Chuck Hinman

Morning Edition host

Chuck became part of RIPR in 2012 after a career on commercial radio. He got his broadcasting start as an announcer for Off Track Betting Corporation in NYC. He’s been a news director, music director, production director and morning personality on radio stations in Providence and Boston. 

A native of New Jersey, Chuck attended the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Mass Communications.                    

 

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Providence College said university officials are conducting an internal investigation into what they call an "unfortunate event" early Saturday morning.

The university said a student was arrested by police.

According to Providence police, the student allegedly tossed lit cigarette at a patrol car, then ran away.

Police said 18-year-old Michael Dormon was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Dormon was held overnight and released on Sunday.

Police Major Thomas Verdi said Providence College has suspended Dormon, pending a disciplinary hearing.

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Trinity Repertory Company opens its 52nd season with William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The production is designed to have the feel of our modern political world, (hence the suits pictured above).

The show also offers a surprising twist in casting. The title role of Julius Caesar will be played by a woman, Trinity Rep veteran Anne Scurria. (Julius Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, will be played by a man -- with a name change to Calpurnius.)

The Rhythm and Roots Music Festival in Charlestown has become a Labor Day tradition here in Rhode Island, especially as a showcase for Cajun music and dance. Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman explores the origin and lasting legacy of Rhode Island's Cajun connection, with Alan Bradbury of the Magnolia Cajun Band.

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The financially troubled Coventry fire district is warning it will not be able to make its payroll this Friday. The district’s board meets Monday night, and could decide to lay off up to 14 firefighters. The district couldn’t completely fund its scheduled payroll last month, resulting in late pay.

The district currently relies of a fire tax levy from 9,000 Coventry residents. Fire District Board Chairman Frank Palin said that won’t be enough to cover costs. In June, district residents voted to dissolve the department rather than pay more taxes.

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A Providence-based photographer has been documenting a family with a transgender grandparent. The photos are part of an exhibit destined for the Boston Children’s Museum in the fall.

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Fifty years ago this week, on July 25, 1965, a young folk singer named Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and transformed himself from a defender of the folk tradition into a leader of a new breed of popular musician, the rock and roll troubadour.

This year’s Newport Folk festival kicks off Friday, and it will include a tribute to this moment in rock and roll history.  Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman asked  Newport Folk Festival Founder George Wein to remember the iconic performance.

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After Saturday’s 4th of July celebrations, Rhode Island’s Cape Verdean community celebrated its independence. Thousands of people gathered in India Point Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cape Verdean Independence.

The festival took over India Point Park in Providence with music, food, vendors, and politicians.

1st District Congressman David Cicilline, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and US Senator Jack Reed all took the stage during the day to wish the crowd Happy Independence Day. 

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For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, we take a visit to the State Archives in downtown Providence. The agency has unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to odd and unexpected state artifacts. The historic objects range from counterfeit colonial money, to the death certificate of famed Providence author H.P. Lovecraft. Rhode Island Public Radio's morning host, Chuck Hinman went on a private tour of the exhibit with State Archivist Gwenn Stearn.

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Providence kicks off the inaugural Providence International Arts Festival Thursday. Mayor Jorge Elorza has touted the event as one of his first major initiatives to boost tourism and the arts in the capital city. The four-day festival includes public art installations, theater, and lectures all around downtown Providence. It will also include dozens of musical performances from across the globe.

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The House Finance Committee is slated to vote Tuesday on the budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. As is usually the case the House makes some changes to the spending plan introduced by the governor.

The House Finance budget is not expected to include truck tolls proposed by Governor Gina Raimondo to help pay for bridge improvements. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says more information is needed about the plan. The budget does include funding for HealthSource RI, the state’s version of Obamacare, as well as economic incentives meant to spark economic growth.

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Thursday night was the first preview of a brand new musical at Trinity Rep. "Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical" is the latest work from world-renowned playwright Sarah Ruhl, with music by composer Todd Almond. Ruhl received her master’s degree in Providence at Brown University. She’s since been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has received the MacArthur "Genius" grant.

Ruhl's "Melancholy Play" is receiving a world premiere at Trinity Rep. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Chuck Hinman spoke with director Leisl Tommy about the production.

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If you are a fan of live, acoustic music, at some point straining to hear over a loud bar crowd, you may have thought, wouldn’t it be great if my favorite performer could play at my house instead? It might surprise you to know the performer may be thinking the same thing. For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman examines the growing phenomenon of house concerts in the Ocean State.

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Memorial Day marked the kickoff of Navy Week in Rhode Island. The event comes to cities across the U.S., but this is a first for the Ocean State, despite a long history with the Navy. East Greenwich (unofficially) touts itself as the birthplace of the American Navy, and Newport continues to be home to a naval station, and the Naval War College.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s morning host Chuck Hinman sat down with Capt. Dennis Boyer, commanding officer at Naval Station Newport to talk about the celebration and the Navy's role in Rhode Island, past and present.

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Young filmmakers took center stage Saturday night at the Give Me 5 Teen Film Festival, for an evening of short films by teenagers across Rhode Island. RIPR's Chuck Hinman sat down with Steven Feinberg from the state's Film and TV Office to talk about the festival, Woody Allen's new movie (shot in RI) and the state of the local film industry.

About two weeks ago a devastating earthquake ravaged the Asian country of Nepal. The quake claimed the lives of at least 8,000 people, in and around the capital of Kathmandu. Just this week a second earthquake hit the country, killing at least 65 more people.  Thousands of Nepalese are living without shelter or power, many in remote areas difficult for aid workers to reach.

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