Rick Ganley

Host, Morning Edition

Rick joined NHPR as morning host in January 2009. He has a 20 year career in radio including on-air work at stations in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire in formats from rock to classical. He was co-owner of an FM station in Maine in the mid 90s. Rick spent the last ten years as Operations Manager and Morning Host of WPNH-FM, Plymouth NH and Production Director for Northeast Communications Corporations' five-station group. He also writes occasional pieces on media and music for the Hippo, Manchester's weekly paper, and voices radio and TV spots on a freelance basis.


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A report this week found New Hampshire is first in the nation, but not in a good way.

The annual report by the Project on Student Debt found on average, college graduates here in New Hampshire are racking up more student debt than anywhere else in the nation.

The analysis looked at seniors in the class of 2015, and found those who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities left on average with $36,101 in debt. (Read the report here)

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Wednesday night is the third and final presidential debate, and marks the last chance for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to make their case to voters on a national stage.

Kathy Sullivan of Manchester is a member of Democratic National Committee.

She joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate.


  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the stage Wednesday night in Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate.

Republican National Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron of Keene joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the debate and what she’s hoping to hear from Trump.

The 16th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off in Portsmouth Thursday.

Nearly 100 films will be screened over the four-day event. Those films were chosen from more than 1,000 submissions.

“It’s our thirteenth year in Portsmouth, and every year, it’s just grown exponentially,” says Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “It gained word of mouth and just kept bringing filmmakers back year after year as they created and produced new films. We just have such a huge alumni base now.”

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After months of walking a tightrope when it comes to her position on Donald Trump, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte now says she can’t support her party’s presidential nominee.

This comes after the release of an 11-year-old video in which Trump bragged about using his position of power to sexually assault women.

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The Boston Red Sox kick off their run for the team’s fourth World Series title in 12 years Thursday night, when they face the Cleveland Indians for Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Pete Abraham covers the Red Sox for the Boston Globe, and he joined NHPR’s Morning Edition for a preview of the series.

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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says that while Donald Trump isn't a role model for children, she trusts him on  policy issues and appointing justices to the United States Supreme Court. 

At the Deerfield Fair, you’ve got giant pumpkins, magic shows, and plenty of fried food. And even with all that, you can’t escape politics this time of year.

And with just about a month to go before voters head to the polls, Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spent a day at the fair talking with people about their thoughts on the presidential election.

There’s a lot of mooing going on, as about a half-dozen highland cows parade around with their owners for Friday morning’s cattle competition.


The town of Bedford is one of about 40 communities across New Hampshire waiting to hear how the state will respond to the recent education funding lawsuit decision.

A Sullivan County Superior Court judge ruled earlier this month the state’s cap on adequacy grants to fast-growing school districts was unconstitutional.

The city of Dover filed the suit, and was awarded one point five million dollars as reimbursement for the last fiscal year. The ruling also entitled other affected districts to back pay for last year.

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Members of the public who had been able to listen in on police communication in New Hampshire’s largest city are now in the dark.

The Manchester Police Department earlier this month encrypted all police radio transmissions, silencing scanners and apps that could monitor the communication.

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says it's too early to say whether bombing suspect Ahmed Rahami, an American citizen, should be tried as an enemy combatant, as Donald Trump suggested Monday.

"As an American citizen, you can be treated as an enemy combatant, depending on the situation. But I think it would be premature to say something like that here not knowing all the facts," Ayotte told NHPR's Morning Edition Tuesday.


A Laconia High School English teacher has been named the state’s top educator.

Tate Aldrich was named the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year at a surprise ceremony at the school Friday.

Aldrich has been teaching English for eight years, all of them at Laconia High School, which also happens to be his alma mater.

Tate Aldrich joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the award.

What was your reaction when you learned you won?

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Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern won his party's nomination for governor Tuesday. He'll face fellow councilor and Republican Chris Sununu in the general election.

Van Ostern spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition the day after the primary.

There’s a crisis facing New Hampshire’s dairy industry.

Nineteen of the state’s 120 wholesale dairy farms have closed this year.

Now, there’s growing concern about what kind of relief – if any – might be available for these farmers and where the industry goes from here.


Donald Trump is back in New Hampshire Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is set to hold a campaign rally at Laconia Middle School at 7:30 p.m.

