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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8ca00001NHPR began broadcasting in 1981, and in the intervening years has documented the the stories of New Hampshire. From policy makers in Concord, to residents around the state affected by those policies; from notable Granite Staters, to our ordinary neighbors with a good story, NHPR has produced compelling radio for New Hampshire, by New Hampshire. These stories are the components of the NHPR archives, and on this blog we'll dust off some old stories that are newly relevant, and even find some that were never broadcast. We hope to demonstrate how we've changed as a state by charting our narrative on a longer scale.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats That Never Was


  The New Hampshire Fisher Cats hold their home opener tonight in Manchester. It's the 10th season of a team that was originally supposed to be called The New Hampshire Primaries. That plan changed dramatically thanks to a group of vocal and mobilized Granite Staters. To remind us what happened, we talk with Vin Sylvia, the deputy managing editor for sports at the New Hampshire Union Leader. Ironically, the current name was selected through a democratic process not unlike the actual Primaries.

Here are some of the strange names that were nominated for voting in 2003.

  • New Hampshire Kung Fu Chickens
  • Granite State Foliage
  • Manchester Mill Monsters
  • Manchester Mill Rats
  • Manchester Mighty Macs
  • Manchester Mill Dawgs
  • Manchester Hobos 

To hear more suggestions that were made at that time, listen to a vintage episode of The Exchange (with retro theme song) called Name That Team! below.

This episode of The Exchange first aired on November 18, 2003.

Here's another two-way interview by host Sally Hirsh-Dickinson after the Fisher Cats name won its election.

This interview originally aired December 4, 2003.

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