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
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

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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

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

NH This Weekend: S.N.O.B.

Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo, talks with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about the S.N.O.B. film festival in Concord and also a screening of a film documenting the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen at the Currier in Manchester.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri November 2, 2012

NH This Weekend: NH Open Doors

This weekend restaurants, shops, farms and art galleries will once again participate in New Hampshire Open Doors, an event highlighting locally-made products and cultural attractions. It’s an event that has grown over the years and includes businesses and artists from every region in the state. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us more.

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weekend events
6:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

NH this Weekend: Get the Spirit

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talks about two events to get you in the Halloween spirit: The Magic of the Night: Haunted Family Magic and Ghosts of the Winter Cemetery Tour

  

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Morning Edition
6:58 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Sport Of Pumpkin Chunking

This November, tens of thousands will again head for a frozen field in Delaware to watch more than one hundred massive machines throw fruit into the sky. It turns out New Hampshire has some top teams in the sport of pumpkin chunking.

Yes, those who do it consider it a sport.

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State races
7:24 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Breaking Down N.H. State Races

Analyst Dean Spiliotes talks with Morning Edition's Rick Ganley about some Granite State Senate races to watch this election season.

NH this Weekend
6:17 am
Fri October 5, 2012

N.H. This Weekend: Fall Fests

Two big festivals this weekend celebrate New Hampshire's colorful season- and its quirks. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on the Milford Pumpkin Festival and Warner Fall Foliage Festival

Elections 2012
10:40 am
Fri September 28, 2012

PolitiFact Rulings: Speaker Bill O'Brien Responds and Shea-Porter's Veterans Ad

Every Friday leading up to Election Day, we’ll check in with PolitiFact to find out just how truthful the candidates have been on the campaign trail. PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com, a project of the Tampa Bay Times.  The goal is to help you find the truth in politics.  They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.   Morning Edition host Rick Ganley talks with the Telegraph’s managing editor for content, Jonathan Van Fleet.

In this conversation:

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David Baker
7:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

How an Artist Made a Community

This Friday, a new documentary will premiere in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. See What’s Whispered tells the story of artist David Baker. Baker came to the town of Jackson in 1946. He went on to make his name locally with a roadside gallery and studio on route 16 that he continued working in until the 1990s. Film maker Judy Faust says he became well known well beyond the Mt. Washington Valley not only for his work, but for the way he and his wife welcomed all. 

Elections 2012
11:41 am
Fri September 14, 2012

PolitiFact Rulings: N.H. Congressional Races

Every Friday leading up to Election Day, Morning Edition checsk in with PolitiFact about just how truthful candidates’ campaign statements are.

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Morning Edition
7:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Lessons Learned At Farm Camp

Rick Ganley

Many kids spent their summer vacation attending camp. Maybe it was the typical cabin-in-the-woods experience, with swimming and archery lessons. Surely you or someone you know was shuttling their young aspiring athlete to and from sports camps of one sort or another. Budding engineers may have headed for science programs. There are kids, however, who spent a week or two learning to milk a goat, as well as the finer points of feeding a 700 pound pig. They did that- among other activities- at the Educational Farm at Joppa Hill in Bedford.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

N.H. This Weekend: Disc Dogs & Skateboards

Granite State Disc Dogs

What's a "disc dog"? Wanna do the skateboard slalom course? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the story of two unusual events in the Granite State this weekend.

Read the Hippo story on the Granite State Disc Dogs here. 

Read about the Antrim Home & Harvest Festival featuring the Can/Am Slalom Championship here.

Elections 2012
10:28 am
Fri September 7, 2012

PolitiFact Rulings: President Obama, Sen. Ayotte And The Kuster Campaign

Every Friday leading up to Election Day, NHPR checks in with PolitiFact about just how truthful candidates’campaign statements are.  PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com., a project of the Tampa Bay Times. The goal is to help you find the truth in politics. They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.  

Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

NH this Weekend: Festivals

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about two major festivals featuring food and music (and lots of both). Read more about the Manchester Music Festival here, and the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival here.   

Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Farmers Markets: Ripe for the Picking

This is a great time to hit your local farmer's market; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about some surprising finds. Read more from The Hippo, and find a market near you.

Elections 2012
6:50 am
Fri August 31, 2012

True, False, Or Pants On Fire?

Campaign season is in full swing.  You know it by the TV ads and campaign signs … and by the return of PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter.  PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com., a project of the Tampa Bay Times.  The goal is to help you find the truth in politics.  They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.   

And every week on Morning Edition, we’ll check in with the Telegraph’s managing editor for content, Jonathan Van Fleet about the most recent rulings.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

NH this Weekend: Antiques & Fine Craft

Get your New Hampshire- made craft or antique fix this weekend. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has information on the 79th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair and the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association Show.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

NH this Weekend: Music & Art

The weekend is made for music and art. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on two events that offer both. She talked with Morning Edition’s Rick Ganley about the Lowell Folk Festival and the Outdoor Juried Sculpture Exhibit at Mill Brook Garden.

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