Today’s shows was the definition of “The Open Forum”, topics ranged from what’s going on this weekend, to DYCF, to American Idol, to Keeping History Above Water and finally tourism.

Rhode Island’s own Erika Van Pelt joined me to discuss the end of American Idol, her journey on season 11 of the show, what she’s up to and more.

Evan Smith, Executive Director of Discover Newport, stopped by to chat about tourism – the campaign and where we go from here.

Margot Nishimura, Deputy Director for Collections, Programming & Public Engagement for Newport Restoration Foundation, called in to discuss Keeping History Above Water.

Listen: 12:30pm – 1pm: News and headlines of the day

Listen: 1pm – 2pm: Margot, followed by Erika Van Pelt and finally Evan Smith

Listen to The Open Forum with Ryan Belmore every weekday from 12:30pm to 2pm on 1540 AM WADK Newport.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).