is interviewed on Pioneer Valley Radio’s special show “The Writers’ Group” as a contributor to a new book titled Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters’ Stories, (Excelsior Editions; July, 2017). The interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan.   Sr. Jane can be reached at the Homework House Holyoke – www.homeworkhouseholyoke.org.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday October 11, 2017

Amherst Police busy over the holiday weekend; drunks, urination, roof walkers and bus sign attacks.
Westfield road paving.
Stop and Shop granola recall.
A moment with Jordan Goodman.
Greenfield School Committee bans baked goods!
Goodwill develops a workforce training center.

Local Author and Journalist Meredith O’Brien

Her book is a touching real life story of pain, courage, friendship and growing up that chronicles the feelings and lives of the young members of a middle school music band who had to cope with the unexpected death due to illness of one of their classmates and bandmates.  Bernadette Duncan interviews Westfield-born writer and journalist Meredith O’Brien who will be at Bay Path University’s Writers’ Day on October 15th discussing her latest book Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, May 2017).  You can learn more about the author and her book at mrclarksbigband.com.

Survival stories author Michael Tougias

Longmeadow native Michael Tougias has 26 books to his credit, seven of them true survival stories at sea.  The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue (Scribner, 2009), which Tougias co-authored with Casey Sherman, was made into a Disney film in 2015.  In this conversation, Tougias shares what he’s learned about people who come face-to-face with death, how he goes about his research, and much more.

 

Activist, educator, and local author, Kathy Picard, on childhood sexual abuse

Springfield-native Kathy Picard is an activist and educator who shares what she learned about writing on tough subjects as told in her book, Life with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage and Justice over Childhood Sexual Abuse, (Kathy Picard, March 2017). Reach Kathy at Kathychildadvocate@gmail.com and learn more about her at kathypicard.com.

Local Attorney, Professor and Prolific Author Steve Weisman

Amherst-based attorney and prolific author Steve Weisman, a professor at Bentley University in Boston, has become one of the most sought after experts on scams and identity theft in America – and this after being a victim himself.  The books that put him on the map? The Truth About Avoiding Scams (FT Press, 2008) and Identity Theft Alert (FT Press, 2014).  In this conversation, he describes the benefits for writers who specialize in an area of expertise and what motivated him to write more than a dozen books.

Legendary local author and newspaper reporter/columnist Tommy Shea

Palmer resident Tommy Shea spent 40 years as a writer at The Republican.  In 2003 he received the New England Associated Press Award for the best local New England column.  He was also nominated for a Pulitzer.  In this interview, he shares highlights from his days profiling local citizens and how baseball and Bob Dylan impacted him.  His latest book is titled Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History (Sports Publishing, 2016).