Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cereal recall.
Ware police look for suspect who bit off another man’s ear.
Co-owner of Nathan Bill’s, where five Springfield Police officers are charged with assault, has been arraigned.
Motorists complain about I-91 backups.
Weather causing extreme potholes in Westfield.
How early is TOO early to clear your snow in the morning?
The Big E hires retired FBI agent as Director of Public Safety.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ford pickup recall!
Local Girl Scout’s project wins award!
Skiers are happy with the weather and so are the ski resorts.
CRRC MA is building a huge warehouse!
Hampshire College struggles worsen… faculty and staff layoffs now probable.
New liquor licenses for three new businesses!
Host of WGBY’s program “Connecting Point,” Carrie Saldo, receives an impressive award.
Clear the snow and ice from your car! Driving with snow on your car is illegal!
Six Flags big hiring event coming up!
Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show this weekend!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tyson Foods recalls Panko Chicken Nuggets.
Springfield Rescue Mission preparing for those in need of shelter, with Ron Willoughby.
New Valley Bank & Trust Co. announces its Board of Directors.
Firefighters rescue Ashby fallen horse.
Ware Selectmen cancel meeting to discuss the fate of Fire Chief Thomas Coulombe.
Freedom Credit Union launches blanket drive.
Open Pantry distributes 7000 pounds of beef donated by the Big E.
Safety tips from Columbia Gas.
Berkshire Museum welcomes new Director, Jeff Rogers.
Springfield officially warns residents not to skate on city lakes and ponds – the ice is NOT safe!
E.B.’s Restaurant in Agawam preps 3000 pounds of chicken wings for this Sunday!
Naked man arrested for jumping up and down and waving at traffic on Route 20.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Super Bowl!
Cold weather.
Uber responds to higher fees proposed legislation.
Two Mass. state reps again pursue raising income taxes on those earning in excess of a million dollars.
Court interpreter Joseph Jack retires.
Rachel’s Table holds “Foodraiser” for furloughed federal employees.
Baystate Medical Center puts visitor restrictions in place due to flu.
Wind chill warning includes time limit on pets kept outside.
Great restaurants in the region participate in “Chefs For Jimmy!”
Amherst Model Railroad Society at the Big E!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 4, 2018

State’s Bald Eagle population increasing.
Friendly’s closes Sumner Avenue location.
Who illegally shot and killed a deer in a residential neighborhood?
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni presents another gun buy-back.
Dave Ratner closes Dave’s Soda and Pet City on Carew Street.
Free Christmas concert at Symphony Hall featuring the Army National Guard Band.
Dunkins offering afternoon $2 espresso drinks!
Winter Wonderland at the Big E Storrowton.

Radio Show #210 – Carol de Carlo, and the Enormous, Endangered Shires

A team of 2800 lb. Shires – a horse breed more endangered than the giant panda – will strut their stuff at Equine Affaire, North America’s Premiere Equine Exposition & Equestrian Gathering, on Sunday, November 11 at 1:15 pm in the Mallory Building at the “Big E” in West Springfield.

With only 360 Shires worldwide, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these magnificent animals up close and personal!

Carol de Carlo has done a study, and relates the history and current precarious existence of the Shires in this special program.

For more information: Email: camelothot@comcast.net  •  Web: equiculture.org

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! Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Applebee’s launches “The Dollar Zombie!”
Agawam is angry at the Big E over traffic issues.
Feeding Hills’ Robert Dominick has a career in residential window tinting.
Dunkin’ Donuts and beer?
Property sale paves way for a hookah lounge in downtown Springfield.
Chicopee Police say a man “blew” though a crosswalk, endangering children.
Springfield Youth Boxing Coach charged with sex crimes.

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, September 26, 2018

Welcome to Bob Simone, new head of WWLP TV22.
The Cosby verdict.
Hiker falls to his death in the West Suffield Quarry area.
Former Knights of Columbus property in Amherst purchased by local businessman.
Big E premiers Paul Kozub’s new cocktail, “The Frose,” (with Paul Kozub).
Artists wanted in West Springfield to create a mural.
Franklin County a top ” Fall Foliage” spot!
East Longmeadow woman suffers fatal diving mishap in Connecticut.
Spike in Honda tire thefts in West Springfield.
Dunkin’ Donuts changes its name!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Big E doubles MGM attendance numbers in its opening weekend.
How to help Lawrence, Andover and North Andover relief efforts.
Orion Shearer, a fifth grader, collects can tabs and donates the proceeds to Shriners Hospital.
Dakin is helping house displaced animals from the Carolinas and the Merrimack Valley (with Carmine DiCenso)
Columbia Gas Co. starts the relief fund for the Merrimack Valley with $10M.
Mayor Sarno makes an unofficial announcement of his plans to run again in 2019.

