Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Red Sox win and UMass Amherst celebration.
Halloween coffees!
Car break-ins in East Longmeadow.
Springfield leaf pick-up handbook.
Distracted driving, and coffee, and thinking.
Halloween safety – Parts 1 and 2.

Radio Show #200 – East Longmeadow’s Michelle Provencher and “The Love Mich Collection”

Michelle Provencher of East Longmeadow exited her career as a paralegal and followed a dream.

She had taught herself to sew, and always saw herself in the fashion industry.

Realizing one day that the paper sleeve on her iced coffee just wasn’t preventing the condensation, and was also not aesthetically pleasing, a realization that iced coffee should not be excluded from high fashion developed, and… The Love Mich Iced Coffee Cozy was the result!

This entrepreneurship has been successful to the point where the handmade accessories are snapped up as quickly as they are created, and the true challenge is in supply meeting demand!

This fascinating story unfolds in this program.

Radio Show #168 – Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Shares Her Personal Battle Against Lyme Disease

East Longmeadow resident Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman is a free-lance writer and local business owner who shares her story in The Waiting Room: Invisible Voices of Lyme, (CreateSpace Independent Platform Publishing; June, 2018). This collection of 27 stories was compiled by Vickie Gould and casts light on symptoms for those still undiagnosed, as well as for caregivers and doctors who aim to better understand the Lyme Disease sufferer. You can reach Carleen at www.carleenhoffman.com or www.clutterdoctor.com.

Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Shares Her Personal Battle Against Lyme Disease

East Longmeadow resident Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman is a free-lance writer and local business owner who shares her story in The Waiting Room: Invisible Voices of Lyme, (CreateSpace Independent Platform Publishing; June, 2018).  This collection of 27 stories was compiled by Vickie Gould and casts light on symptoms for those still undiagnosed, as well as for caregivers and doctors who aim to better understand the Lyme Disease sufferer.  You can reach Carleen at www.carleenhoffman.com or www.clutterdoctor.com.

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard Emcees Huge Western Mass July 4th Parade

For over a decade, Springfield, MA-based online media station, Pioneer Valley Radio’s morning host and general manager Brad Shepard has been the master of ceremonies/announcer from the reviewing stand for the East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade.  This parade has become the signature Fourth of July Parade for the entire region featuring the participation of most of its cities and towns.   Shepard says, “I’ve just realized that I‘ve been doing this long enough – first as morning man on WHYN radio and now as a personality with Pioneer Valley Radio – to be able to recognize folks marching in the parade and to do first name ‘shout outs’ from the stage!  It’s tremendously gratifying to hear them returned!” The excessive 94 degree heat did not deter thousands of all ages from coming out and lining the parade route and cheering on many service organizations, groups and dignitaries in Western Massachusetts.  “I look forward to this every year; it’s an honor to be their choice and it is a fantastic community-connection for our exciting 21st century platform.”  (Pictures:  Brad Shepard at the mic on the reviewing stand.)

Radio Show #166 – Carl Ohlin, the Man Behind the East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade!

It’s time once again for East Longmeadow’s signature parade for the Fourth of July!

Floats, bands, dignitaries, Shriners, Mummers, clowns, classic cars… and almost every organization in Western Mass. represented!

What goes into it each year?  And what can we expect this year?

Find out in this program as Carl takes us inside this huge undertaking!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 21, 2018

First day of summer!
Starbucks closing 150 stores this year.
East Longmeadow’s mosquito patrols.
Connecticut needs lifeguards!
Springfield Armory’s program: The Watershops.
Storrowton Village’s Early American Summer Days Program for Children!
UMass Amherst man dies after falling from a campus center building.
Kim Lee moves over to the Mental Health Association of Massachusetts.
Longmeadow Police are trying to identify a parrot.

Radio Show #144 – Paul Federici’s Tax Tips

Paul Federici is a busy man at all times of the year, but particularly now.

In addition to serving on the governing board of the Town of East Longmeadow, Paul is busily  preparing tax returns at the firm of Holden Associates in East Longmeadow.

Here, Paul takes time out to talk about your taxes for 2017.

  • What has changed in the tax-code for tax year 2017?
  • Which itemized deductions are taxpayers prone to miss?
  • Who is at risk for an audit?
  • What are the “red flags”?

Listen in for some helpful advice!

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.