Radio Show #328 – East Longmeadow’s
Carl Ohlin, and The Year Without a Parade

Count the annual East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade as another victim of COVID-19.

This institution in East Longmeadow for all the cities and towns and people of Western Mass. has been officially canceled.

Longtime organizer of the parade Carl Ohlin speaks exclusively to Pioneer Valley Radio and outlines the efforts, input and discussion of how the parade might have been adjusted to be consistent with current COVID-19 guidelines, as well as the final decision to skip the event entirely for this year.

Radio Show #320 – Brian Juliano, Owner of Juliano’s Pools & Spas

He may be the president and the owner of the company… he may have almost 250 employees, and 130 trucks out in the field… but he’s also the guy who will come and check on the installation and the maintenance of your pool!

That’s the secret to the success of Brian Juliano and Juliano’s Pools & Spas!

And it isn’t a secret!

Juliano’s Pools has tens of thousands of satisfied customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island – Brian is licensed in all three states.

You also have the added benefit of interacting with the owner from the start of the project to the final finish. Brian provides his personal cell phone number to every customer.

In this conversation, you’ll hear Brian’s evident pride in the innovations he offers, as well as how the pandemic has affected his business in Western Mass.

It may surprise you!

Web: www.julianospools.com

Email: quotes@julianospools.com  •  service@julianospools.com

Radio Show #319 – John DeVoie and Hot Table

John DeVoie’s Hot Table is a Western Mass. success and a high note in what is known as “fast casual” dining.

From one original location in Springfield to a total of 7, from Western Mass. to Central Mass. and into Connecticut, only the pandemic has slowed down Hot Table’s amazing growth.

In this program, John speaks candidly about the harrowing drop in revenue as a result of COVID-19, and his drive to continue his downtown Springfield Tower Square renovation.

Hot Table will reopen – and John’s optimism speaks for itself!

Email: info@hottable.com  •  Web: www.hottable.com

Radio Show #314 – Nick Adams, Western Mass. Real Estate Broker, Works From Home

Holyoke real estate broker Nick Adams has not missed a beat – continuing his efforts for Keller Williams while working from home.

Nick is also a performer at heart in his “other life,” indulging his acting skills in local theatrical offerings and “rocking out” with a band.

Unfortunately these endeavors, obviously, are on hold for the moment.

Nick remains upbeat, and is another Western Mass. neighbor making the best of a tough situation!

Email:  www.kwpioneervalley.com/agents/56458/Nick+Adams#emailme

Web: www.kwpioneervalley.com

 

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 #256 – Ashley Gearing
Comes Home!

From Western Mass. to Memphis – and now around the globe – it’s been a whirlwind fantasy story for Ashley Gearing, an authentic country music star, at the age of 28!

Her solo career has hit extraordinary heights and has brought her into the sphere of top stars!

She needs no introduction in this area, where she has been performing since the age of 12.

Ashley has now moved her solo career into a new band with three other girls, branding themselves “Farewell Angelina”

The band, with its signature tight harmonies and fusion of guitar and violin, will return to Western Mass. with their first appearance at the Iron Horse in Northampton.

In this program, Ashley reflects on her journey, as well as how the “Women and Wine” concert tour developed!

Radio Show #253 – The Wonderful Story of
“Bob the Bike Man”

Ensuring that your life makes a difference, or perhaps leaving the world a little bit better than it was, or however you wish to think about it, these feelings are exemplified by the life led by Springfield’s Robert Charland, more affectionately known as “Bob the Bike Man.”

And Bob’s story has gone well beyond Western Mass.  In fact it has been the subject of a film, CBS Evening News, and coverage in People magazine.

Bob Charland is a deputy with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, a teacher at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, and a Girl Scout leader.

After being diagnosed with a terminal neurodegenerative brain disorder, Bob proceeded to quickly settle his own affairs and to move full steam ahead on his pet project – restoring junked bicycles and distributing them among the disadvantaged children of the region.

More than a thousand bikes have been gifted to underprivileged youngsters through Bob’s organization, PEDAL THRU YOUTH.

Here is the story of  life that makes a difference, the story of a man who knows that how much time we have is not as important as what we choose to do with it.

Email: contact@pedalthruyouth.org    •   Web: www.pedalthruyouth.org

Radio Show #228 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this visit with “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan examines the current state of student loans, some alternatives to literally no-interest-bearing savings accounts, a car-buying service that could save Western Mass. car buyers thousands of dollars on a new vehicle, and a program to help those in fields such as medicine, law enforcement, the military and other service fields save money buying or selling a home called “Heroes Come First.”

