Beverly Donovan, president and CEO, left, and John J. Guerin, membership services director, right, present the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Month Award to WHAV General Manager Tim Coco in WHAV’s on-air studio. (Courtesy photograph.)
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce has named radio station WHAV as its business of the month.
In an effort to recognize outstanding achievement in the Greater Haverhill community, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce formally identifies a “Business of the Month” approximately every four weeks. This award is given to a Chamber member that is a proven leader in their business or industry and excels in the areas of community involvement, economic growth, customer service and professional relationships, the Chamber said in a statement.
WHAV’s new FM radio station signed on the air at 97.9 last September after a 12-year effort to win a new license for the venerable Haverhill station. Volunteer General Manager Tim Coco first went to work in the news department at WHAV in 1978 and later became City Hall reporter for the then-daily Haverhill Gazette before moving on to media in Newburyport and Manchester, N.H.
“Thank you to the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for recognizing the effort to return local radio service to area residents and businesses. As the only Haverhill-based news source, WHAV recognizes and fulfills its obligation to deliver local news, weather, information about community events and breaking news as it happens,” said Coco. WHAV’s companion website at WHAV.net augments the radio station’s coverage, attracting more than nine million page views and more than 100,000 unique visitors.
Appropriately, 97.9 WHAV was formally inaugurated March 16—70 years to the day the original WHAV AM began emanating a signal from Silver Hill. While studios are now in Ward Hill, the new FM still transmits its signal from the original Silver Hill transmitter building. The new station covers a larger footprint than the original station, reaching all of Haverhill, all surrounding communities and beyond. Unlike the original, it is now owned by a nonprofit corporation.
Award winners receive a complimentary guest ticket to the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s exclusive “Annual Business Awards Breakfast” and are automatically entered into the running for the Annual Business of the Year award. That honor will be announced during the annual breakfast next February.