Radio Show #354 – Giguere’s Used Appliances is Ready for the Massachusetts Tax-Free Weekend!

Josh Bergeron, Sales Associate at Giguere’s Used Appliances in Chicopee, is ready for the tax-free weekend in Massachusetts!

After being on the front lines for three of them in the past, he knows what to expect and what to be ready for!

Giguere’s offers all brands of used appliances – refrigerators, gas and electric stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and wall ovens.
The inventory changes daily as additional items are required.

The showroom is located at 200 Exchange Street in Chicopee.

Josh provides info on delivery, warranties, and more in this exclusive conversation.

Tel: 413-593-6839  •  www.gigueresappliances.com

Radio Show #335 – Federico Mendiola and
the Frontera Grill Carry On

In Pioneer Valley Radio’s continuing narrative of how popular eateries in Western Mass. have faced the challenges of the COVID-19 era, PVR’s Lauren Brill spotlights the Frontera Grill and its owner, Federico Mendiola.

Federico’s story is a classic example of the manner in which a restaurant faces disruption and determines the necessary changes to a business model to accommodate the extreme limitations of the pandemic.

There is expert calibration in compassion for employees and solid and difficult choices to protect the future of a successful business.

Web: www.fronterafreshmex.com   •   Email: fronteragrillchicopee@gmail.com

Radio Show #279 – Caribbean Food a Big Success in Western Mass., With Yaad Food!

Springfield restaurateur Orlando Roberts has found success in adding Caribbean fare to the international cuisine mix in Western Mass.

Yaad Food brings Jamaican food to the region!  Yaad is the Jamaican word for “home,” the theme of the cuisine!

Together with partner Alexis Mercure, Orlando discusses the idea and the creation of Yaad Food in Springfield, and now, in its second and brand new location, in Chicopee!

Email: yaadfoodjar@gmail.com

Radio Show #278 – Michelle Wirth and The Chinese New Year Gala at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield!

The Western Mass. Chinese Association’s annual Chinese New Year Gala will be held on Saturday, January 25th, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It will be held at the beautiful showroom of Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, located in Chicopee… certainly a most unique location for this event.

There will be food, non-alcoholic beverages, live performances, unique cultural presentations, and, of course, many raffle prizes!

Co-owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, Michelle Wirth talks with Brad Shepard, and explains how this event developed!

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Mayoral Races

G. Michael Dobbs takes a look at the local races for mayor.

Radio Show #225 – Tom Kielbania Jr… From Chicopee to Hollywood, He Kept the Sound of the 80s Alive!

Some may know him as the man behind the Chicopee Kielbasa Festival, but Tom Kielbania Jr., along with his band mates, kept the sounds of the music of the 1980s pumping throughout Western Mass. and Northern New England with the 80s tribute band, Orange Crush.

Today, retired from that scene, Tom leads a quieter life, spending his time taking care of his many children.

In this program, Tom looks back fondly over the years when his music career took him from Chicopee to Hollywood, supplying music for many different projects and presentations!

Radio Show #145 – School Safety and Preventing Violence with Chicopee Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege

The rise in violence in American schools, as well as the threat of violence, is a national issue.

It is here in the Pioneer Valley as well, as threats within the last couple of weeks have occurred in Springfield, Holyoke, and  in Chicopee.

In Chicopee, this issue is taken seriously.

In this program, Chicopee Schools Superintendent Richard Rege responds to Brad Shepard’s questions and in great detail outlines a series of protocols designed to ensure student safety and prevent violence.

Radio Show #139 – Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos

The city of Chicopee grapples with infrastructure needs while simultaneously moving carefully ahead with significant development projects – the new Mercedes-Benz dealership and two seven-figure hotel projects, among others, all under the aegis of the Mayor.

In this program, during his third consecutive term as Mayor (and seven terms in all), Mayor Richard Kos chronicles his steady pace of stewardship.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday February 26, 2018

Chicopee close-up with Mayor Rich Kos.
Massachusetts chicken thief… stuffs seven chickens in a backpack.
Marijuana regulators consider pot use in yoga studios, cafes, and movie theaters – and home delivery!
Former UMass student looking at multiple rape charges.
Ludlow Police looking for a suspicious man approaching juvenile girls on a soccer field.
Benefit for a Minnechaug student grappling with cancer.
Shriners hold last event at their hall on Longhill Street – they are moving.
Dunkin’ Donuts rolls out Girl Scout cookie flavors!
Applebee’s and IHOP close many locations.
Springfield Thunderbirds come back and extend their streak!

Brad Shepard Today Friday and the weekend – February 2, 2018

Groundhog Day and the Big Game!!
Charlie Baker the most popular Governor in the nation – again!
MGM Springfield President, Mike Mathis says dealers are in demand for MGM.
MA and PA governors wager food on the game!
Applebee’s Drink of the Month – The Dollarmama.
Easthampton students win preliminary round in Boston – on their way to D.C.!
Former Hadley Police officer convicted and sentenced.
Fewer Chicopee school kids are going to the nurse since “Breakfast Before the Bell” was implemented.
– much more!

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.

Radio Show #123 – Michelle and Peter Wirth, Mercedes of Springfield

After a ten year absence, Mercedes is once again represented in Western Mass.

Michelle and Peter Wirth have made big news in the Pioneer Valley automotive community with Mercedes of Springfield!

Here, Michelle discusses her journey from New Jersey to Chicopee as well as her reflections on doing luxury car business in Western Mass.!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday October 17, 2017

Move over Dr. Seuss –  Norman Rockwell’s family has a bone to pick with the Berkshire Museum.
Springfield bank robber arrested within 24 hours of the robbery.
ANOTHER bank robbery in Chicopee!
Many arrests for noisy parties in Amherst.
Ziggy the St, Bernard in South Hadley gets another chance.

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! Monday, March 27, 2017

CHD CANCER HOUSE OF HOPE with special guest Kim Lee.
SCAMS in Westfield and Chicopee!
Ludlow says goodbye to a K-9 officer.
Wounded Warriors benefit.
— much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, March 10th, 2017

This week’s wrap-up!
Liberty Mutual lay-offs and hirings.
New firefighters in Chicopee!
Wilbraham dog owners alert; cat and dog rabies clinic scheduled.
Radio Shack, Staples stores closings.
DA Anthoy Gulluni promotes “Stop the Swerve!”

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Tuesday morning on BRAD SHEPARD TODAY!
A free holiday concert coming to Symphony Hall, a retirement party for State Rep. Ben Swan Sr., Chicopee offering free swims this winter, free Broadway shows for children on February 28, and the Ludlow Police Dept. wants to make sure your mail order holiday gifts on your porch are safe from thieves!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday September 22, 2016

They were just cleaning the pizza shop–but it brought out the HAZMAT people; a Harvard professor comes to the area to talk about the dangers of recreational marijuana; a Mercedes dealership comes to Chicopee; and when is a  library a putting green?  Find out today, with Brad!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday July 27, 2016

  • Unemployment UP in Springfield (hear the details)
  • MASS DOT admits overcharging at Exit 6, Chicopee!
  • Cosby and home insurance company fighting over his legal fees
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge gets results and new gene!
  • Meet Amanda Garcia, entrepreneur and professor at ELMS College

Brad Shepard Today! Monday April 25, 2016

  • A week of traffic hassles on I-91 starts now!
  • (find out how to get around it)
  • Brush fires in the region
  • Farewell to a 40 year radio run
  • White Brook Middle School football field finally has lights!
  • Fishing derby for kids!