Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Route 5 delays.

A Chicopee first: All female firefighting crew.

Baby stroller recall.

Michael Richard finalist for Superintendent of Schools  in Lee and Tyringham districts.

Bill Cosby posts on social media on Martin Luther King day with a special message.

Mark Auerbach reviews “Pike Street” at Hartford Stage.

Southwick’s recycling cost increase in the town’s new contract.

Gas prices down a penny.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 20, 2020

Holyoke Post Office and Holyoke Medical Center will help you apply for or renew a passport.

Springfield Armory February – March closure.

South Hadley “Bag the Community” event.

In Westfield, Blue Umbrella Books holds auction to keep the bookstore open.

Local father indicates kidnap suspect approached his daughter as well.

South Hadley is the next town to report car break-ins.

Martin Luther King Day  – Western Mass. events.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 17, 2020

Mass. State Police Amber Alert, abduction, chase, and citizen help.

Amber Alert family and citizen helpers are the subject of scammers.

Longmeadow Chief of Police retires, joins Bay Path University as Head of Security.

Warren house fire leaves three without home, kills the dog.

Bill approved to create a registry for those who abuse the elderly or infirm.

South Hadley High School students work to stop adults from buying alcohol for minors.

Another rash of East Longmeadow car break-ins!

Radio Show #278 – Michelle Wirth and The Chinese New Year Gala at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield!

The Western Mass. Chinese Association’s annual Chinese New Year Gala will be held on Saturday, January 25th, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It will be held at the beautiful showroom of Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, located in Chicopee… certainly a most unique location for this event.

There will be food, non-alcoholic beverages, live performances, unique cultural presentations, and, of course, many raffle prizes!

Co-owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, Michelle Wirth talks with Brad Shepard, and explains how this event developed!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 16, 2020

Basketball Hall of Fame closing in February for renovations.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2020 at Mercedes of Springfield.

Irish Night in Holyoke moves to a new venue: The Log Cabin.

Ludlow Fire Dept. offers program to reimburse uninsured ambulance costs.

State Representative John Velis officially launches his campaign.

State launches drinking water lead testing in schools.

Pittsfield High School on lockdown after two students became “agitated.”

Mark Auerbach, ArtsBeat reporter, reviews “Anastasia.”

Radio Show #277 – The Big E Responds to Accusations of Mistreatment of Elephants

Animal activist groups have seized upon the death of “Beulah,” the elephant at the Big E, to allege mistreatment.

In this special program with Brad Shepard, Eastern States Exposition President and CEO Gene Cassidy responds to these allegations, and further discusses the role of exotic animals at the fair.

Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Gordon Pulsifer rehabs the Knox Building in Springfield for apartments; will spend $57M.

Jordan Goodman with new job statistics.

Gene Cassidy, President of the Big E, responds to protest groups alleging animal mistreatment.

Wilbraham woman is another Mass. Lottery winner.

Connecticut Senate Minority Leader says there is no appetite in the Senate for added tolls in the state.

Open burning season is underway – but you’ll need a permit.

Ware Selectman John Carroll will not seek reelection.

West Springfield park hit hard with vandalism.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Western Mass. Red Cross low on blood – you can donate.

Weekend of gun violence in Holyoke; Mayor comments.

West Springfield McDonald’s grease fire.

State Rep. John Velis announces run for former State Senator Humason’s seat.

Granville Fire Dept. puts out chimney fire.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Galvin reminds homeowners of tax abatement deadline.

2020 Chinese New Year celebration at Mercedes-Benz in Chicopee.

Gas prices are holding steady.

Western Mass rivers are higher than normal.

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 13, 2020

2020 Melha Shriners sworn in!

Lancaster correction officer assaulted by inmates.

First ever National Use Your Gift Card Day!

Wurst Haus restaurant opens in Northampton!

Boar’s Head Festival Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church Springfield.

3rd Annual Sparkle Havdallah in Northampton.

UMass Amherst Five College Federal Credit Union is running a winter coat drive.

