Radio Show #259 – Bob Plasse Keeps the “W.O.W.” in Westfield!

Retired actor Bob Plasse talks about his acting career and his ultimate transition to human services in Western Massachusetts, including his current love and avocation, Westfield On Weekends, or W.O.W!

Bob is at the heart of the city’s concerts, musical offerings, theatrical entertainment and larger scale city events.

Hear the entire story, as well as W.O.W’s summer and fall events, in this exclusive conversation.

Web: westfieldonweekends.com  •  Email:  events@westfieldonweekends.com

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs –
The Mayoral Races

G. Michael Dobbs takes a look at the local races for mayor.

At Large with G. Michael Dobbs – Cannabis

G. Michael Dobbs doesn’t smoke cannabis, and doesn’t see any harm in adults doing so. He does wonder if the current legal system is filling the need.

Radio Show #224 – Rob Brogle and the Connecticut Trolley Museum

Rob Brogle’s career as Technical Director of Sales at Collins Pipe and Supply Company does not keep him from his avocation as the president of the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum has over 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869.

When you visit, you can see historic passenger and freight trolley cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, passenger and freight railroad cars, service cars, locomotives, and a variety of other equipment from railways around Connecticut.

You will also find examples from Brooklyn, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Springfield, Lynchburg, Montreal, and even Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The events and history of the trolleys from Springfield to Hartford come alive in this conversation with Rob.

Email: office@ceraweb.org  •  Web: www.ct-trolley.org

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 23, 2019

JetBlue offers special Atlanta flights for Superbowl!
Springfield School Committee and City Council announce school building renovation programs.
Fire departments remind you to clear snow away from hydrants.
Chicopee Police looking for man who vandalized a church.
Ware School Committee approves contract extension for Superintendent DiLeo.
National Grid fined for its performance in the October 2017 storm.
Concern for the homeless due to the extreme cold; agencies willing to help.

Dr. Lori Paige,
Professor and English Department Chair
at American International College

Dr. Lori Paige is the chair of the English Department at American International College in Springfield and teaches classes in British and vampire literature. Her new book, The Gothic Romance Wave: A Critical History of the Mass Market Novels, 1960-1993, (McFarland; September 2018), takes a close look at this popular genre’s place in the publishing industry. You can find out more about the book at McFarlandbooks.com.

Radio Show #218 – Dr. Lori Paige,
Professor and English Department Chair
at American International College

Dr. Lori Paige is the chair of the English Department at American International College in Springfield and teaches classes in British and vampire literature.   Her new book, The Gothic Romance Wave:  A Critical History of the Mass Market Novels, 1960-1993, (McFarland; September 2018), takes a close look at this popular genre’s place in the publishing industry.  You can find out more about the book at McFarlandbooks.com.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, December 21, 2018

Free Christmas Day coffee at Cumby’s!
Two weeks left for Bright Nights.
White Lion Brewing moves into the former Spaghetti Freddie’s location at Tower Square.
2.4 million Mass. residents are on the move this year for the holidays!
New speed limits for Holyoke.
The Springfield Regional Chamber presents Jen Falcone on human trafficking and the business community at the MGM Training Room.
Special Christmas Concert in Agawam with Richie Mitnick – TODAY!
Bright Nights holiday schedule.

Radio Show #213 – Ashley Tresoline and
Bella Foodie!

Springfield’s Ashley Tresoline, after being diagnosed with a serious illness, decided to find a new path toward healthy eating without compromising the enjoyment of traditional Italian dishes.

The result is her business – Bella Foodie!

It’s a celebration of good health and fine dining!

Classes, parties, special events, and a monthly menu created for pick-up or delivery for Western Mass. families on the go are all a part of the Bella Foodie experience!

You can hear about this and more, including Ashley’s very personal story, in this program with Brad Shepard.

Email: ashley@bellafoodie.net  •  Web: www.bellafoodie.net

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, October 22, 2018

Springfield traffic and road news for the week!
Historic lottery jackpot.
MGM Springfield at Halloween!
South Amherst’s Small Ones Farm and Halloween’s crop problems.
Ludlow’s St. Paul’s Church offers “Trunk or Treat!”
Massachusetts stink bug population – rising.
Business people on the move: Wade Michaels and Derrick Feuerstein.
Springfield’s Visitors Center moves to a new location.

