President of Symphony Hall and City Stage, Tina D’Agostino is excited about her new season!

She outlines it for us in a conversation with Brad, and also discusses her strategies for accommodating changing times and tastes to keep this vital cultural venue viable!

Radio Show #62 - Tina D'Agostino     

Asst. Professor of Accounting and Finance at Elms College, Amanda Garcia continues along her distinguished career path with her appointment as the director for the college’s new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  In this conversation with Brad Shepard, Amanda will detail the origin and mission for the center, as well as her own passion for helping people discover their own leadership skills and potential.

Radio Show #60 - Ashley Kohl     


Join Brad Shepard and his special guest, TV’s Ashley Kohl, as Ashley discusses her new career!

Hear the story behind Ashley’s journey from co host of TV22’s popular “Mass Appeal” to the pursuit of her life’s dream, the dance! Ashley has re-branded her family’s business as “Ohana School of Performing Arts.”

Radio Show #60 - Ashley Kohl     

Michael Harrison interviews the local leader about key regional issues and her
soon-to-be launched program here on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Radio Show #59 - Katerie Walsh     

G. Michael Dobbs of The Reminder is interviewed by Michael Harrison.

Radio Show #58 - Michael Dobbs     

Special guest Paul Santaniello takes you back in time with vivid memories of Muhammad Ali’s famous visit to Springfield in 1991!

Paul remembers the meeting, the trips around the city, and the touching visit the champ made to the children at Baystate!

Paul was “there”… and you will be as well when you listen to this special program!

Radio Show #57 - Paul Santaniello     

Local author Tammy Young Coté offers young adults a great summer read!

Tammy talks with Brad about the third book in her series Merlin and Martha. You will hear how she captures the mind and imagination of young readers, with action, adventure, suspense, and a very positive message.

She discusses her newest release in this series, Darkness at #5 Elm St., in great detail!

Radio Show #56 - Tammy Young Cote     

From bank robberies to the opioid-heroin crisis, Sgt. John Delaney from the Springfield Police Department presents a “street’s – eye view” of the never-ending battle being waged by Springfield’s finest!

Radio Show #55 - Sgt. John Delaney     

It’s college graduation season. Brad and Jordan discuss student loans and the best way to manage them (consolidating, refinancing, income-based repayment plan), college alternatives, and money saving tips.

Radio Show #54 - Jordan Goodman     

Hardly a “brand name” in the race for Sheriff of Hampden County, a career corrections professional, Jack Griffin has gained experience and insight into the substance abuse issues plaguing most inmates.  He wants to bring this experience to the post of Sheriff.

Jack fervently believes his identity as a “political outsider” makes him unique among the candidates.

In the first of several programs featuring the candidates in this race, Brad Shepard talks at length with Jack about his life, his professional history, and his vision for the Sheriff’s Department.

Radio Show #53 - Jack Griffin     

An interview conducted by Michael Harrison with special appearance by Mark G. Auerbach.

Radio Show #52 - Michael Kusek     

PVR-LCTV Monitor Logo_575_wood 2Brand New Episode!

Pioneer Valley Radio Teams Up with Longmeadow Community Television to Produce “Regional Roundtable with Brad Shepard.” Pioneer Valley Radio is proud to present the third monthly installment of “Regional Roundtable with Brad Shepard” – produced in association with Longmeadow Community Television (LCTV). According to the show’s co-executive producer Michael Harrison, “The program’s mission is to bring together various personalities and leaders from all aspects of the Western Massachusetts community to discuss a range of important issues including politics, the economy, business, health care, public safety, transportation, senior services, education, recreation and the arts in a congenial and friendly environment.” The series’ new installment that was recently recorded at the LCTV studios features a tasty discussion titled “The state of live theater in the Pioneer Valley” and features special guests: DANNY EATON – Producing Director of The Theater Project and Majestic Theater in West Springfield, MARK GIZA – Artistic Director of the theater Guild of Hampden and STEVEN HAYS – Founder of the Drama Studio in Springfield. BRAD SHEPARD serves as host and moderator. The program is available to be carried by any and all other Western Massachusetts public access television stations as well as the websites of recognized area media outlets at no charge. Harrison states, “This is a true, cooperative community effort and it is a pleasure working with LCTV’s enlightened management including board chairman Dr. Steven Wolman and LCTV station manager Dave Bartlett.” Local media outlets interested in carrying the program and businesses interested in sponsoring it can contact Michael Harrison at

Brad Shepard talks with Michael Albano, currently a member of the Governor’s Council, who is running for Hampden County Sheriff.

Radio Show #51 - Michael Albano     

Brad Shepard interviews Hampden Country District Attorney Anthony Gullini about his first year on the job.

Radio Show #50 - Anthony Gulluni     

Michael Harrison interviews Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard about some of the great stars of the 20th century including Groucho Marx, Jack Benny and newspaper columnist/game show panelist Dorothy Kilgallen. This is the first of a series on the topic.

Radio Show #49 - Michael Harrison and Brad Shepard     

The former mayor of Springfield is running for Governor’s Council.

Radio Show #48 - Michael Albano     

In a one-on-one interview with Brad Shepard, Congressman Richard Neal discusses rural Western Mass’ opioid crisis, the Oregon shooting, MGM Springfield, GOP chaos, and Hillary Clinton’s emails.

This is the congressman at his most direct and unreserved observations.

Radio Show #47 - Richard Neal     

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 #46 - Mark Giza     

The owner, president and publisher discusses the future of Westfield.

Radio Show #45 - Patrick Berry     

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.

