Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, June 15, 2018

Sunderland traffic advisory (parade).
Mason Square Memorial has been restored.
Springfield firefighters save a man’s life with Narcan.
Local dog food recall.
MGM still hiring and have a hiring event next week.
MGM Springfield reveals the names of the two bars on its casino level.

Brad Shepard Today, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

MGM Springfield clears one hurdle in extending drinking to after hours.
The last days of Bon•Ton.
Mass. woman’s fatal weekend parachute accident.
A dozen people issued court summonses over downtown demonstration.
West Springfield McDonald’s was closed (and has reopened) after losing their hot water.
Springfield man bites police officer.
South Hadley adds another police officer to its school campus.
Mass. potato chip assault.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 5, 2018

What are the plans for the former Colony Club?
Wilbraham man and New York man purse-snatching team.
Stewart Weldon’s plea in court.
First female president of Smith College has died.
How many turkeys are on the loose in Mass?
Gas prices hit plateau.
MGM Springfield announces the “Comedy Get Down” for the Mass Mutual Center.
Greenfield man’s second OUI for driving into a fire scene.
Tony Cignoli on the Late Jim Madigan.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hyannis man taunts Barnstable Police about the death of officer Sean Gannon.
MGM Springfield holds career info and job workshop sessions.
Agawam traffic advisory.
Wilbraham elects new town clerk and new moderator.
Farewell to the Colony Club.
West Springfield man is a contestant on “The Price Is Right.”
Denise Jordan moves from Mayor’s Chief of Staff to Executive Director of Springfield Housing Authority.
Rise Amherst medical marijuana dispensary has its grand opening.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hampden and East Longmeadow dispatchers combine and move into the new Hampden Police station.
The 110 Grill comes to Western Mass.
Bill Cosby sentencing date determined and announced.
Voters in Hampden and Wilbraham vote to renovate Minnechaug’s Falcon Field.
MGM Springfield schedules Stevie Wonder for its opening week.
Aggressive panhandler in Springfield racks up two arrests in three days.
Lottery Powerball jackpot – $280 million!
Belchertown passes articles re marijuana and alcohol.
Harbor Freight Tools chainsaw recall.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast is ready!
South Hadley hunting accident.
Leicester Police find suspect by print found in Play-Doh.
Tommy’s House dedicated to fallen serviceman Tommy Sullivan.
Longmeadow holds “pre-town forum” to discuss issues prior to town meeting.
Springfield driver slams into police cruiser for the second time!
Summer speeder gets minivan up to 115 mph!
Is your air conditioner ready for the season?
Chicopee woman creates disturbance Sunday morning.
Suspect tries to gain entry to an Atwater Park home.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 27, 2018

Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault.
MGM opening three weeks ahead of schedule!
Setti Warren drops out of race to challenge Baker.
Agawam Police Officer receives highest medal for valor.
Springfield Symphony Orchestra Director and Conductor Kevin Rhodes on what’s ahead for the Symphony!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, April 16, 2018

Barbara Bush in failing health.
Traffic advisory for downtown Springfield this week.
Westfield State University remembers Officer Sean Gannon.
K-9 Officer Nero, the late Officer Gannon’s partner, survived surgery and is on the road to recovery.
MGM Springfield gets extension from the Mass. Gaming Commission on restoration of 31 Elm Street.
Columbia Gas files with the DPU for a revenue increase.
More reinforcement added to decrepit Campanile.
MGM Springfield – game changer?

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, April 12, 2018

World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast announces this year’s chair!
Another Western Mass. town says “no” to recreational marijuana.
Granby child porn arrestee receives additional sentence.
Gas prices to jump this summer.
Chicopee Moose and Elk Lodges present contribution to Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen.
Chicopee Police warn of a new scam.
Montague Police Dog Officer receives state award.
New owners of the former Tower Square Hotel close on the purchase.

Brad Shepard Today, Friday and the weekend, March 16, 2018

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton dies.
RMV shutdown coming.
Toys R Us closes nationwide.
MGM Springfield adds Indian Motorcycles apparel shop.
Robert “Bob the Bike Guy” Charland delivers 45 bikes to students in Holyoke!
A last dinner at the Hu Ke Lau (reflections on the new chapter from Edison Yee).
67th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Holyoke.
West Springfield’s Bald Eagles.

Radio Show #142 – Judy Matt and the 2018 Bright Nights Ball

The Spirit of Springfield’s Judy Matt is very excited to announce an HISTORIC edition of the Bright Nights Ball for November 2018!

