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!

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NHPR and UNH School of Law present

Jeanne Shaheen
Democratic candidate for US Senate

September 30th at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.

Mike Mozart via Flickr CC/Filtered on Instagram

We talk all the time about the upside of listening to NHPR, but as you'll hear, there are perils, too. 

Sean Hurley tells the story of what happened to one listener who got sucked into a NHPR story while sitting in her car at a gas station. It all ends well, but it got a little hairy there for a minute. 

Take a listen, and then support NHPR (if you dare):

Harriet Alexander

Do you live on the Seacoast? I want to know you! Join me at a pub near you for a reporter parlay of sorts.

Got a story you think I should be covering? Tell me about it. Want to know more about NHPR and the stories we do? I’ll tell you all about it.

Come get a bite, have a drink, and most importantly, bring along all your public radio nerd friends! This is a casual event to share ideas and make connections. It will not be recorded.

Sara Plourde / NHPR

NHPR and UNH School of Law present

Maggie Hassan
Democratic candidate for NH Governor

September 24th at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.

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On The Media's Brooke Gladstone talked with Word of Mouth host Virginia Prescott at UNH Durham, September 10, 2014.

Sara Plourde / NHPR

NHPR and UNH School of Law present

Scott Brown
Republican candidate for US Senate

September 22nd at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.

Allegra Boverman

Political Junkie Ken Rudin spoke at Hypertherm on Wednesday, September 3. Attendees were also treated to a tour of the LEED-Gold certified facility. Click the photo above to check out pictures from the night!

All photos courtesy of Allegra Boverman.

David Waitz

New Hampshire Public Radio and The University of New Hampshire present Brooke Gladstone, co-host of On The Media.

September 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of NPR's On The Media, is coming to Durham, NH. She'll be interviewed on stage at the University of New Hampshire by Word of Mouth host Virginia Prescott, and will take questions from the audience.

NPR

Please join NHPR President & CEO Betsy Gardella for an evening with Ken Rudin, Political Junkie, in Lebanon.  This special reception will be an opportunity to meet and talk with Ken as he shares his political insight, wisdom from years on the campaign trail, and a special announcement just in time for election season.

Wednesday, September 3rd
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A Conversation With NHPR's CEO Betsy Gardella

Jul 23, 2014
NHPR.org

NHPR President and CEO Betsy Gardella joins us to share the latest news about NHPR programming, funding and strategy. Betsy is also on the board of NPR, and talks about the challenges facing public radio, digital disruption, and why NPR's new CEO has her excited about the future of radio.

Guest

  • Betsy Gardella​ - President and CEO of NHPR. She serves on the National Public Radio Board of Directors, where she assists in setting the policies and overall priorities of NPR management.
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 Newsroom

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:

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