Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 16, 2020

Western Mass. towns’ and cities’ COVID-19 risk levels.
Fall foliage is at its peak – with Max Hartshorne.
West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt on the drive-thru flu clinic.
Census reporting time limit is up.
Springfield Public Schools pause all athletics due to a COVID-19 case with a student athlete.
Springfield closes Cyr Arena – temporarily due to a COVID-19 case.
Bennett Walsh arraignment date set.

Radio Show #372 – Max Hartshorne’s
New England Fall Foliage Audio Tour

Writer and travel editor Max Hartshorne presents some wonderful suggestions to enjoy the fall foliage, now at its peak!

From Massachusetts to Vermont, the vibrant colors are beckoning.

Ancillary activities from apple picking, to where to eat and drink, are also discussed.

Listen in and discover some “not too hidden” treasures of this special time in the region!

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Radio Show #361 – COVID-19 Getaways
with Max Hartshorne

Pioneer Valley Radio’s travel authority and all purpose “gadabout,” Max Hartshorne presents a great way to defeat the close quarters of the pandemic and enjoy the North Shore of the Commonwealth.

Max believes you do not have to endure the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge to get to the Cape, when there is a delightful alternative.

In this program, Max takes you on a “cook’s tour” of Cape Ann, including Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea and more!

Fine dining, beaches, state parks, hiking, biking and more are detailed!

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Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Weekend, March 20, 2020

A new message from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

A message from Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi.

A message from Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Claprood.

Travel expert Max Hartshorne offers a practice to reduce anxiety.

Trinity Health of New England activates a COVID-19 information hotline.

Toilet paper suppliers indicate they are ramping up production.

Massachusetts special elections to be postponed.

The Zoo in Forest Park needs some help to feed the animals.

Chez Josef hosts a turkey drive for families in need of food.

“Grab & Go” meals at the Westfield Boys & Girls Club.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 22, 2019

Max Hartshorne on Western Mass beaches!

Bentley Billiards has new owners.

Dress Barn closes some Massachusetts stores.

Holyoke Rotary Club Summer Concert Series starting up!

Northampton’s Clement Street Bridge closure.

West Nile and EEE virus detected in mosquitoes in Eastern Mass.

Many turn out, in spite of the heat, for a benefit for the family of Chicopee’s Alex Ortiz.

Glasgow Lands Festival last Saturday morning in Florence!

Marine Corps recruits rescue a swimmer from the Connecticut River.

Radio Show #257 – Max Hartshorne and Little Known Western Mass Beaches!

Need to beat the heat?

Need the water and the beach?

Don’t want to drive for hours in traffic?

Horace Greeley once said “Go West, young man, go West!”

Well… Max Hartshorne says, “Go North!”

In this program, noted travel authority, Max Hartshorne of tells us about some great “swimmin’ holes,” off the beaten path in Franklin County!


Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 2019

Massive beef recall!
Things to do and see in Worcester, with Max Hartshorne.
Big Y holds worn flag collection for proper disposal.
Ludlow bank fraud perpetrator pleads guilty.
Mayor Sarno campaigns for lawmakers to pass the Governor’s “dangerousness” bill.
Retired Wilbraham Police Chief passes on.
Payless Shoes announces closing date.
WWE brings Summerslam Heatwave Tour to downtown Springfield.
Mental Health Association of Springfield gets help from United Bank.
May is “Stop The Bleed Month.”

Radio Show #250 – A Weekend In Worcester With Max Hartshorne

Western Mass.’ all-purpose gadabout and travel authority Max Hartshorne has a great suggestion for a three day weekend – or anytime.

Looking to break away for a day or more? How about Worcester, Massachusetts?

Max Hartshorne of paints an appealing picture of a vibrant city with great restaurants, art, and culture.

Max picked up on a perceptible enjoyment and appreciation of the people and  their pride in their city.

All in all, there is much to appreciate – and it’s only a car ride away!

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Radio Show #206 – Max Hartshorne and the Hidden Hills of Western Mass.

Travel writer, editor and latter-day explorer Max Hartshorne has a new adventure to share.

It’s the Hidden Hills of Western Massachusetts, referring to the Southern Berkshire Hilltowns, specifically the towns which do not have an exit from the Massachusetts Turnpike.

These towns include Becket, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Granville, Hawley, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Otis, Plainfield, Russell, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor, and Worthington.

Max’s website provides you with a link to outdoor recreation in these beautiful places: kayaking, hiking, restaurants, weddings, and shopping. Hear it all with Max in this special program!

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Radio Show #169 – Max Hartshorne – Travel Expert, Editor and Publisher

Looking for some great vacation spots?  Looking for day trips within driving distance from Western Mass.?  Don’t want to venture too far from home, or drop a fortune?

Here are some great locales and ideas from travel expert Max Hartshorne.

Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of in South Deerfield, Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and in other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted, and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, and enjoys publishing new writers.