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Puerto Rican Flag Raising

The Puerto Rican Flag Raising at Holyoke City Hall was dedicated to Carmen Ocasio, President of the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association for her active work as a community leader. This event was held on November 6th, 2017.

This is the moment the Puerto Rican Flag was raised.




Jeff Bianchine – Holyoke Creative Arts Center 100th Anniversary Gala


Jeff Bianchine is our guest. He is the Director of the Holyoke Creative Arts Center. As part of the efforts to continue the legacy of Holyoke women who began this creative work in 1917, the HCAC provides resources and services that include the Print Shop at 62 Main St.

To celebrate 100 years of creative arts, Jeff invites the public to know about HCAC, join as a member, support it, and also join the 100th Anniversary Gala, happening on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at Gateway City Arts.

You can find more information about the Holyoke Creative Arts Center and get tickets for the 100th Anniversary Gala on their website:




Listen to the Holyoke City Council Ward Candidates Forum in its entirety. This public forum was recorded at Kelly School, on November 1st, 2017, and allowed the Candidates of Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, to answer question and debate about several issues of concern for the community.

This event is a collaboration of The Holyoke Neighborhood Associations, Holyoke Media, El Sol Latino, Holyoke Herald, The Gándara Youth Development Center, and Radioplasma, with the support of Holyoke Public Schools.

You can watch the full session on video, thanks to the coverage and production by Holyoke Media.

Conversatorio del Día de Muertos. A Day of Dead Conversatory.

El Día de Muertos, Day of Dead, is a complicated date that goes beyond the sugar skulls so much visible everywhere in the pop culture in U.S. as evidence of cultural appropriation. On this conversatory, Mexican Chef, Educator, and Activist, Neftalí Durán(Oaxaca); Artist, Performer, and Dancer, Michelle Marroquín (México DF); Xicanx Artist, Songwriter, Singer, and Educator, Diana Alvarez (Texas); Chicano Playwright and artist, Jason Montgomery (California); and Radioplasma’s Host and Producer, Iohann R Vega (México DF), we had a conversation to share and learn from each other’s perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and meaning of what Day of Dead is, and is not.


Also, there are activities planned around this Day of the Dead, 2017 in Easthampton and Holyoke, providing an opportunity to learn and share the ways to honor, acknowledge and remember the departed:

On November 2nd, there will be an art-making workshop at The Wistariahurst Museum’s Gallery, for the creation of pieces and elements to add to our Ofrenda de Muertos.

Continue reading “Conversatorio del Día de Muertos. A Day of Dead Conversatory.”


City Councilwoman Gladys Lebron-Martinez is running for re-election, and she shares her experiences at City Council, and her vision for a new term as City Councilwoman.

Related: You can also listen to the interview with the contending candidate for Ward 1, Juan Sanchez

Jossie Valentín – Ward 4 City Councilwoman


Running unopposed, City Councilwoman for Ward 4, Jossie Valentín, joins us in the series “Know Your Candidates”, to talk about the work done over the past four years, and the challenges for her next term in Ward 4, the City Council, and the City of Holyoke.


Holyoke Herald Staff Reporters Isabella Courchesne, Brendan Leahy, and Feroze Sibdhanni, prepared a series of questions for the Mayoral Candidates, Alex Morse and Jason Ferreira, for a special radioplasma broadcast at the Shevlin Studio in the Holyoke High School. This forum will be also re-aired on Channel 12.

This Forum was a collaboration of The Holyoke Herald and Radioplasma partnership.

Full credit goes to the Herald Staff Reporters, hosting the forum, and to Holyoke High students of the Video Journalism class, operating the cameras, and master control. TV and radio podcasting live produced by our youth.

Special thanks to Joe Courchesne and Mike Hines.

Holyoke Mayoral Candidates Forum

Listen to the Holyoke Mayoral Candidate forum that was held at October 23rd, 2017 at the Holyoke Council on Aging, in on this special coverage by radioplasma, in collaboration with Holyoke Media.

This is the video produced by Holyoke Media.

On this forum, the mayoral candidates for the 2017 election in Holyoke, incumbent Mayor Alex Morse and Mayoral Candidate Jason Ferreira answer questions in regards to different topics of relevance and concern for the community, Covering economic development, safety, youth, seniors, and policies, among others.

This forum was made as a collaboration of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Holyoke Taxpayers Association, the Holyoke Youth Task Force, the Gandara Youth Development Center, Holyoke Media, and radioplasma.


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