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: www.JacquelineTLynch.com.

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 timetotell.org.

Radio Show #127 – Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man”

In Jordan’s December visit, the new tax bill is in the spotlight. Jordan details this historic piece of legislation and its effect on Western Mass taxpayers.

Jordan also reviews the booming retail season, and further, clarifies the new era of “cryptocurrency” and “bitcoins.”

Listen in to America’s Money Answers Man!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend! December 15, 2017

Two century-old schools in the North End combine!
Your Western Mass ski report!
All about Amherst Winterfest!
ALERT! Christmas scams!
Grinch report!
–much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday December 14, 2017

Hampshire College student suspended over threat.
Ludlow sets tax rate.
Deval Patrick’s brother-in-law up on sex assault charges.
McCaffrey’s Public House does not renew its liquor license.
Hadley Police hot on the trail of Christmas tree thieves.

Radio Show #126 – Peter Gray of Pete’s Sweets

In a small shop in East Longmeadow, amidst walls and counters lined with delectable cakes, cookies and assorted baked delights, you will find the genial baker par excellence himself, Peter Gray.

In this program, in an informal chat with Brad Shepard, you will learn more about this local king of cakes and cookies.

It’s a 24/7 labor of love for Peter Gray!

He’s doing the only thing he wants to do in life, and he’s been doing it as long as he can remember.

Pete is more than an acclaimed baker – he is a hard-working, focused and precise businessman.

Cakes, cookies and the like are available in many forms and locations, but if you are looking for something unique, special, and customized to your specific needs by a craftsman… ultimately you will arrive at Pete’s Sweets!

And there is so much more to his story!

Listen in!

Radio Show #125 – The Wonderful World of Christmas Music! With Brad Shepard and Michael Harrison

Enjoy a holiday fireside chat as the sounds of the season, past and present, are explored!

The artists, old and new. The styles. Carols vs. songs.

Hearing the music literally everywhere….a good thing?

The recent phenomenon of 24/7 Christmas music…

Happy holidays from Michael and Brad!

Radio Show #124 – Live Play-By-Play Coverage of the Annual Thanksgiving High School
Football Classic!

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).

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!