Radio Show #304 – Shawn Weaver…
Working Through the Crisis and
Keeping People Connected

Shawn Weaver at Northeast IT Systems in Westfield continues to work through the crisis.

His days are split between working from home and from his office as well.

In this program, you’ll hear his story, his state of mind, and his general outlook… it’s a common one to essential workers throughout our region.

Web: www.northeastit.net  •  Email: info@northeastit.net

Radio Show #298 – Munchy’s Malt Shop in Westfield is Making the Best of a Bad Situation!

Deb Schultz has been operating Munchy’s Malt Shop in Westfield for just about a year, and certainly never bargained on the present circumstances as anything she needed to be prepared for!

In this program you can learn a bit more about the business, and what Deb is doing to survive.

Perhaps – if you have a hankering for a float, a malt or some ice cream – you might be able to help!

Email: munchys@customized–solutions.com

Web: www.customized–solutions.com/Munchys

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Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 20, 2020

Holyoke Mall power outage.

Farewell WAAF.

Springfield Symphony’s “Love On Broadway” (with Kevin Rhodes).

Coyote breeding season is here – some important information.

Mayor Sarno congratulates a retiring Springfield police officer.

Westfield marijuana shops license opportunities.

Ludlow Representative Thomas Petrolati steps down at the end of his term.

The kielbasa shortage comes to an end, as Chicopee Provision reopens!

New anti-theft mailboxes are starting to show up in Springfield.

Radio Show #276 – Jay Pagluica and Westfield’s New Concert Series

Realizing that the desire for live music entertainment doesn’t end in November, Jay Pagluica and Patrick Berry have filled the void with a new concert series for Westfield!

Gaslight Entertainment has pledged itself to bringing top artists in continuing concert entertainment to the city!

In this conversation, Jay Pagluica discusses his background in live entertainment and his vision for this entry into the concert world of Westfield.

You’ll also hear a rundown of the forthcoming acts that comprise the series!

Email: info@westfieldconcerts.com •  Web: westfieldconcerts.com

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Business in the Berkshires is UP, due to the foliage.

American Medical Response paramedics rally for better pay and conditions.

Mark Auerbach, Pioneer Valley Radio entertainment reporter.

Monson Board of Selectman revisits a zoning ordinance for marijuana retailers.

Westfield holding candidate forums this month – in advance of November elections.

Longmeadow bike thefts.

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

Radio Show #245 – Dawn Erickson and the
St. Mary’s Parish Auction

Westfield’s Dawn Erickson has transitioned from a career in media promotions and sales to managing several businesses, taking care of two young daughters and still finding time to add a professional setting and boost to the St. Mary’s Parish Auction this Saturday, April 27, 2019.

In this conversation, you’ll hear just how exciting this auction promises to be!

You’ll find all manner of items including sports memorabilia!

Beer, wine, and a great opportunity to help the kids and perhaps pick up some great deals!

Radio Show #232 – Harry Rock and
Westfield’s 350th Anniversary!

Harry Rock and the Friends of Westfield’s 350th Anniversary have put together a succession of amazing events to commemorate this milestone for the city!

As a part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, Harry presents so very many events within it in vivid detail.

You’ll also hear what makes living in this community unique and special for Harry.

Happy Birthday to Westfield from Pioneer Valley Radio!

Web: westfield350.org    •   Email: Westfieldma350@gmail.com

Radio Show #227 – Korey DeGray Bruno Has Some Exciting News!

Korey DeGray Bruno, in addition to her long-standing duties as the Choral Director at Westfield High School and the Music Director at Holy Trinity Church of Westfield… is “getting the band back together!”

The much loved music legacy from Western Mass., The Knightsmen Band, is ending its hiatus and making a long- anticipated comeback!

Formerly known as Corey and the Knightsmen in honor of its founder and lead singer Corey DeGray, the band is very much a family affair.

And a generational one at that.

Continuing her late dad’s tradition as lead vocalist,with musician and husband , Tony Bruno, and now a third generation, they are performing again!

Korey shares her story – the joy, the challenges, the perseverance through family calamity, and most of all the music!

Welcome back to The Knightsmen!