Radio Show #44 - Jordan Goodman     

4th parade 2015

Reality Knows No Holiday!  As Pioneer Valley Radio host/general manager Brad Shepard got ready to begin his live color commentary from the reviewing stand of the East Longmeadow 4th of July Parade on Saturday, an emergency call was received by the East Longmeadow Fire Department.  Two emergency response trucks pulled out of line with sirens blaring and headed down the parade route on their way to do their jobs.  It created the impression at the reviewing stand that the parade had begun on an unusually exciting note – sort of like a fly over by a squadron of jet fighter planes at the start of a major football game.  So Brad quickly began his commentary kicking off the parade.  To the surprise of everyone at the reviewing stand in the East Longmeadow Rotary, the screaming engines went around the circle via the back way and then just kept on going.  “What was that all about?” most people thought until the dust settled and it became apparent what had happened.  The brave firefighters were simply doing their job, parade or not.  The real start of the parade (take two) began several minutes later.  See videos of both starts here.

False Start

Actual Start

Brad interviews Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who is incensed at the uptick in violent crime in his city.

Radio Show #43 - Domenic Sarno     

A interview with legendary local journalist and author Durham Caldwell conducted by Bernadette Duncan.

Radio Show #42 - Durham Caldwell     

“The First Lady of Springfield” talks about the pancake breakfast, Bright Nights at Forest Park, the renovation of the Carriage House at the Barney Estate and so much more!

Radio Show #41 - Judy Matt     

From Western Mass. to Alaska and the Bering Sea, Nick Tokman has realized his dream to sail into adventures on the high seas!

Radio Show #40 - Nick Tokman     

Mayor Dom Sarno joins Brad Shepard for an unflinching look at the road ahead, its challenges and potential.

Radio Show #39 - Dom Sarno     

Outdoorsman and nature expert Stan Tekiela – author of Birds of Massachusetts — is interviewed by Bernadette Duncan about local black bears and backyard birds.

Radio Show #38 - Stan Tekiela     

Author David Powers has written a definitive and compelling book about the father of Springfield, William Pynchon. David comes to Springfield this month to speak and to sign copies of his book. But first he joins Brad on Pioneer Valley Radio for an in-depth conversation about Pynchon’s life and times.

Radio Show #37 - David Powers     

West Side Story: The masterpiece of American musical theater, rarely presented in Western Mass is about to open for a six performance run. Brad Shepard welcomes special guest, director, choreographer, performer, Kathleen Delaney.

Radio Show #36 - Kathleen Delaney     

In his debut on Pioneer Valley Radio, Congressman Richard Neal addresses the issue of the new Cathedral High School.
The Congressman also discusses Western Mass.’ economic future.

Radio Show #35 - Congressman Richard Neal     

An interview with Ray Kelly, Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment Editor, The Republican

Radio Show #34 - Ray Kelly     

Beverly Nadler, Director, Adult Life, Springfield Jewish Community Center, is interviewed by Michael Harrison about adult programs available at the JCC.

Radio Show #33 - Beverly Nadler - Springfield JCC     

Prominent local author/instructor/speaker Suzanne Strempek Shea is interviewed by Bernadette Duncan.

Radio Show #32 - Suzanne Strempek Shea     

Executive Director of the East Longmeadow Council on Aging, Carolyn Engel Brennan, is going to run up 731 steps in Hartford!
Why? To support the American Lung Association. And you can help support her… Listen to her story.

Radio Show #31 - Carolyn Engel Brennan     

Longmeadow Close Up: Economy, public safety, state and condition of the town and its future with special guest, Longmeadow Selectman Paul Santaniello.

Radio Show #30 - Longmeadow Close Up with Paul Santaniello     

Listen to this in depth conversation with Al DeLascia, Chairman of the Committee for Cathedral Action, as he discusses his frustration and dissatisfaction with the leadership of the church on the future of Cathedral High School.

Radio Show #29 - Al DiLascia     

Pioneer Valley Radio take you inside the family of Jen Calabrese – Corey of Wilbraham.
Hear one woman’s courageous battle with the effects of Lyme disease.

Radio Show #28 - Jen Calabrese-Corey     

Al Zippen and the Melha Shrine Circus – April 23rd – April 26th, 2015.

Radio Show #27 - Al Zippen and the Shrine Circus     

Who is responsible for clearing the snow from the bus shelters?
Casino job training; are all neighborhoods and all persons being considered regardless of economic levels?
Should the jaywalking fine be raised from $1.00 to $25.00?
And the Eversource rate hike… what progress is being made in reducing it?

Join Brad Shepard as these issues are discussed in detail when he goes up close and personal with Springfield City Councilman Bud Williams.

Radio Show #26 - Bud Williams     

Homicide rate, shots fired at AIC, Mayor Sarno, Springfield Police Department’s ongoing war on crime – all brought into focus in an in-depth conversation with Springfield Police Department Sgt. John Delaney.

Radio Show #25 - Sgt. John Delaney     


Financial expert Jordan Goodman on the Western Mass. economy, new mortgage rate information, investment ideas, student loans and more!

Radio Show #24 - Jordan Goodman     

An important program and event for women entering or re entering the work force! Everything from clothes to coaching available through Dress For Success! Dawn Creighton, the Western Mass Director of Associated Industries of Mass., talks about the nuts and bolts of the program and the big event – Common Threads – in April.

Radio Show #23 - Dawn Creighton     

A serious issue for the towns of Hampden and Wilbraham, as school enrollment precipitously declines. Chair of the Board of Selectmen John Flynn and Selectman Vinnie Villemaino summarize the issue, the impact on the town and the taxpayers, and further discuss ongoing efforts to solve the problem.

Radio Show #22 - Flynn & Villemaino