Brad Shepard Today! Friday, April 2, 2021

Thoughts on Good Friday.

Pancake Breakfast postponed.

Springfield moves back into “high risk” (Red Zone) for Covid,

It’s Autism Awareness Month in Springfield.

Three Chics Hospitality launches in Western Mass.

Springfield Franconia and Municipal Golf courses open today!

Dakin Humane Society  needs help to collect 50,000 lbs. of pet food.

Card skimmer reported at Bank of America in Holyoke.

The IRS refunds money this Spring and Summer if you filed before tax law changes.

Mercy Medical Center nurses picket.

Governor Baker Easter request.

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday, April 2, 2021
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Radio Show #409 – Brett Richards is Making Fishing Spots Great Again!

Brett Richards loves to fish.

But he became so appalled at the amount of trash at fishing sites in the region that he decided to do something about it.

Brett and his fellow fisherman created MAKE MASSACHUSETTS FISHING SPOTS GREAT AGAIN!

Brett’s organization has devoted itself to removing trash, refuse and in general cleaning up the fishin’ holes of Western Mass.!

His organization has caught on and now boasts more than 4,000 members.

Hear his story in this exclusive interview.

Facebook: MAKE MA FISHING SPOTS GREAT AGAIN

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Radio Show #409 - Brett Richards is Making Fishing Spots Great Again!
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Radio Show #403 – A Hundred Years of
Hot Dogs in Holyoke!

Nick’s Nest, a Holyoke tradition for a hot dog, is celebrating one hundred years in business!

Current owners Kevin and Jennifer Chateauneuf, along with daughter, Emma, are keeping the tradition alive and thriving!

At Nick’s, the hot dog is still the undisputed star, but is now supported by a great variety of other “fun foods.”

Special guest and co owner Jennifer Chateauneuf joins us for a special program celebrating Nick’s centennial.

In this conversation you’ll hear why a Nick’s hot dog is a unique specialty in the region, as well as the plans for the future of Nick’s Nest!

 

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Radio Show #403 - A Hundred Years of
Hot Dogs in Holyoke!
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Radio Show #399 – Debra Vega and Reflections of a Former Rockette!

Western Mass. educator, instructor, wife and mom, Holyoke’s Debra Vega, amid her many accomplishments, is also a retired Rockette!

In this special program, she chronicles her trip from Indiana to New York City and the iconic Radio City Music Hall, to succeed in winning a coveted position as a Rockette!

What was the audition process like? The rehearsals, performance schedules, and life in general backstage at Radio City?

Hear it all in this special holiday program with Debra!

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Radio Show #399 - Debra Vega and Reflections of a Former Rockette!
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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Mayor Sarno launches a phone number to prevent youth homelessness.
Amherst Chamber of Commerce presents award to Mercedes-Benz of Springfield.
13 cities and towns in Mass. revert to Step 1 of Phase 3 (Holyoke and Springfield among them).
COVID-19 phone alert launched.
Wilbraham Police want to know who is burning lawn signs.
Governor Baker releases Mass. Thanksgiving guidelines.
Agawam Police report a few COVID-19 cases within the department.
Chicopee Library offers “Halloween Media Bundles.”
Holyoke Mayor Morse has a Halloween message.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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Radio Show #373 – Jeremie Lapointe and DementedFX

Aspiring art teacher and now a contractor, Jeremie Lapointe and his partners set out to create an authentically terrifying “haunted house” style experience in Holyoke.

And they succeeded!

So much so, that “DementedFX” of Holyoke has garnered  accolades throughout the Northeast!

This is not a typical witches and ghosts excursion, but rather an intense 20,000square foot chamber of biomedical horrors that has succeeded in delicious screaming fright and fun for its visitors!

In this conversation, you’ll hear how Jeremie achieved a Hollywood level of special effects to create a fright after fright trip through the facility!

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

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Radio Show #373 - Jeremie Lapointe and DementedFX
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Radio Show #364 – Award-Winning Jeff Greim of Longmeadow, and “Jeff’s Granola”

Longmeadow granola purveyor Jeff Greim has been accorded the 2020 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Jeff’s Granola has long been supplying school systems with his well-received granola. He is proud of the fact that all of his granola sales are 100 percent non-profit.

In fact, the customer can designate the non-profit organization of their choice to receive any profits from the sale.

Jeff’s inspiration, history and experiences are detailed in this exclusive conversation.

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

 

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Radio Show #364 - Award-Winning Jeff Greim of Longmeadow, and "Jeff's Granola"
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Radio Show #342 – Attorney William Bennett Responds to the State Report on Bennett Walsh and the Holyoke Soldiers Home

As the story of ousted Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent, Bennett Walsh rolls on, Attorney William Bennett held a press conference at the Springfield Sheraton, Thursday, July 23.

In an address lasting more than an hour, Attorney Bennett reviewed what he believed to be a series of inaccuracies in the “Pearlstein Report,” as it has come to be known, and further pointed to an overall “poisoned atmosphere” emanating from the Baker Administration.