Brad Shepard Today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bright Nights 5k Road Race… a fast sellout!
Decision made on naming the new Springfield police station.
Deerfield Craft Fair takes place in the open air!
Westfield construction alerts: intersection of Mill and Locust Streets as well as Washington Street.
Lane closures in the hilltowns on the Pike!
RMV and DOT scuffle.
The Big E in the rain.
Gas prices up!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Big E and MGM and traffic.
October at City Stage – music and laughter!
Keshawn Dodds wins the 2018 Ubora Award.
Karissa Coleman named Ahadi Youth Award Winner.
Kendrah Elise owns and operates a “cruelty-free, vegan” hair salon in Westfield!
Catherine Pappas presents the Big E Shuttle!
Mass State Police setting up a sobriety checkpoint this Saturday the 15th.
Mayor Sarno, Commissioner Barbieri and other city officials will walk through shooting-plagued Forest Park.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 6, 2018

Don’t eat this cereal – throw it out!
9/11 Memorial not ready in time for the Springfield 9/11 Tribute.
“Ride to Remember” charity bike ride this year takes off from MGM Springfield.
The Big E offers a pass to skip long ride lines.
Hampden Senior Center presents a dinner theater murder mystery (with special guest Rick Rubin).
$650M indoor water park planned for Palmer (with special guest, Paul Robbins).
Adams man sentenced for fomenting a terrorist act.
Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is vandalized.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 30, 2018

Drunk drivers crash on a property in Great Barrington and assault the owner who came to help.
Springfield City Council getting closer to pot shops approval for downtown.
Big E advance discount tickets are going on sale! Here are the prices and deals!
Starting Friday, thousands of UMass students move on to campus!
Eversource places an electric car charger at the Union Station.
Back to school checklist: has your child’s EpiPen expired?
Remembering Bob Martin (Jurach) with Mike Haze.
The Somers Village Players is about to present a man-eating plant -“The Little Shop of Horrors!” (With Angela Taylor)
Springfield non-profit experiences a sewage back-up and damage estimated at $100,000.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 24, 2018

Going to the MGM Casino on opening day? Here’s what you need to know…
Court Square has entertainment and excitement and refreshments for those going to MGM.
WAHLBURGERS coming to downtown!
The Hair Connection offers free braids to students returning to school!
South Hadley man arrested on child rape.
Holyoke Mall Sears will close by November.
Demoted Holyoke firefighter reinstated to his former rank by arbitrator.
State Treasurer Deb Goldberg identifies herself as a political hybrid.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 16, 2018

Deerfield Police lure starving dog with beef jerky.
Competitive eating champ Joey Chestnut returns to the Big E!
Mercy Medical Center receives the American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Springfield Regional Chamber presenting a forum on the rising cost of health care.
A day at the Sheriff’s Picnic (with special guest Michael Harrison).

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, August 13, 2018

Springfield man jailed for hurting cats – for the second time.
New locations for small-batch beer and food downtown.
Chicopee business helps a family in need.
Richard Neal has competition in the primary.
Governor Baker authorizes automatic voter registration through the RMV, and MassHealth.
Springfield Police protect the safety of a dog running along I-291.
David C. Henry new board chair of the Big E!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sobriety checkpoints from the Mass. State Police this weekend.
Morgan Horse Show at the Big E is canceled.
Spinning for The Ride To Remember in downtown Springfield today!
Meet Tara Kozub, a Western Mass homemaker and business woman.
Registration for Big E races!
Sales tax holiday – just in time for “back to school” supplies.
Fran Beaulieu carries on a family tradition.
Eversource warns you of an “Eversource” phone scam.
Authentic old Aerosmith van found in Western Mass. woods.
Brad in concert in West Springfield tonight!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Big E plans a great “Collector Car Live” show!
The entire Blandford Police Department quits.
Drunken father-to-be arrested at his baby shower.
West Nile Virus threat level UP for many Western Mass. towns!
Western Mass. Police Chiefs Association says many want to be police officers, and applications are piling up!
Massachusetts not passing hand-held cell phone ban!
Burnett Road in Chicopee remains a mess, and drivers are fed up!