Radio Show #195 – Nicole Bessette
of Marvel Cleaners – Residential and Office Cleaning

Westfield’s Nicole Bessette exited a career in law, insurance, and other pursuits to devote herself to working with her husband, Mike in their own cleaning company here in Western Mass.

Clearly, the husband and wife who clean professionally together, stay together.

Nicole and Mike seem happy and satisfied in their work, as Nicole conveys in this special program.

You can hear how they handle all manner of cleaning jobs, including junk removal, hoarding, and biohazards!

Nicole and Mike describe Marvel Cleaners as, “a two-person, co-ed cleaning team. We are friendly, experienced, detail oriented, thorough and non-judgmental. Let us make your home SPARKLE!”

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!

Radio Show #191 – Kendrah Elise and Frankenhair

Kendrah Elise is a highly accomplished Western Mass. business woman, a vegan, and in her own words, a “bonus mom.”

With an educational background in psychology, and career track including MassMutual, she entered a career in cosmetology, culminating in a very unique and original salon of her own known as Frankenhair.

Billed as “vegan and cruelty-free,” Kendrah finds Westfield to be a great location for her original hairstyling concept.

Radio Show #184 – Andrea Piatti-Bruno and Westfield’s Blended Vintage Marketplace

In Westfield, Andrea Piatti-Bruno is a mother of six who still finds the time to pursue her most eclectic ambitions.

Her business, Blended Vintage Marketplace in Westfield, is a most unusual shop where Andrea can show you anything from custom pillows to specialty candies, along with the furniture she so lovingly paints with an artistic and unique flair!

In this conversation with Brad Shepard, you can hear more of what a day in her life is like.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, April 13, 2018

Mayor Domenic Sarno lets Mass. judges “have it” over low bails for repeat offenders.
Springfield Fire Rescue saves a dog trapped on a ledge.
George Lucas buys the Norman Rockwell painting at the root of a Berkshires lawsuit.
Yankee Candle holds ice cream sundae eating contest!
Westfield residents are up in arms over litter and trash in their neighborhood.
Iron Duke Brewing is moving to new digs in Wilbraham.
The Big Day is coming for Brynn Cartelli!
Win tickets to the Springfield Symphony just by emailing Pioneer Valley Radio!
The story of Friday the Thirteenth!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, February 1, 2018

Westfield’s Bon Ton is not closing; spared in latest wave of chain closures.
Pasquale’s in East Longmeadow might be sold.
Judge rules in favor of Berkshire Eagle defamation suit.
Holyoke man pleads guilty to receiving large amount of child pornography.
Southwick Fire Department uses video of real life emergency to promote stove safety.
Peter Pan Bus Lines offering $5 fares!
Pete’s Sweets offers something unusual for Valentine’s Day!
State Rep. Angelo Puppolo wants to have the Commonwealth designate the Boston Cream Pie cupcake the ‘official” state cupcake.

Local Author and Journalist Meredith O’Brien

Her book is a touching real life story of pain, courage, friendship and growing up that chronicles the feelings and lives of the young members of a middle school music band who had to cope with the unexpected death due to illness of one of their classmates and bandmates.  Bernadette Duncan interviews Westfield-born writer and journalist Meredith O’Brien who will be at Bay Path University’s Writers’ Day on October 15th discussing her latest book Mr. Clark’s Big Band: A Year of Laughter, Tears and Jazz in a Middle School Band Room (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, May 2017).  You can learn more about the author and her book at mrclarksbigband.com.

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!

Radio Show #92 – The Ruff House

Hedy Lewis, owner-operator of THE RUFF HOUSE in Westfield, doesn’t just groom pets… she and her daughter Jill provide a complete spa for their “boarders!”

The pups are pampered from beginning to end — or should we say from nose to tail! High-quality products are used to give them the softest fur, well-conditioned skin and that beautiful look that all tail-waggers want.

Hear The Ruff House story  with Brad’s special guest Hedy Lewis!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, March 27, 2017

CHD CANCER HOUSE OF HOPE with special guest Kim Lee.
SCAMS in Westfield and Chicopee!
Ludlow says goodbye to a K-9 officer.
Wounded Warriors benefit.
— much more!

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.