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May 2018


The Holyoke Herald celebrated the achievements and professionalism of their staff reporters, Holyoke High School students, committed to reporting and write Holyoke’s History, at the Melva Awards Ceremony, held on May 29th, 2018 at Holyoke High School.

From being a newspaper, the Herald has adapted to the times, becoming a multi-platform media outlet, combining the newspaper with an online presence through its website,,  a live tweeter feed, video journalism, and podcasting.

Listen to the recording of the event and join the recognition of Holyoke youth: promising journalists, media producers, and writers. And also, a homage to Joe Courchesne.

Radioplasma wants to thank Joe Courchesne, Faculty Adviser, for this partnership and collaboration, and allowing Herald Staff reporters to be part of the Radioplasma Media Literacy Program through the Gándara Youth Development Center and Holyoke High School, learning how to create podcasts, and giving them the recognition for their work with the very first award for “best podcast” made by students.

The winners of the Radioplasma Melva Award are: Brendan Leahy, Isabella Courchesne, and Feroze Sibdhanny, for the production, and hosting of the Mayoral Debate with Alex Morse, and Jay Ferreira, aired on October 25th, 2017. This piece was also broadcasted live on TV, through our local cable access channel.

Congratulations Brenda, Bella, and Feroze!!

You can listen to their winning production here:



The Holyoke Farmer’s Market is ready to start on May 31st. Located outside City Hall on High Street, between Suffolk and Dwight Streets, every Thursday, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, until October 11th. Local farmers and businesses offer their fresh produce, vegetables, goods, and products for the public. Andrés Villada, is the manager of this historical, and important event that brings the community together, and provides local farmers and businesses owners with a space and venue to offer their products to the public, while creating a communal space for social interactions, and conversations.

On this session, we talked about the plans for the 2018 Holyoke Farmer’s Market, and the relevance of a marketplace for the community.

For more information about the Farmer’s Market, how to become a vendor, provide feedback, ideas, suggestions, or activities, you can contact the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.


Legends, Beats & Grooves is a Hip-Hop DJ showcase to entertain and educate on the History of the DJ, Turntablism, and Hip-Hop Culture.

On this conversation with Gary Thomas, owner of Gees Records, we talked about the relevance of every guest on this event, on the Hip-Hop, Pop, and Music Culture in general.

This event will feature Legendary DJ’s and Hip-Hop pioneers like Grandwizard Theodore (Credited with inventing the scratch), Large Professor (Super Producer, DJ, formerly of Main Source), DJ Tony Tone (Cold Crush Brothers) as well as Rob Swift and Mista Sinista from the X-ecutioners, also known as X-men.

Legends, Beats & Grooves is scheduled for Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 PM at Gateway City Arts


Olivia Mausel

It’s an honor to have Olivia Mausel as our guest on this episode, as she is bring recognized by the City of Holyoke for her work and dedication to preserve and share the history of the city.

After being at the Holyoke Historical Commission, Olivia continues working on projects that involve the preservation, research. and education of the historical legacy of Holyoke. On this episode, we honor Olivia and we have a fascinating conversation about her work, and an invitation to participate in a workshop on how to safely clean gravestones at the Smith’s Ferry Cemetery, scheduled for May 19th and 20th.

You can find more information about the workshop on Facebook

Also, you can visit the Holyoke Preservation Trust  to know more about the projects Olivia is currently working on.

Gándara Impact Center

This is our very first podcast session from Springfield, MA, at the new Gándara Youth Acces Center, named The Impact Center.

This is a safe, welcoming space for young adults, ages 16 to 21, to receive support, connecting them to resources for job placement, housing, education, mentoring, or just having a safe space where to be, without judgment.

On this session, Impact Center’s Director, Kristine Rodriguez, along with Carmelo Torres, and Amanda Alicea, talked about the services available at this new site, and we also did the first official recording at the center’s media room, that will allow youth to learn how to create and produce their own media projects.

