Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, June 30, 2020

FINAL DECISION: The Big E is canceled this year.
West Springfield traffic note (Route 5).
Springfield Health and Human Services Director Helen Caulton-Harris on masks and the oncoming heat.
Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi is frustrated over a lack of compliance on illegal fireworks use.
ArtsBeat Reporter Mark Auerbach.
Agawam Veterans Cemetery resumes committal services.
East Longmeadow company pays $1M in a settlement.
The attorney for ousted Holyoke Soldiers Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh disputes his firing.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, February 24, 2020

About Super Tuesday in Mass.

Mayor Sarno at the East-West Rail study meeting.

Springfield mayor recognizes Walmart store for their community support efforts.

Final determination on cause of death of Beulah the elephant at the Big E.

Joe Stevens closes 1105 Main and puts the building up for sale.

Southwick deputy fire chief charged with drunk driving and other infractions.

Greenfield residents trash fees increase.

West Springfield interim police chief ends his run.

“Wheelie Kids” wreak havoc on Springfield streets, other communities as well.

Bernardston is the latest town seeing an increase in vehicle break-ins.

“Hands-Free” vehicle laws now in effect.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Dirt bikes and ATVs continue to plague pedestrians and police on Springfield Streets.

Mayor Sarno tends bar at Pizzeria Uno to support Junior Achievement of Western Mass!

Dept. of Labor stops construction of Mental Health Association’s group home in Holyoke. (With MHA’s Kim Lee).

“The Dinosaur Train” at the Springfield Science Museum keeps the kids fascinated during school vacation week.

The 15th annual “The Big Broadcast” comes to Mount Holyoke College. With (MHC’s Mark Gionfriddo).

South Hadley early voting offered.

The OSEG Sportsmen’s Show for this year at The Big E (with organizer, Doug Sousa).

Potholes are still with us… maybe some earlier relief this year.

Schools in the region get a deep cleaning during vacation week!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Big E ends after another record-breaking year!

“Taste of Italy” coming up!

Entertainment report: Mark Auerbach of the Westfield News Group reviews two new plays.

9th Annual “Will Bike 4 Food” this Sunday in Hatfield.

3rd Annual PTSD Memorial Motorcycle Run.

Southwick restaurant owner receives jail sentence for tax evasion.

CVS joins others removing Zantac generic from their shelves.

Alberta Howard of Springfield celebrates her 107th birthday!

Downtown Westfield getting set for Trick or Treaters!

Connecticut increases restaurant and grocery store sales tax.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, August 9, 2019

3 weeks – then back to school!

Cannabis Control Commission gives the final license to a Montague marijuana store.

NETA offers cannabis “edibles” cookbook.

Morgan Horse Show at the Big E!

ValleyBike Share program now in Easthampton.

Only one Kmart left in Western Mass.

East Longmeadow Union Jack concert canceled.

Billy Currington concert at MGM Springfield canceled.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, February 22, 2019

Charlie Baker NOT running for higher office.
A study finds that the Mass. driving test is one of the hardest in the nation.
OSEG Sportsmen’s show this weekend at the Big E – with Doug Sousa.
Judge will not throw out evidence against a Holyoke motorist’s fourth OUI arrest.
Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee offers scholarships!
Stink bug population is down in Western Mass.
Holyoke Police Dept. installs a drug drop-off box.
Western Mass. coyote population is up, due to breeding season.
Springfield Rescue Mission distributes warm winter clothing.
Florence Alessandri celebrates her 100th birthday with a proclamation from Mayor Sarno.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, October 5, 2018

Chief of the Massachusetts Environmental Police removed.
Judy Herrell of Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton inducted into the Mass. Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.
Springfield church buys two Boston Road properties.
Major beef recall.
Overgrown tree branches are obscuring some street signs in Springfield.
Longmeadow halts Columbia Gas expansion in town until the cause of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions is determined.
Pumpkin Report with Bob Bilton of Bilton’s Mountainside Orchard.
Agawam – West Springfield traffic problems on the horizon (with Cecilia Calabrese).

