Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Berkshires are rated a top “getaway” destination in New England!
Holyoke cleaned up and power restored.
Pension frozen for a former Mass. State Trooper in Southwick.
Springfield City Council votes to cut $800,000 from the Police Dept. budget.
Cinemark cans its 16-screen theater at the Eastfield Mall and trashes the equipment!
Ware voters elect two new members to the Selectboard.
Mayor Sarno joins with cultural leaders to accept an NEA $100,000 grant.
Property owners near the “Big E” will lose dollars this year that they would have charged for parking.
Springfield Public School meal sites offer a holiday schedule.
Mass. 4-H club kids hold their own virtual fairs!
For the first time, NO new COVID-19 deaths in Mass. to report on Tuesday!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
In a live address, Mayor Sarno outlines his program to improve race relations in Springfield.
Mike Zabik of Mike’s Auto Service in West Springfield on vehicle inspection deadlines.
Cuts are aimed at Northampton Mayor Narkewicz’s Police Department budget.
White Hut food truck is opening!
Chicopee Police Department officer killed in Connecticut motorcycle accident.
More Holyoke Mall stores reopen.
Big E presents “A Taste of the Big E Drive-Thru Food Preview!”
Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi wants courts to order ankle monitors for early release inmates.
Western Mass. tree pollen is in decline.
Easthampton Fire Chief Mottor retires after 30 years.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 stats.
Mayor Sarno announces the Springfield health “trifecta.”
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Claprood cites some positive statistics for the city.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.
Mayor Sarno and Commissioner Cheryl Claprood hold their race relations virtual roundtable; some city councilors and other local leaders decline to attend.
Major ground beef recall.
Springfield Christopher Columbus monument cleaned up and put right.
Both major Western Mass. hospitals adjust visiting hours to reflect “Phase 2” guidelines.
Big E CEO, Gene Cassidy, still resolved to see the fair happen this September!
Gas prices up (just a bit)!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 20, 2020

Trinity Health New England COVID-19 test stats.

Cathie Walz and The Blue Marble in Northampton struggles with the shut-down.

The latest COVID-19 information from the Office of the Springfield Mayor.

Retired Hampden Police Sergeant Bill Joy recovered and released from COVID-19 ICU.

Bill Cosby applies for compassionate release from prison due to the virus.

Big E CEO Gene Cassidy says plans for this year’s edition of the fair are moving forward.

Gas prices continue to drop.

Federal Government and Governor Baker outline the criteria for the state to reopen.

Patriot’s Day 2020 amid the pandemic.

Radio Show #288 – “The Changing Face of
West Springfield Dining” with Joe Stevens

Long-standing restaurants of all manner of cuisine in West Springfield are ending their days.

Debbie Wong, the Monte Carlo, and the White Hut have stood for decades, satisfying the tastes of West Side diners!

Only the White Hut has attracted the restaurant “cavalry” of Messrs. Yee and Picknelly, in another rescue operation.

The latest departure from the scene is 1105 Main, formerly the Hofbrauhaus.

After two eras of rebranding, owner Joe Stevens has opted to close down and sell off the real estate.

In this program, Joe relates the circumstances motivating his decision, provides some insight into why the dining scene is changing, and also what is next for himself!

Radio Show #277 – The Big E Responds to Accusations of Mistreatment of Elephants

Animal activist groups have seized upon the death of “Beulah,” the elephant at the Big E, to allege mistreatment.

In this special program with Brad Shepard, Eastern States Exposition President and CEO Gene Cassidy responds to these allegations, and further discusses the role of exotic animals at the fair.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Gordon Pulsifer rehabs the Knox Building in Springfield for apartments; will spend $57M.

Jordan Goodman with new job statistics.

Gene Cassidy, President of the Big E, responds to protest groups alleging animal mistreatment.

Wilbraham woman is another Mass. Lottery winner.

Connecticut Senate Minority Leader says there is no appetite in the Senate for added tolls in the state.

Open burning season is underway – but you’ll need a permit.

Ware Selectman John Carroll will not seek reelection.

West Springfield park hit hard with vandalism.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Protests at The Big E over the treatment of large animals .

Live entertainment news with ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.

4 free seminars on heart and vascular health at Baystate.

Census takers start showing up in April.

Empty seat in the state Senate today… special election will be needed!

That thing going around? Making everyone sick? It MIMICS the Flu!

Oranges and a surprise guest!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, November 15, 2019

Warm up your car too long and receive a fine!

Smith and Wesson splits into two companies.

New Hadley Public Library looks for solar panel funding.

Big E donates 500 lbs. of beef to two shelters.

Junior Achievement of Western Mass. holds their 14th Annual Stock Market Challenge.

Shotgun hunting season begins December 1.

Holyoke finds their Christmas tree!

Final 3 performances of “The Sunshine Boys” at the Theater Guild of Hampden (Town Hall, Hampden).

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 24, 2019

K-9 Officer Moe successfully tracks a suspect on his first day!

Colleges and community theaters launch impressive productions; Mark Auerbach presents highlights.

MassDOT announces several maintenance locations on I-90.

Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad responds to a kitchen fire.

MassDOT to replace the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge, where huge Big E traffic is routine.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, September 16, 2019

Springfield has funds for some 15 different community projects.

Holyoke kindergarten teacher charged with having child porn images.

The Apple Place in East Longmeadow opens its corn maze.

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshall announced!

The Big E tightens security for this season.

East-West rail line inches closer to fruition.