Her announcement involves the Chair of the event this year, and the fusion between the Spirit of Springfield and one of the most exciting new additions to the city!

Judy outlines the plan and the effort in this conversation with Brad Shepard.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday March 13, 2018

Judy Matt and the Spirit of Springfield’s big announcement!
Thorne’s Marketplace big makeover!
Connecticut River clean-up effort from four different communities.
West Springfield High School receives gift of $11,000 of new phys ed equipment.
West Springfield Police want help identifying Red Bull thieves.
Two versions of an IRS scam are now working through the area… here are the details for your protection!
St. Mary High School in Westfield closing by the end of the year.
Judy Matt talks about The 2018 Bright Nights Ball.
Westfield continues to experience water problems, and shuts down their 3rd well.

Brad Shepard Today Friday and the weekend – February 2, 2018

Groundhog Day and the Big Game!!
Charlie Baker the most popular Governor in the nation – again!
MGM Springfield President, Mike Mathis says dealers are in demand for MGM.
MA and PA governors wager food on the game!
Applebee’s Drink of the Month – The Dollarmama.
Easthampton students win preliminary round in Boston – on their way to D.C.!
Former Hadley Police officer convicted and sentenced.
Fewer Chicopee school kids are going to the nurse since “Breakfast Before the Bell” was implemented.
– much more!

Radio Show #134 – Mike Mathis,
MGM Springfield

With seven months to go, MGM Springfield hurtles toward its long awaited opening!

Three thousand employees are in the process of being hired… will this staffing effort meet the deadline?

What is the new relationship between MGM and the Mass Mutual Center, City Stage, and Symphony Hall?

How will MGM transform Springfield into the center of entertainment for the region?

MGM Springfield president Mike Mathis answers these questions and takes you through his personal journey from shovels in the ground, to the rarefied atmosphere of a thriving casino!

Biggest obstacles and challenges? Overcoming bitter opposition? Greatest misconception?

Mike Mathis chronicles his experience in this intensive, exclusive conversation with Brad Shepard!

Brad Shepard today! Tuesday January 16, 2018

MGM Springfield unveils newly renovated executive offices.
MGM Springfield ready to hire some 3000 employees – offers online info.
Dunkin’ Donuts considers name change.
Rice Fruit Farm seeks entertainment license!
Alex Morse Inaugural Ball will proceed despite the death of his mother.
SilverBrick Group buys former Springfield YMCA building.
Agawam residents not happy about trash pickup schedule problems.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday December 6, 2017

Motorist crashes through and into Pittsfield Petco.
MGM Springfield hires Jose Delgado as Director of Governmental Affairs.
Metacomet Cafe in Amherst closes.
MGM Springfield on schedule?
Golden Gloves returns to Western Mass.
Over half a million $$ to fix Springfield City Hall steps.
Big Christmas concert set for Thursday night at the Agawam Middle School!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PETER PAN moves in!
The inside scoop on the Springfield weekend fire.
BRIGHT NIGHTS about to flip the switch for 2017!
WESTERN MASS. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE!
Packages left on porches MAY be stolen this season! Local Police Depts. are issuing warnings!
“Lucky” the famous lottery machine goes on tour!
Thoughts on the death of a mad man.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chicopee City Hall rehab may come in at $10M.
Holiday Farmers Market coming!
Bright Nights time again! Find out what’s new!
Adam and Eve feel unwelcome in East Longmeadow!
Ludlow – the latest town to reject recreational marijuana.
Northampton students knit for a warmer winter for the homeless.
A moment with Michelle Wirth at Mercedes of Springfield.
A moment with Jordan Goodman, with a holiday retail prediction!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 13, 2017

ANNOUNCING! LIVE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COMES TO PIONEER VALLEY RADIO!
Seuss flap update!
MGM Springfield hiring update!
South Hadley selectperson resigns! “no one has respect for the board!”
Western Mass foliage report
Thunderbirds start their season and Plan B unveils the “Thunderburger!”
——-AND; the morning smile, word of the day, thought for the day and the weather!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday July 10, 2017

Eight arrested in Springfield for paint-ball attack.
MGM Springfield shells out to upgrade streets and roads.
Stolen kitten returned.
Chicopee playground becomes Wisniowski Park.
7 year-old collects ALL Northampton Police Trading Cards!
K-MART in Springfield goes under.