Radio Show #188 – Anthony Maloni,
Rice Fruit Farm

Living in Agawam and working in Wilbraham, Anthony Maloni finds working with his family to be a happy experience!

At Rice Fruit Farm in Wilbraham, he and his family made the decision three years ago to bring this iconic Wilbraham business back after it had closed for good.

Since then, the division of chores and the partnership with the town of Wilbraham have made life enjoyable for this Western Mass. native!

 

Radio Show #187 – Danny Eaton Unveils his New Season at the Majestic!

Producer, director, dramatist, Danny Eaton is very exited about his new season!

Already underway, Danny talks about the current production, “Johnny Guitar,” as well as the additional plays and musicals that round out another winning lineup at the theater.

One of the plays, “The War and Walt Whipple,” is a personal memoir Danny has penned, himself!

Radio Show #186 – David Raiche,
Raiche Consultants Inc.

Born and raised in Agawam, David Raiche is content to make Western Mass. his professional home as well!

After decades in retail, David made his jump into the computer universe in the early 80s, and has not looked back.

David’s path at Raiche Consultants Inc. offers highly personal customer service in all areas of computer protection and security.

Even church management, as you will hear in this program!

Radio Show #184 – Andrea Piatti-Bruno and Westfield’s Blended Vintage Marketplace

In Westfield, Andrea Piatti-Bruno is a mother of six who still finds the time to pursue her most eclectic ambitions.

Her business, Blended Vintage Marketplace in Westfield, is a most unusual shop where Andrea can show you anything from custom pillows to specialty candies, along with the furniture she so lovingly paints with an artistic and unique flair!

In this conversation with Brad Shepard, you can hear more of what a day in her life is like.

Radio Show #183 – Kelli Moriarty Finn Campaigns for Allison Werder at the
Sheriff Cocchi Picnic

A note of clarification: Kelli Moriarty Finn ran a very impressive but ultimately unsuccessful campaign for Springfield City Councilor At-Large last year.

In a conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard, Kelli candidly discusses what she has gained in experience from this fledgling effort in Springfield’s political world.

Kelli is taking an “off year” to keep herself in the public eye, by stumping for Allison Werder, as she prepares to run again for the City Council in 2019.

In our original account, the impression was given that Ms. Moriarty-Finn is a current member of the Springfield city Council.

We regret the error.

Radio Show #182 – Hampden Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth at the Sheriff Cocchi Picnic

Hampden Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth dropped by Pioneer Valley Radio and chatted with Brad Shepard about his efforts in public safety for the town.

How does smaller community policing compare to our urban centers?

Jeff outlines the similarities and the fundamental differences.

Radio Show #181 – State Treasurer Deb Goldberg at Sheriff Cocchi’s Picnic

As Deb Goldberg finishes her first term as State Treasurer, she is running for her second.

She sees herself as a political “amalgamation” and also maintains that she not only watches over state spending, but makes money for the state as well.

She expounds on these points in a conversation with PVR’s Brad Shepard, recorded live at the Sheriff Cocchi Picnic.

Radio Show #180 – Daniel Fishman, Candidate for State Auditor, at the Sheriff Cocchi Picnic

Daniel Fishman is running for State Auditor – on the Libertarian ticket.

In a conversation recorded at the Sheriff Cocchi Picnic, Dan talked with Brad Shepard and emphasized what the voters will get in return for their support of his candidacy.

You will also learn – from Dan’s perspective – what the Libertarian party supports and believes in.

Brad and Richie – Live in Concert!


Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard wrapped up his summer concert schedule with a “bang” in West Springfield, at the Morgan Road Pavilion, with a solid 90 minutes of Broadway and Pop favorites.  From Sinatra to Frankie Valli, and “Man of La Mancha” to “Chicago,” Brad performed for a crowd of more than 150.  With venerable musician Richie Mitnick at the keyboard, Brad has been singing in Western Mass. for 15 years. He has also been on the air with two dominant local radio stations, and now the present “hyper-local” Pioneer Valley Radio, for a total of 25 years.

Radio Show #176 – Marci Webber, Western Mass. Innkeeper

Naomi’s Inn, Springfield’s highly popular Bed and Breakfast, is a fascinating combination of styles and concept!

It is presided over by Marci Webber, who is dedicated to her guest’s comfort and total experience!

Her life in the Pioneer Valley, and complete immersion in her work, becomes another Western Mass. business success story.

Radio Show #174 – Tara Kozub,
HALO Branded Solutions

Meet Wilbraham’s Tara Kozub, who is making her life, family, and career in Western Mass.

Tara is your representative for HALO Branded Solutions – a strong promotional tool for your business!

BTW – Did I mention she’s also a mom of eight children?!

