Guest Column: Why Accountability for False Accusations on Social Media Is Important

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, a manager from a Haverhill business posted a picture online of five young ladies that had entered her shop (below), one of whom was my daughter. It contained clips from her surveillance system, one in which she circled some implied evidence of shoplifting. Along with the post she accused one of the young ladies of stealing a shirt (supposedly circled in the photo) and ambiguously alluded to “anything else you took.”

When the accused young lady was informed by her friends of the post, which had been circulated extensively within a couple hours of the girls leaving the shop, she was devastated and in tears. Later that same day the accused young lady (wearing the shoulder bag in the photo) and her mother approached the business asking for evidence of the transgression.

Damon Launches WHAV Morning Show, ‘Win for Breakfast’

Win Damon, the dean of Merrimack Valley radio, now delivers a live morning show over Haverhill-based 97.9 WHAV FM. The live 6-9 a.m., weekday, program provides listeners with everything they need to know to start their days—local news, weather, sports, traffic, prizes and more. Getting up early and informing Merrimack Valley listeners is nothing new for Damon. He’s been doing it for nearly 30 years. Damon, of Newburyport, and his father Henry bought Newburyport’s WNBP in 1989.

Haverhill Woman, 52, Dies in I-93 Medford Crash; Apparently Ejected From SUV

A 52-year-old Haverhill woman was killed early Saturday night when the car she was driving crashed on I-93 in Medford. Massachusetts State Police report Florence Bisson died around 7:30 p.m., when she was ejected from her 2005 GMC Envoy after the single-car crash on I-93 southbound between exits 33 and 32. Trooper Joseph Flynn the State Police–Medford Barracks said Bisson lost control of the mid-sized SUV and crashed. All southbound lanes were closed. Traffic was diverted off exit 33 while members of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section investigated.

Radio Drama This Week: Johnny Dollar and the Private Space Industry of 1960

During the 1960s and 1970s, every U.S. rocket watch was must watching on television. Anyone old enough certainly remembers CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite using models to show rockets and capsules and what to expect after launch. So too on radio. The only regularly scheduled dramatic shows on radio by 1960 were on CBS. Without models to display, characters like Johnny Dollar acted on adventures around the emerging space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Today’s Obituaries: Feb. 14

Charles E. “Ted” Colman, 72, of Newton, N.H., and formerly of Haverhill, died Feb. 8, at Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill. He was employed for many years with United Foam Company in Georgetown. Calling hours are Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-noon at Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill.

Today’s Obituaries: Feb. 11

Lucas M. Costello, 22, of Kingston, N.H., and born in Haverhill, died Feb. 6. He was employed at Foss Manufacturing in Hampton, N.H., as a machine operator. Family and friends are invited to calling hours Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 4-7 p.m., at Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill.

The Trouble is Not in Your Set! WHAV’s New Website, Features Being Tested

Not your FM radio anyway. In fact, 97.9 WHAV FM has been sending you local news and entertainment quite well from Haverhill’s tallest landmark above Silver Hill. Its website—WHAV.net—well, that has been another matter. WHAV finally has a new website that can handle many more visitors and now also delivers a fresh daily email newsletter. With 8-10 million visits each month, WHAV.net was having a little trouble keeping up with the traffic.

Radio Drama This Week: Before TV Selling, Betty Furness Went Uncredited on Radio

This weekend brings to a close two dramatic programs first heard over WHAV during the late 1940s. The “Haunting Hour” and “Box 13” were brought out of the sound vault in time for the 70th anniversary of WHAV in Haverhill and the dedication of the new 97.9 WHAV FM. When WHAV AM signed on in 1947, it was too small and too late to attract a major national broadcasting network like NBC, CBS, ABC or Mutual. WHAV, however, did the next best thing—buying pre-recorded radio shows on the syndicated market. “Haunting Hour” was produced by NBC and heard in 1945 before going into syndication.