Radio Show #202 – Andrew Smith and
Smith & Son Jewelers

Andrew Smith is a man who loves his work.

And he has been at it all of his life.

And his business has been at it for a century.

Andrew Smith is celebrating an amazing professional milestone – the 100th Anniversary of Smith & Son Jewelers of Springfield!

This is a family operation in Western Massachusetts devoted to its loyal customers.

The future of watches?  In doubt, as millennials tend to not use them in favor of their cell phones?

Andrew’s thoughts on this might surprise you!

For more information, email: andrew@smithandsonjewelers.com

or visit their website: www.smithandsonjewelers.com.

 

Radio Show #185 – Fr. Chris Stamas and Glendi

Fr. Chris Stamas has been the priest at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield for more than 17 years.

He is proud to preside over the 40th anniversary of the Greek celebration of Glendi!

Music, food, exhibits, games and more abound for the entire family!

In this program, Father Chris discusses his personal background and history – from a career in engineering to the moment when he believes he heard the “calling” to change the course of his life and destiny.

How Fr. Chris finds life in Springfield as compared to his years in Lowell, MA  is also illuminating.

 

Radio Show # 151 – Maestro Kevin Rhodes, Springfield Symphony Orchestra

From fifteen different countries, and fifty different orchestras, internationally famous Maestro Kevin Rhodes makes Springfield his home, as the seventeen-year Music Director and Conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Come inside the SSO as Kevin talks at length about his fascinating career spanning concerts, opera and ballet.

Find out what it is like to conduct orchestras in Springfield, Michigan and Boston!

Listen as Kevin talks about the joy in weaving pop culture music with the symphony’s more established fare.

Hear his exciting plans for this season and the next!

Radio Show #145 – School Safety and Preventing Violence with Chicopee Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege

The rise in violence in American schools, as well as the threat of violence, is a national issue.

It is here in the Pioneer Valley as well, as threats within the last couple of weeks have occurred in Springfield, Holyoke, and  in Chicopee.

In Chicopee, this issue is taken seriously.

In this program, Chicopee Schools Superintendent Richard Rege responds to Brad Shepard’s questions and in great detail outlines a series of protocols designed to ensure student safety and prevent violence.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 31, 2018

UMass/Amherst dining bans Philadelphia Cream Cheese during the Big Game!
The Harlem Globetrotters return to Springfield.
East Longmeadow sees wave of residential break-ins.
Baystate Health Systems needs to notify some 49 patients of dirty surgical instrument
Western Mass. $200k lottery winner!
Flu cases still plague the Commonwealth, halfway through flu season.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, December 22, 2017

Parking bans.
Steak thief!
Help Lorraine’s Kitchen!
Mass. DOT has free coffee for Christmas travelers!
A man fires a gun in front of a state trooper.
A new image campaign for Springfield!
The deadline to buy health insurance through the connector!

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday December 13, 2017

I-291 gaping pot hole repaired!
Opening night at the Majestic Theater West Springfield for “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”
Merriam-Webster’s Word of The Year!
Inside New England’s largest postal packaging facility.
Thirteen states sue Massachusetts.
New Culinary Education Center for Springfield.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, November 6, 2017

I’m back!
Finding humanity in the dark.
The Springfield Symphony has a new Executive Director!
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri will be the top balloon cop!
Yanking out the old toll booths – right on schedule!
People are leaving the Berkshires!
Sidewalk reconstruction begins today in Springfield – listen in and find out where!
Parking changes in Amherst!
“This is Your Court Day” at the Springfield courts.

Radio Show #107 – Anthony Cignoli, Political Analyst

“Hail fellow, well met,” are the perfect words to describe Anthony Cignoli, a man located at the heart and nerve center of Western Mass., state and national politics.

His political analysis is highly sought by most media outlets – both nationally and internationally,

Tony dropped by to say “hello” to Michael and Brad at the Cocchi Picnic.

In this thorough, energetic,  and unedited conversation, you will hear Tony at his best on the subject of Springfield, Holyoke, the region’s players, high speed rail, the economy, real estate, and other hot topics!

Radio Show #74 – Attorney
Christopher S. Todd

Attorney Todd started his own law practice in Springfield  in 2003, after graduating from Western New England College (now University) School of Law. His office handles criminal, personal injury and general litigation matters. Matthew B. Harrison discusses Attorney Todd’s practice, the rebirth of Springfield, and a few extra points of civic pride.