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!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday (and the weekend) March 11, 2016

SPOTLIGHT ON;

Comedian Jane Condon appearing at Chez J for the Woman’s Business Owner’s Alliance

  • NESTLE’S foods recall
  • The Longmeadow Shops expand
  • Your Dairy Queen free cone!
  • Moose on the loose in Belchertown

 

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend! February 19, 2016

  • More Swastikas at UMass
  • ATM Theft and advisory
  • Holyoke St. Pat’s Colleens
  • Wilbraham’s Amy Lord featured in new TV series
  • Has your bicycle in Ludlow, been lost or stolen?
  • Local performers and performances in and around the area this weekend

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday December 9, 2015

  • Antoinette Pepe remembered
  • Springfield Rescue Mission, Terry Boyd, and the 99
  • Chicopee drives gangs underground
  • When is it time to replace your smoke alarm?
  • Holyoke Art Shop
  • 93 year old former SSO Director publishes an amazing book
  • Sister Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center holds open house
  • Suffield electric toothbrush thieves……their reign of terror at an end

 

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday November 4, 2015

Western Mass elections at a glance…who won, and who didn’t

  • Getting darker earlier=danger for pedestrians
  • Around the region;
  • Beer and Wings, and the Pats at Sophia’s!
  • Bax and O’Brien celebrate their 20th at City Stage

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday November 3, 2015

SPECIAL ELECTION DAY EDITION!

  • Featuring last minute appeals from candidates for various offices!
  • Election day information handbook
  • Western Mass shoplifters and counterfeiters—(and we will even throw in a goat)

Brad Shepard Today Tuesday October 27, 2015

The Junior Achievement of Western Mass’ Stock Market Challenge is back!

–with special guest, Jen Connolly, Exec Dir. Junior Achievement of Western Mass

  • Halloween parties and festivals around the region
  • The Agawam Family Cinema finally opens!
  • MGM Springfield and the city, a lover’s quarrel?