Former Springfield Mayor Bob Markel talks about his friendship with President Biden 

After a contentious election and the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building by supporters of former President Donald Trump, Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. Former Springfield Mayor Robert Markel has been friends with President Biden since high school. Markel joins Ray Hershel to talk about the historic election and his decades-long friendship with President Biden. 

And more western Mass stories tonight… 

In the wake of a destructive fire, Pastor Rev. Dr. Terrlyn Curry Avery and church members share what Springfield’s Martin Luther King Jr. Presbyterian Church has meant to the community and how they continue to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Then, Ronn Johnson of Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services in Springfield reflects on honoring Dr. King’s legacy after this year’s national racial justice protests. Finally, Meet Quynh Ly (Quynh’s Funky Flowers), a young Amherst native brightening her small corner of the world through folded paper flowers.