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Ray Hardman

Host/Reporter

Ray Hardman began his broadcasting career at WFSU in Tallahassee Florida where he served at different times as a producer, Operations manager, and Morning Edition host. Ray joined the WNPR staff in 1996, as a reporter and host. He later became the Music Director for WNPR, and in 2002 he went back to his newsy roots as the host of WNPR’s Morning Edition.

From 2002 to 2009 Ray divided his time between WNPR and CPTV, first serving as a correspondent on CPTV’s news magazine Main Street. He later became the host of Main Street, and from 2005 to 2009 was the host and producer for CPTV’s Front and Center with Ray Hardman.

Ray holds degrees from St. Mary's College of Maryland and Florida State University. In his spare time, Ray fronts a garage band called The Radiation. Ray lives in West Hartford with his wife Kathleen, and their sons Benjamin and Jackson. 

Ways to Connect

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It's been 10 days since the unusual Autumn Nor'easter rocked Connecticut with heavy snow and massive power outages, and Connecticut is still feeling the effects. Joining us by phone to talk about the recovery efforts is 1st District Congressman John Larson.

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New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry weaves factual history into his thriller novels. In his latest novel, The Jefferson Key he connects the assassinations of four Presidents to a hidden clause in the U.S. Constitution. Steve Berry will be in Hartford this weekend for a series of events, and he joins us now by phone.

November 5, 9 am - 1 pm History Matters Event, Writers Workshop, Hartford, Connecticut

November 5, 4:30 - 6 pm History Matters Event, "An Evening With Steve Berry", Hartford, CT

Eastern Turkey is still reeling from last Sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the hundreds of aftershocks since then. For Turkish Americans living in Connecticut it's been a tense time. Joining us by phone is the president of the Turkish Cultural Center of Connecticut, Nebi Demirsoy.

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Connecticut's 2nd District Congressman Joe Courtney returned from a visit to Afghanistan earlier this week. Courtney is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and he joins us by phone.

Beinecke Library at Yale University

Maybe you read comic books as a kid - maybe you still do, or you have children that escape into the graphic narratives that have become part of our popular culture. A new exhibit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University explores the earliest roots of the modern day comic book. Joining us by phone this morning is the curator of Comic Inventions - The Pre-history of the Graphic Narrative in the 19th Century, Tim Young.

The Sacred Heart University community has been rocked by the senseless death of former basketball star Chauncey Hardy. Hardy was playing professional ball in Romania where he was killed late Sunday. Joining us by phone is Chris Elsberry, he is a sports columnist for the Connecticut Post. 

Moonshine Is Back

Oct 11, 2011
From Onyx Spirits Facebook page

Moonshine. The word evokes images of Hillbillies sipping out of jugs or mason jars, and brass stills nestled deep in the backwoods during prohibition. A Connecticut start-up has brought Moonshine into the 21st century, and as WNPR's Ray Hardman reports, the liquor is getting a lot of attention.

"Basically this is where the product is in its tanks ready to be made into the finished product. So we've got moonshine here in these two 50-gallon drums and we've got the organic..."

Child advocates, concerned citizens, and state lawmakers will be in Hartford  today for Foster Youth Day at the State Capitol. Joining us by phone is  New Haven State Representative Toni Walker, she will hear from a panel of young adults who will speak about aging out of the state Foster care system.

Photo provided by the US Chemical Safety Board.

It's been nineteen months since the Kleen energy power plant explosion in Middletown killed six and injured nearly 50 workers. Now, the National Fire Protection Association has issued recommendations to avoid such a disaster at other natural gas plants. Joining us is the President of the National Fire Protection Association, James Shannon.

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Yesterday two Big East schools, Pittsburgh and Syracuse were accepted into rival league the Atlantic Coast Conference. This has schools scrambling to determine the future of their sports programs, including UConn, which according to some sources is already in discussions with the ACC. Joining us to talk about this shake up is Hartford Courant sports writer Dom Amore.

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Every ten years, a bipartisan committee made up of members of Connecticut's General Assembly go through the tedious process of redrawing legislative and congressional maps. Often the Reapportionment committee's work breaks down into partisan politics. Earlier this week, the Reapportionment committee wrote a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledging that they will miss their September 15th deadline, which is today. Joining us by phone is House Minority leader and co-chair of the Reapportionment committee Lawrence Cafero.

A Darkened Connecticut

Aug 29, 2011
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A day after Tropical Storm Irene knocked out power to half of Connecticut's residents, 700-thousand remain in the dark. More than 800 crews are beginning to repair the damage throughout the state. Joining us by phone is Connecticut Light and Power's spokesman, Mitch Gross.

Photo by Michael E. Anderson

What happens when four friends, all veteran musicians with a love of rock and roll and baseball get together? Well, they call themselves the Baseball Project, and they head out on the road. The Baseball Project rolls into New London for a show tonight. Joining us by phone is singer and guitarist for the Baseball Project Scott McCaughey, he's also front man for Minus 5.

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