Radio Show #321 – Hofstra University Journalism Major Lauren Brill

Pioneer Valley Radio’s newest summer intern, Lauren Brill of Granby, MA, is a journalism major going into her senior year at Hofstra University.  She is interviewed by PVR president Michael Harrison about being a college student during the pandemic, the state of journalism, and her plans for the future.

Radio Show # 311 – Massachusetts Ranks #1
in a National Survey of Coronavirus Help –
with Jill Gonzalez of WalletHub

WalletHub, a personal finance and research website, has released findings on the level of help each state offers its populace in coronavirus care.

Massachusetts has ranked #1.

Jill Gonzalez is a public policy expert and a financial literacy advocate. Her appearances include NBC Nightly News, Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal Live and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. She has been a guest on NPR’s Marketplace, CBS Radio and ESPN Radio.

In this exclusive program on Pioneer Valley Radio, analyst Jill Gonzalez explains exactly why, and what methodology was employed in these findings.

Web: wallethub.com • Email: media@wallethub.com

Radio Show #306 – Gardening Therapy at Graziano Gardens

It’s been recommended that an effective way to fight depression and anxiety while stuck at home would be to turn attention and activity to gardening!

Sprucing up the front and back yards seems to bring folks out to Graziano Gardens in East Longmeadow in healthy numbers, despite the current conditions.

In fact, Chris Graziano says that business is good!

You can hear how his business has responded to the health crisis, as well as his outlook in general.

Web: grazianogardens.com •  Email:  cdgraz@verizon.net

Radio Show #293 – The Coronavirus State
of Mind, with Kim Lee

How to talk with your children about what’s happening, how to cope with prolonged “cabin fever” at home, the destabilizing of a loss of  routine and more… Kim Lee explores coping strategies for all of these conditions and more in this special program.

How much information is enough – and how much is “too much”?

Additionally, Kim Lee, Vice President of the Massachusetts Mental Health Association, presents ways for those in need to reach out for support.

Email: klee@mhainc.org   •  Web: mhainc.org

Radio Show #292 – SPECIAL REPORT:
The Impact of Coronavirus on Western Mass. Live Entertainment – with Mark Auerbach

Here is a special report on the effects of coronavirus on Western Mass. live entertainment.

This program touches on many of the venues in the region – theatrical, musical, and otherwise – with information on schedule changes due to concerns about the possible spread of the illness.

Pioneer Valley ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach talks with Brad Shepard and shares a rundown on postponed and /or cancelled shows at community theaters from Springfield as well as the professional stages of Hartford, Boston, and New York.

Holding tickets for a show? Not sure what to do? Listen in.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Announcement coming on the future of the White Hut!

Jordan Goodman on COVID-19.

Rundown of coronavirus-related cancellations. (colleges, schools, trips, parades, road races, etc)

Berkshire County town of Otis identifies a case of the virus.

North Adams mayor and a city councilor are quarantined due to a suspected case of Coronavirus.

Governor Baker declares a state of emergency.

Springfield Museums’ popular lunchtime Museums à la Carte announces its Spring lineup!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, February 28, 2020

Bay Path University names new president to succeed Carol Leary.

Kelly Partridge and Contribution Clothing.

Eversource buys Columbia Gas for 1.1 billion.

Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office announces the loss of one of its own.

Mercedes-Benz of Springfield holds a massive networking event – and you are invited!

“Hooplandia” at the Big E!

CDC-recommended coronavirus emergency survival kit.

Unmi Abkin of Coco & the Cellar Bar nominated for the 5th time by the James Beard Foundation.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 13, 2020

Coronavirus affecting Massachusetts restaurants.

Coronavirus affecting package deliveries worldwide.

John Heaps Jr., CEO at Florence Bank, is stepping down in a few months.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra brings you a night of “Broadway Love!”

Berkshire Theater Group youth summer camp.

Mayor Sarno meets with new MGM Springfield hierarchy.

Time to talk excise tax, with East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence.