Survival stories author Michael Tougias

Longmeadow native Michael Tougias has 26 books to his credit, seven of them true survival stories at sea.  The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue (Scribner, 2009), which Tougias co-authored with Casey Sherman, was made into a Disney film in 2015.  In this conversation, Tougias shares what he’s learned about people who come face-to-face with death, how he goes about his research, and much more.

 

Radio Show #114 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

“America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman, details the Equifax breach and provides critical advice on how to protect your money and your identity!

Also, the “Irma” fallout – gas prices, food, insurance rates and the political impact!

Activist, educator, and local author, Kathy Picard, on childhood sexual abuse

Springfield-native Kathy Picard is an activist and educator who shares what she learned about writing on tough subjects as told in her book, Life with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage and Justice over Childhood Sexual Abuse, (Kathy Picard, March 2017). Reach Kathy at Kathychildadvocate@gmail.com and learn more about her at kathypicard.com.

Radio Show #113 – The War and Walt Whipple…

… a new and original play by producer, director and dramatist Danny Eaton of the Majestic Theater in West Springfield.

In a conversation with Brad Shepard, the playwright explains the origin of this reality-based, personal family narrative.

Set in 1943, “The War and Walt Whipple” presents a  chaotic domestic scene in which the wives of newly-inducted brothers descend upon the home of their grandfather.

 

Radio Show #112 – Pastor Jackie Simmons, Regional Director, My Daughters Can We Talk INC

My Daughters Can We Talk INC is a Springfield-based non-profit organization for girls 7 to 18 whose mission is raising women of honor to be the mothers and leaders of the future through life skills, leadership, character building, teamwork and service to others.

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 #105 – Kelli Moriarty-Finn, Candidate for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large

Our series of rebroadcast interviews from Sheriff Cocchi’s BBQ continues with Kelli Moriarty-Finn.

Kelli is running for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large.

In this spirited and articulate exchange with Brad Shepard, Kelli describes some unexpected moments in her door-to-door campaign!

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

Local Historical Author Michele Barker

Michele Barker is an East Longmeadow-based author whose historical fiction and non-fiction are all rooted in Western Massachusetts.  In this conversation, Michele reveals historical gems that have emerged from her writing – and the joys of working in this part of the world.

Radio Show #102 – Cookie and the Casa Café

Meet Cookie!

Her day starts at 3:30 a.m. as she begins whipping up breakfast at Casa Café in East Longmeadow!

After a thirty-year corporate career, she is pursuing her dream of owning her own breakfast and lunch spot!

Casa Café has staked its claim in Western Mass., and Cookie enjoys getting to know her customers personally!

Local Writer and Writers’ Group Organizer Becky Jones

Writer Becky Jones has been a participant in a peer-run writing group for 25 years and has been leading a niche writing group for nearly 15 years – the subject, bereavement.  Her 18 years as a chaplain at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton have certainly served her well in this particular genre.  Becky is here today to talk about the making of a writers’ group and what has contributed to the lasting power of hers.

Radio Show #101 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this vitally important visit with Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man,” he details the Fed’s level of consumer debt, now reaching a record high!

Jordan has information for Western Mass on refinancing high-interest car loans and what to do about escalating credit card interest rates!

Radio Show #100 – Cathy Belleville,
Reflections By Claudia

After a long career in the corporate world, Cathy Belleville has settled into a new era – one in which she can make a personal and emotional connection with her customers at a very difficult time.

Reflections By Claudia is far more than a notions or gift shop, and it is more than a specialty store for bereavement. Instead, it is a special creation nurtured by Cathy in her own distinctive way.

Listen to a local business woman describe her unique shop in its brand new setting.

Radio Show #99 – Local Author Beverly Bloomberg

Longmeadow resident Beverly Bloomberg is a novelist whose fast-paced dialogue was molded by her history as a writer on television sitcoms such as “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “Happy Days.”  The Last Hollywood Romance: A Novel (Bridgeworks, 2000) brings you behind-the-scenes of the frenzied, sitcom world as only an insider would know.  Today, Bev is finishing up a second novel and enjoying the “easier pace of life” in Western Massachusetts.

Radio Show #98 – Immigration Attorney
Marie Angelides

Longmeadow-based attorney Mary Angelides of Angelides Law Firm practices family immigration law.  She discusses the complex processes of immigration law in bringing foreign relatives to the U.S.  She also talks about the need for immigration legal reform on a national level.

Ellen Meeropol

Western Massachusetts resident Ellen Meeropol is a self-described “literary late bloomer.” She has written three novels after a two decade-plus career path that led her from day care teacher to nurse practitioner. Her books draw from her passions for medicine and social justice. Kinship of Clover (Red Hen Press, 2017), is her most recent. This Pioneer Valley Radio exclusive interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan.

Radio Show #96 – Ellen Meeropol

Western Massachusetts resident Ellen Meeropol is a self-described “literary late bloomer.” She has written three novels after a two decade-plus career path that led her from day care teacher to nurse practitioner.  Her books draw from her passions for medicine and social justice.  Kinship of Clover (Red Hen Press, 2017), is her most recent. This Pioneer Valley Radio exclusive interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan.

Radio Show #95 – Erica Jansons Dwyer

Erica Jansons Dwyer is easily one of the busiest and most industrious entrepreneurs in our midst!

Erica is a staunch believer in local business in the Valley.

From raising and breeding alpacas on her own farm, to weaving and creating yarn goods and marketing them through Amazon.com, Erica also finds time to specialize in beer, liquor and wine at Table and Vine!

You will be very surprised to learn what she was doing when she spoke with Brad!