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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ December 07, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

This fall, 97.9 WHAV celebrates five years of FM broadcasting. 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.

As Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, your monthly subscription during this fall membership drive is critical. Click here to review the new and easy giving options. For a limited time, you’ll make an even greater impact as donations will be matched by Early Contractors up to $500.
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Haverhill News

City Council Congratulates Connolly as She Heads Up Haverhill’s New Department of Public Health

City Council Congratulates Connolly as She Heads Up Haverhill’s New Department of Public Health
Haverhill’s recently created Department of Public Health has a new director as the office focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and opioid crisis as the two most important health issues facing Haverhill residents. The appointment of current Public Health Nurse Mary Connolly to the new job by Mayor James J. Fiorentini was endorsed by the City Council Tuesday night by a …

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Mello, Haverhill Cannabis Store, Plans Grand Opening Saturday with Ethan Zohn, Inspectah Deck

Mello, Haverhill Cannabis Store, Plans Grand Opening Saturday with Ethan Zohn, Inspectah Deck
Haverhill’s fourth adult-use cannabis store, Mello, formally opens Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting, appearance by Ethan Zohn of “Survivor: Africa” and music by Inspectah Deck. One of the founders, Tim Riley, who serves as facilities manager, said the 330 Amesbury Road store represents a $3 million investment, including the cost of the land and extensive rehabilitation of the former …

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Regional News

Local Bus Rides Become Free Next March; Federal Relief Money Will Cover Fares

Local Bus Rides Become Free Next March; Federal Relief Money Will Cover Fares
Taking a local bus will be free starting next March as the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority begins a two-year pilot aimed partly at winning back riders lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transit Authority board members voted unanimously Wednesday to go fare-free for all local fixed route and EZ Trans paratransit services starting March 1. Fares will still be collected …

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Community Spotlight

New Effort Invites Area Veterans to Free Christmas Party with Full Meal Dec. 23

New Effort Invites Area Veterans to Free Christmas Party with Full Meal Dec. 23
Veterans this year are able to enjoy a free Christmas party with a full meal and desserts thanks to efforts of veterans’ organizations, families and others. The Christmas Party aims to bring veterans and their guests together to meet other fellow veterans, make new friends, provide ongoing resources and acknowledge veterans’ service to the country. It takes place Thursday, Dec. …

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See also Crime, Education, Business Bulletin and Merrimack Valley Newsmakers podcasts

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: Rep. Andy X. Vargas and Bonnie Sisson of AgeSpan (formerly Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore).
  • 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: A doctor talking about the distrust of the medical system? In this edition of Pulse On Health, Dr. Lance Braye talks about some of the issues facing patients and health care providers and how patients distrust the medical system. Dr. Braye talks about his own experiences, both as a patient and a physician in both the Merrimack Valley and in his home state of South Carolina.
  • 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: YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller and Mary Martin of New England Equine Rescue North.
  • 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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