Preventing an electrical fire in your home.


Brad Shepard Today! Friday and the weekend, January 10, 2020

Springfield Symphony celebrates the birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven this weekend!

The Mayor’s father, “Al The Barber” Sarno, passes away.

Connecticut driver stopped in Springfield with a beer and a loaded handgun.

Mass. Cannabis Control Commission grants license to Cannabis Connection in Westfield.

Pothole season starting early.

Student safety hoax yields extreme consequences.

Want to buy a Northampton toy store?


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!

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Local elementary school music teacher a Grammy finalist!

New concert series in Westfield!

Mercy Medical Center and the Thunderbirds team up to give newborns “onesies.”

FRTA new launches new mobile app.

Macy’s in Leominster is closing.

Bri-Mar Stable in Hadley demolished.

Pier One Imports soon to be no more.

Illegal dumping of mattress near a grave in Chicopee.

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Protests at The Big E over the treatment of large animals .

Live entertainment news with ArtsBeat reporter Mark Auerbach.

4 free seminars on heart and vascular health at Baystate.

Census takers start showing up in April.

Empty seat in the state Senate today… special election will be needed!

That thing going around? Making everyone sick? It MIMICS the Flu!

Oranges and a surprise guest!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, January 6, 2020

South Hadley art professor charged with attempted murder.

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Committee selects its “Colleen and Her Court” finalists.

New theft-proof mailbox at Chicopee’s Main Street post office .

Greenfield Winter Farmer’s Market up and running.

Hadley Police Sergeant retires after 30-plus years.

CrossFit TLA Gym in Southwick aims for girls’ physical health.

Erving Police offer a scam alert.

Springfield Mayor Sarno inaugurated for his fifth term today!

Westfield swears in Mayor Elect Donald Humason, Jr. today!

Ski weather is here. We offer some safety tips.

Brad Shepard Today! Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year’s minimum wage increase.

New Greenfield Mayor and City Councilors.

Former Springfield Symphony Maestro returns!

Wahlburgers construction underway.

Handheld device law for motorists goes into effect soon!

Agawam fire officials warn of dangers of thin ice in the region.

Westfield Police Dept. suggest residents download the “Neighbors App” by Ring.

Paul Connor is West Springfield’s new Police Chief!

Brad Shepard Today! Thursday, January 2, 2020

Undercover compliance checks for Springfield purveyors of alcohol begin!

Holyoke now has to pay yearly for recyclables.

Mass. residents auto-voter registration news.

New laws begin regarding handheld electronic devices in vehicles, vaping, and more.

Springfield Regional Chamber offers a seminar on cannabis in the workplace.

Applications now accepted for the Colleen and her court for the Sons of Erin in Westfield.

Greater Westfield YMCA Chocolate, Chowder and Chili Cook-Off!

Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 31, 2019

It is with great delight that I, along with everyone at Pioneer Valley Radio, wish you all the best in this new year!

Your support and listener-ship during this last year has been integral to the growth and success of this adventure in new media here in Western Mass.

And we’ve only just begun!

Let’s make this next year a special one, and let’s do it together!

I look forward to being with you in a continued schedule of stories and guests through the course of 2020.

Enjoy your festivities, stay SAFE and meet me here, at PVR, when our regular schedule of programming operations continue!

A very happy new year!


Brad Shepard Today! Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Holiday Special 2019!

A very Happy Holiday to all from Brad Shepard and Friends!

Here is a a different kind of program today, with a toast to you!

Brad Shepard Today! Monday, December 23, 2019

Small aircraft crash in Florida, Mass.

Mayor Sarno fires his Communications Director and shakes up his staff.

The Pub in Amherst closes for good.

Whole Foods dark chocolate brand recalled.

Pittsfield fire caused by homeowner trying to thaw a frozen pipe.

Hospice care from Harmony House.

Chicopee’s free holiday dinner serves more than 1000 meals.

Tammy Spencer is Southwick’s new Health Director.

The Salvation Army needs your donations.