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Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 17th, 2017 12:57pm

When Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico a few months ago it was the third major hurricane to hit an American city, state or territory in short order. Now, months later, most of the island remains in the darkness. Anabel Montalbano, a Rhode Islander who was born and lived in Puerto Rico for several years shares what's she's been hearing from family members, the frustration of the government's response and what has been the flight from Puerto Rico of thousands of people who no longer see a future on the island.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 15th, 2017 12:34pm

Anger, Isolation, confusion, and an overwhelming sense of loss are just some of the emotions that children to teenagers most often experience when a parent or sibling dies. Ryan Loiselle is the program director of Friends Way, the only family bereavement center in Rhode Island, serving families throughout Southeastern New England. He talks about the program, how it's helping children and families, and offers suggestions for friends or family of those who are coping with a loss

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November 15th, 2017 12:32pm

Leadership at all Levels edition led by Gail Alofsin. Guests: Lisa Bergeron - Founding partner and chief visionary officer of, Advancing Workplace Excellence (AWE). Laurie Stroll - President of Newport Hospitality. Suzanne McDonald, Founder of NIM (Newport Interactive Marketers).

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 15th, 2017 12:29pm

For seven weeks Dave Rogers, a former Navy Seal who lives in Newport, went to the Florida Keys to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. He shares his experiences, talking about the conditions he found, the government's response to the catastrophe, and the resolve of those determined to rebuild both the islands and their homes.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 9th, 2017 09:48am

"Evening Gowns and Dancing Slippers" - a life's journey from the depression and households with no hot water, ice boxes, and few automobiles. through a time when each day during World War II, Margaret Riley would pick up her morning Providence Journal or afternoon Evening Bulletin and look at the names on the front page of those who had died in battle, hopeful the list contained no one she knew. she's seen the growth of technology, and social media emerge for many their preferred way of communication. the mother of seven, grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 15, Margaret Riley has experienced life and has much to share. there is a wisdom about this woman, an open heart and love for others and love for life. Margaret, 93, captured much of her life in her book, "Evening gowns and Dancing Slippers." She joins Frank on this episode of The Open Forum.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 8th, 2017 09:53am

It's election day in New Jersey, Virginia, New Your City, Boston, and, yes, in a few hamlets in Rhode Island, where they are holding special elections for referenda. Meanwhile, the races for governor and lieutenant governor are beginning to take shape in RI. there promises to be a spirited Democratic primary for Lt. governor and a spirited Republican primary for governor. we talk about the races and about the finances. we also discuss the influence of groups like the National Rifle Association on gun control legislation, or lack of it.

Open Forum

11-3-17 elder affairs

November 6th, 2017 10:29am

Nancy Luongo from Balance at Home. Topics: Ageism Jennifer Romagnolo and Alicia Hicks from Village House Nursing and Rehab Center. Topics: holiday activities at Villiage House

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 6th, 2017 10:27am

Daniel Sovles, an independent appraiser for the Antiques Road Show.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 1st, 2017 01:45pm

Ryan Belmore, owner of What's Up Newp, and a product of Rhode Island's foster care system, shares his observations in the wake of the KIDS count report. That report said there is a need for more foster care families, better oversight, calls on the legislature to raise the maximum age of foster care and increase funding to the Department of Children Youth and Families.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 31st, 2017 12:41pm

"Engaging employees effectively incorporate responsibility efforts can result in a more dedicated, fulfilled workforce: one that's likely to stick around in a time when employees overall are increasingly transient." That's the conclusion of Cone Communications in its Employee Engagement Study. We review many of the report's findings, gaining a better understanding of today's employees. We also touch on the aftermath of our recent storm and review several projects undertaken by leadership Rhode Island's just graduated, class.

Open Forum


October 27th, 2017 03:08pm

Today on Open Forum we talk to Chad Kritzas from Keller Williams Realty and TJ Curran, Branch Manager for Movement Mortgage RI. We talk about how to get involved in the Mortgage Industry and Real Estate.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 27th, 2017 12:11pm

Newport's Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center served some 3,000 clients last year, providing individuals and families with hope and dignity. As we approach the holidays needs increase. We talk about the center, volunteer and donation needs, and upcoming events with Alyson Novick, development director, Nancy Harten, director of Hunger Services and Volunteers, and Heather Stole Strout, assistant director.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 25th, 2017 04:35pm

