radioplasma : voices + ideas

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

Alexis Diaz


Meet Alexis Diaz. A Holyoke promise. A young man on the path to success, sharing his story and experiences in LightHouse, The Holyoke Youth Commission, The Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative’s Summit in Martha’s Vineyard, a trip to Boston with Commissioner Will Morales, being invited to Barrios Unidos in Santa Cruz, CA, and now, beginning a new chapter at Holyoke Community College.

These are the stories worth of sharing and celebrating. This is our youth and future leaders.


Anne Thalheimer – The Holyoke Local Cultural Council, followed by a random conversation

Anne Thalheimer joins us for a randomness session.


We talked about the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, and the funding opportunities they provide for the Holyoke community. The application for grants opens on September 1st and the deadline is October 16th. You can visit the official Holyoke Local Cultural Council website, for more information. Also, they have a Facebook Page. If you are interested in applying for a grant, you can follow this link.

Then, we talked about different projects Anne is working on: My Monster Hat, A Roller Derby comic book, and music.

This is the song mentioned by Anne during the conversation: “Water me” by Lizzo




Mater Dolorosa Church Preservation Society of Holyoke – John Fydenkevez

John Fydenkevez is part of the Mater Dolorosa Church Preservation Society of Holyoke, a local organization dedicated to protect and preserve the Mater Dolorosa Church. Their initiative proposes to purchase the building and bring it back as a Cultural Center.

This historic building has an impressive work of art inside. The following pictures, provided by John Fydenkevez, display the beauty and magnificence of the Polish Heritage, and the architectural features of Mater Dolorosa Church.


On September 9th, at 2:00 PM, there will be a tour of the Mater Dolorosa Church’s campus and neighborhood, guided by Robert Comeau. You can find more information about this and three more upcoming tours on the Facebook Event Page.

You can follow and support the Mater Dolorosa Church Preservation Society of Holyoke on their Facebook Page


Holyoke Herald interview with Mr. Dana Brown

The Holyoke Herald, in partnership with Radioplasma, present a special edition of the Podcast, with an interview produced and hosted by Isabella Courchesne, Feroze Sibdhanny, and Siobhan Brennan. They interviewed Mr. Dana Brown, new Principal of the Holyoke High School, previous to the start of the school year 2017-2018.

You can follow the Holyoke Herald at their website:



Joe Courchesne – The Holyoke Herald

The Holyoke Herald is our local newspaper, a platform for young journalists from Holyoke High School to cover our local affairs and tell our own stories.

On this session, we interview Joe Courchesne, Holyoke High School English Teacher on the lead of this important source of information, to learn about the Herald’s process, development, and future plans that include a partnership with the radioplasma podcast, to expand its coverage as a multi-media news outlet, that will integrate audio, podcasting, and video.

You can follow all the information published by The Herald on their website:

And also through Twitter, @hhsherald and Instagram


Josue Cruz Morales – Holyoke Youth Leadership

The Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative is having local follow up activities, workshops, and engagement with the youth delegates who attended the Summit at Martha’s Vineyard on the last week of June. Our guest is Josue Cruz Morales, a lawyer and youth advocate from Vieques, Puerto Rico. He shares his story as a way to inspire youth in the community to follow their dreams and set goals for their future.

Josue’s visit to Holyoke is one of a series of events the Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative will be organizing, to keep youth active in their leadership development.

You can visit the Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative’s website to get more information.



Christina Gusek

Our guest on this session is local artist Christina Gusek. Her colorful art is outstanding for a unique style and aesthetic that connects with the future. This is a co-produced and co-hosted episode with Holyoke Herald staff reporters, Marty Keane, Isabella Courchesne, and Brendan Leahy.

This session also promotes the exhibition “The Art of Christina Gusek – Year 2050 and beyond” that opens on August 9th, 2017 at the Holyoke Hummus Company. 285 High St.

You can see the work of Christina Gusek on her Facebook Page.

During the conversation, it is mentioned a video Iohann made in Atlanta, at the Krog Street Tunnel, displaying the street art. This is the aforementioned video for reference:


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



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