Rick Ganley

Host, Morning Edition

Rick joined NHPR as morning host in January 2009. He has a 20 year career in radio including on-air work at stations in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire in formats from rock to classical. He was co-owner of an FM station in Maine in the mid 90s. Rick spent the last ten years as Operations Manager and Morning Host of WPNH-FM, Plymouth NH and Production Director for Northeast Communications Corporations' five-station group. He also writes occasional pieces on media and music for the Hippo, Manchester's weekly paper, and voices radio and TV spots on a freelance basis.

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Parents and advocates for children packed a Concord School Board meeting on Monday to give input on the district’s policies on sexual harassment, abuse and community safety.

The meeting came after revelations that the district mishandled allegations against Primo “Howie” Leung, a former special ed teacher, who is now facing charges of sexually assaulting a Concord student.

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Rural towns in New Hampshire have long struggled to keep up with the demand for access to broadband in their communities.

Liisa Rajala is the associate editor for New Hampshire Business Review, and she's been reporting on how rural communities have had to take expanding broadband access into their own hands.

She spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley.

(Below is a transcript from the NHPR interview.)

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July is here, and it's high summer in New Hampshire. With that in mind, NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits joined NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley to let us in on what's going on across the Granite State this month.

  [Map: Which N.H. Towns Allow Fireworks?]

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This summer, NHPR is taking a closer look at U.S. Route 4 in New Hampshire. We’re answering listener questions and reporting on the highway that stretches through the heart of the state, from the Vermont border to the Seacoast.

So, naturally, this is a great opportunity for a road trip.

We're driving the entire length of Route 4 that covers New Hampshire, beginning at the Vermont border in Lebanon. And we’re taking Rick's Mustang convertible, more fitting for the open road than the NHPR Subaru.

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New Hampshire's Child Advocate, Moira O'Neill, is bringing awareness to how the state's child welfare system handles cases involving incarcerated parents.

O'Neill released a report last week outlining her concerns. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley sat down with her to talk about how the Division of Children, Youth and Families could improve communication with incarcerated parents.

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NHPR has been looking at criminal justice reform in New Hampshire and its effect on policing across the state.

Bail reform went into effect in New Hampshire in September. Since then, many police officials have been frustrated causing tension between law enforcement and reform advocates. This led lawmakers to revisit the issue with a new bill, SB 314.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, the sponsor of that bill.

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NHPR’s Morning Edition been taking a look at criminal justice reform in New Hampshire and its effect on policing across the state.

Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 556 last summer that brought big changes to New Hampshire’s bail system, but leaders in law enforcement say those changes are making their jobs more difficult.

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The state Division of Children, Youth and Families, New Hampshire's child welfare system, has been a major focus for lawmakers during this legislative session.

But some reform advocates say new legislation is not enough to address DCYF's ongoing issues.

Anna Carrigan is the co-founder of The New Road Project, a recently launched nonprofit that aims to help families that are struggling under the current system.

Carrigan has a master’s in social work, and actually works for the state agency that oversees DCYF – though in another division. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley sat down with her to chat about her advocacy work.

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The beginning of May means summer is approaching, and there's lots do to in the Granite State. NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits joined Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley to give us the rundown of events happening this month.


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Presidential candidates have already been spending a lot of time in New Hampshire. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley has been sitting down with them to chat about where they stand on the issues facing Granite Staters.

Andrew Yang is a 44-year-old entrepreneur who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Rick spoke with Yang after a campagin event in Concord:

(Below is a transcript from the NHPR interview.)

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NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is sitting down with presidential candidates as they make their early trips through the Granite State to meet with potential voters.

Rick recently caught up with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at a restaurant in Concord.

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John Delaney is a former Congressman from Maryland who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He first announced his candidacy almost two years ago after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, and he's been in the Granite State several times since.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley sat down with Delaney to chat about his candidacy and views on where the Democratic Party is headed.

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

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It's officially springtime in New Hampshire. So Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley sat down with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits to chat about events she recommends attending in April.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is considering a run against President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.

Weld has launched an exploratory committee, but has yet to make an official announcement. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Weld about Special Counsel Rober Mueller's report and which of Trump's policies he opposes.