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 28, 2018

Former Springfield Mayor Mary Hurley held an event presenting the process to become a judge.
Chicopee Falls residents are fed up with illegal dumping in their neighborhood.
Undercover Springfield police officer’s sting operations nab prostitutes and their “johns.”
Region’s largest Polish heritage parade set for Northampton.
Dangerous driving threatening school children on Sumner Avenue.
A day at the Big E!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday September 17, 2018

Baystate Wing Hospital celebrates its new expanded Emergency Department.
The Dakin Group is going to bring animals up from the Carolinas.
More than a dozen Springfield Police Officers are helping out in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.
East Longmeadow has apple picking, a corn maze and dinosaurs!
Joey Chestnut returns – and remains undefeated in the White Hut Cheeseburg Eating Contest.
The “Taste of Holyoke” is coming up!
TODAY at the Big E… here is what’s happening!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, September 14, 2018

Mayor Sarno turns down City Council request for posthumous promotion of the late Police Lt. Robert Caulton.
MGM Springfield announces a new comedy club – Roar!
Tony Orlando returns to the Big E for the first time in 44 years!
Noreen Tassinari – all about the Big E this year!
Blandford Ski Area makes a comeback for our skiers!
And now, a bowling alley, karaoke and billiards indoor adventure park at the Holyoke Mall!
Marcotte Ford in Holyoke completes its $8M upgrade!
Hadley’s new Route 9 traffic light beacon.
Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese fixes debris problems at St. Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke.

Radio Show #192 – Noreen Tassinari and
The Big E!

For more than 30 years, Westfield’s Noreen Tassinari has been the face and voice of The Big E!

The signature fair for the northeast is underway the weekend of September 14, and Noreen is here on Pioneer Valley Radio for a sneak preview of the events, music, food and excitement this year!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Big E and MGM and traffic.
October at City Stage – music and laughter!
Keshawn Dodds wins the 2018 Ubora Award.
Karissa Coleman named Ahadi Youth Award Winner.
Kendrah Elise owns and operates a “cruelty-free, vegan” hair salon in Westfield!
Catherine Pappas presents the Big E Shuttle!
Mass State Police setting up a sobriety checkpoint this Saturday the 15th.
Mayor Sarno, Commissioner Barbieri and other city officials will walk through shooting-plagued Forest Park.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Voter registration deadline today!
The Beach Boys set to perform at the Big E!
Syed Hussein, M.D. begins as Senior VP of Trinity Health of New England.
MGM Springfield allowed to change images on its I-91 sign… but CANNOT have animation.
William J. Metzger, former Springfield City Clerk, has died.
Pigeons invade Springfield police cruiser.
Car crashes into Wilbraham home.
MGM Springfield to be “smoke-free!”
Sheriff Nick Cocchi has his 2nd annual cookout picnic today!

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

The Brimfield Antique and Collectible Show is about to begin!
Outdoor grills and fire-pit safety!
Ice cream lawsuit.
The Big E concert announcement!
Forest Park Pool progress and cooling alternatives.
Pittsfield Police Dept.’s Operation Copsicle!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Heat returns and hangs around for another day or two.
Too hot for the kids in school?
Lopez write-in for Holyoke Mayor.
Black Vietnam Veterans monument vandalized.
Blessing of the Animals at Mercy Medical Center.
Pro Cheeseburger Eating contest winner at the Big E!
Monkey Bar bouncer is bitten.
Ludlow looking to ban recreational marijuana.

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday September 7, 2017

New Host for WGBY-TV’s CONNECTING POINT
Westfield Police, and road rage bb gun
Granby Bow and Gun Club, and town square off!
Berkshire Museum severs ties with the Smithsonian
Shuttle service to the Big E! Where, and prices!
Governor’s Council confirms new judge!
Longmeadow nursing home investigation
—much more!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday August 10, 2017

Cheryl Claprood and many other police officers and personnel promoted in ceremony!
80 year old Chicopee man faking homelessness to solicit money
Wheels and Waffles at the Big E
Ware Taco Bell needs to cut the grass and the weeds!
Funds being raised to repaint “Welcome to Easthampton” signs

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, June 5, 2017

Back-to-back Springfield bar shootings… and the Mayor is hopping mad!

This year’s BIG E concert rundown!

Coffee wars in North Attleboro!

Two Springfield radio stars let their guard down!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wilbraham says “no” to weed–again!

Four men on a hammock–tied to a chimney–fire dept and hospital is next

All about the Keilbasa!!!!  K-Fest time at the Big E!

Kevin Whitehead, on your air conditioning!

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend! September, 2016

Which Springfield restaurant goes away after forty years? Which ride at the Big E stranded people up in the air?  The Springfield man did what outside the downtown Salon?  Find out right now with Brad!  Also, this week’s moose on the loose comes to you from Chicopee, a bomb squad alert in East Longmeadow, and get the weekend guide to events, festivals, concerts and more!