Pioneer Valley Radio President Michael Harrison Serves as Keynote Speaker at the West of the River Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast.

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.

Radio Show #160 – Amy Cohen – Retired WNEU Law Professor, Local Novelist and Genealogy Researcher

Amy Cohen has written a fact-based work of fiction called Pacific Street (CreateSpace, 2016), inspired by research on her family genealogy. The story focuses on characters Isadore and Gussie who assimilate to life in New York City in 1899 and deal with the challenges of being immigrants. As Amy points out, this experience sheds light on current events. To learn more about the book by this retired Western New England University School of Law professor, click here.

Amy Cohen – Retired WNEU Law Professor, Local Novelist and Genealogy Researcher

Amy Cohen has written a fact-based work of fiction called Pacific Street (CreateSpace, 2016), inspired by research on her family genealogy.  The story focuses on characters Isadore and Gussie who assimilate to life in New York City in 1899 and deal with the challenges of being immigrants.  As Amy points out, this experience sheds light on current events.  To learn more about the book by this retired Western New England University School of Law professor, click here.

Radio Show #159 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Listen in again as America’s Money Answers Man takes you through the North Korean-Trump summit, the G7, the resulting trade war, and the overall effect on YOU!

Oil and gas prices are also under review, with a shocking prediction of how much you’ll be paying at the pump by the end of the summer.

It’s all here as Brad Shepard probes the mind of Jordan Goodman, “America’s Money Answers Man.”

Radio Show #158 – Lisa Carter – Cher Tribute Artist

Western Mass.’ top performer, Lisa Carter, famous for her Cher tribute shows, has a great show for Father’s Day!

Lisa, along with Dave Colucci and four dancers, bring you their interpretations of Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Bobby Darin, Barry Manilow and Roxie and Velma from “CHICAGO!”

This exciting show shimmers its way into West Springfield’s Majestic Theater on Sunday, June 17th –  Father’s Day – with performances at 2:00pm and 7:00pm!

Listen in as Lisa joins Brad Shepard to let you know what to expect!  Dad will thank you!

 

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Good Old Days

Don’t you wish sometimes we could slow down the pace of life as it was when the Boomers were closer to being babies? G. Michael Dobbs realizes how old school technology provided a break for us.

Radio Show #157 – A Tribute to Jim Madigan

The late Jim Madigan, an irreplaceable and towering figure in the history of Springfield media, is remembered in this special program by Springfield-based international political consultant Tony Cignoli.

For years, Jim Madigan presided over debates featuring some of the most famous political figures of the times, including Ted Kennedy and Mitt Romney, right on through to Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

Class, intellect and integrity defined the man, cut from the cloth of Russert, Lehrer, and Cronkite,  and remembered in this intimate portrait.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
Life Skills

Life Skills: be honest – when you were 18, just how prepared were you for life and its challenges? G. Michael Dobbs readily admits he was a babe in the woods.

Radio Show #156 – A Conversation with Greg Kolodziey, General Manager of the Western Mass Pioneers Soccer Team

Organized soccer is alive and well in the Pioneer Valley for young people of all ages.  Michael Harrison talks with Ludlow High School boys varsity coach Greg Kolodziey who also serves as GM of the Pioneers.

 

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
Birthday Musings

Michael Dobbs’ birthday is looming – and the thought of growing a year older is his top-of-mind awareness.

 

Mark Auerbach – Getting Your Book Out There!

Springfield-based public relations wizard Mark Auerbach shares tips for authors on how to get the word out on their books.  Find out more about Mark on Facebook at Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations.

Radio Show #155 – Mark Auerbach –
Getting Your Book Out There!

Springfield-based public relations wizard Mark Auerbach shares tips for authors on how to get the word out on their books. Find out more about Mark on Facebook at Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations.

Radio Show #154 – Brianna Curran, Wells Fargo and Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

Wells Fargo has provided a sizeable grant to Junior Achievement of Western Mass.

The funds will support a special project of JA to help young people develop skills toward meaningful employment.

In this conversation, Brianna Curran of Wells Fargo outlines the specifics of the grant, and why Junior Achievement of Western Mass. has been chosen!

Radio Show #153 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this visit, “America’s Money Answers Man” continues to deconstruct the trade war we have entered into with China, and its far-ranging effects.

Also, as graduation season is upon us, students leaving college and entering the workforce would benefit from Jordan’s information on handling potentially crushing college loan debt!

You will also hear some suggestions on low-risk, high-yield investments!

Radio Show #152 – Patricia Lee Lewis – Poet

Westhampton-based poet Patricia Lee Lewis is one of the founding members of Straw Dog Writers Guild who have proudly produced Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, (Levellers Press, 2018).

To find out more about the guild or the poetry collection, go to www.strawdogwriters.org. To learn more about Patricia and her award-winning books, check out writingretreats.org.

Patricia Lee Lewis – Poet

Westhampton-based poet Patricia Lee Lewis is one of the founding members of Straw Dog Writers Guild who have proudly produced Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, (Levellers Press, 2018). To find out more about the guild or the poetry collection, go to www.strawdogwriters.org.  To learn more about Patricia and her award-winning books, check out writingretreats.org.

Radio Show #150 – Casa Pizzeria Jimmy

Casa Pizzeria in Ludlow is making a huge splash in the competitive universe of pizza!

Winning a reader’s poll as the number one pizza maker in the entire state has brought in enough business to cause them to shut off the phones!

Why the excitement?

Join Brad and his special guest, “Casa Pizzeria Jimmy,” as he presents his quest to bring Brooklyn-style pizza to Western Mass.!

Just what is “Brooklyn-style pizza”?

Listen in and find out!

Radio Show # 148 – Joe Stevens, Hofbrauhaus

The Hofbrauhaus, a signature Western Mass. restaurant, has shut down after some 83 years.

Joe Stevens made the decision, and joins us now on Pioneer Valley Radio to tell us why.

As a career restaurateur, he has given us some insight as to why other iconic restaurants in our region have also ended their run.

What’s next for Joe?

Listen in!

Radio Show #147 – Lisa Carter, Vocalist and Cher Tribute Artist

Lisa Carter is busier than ever!

Western Massachusetts premier “Cher” tribute artist has new shows planned for top spots in the region!

Lisa chats with Brad Shepard about performing as Cher, but also about the other side of her career – simply being herself, a fine vocalist, and performing with music partner Matt in her show called “Table For Two.”

Far from being typed only as ‘Cher,” Lisa allows audiences to enjoy her finely honed abilities as a singer, performing a perfect program of great songs for a night out!

Radio Show #146 – Joe Saimeri, All American Gymnastic Academy

Self-employed and doing business in Western Mass,, the many talents of special guest Joe Saimeri extend from building health and strength to singing out and entertaining!

As the owner of the All American Gymnastic Academy in Wilbraham, Joe is a highly skilled physical trainer and gymnast.

Yes, he is certainly a “workoutaholic” but also a man dedicated to helping families, and certainly children, realize their full physical fitness potential.

You will hear how, although fitness is taken very seriously, everyone, especially the children, has fun in the process!

Western Mass audiences are also finding out that this fitness specialist is an amazing vocalist!