Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Test statistics from Trinity Health of New England.

Longmeadow Police detective becomes the department’s first female sergeant.

An angry Mayor Sarno has a message for golfers defying lockdown rules.

Computer tech consultant David Raiche on the condition of the internet due to the epidemic.

Mark Auerbach reports on the state of the arts in the wake of the pandemic.

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi has some important advice.

Chicopee Police Chief Jebb convalescing from open heart surgery.

Holyoke Soldiers Home receives all manner of blankets from Golden Years Home Care.

Chicopee Walmart enforces 200 person limit inside the store.

Holyoke Soldiers Home superintendent placed on administrative leave.

The Old Farmers Almanac says you can start your vegetable planting season – inside!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Amazon Prime delays delivery of non-essential products.

Bill Collins of Center Square Grill unites area restaurants to keep employees intact.

Mark Auerbach on the survival of the arts during COVID-19.

New England Orthopedic Surgeons furloughs half of its workforce.

Springfield Museums offer online interactive exploration for all.

City officials remove Springfield basketball hoops.

Trinity Health of New England offers a webinar on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19.

Mayor Sarno holds COVID-19 update at City Hall.

Stop & Shop donates $1 million to regional food banks.

Social distancing urged in supermarkets.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Springfield Police Dept. wants to reduce visits to the Pearl Street location.

Mayor Sarno speaks out on Springfield’s reaction to the pandemic.

Mercy Medical Center runs down new restrictions on patient visitation.

A message from a downtown Springfield restaurant.

Baystate to offer same-day results for COVID-19 testing.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter, on shut-down performance venues.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra suspends the remainder of the season.

Stop & Shop offers special early time shopping for customers 60 and over.

Chicopee school kids still get their lunches though schools are cancelled.

Mass SJC postpones all jury trials TFN.

Gov. Baker offers emergency capital to small businesses.

Department of Unemployment Insurance offers emergency assistance to affected workers.

Radio Show #292 – SPECIAL REPORT:
The Impact of Coronavirus on Western Mass. Live Entertainment – with Mark Auerbach

Here is a special report on the effects of coronavirus on Western Mass. live entertainment.

This program touches on many of the venues in the region – theatrical, musical, and otherwise – with information on schedule changes due to concerns about the possible spread of the illness.

Pioneer Valley ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach talks with Brad Shepard and shares a rundown on postponed and /or cancelled shows at community theaters from Springfield as well as the professional stages of Hartford, Boston, and New York.

Holding tickets for a show? Not sure what to do? Listen in.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, March 13, 2020

The Mental Health Association announces a special new program.

Live theater events are being postponed and canceled; a report with Mark Auerbach.

Mercy Medical Center cancels The Caritas Gala.

MassMutual tells its employees to “work from home.”

Supermarkets end buffets and food samples.

Additional postponements and cancellations.

Longmeadow Senior Center has closed with some exceptions.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont bans gatherings of 250 or more.

Joe Biden cancels his campaign appearance in Hartford.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Junior Achievement of Western Mass. receives a high national honor.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Reporter, with Western Mass. theater notes.

Dunkin’ responds to COVID-19.

Counterfeit bills passed in Chicopee, with Chicopee police Officer, Mike Wilk.

Smith College cancels events with more than 50 attendees.

Mayor Sarno attends Bright Nights Appreciation Breakfast.

New restrictions at Mercy Medical Center due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 hits the gas pumps.

Boston cancels this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 3, 2020

James “Chip” Harrington announces for State Rep. (Thomas Petrolati’s former seat).

Mark Auerbach reviews “The Pitch” at the Majestic Theater.

Passings: retired Amherst College coach Tracy Mehr, and retired GE CEO Jack Welch.

Chicopee Information Officer  Mike Wilk reports on a “car vs. building” in Chicopee.

Mercy Medical Center Caritas Gala.

The Mayor and the Springfield Health Commissioner plan informational sessions on coronavirus for seniors.

Thoughts on “Super Tuesday.”

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 27, 2020

Dakin Humane Society changes its hours.

Mark Auerbach reviews “Jesus Christ Superstar” at The Bushnell in Hartford.

Mayor Sarno announces funding for the South End Community Center.

Columbia Gas hit with 53 million dollar fine; forced to sell the company.

Eversource to buy Columbia Gas.

Dunkin’ announces new Spring food menu additions.

Rachel’s Table expands into Franklin County.

Holyoke Community College’s Black History Month program.

Granby School District wants to move elementary school 6th graders to the high school.

Holyoke Police Dept. warns against current strains of deadly heroin being sold in the city.

St. Andrew’s in Longmeadow offers “Ashes To Go” for Lent.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 18, 2020

You will need a Massachusetts REAL ID soon to fly or to enter federal buildings.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach reviews “Ten By Ten” at Barrington Stage Co.

