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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ January 23, 2021
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Haverhill News

Haverhill Schools Adopt Federally Mandated Sexual Harassment Policy Despite Concern It Delays Justice

Haverhill Schools Adopt Federally Mandated Sexual Harassment Policy Despite Concern It Delays Justice
The Haverhill School Committee got an education at last night’s meeting regarding how school administrators are required to handle incidents of sexual harassment and bullying in public schools. Responding to an increase in such incidents across the state, and here in Haverhill, members of the Policy Subcommittee met this past week to learn what federal policies apply in those types …

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Haverhill Chamber Begins Search for New President; Haley Leaving Within Several Months

Haverhill Chamber Begins Search for New President; Haley Leaving Within Several Months
The Greater Haverhill Chamber is beginning the search for a new leader following the resignation of Irene Haley as president and CEO. According to a statement from the Haverhill Chamber, Haley will be “transitioning out of her position over the next several months.” “It’s been an honor to serve as the Chamber’s president over the past year. I’ve connected with …

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Haverhill Man Claims His $1 Million Powerball Prize, Plans to Help Family Pay Off Mortgage

Haverhill Man Claims His $1 Million Powerball Prize, Plans to Help Family Pay Off Mortgage
Victor Van of Haverhill is the second $1 million prize winner from Massachusetts from the Monday, Oct. 4 Powerball drawing that featured an almost $700 million jackpot. As WHAV reported the day after the drawing, the winner did not immediately step forward after buying the ticket at Bradford Mobil Mart, 789 S. Main St., Haverhill. The retailer will receive a …

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Regional News

MVRTA Introduces Ornately Decorated and Playable Pianos to McGovern Transit Center, Lawrence

MVRTA Introduces Ornately Decorated and Playable Pianos to McGovern Transit Center, Lawrence
Those boarding a bus or train or just passing through at the Sen. Patricia McGovern Transit Center in Lawrence might be in a position to discover a new musical artist now that four custom-decorated and public pianos adorn the setting. Last Saturday, Lawrence’s first public pianos were installed at the station, owned and operated by the Merrimack Valley Transit Authority. …

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Community Spotlight

Essex County Ghost Project Investigates Duston-Dustin Garrison House Saturday Night

Essex County Ghost Project Investigates Duston-Dustin Garrison House Saturday Night
With Halloween right around the corner, the Essex County Ghost Project plans a spooktacular investigation of the Duston-Dustin Garrison, Saturday night in Haverhill. The paranormal investigation takes place Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., at the 1689-era garrison house, 655 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill. It is limited to 20 people. Admission is $20 per person with proceeds going toward the maintenance …

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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: Ruth’s House Executive Director Amy Smith-Boden.
  • 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. Guests: Rep. Christina Minicucci and Sen. Diana DiZoglio.
  • 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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