This comes as a report by Politico this week finds that Trump’s former campaign manager – New Hampshire resident Corey Lewandowski – has become increasingly more involved with the campaign behind the scenes.

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Sununu was among the high-profile Republicans who called on 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to step down last year in the wake of a $355,000 campaign finance violation. 

Now, Sununu says he no longer holds that position, even though the facts of the case remain the same.

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All this week on Morning Edition, we've been talking with the Republican candidates for governor.

Chris Sununu of Newfields has been a member of the state's Executive Council since 2011. 

He's also CEO of Waterville Valley Ski Resort.

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All this week on Morning Edition, we're talking with the Republican candidates for governor. 

Ted Gatsas is in his seventh year as mayor of Manchester, the state's largest city.

All this week, Morning Edition is talking to the Republican candidates for governor.

Frank Edelblut is a first-term state representative from Wilton.

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All this week, Morning Edition is talking with the Republican candidates running for governor.

Monday morning, we heard from Jeanie Forrester. She’s in her third term as a state Senator from Meredith, and currently chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

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Residents in the town of Troy are trying to figure out what to do with an unexpected windfall.

When former resident Betty Giorgianni died at the age of 90 earlier in April, she left the town a gift of $821,500.

For a large city, that might be a drop in the bucket, but for this community of about 2,000 people in the southwest corner of New Hampshire, it’s a big deal.

The gift amounts to roughly half of the town’s overall annual budget.

Tom Matson is chairman of the Troy Board of Selectmen. He joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the gift.

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says recent attacks focused on the Clinton Foundation are a diversionary tactic by Republicans to take attention away from Donald Trump.

The Associated Press reported last week that while Secretary of State, more than half of Hillary Clinton’s private meetings with those from outside government were with people who donated to the foundation.

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This week marks the end of an era in Salem.

After opening its doors 110 years ago, Rockingham Park closes Wednesday.

Live horse racing ended at the iconic track in 2010, and the park was considered a potential site for New Hampshire’s first casino.

A celebration of the maker movement is happening in Dover Saturday.

At the Mini Maker Faire, visitors will be able to do everything from build and launch their own rockets to learn how to publish a book.

The event is in its fourth year and will be held at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.

A public transportation program that’s become a vital service for hundreds of people in Sullivan County is shutting down.

Community Alliance of Human Services announced last week its rural public bus service and volunteer driver program will come to an end Sept. 9 due to a lack of finances.

The bus service provides about 30,000 rides annually, running through Claremont, Newport, and Charlestown.

A program that organizers say was a critical lifeline for low-income residents of New Hampshire’s northernmost towns has closed.

The Pittsburg Area Community Service food pantry and thrift shop opened on Pittsburg’s Main Street six years ago, run entirely by volunteers.

But when the building’s owner notified organizers earlier this year that its lease would not be renewed, that led to its closure Saturday after a new home couldn’t be found in time.

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State Senator Martha Fuller Clark was the only one of New Hampshire's eight superdelegates to support Sen. Bernie Sanders.

That's despite Sanders' 22-point victory in in the state in February. 

She cast her vote during Tuesday night's roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

But now that Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee and Sanders has endorsed her, Fuller Clark says it's time for all Democrats to rally behind the former Secretary of State.

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen  says it's time for Bernie Sanders supporters to unite behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

"We can't afford to have people sitting on the sidelines complaining," Shaheen said, speaking to NHPR's Morning Edition from Philadelphia.

"I am reminded of the 2000 race between Al Gore and George W. Bush when people who were not happy with Al Gore in New Hampshire voted for Ralph Nader and swung the state’s four electoral votes to George W. Bush and that was the election," Shaheen said.

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N.H. Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan says she's "outraged" by leaked emails that seem to show Democratic National Committee officials favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary.

"I think somebody was asleep at the switch because when you have a neutrality rule in place, you’re supposed to follow the neutrality rule closely," Sullivan told NHPR's Morning Edition. "I was very disappointed to see that it was not followed at the DNC."

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Before the New Hampshire Primary, state Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn was outspoken in her criticism of Donald Trump, calling his comments about women "disrespectful" and his remark about Sen. John McCain not being a war hero "disgraceful."

She also called his proposed ban on foreign Muslims "un-American."

Now, Horn says she has no reservations about Trump, who Tuesday night became the Republican presidential nominee once the delegates cast their votes.