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


June 2017

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.



Immigrant Stories: Yusef

Meet Yusef. Yusef is from Venezuela. This is a story full of surprises, diversity, and an enjoyable conversation about many different topics that cover politics, religion, coffee, a cat, and identity.

This is our series of stories of Holyoke residents who are immigrants, during the celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, throughout June.


Lecture by Ginetta Candelario: “Immigrant’s Incorporation and Life Chances in Holyoke”, at the Wistariahurst


As part of the events celebrating National Immigrant Heritage Month, The Wistariahurst Museum hosted on June 14th of 2017, the lecture “Immigrant’s Incorporation and Life Chances in Holyoke” by Professor Ginetta Candelario.

This radioplasma special feature includes the entire lecture, recorded during this event, and allowing the community to listen to this well-documented presentation about Holyoke’s history.

For more information about the events planned for Immigrant Heritage Month, you can visit the Wistariahurst website:


Holyoke Herald Podcast – Second Week of June 2017

Holyoke Herald Staff Reporters Owen Lavelle and Feroze Sindhanny, report on the events of the second week of June at Holyoke High School.


Places that Matter

The Center for Design Engagement is inviting people in the community to add places that matter, on the map of Holyoke.

This project has a goal of collecting data from the community to create a map that connects the people from Holyoke with those special places that have a story, a background, a legacy, a relevance for the community.

Max Page, one of the Directors at CDE, and a professor at UMass, explains the details of this project, and the outcome of the first session. During the first meeting, there were several groups designated to identify those places that matter. The conversation brought different locations, buildings, spaces, hidden spots, stores, streets, and even organizations that have influenced the development of communities in the city.

The next session will be on Friday, June 16th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Center for Design Engagement located at the corner of Dwight and Race Street. Lunch will be served.

If you wish to participate in this initiative and add the places that matter to you on the digital map, you can visit:



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