Inside NHPR: Station News & Events

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This blog features news and updates about NHPR events, staff, and fund drives. Also, a behind-the-scenes view of life at NHPR!

Chris Jensen

The North Country economy is ever-changing and evolving. Laura Knoy went to the source to discuss this topic at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem.

  

GUESTS:

George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his major league debut this week 100 years ago (7/11/1914) with the Boston Red Sox. He had just 10 at-bats in 5 games that season, pitching four, and earning $2,500

10 years ago The Front Porch (NHPR’s nightly arts program until 2007) went to Conway, NH to speak with Julia Ruth Stevens, the Babe’s adopted daughter. Stevens spoke to NHPR’s John Walters about living with the most famous man in America, “we never thought about it when we were all at home. He was Daddy and we were just like any other family.”

“Our country is a nation on the make,” according to historian Walter McDougall. He says we’re builders, dreamers, go-getters, inventers and organizers, so much so that "hustling" has become an indelible part of the American character and American history. He means it in all senses of the word, even going back as far as colonists's first arrival on American soil.

Summer Storms Disturb Radio Waves

Jun 30, 2014
Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr cc

  On June 10, a listener in Danville, IL picked up 90 seconds of NHPR signal. A station’s radio wave “footprint”, or estimated range, is generally considered to extend only about as far as the eye can see from the point of the antenna, but Danville is just under a thousand miles away. It would take more than a good pair of binoculars to put Danville within range of sight; so how did this happen?

Amateur radio enthusiasts, known as “DXers”, describe what our listener caught a glimpse of as an “E-Skip”.

To understand what that is you need to head way up into the air.

This arrived in the mail today.

This unassuming hard drive contains more than 500 GB of audio, the digital representation of 280 tape reels.  A couple months ago, I mentioned that NHPR was sending the last of the tape reels in our archive to Crawford Media to be digitized. And today the fruits of their labor appeared in the form of this orange-y goodness. (They also sent along a few pictures of the digitization process, take a look at the slideshow above).

Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show

Jun 26, 2014

We are so proud to have been voted Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show by the readers of New Hampshire Magazine.

Six years after launching Word of Mouth, we still feel like upstarts and appreciate our listeners coming through. Thank you!  It's pleasure to bring you stories that spark curiosity and wonder about the world around us, and will continue spreading interesting information the best way we know how: through Word of Mouth.

And not only was Word of Mouth voted Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show, but NHPR was voted Best FM Radio Station!

With all that in mind, here is a look back at some of your favorite Word of Mouth stories from the past year.

NHPR is pleased to announce that as of approximately 3 P.M. on June 11, we began broadcasting from our new translator in Holderness, New Hampshire. Residents in the towns of Holderness, Ashland, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Meredith can now tune in to NHPR at 96.5 on their FM dials.

The new signal was officially launched on Tuesday, June 24th, at an event attended by NHPR donors and residents of the region. You can see an album of photos from the event right here. 

NHPR Staff

July brings a number of changes to the NHPR program schedule, as we add a few new programs to the weekend mix…and give you another chance to enjoy some of your weekend favorites throughout the week!

Wits—Saturdays at 8:00PM

If you're a fan of @waitwait, you should start listening to @wits. Immediately.
Peter Sagal, @petersagal

Bushwhacking For Sound: An Intern's Tale

Jun 12, 2014
Sam Evans-Brown for NHPR

As an intern at NHPR, I get the chance to see how radio stories are made up close. Here’s what happened when NHPR’s Environment reporter invited me for a ride-along to help him do a little reporting about an event called BioBLITZ. - Austin

As always, the day begins early for Environment reporter Sam Evans-Brown. We make the drive up to North Conway in time for the 9 am start of the BioBLITZ.

Kumquatgirl via Flickr CC

For Sean Hurley's Foodstuffs story on New Hampshire's Ice Cream trail, we asked our listeners and Facebook fans to submit their favorite ice cream stands in New Hampshire. Here's the map that resulted, and it's not too late to add to it! Email us your picks, and we'll put them in the map.

If you have World Cup fever, you’ll know Brazil and Croatia kick off the tournament Thursday. Even if you don’t have the fever; even if the brouhaha over Landon Donovan last month didn’t register; even if you have only the faintest understanding of who David Beckham is; you know that the U.S. has never been a favorite in the sport of international soccer.

Check Out NHPR's Blogs

Jun 11, 2014

We're making NHPR's digital content easier to find and share. From news and information, to music, food, culture, and archival stories, NHPR's blogs are ever-expanding.

Do you have a great idea for a blog topic? Interested in becoming a contributor? Click here to drop us a line!

