New Hampshire Public Radio's mission is very clear: To help create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national and worldwide events, ideas and culture.
To that end, we offer the highest quality news and information and cultural programming that we can achieve within the limits of our resources. We do this through our broadcasts and through our web operations.
Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. NHPR is broadcast from 12 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 172,600 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, as well as national and world news from National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media (APM), the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State.
NHPR provides the kind of fair, accurate, and complete information that is essential to the citizens of this state—hourly reporting on the latest New Hampshire news, comprehensive coverage of Granite State legislation and public policy, and coverage of crucial issues such as health care, the economy, the environment and education. This in-depth coverage is unique; it’s not found on any other statewide radio network.
The Exchange, our daily public affairs call-in show, hosted by Laura Knoy, is NHPR’s standard-bearer for the information, public discussion and commentary. Since 1995 The Exchange has offered news and public policy issues both within and beyond the state’s borders and has hosted people with a variety of perspectives in respectful, civic discussions about current events. Laura Knoy is one of the state’s most recognized and respected media personalities. Building on the success of The Exchange and a commitment to locally produced programming, NHPR has originated a number of other New Hampshire based shows and special series over the past several years. Word of Mouth, an hour-long mid-day program hosted by Virginia Prescott, was launched February 25, 2008. Word of Mouth looks at new ideas and trends in popular culture, art, technology and daily life. It steps away from the headlines and focuses on the most recent developments in culture, education, technology, media, and so on. Additional local programming includes The Folk Show the Sunday evening music program featuring local, regional and national artists with live in-studio performances hosted by Kate McNally, Something Wild, a weekly segment, focused on flora and fauna in New Hampshire, and Giving Matters, a weekly segment about the local nonprofit community.
NHPR also connects Granite Staters with the wider world, broadcasting a full range of national and international programming such as NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered; APM’s Marketplace and A Prairie Home Companion; and PRI’s The World, Studio 360 and This American Life, as well as programs from the BBC World Service and the CBC. Our website www.nhpr.org, a three-time winner of the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award, extends the reach of NHPR’s on-air programming through audio streaming, audio archives, podcasts and supplemental content.
NHPR's Broadcast Facility
In October 2006, NHPR publicly launched The Campaign for New Hampshire Public Radio. Thanks to the generosity of listeners, foundations and corporations from across the state, NHPR successfully raised $6.5 million to build a new broadcast facility, upgrade to digital technology and expand and enhance our signal throughout the state. This capital expansion allowed NHPR to increase the breadth and depth of its coverage, strengthen and expand its broadcast signal, and offer programs online and on-demand to better meet the needs of our present and future listeners. The Campaign reached its goal in March 2009 and the new broadcast center opened to the public in May 2009.
A challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation in the final phase of the campaign required a 4:1 match or $1 million - a challenge that was awarded and successfully met in the final six months of the campaign. Part of the campaign included an on-air drive inviting all listeners to become a part of establishing NHPR’s future. For every $50 contribution, donors could have a name listed on our Every Listener Donor Wall, now on display at our broadcast facility.
The new production and broadcast center at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord's South End was built using the highest technical standards. Purchased in 2006, began construction on the 6th floor in June of 2008. The first broadcast from our new studios was on December 15, 2008 with the rest of the staff moving into the space on December 21st. The new broadcast center includes six state-of-the-art recording studios, space for 50 full and part time staff, and unfinished space for room to grow. See photos of NHPR's broadcast facility
NHPR broadcasts across New Hampshire on eight transmitters and four translator stations. View NHPR's frequencies
NHPR also provides live streaming of its programming online. Listen online now
NHPR also offers audio podcasts of its locally-produced stories and programs. Learn more about podcasts
History of New Hampshire Public Radio
In August, 1981, WEVO began broadcasting in the Concord-Manchester area. Originally known as Granite State Public Radio, the reach and level of service of the station has grown over the past 30 years. In 1981, the station had 500 members; today it has nearly 18,000. In 1981, there was a single station; today, NHPR operates eight transmitters and four translators. Its signal can be heard in almost every corner of the state. Since 1991, NHPR has been broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NHPR is committed to bringing the different regions of this state together. We strive to include everyone in the conversation, and continue to bring in new listeners both on-air through new signals in the North Country and online by expanding content for on-demand access. We believe that the more each of us knows about the daily realities of our fellow residents, the more able we will be to pull in unison to solve our common problems and improve our communities.
