Radio Show #118 – Rebroadcast Play-By-Play Coverage of High School Football – Longmeadow Lancers versus Chicopee Comp Colts, Friday Evening October 13

It was a scene out of “Friday Night Lights” as hyper-local Pioneer Valley Radio (www.PioneerValleyRadio.com), serving Springfield and its surrounding communities in Western Massachusetts, launched its new sports department with live play-by-play coverage of high school football games.  Pictured in the press box calling the PBP between the home team Longmeadow High School “Lancers” and visiting Chicopee Comprehensive High School “Colts” is Pioneer Valley Radio sports director Kevin Casey (c) joined by color callers Eddie Garibian (l), a Longmeadow senior, and Graham Topor (r), a Chicopee Comp junior.

Pioneer Valley Radio was launched in 2015 by local resident Michael Harrison and former WHYN, Springfield morning personality Brad Shepard as an experiment in local “personality-oriented, hyper-local public affairs radio.”  Since then it has gained tremendous traction and become what Shepard describes as “an important local media platform that is making a difference.”  The expressly non-partisan station has expanded its menu to include a wide variety of programs covering local politics, civics, business, education, public health and safety, arts and entertainment and now, sports. According to Casey, “One of the most satisfying aspects of this project is giving local high school students the opportunity to sit in the broadcast press box and call color on the radio.  These two great kids,  Eddie and Graham, were fantastic!  We plan to expand our coverage beyond football to include basketball and other sports and get lots of kids from area schools involved in our broadcasts.”  The next scheduled football game to be covered is the annual Thanksgiving classic between Longmeadow and East Longmeadow on Thanksgiving morning.  All Pioneer Valley Radio live broadcasts are powered by Boston-based Backbone Networks.  Schools interested in having their games broadcast and businesses interested in sponsoring these broadcasts should contact Michael Harrison at michael@talkers.com.

Radio Show #96 – Ellen Meeropol

Western Massachusetts resident Ellen Meeropol is a self-described “literary late bloomer.” She has written three novels after a two decade-plus career path that led her from day care teacher to nurse practitioner.  Her books draw from her passions for medicine and social justice.  Kinship of Clover (Red Hen Press, 2017), is her most recent. This Pioneer Valley Radio exclusive interview is conducted by Bernadette Duncan.

Radio Show #78 – Bill Collins @ The Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow

In the Western Mass. world of restaurants, the Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow can only be regarded as a “hit!” Owner-operator Bill Collins joins Brad in a conversation about this most challenging business and how success may be created!

Center Square Grill • 84 Center Square • East Longmeadow, MA 01028
(413) 525-0055

Michael “Bax” Baxendale, Co-host “Bax & O’Brien Show” on Rock 102

Michael “Bax” Baxendale of Rock 102’s “Bax & O’Brien Show” interviewed by Michael Harrison about localism in radio and the Springfield Metropolitan Area’s potential for prospering in the coming years.