Rhode Island's economy has been rolling along, expanding every month this year, according to URI economist Len Lardaro's Current Condition's Index. But there are underlying concerns that threaten a sustained economic expansion. Len joins us today, talking about his Current Conditions Index, about jobs, about the Pawtucket Red Sox, and Rhode Island's economic future.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 25th, 2017 04:28pm

When Rep. Patricia Morgan, R-West Warwick, declared her candidacy for governor on Monday, she claimed Rhode Island was leading the nation in corruption. We tested her assertion and found numerous reputable sources that disputed the claim. During today's Open Forum, we touch on a variety of issues, including the Paw Sox, climate change, and healthcare. We also pay tribute to Rabbi Marc Jagolinzer, long time rabbi at Middletown's Temple Shalom, who died on Sunday. He was beloved not only in his community but across Rhode Island.

Open Forum


October 24th, 2017 01:26pm

Today on Open Forum it is the Preservation Society Edition with guests; Trudy Cox, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Newport County, Jim Donahue, Curator of Historic Landscapes, Gregory Muse, Preservation Society/Newport Ambassador, and Curt Genga, Properties Director.

Open Forum


October 24th, 2017 11:56am

Today on the Elder Affairs edition of Open Forum, we are joined in the studio with Foy Ann Plohr, Director of Community Relations at Blenheim Newport, and Mary Currier, the Move in Coordinator. We discuss what exactly the move in coordinator does and their newest project, Project Hands.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 19th, 2017 03:23pm

We explore the future of Truth and Information online, in an environment of rapidly expanding technology, the subject of an extensive Pew Research Survey. At issue is whether fixes can be developed in an environment where human nature comes together and fixes problems, or in an environment where "humans' primal quest for success and power - their survival instincts - degrade the information environment in the next decade."

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 18th, 2017 04:24pm

For 72 days Jon Wish crossed the United States by bicycle, from Rhode Island to Oregon. Along the way he raised more than 21,000 for Hope Hospice, raising awareness about an organization that provided tremendous support for his mother, Francesca, in the last four months of her life, and continues to provide support - grief counseling - for Jon and his sister and brother. Jon joins us, talking about his mother, hospice, and his journey across America.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 17th, 2017 04:25pm

A Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking Warwick teachers from what school officials say is a sick-out. Because of teacher absenteeism, some Warwick elementary schools closed. The issue - the school district and union have been without a contract for two years. The union says the key issue is class size, with many parents siding with the union. We talk about the issue, look at how class size in Rhode Island is the highest of all six New England states, and talk about a recent report that shows most Rhode Island schools are in disrepair, many unable to meet basic needs of warmth, safety, and keeping students and faculty dry.

Open Forum


October 16th, 2017 03:45pm

Today on Open Forum we talk to Karen Vebber, Mortgage Loan Officer at People's Credit Union, who discusses gossip and mortgages.

Open Forum


October 13th, 2017 05:01pm

Today on Open Forum it is the Leadership at ALL Levels edition hosted by Gail Lowney Alofsin. She is joined by her guests; Colleen Hopkins, President and Event Management Consultant, Hopkins Events, Michele Maker, Owner/President, Waterfront Productions/RI Waterfront Events, and Katie Spaziano, Director of Ticketing and Guest Relations, RI Waterfront Events.

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October 13th, 2017 11:59am

John takes your calls and talks more about the teacher unions and how Warwick teachers are demanding more pay and for a contract in their school systems. We also have RI Jeopardy for a giveaway for prizes. Hour 1

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 13th, 2017 11:55am

John Simmons, executive director of the RI Public Expenditure Council, looks at the upcoming legislative session, including the ongoing debate about keeping the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rhode Island or watching the team flee to the likes of nearby Worcester. We also talk about education, the viability of an economic policy that is based on a system of tax incentives, and, of course, truck tolls.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 12th, 2017 11:45am

A trio of hurricanes caused incredible devastation in physical damage - and loss of life - in August and September in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. The Florida Keys were among the hardest hit. Tim Tobin, who lives locally and owns a home in the Keys, shares his experiences during and after the hurricane, painting a picture of residents who are resilient and determined to return to the lifestyle they enjoyed before Hurricane Irma.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 11th, 2017 11:00am

Figuratively, we travel from a concert hall in Gargilesse - Dampierre, France to the Charles River in Boston. Arilyn Mitchell, a 17-year-old harpist who plays with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, joins us with Mary-Gail Smith of the Alliance Francaise of Newport. Alliance Francaise is sponsoring Arilyn's concert Thursday night at the Redwood Library. We're also joined by Fred Schoch, executive director of the Head of the Charles Regatta, a huge rowing Competition that attracts 11,000 rowers from around the world, and 400,000 spectators.

