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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Arts & Culture
9:24 am
Fri February 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Dinos!

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

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Morning Edition
8:16 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Growing a Medical Marijuana Dispensary


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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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

NH this Weekend: Unusual Valentine's

Credit Nils Geylen, via Flickr Creative Commons

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

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Morning Edition
10:22 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Stand Your Ground Equals More Gun Deaths?

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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Morning Edition
9:25 am
Tue February 12, 2013

An Officer's Perspective

Credit WMUR-TV

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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Morning Edition
10:13 am
Mon February 11, 2013

A Gun Owner On Gun Laws

As part of or series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here. We’ll be hearing from some of them throughout the series. This morning we hear from Keith Savage. He’s a business owner who lives in Goffstown.  I started our conversation by asking how guns became a part of his life.

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Morning Edition
11:55 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Munyenyezi Trial Unlike Any Before In N.H.

Opening statements began in federal court in Concord for the second trial of 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Manchester woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could enter the United States and become a citizen. 

Prosecutors say Munyenyezi ordered the rapes and murders of Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the genocide. They contend she was lying when she denied any role in the killings on papers used to enter the United States in 1995 and obtain citizenship in 2003.   Munyenyezi's 2012 trial ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked.

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Arts & Culture
9:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

NH this Weekend: Ice Bars, Ice Hockey, and Samurais

Amy Diaz talks with Rick Ganley about the Ice Bar at Bedford Village Inn, the Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith, and Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armour at the Currier.

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Arts & Culture
6:40 am
Fri January 25, 2013

New Hampshire - Hockey Hub

The third annual Black Ice Pond Championship gets underway today. This event features three days of open air hockey the way it all started back in 1883 in Concord- on a frozen pond.  It got us thinking about the origins of the sport here in the Granite State. So we called up Jim Hayes, the Executive Director of New Hampshire Legends of Hockey, a non-profit that works to preserve the history of the sport in New Hampshire.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

N.H. This Weekend: Family Fun

Fight cabin fever; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about three things to do with the kids this weekend, including a treasure exhibit at the  McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery, making life-sized toys at  the Children's Museum of NH, and winter walk tours at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

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Arts & Culture
9:32 am
Fri January 11, 2013

NH this Weekend: Trailer Park Musicals and Whimsy

Trailer park residents who burst into song. Skilled crafts people who create an ode to toys. It’s just part of this weekend in New Hampshire. Amy Diaz joins us to give a few details on two rather unique happenings. Amy is the Editor of the Hippo, a paper that features some stories about a unique musical and League of NH Craftsman’s exhibit.

Check out the Great American Trailer Park Musical Blog

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On The Political Front

Each week, get a run-down of what is happening on the New Hampshire political front when Morning Edition host Rick Ganley interviews Senior Political Reporter, Josh Rogers.

Morning Edition
6:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Lost & Found: The Ski Hills Of N.H.

Years ago while chasing my then- toddler  around a small hillside park in Derry, I found a large chunk of iron; It was an odd site, this hulking engine block in the brush and undergrowth at the top of the hill. Then I noticed the telephone poles.  They were several feet back in the woods. Two of the poles had wheel hubs displaying just a hint of the yellow they were once painted. A thin wire bowed between two of them.

This was a rope tow.

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Arts & Culture
9:54 am
Fri December 14, 2012

NH this Weekend: Puppets & Gingerbread

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins us to talk about two Christmas-themed events this weekend: one traditional, the other with a twist.

It’s A Wonderful Life & A Child’s Christmas in Wales- with puppets

(Some performances are sold out, but tickets may become available at the box office- call ahead)

Christmas at Canterbury

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Arts & Culture
10:39 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NH this Weekend: Cookie Tours

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details two holiday cookie tours in the Granite State:

Currier & Ives Cookie Tour

Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour