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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ June 15, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

A year living with COVID-19 and its aftermath has taken a heavy toll on lives, senses of well-being, jobs, donations and almost everything else that normally means community.

WHAV hopes you and your loved ones are safe and well.

During the current health crisis and despite falling financial support, WHAV expanded hourly local newscasts to keep you up-to-date on what’s open or closed, what has been cancelled or postponed, lists of vaccination options, breaking news and other critical information. WHAV has also allocated more air time for live interviews with newsmakers on the front lines and meetings and coverage of the Haverhill City Council and School Committee; increased the number of Merrimack Valley Newsmakers podcasts and where they may be heard; provided special coverage of personal and business relief programs; aired public service announcements; and added more time for disc jockeys to take your calls and requests. This is what neighbors do for one another.

As Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news outlet, none of this is possible without the financial support of WHAV members and sponsors. WHAV makes its journalism and programs available to all for free, but it needs your ongoing support to continue. If you are already a sponsor, donor or member, thank you! If not—and only if you are able—help support Haverhill’s only nonprofit public radio station and local news service by choosing a membership option here.
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Haverhill News

After Removing Moorings, Slavit Says He Seeks to Restart Talks on Bringing Riverboat to Haverhill

After Removing Moorings, Slavit Says He Seeks to Restart Talks on Bringing Riverboat to Haverhill
The Slavit family says it is not giving up on bringing a passenger riverboat to Haverhill and pledges to bring everyone together in an attempt to resolve any concerns. Tim Slavit, son of late Harbormaster William J. “Red” Slavit, Thursday afternoon complied with an order to remove two concrete moorings he had placed Sunday in the Merrimack River, off Water …

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Two Haverhill Vaccine Locations Set to Open as City Marks Milestone of One Year with COVID-19

Two Haverhill Vaccine Locations Set to Open as City Marks Milestone of One Year with COVID-19
As Haverhill marks the milestone of one year since the city’s first coronavirus case, Mayor James J. Fiorentini says COVID-19 vaccines are on the way and better days lie ahead. The mayor gave the update earlier this week before the City Council, saying that two vaccination locations are opening in Haverhill. “The first new clinic is the Health Department Clinic …

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Haverhill Council Asks for New Focus on City’s Rural Areas, Especially Near Water Supplies

Haverhill Council Asks for New Focus on City’s Rural Areas, Especially Near Water Supplies
The Haverhill City Council endorsed two plans Tuesday to protect the city’s rural areas—particularly those that could affect Haverhill’s water supply. The first, introduced by Councilor John A. Michitson, called for a City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting to address the current zoning practices regarding residential growth in rural areas. “I recommend that (Economic and Planning Director) Bill Pillsbury …

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Podcast: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Seeks Matching Donations for ‘Back a Kid’ Program

Podcast: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Seeks Matching Donations for ‘Back a Kid’ Program
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill is facing a fundraising challenge. Throughout the pandemic, the nonprofit has provided additional support for its members, including a full-day learning program, allowing teens and pre-teens to participate in remote learning instead of being isolated at home. To support these efforts, Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Javier Bristol is asking the …

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Updated: Man, 34, Dies Following Thursday Afternoon ‘Altercation’ on Winter Street, Haverhill

Updated: Man, 34, Dies Following Thursday Afternoon ‘Altercation’ on Winter Street, Haverhill
A 34-year-old man is reported dead after suffering what the Essex County District Attorney’s office called “blunt force trauma” after an “altercation” Thursday afternoon on Winter Street in Haverhill Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said 35-year-old Dieryk Garcia of Haverhill was taken into custody. He will be arraigned on a charge of murder Friday …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council Hosts Basic Rights Training March 24

Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council Hosts Basic Rights Training March 24
Attorney Holly Vietzke-Lynch and Jennifer Warren of Warren Advocacy are presenting a “Basic Rights Training” March 24. The Haverhill Special Education Parent Advisory Council says the free online workshop is for all parents, guardians and caregivers of children with individual education plans or 504 plans or who think their children may have special needs. “Basic Rights Training” takes place Wednesday, …

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Radio Listings

Today’s Radio Highlights

  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guest: Rep. Christina Minicucci.
  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
  • Melinda’s Garden Moment: Melinda Myers offers tips, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Sound Beat: 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Insight Daily: 9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • DJ Chris on the Radio: Live, 6:10 p.m.
  • Couple Next Door: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Saturday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • World News: Noon and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Gunsmoke: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Wave Weather: Every 30 minutes
  • Pulse on Health: 7 a.m.
  • World News: Noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
  • Take Two Movie Review: 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Monday’s Radio Highlights

  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guests: Jonathan Cozzens, developer of 2 Washington St., Haverhill, and Christine Kwitchoff, MakeIt Haverhill.
  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
  • Melinda’s Garden Moment: Melinda Myers offers tips, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Sound Beat: 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Insight Daily: 9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Suspense: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Before You Go…


If you believe, as WHAV does, that an informed public makes for better neighbors, employees, volunteers, customers, leaders, voters and citizens, we have a small favor to ask.

Unlike others, WHAV makes its journalism available to all. If you’re not already a donor or member, WHAV needs your ongoing support to do its job. The news media is hurting with thousands of outlets closing across the country. Local news has suffered the most. While we may not always agree on what event should or should not have been covered, WHAV’s philosophy is to err on the side of disclosure. If you share a belief in these principles, help WHAV to continue being Greater Haverhill’s most trusted, reliable and thought-provoking source of news—whether on-air, online, over cable television or in social media.

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