Open Forum


October 6th, 2017 04:13pm

On this, the Elder Affairs edition of Open Forum, we talk to Jennifer Romagnolo, the Administrator of Village House Nursing & Rehab, and Nadine Ryno, Assistant Director of Nurses. They talk about the importance of flu shots especially since its getting into flu season.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 5th, 2017 03:39pm

Gov. Raimondo's attack on the media has met with a sharp response from some media outlets... and an apology from the governor. In her remarks, she said she was spending a lot more time with "micro-local media". We're not sure what that means, but today we looked at how the governor or her office has often not responded to media requests, regardless of the size of the media outlet. We also talk PawSox... and about Rhode Island restaurants that are attracting national attention, including a Newport eatery.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 4th, 2017 04:42pm

If not now.. when? We look at the relationship between campaign contributions and certain politicians' dismissal of any conversation about gun control, in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. We look at other mass shootings that have been followed by inaction on gun control issues. We also discuss claims of the "Puerto Rican" miracle, that island's recovery, and relate a totally different view from a woman who has yet to be able to make contact with many relatives on the island.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


October 3rd, 2017 04:14pm

"Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself - with a smile." -J. B. Priestley. There will be plenty of smiles later this week with the start of the third annual Rogue Island Comedy Festival. Doug Key, the festival's founder, and director joins us to talk about the festival, its impact on the Newport area and the 69 comics that will be appearing from Thursday through Monday at a variety of Newport Venues.

Open Forum


October 2nd, 2017 01:24pm

Today on the Discover Newport Edition of Open Forum, we talk with the Communication Manager for Discover Newport, Andrea McHugh, all about travel and tourism in Newport.

Open Forum


September 29th, 2017 04:25pm

Today on Open Forum Andrea Carneiro from the Preservation Society of Newport County joins us on the show today. We are joined by guests Dan Christina, Chief Horticulturist at Green Animals Topiary Garden; and Patricia Miller, Chief Conservator for the Preservation Society.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 29th, 2017 11:30am

Touching on a number of local events and news stories, we focus on three hotel proposals that collectively would add 185 hotel rooms to Newport. Each proposal is in a different stage of discussion before city boards and commissions. We also touch on a court case in Smithfield that involves medical marijuana, the appointment of a 19-member panel to study recreational marijuana, and the Trump tax plan.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 27th, 2017 04:10pm

Rick Tivens emerged recently from nearly 50 years in the Mountains, not actually rural mountains but the Berkshires, where he first arrived for an eight-week music program as a 15-year-old and just stayed for nearly half a century. He's resettled now in Pawcatuck, just over the Rhode Island line, and continues to write songs virtually every day. Trained in violin and guitar, Rick's career has taken him from Carnegie Hall, where he performed as a teenager, to the Berkshires, to touring with some of the folk music legendary figures. He shares some music, and stories about Woody and Arlo Gurthrie, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 27th, 2017 11:42am

Beyond the numbers - the Bureau of Labor statistics explores why Rhode Island employment has grown much slower than the rest of the nation. We also talk about the Paw Sox, the NFL protest, Amazon expansion, and the upcoming Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

Open Forum


September 25th, 2017 03:50pm

Today on Open Forum we talk to guests Gerry LePage. information and referral specialist for child and family elder service department, and Bob Nula, SHIP volunteer. We talk about Medicare and the Medicare open enrollment dates which are October 15th- December 7th.

Open Forum


September 22nd, 2017 04:15pm

Today on Open Forum we are talking real estate with Chad Kritzas and the Chad Kritzas team at Keller Williams Realty. We also speak Katy Donovan, Lead Buyer Specialist.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 20th, 2017 04:13pm

Chris Maxwell, President of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, updates us about the opposition to the truck only tolls that state officials believe will go into effect later this year. He continues to anticipate that the national trucking association will eventually file suit that will either derail the program or possibly lead to its extension to include car tolls.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 19th, 2017 01:22pm

Ritchie Price is an educator, a survivor, and among the hidden treasures of Rhode Island's rich musical scene. A former lead trumpet player with the legendary Lionel Hampton played with the Count Basie Orchestra and is often called upon at major events to play his very special version of the National Anthem. He's also a member of the Bugler's Hall of Fame, and on any given day might be found with his trumpet practicing along Providence's waterfront. It was just a few years ago that Ritchie questioned whether he would play another note, battling a server kidney ailment. A successful kidney transplant allowed Ritchie to return to music and the classroom. He recently retired from his teaching position at Portsmouth Middle School.