We invite the public to visit the Impact Center at the grand opening, open house, and ribbon cutting event, on May 18th, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. The Impact Center is located at 41 Taylor Street in Downtown Springfield, MA.

Impact Center Save The Date

For more information about The Gándara Center and all the array of services available, you can visit

Also, you can follow the Impact Center’s activities on Facebook and Instagram


Radioplasma presents, a special session, recorded after the opening of a museographic comparative architectural installation between Museo Casa Cautiño-Insúa, Guayama, Puerto Rico, and Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA.  This is the first time in history that a museum has been transposed into another Museum.  Their joy is that it is and that Puerto Rico did it!

This episode is a conversation with its curators, Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría, a professor at Cambridge College; and visiting from Puerto Rico, Aníbal Rodriguez Ayala, historian and Museum Curator for el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, who presents the contemporary perspective of Guayama, within the larger context of the South of Puerto Rico.  Alvilda brings the curatorial aspects of the economics of the past as it transcends to a global economy in the 19th century.

ICP LOGOThis installation is sponsored by El Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in partnership with Wistariahurst Museum, and El Sol Latino Newspaper, Amherst, Massachusetts, and is open to the public from April 5th to May 25th, 2018.

The curators are making sure that the second last name, Insúa, is always included whenever the name of the Museo Casa Cautiño comes up in any searches, because; this house was Doña Genoveva’s.  Genoveva Insúa-Villar was already in the 19th century, a woman ahead of her times, she was an economist who managed five corporations successfully for over 20 years, after her husband’s death. This house was owned by her, as she received it as a gift from her husband, Genaro Cautiño Vasquez.

Robert E. Barrett Fishway Tour

Fishway FULL

Holyoke has power! This episode, recorded in location, is an audio tour of the Robert E. Barrett Fishway, with Kate Sullivan, Director of Marketing and Communications for Holyoke Gas & Electric, and Elizabeth Austin, Coordinator of Public Programs at the Robert E Barrett Fishway.

We talked about the fishway, the fish migration, the importance of the Holyoke Dam and the Canal System, and we captured the sounds and energy of the river, on a tour of the facility, as an invitation to the public to visit and tour the Fishway on its current season, from Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, May 2nd until June 10th, 2018. Also, it will be open on Memorial Day.

The fish counting room, where fish are being visually counted as they are being lifted.
The water falling
Generator area
Solar field

For more information, you can visit the Holyoke Gas & Electric website.

The problem with PROMESA


As part of the screenings in Holyoke of “PROMESA”, a documentary by Michelle Falcon, the audience attending the Holyoke Community College and the Holyoke Public Library, has been offered the opportunity of engaging in a conversation with the filmmaker and two activists from Puerto Rico, Samantha Medina Figueroa, and Johanyvette Rodriguez Gonzalez.

On this bilingual podcast session, we discuss the current events in Puerto Rico, the protests, activist movement, the crisis, the corruption in the local government, and the need to address all of these issues inside and out of the island.



River Roll & Stroll 2018

River roll 18

We are meeting in the middle, for the River Roll & Stroll, 2018. Our guests are Cassandra Holden and Kyle Homstead, and they are the producers in charge of the logistics for the second River Roll and Stroll, happening on May 6th, 2018, at the Veterans Memorial Bridge, between Holyoke and South Hadley.

We talked about what is being planned for this ephemeral street festival where music, arts, food, and community will meet to enjoy the view of the Holyoke Dam and the Connecticut River.

For all the details of events, music, performers, food, and organizations present at the River Roll & Stroll, you can visit the official website:

Also, you can check the events and festivals Cassandra and Kyle are producing as Laudable Productions 

Related: You can listen to the conversation of last year with Sean Condon, creator and main organizer of the River Roll & Stroll, published on May 5th, 2017.

River Roll and Stroll Street Festival – Interview with Sean Condon

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