Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 1, 2018

Westfield’s Bon Ton is not closing; spared in latest wave of chain closures.
Pasquale’s in East Longmeadow might be sold.
Judge rules in favor of Berkshire Eagle defamation suit.
Holyoke man pleads guilty to receiving large amount of child pornography.
Southwick Fire Department uses video of real life emergency to promote stove safety.
Peter Pan Bus Lines offering $5 fares!
Pete’s Sweets offers something unusual for Valentine’s Day!
State Rep. Angelo Puppolo wants to have the Commonwealth designate the Boston Cream Pie cupcake the ‘official” state cupcake.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 31, 2018

UMass/Amherst dining bans Philadelphia Cream Cheese during the Big Game!
The Harlem Globetrotters return to Springfield.
East Longmeadow sees wave of residential break-ins.
Baystate Health Systems needs to notify some 49 patients of dirty surgical instrument
Western Mass. $200k lottery winner!
Flu cases still plague the Commonwealth, halfway through flu season.

Radio Show #126 – Peter Gray of Pete’s Sweets

In a small shop in East Longmeadow, amidst walls and counters lined with delectable cakes, cookies and assorted baked delights, you will find the genial baker par excellence himself, Peter Gray.

In this program, in an informal chat with Brad Shepard, you will learn more about this local king of cakes and cookies.

It’s a 24/7 labor of love for Peter Gray!

He’s doing the only thing he wants to do in life, and he’s been doing it as long as he can remember.

Pete is more than an acclaimed baker – he is a hard-working, focused and precise businessman.

Cakes, cookies and the like are available in many forms and locations, but if you are looking for something unique, special, and customized to your specific needs by a craftsman… ultimately you will arrive at Pete’s Sweets!

And there is so much more to his story!

Listen in!

Radio Show #118 – Rebroadcast Play-By-Play Coverage of High School Football – Longmeadow Lancers versus Chicopee Comp Colts, Friday Evening October 13

It was a scene out of “Friday Night Lights” as hyper-local Pioneer Valley Radio (www.PioneerValleyRadio.com), serving Springfield and its surrounding communities in Western Massachusetts, launched its new sports department with live play-by-play coverage of high school football games.  Pictured in the press box calling the PBP between the home team Longmeadow High School “Lancers” and visiting Chicopee Comprehensive High School “Colts” is Pioneer Valley Radio sports director Kevin Casey (c) joined by color callers Eddie Garibian (l), a Longmeadow senior, and Graham Topor (r), a Chicopee Comp junior.

Pioneer Valley Radio was launched in 2015 by local resident Michael Harrison and former WHYN, Springfield morning personality Brad Shepard as an experiment in local “personality-oriented, hyper-local public affairs radio.”  Since then it has gained tremendous traction and become what Shepard describes as “an important local media platform that is making a difference.”  The expressly non-partisan station has expanded its menu to include a wide variety of programs covering local politics, civics, business, education, public health and safety, arts and entertainment and now, sports. According to Casey, “One of the most satisfying aspects of this project is giving local high school students the opportunity to sit in the broadcast press box and call color on the radio.  These two great kids,  Eddie and Graham, were fantastic!  We plan to expand our coverage beyond football to include basketball and other sports and get lots of kids from area schools involved in our broadcasts.”  The next scheduled football game to be covered is the annual Thanksgiving classic between Longmeadow and East Longmeadow on Thanksgiving morning.  All Pioneer Valley Radio live broadcasts are powered by Boston-based Backbone Networks.  Schools interested in having their games broadcast and businesses interested in sponsoring these broadcasts should contact Michael Harrison at michael@talkers.com.

Radio Show #105 – Kelli Moriarty-Finn, Candidate for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large

Our series of rebroadcast interviews from Sheriff Cocchi’s BBQ continues with Kelli Moriarty-Finn.

Kelli is running for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large.

In this spirited and articulate exchange with Brad Shepard, Kelli describes some unexpected moments in her door-to-door campaign!

