Radio Show #404 – Diane Pearlman, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: Write For The Movies!

Ever felt like you were a born screenwriter, but not sure what to do to create that path?

From the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Executive Director Diane Pearlman alerts us to two online workshops!

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will present the two workshops with the renowned Hollywood producer, literary manager and screenwriter Marilyn R. Atlas as part of its continuing mission to provide learning opportunities for the film community in Western Massachusetts.

Atlas will present “Creating Memorable Characters” on Saturday, January 23, from 3PM-5PM ET, and “The Importance of Pitching” on Saturday, January 30, from 3PM-5PM. During the latter workshop, some participants will have the opportunity to pitch their film and video projects to Atlas.

Hear all the details in this special program with Diane Pearlman.

Radio Show #403 – A Hundred Years of
Hot Dogs in Holyoke!

Nick’s Nest, a Holyoke tradition for a hot dog, is celebrating one hundred years in business!

Current owners Kevin and Jennifer Chateauneuf, along with daughter, Emma, are keeping the tradition alive and thriving!

At Nick’s, the hot dog is still the undisputed star, but is now supported by a great variety of other “fun foods.”

Special guest and co owner Jennifer Chateauneuf joins us for a special program celebrating Nick’s centennial.

In this conversation you’ll hear why a Nick’s hot dog is a unique specialty in the region, as well as the plans for the future of Nick’s Nest!


Radio Show #401 – Special Report: The Capitol Invasion, with Tony Cignoli

In a special report to Pioneer Valley Radio, International Political Consultant Anthony Cignoli presents an overview of the break-in by protesters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The slow response by law enforcement, the reactions of high-ranking members of Congress of both parties, the call for the removal of the president by exercise of the 25th Amendment, and the overall culpability of President Trump all fall under discussion.

The vice president’s role and the legacy of President Trump are matters for analysis by Anthony Cignoli, of the A.L. Cignoli Company.


Radio Show #399 – Debra Vega and Reflections of a Former Rockette!

Western Mass. educator, instructor, wife and mom, Holyoke’s Debra Vega, amid her many accomplishments, is also a retired Rockette!

In this special program, she chronicles her trip from Indiana to New York City and the iconic Radio City Music Hall, to succeed in winning a coveted position as a Rockette!

What was the audition process like? The rehearsals, performance schedules, and life in general backstage at Radio City?

Hear it all in this special holiday program with Debra!

Radio Show #398 – Donna Shibley and
Pilgrim Candle

In these days before Christmas, you can get some wonderful gift ideas at Pilgrim Candle at 36 Union Avenue in Westfield, MA.

You’ll receive a warm welcome from Donna Shibley, and she will guide you through the possibilities at the shop.

Donna joins us for this program to present the history of Pilgrim Candle, and gives us a tour through the array of jewelry, accessories, and of course, the wonderful candles and their aromas!


Radio Show #395 – Rachel Berggren and the Franklin County Community Meals Program

Fighting food insecurity for Franklin County this holiday season and all year round, Rachel Berggren is collecting and distributing meals to those in need throughout the region through the auspices of the Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Collecting and distributing the food, the origin of the program, as well as Rachel’s personal story in this endeavor is featured in this special program.

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Radio Show #394 – Rabbi Noach Kosofsky
and the History of Hanukkah

As the celebration of Hanukkah in 2020 gets underway, we welcome our special guest from Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow, Rabbi Noach Kosofsky.

Rabbi Kosofsky explains the history, traditions and cultural significance of the celebration.

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Radio Show #392 – Chris Russell and the Springfield Restaurant Rally

Springfield Downtown Business Improvement District Executive Director Chris Russell has launched the Springfield Restaurant Rally!

This is the pandemic-era’s version of Springfield Restaurant Week.

Chris believes this is an important time to raise awareness about Springfield’s dining establishments, in the hope that many will patronize them this week!



Radio Show #391 – Joseph Deedy and Southwick’s Drive-Thru Santa Event

In Southwick, Joseph Deedy wears a few hats.

As a member of the Select Board , and an organizer with the Southwick Civic Association, and the proprietor of Moolicious Farm, Joe has been busy!

This is the town’s 250th anniversary, and among the many events, Southwick is hosting a drive-thru Santa Day for the kids!!

How it works and who may participate is detailed in this conversation.

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Radio Show #389 – Life in Indian Orchard with Zaida Govan

Among a few other hats she wears, Zaida Govan is the President of the Indian Orchard Citizens Council.

As she prepares for the holiday, Zaida joins us on PVR for a review of the issues facing this very special neighborhood in the valley.

Radio Show #388 – Jack Phillips at Jobbers Auto Electric (AKA “Jack the Scrap Metal Man”)

“Ingenuity” and “adaptability” are words that come to mind with Jack Phillips.

Doing business for years at Jobbers Auto Electric in West Springfield, Jack also becomes “Jack the Scrap Metal Man” offering a service to Western Mass.

