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.

WADK 1540 is the place to tune to for complete coverage of local news, weather, sports, traffic reports and special features, listen online 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.