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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 24, 2021
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Haverhill News

MVRTA’s Berger May Not be Driving the Bus, But he is Forced to Steer Around Obstacles

MVRTA’s Berger May Not be Driving the Bus, But he is Forced to Steer Around Obstacles
A shortage of qualified drivers, a lack of specified bus stops and problems with its parking garage are among issues facing the new administrator of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transportation Authority. Noah S. Berger, who took the job in August, addressed the Haverhill City Council Tuesday speaking about some of those issues. “Certainly, this is a challenging time to operate …

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Podcast: Y Preps for ‘Trunk or Treat,’ Open House and 13th Annual Educator of the Year Events

Podcast: Y Preps for ‘Trunk or Treat,’ Open House and 13th Annual Educator of the Year Events
It’s a busy time for the YMCA with the Halloween “Trunk or Treat” at the Plaistow, N.H., YMCA, Haverhill open house and call for nominations for the 13th Annual Educator of the Year Award. Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, outlined two free events taking place during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Oct. …

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Students Back Rep. Vargas Bill to Establish Hunger-Free College Campuses

Students Back Rep. Vargas Bill to Establish Hunger-Free College Campuses
College students who have faced food shortages asked legislators to approve a bill filed by state Rep. Andy X. Vargas to establish a Hunger-Free Campus Initiative, backed by grants. Vargas, who filed the bill with Rep. Mindy Domb and Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler, said 37% of public college and university students in Massachusetts are food insecure. He urged his …

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Regional News

College Students Renew Call for Passage of Rep. Mirra’s Proposed Mental Health Commission

College Students Renew Call for Passage of Rep. Mirra’s Proposed Mental Health Commission
An organization representing Boston-area undergraduates is marking Mental Illness Awareness week by asking top lawmakers to pass Rep. Lenny Mirra’s bill creating a commission on suicide prevention and mental health crisis management. They first seek to make sure that panel would take college students’ needs into account. The Boston Intercollegiate Government, a coalition of undergraduate student governments, testified at a …

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Community Spotlight

Buttonwoods Museum Offers Sunday Tour of Pentucket Burial Ground

Buttonwoods Museum Offers Sunday Tour of Pentucket Burial Ground
Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum this month is offering its last outdoor guided tours of the season, beginning Sunday with a tour of Pentucket Burial Ground. Pentucket Burial Ground, established in 1660 off Water Street, is the city’s oldest cemetery. The tour takes place Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. Jill Schoenberg is the tour oguide. Parking is available at the Buttonwoods …

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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: Thomas Spitalere of Essex County Ghost Project and Sandra McArthur, recipient of Frates Family Luminary Award.
  • 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: Michael Curry took on the role of president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers—the organization that brings together more than 50 community health centers in Massachusetts—in January of 2021. Aside from providing primary care for 97% of all zip codes in Massachusetts, community health centers are playing a major role in the fight against COVID-19. Part one of two.
  • 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. Guest: Rep. Lenny Mirra.
  • 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.
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