Radio Show # 120 – Don Maki, Director, East Longmeadow Community Access Television

There are a lot of exciting things happening at ELCAT.  Located on the premises of East Longmeadow High School, it serves the community, chronicles the town government, provides a platform for residents and gives local students a tremendously valuable educational opportunity.

Radio Show #118 – Rebroadcast Play-By-Play Coverage of High School Football – Longmeadow Lancers versus Chicopee Comp Colts, Friday Evening October 13

It was a scene out of “Friday Night Lights” as hyper-local Pioneer Valley Radio (www.PioneerValleyRadio.com), serving Springfield and its surrounding communities in Western Massachusetts, launched its new sports department with live play-by-play coverage of high school football games.  Pictured in the press box calling the PBP between the home team Longmeadow High School “Lancers” and visiting Chicopee Comprehensive High School “Colts” is Pioneer Valley Radio sports director Kevin Casey (c) joined by color callers Eddie Garibian (l), a Longmeadow senior, and Graham Topor (r), a Chicopee Comp junior.

Pioneer Valley Radio was launched in 2015 by local resident Michael Harrison and former WHYN, Springfield morning personality Brad Shepard as an experiment in local “personality-oriented, hyper-local public affairs radio.”  Since then it has gained tremendous traction and become what Shepard describes as “an important local media platform that is making a difference.”  The expressly non-partisan station has expanded its menu to include a wide variety of programs covering local politics, civics, business, education, public health and safety, arts and entertainment and now, sports. According to Casey, “One of the most satisfying aspects of this project is giving local high school students the opportunity to sit in the broadcast press box and call color on the radio.  These two great kids,  Eddie and Graham, were fantastic!  We plan to expand our coverage beyond football to include basketball and other sports and get lots of kids from area schools involved in our broadcasts.”  The next scheduled football game to be covered is the annual Thanksgiving classic between Longmeadow and East Longmeadow on Thanksgiving morning.  All Pioneer Valley Radio live broadcasts are powered by Boston-based Backbone Networks.  Schools interested in having their games broadcast and businesses interested in sponsoring these broadcasts should contact Michael Harrison at michael@talkers.com.

Radio Show # 115 – Brad Shepard Joins Michael Harrison’s Podcast Discussing ‘40s – ‘70s TV Kiddie Shows

Michael Harrison’s award-winning international podcast “Up Close and Far Out” serves as the platform for a fascinating conversation with PVR’s Brad Shepard about the legendary TV kiddie shows and hosts of the late ‘40s through early ‘70s.  Not to be missed! Click here or below to see this and other episodes of “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.



Radio Show #111 – Hampden County Sheriff
Nick Coccchi

Our Pioneer Valley Radio series of special programs, gathered from our live broadcast of the Sheriff Cocchi BBQ, comes to a close with a grand finale, featuring the host himself, Sheriff Nick Cocchi.

This short and sweet program is a glimpse into the honest, direct and warm nature of the Hampden County Sheriff.

Radio Show # 109 – Michael Harrison and Brad Shepard discuss the life of Jerry Lewis

An in-depth discussion about one of America’s greatest entertainment icons.

Radio Show #108 – Marine Lt. Col. Bennett Walsh, Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

What are the true concerns of Western Mass veterans?

Is the United States in a state of war? And if so, for how long, and where?

Listen now to PVR’s Michael Harrison – in this exclusive interview with Marine Lt. Col. Bennett Walsh, Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

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!

Radio Show #104 – Communications Historian John Ellsworth interviewed by Michael Harrison

A VISIT TO THE RADIO MUSEUM

Western Mass. resident and Pioneer Valley Radio personality Michael Harrison paid a visit to the nearby Vintage Radio and Communication Museum of Connecticut in Windsor where he interviewed the institution’s Founder and Executive Director, John Ellsworth.  Harrison describes the museum as a “regional treasure” that should be visited by residents of the Springfield area interested in the colorful history of radio, TV, and electronic media.  This interview appears on Harrison’s locally-produced, award-winning international podcast “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Don’t miss this!

UpCloseandFarOut.com

Radio Show #89 – Pioneer Valley Radio’s
Michael Harrison guests with Todd Feinburg
on WTIC on the Fourth of July

Pioneer Valley Radio’s very own Michael Harrison (also the publisher of TALKERS magazine) of Longmeadow made a rare appearance on WTIC, Hartford on the Fourth of July discussing his involvement in helping that Connecticut station go to an all-talk format 26 years ago!  Link to it here.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend April 21, 2017

O’Reilly’s fall and the Fox fallout!  w/ special guest, Michael Harrison

The “YES” phone scam and how to protect yourself! w/ Bob Grove

New K-9 officer in Amherst

Dunkins and Oreos!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 23rd, 2017

New Springfield RMV location opens today!
Springfield City Council announces two new committees
A state trooper delivers a baby on the Mass Pike in Blandford!

Radio Show # 68 – Peter Daboul

A Conversation with Peter Daboul
Michael Harrison talks with the retired Executive VP/CIO of  MassMutual.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

A new Taco Bell for Ware; the Hampden PD announces a “safety zone” for the transaction of internet purchases for the holidays. Michael Harrison is Brad’s special guest, joining him for a frank conversation about the Hampshire College flag issue and freedom of speech. Speaking of freedom of speech – an Amherst man who walked around the town naked a few years ago finally has his court case settled.

 

Radio Show #65 – PR Executive Mark G. Auerbach interviewed by Michael Harrison

PR Executive Mark G. Auerbach interviewed by Michael Harrison. Includes: local authors Jeannie and Mark Gionfriddo’s forthcoming book signing at Odyssey in South Hadley, and Capitol Steps appearing in Cambridge.

Radio Show #59 – Kateri Walsh, Springfield City Council

Michael Harrison interviews the local leader about key regional issues and her soon-to-be launched program here on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Radio Show #58 – G. Michael Dobbs of The Reminder

G. Michael Dobbs of The Reminder is interviewed by Michael Harrison.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend April 29, 2016

  • Two UMASS Students die in 24 hours
  • Nick Morganelli OUT at Western Mass News
  • East Longmeadow senior charged with rape and indecent assault
  • Teachers honored!
  • WEEKEND PERFORMERS

Brad Shepard Today! Monday April 25, 2016

  • A week of traffic hassles on I-91 starts now!
  • (find out how to get around it)
  • Brush fires in the region
  • Farewell to a 40 year radio run
  • White Brook Middle School football field finally has lights!
  • Fishing derby for kids!

Radio Show #52 – Michael Kusek, Take Magazine

An interview conducted by Michael Harrison with special appearance by Mark G. Auerbach.