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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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz says this is a weekend of strong flavors in the Granite State. She has details about the New Hampshire Coffee Festival in Laconia, and Garlic Day in Canterbury.

There's plenty to do this weekend in the Granite State. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some details on the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, Dragon Boat racing in Concord, an attempt to break a world record in the Lakes Region, and some hard-core community theater.

The Lunch Box Blues

Aug 27, 2013
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Associated Press Food Editor and Concord resident J.M. Hirsch talks with Morning Edition about packing quick and easy school lunches that are healthy- and that kids will actually want to eat.

In this week’s edition of The Hippo, one story begins like this: Have brunch from El Salvador, followed by a Middle Eastern snack, dinner from Thailand, and New England peach pie for dessert.

Back in 1897, prominent Concord resident and railroad executive Benjamin Kimball built his dream home; a castle on a hillside in Gilford overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.  But after several decades of neglect and attempts to restore it, Kimball Castle may now be torn down.  Gilford’s Town Administrator, Scott Dunn, talks about the fate of the local landmark.

There are two multi-day events going on right now on New Hampshire; both feature plenty of food and entertainment. Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo has the beat on Market Days in downtown Concord, and the Stratham Fair.

With recent heavy rains, more New Hampshire ponds and lakes have been under water quality advisories.

See a map of current beach advisories here.

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It’s high summer, and that means getting outdoors with the kids. Amy Diaz, Editor for the Hippo has suggestions for family fun this weekend, including the Summer Fun Fishing Derby and a production of ‘Annie’ at Prescott Park.

Concord Monitor Reporter Clay Wirestone has been writing about his experience as a gay parent. He’s authored a series of articles about the process he and his husband have gone through in adopting their 2 year old son. The series has also looked at the history of gay adoption in the Granite State. Clay joins us to talk about the series.

The Music In Between

Jun 23, 2013
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Have you ever heard some music on NHPR and wondered, "what was that song?" Those musical interludes set the tone and pace for the stories you hear, because great storytelling demands great music. It’s why we choose the music that surrounds our reporting so carefully. This week, we’ll hear more of that music in between. 

Playlist:

Modest Mouse; “Custom”

Beastie Boys; “Son of Neckbone:

Wilco; “Impossible Germany”

Son Volt; “Chanty”

Kaki King; “Solipsist”

It’s  the first weekend of summer and it looks as if the weather is going along with the concept.  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is here to highlight two events to get us outside and enjoying the season.

Master Sand Sculpting Competition at Hampton Beach

Kearsarge Area Rocket Society June Launch

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details three events this weekend in the Granite State:

The International Classic Video Game Tournament

Wanna practice? Play some classic video games right now.

7th Annual Portsmouth Cocktail Competition

NH this Weekend

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend is known for flags, parades, and the unofficial start to summer; but Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo, has some alternatives.

Nashua International Sculpture Symposium

Lilac Festival at the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion

Senior Tour Auto Racers at Lee Speedway

If a casino is built in the state, charities in New Hampshire worry their low-stakes table games and bingo nights just won’t be able to compete. Many hold annual charity gaming events to raise funds, and fear big losses. Annmarie Timmins has been covering the casino debate for the Concord Monitor. She joined Morning Edition to talk about the possible effects to charitable gaming.

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Three years after introducing open road tolling at the Hampton toll plaza on Interstate 95, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is nearly done converting the Hooksett plaza on I93. Bill Boynton, spokesperson for the DOT, joined Morning Edition's Rick Ganley to explain the benefits and what drivers can expect.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz suggests two events for the weekend:

The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire

and

Art Fest at the Currier Museum of Art

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talks to Morning Edition about two events going on in the Granite State this weekend; Free Comic Book Day and  Opening day at Canterbury Shaker Village- featuring a Heifer Parade.

Links:

Double Midnight Comics in Manchester

Jetpack Comics in Rochester

The Head of DRED

Apr 23, 2013

Jeffrey Rose is New Hampshire's new Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. He came to our studios to talk about what's on his to-do list, the experience he brings to the job, what the state gets right- and what could be improved.

Remembering The Chief

Apr 11, 2013
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Friday marks the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney. He was killed in the line of duty, helping fellow officers who themselves had been shot while attempting to execute a search warrant in a drug case. The Chief was popular and well admired in the small seacoast town, and many in the community are still feeling the loss intensely.  The town’s current Police Chief Tara Laurent talks about how her Department is observing the anniversary.

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz previews the Made in NH Expo and a new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art- "Crafting Settlement".

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In Essex, Vermont there’s a scale replica of a famous baseball park. In fact, there are two. In 2000, Pat O’ Connor had the crazy idea to build a version of Boston’s famed Fenway Park in his backyard. The following year he began to hold Wiffle ball tournaments to raise money for various charities. Later, he built another field next door- Little Wrigley.  Fast forward to 2013, and those two fields host dozens of charity tournaments each year, and have helped to raise more than 2 million dollars.  And there’s talk of yet another field.

Waking Up the Ball Park

Mar 28, 2013
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Late season snow won't stop the New Hampshire Fisher Cats from 'working on the show'.

NH Maple Producers Association

It's Maple Weekend in the Granite State.  More than 110 farms and sugar shacks will be open to the public with demonstrations of syrup production, maple products to taste and buy, and hands-on activities. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some highlights.

Find a participating sugar shack near you

Want to tap your own? Read up on the basics of D.I.Y. maple tappin'

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As producers prepare for Maple Weekend, New Hampshire Maple Producers Association Treasurer Howard Pearl tells us what maple syrup and other products mean to the state economy- and how the sap is flowing this year.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to talk about three 'battles' in Manchester this weekend.

Battle of the Bands at the Palace Theater

6th Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges All-Star Hockey Championship

NH this Weekend: Dinos!

Feb 22, 2013

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has declared this Dinosaur Weekend in New Hampshire. She tells us about two museum events to take us back- way back- to the world of the dinos.

Dinosaurs! At the SEE Science Center

(read the Hippo story on this exhibit here)

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney at New Hampshire Institute of Art

  

Newly-elected Governor Maggie Hassan has expressed willingness to support medical marijuana, which means this year’s attempt at a bill stands a better chance of becoming law.  To get an idea of how things could play out if that happens, we thought we'd turn to our western neighbor, Vermont, and see how the program is working there.

Shayne Lynn of Burlington recently obtained a license to operate a state-sanctioned dispensary. I began by asking him why he's starting a dispensary.

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If the usual just won't do this weekend, here are some events in the area for you and yours that may help Cupid hit the mark.  Maybe you'd like to find love with chocolate among the stacks of books at the Pelham Public Library.    Strap on some snowshoes for a Valentine's Hike at Maple Hill Farm in Hollis, go solo for a Ladies Night with a screening of Clueless, or

In 2011, New Hampshire lawmakers passed the so-called Stand Your Ground Law. The state has seen controversy over the law, with some calling for its repeal. Many states have had similar laws on the books for years now, and we talked with Associate Professor Mark Hoekstra of Texas A&M University about research on trends in those states. I started by asking him what the research specifically looked at.

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As part of NHPR’s series A Loaded Issue, we’re talking with Granite Staters to get their thoughts about gun ownership, laws, and culture. Today we’ll get a glimpse of law enforcement from a unique perspective.

Manchester Police Officer Daniel Doherty is back at work, less than eleven months after being shot multiple times while attempting to apprehend a suspect. That suspect, Myles Webster, is now serving 60 years to life for attempted murder. As someone who patrols the state’s largest city, I asked Officer Doherty what the official procedure is when a suspect has a gun.

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