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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.

From The Archives: Martin Murray, Former Host Of NHPR's 'New Hampshire Daily'


As NHPR’s archive intern this summer, my primary responsibility has been to listen back to some of the station’s oldest audio. I take copious notes about the stories I hear – and when I find one especially interesting, it gets shared on our blog.

I’ve been listening to one particular show quite a bit this summer. That’s would be New Hampshire Daily, a 30-minute afternoon news show that ran on NHPR Mondays through Fridays during the 1980s and '90s. It was a magazine-style show that covered a wide variety of topics (sort of a local version of NPR’s All Things Considered).

All the stories that you’ve seen on our blog this summer have been courtesy of New Hampshire Daily, from profiles of authors and artists to in-depth coverage of environmental and educational issues.

One of the main players was then-NHPR news director – and host of the show – Martin Murray.

As my internship has progressed, Murray and New Hampshire Daily have been my guides through a specific period of New Hampshire history. Most of the archive episodes I’ve sorted through are from 1988 to 1990 – years when I was just a toddler living with my parents in Manchester.

It’s been fascinating to learn about the headlines from that era. And it’s been surprising to find out that some of the most common stories from those years – political partisanship and budget crises, to name two – mirror some of the stories that still dominate the news today.

For more insight, I was joined by Murray for a conversation in studio. Click the "play" button above to listen.

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