Born and raised in New York City, Brad came to New England in the seventies and graduated Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative and performing arts. Having studied both the theater and broadcasting the “stage” was set for a career that would embrace both of those interests. The initial radio jobs in Connecticut and New Hampshire provided the settings to hone the disc-jockey skills, but the first morning show opportunity in Lowell, Massachusetts was indeed a turning point. The prospect of combining the background of stand-up comedy, impressions, acting, singing, writing topical jokes and “playing the hits” proved irresistible, and a lifelong avocation was formed.
......in concert @ Heritage Woods
A fast paced style of sketches, one-liners, contests and observations of the daily human condition led Brad to “wake-up gigs” at WZOU in Boston, and WRQI in Rochester, NY before coming to Springfield in in 1993. As one of the city’s top-rated “wake up” voices, Brad’s impressions, quick wit, and entertainment skills both on and off the air, kept him well known and in much demand throughout Western Massachusetts.
After “playing the hits” for more than two decades, Brad began his newest tour of duty in Springfield, as the morning personality on WHYN NewsTalk 560. According to Shepard, “playing the top news stories and other pop culture topics of conversation is not very much different from playing the hits!” And he has found that he can just as easily place his own unique stamp on the way in which they are conveyed. Weaving in and out of the stories of the day, with a breezy remark or two is certainly his style, and may well be serving him better in talk radio than in the music days. It also affords him and opportunity to interview political figures, and to talk with authors, entertainers, and any other prominent figures on the local or national scene.
Other professional highlights include a frequent indulging of Brad’s first love, the stage, playing lead roles in summer stock and civic productions of THE MUSIC MAN, OKLAHOMA, 1776, BYE BYE BIRDIE, 42ND STREET, ANYTHING GOES, MACK & MABEL, GUYS AND DOLLS, and the acclaimed hit, CHICAGO with the Wilbraham United Players, and as Mack Sennet, in MACK & MABEL, with the Baypath Theater. Non musical roles include, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, WAIT UNTIL DARK, PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and many more. Some nightclub stand-up appearances include opening for “Jackie the Joke man,” Rich Hall, Jackie Mason, and Steve Allen .
Brad appeared on the concert stage locally with two other area singers, to form a gentle lampoon of the Three Tenors, known as the Three Baritones, with a full repertoire of standards from light operetta, to classic Broadway musicals. Taking their show on the road to local retirement homes, hospitals and other venues has been “incredibly rewarding, as well as fun” says Brad! The Three Baritones brought Brad to the attention of keyboardist, Richie Mitnick, who Brad appears with regularly in both cabaret and concert mode at spots such as; the 350 Grill, The Delaney House, and the Runway.
Television commercials in Boston featured Brad as his all time idol, “Groucho Marx!”
Brad's daughters; Merrill and Haley are a source of great pride. "i do miss their childhood years."
"And I miss the deductions!"
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