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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In her inaugural address last week, Governor Maggie Hassan made the push for extending commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

"We must find a consensus way forward on rail that will build on our many advantages and help set the stage for a new generation of economic growth by keeping more of our young people right here in the Granite State," Hassan said. 

    

President Obama announced last week he wants to make community college free for students across the country.

Now, that would come with a hefty price tag – the federal government would have to pick up $60 billion in costs over the next decade, with participating states paying for the other 25 percent.

Students would also have to maintain a 2.5 GPA.

The ambitious initiative has sparked a lot of discussion in higher ed circles.

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NHPR’s Josh Rogers joins Rick Ganley Monday mornings to discuss developments on New Hampshire’s political front.

Governor Hassan has begun her second term. Republicans voted Saturday to give Jennifer Horn another turn as party chair. And back to work for lawmakers in Concord. Let’s start with the GOP state committee meeting over the weekend, the re-election of Jennifer Horn. Significant?

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The head of the state Republican Party was elected to her second term over the weekend.

Jennifer Horn first won the party’s chairmanship in 2013, and now with division among Republicans in the House and a big presidential primary looming, she’s taking on the role for another two years.

Jennifer Horn joins Morning Edition to talk about her re-election.

So you’ll be at the helm of the state Republican Party for another two years. What do you see as the biggest challenge heading into your second term?

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While production of certain types of produce is seasonal, demand doesn’t stop when the growing season ends.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire may have taken a step toward a solution to that dilemma.

In a study, they successfully grew bulbing onions planted in fall for a spring harvest with the aid of low tunnels.

Becky Sideman is a researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station.

She joins Morning Edition to talk about her findings.

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Winter is most certainly upon us, so it’s an ideal time to brush up on some popular cold-weather outdoor activities.

New Hampshire Fish & Game, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, is offering a workshop next month for just that purpose. There’s training on everything from ice fishing to tracking wildlife on snowshoes to basic winter outdoor survival skills.

But here’s the twist: The program is for women only.

The “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshop will be held February 14.

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Dartmouth College has charged 64 students accused of cheating in a sports ethics class with violating the Ivy League school’s honor code.  

Rob Wolfe has been reporting on this story for the Valley News and he joins Morning Edition to talk about what we know so far.

So what exactly are the 64 students accused of doing?

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The new legislative session kicked off Wednesday, and by all accounts, the most pressing issue for lawmakers will be crafting a new, two year state budget.

The state is looking at potentially more than $100 million in new costs, and that’s before taking into account a possible multi-million dollar deficit in the current budget.

Republican Neal Kurk of Weare is the chairman of the House Finance Committee joined Morning Edition to talk about the task ahead for lawmakers.

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A documentary is in the works that chronicles the Market Basket saga that unfolded last summer.

“Food Fight – Inside the Battle for Market Basket” is a project directed by Portsmouth filmmaker Jay Childs.

You can learn more about the film on the project's Kickstarter page.

He was there with his camera to capture the story as workers protested and customers boycotted the firing of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

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Each Monday, NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins me on Morning Edition for On The Political Front, a conversation about the week ahead in politics.

Listen to the segment below, or scroll down to read the interview.

Governor Hassan will be inaugurated for her second term Thursday. The legislature holds its first session day Wednesday. Let’s start with the governor. She faces a different political landscape than when she first won office in 2010.

Building On Hope

New Hampshire nonprofits have the chance for an extreme makeover.

Building On Hope is accepting applications through the end of January to choose its next major renovation project.

The volunteer organization relies on donations from builders, architects, designers and suppliers, and has completed $800,000 in renovations for New Hampshire nonprofits over the past six years.

Jonathan Halle from Building On Hope recently joined Rick Ganley to talk about what he’s looking for to help choose the next project.

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It’s no secret that tourism is a vital part of the New Hampshire economy.

It’s the state’s second-largest industry, so it’s fair to say Victoria Cimino has a big job on her hands.

She’s the state’s new director of tourism.

She’s been on the job a few weeks now, and joins Morning Edition to talk about her new role.

So tourism is obviously critical to the state’s economy. How much money are we talking about bringing into the state on a yearly basis? And is it your hope to grow that figure?

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New Hampshire’s new voluntary Hike Safe program is set to launch at the start of the New Year.

For a cost of $25 per person or $35 for a family, the Hike Safe card absolves hikers who need to be rescued of footing the bill for costly rescue operations.

