New Hampshire Public Radio

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New Hampshire Public Radio
Nhprlogonew.jpg
Broadcast area New Hampshire and bordering areas of Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and Quebec
Branding NHPR
Slogan "News and information for the Granite State"
Frequency see table below
Translator(s) see table below
First air date August 4, 1981 (1981-08-04)
Format News/talk
Affiliations NPR
Public Radio International
American Public Media
Owner New Hampshire Public Radio, Incorporated
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.nhpr.org

New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) is a public radio network serving the state of New Hampshire. NHPR is based in Concord and operates seven transmitters and six translators covering nearly the whole state. All signals carry the same programming, which comprises news and talk shows on weekdays and a mix of cultural and music programs on weekends. NHPR is the primary carrier of National Public Radio (NPR) programming in New Hampshire.

NHPR's news staff of 21 is one of the largest in the state and is the only statewide source of radio news.

History and listenership[edit]

NHPR began in 1981 as one station, WEVO, broadcasting from Concord and known as "Granite State Public Radio," after New Hampshire's state nickname. WEVO had 500 members at its start.

Over several years the station grew in size. In 1991, the newly renamed NHPR began broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Between 1993 and 2011, six other stations joined the network. In 1995 NHPR launched The Exchange, hosted by former NPR reporter Laura Knoy.

In Spring 2007 NHPR had a weekly audience of 161,100 listeners and about 16,000 contributing members. It had an annual budget of $4.5 million, with contributions from listeners, local businesses, grants and funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Contributions from listeners and businesses in New Hampshire make up more than 90 percent NHPR's revenue. NHPR does not receive funding from the state of New Hampshire.

Stations[edit]

Location Frequency Call sign First air date
Concord
(flagship)
89.1 FM WEVO August 4, 1981[1]
Hanover 91.3 FM WEVH October 1993[1]
Keene 90.7 FM WEVN April 1994[1]
Gorham 107.1 FM WEVC May 19951 [1]
Jackson 99.5 FM WEVJ August 14, 2002[1][2]
Nashua 88.3 FM WEVS August 9, 2005[3]
Colebrook 90.3 FM WEVF April 26, 2011[4][5]
Littleton 91.9 FM WEVQ October 18, 2011[6]


Notes:

  • 1 WEVC was commercial station WXLQ from 1995 until it joined NHPR on January 10, 2000.[7]

Translators[edit]

Broadcast translators of WEVO
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license FCC info
W212AF 90.3 Nashua FCC
W217BH 91.3 Littleton FCC
W247AO 97.3 Plymouth FCC
W280DG 103.9 Portsmouth FCC
W282AB 104.3 Dover FCC
Broadcast translators of WEVC
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license FCC info
W290BK 105.9 Colebrook FCC

Programming[edit]

At first, NHPR broadcast a mixed format of news and information programming from NPR during drive times, and music mid-days, evenings, and overnights. As has been the case with most other NPR member stations over the past decade and a half, the network dropped music programming (except for a handful of weekend features) by 2001 to carry news and information programming around the clock.

Local staff produces three hours each day of newscasts and feature reports on local New Hampshire news and two daily interview programs. The Exchange, hosted by Laura Knoy, is a one-hour morning news and public affairs call-in show. Word of Mouth, hosted by Virginia Prescott, is a one-hour midday general topics interview show. NHPR also locally produces The Folk Show, a live show featuring performances by local musicians, on Sunday evenings and hosted by Kate McNally.

NHPR broadcasts the major daily news programs produced by NPR, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The statewide network also broadcasts programming from American Public Media, including A Prairie Home Companion and Marketplace, as well as programs from Public Radio International, including The World and This American Life. NHPR also airs programming from international broadcasters, such as As It Happens, a production of Canada's CBC Radio One, and the BBC World Service from Britain.

Writers on a New England Stage[edit]

NHPR, in conjunction with the Portsmouth Music Hall, has produced a series on New England writers and authors. So far the series has had such authors as John Updike (Terrorist), Doris Kearns Goodwin, Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), Alan Alda, and Mitch Albom. Virginia Prescott of Word of Mouth is the interviewer, and the trio Dreadnaught is the house band. The River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth is also affiliated.

See also Writers on a New England Stage at the Music Hall's website

Notable employees[edit]

  • Mark Handley, NHPR's General Manager from 1990 to 2005, was chairman of NPR's Board of Directors for two terms.
  • Eric Westervelt, formerly a foreign correspondent for NPR who often reported on the Arab-Israeli conflict, was a reporter and news director at NHPR for several years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2003-04 (PDF). 2003. pp. D–300–2. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 19, 2002). "WLAN Makes Sports Flip, WBBF becomes WROC". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 15, 2005). "NorthEast Radio Watch". Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ McPherson, Scott (April 26, 2011). "Our Newest Station, WEVF in Colebrook". NHPR.org. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 9, 2011). "Rambaldo Lands Erie FM CP". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed November 11, 2012
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 10, 1999). "John Otto Dies at 70". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 

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