Radio Show #379 – “Bob The Bike Man”
Does It Again!

Once again, Bob “The Bike Man” Charland comes to the fore and helps a youngster with special needs.

This time, at the Brookings School.

Bob became aware of a young Somali boy, whose battle with his own health issues has deprived him of the use of a conventional bicycle.

Which is all Bob ever needs to know.

Into the workshop, and out with a bike customized to this young man’s needs!

The entire story, and what this bicycle meant to the boy, is included in this special program.

Bob is also the recipient of a terrific honor from the Red Cross, and has even had a Police horse named after him!

 

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 5, 2020

Springfield backslides and delays Part 2 of Phase 3.
Chicopee sees move to Part 2 of Phase 3.
Regal Cinemas at MGM shut down.
12 COVID-19 positives for 12 firefighters in Attleboro.
Retired Associate Justice Peter Rutherford dies.
Easthampton Police recover 2 dozen stolen lawn signs.
Fire Prevention Week begins today.
“Flu You Baker” organization protests Governor’s flu shot mandate.
Mayor Sarno’s message to ailing President Trump.
Springfield firefighters assist the Food Bank.
West Springfield notes: Comcast and School Committee.
Agawam’s COVID-19 statistics.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, February 28, 2020

Bay Path University names new president to succeed Carol Leary.

Kelly Partridge and Contribution Clothing.

Eversource buys Columbia Gas for 1.1 billion.

Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office announces the loss of one of its own.

Mercedes-Benz of Springfield holds a massive networking event – and you are invited!

“Hooplandia” at the Big E!

CDC-recommended coronavirus emergency survival kit.

Unmi Abkin of Coco & the Cellar Bar nominated for the 5th time by the James Beard Foundation.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Water pressure alert for Westfield.

ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach reviews “The Lifespan of a Fact.”

Springfield-born and raised journalist, the late Gwen Ifill, receives a stamp in her honor.

Orange Police reporting a rash of vehicle break-ins.

Mayor Sarno donates blood to the Red Cross for Valentine’s Day.

Contribution Clothing holds an event to support the National Heart Association.

The White Hut may come back; Picknelly and Yee to the rescue!

Hatfield Town Hall has limited public access due to ongoing renovations.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Western Mass. Red Cross low on blood – you can donate.

Weekend of gun violence in Holyoke; Mayor comments.

West Springfield McDonald’s grease fire.

State Rep. John Velis announces run for former State Senator Humason’s seat.

Granville Fire Dept. puts out chimney fire.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Galvin reminds homeowners of tax abatement deadline.

2020 Chinese New Year celebration at Mercedes-Benz in Chicopee.

Gas prices are holding steady.

Western Mass rivers are higher than normal.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mass. Pike work in the hilltowns… get the traffic information!

Springfield mayoral contender Linda O’Connell drops out of the race.

RMV errors continue to be reviewed by a joint committee.

Extreme heat – and restrictions on pet tethering.

Mercy Medical Center honors World Breastfeeding Week with a “Latch-On” event.

La Fiorentina closes Northampton location.

Former Belchertown Police Chief arrested in Granby on drunk driving charge.

Russell Police are looking for the motorist who went through the wall of the Post Office.

Red Cross offers $5 Amazon gift card for blood donations!

Dave Madsen announces his retirement.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Red Cross is asking for your help – and you can win a one day pass for Six Flags!

The Red Cross is replacing Pioneer Valley homes smoke detectors with new ones!

Richie Mitnick and his singers appear tomorrow night (Thursday) in a concert at Storrowton!

Shelburne man finishes visiting every country in the world!

First the Registry, NOW the state elevator inspections!

People’s United buys United Bank Corp!

Water ban in effect for West Springfield.

A chance to be an extra in the Steven King series, “Castle Rock.”

