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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Though forecasts for the day mean you probably won’t be enjoying fireworks until perhaps tomorrow, consumer fireworks are legal in New Hampshire—though at least 18 towns ban them.

NHPR's Ryan Lessard sits down with Rick Ganley to talk about the state's fireworks regulations.

RG: So Ryan, not all types fireworks are legal in New Hampshire. Which ones can we find on the shelves and which ones are still banned?

The strawberries are in! Hippo Editor Amy Diaz knows where to find them, and where to get some good local eats this weekend. She tells us about the Hollis Strawberry Festival and NH Dairy Day at the New Hampshire Farm Museum.

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As the tick population continues to explode in the Northeast, the number of cases of Lyme disease continues to grow. It’s a big issue in New Hampshire as we have thousands of cases of Lyme each year, but experts say the number is actually much higher than what is ever reported. There are also many other tick-borne diseases that are being misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly.

 Related: Things You Should Know About Ticks 

Division Of The Arts Lands New Director

Jun 16, 2014

New Hampshire will soon have a new director of the Department of Cultural Resources Division of the Arts. Ginnie Lupi comes to the position after serving of the executive director of the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger lakes in Corning, NY. Lupi will take over the position in August. I spoke with Lupi about her appointment as director and her plans for art in the Granite State:

What does the department do and what is your role in the Arts Division?

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See how the environment affects art at three events this weekend in New Hampshire. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details the Andres Institute of Art, the Nashua Sculpture Symposium, and Art in Nature 2014: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at The Fells.

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It seems as if everything was running behind schedule this spring; Maple syrup producers were worried about a slow start, and gardeners may have put off planting a bit later. What does it mean for our local farmers markets? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has been talking with organizers and tells us what to expect- and has suggestions for eating out this weekend.

Find a list of Famer's Markets here.

    

NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses plans to fix the state's Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which has been ruled unconstitutional by two superior court justices.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz offers a list of fairs in New Hampshire this weekend- with plenty of variety.  There's Ye New Hampshire Renaissance Faire, the Art Fest: Community Creations at the Currier Museum, something known as Brick Fair New England (featuring intricate and big creations made from Legos), and something for the sheep lovers- the New Hampshire Sheep

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Earlier this year, the Obama administration formed a White House Task Force to Protect Students from sexual assault.

Recently that task force announced a series of actions to identify the scope of the problem and help schools with prevention. One of the programs the administration highlighted is the Prevention Innovations initiative at the University of New Hampshire.  I talked with Jane Stapleton, a co-director, and asked her to explain the program:

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A 2013 report says 3,095 international students pursued higher education in New Hampshire; that was up 6.3 percent from the previous year. That report also estimates the foreign student expenditure in the state at $103 million dollars. To get an idea about the trend and what it means for schools both here and nationally, I spoke with Karin Fischer, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She covers international education issues.  

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How much is a sports program worth to a college or university? I spoke with Michael McCann, Director of the UNH Law Sport and Entertainment Law Institute, about why the answer is different for New Hampshire than in other parts of the country.

Why is the value of a college sports program different in New Hampshire?

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The first Saturday in May is known as Free Comic Book Day. Amy Diaz, Editor for The Hippo, tells us how its celebrated in New Hampshire.  Get the details here. 

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats public address announcer Alex Miniak has been called up to the big leagues.

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Executive Producer of The Exchange Keith Checks in with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the scene at this morning's 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

"There are definitely more police here. I'm sure there's a lot more undercover police that I'm unaware of," Shields said. "We chartered a bus from my area of Boston. We got here. We have bags on our bus and there's no problems so far. We really haven't had anybody check our bus, nobody come on. It sort of feels kind of normal here today."

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on Discover Wild NH Day and The New England Reptile Expo.

Amanda Burgess of Nashua is blogging for NPR about her experience of returning to the Boston Marathon this year.

She was stopped less than a mile from the finish line last year.

That's where her two children and several family members were standing. 

Thankfully, they were not injured, but it was two hours before she was able to get in touch with them.

Rick Ganley: You’ve been writing about your experience over the past several months for NPR. How did you get involved in that blog?

    Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks with Rick Ganley about the past weekend in political activity in the Granite State and an upcoming vote in the Senate regarding repealing New Hampshire's death penalty.

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It was a long, cold and snowy winter- that was good news for New Hampshire’s ski areas. Karl Stone, Marketing Director for Ski NH says the numbers are good for the resorts AND the state’s economy in general.

How has the 2013/2014 season stacked up?

Right now the numbers look really good… last year was our 5th best on record, and we’re tracking relatively even with that.

    

Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about questions being raised regarding potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein's residency. 

Rogers also talks about big changes at two major New Hampshire newspapers and what's on the docket at the Statehouse this week.

It's a foodies' delight this weekend. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some details on Eats Week in Manchester and the Made in NH Expo.

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Mar 28, 2014

There are stage productions of two now-classic musicals and a film festival all happening in the Granite State. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about The Producers at the Palace Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors at Saint Anselm College, and the NH Jewish Film Festival.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord is the scene Friday for a conference on combating human trafficking. Cory Smith, an Adjunct Professor at the University says human trafficking happens everywhere, including New Hampshire. He will be one of the moderators at today’s event. 

This conference comes as legislation is pending in Concord to strengthen protections for victims of human trafficking- let’s define what trafficking is and what this legislation would do.

    

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about a proposal to increase New Hampshire's gas tax, Scott Brown ramping up his Senate campaign, and Vice President Joe Biden visiting Nashua on Tuesday.

This is Maple Weekend in New Hampshire, so we talked with Bodie Peters, President of the NH Maple Producers Association, to get his perspective on how the sap season is shaping up.

With the unusually cold weather we’ve had, are producers actually boiling sap yet?

In southern New Hampshire, yes- in the north, there’s one I know of that did in January during that little warm spell.

How unusual is this season?

Town Meeting season is upon us, which means voters across New Hampshire will head to the polls today to weigh in on budgets, contracts, town elections and major spending proposals.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley spoke with Christine Fillmore, staff attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, who has been fielding questions and giving guidance to towns as they’ve been preparing for the big day.

And she brought up a number of takeaways as far as any trends go.

The head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers more protections when entering oil pre-buy contracts. Rob Stenger, Chairman of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire, says while that organization generally supports some changes, they oppose regulations they say would pose undue burden to dealers. When I spoke with Stenger, he began by explaining how the business of pre-buying heating fuel has changed in recent years.

The recent log jam in fuel delivery for some customers of Fred Fuller Oil Company has again led to calls for more regulation of what’s known as pre-buy contracts. Senior Assistant Attorney General and the head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau James Boffetti this month cautioned consumers that pre-buy agreements don’t provide adequate protection and said his office continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers better guarantees.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some suggestions to ward off cabin fever this weekend. She tells us about the Winter Family Fun Fest at LaBelle Winery and some winter carnivals in Merrimack and Lowell MA.

Don't let the weather get you down; get out of the house this weekend and check out the Portsmouth Fire & Ice Festival  or help celebrate the Audubon's 100th Birthday Bash.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talked with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about the events in Portsmouth, including an ice bar and dog sled rides at Strawbery Banke.

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It has been a rough winter so far. Maybe you’re wondering when it will ease up. Forget the weather forecasters; there’s a certain woodchuck in PA that should know something; and if we have to wake him up and drag him out of his hole to tell us, well, that’s what we’re going to do.  So it’s with great fanfare that Ground Hog Weekend is here. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some suggestions to celebrate right here in New Hampshire, including a way to get up close and personal with whistle-pig. 

Ground Hog Day has actually become a cultural event, hasn’t it?

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