Chalk Art Festival in Northampton back for the 10th year.

Holyoke holds picnic for the homeless.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, September 9, 2019

Fall weather should start on time!

The owner of Springfield’s Moriarty’s Pub is closing it.

Fire Dept. and other officials respond to oil mistakenly pumped into Springfield home.

MGM Springfield offers Big E shuttle service!

Springfield Museums celebrate a NEW Dr. Seuss book!

“Halfway to St. Pat’s Day” noted with 5K road race!

Westfield State University student passes away unexpectedly.

New EEE warning signs along I-91 and the Mass Pike.

Northeast Miracle Baseball League honors 80 athletes in Springfield.

UMass Amherst moving ahead with large scale replacement of student apartment complexes.

Happy 100th birthday to Fr. Lucjan Krolikowski.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 29, 2019

Big E’s crazy food for this year!

Three County Fair coming!

Northampton’s Dept. of Public Health closes two more city ponds.

South Hadley Council on Aging honors those who helped build their new center.

Ludlow has a $1 Million Mass Lottery winner!

Joe Kennedy III visits Springfield, and hints at a run at Ed Markey’s seat.

Gabrielle Gould replaces Sarah la Cour at the Amherst Business Improvement District.

Balise Auto Sales helps out YMCA relocation with a 3-day car wash.

Western Mass radio personality Bonnie Barnes passes away.


Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, July 18, 2019

Heat wave coming!

Eversource says they’re ready for the heat and to respond to any outages.

Richie Mitnick in concert in West Springfield tonight!

Live Well Springfield’s “Guess What I Did” kickoff!

JP’s Steakhouse in Southampton closes.

Springfield Election Commissioner says there will be no election notification program this year.

Evaluation of Campanile restoration almost complete.

Marty Fulwood at Club One would like some help.

Big E Horse Show!

Eversource offers tips to save money on cooling.

Mt. Tom Ice Cream offering officers working traffic details in the heat a scoop to cool off.

Cannabis Control Commission gives Pittsfield marijuana grower another chance.

Al Kasper buys Savage Arms from Vista Sports conglomerate.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 28, 2019

Changes at MGM Springfield.

Local 15 year-old Konrad Gomez-Haibach competes in national science competition, “Big Idea Machine.”

Swimming at Puffer’s Pond off limits temporarily due to tests for E Coli.

Springfield Police go undercover to end out-of-control dirt bikers menacing the public.

Westfield Woman’s club salutes Harry and Anne Rock at their tea party.

Illegal fireworks warning, and confiscation in Pittsfield.

Target offers teachers a discount on school supplies.

Cannabis Control Commission denies a license to a Sheffield marijuana firm.

Wahlburgers opening at MGM Springfield – delayed.

Watch and Clock Collectors Convention at the Big E this weekend.

Springfield Movies in the Park program is back for the 3rd year!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 17, 2019

Franklin (MA) warning; student approached by a man in a vehicle.

Leicester marijuana store hit with $75,000 fine.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries opens newest store in Chicopee.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum unveils “Seussian Summer!”

Springfield judge calls shortage of public defenders “a train wreck.”

2019 Springfield Puerto Rican Parade announces honorees for 2019.

Forest Park Illumination Night!

3rd Annual Franklin County Pride March.

100 people attend Northampton Trump Impeachment Rally.

Unity Park Community garden in Turners Falls holds “Plant Swap. ”

Big E holds free public shredding event.

Amherst Survival Center holds food distribution event.


Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Friendly’s Ice Cream co-founder Curtis Blake has died.
Another Springfield nightspot draws the mayor’s ire.
June fairs and events rundown.
Mass. measles alert from health officials.
Longmeadow bear alert.
Tick warning and information.
Road  construction projects this week.
Summer gas prices are up.
Longmeadow Police warn of wheel thieves.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, May 17, 2019

Sobriety checkpoint this weekend set for Middlesex County!
Roosevelt Ave. two-car crash caused by third car firing shots.
Big E announces big name music acts!
More marijuana dispensaries proposed.
Tribute to fallen police officers held.
Important Brimfield Fair parking information!
Springfield Farmer’s Market is back and at a new location!
Third candidate for mayor of Greenfield.
Dirt bikes and ATVs in Springfield are still a dangerous situation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 2, 2019

Don’t wash your chicken.
Power lawn and garden equipment is being stolen.
Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. wins Marketplace Excellence Award.
MGM Resorts announce another wave of layoffs.
New Starbucks for Boston Road.
Kiwanis Club of Northampton holds annual meeting.
Main greeting road entrance to Forest Park will be closed for months.
New Big E Director of Sales.
Big Mamou opening second location!
Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane moves on.
Mercy Medical Center announces some employee layoffs.
Report names Holyoke as the most dangerous city in Mass.
Deerfield firefighters remind residents to cover carbon monoxide alarms when doing home repair work.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Permanent pothole patching underway.
UPDATE: Berkshire Mall now closed indefinitely.
Weed Report: Patriot Care Corp. begins recreational marijuana sales in Greenfield.
State Ethics Commission fines Hadley selectman $5,000.
MGM Springfield builds two new bars.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Springfield and Chicopee.
Holyoke School presents a way for kids to offload pent-up energy without disruption.
Palmer High School reopens after fire damage.
Springfield immigrant leaders march for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
Time for the original Western Mass Home & Garden Show.
Chicopee Police warn of obstructed license plates.
Chicopee Police cracking down on underage drinking.