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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ December 04, 2021
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Mark Kalashian joins Chris Porter tonight at 6 over 97.9 WHAV for the holiday edition of the all-request Friday night show. Call in song requests at 978-374-1900.
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Haverhill News

One Dies in Interstate 495 Crash in Haverhill Involving Car and Tanker Truck

One Dies in Interstate 495 Crash in Haverhill Involving Car and Tanker Truck
Massachusetts State Police are investigating an early morning crash on Interstate 495 in Haverhill that took the life of one of the drivers. The collision, which involved a tanker truck and a passenger car, took place around 3 a.m. on the southbound lanes between Haverhill and Merrimac. Haverhill fire and police also responded. All highway lanes were temporarily closed between …

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With $18 Million in Hand and More Coming, Haverhill Moves Cautiously to Spend COVID-19 Relief Aid

With $18 Million in Hand and More Coming, Haverhill Moves Cautiously to Spend COVID-19 Relief Aid
Haverhill has received $18 million of $38 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid, but is proceeding cautiously on spending to ensure it doesn’t run afoul of emerging regulations Director of Public Works Michael K. Stankovich told councilors this week the American Rescue Plan Act money is being coming in two installments. The balance is expected in May or June of …

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Podcast: Host of WHAV’s ‘Melinda’s Garden Moment’ Offers Poinsettia Care Tips

Podcast: Host of WHAV’s ‘Melinda’s Garden Moment’ Offers Poinsettia Care Tips
One of the most popular indoor flowering plants this time of year is the poinsettia, and WHAV’s gardening expert recently gave advice for its care. Nationally known Melinda Myers, host of WHAV’s “Melinda’s Garden Moment,” made a special, live presentation last week on WHAV’s morning show. “If it’s wrapped in foil, you can leave it in foil, but then the …

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Haverhill Schools Plan Added Police Presence Following Generic, National Shooting Threat

Haverhill Schools Plan Added Police Presence Following Generic, National Shooting Threat
Haverhill school officials are telling parents they are fully aware of generic videos on social media, threatening a school shooting somewhere in the country Friday. Superintendent Margaret Marotta emailed families Thursday afternoon, saying “the safety and security of our schools are our priority.” “While these postings are determined to be a non-credible threat, HPD will continue to monitor the situation …

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Regional News

Police Say Haverhill Corrections Officer Tried to Smuggle Drugs into Prison, Joins 20 Others Arrested

Police Say Haverhill Corrections Officer Tried to Smuggle Drugs into Prison, Joins 20 Others Arrested
A Haverhill man, who has since been fired from his job at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, allegedly smuggled a cell telephone to a prison inmate and unsuccessfully tried to deliver fentanyl, cocaine and Suboxone into the Middleton House of Correction. Twenty-seven-year-old Gregorit Sanchez was a correctional officer and arrested Wednesday with another Haverhill man and 19 others from nearby …

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Community Spotlight

Sixth Annual Caroling and Camaraderie This Sunday at East Parish Meeting House

Sixth Annual Caroling and Camaraderie This Sunday at East Parish Meeting House
Haverhill’s 1838-era East Parish Meeting House presents its Sixth Annual Caroling and Camaraderie, led by the Greenleaf Musicians, this Sunday afternoon. The free concert features a warm fire, refreshments, candlelight and, what organizers say is, “neighborly cheer.” It takes place Sunday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m., at 150 Middle Road, Haverhill. Parking is available on the lot or in driveways …

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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: Major Walter Rivers of the Salvation Army and Tony Pecci, Haverhill Lions Club.
  • 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: Mark Kalashian joins Chris Porter tonight at 6 over 97.9 WHAV for the holiday edition of the all-request Friday night show. Call in song requests at 978-374-1900. 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: It’s another month and as we’re about to make our way into 2022, the hot topic remains coronavirus. There’s the ever-present Delta variant still running rampant throughout the world and now there’s the Omicron variant which has yet to make its mark. On this edition of Pulse On Health, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Dr. Nick Weida, medical director of the Haverhill Street clinic, talks all things coronavirus.
  • 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 and Pentucket Regional School District Superintendent Justin Bartholomew.
  • 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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