Radio Drama This Week: Ebenezer Scrooge Returns Christmas Eve

Lionel Barrymore plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1939 Mercury Theater on the Air production of Charles Dickens’ timeless story, “A Christmas Carol.” Radio listeners closely identified Barrymore with the grouchy character since he performed the role almost every Christmas between 1934 and 1953. It’s heard on 97.9 WHAV FM at 8 p.m., Christmas Eve, and repeated at 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Gunsmoke: Bum’s Rush; Dragnet: “Big Little Jesus,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Missing Mouse Matter;” Box 13: “Look Pleasant Please,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
7 p.m. Truth or Consequences (repeated at midnight)

7:30 p.m. Grand Central Station (repeated at 12:30 a.m.)

8 p.m. A Christmas Carol (repeated at 1 a.m.)

9 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life (repeated at 2 a.m.)

10 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street (repeated at 3 a.m.)
Tuesday
Dimension X: “The Roads Must Roll;” Suspense (classic): “Tarawa Was Tough,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: New Year’s Eve with Peavy; Suspense (classic): “Death and Miss Turner,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Winter Outing; Suspense (classic): “The Big Day,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Landscape Plans; Suspense (classic): “Crossing Paris,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Gunsmoke: The Soldier; Haunting Hour: “Murder Wears a Strange Mask,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Fatal Switch Matter;” Box 13: “The Haunted Artist,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

This Week’s Radio Drama: ‘Dragnet’ Tells the Story of Baby Jesus Statue Theft

“Dragnet,” “the story of your police force in action.” was created and produced by Jack Webb. A statue of baby Jesus taken from a church Nativity scene moves Detective Sgt. Joe Friday and partner Frank Smith to action on Christmas Eve when 97.9 WHAV FM presents “Dragnet,” Saturday, Dec. 22. Friday, played by Jack Webb, and Smith, played by Ben Alexander, are working in the Burglary Division of the Los Angeles when they receive the call the 31-year-old statue was taken from the unlocked church.

WHAV’s Christmas Eve by the Radio

Jimmy Stewart recreates his role as George Bailey in the Lux Radio Theater version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Christmas Eve at 9 p.m., Christmas Eve, over 97.9 WHAV FM. Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24
In addition to programs listed below, WHAV plans hourly reports from NORAD on Santa Claus’ progress. 6 p.m. Holiday Favorites
Favorite carols, comedy by Stan Freberg and popular seasonal tunes air for 24-hours, except as indicated below. 7 p.m. Truth or Consequences
Quizmaster Ralph Edwards helps a recovering veteran reconnect with his hometown through the magic of radio.

June Lockhart’s Rare Radio Appearance Friday Night on ‘Suspense’

June Lockhart, right, appears here with fellow “Lost in Space” cast members, Mark Goddard, Angela Cartwright and Guy Williams. A rare radio performance by Lockhart is heard Friday night on “Suspense,” heard over 97.9 WHAV FM. (Publicity photograph.)

Everybody’s mother, June Lockhart, shows little maternal instinct Friday night on “Suspense” when she stars in “Shooting Star.”

Lockhart, first known as Timmy’s mother in the television series “Timmy and Lassie” and then as the Robinson matriarch on “Lost in Space,” plays an actress who aims to get even with a movie mogul when her contract isn’t renewed. Her appearance on “Suspense” March 24, 1957 was a rare radio role for the actress who was first seen on film opposite her parents in a 1938 version of “A Christmas Carol.” Her father and mother, Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart, appeared as Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cratchit, while she was uncredited as Belinda Cratchit. Less than a year after the radio play, Lockhart took over the role of Ruth Martin on CBS’ “Timmy and Lassie”—a role she would play until 1964. The following year, remaining onCBS, she was cast as Maureen Robinson on “Lost in Space.”

“Shooting Star” is heard Friday night at 10 p.m., with an encore performance at 1 a.m., over 97.9 WHAV FM.

Radio Drama This Week: Christmas Clothing Drive Turns into Comedy Chaos

Gale Gordon as Madison High School Principal Osgood Conklin with Eve Arden, star of “Our Miss Brooks,” Thursday nights over 97.9 WHAV FM. This week comedy, confusion and chaos sets in as Miss Brooks takes charge of a Christmas clothing drive. (CBS publicity photograph.)
Saturday, Dec. 1
Gunsmoke: Pussy Cats; Haunting Hour: “Out of the Night,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Double Exposure Matter;” Box 13: “Damsel in Distress,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense (modern): “Casting The Runes;” Suspense (classic): “Second Class Passenger,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “The Castaways;” Suspense (classic): “Freedom This Way,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Birthday Duck Dinner; Suspense (classic): “Frankie and Johnn,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Christmas Clothing Drive; Suspense (classic): “Door of Gold,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Discussing European Trip Finances; Suspense (classic): “Murder and Aunt Delia,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Gunsmoke: Jayhawkers; Haunting Hour: “Tapping on the Window,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec.

On #GivingTuesday, Keep Local News Coming

Tom Bergeron, who began his career at WHAV in 1972, points to his mentor, the late Edwin V. Johnson. (Cindy Driver photograph for WHAV News.)
Now, More than Ever
On-air, online and in social media, no one provides more Greater Haverhill news than 97.9 WHAV FM. While others continue to cut back, WHAV has expanded to meet community needs. Besides providing even more local news—keeping our leaders accountable—WHAV has added live City Council and School Committee broadcasts, live play-by-play coverage of all Haverhill Hillies football games, greater local talk and more vital community programming That’s what you would expect from the only Haverhill-based news source. But, nonprofit WHAV needs your help to meet growing demands.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Adventure, Horror, Comedy, Westerns and More

The cast of radio’s “Gunsmoke” includes, from left, Howard McNear as Doc, William Conrad as Matt Dillon, Georgia Ellis as Kitty and Parley Baer as Chester. Gunsmoke is heard Saturday nights at 10 p.m., with an encore performance at 1 a.m. (File photograph.)
Sunday, Nov. 25
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “False Alarm Matter;” Box 13: “Triple Cross,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense (modern): “An Assignation at Poenari;” Suspense (classic): “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Perigi’s Wonderful Dolls;” Suspense (classic): “Eyewitness,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Miss Grace Tuttle and Bird Watching; Suspense (classic): “Back for Christmas,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Saving the School Newspaper; Suspense (classic): “A Shipment of Mute Fate,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Coat Taken by Mistake; Suspense (classic): “Russian New Year,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday
Gunsmoke: Pussy Cats; Haunting Hour: “Out of the Night,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Double Exposure Matter;” Box 13: “Damsel in Distress,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

WHAV Invites Kids to Share Christmas Lists With Santa

Merrimack Valley children can chat with Santa using WHAV's direct holiday hotline to the North Pole. (File photograph)

Calls to Santa is sponsored by Athens House of Pizza, Butcher Boy Market, EZ Way Cleaners, Joseph’s Trattoria Bakery Café, Lobster Tail Seafood and Orzo Trattoria. 97.9 WHAV FM is helping the Merrimack Valley’s good boys and girls get their Christmas wish lists in to Santa with a direct holiday hotline. To chat with St. Nick, parents can call 978-361-3930 and leave a call back number in case verification is needed.