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Traffic and construction information for the remainder of this week.
Plans and officials are now announced for Springfield’s Parade of the Big Balloons!
National Grid is setting off propane “booms” to chase away crows!
Heavy rain and falling leaves cause hazardous driving conditions.
95 year-old WWII Air Force veteran from East Longmeadow receives medals.
Moose and deer are breeding and very likely to run in front of your car.
Rep for proposed marijuana facility shows up late and is unable to field questions.
Holyoke chiropractor donates 265 lbs. of food to Kate’s Kitchen.
Red Cross needs help with blood donations.
Salvation Army of Holyoke holds their annual turkey drive.
Proposed pot shop for Easthampton raises eyebrows due to its location… near a child daycare center.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 23, 2018

St. Paul’s UMC will be holding their Autumn Harvest Craft Fair.
Vehicle break-ins hit Northampton.
Stewart Weldon to be arraigned this coming Monday.
Monson now reporting mosquitoes collected have West Nile Virus.
Agawam Fire Dept. and Red Cross are teaming up to install free smoke alarms.
Bay Path University freshmen are moving in this week.
Southwick Police announce the passing of retired officer K9 Jax.
Daniel Fishman, candidate for State Auditor, on the Libertarian ticket.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, July 27, 2018

Spirit of Springfield teams up with 180 Fit Gym for the 5th annual Ride To Remember.
Mercedes-Benz of Springfield has awarded another Mercedes-Benz to a lucky winner!
Convenience store clerk in Greenfield arrested for indecent assault on a customer.
Two months of construction ahead as Columbia Gas repairs a Holyoke main.
Barber shop offers students free haircuts and backpacks for back-to-school.
25 people charged in federal court with document and benefit fraud.
Cities and businesses banning plastic straws are getting pushback from those concerned for the disabled.
Mayor Sarno pitches for blood donations to the Red Cross.
Local restaurant stars.

Brad Shepard today! Friday and the weekend, January 5, 2018

West Springfield Police warn; “The Felony Lane Gang” is operating in Western Mass.
This weather is lowering your tire pressure! Some garages offer a different kind of air to prevent this.
Frostbite precautions are necessary!
Watch out for missing lane shift markings and road markings on I-91!
Stuck car revs his engine to the point where his car caught fire!
One Western Mass. town particularly hard hit by the storm.
Red Cross opening shelters from arctic cold today.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday October 26, 2017

The Springfield IRS Help Center office closes.
Ziggy the St. Bernard’s death sentence commuted.
Warwick bans the pesticide Roundup.
Big Y raises $200,000 for Red Cross hurricane relief.
Holyoke Mall lizard arrest.
Ledges Golf Course in South Hadley having financial troubles.
Another ATM skimming device discovered – this time on Wilbraham Road
—much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday October 18, 2016

Don’t fall asleep in your parked car—especially if you have a pot plant in there with you!  Did you know Mass. has a ‘White Cane” law? Did you know how it works?  The Red Cross would like some help with platelets, and the Big Y is helping Hurricane Matthew victims…it’s all right here with Brad!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday July 6, 2016

  • Only one lone bid to run Symphony Hall
  • “The Fourth” scares pets into running away!
  • Columbia Gas repairs leak at Belmont and fountain in Springfield
  • Springfield Women’s Club disbands after 132 years
  • Red Cross needs blood donations-supplies way down

Brad Shepard Today! Monday August 10, 2015

  • East Longmeadow road closures and traffic advisory
  • Alzheimers senior lost at downtown jazz festival-found
  • Lifeguard shortage in Chicopee…pool closed
  • First Purple Heart Trail in Western Mass, in Holyoke
  • Swimming season at Five Mile Pond–extended
  • Two East Longmeadow 15 year olds – arrested
  • Red Cross needs your help!

Brad Shepard Today! August 3, 2015

  • Verizon potential strike
  • Southwick town positions – open
  • Ludlow soccer brawl
  • Alcohol rehab eyeing north end–residents opposing it
  • Western Mass water safety and drownings
  • Longmeadow construction accident
  • Western Mass trains and buses
  • Too early for back to school shopping?