You can purchase one here.

New Hampshire Fish & Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau joins Morning Edition to talk about the new program.

    

The ride-sharing service Uber is causing a stir in Portsmouth.

The company hires third-party drivers and allows customers to request rides using a smartphone app. It’s been operating in the city for at least the past month.

The company also has drivers in Manchester, where city officials have been debating whether the service should be subject to the same regulations as taxis.

That same debate unfolded this week during a meeting of the Portsmouth taxi commission.

Peter Bresciano is the chairman of the commission. He joined Morning Edition.

It’s Christmas cookie time. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about two big cookie tours in the Granite State- and how you (and the kids) can be the architect of your very own gingerbread village.

NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition each Monday to talk about developments in New Hampshire Politics.

The implications of Shawn Jasper’s win over Bill O’Brien in the House Speaker election last week continue to emerge, don’t they?

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us how to get some holiday spirit in New Hampshire this weekend.

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The top-ranked University of New Hampshire football team is set to begin its playoff run this weekend.

The Wildcats will host Fordham University Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA D-1 Football Championship.

Head coach Sean McDonnell joined Morning Edition from Durham to reflect on the season and preview this weekend’s playoff matchup.

After just a single loss in the first game of the season, you ended up with a string of 10 wins. Can you recap this spectacular season?

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You’ve no doubt heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but today is Giving Tuesday, a program that looks to promote the needs of nonprofit groups, rather than retail outlets.

In just a few short years, the effort has grown to include thousands of organizations.  One of them is the Concord-based Community Loan Fund.  President Juliana Eades explains what her group does and what she hopes to see on Giving Tuesday.

 

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz profiles two art events this weekend: M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion- at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester and Objects in Motion: Survey of Work by Kim Bernard at McIninch Art Gallery at SNHU.

There’s a non-profit organization in Portsmouth with the aim of bringing veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military into the performing arts, both on and off the stage.  Jonathan Rockwood Hoar is the Artistic Director of Veterans In Performing Arts. He spoke with Morning Edition about how it started and what it has meant for those who participate.

Two annual events take place this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about NH Open Doors and the S.N.O.B. Film Festival in Concord.

Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan buck national Republican trends; state republicans pick up seats in the State House and a look at the strength of the Democratic party's local political machine.  NHPR's senior political reporter Josh Rogers discusses some of the key midterm results with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley  on this special edition of On the Political Front.

The cold weather is coming... and Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is thinking about getting outside before it does. This weekend is a good opportunity to see some nature at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, Beaver Brook Nature Center in Hollis, or Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester.

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Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer talks about “the three B’s” of cold weather crops in his garden: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts… and kale.

Kale? That starts with a ‘K’.

Well, it’s a brassica; the family that includes those plus cabbage, cauliflower and more. They’re all good cold weather crops and very healthy and tasty.

What makes them so healthy?

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With a week to go until Halloween, Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has plenty of suggestions to get you in the spirit.

For the kids, there's the Halloween Howl in downtown Concord, and the Science-themed Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at the Children's Museum in Dover.

For some spirited history, try Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village.

Got (Local) Garlic?

Oct 21, 2014
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Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer gave us some homework last week; he told us to get some garlic- to plant.  

You wrote this week that this is the time for planting garlic.  Is it easy to grow?

It’s the easiest crop that I grow. I plant it, I mulch it, I harvest it. It’s as simple as that.

Where can you get seed garlic?

The 14th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off in Portsmouth. Nicole Gregg is the Director of the event and spoke with us about how it’s grown and what to expect this weekend.

How does this festival compare to prior years?

This year we expect our highest number of filmmakers in attendance…

With over a hundred films, what are some you’re most excited about?

Got Bulbs?

Oct 15, 2014
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Ever plant some bulbs in the fall and wonder where they went come spring?   Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer has tips for planting those bulbs- and tells us why daffodils are a sure bet.

Henry, what bulbs do you like?

I love all the spring flowering bulbs: tulips, crocus, but I mostly plant daffodils.

Why?

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Gardening Guy and Cornish Flats resident Henry Homeyer says it’s not too late to plant for fall color.

 

We are in the peak of fall foliage season in New Hampshire. What are some of your favorite bright colored trees and shrubs?

Well obviously sugar maple is the best; that’s what everyone travels here to see. It’s kind of big to plant in your yard… but there are a lot of smaller things that people can plant as well.

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