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!

Justice & Journalism: NPR's Mara Liasson

Feb 10, 2014

A Joint Project of NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy

NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy are pleased to bring you the next event in our ongoing series, Justice & Journalism.  This ongoing series presents a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

Bob McQuillen composed and performed contra dances for over 60 sixty years throughout New England. The Peterborough resident passed away on Tuesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend.

McQuillen spoke with NHPR's John Walters on the Front Porch shortly after being awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Later this week, Bode Miller will become just the sixth American to participate in five Winter Olympics.

Back in 2002, NHPR's Doug MacPherson profiled the young athlete as he was preparing for his second (in Utah).

We'll be keeping an eye on NH's medal hopefuls in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye here.

And the winners are....

THE DEFENDERS!

Once again, the team walked away with the trophy of knowledge, defending their title from last year.  But it was a close competition.  

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a successful and fun evening.   Start practicing now for next year and sign up for our enewsletter so you'll know when to expect NHPR's Trivia Smackdown 2015!

In February, 1995, violinist Roman Totenberg performed with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He joined NHPR ahead of the concerts on our Perspectives program and spoke with host Laura Kiernan.

The  enrollment period for new CAB members is now closed.  NHPR is no longer accepting applications. 

You listen, you support - now you can help shape NHPR!

Our Community Advisory Board, called “The Sounding Board,” is a panel of dedicated listeners from across the state that allows us to gather meaningful feedback about our programming, policies and services.

We rely on a Community Advisory Board to give the station regular feedback on our programs, Trustee decisions, and the needs of our audience.

Holiday Specials 2013

Nov 22, 2013
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Wednesday, November 27

7:00 PM     Hanukkah Lights 2013

A perennial holiday favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors, expressly for the show, as read by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Thursday, November 28

9:00 AM     Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

Stories and music for Thanksgiving, with special guests actor Julia Sweeney and best-selling author Anne Lamott.

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It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here at Word of Mouth we also see the value in a good breakfast but for perhaps different reasons. Just before we start an interview, we ask all of our guests to tell us their name, their title and divulge what they ate for breakfast. It’s a great way to ensure their sound levels are good, but as a special bonus, we also end up with insight into the morning routines of some very interesting people.

Rebecca Lavoie / NHPR

Bridey
Owner: Ostensibly, Rebecca Lavoie; realistically, no one
Breed: Cockapoo
Likes: Witholding affection, Lifetime Movies, Sara Plourde & Zach Nugent
Dislikes: Basically everyone else, looking like a river otter after getting a haircut

Rosie
Owner: Ryan Lessard
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
Favorite Food: Cheese, glorious cheese
Favorite Activities: Barking at pandas, seals & other dogs on TV; inspecting visitor clearance levels

Mark Van Zant
Amanda Loder / NHPR

We're proud to announce that NHPR was awarded six awards at last night's Granite Mikes Awards, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

First Place, Radio Feature: Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

Poor Logan... she's just trying to sort some mail, and instead, she gets an abrupt introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, the brand new thank you gift we're all excited about (yes, even Logan)!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

To Donate:
Become a sustainer or make a one-time gift online
• Call (888) 805-6477

Michael Brindley, our unflappable Newscast Producer, gets a surprise introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, an awesome new thank you gift we're excited to offer!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

To Donate:
Become a sustainer or make a one-time gift online
• Call (888) 805-6477

Virginia Prescott, host of Word of Mouth, gets a surprise introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, an awesome new thank you gift we're excited to offer!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

To Donate:
Become a sustainer or make a one-time gift online
• Call (888) 805-6477

I just donated to NHPR. Won't you join me?

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Curious how the New Hampshire Public Radio signal gets to your radio?

Technology Director Michael Saffell gives the NHPR staff a  tour of the new WEVH Hanover transmitter site equipment, which will soon make its way up Moose Mountain.

NHPR has been working to replace the site's aging infrastructure.

This is our most compact, full-power transmission site - a main and backup transmitter and all the associated support gear in one equipment rack.

Sara Plourde / NHPR

A Joint Project of NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy

NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy are pleased to bring you the next event in our ongoing series, Justice & Journalism.  This ongoing series presents a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

Corey Garland

We are happy to announce the promotion of Rebecca Lavoie, formerly Senior Producer on NHPR’s mid-day show Word of Mouth, to the newly created position of Digital Director. 

State Of The Newsroom 2013

Aug 22, 2013

November 18th, 2013

Reception 5:30pm, Program 6:30pm

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH

Registration required.Click here to register.

Join us for our 4th annual State of the Newsroom. President & CEO, Betsy Gardella, will give an update on the state of NHPR and News Director, Sarah Ashworth will review highlights from NHPR's news team over the past year.

Sean Hurley

1. Copper Cannon’s Free Summer Camp

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families.

Chris Jensen / NHPR

1. Hiker Found Dead On Appalachian Trail

A 54-year-old North Carolina man was found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren Monday morning. Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game says two hikers found the man’s body.

2. Heart Attack Felled ‘Lucky 10’ On Appalachian Trail

Emily Corwin / NHPR

Top stories & shows for July 22 - 29:

1. Gov. Hassan Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Governor Hassan signed a bill Tuesday, making New Hampshire the 19th state to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana. She says the law breaks new ground by giving seriously ill patients what they need.

Sunday Outages

Jul 29, 2013

You may have noticed some of NHPR's signals were down for a brief time on Sunday, July 28th.  A surge suppressor malfunctioned and shorted out a main electrical panel at our Concord tower.  NHPR's engineering team responded immediately and was able to identify the problem and bypass the defective equipment to get our signal back on air. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Sara Plourde / NHPR

The top stories of the week for June 24-30.

New Hampshire Public Radio has been honored with a first place award from PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Inc. These annual national public radio awards honor excellence in areas such as writing, commentary, documentary, multi-media, and continuing coverage.

NHPR / Michael Brindley

The top stories of the week, for June 17-23.

1. Trapped By Tolls: Merrimack Hopes For Turnpike Freedom

Merrimack is a town trapped by toll booths. It’s a situation unlike any other in New Hampshire. The tolls are something Merrimack residents have – begrudgingly – come to accept as a part of life, but how did we get to this point?

As you may recall, NPR announced in March that Talk of the Nation will cease production at the end of this month.

As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. At NHPR, we have taken this opportunity to take a look at our entire weekday lineup, and challenged ourselves with some important questions. Which programs should we consider as possible additions to our schedule? Are we scheduling the right programs—at the right times—to provide our listeners with the best possible soundtrack to their weekdays?

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