Radio Show #295 – Bill Collins of the Center Square Grill Unites Competitive Restaurants
to Preserve Employment

Bill Collins of the Center Square Grill and fellow regional restaurateurs have created a vehicle to keep their operations afloat, their employees intact, and their customers satisfied.

“We’re All In This Together” is a gift card promotion to the benefit of all involved!

Learn how you can be a part of this plan!

Listen to the details in this program… and consider the opportunity to participate!

Chances are, one or more of your favorite places to dine is involved!

Web: www.centersquaregrill.com   •  Contact: Contact Us

Radio Show #294 – Fighting Cabin Fever and Anxiety – with Max Hartshorne

For those feeling cooped up and extremely anxious, there is a way to cope and still not compromise social distancing.

Getting out of the house to walk the dog, ride a bike, take a drive, hike a trail are all possible and effective ways to reduce the stress of our present “new normal.”

Max Hartshorne has some tips on places to go that are truly hidden treasures in our region.

As a bonus, you will also hear some useful tips on reducing stress.

Web: gonomad.com   •  Email: editor@gonomad.com

Radio Show #293 – The Coronavirus State
of Mind, with Kim Lee

How to talk with your children about what’s happening, how to cope with prolonged “cabin fever” at home, the destabilizing of a loss of  routine and more… Kim Lee explores coping strategies for all of these conditions and more in this special program.

How much information is enough – and how much is “too much”?

Additionally, Kim Lee, Vice President of the Massachusetts Mental Health Association, presents ways for those in need to reach out for support.

Email: klee@mhainc.org   •  Web: mhainc.org

Radio Show #292 – SPECIAL REPORT:
The Impact of Coronavirus on Western Mass. Live Entertainment – with Mark Auerbach

Here is a special report on the effects of coronavirus on Western Mass. live entertainment.

This program touches on many of the venues in the region – theatrical, musical, and otherwise – with information on schedule changes due to concerns about the possible spread of the illness.

Pioneer Valley ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach talks with Brad Shepard and shares a rundown on postponed and /or cancelled shows at community theaters from Springfield as well as the professional stages of Hartford, Boston, and New York.

Holding tickets for a show? Not sure what to do? Listen in.

Radio Show #290 – Dawn Creighton, Greenfield Community College, and Franklin County!

Dawn Creighton, Woman of Influence 2016, and Professional Woman of the Year 2015, has added to her impressive resume the new Chief Workforce Development Officer at Greenfield Community College.

In this special program, Dawn outlines her new career stop that she clearly relishes, but moreover, the happy surprise of the vibrant community at the heart of Franklin County.

Dawn brings to life her discovery of the cultural center of Greenfield and Franklin County!

Web: www.gcc.mass.edu  •  Email: CreightonD@gcc.mass.edu

Radio Show #289 – Kelly Partridge and Contribution Clothing

Contribution Clothing is a mission-driven online boutique with a focus on female empowerment and community support.

In this program, you can hear what Contribution Clothing is, and what brought its owner and CEO Kelly Partridge to the desire to create it!

In her own words,”Contribution Clothing is more than an online boutique. It is a way for me to take a very negative personal experience and turn it into something positive. It is a way for women to connect, and to feel confident. It is a growing community of badass women!”

Email: contributionclothing@gmail.com   •  Web: contributionclothing.com

Radio Show #286 – Doug Sousa and the 2020 Springfield Sportsmen’s Show at the Big E!

Doug Sousa, on behalf of the Outdoor Sportsmen’s Expo Group, joins us on Pioneer Valley Radio to talk about the 2020 edition of the Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

This outstanding event takes place on February 21-23 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The show includes the best of hunting, fishing, boating and adventure recreation.

If it’s a part of the outdoor world, you’ll find it at the 37th Annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

Web: www.osegsportsmens.com  •  Email: doug@osegshows.com

Radio Show #285 – Mark Gionfriddo and
“The Big Broadcast” at Mount Holyoke College

The Golden Age of Radio comes alive for the 15th year in a row at Mount Holyoke College!

The music, the performers, the commercials and all of the fun of this bygone form of entertainment is brought to you live and on stage!

Our special guest, MHC Music Director Mark Gionfriddo, is the creator of this show, and also appears on stage.

“The Big Broadcast!” is a re-creation of a live 1940’s radio variety show featuring the Jazz Ensembles (Big Band Jazz, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz) performing well-known tunes and hidden gems from the swing era and the Great American Songbook. For the last 15 years, the show has been emceed by Brian Lapis (WWLP-TV22 meteorologist) in the role of host “Fred Kelley,” while Gionfriddo appears as bandleader “Matt Morgan.”

Radio Show #284 – Come Back To Sorrento in West Springfield! With Patsy Albano!

For 42 years and three generations, Sorrento Pizza has kept West Springfield and Western Mass. well-fed with pizza and assorted delightful Italian cuisine!

Here, owner Patsy Albano proudly presents Sorrento’s new look and new bar!

It’s a family affair at Sorrento, with Patsy and wife Sheila.

You’ll also find out why Sorrento has become a “go to” spot for “West Side” professionals in all walks!