NHPR Blogs:

The Sidebar, NHPR's news blog 

Minnesota Historical Society

On a Monday morning the weather more closely resembled Martin Luther King Jr’s hometown of Atlanta, than it did downtown Concord. But the heat and humidity didn’t discourage those who had gathered at the statehouse for the historic bill signing.

Meet NHPR's Reporters

Jun 4, 2014

Want to know more about the voices behind NHPR's news coverage? Meet our reporters, and check out the links to their stories below.

An archive is only as good as the data it captures. This is a thorny issue that archivists grapple with perennially. There wasn’t a lot of information about this week’s story in our records.

The Exchange on the Road
with Laura Knoy

July 10, 2014

5:30 pm Reception; 6:30 pm Event

Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem, NH

The event is free to attend, but tickets are required. Register for tickets here.

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Sara Plourde / NHPR

Barbara & Dick Couch and Tillman & Sylvia Gerngross have offered NHPR $10,000 when we secure 20 new or increased gifts to the Leadership Circle by June 30th – that’s $500 for each gift!

Leadership Circle gifts make such a difference to NHPR! Want to learn more & check out the benefits you'll receive at different levels? You can do that here.

Watch videos of Leadership Circle members talking about why they love NHPR, where they listen, and what it means to give:

Photo by Marsmet523, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Memorial Day is probably the most archives-centric holiday in the year. While many holidays are a flush of personal memories and family traditions, Memorial Day is more about our collective memory as fellow countrymen. And archives are a conduit to our collective memory. 

Ella Nilsen / NHPR

I was listening back this week to New Hampshire Daily, a half hour NH news program we aired from October, 1989 to February, 1992. I was listening to the programs from the week of 14 May, 1990. Among the news of the day (including the death of Jim Hensen, and Lithuania’s independence negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev) was a four part series we produced about the Canterbury Shaker Village.

For our week-long series A Matter of Degrees, NHPR reporters and programs produced stories about the issues facing colleges and universities throughout New Hampshire.

This first map links to most of the content. Play arrow icons represent radio and video stories, stars are web-only and print features.

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This week NHPR is taking a close look at higher education in the state with our special series A Matter of Degrees. But funding higher ed is a perennial issue that we've been tracking for almost as long as we've been broadcasting.  

This week, I'm packing up another batch of old tape reels from the NHPR archive, which I'll send to Crawford Media in Atlanta for digitization (or "migration", as they call it). I'll be documenting the process on the blog, so check back next week to see how it's moving. We worked with them last spring to digitize about 300 of our tape reels, courtesy of the American Archive Content Inventory Project (more below).

On the 450th anniversary of the birth of the language's greatest writer, it seems appropriate to reflect on the work of William Shakespeare. 

In 2005, the Blackfriars Stage Company brought their tour to New Hampshire. We welcomed two actos from the company to our studios to speak with the Front Porch. Alyssa Wilmoth and Tyler Moss were playing Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing and they gave us a little taste of their craft; from Act 1, Scene 1.

Here is a scene from Act 4 where the two characters explore different feelings.

Sara Plourde for NHPR

The 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards winners have been announced, with NHPR capturing four in our region.

For Feature Reporting, Word of Mouth Producer Zach Nugent won for his story The Search For The Next Big Dog Star, which followed regular dogs as they auditioned for the role of Sandy in Prescott Park's production of Annie. 

wallyg / Flickr Creative Commons

One year after the tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we remember the many stories of heartbreak and of courage that abound at the time and have transpired since.

On a September evening 25 years ago a sold out crowd of logophiles gathered at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth to hear the state's preeminent poets speak in their native tongue. The program for the evening featured just four names, but a weighty four: Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Maxine Kumin and Charles Simic.

Courtesy Adam Adam Hammer via WikiMedia

Alice’s Restaurant was published nearly 30 years ago, the iconic song that gave the album its name is about the goings on at a restaurant owned by Alice and Ray Brock. Around the corner from the restaurant was the Old Trinity Church, which they made into their home. Ten years ago, Kate McNally, host of NHPR’s Folk Show on Sunday nights, spoke with Arlo Guthrie at the Old Trinity Church in Great Barrington, Ma, now site of the Guthrie Center. This week we’ll listen back to her interview with the folk music icon.

Fake screenshot by Keith Allen Chick

Public radio has a long history of pranking listeners on April 1st. Like the time listeners complained in droves to NPR about a story on farming whales in huge pools in Bellesville Illinois. And that time Weekend ATC reported the exciting discovery of Beethoven's lost 10th Symphony. 

It's Robert Frost's birthday!

Born in 1874, Frost was the first U.S. Poet Laureate with connections to the Granite State though he was followed by Maxine Kumin, Donald Hall and Charles Simic,who all reinforced the Granite State's literary reputation.

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