Radio Show #123 – Michelle and Peter Wirth, Mercedes of Springfield

After a ten year absence, Mercedes is once again represented in Western Mass.

Michelle and Peter Wirth have made big news in the Pioneer Valley automotive community with Mercedes of Springfield!

Here, Michelle discusses her journey from New Jersey to Chicopee as well as her reflections on doing luxury car business in Western Mass.!

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.

Sr. Jane Morrissey, S.S.J.

Holyoke-born Sr. Jane Morrissey has spent more than 50 years as a nun and has a remarkable career and life story. Sr. Jane is the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, a PhD-earned educator who taught at Elms College, a social justice activist and humanitarian who has worked among the poor globally – from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala to Springfield and Holyoke. Just this past year she was Grand Marshal at the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Sr. Jane is interviewed on Pioneer Valley Radio’s special show “The Writers’ Group” as a contributor to a new book titled Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters’ Stories, (Excelsior Editions; July, 2017). The interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan. Sr. Jane can be reached at the Homework House Holyoke – www.homeworkhouseholyoke.org.

Radio Show #119 – Sr. Jane Morrissey, S.S.J.

Holyoke-born Sr. Jane Morrissey has spent more than 50 years as a nun and has a remarkable career and life story.  Sr. Jane is the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, a PhD-earned educator who taught at Elms College, a social justice activist and humanitarian who has worked among the poor globally – from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala to Springfield and Holyoke.  Just this past year she was Grand Marshal at the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Sr. Jane is interviewed on Pioneer Valley Radio’s special show “The Writers’ Group” as a contributor to a new book titled Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters’ Stories, (Excelsior Editions; July, 2017). The interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan.   Sr. Jane can be reached at the Homework House Holyoke – www.homeworkhouseholyoke.org.

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 #117 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan Goodman’s October visit, Jordan joins Brad Shepard to review the continued soaring stock market, the on-going  financial impact of hurricane relief, the president’s appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chairman, and the overall performance of the financial markets.

You’ll also hear some recommendations on investment possibilities and opportunities!

Radio Show #116 – Dean Rohan, Tree House Brewing Company

Dean Rohan, owner and co-founder of Tree House Brewing Company, exemplifies the spirit and passion of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.

From a successful family plumbing business, Dean pursued a dream, and struck out into the competitive world of craft beers and microbreweries, with incredible success!

From its modest origins to its present day beautiful new digs on 70 acres of land in Charlton,  Tree House Brewing Company has taken its place as a Western Mass. leader in this field.

Here, Dean describes his journey to Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard.

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!

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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.