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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Morning Edition
11:41 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Heating Oil: Should You Pre-Buy?

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:34 am
Fri February 21, 2014

NH This Weekend: Wine & Snow

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:57 am
Fri February 14, 2014

NH This Weekend: Fire, Ice & Birds

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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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NH This Weekend: Groundhogs & Oscar Shorts

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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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Arts & Culture
9:41 am
Fri January 17, 2014

NH This Weekend: Farmers Markets & Comfort Food

In recent years, the idea of winter farmers markets has caught on. In New Hampshire, the Department of Agriculture website lists 21 markets that run at least monthly; some weekly. So what will you find a farmer’s market in the middle of cold, snowy January? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has done some research- she’s here to tell us about it.

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Business and Economy
9:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

New Mortgage Regulations Now In Effect

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The new year has brought some changes to the process of getting a mortgage. Home buyers may have already noticed as banks and other lenders have tightened standards since the recession, but new regulatory changes are going into effect. To hear how those changes will impact borrowers and the housing market in general, we’ve called Barbara Cunningham. She is with the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bankers and Brokers of New Hampshire.

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Arts & Culture
9:26 am
Fri January 10, 2014

NH This Weekend: Rollerskates & The American Dream

Roller skating had been around for decades, but in 1980 it reached a cultural zenith with the release of the movie Xanadu. And now, you can experience it on stage at the Palace Theater. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about this musical on wheels and an exhibition at the Currier.

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Health
11:23 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Two States, Two Approaches To The Affordable Care Act

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While the Affordable Care Act is a federal law, it’s playing out very differently across the states. In New Hampshire, strong opposition from Republican lawmakers and a lack of competition between insurance companies has marred the roll out advocates had hoped for.

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Morning Edition
9:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

MA Casinos Coming- Eventually

It’s been two years since Massachusetts’ gaming law took effect, but so far, not a single casino has been licensed or built.  The law allows for three regional resort casino licenses and one slots parlor.  Casino proposals in the Southeastern part of the state have stalled.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

NH This Weekend: Rock, Paper, Scissors & Christmas too

Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells Morning Edition about some interesting weekend events- including the New Hampshire's Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, and  It's a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play.

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Morning Edition
9:38 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Heating Assistance Funding Drops Again

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, will once again see funding cuts this year.  The program has seen funding drop each year since 2008.  Since registration began this season, some 30,000 households in New Hampshire have applied for fuel assistance. Celeste Lovett, fuel assistance program manager at the New Hampshire Office of Energy Planning talked with Morning Edition to explain what the funding reduction could mean for those applicants.

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Arts & Culture
10:11 am
Fri December 6, 2013

NH This Weekend: You Can always Go Downtown

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us city events in Concord and Manchester designed to draw spectators- and shoppers- downtown this weekend.

Midnight Merriment in Concord and Manchester's Spirit of New Hampshire Christmas Parade.

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Morning Edition
10:58 am
Fri November 22, 2013

How Recessions Make Women Breadwinners

It's a trend that has been ongoing for years, but was accelerated by the recession: women as breadwinners.  Kristin Smith is family demographer at the Carsey Institute and a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has researched and written extensively about how women's incomes have become the primary source in more households.

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Business and Economy
9:33 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Jobs: Quantity Vs. Quality

The numbers suggest employment levels are returning to where they were before the recession, but those jobs are not necessarily the quality jobs New Hampshire has had in the past. Economist Denis Delay talks about the numbers and trends, and what they could mean for the future of the state.

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Business and Economy
10:30 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Housing & Jobs, Five Years Later

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Home prices are generally lower than they were 5 years ago, lenders are offering relatively low interest rates, and foreclosures are down after historic highs. At the same time, many home owners are still under water, meaning they owe more than their home is worth. To learn more about the housing market in the state and its impact on jobs, we turn to Russ Thibeault, the President of Applied Economic Research, an economic and real estate consulting firm based in Laconia.

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