Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday. December 5, 2018

National Day of Mourning.
New $1 drink for the holidays from Applebee’s – The Dollar Jolly!
110 Grill about to open at the Holyoke Mall.
Springfield City Council continues its efforts to create “Welcoming Community” ordinance.
Longmeadow School Committee not renewing school superintendent’s contract.
From east to west, Massachusetts lawmakers mark the beginning of Hanukkah.
Longmeadow officially declared “a dementia-friendly town.”
Food Bank of Western Mass. ranks #9 in the country!
Holland and Ware see a huge outbreak of car break-ins!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Berkshire museum works on building improvements.
Mayor Sarno and the City Council at odds over an immigration ordinance.
Inspirational event for women at the Springfield Chamber of Commerce (w/Maureen Sullivan).
Easthampton’s Eagles Sports Bar changes its name.
Starbucks unveils a new holiday drink.
Mass. State Police set up a Thurs.-Fri. sobriety checkpoint.
T.J. O’Connor Animal Control receives a $12,000 grant for pet neutering.
Mass. gas prices drop – again!
Chicopee Comp threatens to close bathrooms unless they can get “vaping” under control.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Agawam woman is connected to her newborn at Boston Children’s Hospital by King Ward Bus Company.
Easthampton City Councillor opposes public use of cannabis.
City Council committee recommends pay raise for the mayor and the council.
Northampton Mayor Narkewicz buys the first weed at the new pot shop.
West Springfield tax rate actually goes down!
Elderly Chicopee man struck by private plow truck will live; driver is charged.
Mercy Medical Center welcomes Dr. Aleksandra Ogrodnik.
Bright Nights lights up today! Big celebration and music!
DO NOT EAT ANY ROMAINE LETTUCE! THROW IT OUT!
Dakin Humane Society holds Black Friday: “It’s a Small World!”
Long-closed Getty gas station on Route 9 on Russell Street in Hadley has been sold.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, November 15, 2018

Non-hysterical weather forecast.
New addition to Bright Nights featuring the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee names special award recipient.
PVTA grants raise to its top administrator, following rate hike.
I-91 wrong-way driver charged with OUI, injuring a police officer, damaging a police car, and a slew of other violations.
Jordan Goodman on oil prices, and this season’s home heating costs.
Some Springfield City Council members want to reprise its efforts for a Civilian Police Commission.
American Medical Response acquires rival MedCare of Springfield.
Dakin’s Executive Director, Carmine DiCenzo, appointed to a national animal welfare board.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, August 30, 2018

Drunk drivers crash on a property in Great Barrington and assault the owner who came to help.
Springfield City Council getting closer to pot shops approval for downtown.
Big E advance discount tickets are going on sale! Here are the prices and deals!
Starting Friday, thousands of UMass students move on to campus!
Eversource places an electric car charger at the Union Station.
Back to school checklist: has your child’s EpiPen expired?
Remembering Bob Martin (Jurach) with Mike Haze.
The Somers Village Players is about to present a man-eating plant -“The Little Shop of Horrors!” (With Angela Taylor)
Springfield non-profit experiences a sewage back-up and damage estimated at $100,000.

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.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Springfield City Council takes first step toward banning electronic smoking devices.
Springfield Italian Americans celebrate the Mount Carmel Society.
Stewart Weldon has a pre-trial hearing.
Two men arrested in Chicopee church break-in.
CT-Hartford rail line considered a success!
Springfield Habitat for Humanity builds Sumner Avenue house in just one week!
Chicopee man burns box of dog hair, tells police he doesn’t care and to stop bothering him.
Max Hartshorne on Western Mass. vacation travel.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, July 16, 2018

Reminder Publications sold to The Republican.
Springfield City Council considers allocating land for the railroad underpass.
Immigration authorities are now involved in Springfield assault and attempted murder case.
More than 20 Forest Park homes evacuated yesterday due to a gas leak.
Green River Festival at Greenfield Community College over the weekend!
UMass trustees vote to increase tuition for instate undergrads.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 18, 2018

