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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12:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

The Music In Between

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Have you ever heard some music on NHPR and wondered, "what was that song?" Those musical interludes set the tone and pace for the stories you hear, because great storytelling demands great music. It’s why we choose the music that surrounds our reporting so carefully. This week, we’ll hear more of that music in between. 

Playlist:

Modest Mouse; “Custom”

Beastie Boys; “Son of Neckbone:

Wilco; “Impossible Germany”

Son Volt; “Chanty”

Kaki King; “Solipsist”

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

NH this Weekend: Castles & Rockets

It’s  the first weekend of summer and it looks as if the weather is going along with the concept.  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is here to highlight two events to get us outside and enjoying the season.

Master Sand Sculpting Competition at Hampton Beach

Kearsarge Area Rocket Society June Launch

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

NH this Weekend: Classic Games, Cocktails and Chili

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details three events this weekend in the Granite State:

The International Classic Video Game Tournament

Wanna practice? Play some classic video games right now.

7th Annual Portsmouth Cocktail Competition

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Morning Edition
9:22 am
Fri May 24, 2013

NH this Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is known for flags, parades, and the unofficial start to summer; but Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo, has some alternatives.

Nashua International Sculpture Symposium

Lilac Festival at the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion

Senior Tour Auto Racers at Lee Speedway

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Morning Edition
11:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

What About Charitable Gaming?

If a casino is built in the state, charities in New Hampshire worry their low-stakes table games and bingo nights just won’t be able to compete. Many hold annual charity gaming events to raise funds, and fear big losses. Annmarie Timmins has been covering the casino debate for the Concord Monitor. She joined Morning Edition to talk about the possible effects to charitable gaming.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

More Open Road Tolling

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Three years after introducing open road tolling at the Hampton toll plaza on Interstate 95, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is nearly done converting the Hooksett plaza on I93. Bill Boynton, spokesperson for the DOT, joined Morning Edition's Rick Ganley to explain the benefits and what drivers can expect.

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Arts & Culture
9:31 am
Fri May 10, 2013

N.H. This Weekend: Knights & Knitting

Arts & Culture
9:38 am
Fri May 3, 2013

NH this Weekend: Free Comics & Cows

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talks to Morning Edition about two events going on in the Granite State this weekend; Free Comic Book Day and  Opening day at Canterbury Shaker Village- featuring a Heifer Parade.

Links:

Double Midnight Comics in Manchester

Jetpack Comics in Rochester

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Morning Edition
9:30 am
Tue April 23, 2013

The Head of DRED

Jeffrey Rose is New Hampshire's new Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. He came to our studios to talk about what's on his to-do list, the experience he brings to the job, what the state gets right- and what could be improved.

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NH News
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Remembering The Chief

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Friday marks the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney. He was killed in the line of duty, helping fellow officers who themselves had been shot while attempting to execute a search warrant in a drug case. The Chief was popular and well admired in the small seacoast town, and many in the community are still feeling the loss intensely.  The town’s current Police Chief Tara Laurent talks about how her Department is observing the anniversary.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

NH this Weekend: Made in NH

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz previews the Made in NH Expo and a new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art- "Crafting Settlement".

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6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Charity of Wiffle Ball

The Green Monster at Little Fenway
Rick Ganley

In Essex, Vermont there’s a scale replica of a famous baseball park. In fact, there are two. In 2000, Pat O’ Connor had the crazy idea to build a version of Boston’s famed Fenway Park in his backyard. The following year he began to hold Wiffle ball tournaments to raise money for various charities. Later, he built another field next door- Little Wrigley.  Fast forward to 2013, and those two fields host dozens of charity tournaments each year, and have helped to raise more than 2 million dollars.  And there’s talk of yet another field.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Waking Up the Ball Park

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Late season snow won't stop the New Hampshire Fisher Cats from 'working on the show'.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Tap the Sap

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It's Maple Weekend in the Granite State.  More than 110 farms and sugar shacks will be open to the public with demonstrations of syrup production, maple products to taste and buy, and hands-on activities. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some highlights.

Find a participating sugar shack near you

Want to tap your own? Read up on the basics of D.I.Y. maple tappin'

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

The Sap Is Flowing This Year

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As producers prepare for Maple Weekend, New Hampshire Maple Producers Association Treasurer Howard Pearl tells us what maple syrup and other products mean to the state economy- and how the sap is flowing this year.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Fri March 15, 2013

NH this Weekend: Battles & Bubble Hockey

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to talk about three 'battles' in Manchester this weekend.

Battle of the Bands at the Palace Theater

6th Annual CHaD Battle of the Badges All-Star Hockey Championship

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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

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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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9:25 am
Tue February 12, 2013

An Officer's Perspective

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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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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

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