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 ownErika Van Pelt joined me to discuss the end ofAmerican Idol, her journey on season 11 of the show, what she’s up to and more.

Evan Smith, Executive Director ofDiscover Newport, stopped byto chat about tourism – the campaign and where we go from here.

Margot Nishimura, Deputy Director for Collections, Programming & Public Engagement forNewport Restoration Foundation, called into discussKeeping 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 on1540 AM WADK Newport.

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Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to