East Longmeadow native Alexi Cohan just celebrated her first anniversary as a reporter with the Boston Herald. She served an internship as a field reporter here at Pioneer Valley Radio in the summer of ’17 while attending Hofstra University as a communications major. Michael Harrison conducts a fascinating interview with this bright young woman destined to go far in the media.
A new controversy has emerged featuring the much loved Irving Berlin song, “God Bless America.”
The issue has flashed from Philadelphia to New York City, affecting not only this iconic song, but two major league sports teams, and all hinging on a famous female vocalist who has been dead for 33 years.
The signature version of this song is by radio and recording star Kate Smith, whose recording of a 1931 song has lyrics interpreted by today’s standards as extremely racist. This has resulted in the use of “God Bless America” being temporarily and most likely permanently discontinued by the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees.
In Philadelphia, the statue of Kate Smith outside the stadium had been covered in a shroud, and subsequently has been completely removed.
Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard appeared with WMAL, Washington, D.C. guest host, Michael Harrison, to discuss the many levels of this issue, particularly where political correctness and historical context meet.
What a difference a year makes!
In this holiday feature program, Brad Shepard and special guest Michael Harrison examine the changes in the season, from last year to this.
Gift giving, the malls, online shopping, stress levels, the casino, and legalized recreational marijuana are all under discussion.
Where does it go from here?
Four Springfield City Council members just returned from a two-day fact-finding mission to Denver, CO to gain information and insight into how the Council can best regulate future recreational marijuana business in the city. Michael Harrison interviews Councilor Kateri Walsh about the trip. Pictured at the Native Roots marijuana production facility (l-r) in Denver: Councilors Adam Gomez, Justin Hurst, Kateri Walsh, and Council President Orlando Ramos.
Michael Harrison, publisher of TALKERS, the leading trade publication in the American talk media (radio, TV and internet) industry, served as keynote speaker at the annual breakfast of the West of the River Chamber of Commerce held Tuesday morning (6/12) at Chez Josef in Agawam. Harrison, a 32-year resident of Longmeadow, is also president of Pioneer Valley Radio. Accompanied by Pioneer Valley Radio’s show hosts Bernadette Duncan and the legendary Brad Shepard, Harrison delivered a fascinating 35 minute address on the impact today’s rapid changes in media and technology are having on small business as well as all of society. He explained how the term “fake news” has evolved during the past two years and emphasized the importance of local business, media and politics as composing the foundation of a healthy society. He further discussed freedom of speech and emphasized the fundamental role the First Amendment plays in maintaining American democratic principles. Other speakers included Chamber executive director Robin Wozniak, Chamber co-chairs Frank Palange and Ryan McLane as well as Agawam Mayor Bill Sapelli and West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt. The first-class event was attended by approximately 75 local business people who collectively expressed a feeling of energetic optimism about the current direction and future of Agawam, West Springfield and all of Western Massachusetts.
Easthampton Mayor will hire a private investigator over allegations of a hostile workplace.
Southwick Country Club to be auctioned – everything has to go!
Chicopee raises the age of legal tobacco sales!
Six school threats and two arrests in a couple of weeks.
Joe Lieberman talks with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Michael Harrison.
West Springfield Police and the Mayor say a heartfelt goodbye to K9 officer Donn.
Century Plaza welcomes the new Skechers!
Agreement between Hampden and Wilbraham ensures Hampden students go to their hometown school until high school.
Suppose you were invited to a dinner at a posh golf club in Florida, and purely on the impromptu, in walks the most powerful man in the free world.
You are now rubbing elbows with President Donald Trump, as the two of you gather your steak and lobster from the buffet.
What is your conversation like?
What is the experience like?
Michael Harrison, in a conversation with Brad Shepard, now brings this encounter to life in vivid detail!
A Western Mass man has dinner with the president
Trivia in bars and lounges is a high tech brain worker!
A long time state rep dies
Is the Berkshire mall having trouble paying its electric bill?
Greenfield middle-school student conceals bb gun in back-pack
60 miscreant teens on bikes confound traffic and police in downtown Chicopee
Special feature: post-game Pats loss hooligans create chaos at UMass. Analysis featuring special guest Michael Harrison.
Easthampton’s Eastworks water damage.
Westfield’s Kacey Bellamy celebrates, and heads off to South Korea and the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team!
Former fugitive Jerry Mercado now back in CT at Somers Correctional max security.
Springfield man wins $10M lottery jackpot!
It was an idyllic scene on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning depicting true New England small town Americana… the yearly holiday meeting of two of Western Massachusetts’ most passionate high school football rivals, the Longmeadow Lancers hosting the East Longmeadow Spartans. Hundreds of local residents from both towns turned out to cheer their squads and Pioneer Valley Radio was there providing live play-by-play coverage of the game. PVR’s Kevin Casey provided the play-by-play supported by local student color callers, junior Michael O’ Shea of ELHS and senior Eddie Garibian of LHS. The entire broadcast was sponsored by community-minded Pete’s Sweets – a wonderful locally owned and operated bakery – at 32 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow (Click here to visit their website).
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
“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!