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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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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Conflicts between bears and humans in New Hampshire almost doubled this past year with about 800 reported encounters.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Andrew Timmins, a bear biologist for the N.H. Fish & Game Department, about this increase.

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New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter announced in 2017 that she wouldn't seek reelection for her 1st Congressional District seat, and now her term has ended.

Democrat Chris Pappas will take her place after defeating Republican Eddie Edwards in November's midterm election.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Shea-Porter on Wednesday by phone about her time in office and what's comes next.

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

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The holiday season has ended, but there's still lots to do across New Hampshire in the new year. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley talked with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits on some of the best events happening in the month of January.

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For the second year, Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley and Producer Emily Quirk team up for two hours packed with under-appreciated holiday tunes, requested by you!  

Thanks to everyone who sent in their requests over the last few weeks.

Join us:

  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 8-10 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 24, 7-9 p.m.

 

Holidays By Request, Setlist 2018

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It’s our last Radio Field Trip, and producer Mary McIntyre and I are teaming up with NHPR reporter Sean Hurley. He’s guiding us on a hike to a special spot of his in the White Mountains.

Note: A permit is required to cut down a tree in the White Mountain National Forest, which was obtained before taking this Radio Field Trip! Permits can be purchased for $5. Click here for more info. 


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The University System of New Hampshire announced this fall that Melinda Treadwell would be the next president of Keene State College.

Treadwell led the school on an interim basis since the unexpected departure of former president Anne Huot last summer. She's overseen significant cost-cutting and restructuring efforts, and like many rural colleges in the state, Keene State has struggled with enrollment declines.   Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Treadwell about how she plans to continue to handle these challenges.


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As New Hampshire rolls out its new statewide addiction care system, leaders in Manchester continues their effort toward combating the opioid crisis in the Southern part of the state.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig on how the Queen City is working to find new ways to address the epidemic.

Craig attended the Mayors Institute on Opioids City Team Cohort Meeting in Nashville this week, where she met with other city leaders.

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

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New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show New Hampshire has seen a substantial net inflow of people from other states. Almost 5,900 people on average annually migrated to the Granite State from 2013 to 2017.

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As Nashua School District continues to struggle with finding and retaining enough substitute teachers for its classrooms, school officials are exploring a potential solution that would eliminate the need for subs at all.

A group of teachers have proposed the idea of creating digital learning centers in Nashua's two high schools where students could gather to complete their schoolwork online.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Ray Guarino, a member of the district's Board of Education, which is studying that proposal.


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The holiday season is in full swing as we enter December, and there are lots of ways to celebrate across the Granite State. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits about this month's best events.

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The U.S. government released its Fourth National Climate Assessment report at the end of last week that shows the effects of climate change are already here – both in New England and all over the country.

Jennifer Jacobs is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and she’s the lead author on that report’s chapter on transportation and infrastructure.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Jacobs about her work and what it means for New Hampshire.

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For this week’s Radio Field Trip, we’re prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday by visiting the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm for a cooking class.

Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to submit your idea, or email us at fieldtrips@nhpr.org.


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New Hampshire has had one of the oldest state legislatures in the country, but that's starting to change.

This next legislative session will have several dozen lawmakers under the age of 40, and this includes 19-year-old Cassie Levesque, a Democrat who will represent the town of Barrington.

Levesque will be one of the youngest women ever to serve in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with her about her win.

So now that you've won, how are you feeling? Has the reality settled in a little bit?

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New Hampshire voters will have the opportunity to decide next week whether to pass two amendments to the state constitution in the form of questions on the ballot.

The first ballot question would change taxpayer standing to bring legal actions against the government.

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New Hampshire voters will have the opportunity to decide next week whether to pass two amendments to the state constitution in the form of questions on the ballot.

The second ballot question addresses the individual right to privacy from the state in reference to personal information and data.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with UNH law professor John Greabe about what this change would mean for Granite Staters.

 

The days may be getting colder and shorter as we head into November, but there's still plenty going on in the Granite State. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits about this month's happenings.


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