Discover Newport

Evan Smith, Executive Director of Discover Newport, joined me for his monthly chat on the Monday, March 15th edition of The Open Forum on 1540 AM WADK Newport.

Topics today included:

  • What effect the NCAA Tournament in Providence has on our region.
  • The 2016 Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Rhode Island will celebrate Quahog Week starting on March 21st.
  • An Ultimate Frisbee tournament is coming to Rhode Island.
  • Reaction regarding the recent news that the National Truckers Association has decided to move their event from Newport, RI to Maine due to RhodeWorks.
  • Upcoming events and more…

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Listen to The Open Forum with Ryan Belmore every weekday from 12:30pm – 1pm on 1540 AM and online on

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.