Forest Park in Springfield’s “Fabulous February Fun Adventures!”

Mental Health Association baffled over an order to stop construction on their Holyoke group home.

Mass. Dept. of Public Health raises flu threat level.

Holyoke Children’s Museum takes steps to protect children from germs.

West Springfield Town Council holds a vote on the future protection of Bearhole.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Water pressure alert for Westfield.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach reviews “The Lifespan of a Fact.”

Springfield-born and raised journalist, the late Gwen Ifill, receives a stamp in her honor.

Orange Police reporting a rash of vehicle break-ins.

Mayor Sarno donates blood to the Red Cross for Valentine’s Day.

Contribution Clothing holds an event to support the National Heart Association.

The White Hut may come back; Picknelly and Yee to the rescue!

Hatfield Town Hall has limited public access due to ongoing renovations.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 4, 2020

“Dunkaroos” are coming back!

Springfield Armory closed until the end of March for upgrades.

MGM responds to complaints of closed-off parking garage levels.

Westfield State University looking for a new administrator.

Springfield company owner sentenced to prison for a half-million dollar credit card swindle.

Reverend Dr. Joseph Green new Pastor of South Hadley’s Second Baptist Church.

Springfield Mayor and City Council Square off over Police Dept. technology.

South Hadley Town Administrator plans to leave next year.

Ten new marijuana shops eye Northampton.

A second parking garage for Amherst.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat reporter, with a local concert report.

Cold winter has black bears wandering around!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Chipotle fined for child labor practices.

Former Greenfield Police sergeant sentenced in fatal car accident.

Basketball Hall of Fame comments on Kobe Bryant.

Former Western Mass. principal arrested on child pornography charges,

Scam of the week lands on Netflix.

BHN President and CEO retires.

O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun announces promotions!

Dr. Samuel P. Carson of Ludlow Animal Clinic retires.

Road salt causing road and street markings to fade.

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat Entertainment reporter.

Deerfield Police rescue dog from the ice.


Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Route 5 delays.

A Chicopee first: all-female firefighting crew.

Baby stroller recall.

Michael Richard finalist for Superintendent of Schools  in Lee and Tyringham districts.

Bill Cosby posts on social media on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special message.

Mark Auerbach reviews “Pike Street” at Hartford Stage.

Southwick’s recycling cost increase in the town’s new contract.

Gas prices down a penny.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 16, 2020

Basketball Hall of Fame closing in February for renovations.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2020 at Mercedes of Springfield.

Irish Night in Holyoke moves to a new venue: The Log Cabin.

Ludlow Fire Dept. offers program to reimburse uninsured ambulance costs.

State Representative John Velis officially launches his campaign.

State launches drinking water lead testing in schools.

Pittsfield High School on lockdown after two students became “agitated.”

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat reporter, reviews “Anastasia.”

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Protests at The Big E over the treatment of large animals .

Live entertainment news with ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.

4 free seminars on heart and vascular health at Baystate.

Census takers start showing up in April.

Empty seat in the state Senate today… special election will be needed!

That thing going around? Making everyone sick? It MIMICS the Flu!

Oranges and a surprise guest!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Holiday Special 2019!

A very Happy Holiday to all from Brad Shepard and Friends!

Here is a a different kind of program today, with a toast to you!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hampden DA’s gun buyback program a success.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach and seasonal live entertainment!

Nini’s Italian Restaurant donates to Dana Farber.

South Hadley appoints a new school superintendent.

Northampton reminder: shovel your sidewalks… it’s the law.

Changes in East Longmeadow mailing addresses causing confusion.

Westfield’s Annual Cheeseburger, Chowder, Chocolate and Chili Cook Off!

Brad Shepard Today, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Holidays: the best and the worst in us.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach reviews two Christmas stage presentations.

All States Transport makes a $2,500 contribution to Toy For Joy.

104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard receives award.

The Springfield Thunderbirds present area children with teddy bears!

1877 Springfield Baseball Club card sold at auction.

State Fire Marshall offers candle safety tips.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hodgson Mill Flour recall!

Live holiday production on stage with ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.

Winter snow removal dangers.

Dangerous driving tips.

Cancer support groups tree lighting ceremony at Mercy Medical Center.

School “Blizzard Bag” program in Mass. comes to an end.

A fine for not clearing snow and ice from your vehicle.


Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 26, 2019

AAA advisories and tips for pre-Thanksgiving travel.

Uber providing free rides up to $10 the night before Thanksgiving.

ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach talks about offbeat and unusual holiday offerings on our stages.

Black Friday at Dakin Humane Society.

Balloon wranglers still needed for the Parade of the Big Balloons!

This year, Black Friday kicks off a shorter shopping season.

Hatfield Police ask all to be on the lookout for car break-ins.

Northampton constructs a new rotary.

Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield is closing for good.

No Blue Seal Kielbasa this holiday season.