radioplasma : voices + ideas

Podcast, community media, stories, conversations, music, and randomness

Natasha Colón Ortíz – Paper City Art Kids

Paper City Art Kids is a creative pop-up shop for kids and families to paint and explore their creativity. Natasha Colón Ortíz created this local business to engage the youth in Holyoke into arts. This conversation reveals Natasha’s inspiration and the story of this project.

Paper City Art Kids is located at 92 Race St. in Holyoke, MA.

You can follow Paper City Art Kids on Facebook.


Michael Thomas Siciliano – Mayoral Candidate

The series of interviews “Know Your Candidates” resumes, with the first Mayoral Candidate, Michael Thomas Siciliano. You will have the opportunity to know about Mr. Sicilano’s motivation to run for Mayor, and he presents his platform for the Mayoral Campaign.

You can visit the official website of Michael T. Sicilano, at

Also, you can follow his campaign and events on his Facebook page



Liz Whynott – The Needle Exchange Program at Tapestry

Liz Whynott, Director of HIV Health and Prevention Services at Tapestry, is our guest. During this session, Liz shared valuable information regarding the needle exchange program, its history, development, and current services, as well as the positive impact. This conversation also brought the opportunity to discuss some of the misconceptions about the needle exchange and offered information to clarify what the needle exchange is, and how it operates.

The information about the program is always available to the public.

You can get more information about the Needle Exchange Program and all other services provided by Tapestry at their website:

Also, you can follow up their activity on Facebook

The hotline number to report syringes and needles for pickup is (413) 650 2679.




Diana Alvarez

“…music, performances, and randomness.” These are some of the taglines that define the content you can find on radioplasma. Get ready to enjoy a conversation and performance by Diana Alvarez. Her sultry and powerful voice has captivated the attention of many, in our local cultural circles. We had a conversation about Diana’s musical development, her projects, and of course, an intimate musical session that is guaranteed to be a delight.

You can know more about Diana Alvarez, her work, projects, and upcoming performances, on her website, and her Facebook Page


The Victory Theater Storefronts

The morning of June 23rd, 2017, the storefronts of the Victory Theater became the center of attention and were visible and exposed for the first time in decades.

Radioplasma was there and we got to talk with Kathy McKean, Managing Director of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA). While this conversation happened, people stopped by to take a look, and we met Michael McLaughlin, who worked at the Victory Theater, back in the ’70s.

For more information about the Victory Theater and MIFA, you can visit their website:

Immigrant Stories: Samantha Singh

We close our June’s series of immigrant stories, with a powerful, and inspiring conversation with Holyoke resident, Samantha Singh. She is from Guyana. Her story shows how much immigrants contribute to the society, as they care for the wellness of their families, and their community as well.

June is National Immigrant Heritage Month, and The City of Holyoke celebrated it throughout the month, with different events at the Wistarihurst Museum, The Heritage State Park, and the Holyoke Council on Aging & Senior Center. This series of immigrant stories produced by radioplasma, is a homage to celebrate the diversity of immigrants that make of Holyoke, home.


Conversations at the Canal. Coming soon, this Summer.

The nice Summer weather brings our recording sessions outdoors. We will be doing a series of conversations at the canal, to enjoy the sunlight and the view of the Holyoke Canal Walk.



Meet Christopher Gibaldi and Hope Ross. They are the family team of Learn in Motion. A program designed to getting children ages 3 to 5, active and engaged in sports activities, combining fun and learning, through educational and movement-based programming.

On this session, the whole Learn in Motion family talk about the program, its development, and the positive impact is creating in the community.

Learn in Motion

You can visit Learn in Motion Facebook Page and their official website.

STEVEN HUERTA “Journeys: An American Mix Tape”

Steven Huerta is a Holyoke resident artist, creator of the exhibition “Journeys: An American Mix Tape”, displayed at the Wistariahurst Museum and it was made to celebrate June, National Immigrant Heritage Month.

On this conversation with Huerta, you will get to know the details about this collection of art pieces, that tell a story, connect with immigration, history, heritage, music, memories, and beauty.

You can visit the Wistariahurst Museum’s website to see the pieces of this exhibition.



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