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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ June 15, 2021
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Haverhill News

Investigators Conclude Man Burned in Downtown Haverhill Fire was Smoking in Bed, Near Oxygen

Investigators Conclude Man Burned in Downtown Haverhill Fire was Smoking in Bed, Near Oxygen
The man burned in a fire early Sunday morning was “smoking in bed” while using medical oxygen. Formal determination of the fire’s cause came yesterday afternoon from Haverhill Fire Chief William F. Laliberty, Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey “When oxygen is used in the home, the amount of oxygen in the air, …

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John Katsaros, Who Escaped the Nazis in WWII, and Later Served as WHAV Sports Announcer, Dies

John Katsaros, Who Escaped the Nazis in WWII, and Later Served as WHAV Sports Announcer, Dies
Haverhill’s John Katsaros, a veteran who escaped from the German Gestapo during World War II, and later became one of WHAV’s first radio announcers, has died at age 97. Katsaros served as a waist gunner and survived a B-17 bailout in 1944 over France. He was captured by the Germans, rescued by the French underground and then began a perilous …

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Haverhill City Council Hears Resolution Tonight Condemning Last Week’s Attack on the Capitol

Haverhill City Council Hears Resolution Tonight Condemning Last Week’s Attack on the Capitol
The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini is calling on the City Council to join him in “condemning in the strongest possible terms the attack on our capital building and this assault …

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Regional News

Methuen Police Chief Solomon to Retire; Says State IG ‘Never Interviewed’ Him

Methuen Police Chief Solomon to Retire; Says State IG ‘Never Interviewed’ Him
Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon, who has announced plans to retire as Methuen’s police chief, called accusations made against him by the state’s inspector general as “blatantly false.” Solomon, in a letter dated last Friday to Methuen Mayor Neil Perry said Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha’s office “never interviewed” him or gave the chief the “most basic common courtesy …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill’s Goans Wins Individual Award for ‘Saltonstall’s Trial’ Play

Haverhill’s Goans Wins Individual Award for ‘Saltonstall’s Trial’ Play
“Saltonstall’s Trial,” the original play about the Salem Witch Trials and the one judge that stood up for the accused women, has been recognized with five award BroadwayWorld Boston awards. The play by Haverhill native Michael Cormier and Myriam Cyr won Best Production Play. Carol Goans of Haverhill won in the individual acting category for her portrayal of accused witch …

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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. Guests: Audrey Morse Gasteier of the Massachusetts Health Connector and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Executive Director Javier Bristol.
  • 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.
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Wednesday’s Radio Highlights

  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Great Gildersleeve: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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