Haverhill Kiwanis’ Saturday ‘Turkey Drop’ a Radio Experience

WKRP newscaster Les Nessman describes a turkey drop during a 1978 episode of the television series.

97.9 WHAV will be there Saturday when 100 rubber turkeys descend from a helicopter circling above Murphy’s Garrison Golf.

Haverhill Kiwanis is recreating for charity a scene from a 1978 Thanksgiving episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati.” During the WKRP television show, newscaster Les Nessman described the turkey drop.

“Oh my god, they’re turkeys. Johnny, can you get this? They’re crashing to the Earth right in front of our eyes. One just went through the windshield of a parked car. This is trouble. Everyone is running around pushing each other. Oh my goodness. Oh, the humanity.”

Unlike the fictitious WKRP episode, Kiwanians will drop 100 rubber turkeys. If the turkey lands on a square matching a ticket holder’s number, a prize will be awarded. There will be 400 two square foot numbered squares.

Just as radio newscaster Nessman reported the turkey drop for WKRP listeners, WHAV expects to cover the event live, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Murphy’s Garrison Golf, 654 Hilldale Ave.

Tickets are $10 each and available from any Kiwanis member. Prizes range from frozen turkeys and pies from Mann’s Orchard to cash.

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