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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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.

NHPR is a sponsor of the 59th annual New Hampshire State Spelling Bee, which will take place this Saturday at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.   The best spellers from around the state will gather to compete and the top speller will go on to represent New Hampshire at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.   One of the contestants is 12 year old Jasmine Cuenca from Derry, a regional finalist last year.  I had a chance to talk to her and her mother Deborah about what it takes to prepare and compete in a spelling bee.  I started off by asking Jasmine how she felt when

According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu season is usually at its peak by February…but not this year.

Might it have something to do with all the warm weather?

State health officials say it’s not likely.

But Doctor Jodie Dion Odom, Deputy State Epidemiologist, says it is unusual that the influenza virus this year is as mild as the winter. 

Hiking for the Cause

Feb 15, 2012
Larissa Dannis

Opposition to the Northern Pass Project has inspired lawn signs, bumper stickers and even legislation.   Avid hiker Larisa Dannis has taken her protest of the proposed 180 mile transmission line through New Hampshire’s North Country to the top. 

It's not all about sports bars and Bowl parties; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has a few suggestions for those who want a little art this weekend, including a new exhibit at The Currier, a trio of one act plays, and some opera

USDA

The USDA recently released a new growing zone map for the entire country. The Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the guide gardeners use to determine what plants and flowers will most likely thrive in their location. This is the first significant update in more than 20 years. The new online interactive map takes advantage of much more detailed data analysis, and it’s making news because it shows that warmer winters are sustaining plants that previously would have died off in colder climates.

You can catch up on the Oscar-nominees this weekend, but there's also a chance to catch a rocumentary on Portsmouth's music scene in the 90's and ask the screenwriter of Ground Hog Day why he wanted Bill Murray to live forever.  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the popcorn.

 

 

Eat & Drink (all week)

Jan 20, 2012
Hippopress

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells NHPR's Rick Ganley about Concord's Dine Out and 9th annual New Hampshire Wine Week

Making a living as a working musician has never been easy. Most work day jobs and feed their stage passions at night and on weekends, playing in the corners of smoky bars and dimly-lit restaurants. The dream for many weekend warriors is to play music full-time.  One New Hampshire musician that has made the leap is Plymouth’s Jim Tyrrell. Now he’s hoping to help other Granite State acts with a little promotion… by exposing them on a new local TV show as well as online.  He talked with NHPR's Rick Ganley about playing music, his new show and the New Hampshire music scene. 

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talks with NHPR's Rick Ganley about a new play from New Hampshire's Ernest Thompson  Political Suicide  and a new stage adaptation of the classic Frankenstein.

 

 

Americans Elect is an organization aiming to hold a national on-line nomination for a third-party ticket in the 2012 presidential race. The group is making headlines not just because of what they aim to do, but also because of conspiracy theories about why the group exists and who is funding it.

Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman says American’s Elect isn’t a political party.

A Trio of Nutcrackers

Dec 16, 2011

There are many production of The Nutcracker this weekend in New Hampshire; Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells us about three unique versions, including An 1836 Portsmouth NutcrackerChildren's Nutcracker at the Flying Monkey, and The Nutcracker at the Keefe Auditorium.

The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a web site it calls Liberty Watch.  The focus is on the presidential candidates. 

Steve Gosset is the manager of media relations  with the ACLU and came to our studios to explain what Liberty Watch does.

 

 

 

 

From MainStreetConcord.com

Holiday shopping isn't all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Parades and tree lightings get people into downtown shopping districts and provide a real boost to local businesses. Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells us how- and where- to go local this weekend. 

 

Plaid Friday: Go Local

Nov 25, 2011

You may know the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, but on the Seacoast, today is also Plaid Friday.

Plaid Friday began last year as a way to encourage shoppers to discover local stores. David Boynton is the Executive Director of Seacoast Local, an organization that promotes independent businesses. He explains what Plaid Friday is about to NHPR’s Rick Ganley.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is the investigative arm of the US Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of ICE is to enforce federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. As part of that mission, the agency conducts crackdowns on businesses who hire illegal workers. In the past two years, the agency has made a shift in its actions, directing more resources on identifying and fining employers rather than large scale raids on employees.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has birds, beer and a really nice table setting on the mind. She tells NHPR's Rick Ganley about three events in the state this weekend.

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Rick Broussard, Editor of Volume 2 in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series, explains why New Hampshire is such a good background for a mystery anthology.

It's not all about Halloween this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has suggestions for other events in New Hampshire.

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Charlie Morgan will be allowed to bring her same-sex partner to a family guard event this weekend, but says it's just the first step to true equality.

A New Hampshire National Guard member will be allowed to bring her same-sex partner to a family guard event this weekend.

The Guard originally said Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan couldn’t bring her spouse, Karen Morgan, to a service designed to help returning soldiers and their families deal with the transition back to civilian life.

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