Radio Show # 173 – Jack Phillips,
Jobbers Auto Electric

Have an electrical problem with your car, boat, motorcycle or any vehicle?

“Check engine” light on? Airbag light? Directionals not flashing? Headlights not leading you home?

If your mechanic is having trouble figuring it out… it could be a job for Jack Phillips at Jobbers Auto Electric!

After all… it’s all he does!

Jack is another Western Mass. businessman who could be someone you want to know!

He is your vehicle’s electrical problem specialist!

Radio Show #172 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Why are Western Mass. goods and services costing more?

Jordan Goodman will explain the chain reaction from the current trade wars with China, and Iran, from oil prices to tariffs and more.

Also impacted are interest rates and all manner of loans  and investments.

If you are a serviceman or woman, you will want to know about money back in your pocket through the little known “Heroes Come First” program.

It’s all here in this visit with “America’s Money Answers Man!”

Radio Show #171 – Daniel Federici Memorial Golf Tournament

This summer offers many golf tournaments, but a very special one will take place very soon.

It is the Daniel Federici Memorial Golf Tournament.

In this special program, Dan’s father, Paul Federici, talks with Brad about its origin, its history and this year’s event.

If you would like to play, or just come and watch, you’ll hear all the information right here in this show.

On a personal note, we all thank Paul for being so candid about this very personal loss.

Radio Show #170 – The Sean Byrne Memorial Music Foundation – Stephen and Sheila Byrne

Special guests Stephen and Sheila Byrne join Brad Shepard to talk about their late son Sean Byrne and a night of music at the The Bing Arts Center in Springfield!

Saturday, July 28th, hear three Western Mass. bands live, as they carry on Sean Byrne’s music legacy.

Your tax-deductible donation at the door on the night of the show will go to support the continued work by the mobile recording studio to help young Western Mass. music talent record their demos and work!

There is much more to this event and its background – listen to the program here!

Radio Show #169 – Max Hartshorne – Travel Expert, Editor and Publisher

Looking for some great vacation spots?  Looking for day trips within driving distance from Western Mass.?  Don’t want to venture too far from home, or drop a fortune?

Here are some great locales and ideas from travel expert Max Hartshorne.

Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of GoNOMADTravel.com in South Deerfield, Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and in other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted, and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, and enjoys publishing new writers.

Radio Show #168 – Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Shares Her Personal Battle Against Lyme Disease

East Longmeadow resident Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman is a free-lance writer and local business owner who shares her story in The Waiting Room: Invisible Voices of Lyme, (CreateSpace Independent Platform Publishing; June, 2018). This collection of 27 stories was compiled by Vickie Gould and casts light on symptoms for those still undiagnosed, as well as for caregivers and doctors who aim to better understand the Lyme Disease sufferer. You can reach Carleen at www.carleenhoffman.com or www.clutterdoctor.com.

Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Shares Her Personal Battle Against Lyme Disease

East Longmeadow resident Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman is a free-lance writer and local business owner who shares her story in The Waiting Room: Invisible Voices of Lyme, (CreateSpace Independent Platform Publishing; June, 2018).  This collection of 27 stories was compiled by Vickie Gould and casts light on symptoms for those still undiagnosed, as well as for caregivers and doctors who aim to better understand the Lyme Disease sufferer.  You can reach Carleen at www.carleenhoffman.com or www.clutterdoctor.com.

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard Emcees Huge Western Mass July 4th Parade

For over a decade, Springfield, MA-based online media station, Pioneer Valley Radio’s morning host and general manager Brad Shepard has been the master of ceremonies/announcer from the reviewing stand for the East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade.  This parade has become the signature Fourth of July Parade for the entire region featuring the participation of most of its cities and towns.   Shepard says, “I’ve just realized that I‘ve been doing this long enough – first as morning man on WHYN radio and now as a personality with Pioneer Valley Radio – to be able to recognize folks marching in the parade and to do first name ‘shout outs’ from the stage!  It’s tremendously gratifying to hear them returned!” The excessive 94 degree heat did not deter thousands of all ages from coming out and lining the parade route and cheering on many service organizations, groups and dignitaries in Western Massachusetts.  “I look forward to this every year; it’s an honor to be their choice and it is a fantastic community-connection for our exciting 21st century platform.”  (Pictures:  Brad Shepard at the mic on the reviewing stand.)

Radio Show #166 – Carl Ohlin, the Man Behind the East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade!

It’s time once again for East Longmeadow’s signature parade for the Fourth of July!

Floats, bands, dignitaries, Shriners, Mummers, clowns, classic cars… and almost every organization in Western Mass. represented!

What goes into it each year?  And what can we expect this year?

Find out in this program as Carl takes us inside this huge undertaking!