It’s all here with Jordan Goodman, heard exclusively in Western Mass. here on Pioneer Valley Radio!

Radio Show #225 – Tom Kielbania Jr… From Chicopee to Hollywood, He Kept the Sound of the 80s Alive!

Some may know him as the man behind the Chicopee Kielbasa Festival, but Tom Kielbania Jr., along with his band mates, kept the sounds of the music of the 1980s pumping throughout Western Mass. and Northern New England with the 80s tribute band, Orange Crush.

Today, retired from that scene, Tom leads a quieter life, spending his time taking care of his many children.

In this program, Tom looks back fondly over the years when his music career took him from Chicopee to Hollywood, supplying music for many different projects and presentations!

Radio Show #219 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

The holidays are over, and here come the staggering credit card bills!
Western Mass. winter energy costs.
Interest rates, loans and mortgage rates going forward.
The cost of the government shutdown in the Pioneer Valley.
The “Heroes Come First” program for our veterans.

It’s all in this program, with “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman.

Radio Show #201 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In a continuing series of programs devoted to financial news of use and benefit to Western Mass., Jordan Goodman looks at the challenge of continually rising interest rates.

The impact on loans, credit cards and other essentials is specifically defined by Jordan in his latest appearance on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Breaking consumer information and tips on how to take advantage of current conditions highlight this program.

How has the contentious Kavanaugh confirmation affected the markets?

You will hear Jordan’s thoughts on that as well!

Radio Show #190 – America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, with Advice on Increasing Loan Rates

In Jordan Goodman’s latest visit to Pioneer Valley Radio, he cautions that all manner of loans Western Mass. folks may have are destined to go up as the Fed adjusts the interest rates accordingly.  This includes, student loans, auto loans, credit card rates etc.

Jordan offers some advice on ways to reduce and otherwise offset these increases.

Radio Show #167 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

Jordan Goodman checks in with us, and discusses the impact on Western Mass. goods and services of ongoing “trade-wars.”
Gas and oil prices are moving up; interest rates, too.
Western Mass. college graduates are faced with their enormous student loans, and Jordan has some advice.
How will the proposed Mass. sales tax holiday affect internet sales?
Jordan also offers some tips on investments to offset the uptick in the cost of living.

Radio Show #166 – Carl Ohlin, the Man Behind the East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade!

It’s time once again for East Longmeadow’s signature parade for the Fourth of July!

Floats, bands, dignitaries, Shriners, Mummers, clowns, classic cars… and almost every organization in Western Mass. represented!

What goes into it each year?  And what can we expect this year?

Find out in this program as Carl takes us inside this huge undertaking!

Rick Sullivan, Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

Rick Sullivan, the president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts (EDC) believes the next chapter in economic development for Springfield and the region is connecting local companies in the supply chains of the CRRC rail car factory and MGM Springfield. Learn more in this interview with G. Michael Dobbs.

Radio Show #116 – Dean Rohan, Tree House Brewing Company

Dean Rohan, owner and co-founder of Tree House Brewing Company, exemplifies the spirit and passion of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.

From a successful family plumbing business, Dean pursued a dream, and struck out into the competitive world of craft beers and microbreweries, with incredible success!

From its modest origins to its present day beautiful new digs on 70 acres of land in Charlton,  Tree House Brewing Company has taken its place as a Western Mass. leader in this field.

Here, Dean describes his journey to Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard.

Radio Show # 71 – Rick Rubin, Columnist, Wilbraham-Hampden Times

Meet Rick Rubin – writer, producer, chef and columnist.

In this conversation with Brad, Rick talks about his running column in the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, “Suburban Living”… musings on life in Western Mass.

“America’s Money Answers Man”
Jordan Goodman

Time for the Pioneer Valley’s financial “report card.” Jordan surveys the money markets, holiday spending for Western Mass. and offers an overview of forthcoming economic changes and what they could mean to you!

Radio Show #46 – “Doubt: A Parable”

Doubt Poster_400Mark Giza, the Artistic Director of the Theater Guild of Hampden, discusses the Western Mass. premier production of the controversial play”Doubt: A Parable.”

Radio Show #44 – Jordan Goodman

An in-depth conversation with Brad covering everything from the Chinese economy to oil prices in the Middle East, right down to how they impact Western Mass economics, as well as the latest money saving facts and information.