Radio Show #372 – Max Hartshorne’s
New England Fall Foliage Audio Tour

Writer and travel editor Max Hartshorne presents some wonderful suggestions to enjoy the fall foliage, now at its peak!

From Massachusetts to Vermont, the vibrant colors are beckoning.

Ancillary activities from apple picking, to where to eat and drink, are also discussed.

Listen in and discover some “not too hidden” treasures of this special time in the region!

Web: gonomad.com  •  Email: Click here

Radio Show #370 – Charlie Becker, The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, and Columbus Day!

Columbus Day weekend begins, leading up to the actual holiday on Monday.

What’s happening over at the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts?

How will the event be acknowledged in the COVID-19 period?

Co-President, Charlie Becker will fill you in – in this special program.

Charlie also shares his views on the “pushback” from groups and “Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Web: iccwm.org • Email: iccwm@comcast.net

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 2, 2020

Springfield’s uptick in COVID-19 cases puts Springfield back to high risk; Mayor Sarno addresses the city.
Rob Gould gets Interskate 91 South ready for action again!
Mayor Sarno fires his Constituent Services director.
Springfield Rescue Mission’s “Undie Sunday / Undie Monday” Drive.
Mayor Sarno raises the Italian flag for Italian Heritage Month.
Dakin Humane Society offers “Porch Portraits” with your pet.
West Springfield Halloween trick or treat addendum.
3 Chicopee police officers test positive for COVID-19.
Showcase Cinema offers “Free Popcorn Monday.”
RIP Helen Reddy and Mac Davis.

Radio Show #353 – Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services

Courtney Moreno and Tracey Farnsworth of Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services join Brad Shepard in a conversation detailing the role of this organization in Western Mass.

Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services is a non-profit agency that provides early intervention, in-home (Telehealth currently) services for toddlers and their families. They’re trying to let families know that they are here to help, at no cost to them, as insurance covers all of it. Due to COVID-19, the potential for children slipping through the cracks has increased greatly, especially with doctor visits having been limited for several months.

Web: thomchild.org  •  Email: www.thomchild.org/contact-thom

Radio Show #338 – Smallpox, COVID-19, and Vitamin K – with Dramatic Health CEO Sean Moloney

Former Western Mass. marketing and communications professional Sean Moloney is the co-founder and CEO of Dramatic Health. The company features a new monthly podcast, “Game Changers in Medicine.”

This is a six-part series about the serendipitous events, chance encounters, and unlikely heroes and heroines behind some of the world’s most significant medical discoveries.

In this conversation, Sean stresses how critically important it is to observe the history of the smallpox epidemic and how the response to it creates connection to present day COVID-19.

You will also hear the history of the discovery of Vitamin K and its fascinating applications for newborns.

Email: podcast@gamechangersinmedicine.com

Web: www.gamechangersinmedicine.com

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 13, 2020

Springfield Museums bring you “Luster,” featuring images of automobiles and motorcycles.
COVID-19 affecting tax filing season.
Roadwork on Route 32 in Palmer.
Morgan-Sullivan Bridge project in Agawam enters “Phase 2.”
Local restaurants report guests not showing up for their reservations.
Greenfield Garden Theater offering new and old films.
Experts warn of accidents with pool supplies.
Congratulations to two men for the 2020 Safe Neighborhood Award.
Springfield Police Department notes three retiring officers with more than 30 years of service.

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

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 26, 2020

Mass. is now officially in drought conditions.
6 points from the 174-page report on the COVID-19 outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.
Senator Velis claims he had no involvement in Bennett Walsh’s hiring at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.
Weldon Rehabilitation Center will change its name, as sexual abuse by Bishop Christopher Weldon is deemed “credible.”
Northampton adds new downtown parking spots and continues free parking.
Chuck E. Cheese files for bankruptcy protection.
Criminal complaints issued to Springfield residents for unlawful possession of fireworks.
Mayor Sarno gives thanks for assistance in acquiring PPEs for first responders.
New CVS COVID-19 testing sites in Western Mass.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 25, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
John Flynn comments on his reelection to the Hampden Board of Selectmen.
Sheriff Cocchi responds to a false racist post attributed to his department.
Chicopee Police Dept. denies racist post attributed to an employee of the dept.
Sharon Cohen of Footbeats at Thornes Marketplace celebrates 4th work anniversary.
Frigo’s Deli denies racist post by an alleged employee.
How much water should you be drinking in the hot weather?
Reward now offered for dead puppy found in Westfield.
Summer heat car care tips!
State courts reopen for some purposes.
Review of accusations against former Springfield Bishop found to be “credible.”

Radio Show #328 – East Longmeadow’s
Carl Ohlin, and The Year Without a Parade

Count the annual East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade as another victim of COVID-19.

This institution in East Longmeadow for all the cities and towns and people of Western Mass. has been officially canceled.

Longtime organizer of the parade Carl Ohlin speaks exclusively to Pioneer Valley Radio and outlines the efforts, input and discussion of how the parade might have been adjusted to be consistent with current COVID-19 guidelines, as well as the final decision to skip the event entirely for this year.

