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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 26, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

Today, WHAV celebrates five years on FM radio.

It was a nearly unsurmountable feat overcoming regulatory and engineering hurdles, but original local news became the first program to emanate from the Silver Hill transmitter and tower site at 3 p.m. that day.

WHAV, familiar to residents for nearly 75 years, is today Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service.

If you are not already a WHAV member, today is a great day to become a supporter. Review the easy giving options here.
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Haverhill News

End of an Era as Second Funeral Home Goes Before Haverhill Council for Conversion to Condo Units

End of an Era as Second Funeral Home Goes Before Haverhill Council for Conversion to Condo Units
A Salem, N.H., company that recently won permission to convert a Bradford funeral home into condominiums, seeks City Council approval tonight to make a similar conversion to a once affiliated home on Kenoza Avenue. Mazraany Construction proposes to convert the current Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 125-129 Kenoza Ave., into seven housing units. If approved, the building’s decades-long history as a prominent …

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State Awards Grant to Haverhill High School to Help Train Students for In-Demand Jobs

State Awards Grant to Haverhill High School to Help Train Students for In-Demand Jobs
Haverhill High School was formally awarded $26,752 Monday to help students obtain early career experience and expertise. The grant, part of the state’s Innovation Pathway program, will be used to create an environmental and life sciences and manufacturing effort through MassHire Merrimack Valley. The grant, part of $452,000 distributed to 20 school districts by the Baker Administration, is designed to …

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I-495 Construction Update: Day and Night Lane and Ramp Closings as Southbound Bridge Takes Shape

I-495 Construction Update: Day and Night Lane and Ramp Closings as Southbound Bridge Takes Shape
There will be both day and overnight lane and ramp closings this week as the final layout of the new Interstate 495 southbound bridge takes shape. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said double, right lane closings take place through Friday, Sept. 24, from 10 p.m.-5 a.m., between exits 108, Route 97, and 106, Ward Hill Connector. The closing allows the …

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Regional News

Wheels of Hope Makes 600th Trip This Year for Those Who Need Rides to Drug Treatment

Wheels of Hope Makes 600th Trip This Year for Those Who Need Rides to Drug Treatment
The Merrimack Valley Project’s Wheels of Hope, a regional transportation program that gives free rides to drug treatment, rehabilitation and recovery centers throughout the state, recently reached a significant milestone by providing its 600th ride this year. Through mid-September, Wheels of Hope had provided 602 rides to 280 individuals. The program was originally planned as a six-month pilot in 2020 …

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Community Spotlight

Food and Diaper Collection Takes Place Saturday Morning at City Hall

Food and Diaper Collection Takes Place Saturday Morning at City Hall
Residents are asked to donate food and diapers during a drive this Saturday in Haverhill. Drop-offs may be made Saturday, Sept. 25, between 9 a.m. and noon, at Haverhill City Hall, 4 Summer St. Items collected will be distributed by the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry and others. The drive is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council, United Way …

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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: Guests: Michael Thompson of SCORE and Mary Martin, New England Equine Rescue.
  • 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.
  • Haverhill City Council: 7 p.m. Live.
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Wednesday’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: Jeanne Osborne of the YWCA Haverhill and Ben Kilbride, assistant editor, “Old Farmer’s Almanac.”
  • 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.
  • NEW! Spotlight on Candidates: Hosts Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien and Ralph T. Basiliere filling in for Bill Macek.
  • Great Gildersleeve: 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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