Radio Show #253 – The Wonderful Story of
“Bob the Bike Man”

Ensuring that your life makes a difference, or perhaps leaving the world a little bit better than it was, or however you wish to think about it, these feelings are exemplified by the life led by Springfield’s Robert Charland, more affectionately known as “Bob the Bike Man.”

And Bob’s story has gone well beyond Western Mass.  In fact it has been the subject of a film, CBS Evening News, and coverage in People magazine.

Bob Charland is a deputy with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, a teacher at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, and a Girl Scout leader.

After being diagnosed with a terminal neurodegenerative brain disorder, Bob proceeded to quickly settle his own affairs and to move full steam ahead on his pet project – restoring junked bicycles and distributing them among the disadvantaged children of the region.

More than a thousand bikes have been gifted to underprivileged youngsters through Bob’s organization, PEDAL THRU YOUTH.

Here is the story of  life that makes a difference, the story of a man who knows that how much time we have is not as important as what we choose to do with it.

Email: contact@pedalthruyouth.org    •   Web: www.pedalthruyouth.org

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ford pickup recall!
Local Girl Scout’s project wins award!
Skiers are happy with the weather and so are the ski resorts.
CRRC MA is building a huge warehouse!
Hampshire College struggles worsen… faculty and staff layoffs now probable.
New liquor licenses for three new businesses!
Host of WGBY’s program “Connecting Point,” Carrie Saldo, receives an impressive award.
Clear the snow and ice from your car! Driving with snow on your car is illegal!
Six Flags big hiring event coming up!
Springfield RV, Camping & Outdoor Show this weekend!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 14, 2019

Lack of snow slowing down some Western Mass. businesses.
Springfield City Council considering Big Y tax incentive and override of the Mayor’s veto on the Welcoming Ordinance.
Tourism in Western Mass. up by 6.5% in 2018.
Retired Judge Bob Howarth speaks out on recreational marijuana.
Agawam woman testifies against a local lawyer on allegations of sexual assault.
Rita Moreno selected to speak at Bay Path University.
Western Mass. Girl Scout cookie season is here!
Cars and cold weather tips.
Stomach flu making the Western Mass. rounds.
Local businesses fighting the opioid epidemic.
Email extortion scam originating in Southampton.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, December 6, 2018

Deval Patrick will NOT run for president in 2020.
Mass. tax rate anticipated to drop in the next year.
No more gold coins at the Big Y.
Thoughts on hearing loss with Gary Winn of New Ears Affordable Care.
Chicopee Walmart 10-car accident.
Ware Board of Selectmen investigates complaints against the town manager.
Holyoke High School grad and Smith College freshman wins high Girl Scout Honor.
Burkhart, Pizzanelli P.C. accounting firm collects coats for children.
Gourmet Food Solutions of Springfield has closed and is auctioning off their equipment.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Cosby sentence.
24 hours of nonstop theater at Holyoke Community College’s theater festival.
Adele Cousland of Amherst wins a very prestigious Girl Scout award.
I-91 overnight closures this week!
UMass has charges against a fraternity.
Free Coffee Fridays at Cumberland Farms!
Mobile dentist for veterans stops in Springfield.