Radio Show #326 – Running an Iconic
Local Food and Dessert Establishment
During the Pandemic

Jeremiah Maloni from Cindy’s Drive-in, located in Granby, MA, discusses how he and his team are adjusting to the COVID-19 crisis at one of the region’s most beloved ice cream restaurants.

Web: cindysdrivein.com

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 1, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.
Mayor Sarno attended services at reopened Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Church.
All places of worship allowed to reopen under the Baker plan.
9th anniversary of the 2011 Springfield tornado.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield conducted Mass outside.
Mass. Police Chief Association denounces actions of the 4 Minneapolis police officers.
“Big E” moving forward for 2020 run, announcing more concerts.
Holyoke Mall enjoys police presence due to false social media riot threat.
Monson golf course shut down by state.
As of today, new tobacco ban in Mass. goes into effect.
Reopening businesses face new expenses due to safety standards.

Radio Show #322 – Criminal Attorney William Bennett Represents Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh

In an exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio, Criminal Attorney William Bennett refutes the suspension of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh, and the associated allegations of his mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at the Home.

Attorney Bennett maintains that Superintendent Walsh made consistent and appropriate pleas for help from the state and other emergency agencies.

Meaningful help and support at that time was not forthcoming.

Bennett provides insight into Walsh’s present state of mind and his attitude toward returning to his previous position.

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.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and Memorial Day Weekend, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Swimming pool season is robust, according to Brian Juliano of Juliano’s Pools and Spas.

Mayor Sarno forges ahead with Memorial Day plans for Springfield.

Mayor Sarno outlines how Springfield’s “Phase 1” reopening will affect city buildings.

Cummington Fair announces cancellation.

Portraits of Longmeadow’s graduating seniors placed on the town common.

Fire officials present grilling safety tips.

Memorial Day thoughts.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 21, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

Western Mass. churches hold Masses for the first time this weekend.

Dom Sarno set to announce “Phase 1” of reopening Springfield.

Springfield Park Commission announce reopening of Forest Park Zoo and Farmer’s Market.

Westfield voters choose John C. Velis over John F. Cain for Sen. Humason’s former seat.

Forest Park Farmer’s Market manager apologizes.

Reps. Puppolo and Tosado succeed in solid earmarks in an IT bond bill for Springfield.

Local city councilor questions Big E’s intention to open.

 

Radio Show #319 – John DeVoie and Hot Table

John DeVoie’s Hot Table is a Western Mass. success and a high note in what is known as “fast casual” dining.

From one original location in Springfield to a total of 7, from Western Mass. to Central Mass. and into Connecticut, only the pandemic has slowed down Hot Table’s amazing growth.

In this program, John speaks candidly about the harrowing drop in revenue as a result of COVID-19, and his drive to continue his downtown Springfield Tower Square renovation.

Hot Table will reopen – and John’s optimism speaks for itself!

Email: info@hottable.com  •  Web: www.hottable.com

Radio Show #318 – Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm Carries On!

A silver lining in the pandemic cloud?  Possibly, at least as far as your fresh vegetables are concerned!

Neil Pomeroy and his family at Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm in East Longmeadow are proud to carry on their tradition of providing the freshest vegetables the earth can sport.

Spinach, lettuce, peppers, spicy greens, peas and more, all are on the way as Pomeroy’s gears up for their full opening this summer.

Right now, Neil and his family offer certain vegetables through their Facebook page with appointment times for pick-up.

All pandemic and social distancing guidelines are supported.

Western Mass. folks are pleased to find Pomeroy’s a happy alternative to the lack of certain produce at the local supermarkets.

All of the produce at Pomeroy’s is organic, as well as herbicide, pesticide and GMO free!

You’ll hear more about the full array of fresh vegetables and how Pomeroy’s has steered through the days of COVID-19 in this exclusive program.

And try the spinach!

Email:  pomeroysvegfarm@yahoo.com  •  Facebook: Pomeroysvegetablefarm

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 statistics.

“Phase One” reopening notes.

Western Mass. houses of worship see gradual reopening.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach’s entertainment report.

Springfield Mayor Sarno on Springfield’s reopening.

Diocese of Western Mass. notes new sanitary guidelines.

Timeline for Western Mass. restaurant reopenings.

Brunelle’s Marina prepares for Memorial Day boating.

Westover Air Reserve Base resumes limited flight operations.

 

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, May 18, 2020

Trinity Health Of New England COVID-19 test statistics.

Springfield Mayor Dom Sarno thanks local organizations and businesses for the donation of PPEs.

Peter Rosskothen welcomes folks to the reopening of the Delaney House in a couple of weeks!

Mass DOT Bernardston detour.

Sears property at the Eastfield Mall has been purchased by a Braintree firm.

Holyoke apartment buildings in the ‘Flats” neighborhood damaged by rain.

Black bear season in Western Mass… caution!

Barrington Stage Company plans productions.

E. Cecci Farms opens for limited business.

Does Massachusetts reopen today – or not?