Web: www.sorrentopizzawestspringfield.com

Email: sorrentopizza413@comcast.net

Radio Show #283 – John Heaps Jr., CEO of Florence Bank, Announces His Retirement

John Heaps Jr., the longest continuously serving CEO in the 147-year history of Florence Bank, is stepping down in just a few months.

In a candid conversation with Brad Shepard, John discusses his storied career in Western Mass. banking.

John details the transition in stewardship for the institution and its future expansion.

Florence Bank’s unique relationship with its customers is just one source of pride for John Heaps.

Web: www.florencebank.com   •  Email: customerservice@florencebank.com

Radio Show #282 – Darcie Farber, The Unity Players, and “Les Miz,” School Edition

Many versions of the musical “Les Miserables” have been performed over the years – in many languages, permutations, and even in concert.

Did you know there is a “school edition” for youth performers?

It comes your way from the Unity Players of Springfield.

Here, the director of the production, Darcie Farber, gives us an inside view of this forthcoming production!

Think a school production of this musical might pose a reduction in some of its hard-hitting themes?

You might well be surprised!

Email: Darcie@UUSpringfield.org

Web: www.UUSpringfield.org/Community Theater: Unity House Players

Radio Show #281 – Springfield City Councilor Melvin Edwards’ Views on Facial Recognition Technology in Springfield Police Work

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno supports the use of facial recognition technology in the Springfield Police Department.

Councilor Melvin Edwards and other members of the council do not believe that this is the time to move forward on its implementation.

A moratorium has been proposed by the council, and rejected by the Mayor.

Here, Councilor Edwards presents his position on the issue.

Radio Show #280 – Sheila Coon is Sharing the Cookie Love!

Sheila Coon made a sharp turn from a career in law to baking cookies!

With seven children, Sheila and her husband and business partner David have made HOT OVEN COOKIES a singular success in Springfield and Hadley!

It’s gratifying to Sheila to know that some folks are driving more than two and a half hours for cookies from her store!

You’ll hear in this program how her business has grown to two locations, with possibly more on the way!

Listen in –  you’ll more than likely soon be “sharing the cookie love!”

Web: www.hotovencookies.com • Email: hotovencookies413@gmail.com

 

Radio Show #279 – Caribbean Food a Big Success in Western Mass., With Yaad Food!

Springfield restaurateur Orlando Roberts has found success in adding Caribbean fare to the international cuisine mix in Western Mass.

Yaad Food brings Jamaican food to the region!  Yaad is the Jamaican word for “home,” the theme of the cuisine!

Together with partner Alexis Mercure, Orlando discusses the idea and the creation of Yaad Food in Springfield, and now, in its second and brand new location, in Chicopee!

Email: yaadfoodjar@gmail.com

Radio Show #278 – Michelle Wirth and The Chinese New Year Gala at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield!

The Western Mass. Chinese Association’s annual Chinese New Year Gala will be held on Saturday, January 25th, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It will be held at the beautiful showroom of Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, located in Chicopee… certainly a most unique location for this event.

There will be food, non-alcoholic beverages, live performances, unique cultural presentations, and, of course, many raffle prizes!

Co-owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, Michelle Wirth talks with Brad Shepard, and explains how this event developed!

Radio Show #277 – The Big E Responds to Accusations of Mistreatment of Elephants

Animal activist groups have seized upon the death of “Beulah,” the elephant at the Big E, to allege mistreatment.

In this special program with Brad Shepard, Eastern States Exposition President and CEO Gene Cassidy responds to these allegations, and further discusses the role of exotic animals at the fair.

Radio Show #276 – Jay Pagluica and Westfield’s New Concert Series

Realizing that the desire for live music entertainment doesn’t end in November, Jay Pagluica and Patrick Berry have filled the void with a new concert series for Westfield!

Gaslight Entertainment has pledged itself to bringing top artists in continuing concert entertainment to the city!

In this conversation, Jay Pagluica discusses his background in live entertainment and his vision for this entry into the concert world of Westfield.

You’ll also hear a rundown of the forthcoming acts that comprise the series!

Email: info@westfieldconcerts.com •  Web: westfieldconcerts.com

Radio Show #275 – The Sights and Sounds of the Season – and Other Reminiscences with
Michael Harrison and Brad Shepard

It’s time for Michael and Brad’s annual informal chat about the great days of holiday films and music!

Where do they stand today?

You are cordially invited to pour an eggnog and listen in!

Radio Show #274 – The Salvation Army’s
Joy Trombley

The cold weather doesn’t bother Western Mass.’ Joy Trombley – she’s used to it.

After a career as a letter carrier with the Springfield Postal System, it was an easy decision to join The Salvation Army and spend the holiday season ringing The Salvation Army bell for donations!

And she’s been doing it for the last 4 years!

In this short but sweet program (she was working), you’ll hear just what the annual kettle drive means to Joy.

Radio Show #272 – Judy Matt and Bright Nights

”Tis the Season for Bright Nights at Forest Park.”

Holiday magic is in the air, distilled in amazing displays of lighting at the region’s premier holiday event, Bright Nights at Forest Park!

A special edition this year?

It is, to be sure. It’s the 25th anniversary of this huge event!

Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt relates the magic of this year’s display, as well as a special accolade for Bright Nights that YOU can vote on!

Web: spiritofspringfield.org  •   Email: jmatt@spiritofspringfield.org