Local Historical Author Michele Barker

Michele Barker is an East Longmeadow-based author whose historical fiction and non-fiction are all rooted in Western Massachusetts.  In this conversation, Michele reveals historical gems that have emerged from her writing – and the joys of working in this part of the world.

Radio Show #102 – Cookie and the Casa Café

Meet Cookie!

Her day starts at 3:30 a.m. as she begins whipping up breakfast at Casa Café in East Longmeadow!

After a thirty-year corporate career, she is pursuing her dream of owning her own breakfast and lunch spot!

Casa Café has staked its claim in Western Mass., and Cookie enjoys getting to know her customers personally!

Radio Show #100 – Cathy Belleville,
Reflections By Claudia

After a long career in the corporate world, Cathy Belleville has settled into a new era – one in which she can make a personal and emotional connection with her customers at a very difficult time.

Reflections By Claudia is far more than a notions or gift shop, and it is more than a specialty store for bereavement. Instead, it is a special creation nurtured by Cathy in her own distinctive way.

Listen to a local business woman describe her unique shop in its brand new setting.

Radio Show #78 – Bill Collins @ The Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow

In the Western Mass. world of restaurants, the Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow can only be regarded as a “hit!” Owner-operator Bill Collins joins Brad in a conversation about this most challenging business and how success may be created!

Center Square Grill • 84 Center Square • East Longmeadow, MA 01028
(413) 525-0055

Brad Shepard Today! April 27, 2017

Melha Shrine Circus is back WITH the animals!

Agawam police officer in court.

East Longmeadow voters to vote on recreational marijuana in their town.

Cops vs. bobcat.

Radio Show #75 – Don Anderson

Meet Don Anderson – Attorney, East Longmeadow Town councilman and owner of The Cruise Store. Interview conducted by Brad Shepard.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday April 13, 2017

Belchertown school lay-offs.
Agawam police station bomb hoax.
New look for East Longmeadow police cars.
Fishing season begins at the Quabbin!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 20th, 2017

East Longmeadow High School former athletic director’s troubles deepen.
Five finalists for the  Amherst College mascot names!
Post-Holyoke road race drunken vandalism.
Serious statewide bad opioid warning.
Southwick and Suffield’s rabid raccoons.
~ much more!!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Retail marijuana store is kaput!
Chicopee PD announces promotion.
Westfield Boy Scout Troop’s bottle and can drive.
Inside East Longmeadow rotary (w/special guest).

 

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Agawam contaminated site report.
Play-Doh comes home to East Longmeadow… and brings some jobs with it!
The tornado in Goshen and Conway – it’s official, according to the National Weather Service.
$3 gas this summer?  AAA has the prediction!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday November 7, 2016

THE BLACK FRIDAY REPORT PART 2! East Longmeadow police in a shoot out, thoughts on the police, crime, daylight savings, election day, and it is Stock Market Challenge time again!  Special guest, Jen Connolly the Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Western Mass takes us inside this exciting multimedia simulation of Wall Street trading for young people and members of the business community, all right now with Brad!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday November 3, 2016

Join Brad this morning for a spotlight on early voting in our communities! Turnout? State mandate?What is the cost to the towns? Hear East Longmeadow’s Tom Florence, and Agawam’s Mayor Rich Cohen!  A stop smoking clinic, and a Chinese restaurant in Amherst changes hands and enjoys a new beginning!

So much more!  Your Western Mass morning starts here!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday October 5, 2016

Agawam Crime stats from the FBI, the AG’s office spanks East Longmeadow, rental scams in Westfield, another scary clown sighting, and Jordan Goodman explains the Wells Fargo mess, and how it may be affecting YOU!  Join Brad now, for this and much more to start your Wednesday morning!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 13, 2016

  • Bonds, stocks and gold all UP historically at the same time!  Jordan Goodman explains why!
  • East Longmeadow on the hook for a payout to the former police chief
  • Mayor Sullivan on the go! Touring Westfield businesses!
  • Is the state now allowing your barber/hairdresser to come to your home?