Longmeadow Police arrest two men accused of breaking into five cars in the town.
Springfield City Council look at regulations to prohibit “vaping.”
St. Mary’s Parish welcomes a new pastor.
Extreme heat opens up splash pads! Here’s the list!
Springfield man commits lewd act in the courthouse.
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks recall.
Father’s Day recap.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Agawam shooter fires off at least 20 rounds during a ten-hour standoff.
$1M image campaign for Springfield moves forward!
Another Western Mass. church offers sanctuary to an immigrant awaiting deportation.
Ludlow police arrest driver speeding through residential street at more than 100 mph.
Monson man threatens to shoot up a Stafford Springs, CT school.
Two convicted Western Mass. organized crime figures have been sentenced.
With a trade war looming, Jordan Goodman describes the possible consequences.
Donald E. Ashe seeks re election as Register of Deeds.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 6, 2018

Judge allows Northampton museum to sell Rockwell works.
Northampton alleged “Peeping Tom” in court – the latest.
Michael Kremensky, “Peeping Tom” in Northampton, is fired.
It’s back – Applebee’s “Dollarita!”
Longmeadow Police rescue owl after tree fall.
Western Mass. black bears are waking up!
Springfield City Council works through rift on immigrant offered sanctuary by local church.
Western Mass. man fighting fifth OUI charge.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday March 7, 2018

Chicopee Police Officer arrested on sex assault charges.
Snowstorm details.
Springfield City Council delays voting on the District Fire Chief contract.
Merriam-Webster online dictionary adds some 85 words!
UMass President Marty Meehan wants to raise millions over the next ten years to lower school costs.
Agawam’s traffic mess at O’Brien’s Corner will have to wait for a fix… mayor says he has bigger problems.
Springfield needle exchange program starts up – as yet the date is unknown.
Potholes are wrecking tires and rims; cab companies prepare for them!
Queen tribute show “ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN” comes to Symphony Hall!
Next West Springfield Police Chief will not have a civil service contract.
Top Golf Swing Suite comes to MGM Springfield in the fall!
Mega Millions!

Radio Show #105 – Kelli Moriarty-Finn, Candidate for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large

Our series of rebroadcast interviews from Sheriff Cocchi’s BBQ continues with Kelli Moriarty-Finn.

Kelli is running for Springfield City Councilor-At-Large.

In this spirited and articulate exchange with Brad Shepard, Kelli describes some unexpected moments in her door-to-door campaign!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 2, 2017

THE CHANGING FACE OF PIONEER VALLEY POLITICS
With special guests; Cecilia Calabrese, candidate for Agawam City Council, and Kelli Moriarty-Finn, candidate for Springfield City Council
East Longmeadow Home Invasion
East Longmeadow bike thefts
Summer camp combining computer coding and water sports!
Worthington FD gets a new tanker truck!
Journey in Jazz at Classical High School atrium

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday May 17, 2017

Chicopee Canine Officer Kane makes a great drug arrest!

Long Meddowe Days coming!

DA Gulluni presents Stop The Swerve billboard award to students

Pollen is back!

Time for the Western Mass gardeners to plant!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Two Springfield City Councilors are livid over a new marijuana shop that has opened prematurely!
Junior Achievement of Western Mass. has big days ahead!
Chocolate, chowder and chili competition in Westfield!
Free pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day coming up!
And “SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL” is about to open in Hampden.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 23rd, 2017

New Springfield RMV location opens today!
Springfield City Council announces two new committees
A state trooper delivers a baby on the Mass Pike in Blandford!

Radio Show #59 – Kateri Walsh, Springfield City Council

Michael Harrison interviews the local leader about key regional issues and her soon-to-be launched program here on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Brad Shepard Today Monday, April 4, 2016

  • Calendar says Spring, weather says Winter
  • U Drive, U Text, U Pay!  statewide crack down
  • Chicopee mourns George Moreau
  • Springfield City Council and Mayor battle it out over residency waivers
  • Ashfield’s South Face Farm ends pancake weekends
  • Bears are waking up

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, March 22, 2016

  • Bears waking up in Wilbraham
  • Soup kitchen robbed
  • Haydenville woman and social security fraud
  • Belchertown follows East Longmeadow with shouting match at town meeting over police chief
  • Women’s Business Owner’s Alliance big night at Chez Joseph (meet special guest; comedian Kelly McFarland)