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

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Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee visited New Hampshire for the first time as a declared presidential candidate last weekend. The Democratic hopeful, after a house party in Bedford, discussed why climate change is the No. 1 reason he is running for the White House. 

"If the economy is your No. 1 interest, climate change warriors like myself are for you because we're going to both prevent damage to the economy and we're going to grow jobs by the bucketful," he says. 

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has made two campaign sweeps of New Hampshire since he announced his presidential bid Feb. 1. The former mayor of Newark, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in 2013, sat down for a recent interview with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley at the Airport Diner in Manchester.

(Below is a transcript of the NHPR interview.)

First responders across New Hampshire are participating in a grant program that uses mobile units to connect people struggling with substance use disorders to treatment and recovery services. It’s called NH Project First.

Lt. Brian Keyes has already been doing this kind of work for the past two years as the recovery coordinator for the Laconia Fire Department. He says in recent years the department has responded to many more overdose calls than actual fires.

Today marks the beginning of March. So NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits joined Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley to talk about what's going on in the Granite State this month.

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New Hampshire's shortage of workers not only affects the state's overall economic growth, but it's also limiting access to health care services.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Bob MacLeod, the CEO of Mid-State Health Center in Plymouth, about how he's struggling to find enough primary care physicians to keep up with the demand.

This is a partial transcript from the interview. To hear the whole conversation, click on the audio above.

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Car accidents are the leading cause of weather-related deaths, according to the National Weather Service.

I don’t know about you, but after getting up at 3 a.m. for years and driving every day in all sorts of New England weather, I feel pretty confident.

But I was curious to know if my instincts are as good as I think they are. So I decided to visit the Team O’Neil Rally School in Dalton to get some tips.

The school offers a number of different services, and one of them involves a seven-hour winter driving course.


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President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday. 

New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley about her thought on the speech.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)

Senator, what was your biggest takeaway after hearing the speech last night?

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It's the beginning of February, and NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits joined Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley in the studio to give us her top picks for things to do this month.

The New Hampshire House is considering legislation that would extend the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s therapeutic cannabis program.

If passed, House Bill 461 would include Lyme disease, insomnia and anxiety as allowable conditions for medical marijuana.

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Two of the state's largest hospitals have taken the first step toward merging into a new healthcare network.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and GraniteOne Health, an existing group that includes Catholic Medical Center, signed a letter of intent Thursday to combine under a new entity. But this is not the first hospital partnership that New Hampshire has seen in the past few years.

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A high school student from Nashua has been selected as a scholar in a national academic competition. 

The Regeneron Science Talent Search is one of the nation's oldest and most prestitgious math and science competitions for high school students.

Tejas Sathyamurthi, a senior at Nashua High School South, was chosen for his project on using machine learning to predict forest fires. And Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with him about his win.

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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are studying how spending time outdoors might help people who are struggling with substance use disorders.

It's called outdoor behavioral therapy. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Michael Gass, a professor and the current director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center at UNH.

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The Trump administration in December decided it’s time to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

But New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is speaking out against the withdrawal. She’s working with Diane Foley, the mother of journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in 2014.

Shaheen and Foley penned and op-ed for the Washington Post arguing the withdrawal risks a resurgence in Islamic State violence around the globe, and Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the Senator by phone about that article.

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The federal government shutdown continues as President Trump and Democratic lawmakers have yet to come to an agreement on funding for a border wall.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with New Hampshire Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan about what's going on in Washington as those negotiations continue.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.)

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As we enter the 20th day of the federal shutdown, government employees across New Hampshire are continuing to go without pay.

The federal correctional institution in Berlin is one of the largest employers in the city. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with corrections officer Jesse Carter about how the shutdown is affecting him and other staff at the prison.

(Editor's note: this transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.)

The New Hampshire Legislature will consider a couple of bills this year to ensure certain disciplinary records of police officers are subject to the state's right-to-know law. At issue is something called the "Laurie's List," a list of current or former law enforcement officers who have had disciplinary issues and may not be deemed trustworthy to testify in a court proceeding.

State Rep. Paul Berch, a Democrat from Westmoreland and retired public defender, is a co-sponsor of two bills, House Bill 153 and House Bill 155. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Berch about the intent of his legislation. 

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