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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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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

  

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.

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

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

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.

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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. 

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

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.

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.

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.  

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.   

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.

True, False, Or Pants On Fire?

Aug 31, 2012

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.

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.

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.

When is a benefit concert more than just a concert? When it’s a show put on by Concord native and Grammy-winning Dan Zanes. We talked with Dan this past March when his old rock band the Del Fuegos reunited for a series of shows. His current band, Dan Zanes and Friends, tours the world playing what he calls “exuberant, handmade 21st century social music for enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers”. This Saturday he’ll be back on stage in Concord along with several local musicians for a benefit for the Friendly Kitchen.

New Hampshire Filmmaker Dan Habib followed student Kelsey Carrol in the new film Who Cares About Kelsey. His cameras focused on Kelsey both in and out of school to get a sense of the obstacles this troubled teen faced in completing her high school education- and finding hope for her own future. A decade ago Somersworth had one of the highest dropout rates in the state. The movie profiles a program that has changed that, and become a model around the nation.  

Dan Habib will be at Red River Theatres in Concord Sunday for a screening and to lead a discussion about the film. 

Fear of the Beetle

May 10, 2012

New Hampshire foresters are closely watching the movements of an exotic beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer.  Just last month the U-S Forest Service announced that for the first time, the beetle has been found east of the Hudson river.  That’s just ninety miles from the New Hampshire border.  The Emerald Ash Borer first appeared in North America ten years ago, and has killed millions of ash trees in several mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, as well as Canada.  To find out whether or not the beetle poses a threat to the Granite State, we turn to Kyle Lombard.  He’s the Forest Health Prog

Photo Credit: Mary-Catherine Jones

This past Saturday, about 200 people came together for the Immigrant Integration in New Hampshire Conference. The intent of the gathering was to highlight the positive benefits immigrants have on New Hampshire’s business and communities. It was also to share ideas on what works well for integrating new comers to the state. As part of NHPR’s ongoing series New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, I spoke with Kelly Laflamme, the Program Director of the Endowment for Health, and an organizer of the event. She said the conference brought together a diverse set of people and agencies.

Photos: Mary-Catherine Jones, you can view her work here.

Dave Christensen

Much has been made of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, but few have had the chance to dive to the wreck since its discovery in 1985. One man that has is Dave Christensen. In 2005, he was able to take part in a 12 hour dive to the ship. The New Hampshire resident is a partner in Clear Path Entertainment, a company that books entertainment acts and also works to bring historical collections to venues around the country.

Since 1896, the Manchester Historic Association has been collecting and sharing documents, pictures and other items from the city’s past. The association also encourages preservation. On April 17th, it will present its 20thannual Preservation Awards, honoring those who have worked to restore historic buildings and traditions in Manchester. Aurore Eaton is the Executive Director. She tells  NHPR's Rick Ganley about the awards and the role of the Manchester Historic Association.

 

 

Baseball’s spring training is well under way in Florida and Arizona. While players work to make a spot for themselves and prepare for the start of the season, coaches, managers and scouts evaluate the talent they see on the fields; and they increasingly are using something called advanced defensive metrics.  John Dewan is the owner of Baseball Info Solutions, and one of the authors of The Fielding Bible- Volume 3.  The book is a compilation of defensive statistics.

Challenges Met

Mar 14, 2012

Over this past weekend, Nashua resident Randy Pierce became one of the few- and the only blind person on record- to hike all 48 of New Hampshire’s four-thousand foot mountain peaks in one winter. It’s a feat few dare take on, but Randy and his guide dog Quinn like a challenge. Randy has begun a non- profit called 2020 Vision Quest, seeking to inspire people to reach beyond adversity and achieve their goals.

Boston-based band the Del Fuegos put out three critically- acclaimed albums, and had hits with the tracks “Don’t Run Wild” and “I Still Want You” in the 1980s.  Declining commercial success and in-fighting caused the original line-up to implode by the end of the decade. Now, the four original members have reunited for a short stint of dates to rekindle the fire, despite very successful careers after their band’s heyday.

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