In this special program, you will hear specific segments of this press conference.

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Radio Show #342 - Attorney William Bennett Responds to the State Report on Bennett Walsh and the Holyoke Soldiers Home
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Radio Show #314 – Nick Adams, Western Mass. Real Estate Broker, Works From Home

Holyoke real estate broker Nick Adams has not missed a beat – continuing his efforts for Keller Williams while working from home.

Nick is also a performer at heart in his “other life,” indulging his acting skills in local theatrical offerings and “rocking out” with a band.

Unfortunately these endeavors, obviously, are on hold for the moment.

Nick remains upbeat, and is another Western Mass. neighbor making the best of a tough situation!

Email:  www.kwpioneervalley.com/agents/56458/Nick+Adams#emailme

Web: www.kwpioneervalley.com

 

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Radio Show #314 - Nick Adams, Western Mass. Real Estate Broker, Works From Home
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Radio Show #270 – Patrick Kandianis, Helping Students and Families Understand College Costs

Holyoke’s Patrick Kandianis, and his firm, Pay 4 Education, have “set up shop” in Springfield with the mission of helping families discover college affordability.

Patrick has been innovative in the higher education arena for over thirty-five years, and has spent the last fifteen focused on student finance – first at First Marblehead Corp., and then as co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of SimpleTuition, an award-winning consumer friendly site that has helped millions of families make sound financing choices.

In this program, Pat explains how Pay4Education boils down the confusing math of the award letters and tuition bills (and all of the acronyms like EFC, NPC, FSA, PLUS, COA and FAFSA) and turns them into real numbers.

Web: www.pay4edu.com  •  Email: info@pay4edu.com

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Radio Show #270 - Patrick Kandianis, Helping Students and Families Understand College Costs
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At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Mayoral Races

G. Michael Dobbs takes a look at the local races for mayor.

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At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Mayoral Races
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Radio Show #145 – School Safety and Preventing Violence with Chicopee Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege

The rise in violence in American schools, as well as the threat of violence, is a national issue.

It is here in the Pioneer Valley as well, as threats within the last couple of weeks have occurred in Springfield, Holyoke, and  in Chicopee.

In Chicopee, this issue is taken seriously.

In this program, Chicopee Schools Superintendent Richard Rege responds to Brad Shepard’s questions and in great detail outlines a series of protocols designed to ensure student safety and prevent violence.

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Radio Show #145 - School Safety and Preventing Violence with Chicopee Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege
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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.

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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 1, 2018
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Jacqueline T. Lynch

Chicopee-based writer Jacqueline T. Lynch is a playwright, in addition to being a blogger, novelist and non-fiction author.  Her work, which has been performed in locations as diverse as Northern Kentucky and the Netherlands, has fueled a passion that circled her right back to her own backyard.  In an amazing tribute to a rich theatrical history in this part of the world, Jacqueline produced a non-fiction book that’s jam-packed with photos and stories called Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain:  70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts, (Jacqueline T. Lynch, Spring 2017).

In this interview, Jacqueline tells stories about this gem of the entertainment world in the heart of the Pioneer Valley – that’s 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom.  She also praises the joys of independent publishing and the creative ways she promotes her book.  Find out more about Jacqueline through her site: www.JacquelineTLynch.com.

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Jacqueline T. Lynch
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Radio Show #107 – Anthony Cignoli, Political Analyst

“Hail fellow, well met,” are the perfect words to describe Anthony Cignoli, a man located at the heart and nerve center of Western Mass., state and national politics.

His political analysis is highly sought by most media outlets – both nationally and internationally,

Tony dropped by to say “hello” to Michael and Brad at the Cocchi Picnic.

In this thorough, energetic,  and unedited conversation, you will hear Tony at his best on the subject of Springfield, Holyoke, the region’s players, high speed rail, the economy, real estate, and other hot topics!

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Radio Show #107 - Anthony Cignoli, Political Analyst
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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!

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Radio Show #105 - Kelli Moriarty-Finn, Candidate for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large
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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 29, 2017

How to get free Chick-fil-A!
Bike night and music! Throttle Rocker magazine’s Bob Kaine Alves has the info!
Where to sit for the East Longmeadow 4th of July parade!
East Longmeadow scholarship winners!
Holyoke needle exchange draws cheers and jeers.
Joseph Dewey House a special piece of Westfield history.

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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Brad Shepard Today! Monday November 28, 2016

Welcome to “Cyber Monday” in Western Mass; Dickens Days in Westfield; “A Christmas Carol; The Musical” in Ludlow; Dom Sarno on the flag protest in Amherst and the Mardi Gras shooting; valet parking in the South End, Christmas with Elvis in Holyoke… and so much more!

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Brad Shepard Today! Monday November 28, 2016
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Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday March 15, 2016

  • Judge shuts down Holyoke needle exchange
  • Primary day in highly controversial East Longmeadow select board race
  • New children’s activity center in Holyoke
  • He stole the Girl Scout Cookie cash-box!

 

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Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday March 15, 2016
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