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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ January 23, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

As someone who follows local news presented by 97.9 WHAV, you surely must have noticed the growing number of important stories and events presented daily.

Only WHAV has reported potentially major changes to our roster of local and regional elected officials and the districts in which they will run. Only WHAV has reported the deliberations of city boards and commissions as development expands. Only WHAV has reported the silver linings inside public school issues even as others report events out of context.

Further, whether it is pent up demand after more than a year of the pandemic or a new trend, the numbers of events and critical happenings have grown substantially.

WHAV, Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, seeks to keep you abreast of what’s happening, but your membership support is needed. Please help kickstart WHAV’s fall drive with your new monthly subscription or extra donation. Review the easy giving options here.

Thank you to WHAV members who already pay for original local news reporting that is shared with the community.
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Haverhill News

‘Oh, the Humanity!’ Kiwanis Club of Haverhill’s Annual Turkey Drop Tomorrow, Nov. 13

‘Oh, the Humanity!’ Kiwanis Club of Haverhill’s Annual Turkey Drop Tomorrow, Nov. 13
For the sixth year in a row, the Kiwanis Club of Haverhill is having its Annual Turkey Drop tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 13) afternoon to support local charities. Inspired by what would become a legendary 1978 Thanksgiving episode of the television show “WKRP in Cincinnati,” 100 rubber turkeys will fall from a helicopter over 400 sponsored squares at Murphy’s Garrison Golf, …

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Podcast: Salvation Army Bells Begin Ringing Monday at Haverhill’s Westgate Plaza

Podcast: Salvation Army Bells Begin Ringing Monday at Haverhill’s Westgate Plaza
A familiar sound will be in the air soon. It’s the ringing of the Salvation Army Red Kettle bells as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach. Major Walter Rivers of the Salvation Army in Haverhill recently told WHAV’s morning listeners what to expect and when. “We’re planning a kickoff event Monday at noon at the Market Basket at Westgate Plaza. …

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Haverhill, Andover and Newburyport Indivisible Groups Plan Voting Rights Rally Saturday Morning

Haverhill, Andover and Newburyport Indivisible Groups Plan Voting Rights Rally Saturday Morning
Groups from Haverhill, Andover and Newburyport are joining forces Saturday to raise awareness of the Freedom to Vote and the John Lewis Voting Rights Acts. Greater Haverhill Indivisible, Greater Andover Indivisible and Indivisible RISE-Newburyport plan a peaceful rally Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, at White’s Corner, at the intersection of the Main and Water Streets, in downtown Haverhill. “Without …

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Regional News

Northern Essex Community College Police Academy Moves Police Reform into Recruit Training

Northern Essex Community College Police Academy Moves Police Reform into Recruit Training
All Northern Essex Community College Police Academy student officers will soon take part in police reform training aimed at helping them intervene if a fellow officer is involved in misconduct. The college’s academy is the first municipal police academy and first community college in Massachusetts to be accepted into Georgetown University Law Center’s Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement Project, known …

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Community Spotlight

Gale Park 22nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Set for Sunday, Nov. 28

Gale Park 22nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Set for Sunday, Nov. 28
The Gale Park Neighbors Association invite the public to meet Santa, sip Cocoa, hear the Christmas Bell and enjoy seeing the Haverhill park lit for the first time this holiday season. The 22nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting is open to the public and takes place, Sunday, Nov. 28, beginning at 5 p.m., at Gale Park, off Kenoza Avenue.

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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: Tammy Dobrosielski discusses Wreaths Across America and Cantor Vera Broekhuysen of Temple Emanu-El.
  • 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: Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it can be a lifesaver. With the Great American Smoke Out taking place Thursday, Nov. 18, Ashley Hall, director of the Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership, talks about her program which addresses smoking and tobacco cessation in more than 40 communities on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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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