Radio Show #124 – Live Play-By-Play Coverage of the Annual Thanksgiving High School
Football Classic!

It was an idyllic scene on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning depicting true New England small town Americana… the yearly holiday meeting of two of Western Massachusetts’ most passionate high school football rivals, the Longmeadow Lancers hosting the East Longmeadow Spartans.  Hundreds of local residents from both towns turned out to cheer their squads and Pioneer Valley Radio was there providing live play-by-play coverage of the game.  PVR’s Kevin Casey provided the play-by-play supported by local student color callers, junior Michael O’ Shea of ELHS and senior Eddie Garibian of LHS.  The entire broadcast was sponsored by community-minded Pete’s Sweets – a wonderful locally owned and operated bakery – at 32 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow (Click here to visit their website).

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.