Jack will come to your home or business and pick up your old appliances or other recyclable metal knickknacks!

With COVID-19 in mind, Jack keeps the transactions safe and secure.

Find out more in this special program with Jack Phillips!

Radio Show #386 – Joseph Pereira is Playing and Singing Through the Pandemic

A live and local performer who seems to keep working through the pandemic, while others are waiting for their gigs to start up again, Joe Pereira entertains at least a couple of nights a week at Springfield’s 350 Grill.

In this program, Joe explains how this opportunity came about and what it means to him.

He might be crooning, and he might be rocking out, but Joe and some fellow singers keep the night moving at the 350 Grill!

Radio Show #385 – Pintu Reaches Out to Those in Need at Thanksgiving

In West Springfield, Pintu, of the much-loved Indian restaurant that bears his name, is reaching out to help families this Thanksgiving.

For those in need, Pintu has created some terrific Thanksgiving meals that those interested are welcomed to come and pick up at his restaurant.

Pintu’s Indian Palace is located at 25 Park Avenue in West Springfield.

In this special conversation on Pioneer Valley Radio, you can hear the thoughts that led Pintu to this decision.

How Pintu’s Indian Palace is coping with the COVID-19 restrictions, is also a topic of discussion.





Radio Show #384 – Theme Cakes By Joelene!

Joelene Hackett Guzzo followed a passion for baking and developed a successful brand, Theme Cakes By Joelene!

In this portrait of a Western Mass. entrepreneur, Joelene relates her transition from employee to the owner-operator of her own business.

Custom cakes, as baked by Joelene’s daughter under her mom’s watchful eye, are available for literally any occasion!

To Joelene’s surprise, COVID-19 has not impeded her progress, and might well indicate her specialties are a pleasant diversion!

The Wilbraham Shops  •  2341 Boston Rd.  •  Wilbraham, MA 01095

413-279-2253 (CAKE)



Radio Show #383 – Mark Auerbach presents
“On The Mark” Featuring Bernadette Duncan, Brad Shepard and Susan Kaplan

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Mark Auerbach’s Westfield-based radio and television program “On The Mark” presents this episode entitled “Radio Days.”

Mark offers in-depth interviews with author, producer, teacher and radio personality Bernadette Duncan, Western Mass. veteran broadcaster Brad Shepard, and public radio’s Susan Kaplan.

Listen in, and enjoy the insights, anecdotes and career highlights of these broadcast professionals!

Listen to the program here.

Radio Show #382 – Brenda Garton Reads the Words of Her Father, Former Indiana Senator Robert Garton

Some years ago, on the eve of a national election, former Indiana Senator Robert D. Garton presented a speech that supported political civility, in fervent terms.

The address resonates as meaningfully today as it did at the time of its initial presentation.

In this special program, Western New England University Professor and former long-standing Springfield television anchor Brenda Garton gives her rendition of her father’s most evocative words.


Radio Show #381 – Red Rose is Back…

… although it never REALLY went away.

Due to COVID-19, the Red Rose made the decision to temporarily close two weeks ago.

In this special program on Pioneer Valley Radio, Rita Caputo-Capua of the Red Rose is excited to announce the reopening of the iconic dining spot in Springfield’s South End!

What happened?

How did the pandemic affect the restaurant?

What changes have been made?

How will the new 9:30 pm closing edict affect them?

Listen in!

Radio Show # 380 – Michelle Oparowski,
Carlos Nunez and the Pledge2Patriots

Pledge2Patriots is a fundraising organization dedicated to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Their events are created to raise funds for the continued care and comfort of our nation’s patriots.

In this special program, two of the organizers of Pledge2Patriots – Michelle Oparowski and Carlos Nunez – discuss their involvement with this organization, as well as its upcoming events.

Radio Show #379 – “Bob The Bike Man”
Does It Again!

Once again, Bob “The Bike Man” Charland comes to the fore and helps a youngster with special needs.

This time, at the Brookings School.

Bob became aware of a young Somali boy, whose battle with his own health issues has deprived him of the use of a conventional bicycle.

Which is all Bob ever needs to know.

Into the workshop, and out with a bike customized to this young man’s needs!

The entire story, and what this bicycle meant to the boy, is included in this special program.

Bob is also the recipient of a terrific honor from the Red Cross, and has even had a Police horse named after him!


Radio Show #378 – Cheryl Malandrinos and Western Mass. Real Estate

Cheryl Malandrinos is a representative for the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley, providing information and support to the real estate community of Western Mass., and also a real estate agent with Real Living Realty Professionals in Wilbraham.

Cheryl is versed in all manner of home sales for first time buyers, military relocation, the needs of seniors and other aspects of real estate.

The current state of home sales, the impact of COVID-19 and more are discussed in this exclusive program on Pioneer Valley Radio.