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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On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about a proposal to increase New Hampshire's gas tax, Scott Brown ramping up his Senate campaign, and Vice President Joe Biden visiting Nashua on Tuesday.

This is Maple Weekend in New Hampshire, so we talked with Bodie Peters, President of the NH Maple Producers Association, to get his perspective on how the sap season is shaping up.

With the unusually cold weather we’ve had, are producers actually boiling sap yet?

In southern New Hampshire, yes- in the north, there’s one I know of that did in January during that little warm spell.

How unusual is this season?

Town Meeting season is upon us, which means voters across New Hampshire will head to the polls today to weigh in on budgets, contracts, town elections and major spending proposals.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley spoke with Christine Fillmore, staff attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, who has been fielding questions and giving guidance to towns as they’ve been preparing for the big day.

And she brought up a number of takeaways as far as any trends go.

The head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers more protections when entering oil pre-buy contracts. Rob Stenger, Chairman of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire, says while that organization generally supports some changes, they oppose regulations they say would pose undue burden to dealers. When I spoke with Stenger, he began by explaining how the business of pre-buying heating fuel has changed in recent years.

The recent log jam in fuel delivery for some customers of Fred Fuller Oil Company has again led to calls for more regulation of what’s known as pre-buy contracts. Senior Assistant Attorney General and the head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau James Boffetti this month cautioned consumers that pre-buy agreements don’t provide adequate protection and said his office continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers better guarantees.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some suggestions to ward off cabin fever this weekend. She tells us about the Winter Family Fun Fest at LaBelle Winery and some winter carnivals in Merrimack and Lowell MA.

Don't let the weather get you down; get out of the house this weekend and check out the Portsmouth Fire & Ice Festival  or help celebrate the Audubon's 100th Birthday Bash.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talked with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about the events in Portsmouth, including an ice bar and dog sled rides at Strawbery Banke.

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It has been a rough winter so far. Maybe you’re wondering when it will ease up. Forget the weather forecasters; there’s a certain woodchuck in PA that should know something; and if we have to wake him up and drag him out of his hole to tell us, well, that’s what we’re going to do.  So it’s with great fanfare that Ground Hog Weekend is here. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some suggestions to celebrate right here in New Hampshire, including a way to get up close and personal with whistle-pig. 

Ground Hog Day has actually become a cultural event, hasn’t it?

In recent years, the idea of winter farmers markets has caught on. In New Hampshire, the Department of Agriculture website lists 21 markets that run at least monthly; some weekly. So what will you find a farmer’s market in the middle of cold, snowy January? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has done some research- she’s here to tell us about it.

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The new year has brought some changes to the process of getting a mortgage. Home buyers may have already noticed as banks and other lenders have tightened standards since the recession, but new regulatory changes are going into effect. To hear how those changes will impact borrowers and the housing market in general, we’ve called Barbara Cunningham. She is with the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bankers and Brokers of New Hampshire.

Roller skating had been around for decades, but in 1980 it reached a cultural zenith with the release of the movie Xanadu. And now, you can experience it on stage at the Palace Theater. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about this musical on wheels and an exhibition at the Currier.

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While the Affordable Care Act is a federal law, it’s playing out very differently across the states. In New Hampshire, strong opposition from Republican lawmakers and a lack of competition between insurance companies has marred the roll out advocates had hoped for.

It’s been two years since Massachusetts’ gaming law took effect, but so far, not a single casino has been licensed or built.  The law allows for three regional resort casino licenses and one slots parlor.  Casino proposals in the Southeastern part of the state have stalled.

Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells Morning Edition about some interesting weekend events- including the New Hampshire's Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, and  It's a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, will once again see funding cuts this year.  The program has seen funding drop each year since 2008.  Since registration began this season, some 30,000 households in New Hampshire have applied for fuel assistance. Celeste Lovett, fuel assistance program manager at the New Hampshire Office of Energy Planning talked with Morning Edition to explain what the funding reduction could mean for those applicants.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us city events in Concord and Manchester designed to draw spectators- and shoppers- downtown this weekend.

Midnight Merriment in Concord and Manchester's Spirit of New Hampshire Christmas Parade.

It's a trend that has been ongoing for years, but was accelerated by the recession: women as breadwinners.  Kristin Smith is family demographer at the Carsey Institute and a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has researched and written extensively about how women's incomes have become the primary source in more households.

The numbers suggest employment levels are returning to where they were before the recession, but those jobs are not necessarily the quality jobs New Hampshire has had in the past. Economist Denis Delay talks about the numbers and trends, and what they could mean for the future of the state.

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Home prices are generally lower than they were 5 years ago, lenders are offering relatively low interest rates, and foreclosures are down after historic highs. At the same time, many home owners are still under water, meaning they owe more than their home is worth. To learn more about the housing market in the state and its impact on jobs, we turn to Russ Thibeault, the President of Applied Economic Research, an economic and real estate consulting firm based in Laconia.

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Let the comfort food season begin. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz highlights two events that let you eat pies and pizzas- while supporting a cause.

PizzaFest at the Children's Museum of NH, Dover

Once Upon a Pie, hosted by Friends of the Goffstown Library

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some ideas for this weekend, having to do with movies, beer, and crafts.

S.N.O.B film festival in Concord

Africa Interweave at the Currier Museum of Art

Not Your Grandma's Craft Fair

Halloween may be over, but the spirit lingers this weekend. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details performances that blend on stage, on screen, and in the supernatural realm.

Cinematic Titanic

Night of the Living Dead with the Andrew Alden Ensemble

An Evening of the Macabre

Divorce On Hold Along With Health Care Website

Oct 29, 2013

Among those eagerly waiting on a fix for the troubled health care website are couples wading through divorce proceedings. Health insurance costs have long been a factor in divorce negotiations, but with consumers struggling to calculate and sign-up for coverage through the exchanges, some settlements are now on hold.  Kysa Crusco is a family law attorney based in Bedford. She talked with Morning Edition.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz talks with us about Barrel Tasting Weekend in the Lakes Region, and the Green Buildings Open House taking place around the state.

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Saturday September 28th is the 9th annual Museum Day Live around the country. Here in New Hampshire, no fewer than 15 museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission for the day. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some of the details.

Find  a participating museum at the Smithsonian website.

When does a church feed a virtual city of people? When do men (and women) in kilts toss telephone polls for fun and sport?   This weekend, apparently.  Here to explain why is Hippo Editor Amy Diaz.

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September 21st is the 75th anniversary of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. The Category 3 storm tore through the center of the region moving at 70 miles per hour, with wind speeds that reached 125 miles per hour. In just hours, it killed hundreds and caused millions of dollars in damage.

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz says this is a weekend of strong flavors in the Granite State. She has details about the New Hampshire Coffee Festival in Laconia, and Garlic Day in Canterbury.

There's plenty to do this weekend in the Granite State. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some details on the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, Dragon Boat racing in Concord, an attempt to break a world record in the Lakes Region, and some hard-core community theater.

The Lunch Box Blues

Aug 27, 2013
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Associated Press Food Editor and Concord resident J.M. Hirsch talks with Morning Edition about packing quick and easy school lunches that are healthy- and that kids will actually want to eat.

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