Open Forum


September 18th, 2017 03:19pm

On Today's Open Forum, we talk with Karen Vebber, Mortgage Loan Officer of Peoples Credit Union.

Open Forum


September 15th, 2017 03:11pm

Today on our Elder Affairs edition of Open Forum, we start off the hour with guests Chris Offenberg and Nacy Fielding to talk about balanced life solutions and protecting your identity. In the second half of the show, we sit down with guests Nikki Vasques and Foy Ann, Director of Community Relations for Blenheim Newport, and talk about Act Food Challenge 2017.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 15th, 2017 11:41am

For Javier Juarez, a Brown University Master's candidate, the future is uncertain. Among the nearly 800,000 participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Javier awaits action by Congress to overturn President Trump's effort to end the program. Meanwhile, he and others are speaking out in support of the so-called "Dreamers" and the 11 million illegal immigrants in American. Javier joins us today on Open Forum.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 13th, 2017 03:49pm

For Joey G, a popular DJ for more than 30 years, the journey these last several years has been challenging diagnosed with Protein S Deficiency 21 years ago, and later with type 2 Diabetes, Joey has lost both legs and suffered a stroke. He's never given up, determined to overcome his challenges. Joey joins us today and talks about his journey, his future, and the support he's receiving from family, friends, and the community.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 12th, 2017 04:42pm

How is it that someone can go from earning a degree in psychology, with a concentration in situation theory and social influence to being the voice of a talking ball of mucus in commercials for Mucinex? Comedian T.J. Miller talks about that transition, his career, the importance of comedy during stressful times, and his upcoming appearance on October 8th at Newport's Jane Pickens Theater as part of the 2017 Rogue Island Comedy Festival, October 5th - Oct. 9th.

Open Forum


September 12th, 2017 11:36am

Today on the Discover Newport edition of Open Forum we talk to the CEO of Discover Newport, Evan Smith about all things travel. Eric Offenberg called in for an update on the Pell Bridge construction.

Open Forum


September 8th, 2017 04:20pm

Today on Open Forum it's the Leadership at ALL Levels hosted by Gail Lowney Alofsin. We talk with guests, Paul Carroll, Director of Civic Investment of the City of Newport, Sarah Atkins, Grant Administrator, Office of Civic Investment in the City of Newport, and Pete Fine, President of US SolarWorks.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 8th, 2017 11:42am

Allison Faria, manager of the Fitness Together Studio in Barrington, talks about the connection between physical and mental health. We explore how exercise can reduce stress, and how company-wide exercise programs increase productivity. Allison is also the girl's hockey coach for Barrington, Mt. Hope, and Portsmouth High School. We talk about the rise of girl's hockey, and how high school sports helps to build character.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 6th, 2017 03:18pm

Happy at work? Discouraged by fellow workers, or even bosses, who are rude? We take a look at the significant negative impact caused by rudeness in the workplace. We also discuss climate change as the nation continues to grapple with the devastation caused by major hurricanes and wild fires. Education, local issues and more occupy our agenda.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


September 5th, 2017 04:13pm

Sparks fly as a welder works on the stage; construction workers dig where an elevator will take patrons to a second-floor lobby. As layers of facade are removed, treasures are found in what was and will be the Newport Opera House, a vibrant performing arts venue. Brenda Nienhouse is executive director of the Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center. She talks with excitement about the 18 million renovations and the vision for its future.

Open Forum


September 1st, 2017 04:42pm

On the second half of Open Forum, we present out Elder Affairs edition with guests Director of Rehab at Village House, Jimmy Guerreiro and the Administrator of Village House, Jennifer Romagnolo.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


August 31st, 2017 04:40pm

The Brits have arrived... in the form of a polo team from England that will battle the Newport team this Saturday. Members of the English team joined us today, including team captain Garrie Renucci; a former professional soccer player, cyclist, and in 2008 was part of the Everest Rocks team that broke the then world record for the highest ever concert held above base camp and subject of the MTV unplugged documentary and recorded album with Slim Jim Phantom and Mike Peters for LHS charity.

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