30 Years of Great Radio, a Historical Timeline
- Fifty New Hampshire citizens form a steering committee to create New Hampshire’s own public radio station. Granite State Public Radio (GSPR) is incorporated.
- GSPR receives $61,000 in planning grants. A general manager is hired and an application for a station is filed with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).
- August 4th – WEVO signs on the air with its inaugural broadcast. The first year’s budget was $182,601. NHPR had 500 members.
- The Nashua translator is launched to improve reception in the area. The annual budget is augmented with major grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Chubb Life America allowing GSPR to continue operation.
- WEVO’s audience is 35,800 listeners per week and the station receives operating revenue totaling $52,418.
- Audience grows to 59,300 and the station launches a capital campaign to buy a new broadcast center and office space. Mark Handley is hired as the station’s third president and general manager.
- April—GSPR moves into its new headquarters at 207 North Main Street in Concord and changes its name to New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). The staff is comprised of 15 employees, including 5 news reporters and editors.
- NHPR further expands its statewide network by launching the Dover translator and the WEVH Hanover transmitter, expanding NHPR’s reach throughout the state.
- NHPR begins broadcasting to Keene and Southwest New Hampshire on WEVN.
- NHPR Board undertakes a year-long effort to shape the future of this state network. It calls for increased local news and information programming serving the people of New Hampshire, expanded signal coverage to all regions of the state, and utilization of new technologies that can facilitate additional service for listeners.
- NHPR hires former NPR reporter Laura Knoy and launches The Exchange.
- NHPR goes online at www.NHPR.org utilizing the web to deliver news content. 1997: NHPR’s audience is 100,800.
- WEVC Berlin and a Littleton translator deliver NHPR to the North County.
- February – NHPR adds new national and local programs reshaping its service to focus on providing an important news and information service for New Hampshire. The Front Porch is launched to showcase New Hampshire’s creative and remarkable citizens and their contributions to the state’s culture. The focus on news and information yields an immediate audience increase of 21%.
- NHPR begins broadcasting to the Mount Washington Valley from WEVJ in Jackson.
- NHPR has a regional audience of 156,000 and total operating revenues of $4,116,911 for the fiscal year. The staff of 41 full time employees includes a news staff of 22 professionals.
- Betsy Gardella is hired as President and CEO.
- August – 25th Anniversary of NHPR’s first on-air broadcast.
- October -- Announcement of the Campaign for New Hampshire Public Radio, 21st Century Radio for the Granite State. Space for new broadcast center is purchased.
- Colebrook translator goes on the air.
- WEVO upgrades to a new transmitter
- February - NHPR launches Word of Mouth with host Virginia Prescott.
- June – construction on new broadcast center begins.
- December 4-6 – An on-air Every Listener Campaign begins inviting listeners to contribute $50 to have their name on our Every Listener Donor wall to help us meet the Kresge Challenge Grant for the new broadcast center.
- December 15 – first broadcast from new broadcast center.
- December 21 – move from 207 North Main Street to 2 Pillsbury Street is completed, during a snow storm.
- March – the Campaign for New Hampshire Public Radio, 21st Century Radio for the Granite State ends successful, meeting the Kresge Challenge Grant.
- NHPR’s audience has grown to over 160,000 weekly listeners, over 16,500 members. Annual budget is $4,949,234 for the fiscal year.
- NHPR launches an iPhone and iPad app, allowing listeners to continue to take NHPR with them wherever they go.
- NHPR’s audience continues to grow, reaching 172,600 weekly listeners.
- Expansion continues in the North Country with the launch of the full power transmitter WEVF 90.3 Colebrook and 91.1 Littleton.