Radio Show #145 – School Safety and Preventing Violence with Chicopee Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege

The rise in violence in American schools, as well as the threat of violence, is a national issue.

It is here in the Pioneer Valley as well, as threats within the last couple of weeks have occurred in Springfield, Holyoke, and  in Chicopee.

In Chicopee, this issue is taken seriously.

In this program, Chicopee Schools Superintendent Richard Rege responds to Brad Shepard’s questions and in great detail outlines a series of protocols designed to ensure student safety and prevent violence.

Radio Show #144 – Paul Federici’s Tax Tips

Paul Federici is a busy man at all times of the year, but particularly now.

In addition to serving on the governing board of the Town of East Longmeadow, Paul is busily  preparing tax returns at the firm of Holden Associates in East Longmeadow.

Here, Paul takes time out to talk about your taxes for 2017.

  • What has changed in the tax-code for tax year 2017?
  • Which itemized deductions are taxpayers prone to miss?
  • Who is at risk for an audit?
  • What are the “red flags”?

Listen in for some helpful advice!

Radio Show #143 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Is America headed for a trade war?

If so, how does it affect you?

What can you do to protect your personal economy?

These questions and others are answered by Jordan Goodman in his latest program!

Jordan also spot checks the stock market, other investments, jobs and provides a good tax tip!

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.

Radio Show #141 – The Somers Village Players present “A Mother, A Daughter, and a Gun”

The Somers Village Players bring you another evening of food, drink, laughter, shock, surprise and tears!

It’s the unique play, “A Mother A Daughter, and a Gun.”

Jess is having a bad day. She has discovered that she is pregnant and that her husband is cheating on her, so she has bought a gun to kill him, but is interrupted by her mother, Beatrice, who arrives to help with a party Jess has forgotten about, and to which she has invited a handful of strangers!

Director Christine Zdebski joins Brad Shepard for a closer look at this chaotic night in the theater!

Radio Show #140 – Bo Sullivan, Executive Director, The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England

Veteran Western Mass. radio personality Bo Sullivan enters a new professional walk of life as the new Executive Director of The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England.

Bo takes us inside the ICC, its events and goals, and its meaning to the Irish colony of Western Mass.

Here, Bo reunites with former radio partner Brad in this special program!


Radio Show #139 – Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos

The city of Chicopee grapples with infrastructure needs while simultaneously moving carefully ahead with significant development projects – the new Mercedes-Benz dealership and two seven-figure hotel projects, among others, all under the aegis of the Mayor.

In this program, during his third consecutive term as Mayor (and seven terms in all), Mayor Richard Kos chronicles his steady pace of stewardship.

Radio Show #138 – Dinner with President Trump

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!


Radio Show #137 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s February visit, he analyzes the latest huge rise and drop in the Dow.

Is it historic?  Or just the market “self correcting”?

Jordan also presents an investment alternative to both the volatility of the stock market, and the underperforming vehicles offered by banks.

Finally, Jordan goes over the Bitcoin kick investors have seized upon.

It is all here, exclusively, with Jordan Goodman and Brad Shepard on Pioneer Valley Radio!


Radio Show #136 – Shelley Hines and the Women Business Owners Alliance’s “Women’s Night of Comedy” – 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Women Business Owners Alliance provides networking and support to women in business in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

They are celebrating their 25 years in Western Mass. with their “Women’s Night of Comedy!’

The date of the event and the availability of tickets and other specifics are here in this program.

Shelley Hines is Brad Shepard’s special guest and presents this special day of food, contact, raffles, prizes and a great night of comedy improv!

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!

Radio Show #133 – Valentine’s Day Goodies at Pete’s Sweets!

Peter Gray at Pete’s Sweets is in his element this Valentine’s Day!

Baking remains his very favorite thing to do in life, and you will see the results of this through his amazing array of cakes, cupcakes and specialty baked goods – all themed for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolates and candy popcorn are all homemade and available too!

In the latest program with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, you will hear the full level of Pete’s inspiration, with his specially created chocolate covered bacon!  No man cave should be without it!

And, between now and the “Big Game,” Pete also offers decorated cake and cookie items for the Pats fan!

Pete’s popular baking classes are filling up fast, but tickets are still available!

Listen in… there is so much more!

Pete’s Sweets has you covered for Valentine’s Day!

Radio Show #132 – Congressman Richard Neal interviewed by G. Michael Dobbs

The dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, Richard Neal, sat down with G. Michael Dobbs to talk about DACA, the stalemate in Congress and how the media reacts to the presidential tweets.

Congressman Richard Neal interviewed by
G. Michael Dobbs

The dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, Richard Neal, sat down with G. Michael Dobbs to talk about DACA, the stalemate in Congress and how the media reacts to the presidential tweets.

Radio Show #131 – Anneliese Townsend and Agawam Axe House

In addition to her career in real estate and her ice cream shop, Scoops, Anneliese Townsend of Agawam has brought a brand new sport to New England and Western Mass.

It is the first of its kind – Axe Throwing!

How did this sport get started?  How popular is it? You’ll find out in this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard!

At Agawam Axe House, you can throw an axe at a target to your heart’s content!
Coaching? Proper attire? How it all works?

Listen in!

Radio Show #130 – Annette Scheidecker, Marketing Director of Tower Square

Annette Scheidecker toggles two paths in Western Mass; raising her two sons, and continuing a two decades-plus career in the heart of Springfield’s downtown business district.

As the Marketing Director of Tower Square, Annette coalesces a variety of regional civic and cultural events, and continues Tower Square’s history as a vibrant and positive force in the city.


Radio Show #129 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s first program of the new year, his attention turns to the new sport of “credit card surfing.”

Bite off more than your Visa could chew over Christmas?  Jordan has advice on where to turn.

Also, the latest on the Fed, and what to do with any cash you have earmarked for low-risk investment.

Finally, an update on the “bitcoin frenzy” sweeping the nation!

Jacqueline T. Lynch

Chicopee-based writer Jacqueline T. Lynch is a playwright, in addition to being a blogger, novelist and non-fiction author.  Her work, which has been performed in locations as diverse as Northern Kentucky and the Netherlands, has fueled a passion that circled her right back to her own backyard.  In an amazing tribute to a rich theatrical history in this part of the world, Jacqueline produced a non-fiction book that’s jam-packed with photos and stories called Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain:  70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts, (Jacqueline T. Lynch, Spring 2017).

In this interview, Jacqueline tells stories about this gem of the entertainment world in the heart of the Pioneer Valley – that’s 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom.  She also praises the joys of independent publishing and the creative ways she promotes her book.  Find out more about Jacqueline through her site:

Radio Show #128 – Annemarie Barrett-Doyle and Daragan’s Dog Care

From a career in education, from Springfield to Hartford to Boston and back to Springfield, Annemarie Barrett-Doyle has changed courses in her professional life and found her calling – caring for the dogs of the Pioneer Valley!  Their exercise, care, and needs are her focus, and the elements of extreme weather do not deter her!  Hear her story now, with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard.

Local Author Donna Jenson

Leverett, Massachusetts-based author Donna Jenson tells a story of survival in her book HEALING MY LIFE from Incest to Joy, (Levellers Press, November 2017). In this interview, Donna talks about the power of finding her voice as writer and even as a performance artist.  She also praises the experience of working with a small publisher and the creative ways she promotes her book.  Find out more about Donna through the site