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The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


January 18th, 2018 12:22pm

Paul Pence, a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, joins Frank on this edition of The Open Forum.

The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


January 18th, 2018 10:52am

Lt. Governor Dan McKee, a Democrat, joins Frank to talk about what appears to be a competitive primary election, in which he faces Progressive Democrat Aaron Regenberg, a 27-year-old who is in his second term in the House of Representatives.

The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


January 17th, 2018 09:08am

Lara Salamano, the Commerce Department’s Chief Marketing Officer, joins Frank on this edition.

The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


January 11th, 2018 12:26pm

It was a leaky rowboat that Nick, Ron, and Pete named as kids, using the first two letters of their first names and that's how the name NiRoPe was born. The store's, Cardi's was started as a general store by Nick, Ron, and Pete's grandmother, Rosa. Now, some 90 years later it is among the largest furniture stores in the country, with 20 locations and hundreds of employees. Nick, Ron, and Pete join Frank on this edition of The Open Forum.

The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


January 10th, 2018 01:10pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate State Representative Patricia Morgan, R-West Warwick, the House minority leader, discusses her vision for Rhode Island, and why she believes GOP voters should choose her above the two other Republican gubernatorial candidates, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Giovanni Feroce in the primary election.

The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


January 10th, 2018 09:30am

These are exciting times for Rhode Island's tourism industry. Eight hotel projects are underway - three in Newport and five in Providence. Longer runways at T.F. Green airport will lead to expanded international flights. Newport's Opera House and Westerly's United Theater are two major theater projects that will preserve their history and expand those communities entertainment opportunities. Evan Smith, president and CEO of Disscover Newport joins, Frank, to talk about the disappointing state initiative and exciting developments in Newport.

The Open Forum


January 8th, 2018 12:35pm

Trudy Coxe, from the Preservation Society of Newport County, leads this discussion with guest, Laura Lott, the President, and CEO of, The American Alliance of Museums, for a conversation about the value of and challenges facing museums.

The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


January 3rd, 2018 01:39pm

congressman David Cicilline joins Frank and discusses the Democratic economic initiative, climate change initiatives, health care, human rights and more as Congress enters what promises to be an eventful 2018.

The Open Forum


December 29th, 2017 09:54am

Chad Kritzas of Keller Williams leads this Open Forum with a conversation on renting vs. buying

The Open Forum w Frank Prosnitz


December 27th, 2017 12:06pm

In a wide-ranging interview, Rev. Dr. Don Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, talks of the expansion of Sanctuary Congregations that are preparing to aid undocumented immigrants if necessary, the Dreamers, how his organization is working with churches to make them more welcoming of transgender citizens. He also touches on gun violence at churches, synagogues and mosques, affordable housing issues in Rhode Island, and the homeless.

The Open Forum


December 15th, 2017 10:19am

The arts and baseball. What do they have in common? Open Forum, of course! Erin Young, artistic director of Common Fence Point, talks about upcoming performance at the theater's two venues - Portsmouth and Warren, and red sox vice president Ron Bumgarner tells us about upcoming Red Sox holiday events.

The Open Forum


December 14th, 2017 01:10pm

Independent candidate for Governor, Joe Trillo.

The Open Forum


December 11th, 2017 02:04pm

Leadership at all Levels with Gail Alofsin. Guests: Dianne Sterret - of Sterrett copy and creative and author in progress. Steve Porter - Author and Publisher - Founder And president of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA). Kim Fuller - Freelance photographer and author

The Open Forum


December 7th, 2017 12:36pm

Elliot Krieger, former book editor of The Providence Journal and author of a blog, 'Elliot's Reading', shares the best of the books he's read in 2017, a guide perhaps to some good holiday gifts and reading.

The Open Forum


December 7th, 2017 12:35pm

Making sense of the tax reform bills passed by the Senate and House, and now in a conference committee, is challenging. University of Rhode Island economist Len Lardaro reviews what's happening in Congress, and the likelihood that a final tax bill will be passed without adequate research or concern for how it impacts the nation's overall deficit. Len also talks about Rhode Island's economy, and what he sees as a need for stronger leadership and vision to improve and make sustainable a robust state economy.

The Open Forum


December 7th, 2017 12:34pm

Evan Smith from Discover Newport joins us for a year in review for 2017 travel and tourism.

What's Up Newp Radio Edition


November 29th, 2017 10:53am

It's giving Tuesday, and we share the importance of reaching out and helping those less fortunate. Two local organizations - The Boys and Girls Club, and Seamen's Church Institute - tell us how they are supporting many within our community.

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 29th, 2017 10:51am

In early Spring, Newport's Erin Parete set out on a 3.200-mile "stroll" from Newport to Oregon, a six-month journey. Along the way, she experienced the beauty of our country and the kindness and hospitality of its people. Erin didn't walk for a cause, but did it because she could, and to show 'that this country isn't as divided as we think'. Erin shares her experiences on this edition

Open Forum w/ Frank Prosnitz


November 22nd, 2017 09:28am

Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, unsuccessful in a bid for Rhode Island Governor in 2014, is running again in 2018. He'll enter a spirited Republican primary, and, if successful, face a well funded Gov. Gina Raimondo. Mayor Fung joins Frank on this edition of the Open Forum

Open Forum


November 22nd, 2017 09:27am

People's Credit Union edition with Steve Carneiro

Open Forum


November 22nd, 2017 09:25am

Elder Affairs edition: Foy Ann the Director of community relations for Blenheim Newport and Dana Prestigiacomo senior real estate specialist with William Raveis Real Estate give advice for elders thinking about selling their home.

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

Open Forum


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.

The John DePetro Show


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.

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