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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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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Fall is here and Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer tells us why he feels this is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs in the yard.

Why not plant in the spring?

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Grab your kilt and head for Loon Mountain this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details the NH Highland Games, and The Palace’s production of The Full Monty. Here’s  the big reveal.

Let’s begin with the Highland Games…

It’s a huge celebration of Scottish culture and history… everything from music and dance to heavy athletics.

How many people come to this each year?

This is Scotland’s moment… they get between 21,000 and 23,00 over the weekend.

Fall In The Garden

Sep 16, 2014
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With fall around the corner, it’s a good time to evaluate the growing season just past- and plan ahead for next year. Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer offers some tips.

How did your garden do this year?

My garden did great this year- it was a little cool, but we had plenty of sunshine and plenty of rain. I grew corn for the first time in many years and it did really well.

What should gardeners be doing in the vegetable garden now?

It’s a weekend to geek out at Granite State Comicon. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us why it’s especially worthy for Game of Thrones fans.

Like many comicon events, Granite State Comicon has become much more than just an event for comic fans…

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Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer talks about mums, decorative kale and cabbage, and preparing for fall.

Fall is on the way… what are you doing to prepare?

Summer flowers that are looking tired can be made to look pretty darn good in the fall… I cut them back right about now… I give them some liquid fertilizer and they’ll re-bloom nicely in two or three weeks.

Are there fall plants we should consider buying now?  

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is back for a look at New Hampshire events this weekend; It's Fest-A-Palooza Two, the Sequel!

For foodies, there's  Greekfest in Manchester, Fire on the Mountain Henniker Rotary Chili Fest, and the Jakarta Fair in Somersworth.

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Jim Lawrence is a former state Representative, having served three terms in the New Hampshire Statehouse.

The Hudson man is running in the 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

President Barack Obama’s policies – being supported 95 percent of the time by Ann Kuster – in my estimation, they were destroying the future of American for my children. I felt that I had to act. The other Republican candidates running in the race weren’t talking about the issues that I felt were important to the voters of New Hampshire.

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Marilinda Garcia is in her fourth term serving the town of Salem in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

She's among the Republicans running in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

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Gary Lambert served as a state Senator for a single term, and is now looking to represent the state’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

The attorney from Nashua also recently retired from the Marine Corps and is seeking to unseat Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.

Why are you running?

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Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer sings the praises of good compost- and offers tips for making your own.

What’s so special about compost?

Compost will help your soil hold water, and allow it to drain better when needed. It also introduces fungi and bacteria that are beneficial.

Of course you can just go and buy some, but you make your own.

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Frank Guinta held the District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012, when he was defeated by the current incumbent, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

Guinta, who has also served as a state representative and mayor of Manchester, is one of four Republicans competing in September's primary for the right to challenge Shea-Porter in November.

Frank Guinta joined me in NHPR's studio to talk about the race and his stance on some of the issues. (Scroll down to find the full audio of our interview with Guinta, as well as the version edited for broadcast.) 

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Dan Innis is former Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and co-owner of Portsmouth’s Ale House Inn.

He is one of four Republicans competing in September's primary in the District 1 race for the U.S. House of Representatives. That seat is currently held by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

Dan Innis joined me in NHPR's studio to talk about the race and his stance on some of the issues. (Scroll down to find the full audio of our interview with Innis, as well as the version edited for broadcast.) 

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has a list of festivals to attend. If you’re looking for food, art or history around the Granite State this weekend, we’ve got you covered. 

Feeling hungry?

• Manchester serves up the Mahrajan Middle Eastern Festival, a celebration of Middle Eastern culture, featuring loads of live music & Lebanese food. The festival runs from Friday 8/15 through Sunday 8/17 and takes place at Our Lady of the Cedars Church.

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It’s August and vacation season. Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer has some suggestions for keeping the garden growing while you're away. 

Henry, what do you do with your gardens when you’re going away for a long period of time?

Want some outdoor theater? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has a rundown of performances in the Granite State this weekend, including Shrek the Musical at Prescott Park and Outdoor Shakespeare

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Cornish resident and 'Gardening Guy’ Henry Homeyer has been busy harvesting his tomatoes. He offers some tips on what to do with a bumper crop.

How have your tomato plants been doing this year?

“It’s been a great year – knock on wood – for tomatoes. We’ve had plenty of sunshine, plenty of moisture. I get a lot of emails from readers of my weekly gardening column and I have not heard a single complaint about late blight coming in early and wiping out anybody’s tomatoes, so I think we’re doing fine.”

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Last week we talked with Cornish resident and gardening guy Henry Homeyer about bugs—more specifically bugs in the garden. Henry writes a weekly column for several newspapers around New England, and this week is tackling another bane: weeds. Let’s find out how he deals with them.

Want to learn more about Henry? Click here to read his blog.

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