Tom Conklin is the News Director and lead news voice for the Berkshire News Network and the Townsquare Media Berkshire Radio Group. Tom is also a musician and voiceover talent. He has been a guitarist for more than three decades and plays lead guitar for the New England based band, The Matchstick Architects. He also does voiceover narration work for clients all over the world from his home studio in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Tom is also a founding member of Berkshire Organization for Original Music, or BOOM, which is a Berkshire County based organization that advocates for the local original music scene and performers of original music in the Berkshires.
BMC Nurses Rallying for Patient Safety
Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield are rallying on Thursday to bring awareness to patient safety concerns. According to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, BMC nurses have to this point filed more 509 unsafe staffing forms between October 2015 and April 2018.
Historic Bottle Ban Passes in Great Barrington
Great Barrington held its annual town meeting Monday night, and it was a historic meeting at that. By a margin of 2 to 1, the town became only the third municipality in the country to place a ban on the use of single use plastic water bottles of one liter in size or less.
Pittsfield Sets Six-Year Deal With Unions
The City of Pittsfield will’s public employees will now pay a larger percentage of the health insurance split as part of a new six-year agreement.
Tom’s Top 3 for 4/23: RN’s, BMC Resuming Talks
It’s been more than a month since the last negotiation session, but now representatives of Berkshire Medical Center and its registered nurses are return to the bargaining table this week.
Hinsdale Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge
A Hinsdale man accused in the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend was arraigned Tuesday morning in Central Berkshire District Court on a murder charge.
An Outpouring Of Support For Family Of Kassedi Clark
The local community has turned out in very big way since a GoFundMe campaign was started for the family of Kassedi Storm Clark.
Jango Getting Protective Vest
The Pittsfield Police Department’s K9, Jango, will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest. Police Lt. Gary Traversa says that Jango’s vest is being made possible thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Tom’s Top 3 for 4/12: Berkshire DA Dropping Tainted Drug Cases
Hundreds of Berkshire County defendants will soon see their drug charges dismissed. It’s due to misconduct at the now-defunct Amherst Drug Lab, including the "handful" of defendants that retired District Attorney David Capeless was hoping to retry.
Tom’s Top 3 for 4/11: 13 Works Of Art Listed For Auction
The Berkshire Eagle reports that the museum Tuesday identified 13 works of art that will be offered at auctions in May at Sotheby's in New York City. There will be four auctions in total.
Tom’s Top 3 for 4/10: 3rd Robbery At Elm Street Gas Station
Police in Pittsfield are investigating a knifepoint robbery that took place this past Saturday at the Lipton Mart on Elm Street in Pittsfield. The robbery was the third robbery at that store since July.