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The Importance of a City’s Competitive Bidding Process

(Hour 2a) Hariet E. Cady of the Live Free of Die Alliance called in to comment on Rich’s investigative journalism regarding Manchester’s Ambulance contract.  In this clip, she shares some great points on how this mess challenged the integrity of Manchester’s competitive bidding process.  Find out why the big process is in place and why controversies like this really mess things up for everyone. 7-8-2013 Hour...

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Manchester Ambulance Contract: The Rest of the Story?

(Hour 3a) Rich updates us on the Manchester ambulance contract controversy.  Listen in for the rest of the story! But first, we have a little incentive for you to sign up for our newsletter.  Listen in to hear how you can win a tasty gift certificate to The Derryfield Country Club.  Also, hear our recent segment with Hariet E. Cady on the ambulance contract’s effect on the competitive bidding process. 7-8-2013 Hour...

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Amidst Controversy, AMR Ambulance Wins Manchester Contract

(Hour 1 a,b,c) Last night, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen came to a decision on the Manchester ambulance contract.  Get the details! Amidst all of controversy, AMR Ambulance still won the contract.  (Also see our Live Blog) So Chief Burkush didn’t want to put Manchester through a “transitional” phase by switching from AMR Ambulance, but why did he argue the exact opposite when switching from Rockingham to AMR? Plus, find out exactly who is thrilled that AMR won, find out why Rich’s investigative journalism on the ambulance contract may have hurt Girard At Large financially, and hear why we haven’t heard the last of American Ambulance. 7-3-2013 Hour 1abc Hear our last segment on the ambulance contract. Read more about this in today’s On Air...

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“Stupidity Like This” is Bad for Manchester

(Hour 2a) Rich tells us why letting AMR Ambulance win the bid (despite their over-billing scandal and Union ties) is detrimental to Manchester’s business development.  Do you think businesses are going to want to come to a place that takes this kind of stupidity?  Get Rich’s take right in this clip. 7-3-2013 Hour...

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Listener Letter Hammers Corriveau for Ambulance Vote, Caller discusses Principals’ Contract

(Hour 3a) Rich read a letter from a listener to Ward 6 Alderman Garth Corriveau.  One word:  OUCH!   The BMA granted preliminary approval to the principals’ contract.  Get the details! Also, Eric in Manchester called in to share his thoughts on the matter, and what about the folks interested in the Pearl Street parking lot?  But first, Rich gets copied on an angry letter to Garth Corriveau regarding the ambulance contract. 7-3-2013 Hour 3a Read more about the principals’ contract in today’s On Air...

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Mayor Ted Gatsas on Ambulance and Principals’ Contracts, Parking

(Hour 3b, c) Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas came in to duke it out with Rich regarding the Manchester ambulance contract, the principals’ contract and the Pearl Street parking lot.  Plus, what about the homeless day shelter on Laurel Street?  And how about the guy who lives next to Prout Park?  Will he find safety from foul balls?  Get all the details! 7-3-2013 Hour 3bc This segment is sponsored by The Derryfield Restuarant....

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On Air Newscast for July 3, 2013

7-3-2013 News The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen awarded its coveted emergency ambulance service contract to AMR, the same company whose contract they, and Fire Chief James Burkush, refused to renew a few short months ago over billing issues that had Mayor Ted Gatsas threatening to terminate them and Board Chairman Dan O’Neil threatening to ask New Hampshire’s Attorney General to criminally investigate.  The process of awarding the new contract became hotly contested and very controversial after Girard at Large received and published a letter from Harold Shaitberger, General President of the International Association of Firefighters accusing respondent American Ambulance of falsely implying the union’s support in an attempt to manipulate the evaluation committee.  The resulting investigation showed that it wasn’t American Ambulance that had done anything to manipulate the process, but AMR that had done by falsely claiming that they hadn’t been subject to any administrative or judicial action in the past two to five years and that they’d not walked away from or been dismissed or terminated from any contracts.  The facts didn’t seem to matter last night as the aldermen appeared intent of supporting Chief Burkush as the guy who has to live with the decision.  Even the testimony of the city’s Medical Director, Dr. Tom D’Aprix, who said that the management team responsible for the significant improvement in the quality of care since Rockingham...

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Caught Red Handed: AMR lies in writing.

(Hour 2a, 3a and 3c) The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen takes up the ambulance contract bid at tonight’s meeting.  In addition to this morning’s s On Air Story, Rich hammered their continued deception and provided indisputable proof that the letter they sent to Fire Chief Burkush about the Corporate Integrity Agreement, which was sent to the aldermen, was a calculated attempt to deceive them into believing something that simply was not true. PLUS:  Rich exposes internal information showing the company walked away from contracts that weren’t meeting their profit margin targets. Oh, and who was responsible for the egregious billing errors that led to almost $3 million in fines and that Corporate Integrity agreement?  Answer:  Not who they claim and not who you might think. ONLY on Girard at LARGE. This one’s as important as any we’ve done.  Spread the word, answer the poll, help block the union demanded choice from getting the contract! 7-2-2013 Hour 2a 7-2-2013 Hour 3a 7-2-2013 Hour 3c      ...

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Rich Hates Lies and Rain.

(Hour 1a) The “mother of all Blog Posts” has made quite a stir in the Manchester community, but here’s the big question: will Manchester let Fire Chief James Burkush get away with this mess? Plus, Rich rants on Hooksett tuition and the only thing he hates more than lying:  Never ending rain. 7-2-2013 Hour...

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On Air News Read for July 2, 2013

7-2-2013 News AMR Ambulance, Manchester’s current ambulance company, has once again misrepresented the Corporate Integrity Agreement imposed on it for overbilling issues as it tries to explain its proposal to win Manchester’s next ambulance service contract.  This time, however, they did it in a letter sent to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Friday.  In the letter, they stick to the claim that the CIA was issued as a result of actions taken by their operations in Brooklyn and write that it was not involved in the circumstances that quote gave rise to the Brooklyn C I A.  They also state that these agreements are common and are not a form of discipline or sanction against a company, just a way of avoiding costly litigation.  Oh my HEAD!  What they’re not saying is that while issues in Brooklyn did cause the company to enter the CIA rather than be taken to court after an administrative investigation, the C I A does apply to them and we’ll prove it during the show.  Further, whether or not it’s a discipline or sanction, the question remains whether or not, being subject to it, it should have been disclosed.  As we posted to Oh My BLOG! last night, any bidder was required to disclose any administrative or judicial proceedings the company or any of its officers were involved with.  Clearly, the C...

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