This Week’s Radio Highlights: Maria Palmer on ‘Suspense,’ Next Week: Thanksgiving Football

Tonight’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s, 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, 6 and 11 p.m.
Take Two Movie Review: “Parasite” and “Harriet,” 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Mass Moments: “Quincy’s Granite Industry Begins,” 1825, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Dave Mack’s Rock and Roll Oldies Party (live): 3-6 p.m., Saturday. Gunsmoke: “What the Whisky Drummer Heard,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s, 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, 6 and 11 p.m.
Take Two Movie Review: “Parasite” and “Harriet,” 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Mass Moments: “Boston Tea Party Raider Born,” 1738, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Yaak Mystery Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Week of Nov. 18
Monday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s, all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.; 11 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m., weekdays. Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Mass Moments: “The First Leprosy Patients Arrive on Penikese Island,” 1905, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Melinda’s Garden Moments: Growing Colorful Croton Indoors, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
Sound Beat: “All Shook Up,” 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Insight Daily: The Art of All Things, 9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
DJ Chris on the Radio: Live, 6 p.m.
Suspense: “The Wait,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Tuesday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s, all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.; 11 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m., weekdays. Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
Mass Moments: “Edward Everett Gives Gettysburg Address,” 1863, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Melinda’s Garden Moments: Grow Your Own Baby Kale Indoors, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
Sound Beat: “Oh Shenandoah,” 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Insight Daily: The Art of All Things, 9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Haverhill City Council: Live, 7 p.m.
Dimension X: “Perigis Wonderful Dolls,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Wednesday’s Radio Highlights

Classic Hits: Favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s, all day, except as indicated
Local News: Every half hour from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.; 11 p.m.
WIN for Breakfast: Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m., weekdays.

‘Point of Reference’ Host Novak Digs Into WHAV’s Current Save Local News Drive

By now, listeners to 97.9 WHAV FM and readers at WHAV.net and social media have heard of the radio station’s current fundraising effort to save local news. Frank Novak digs into the issue with WHAV General Manager Tim Coco during his “Point of Reference” series now airing over HC Media Channel 22. Novak asks about WHAV’s current membership and sponsor drive and a looming Thanksgiving deadline. He remarks few people understand nonprofit WHAV is a public radio station—basically a Merrimack Valley version of Boston’s WGBH and WBUR. The program airs tonight at 11 p.m. and Friday at 6 and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Those who wish to become members may sign-up online at WHAV.net.

Dryden on Sunday’s ‘Johnny Dollar;’ He Played Bit Parts for Big Audiences

Robert “Bob” Dryden was almost always in a supporting role during radio’s heyday. You’ll hear examples of his versatile voice acting during 97.9 WHAV FM’s presentation of “Yours Truly Johnny Dollar” over the next few weeks. Part of CBS radio’s New York stock company of actors performing regularly in various dramas, Dryden portrays elderly Judge Amos Ordway on Sunday night’s “Johnny Dollar” episode, “The Lone Wolf Matter,” at 10 p.m., Sunday, with an encore performance at 1 a.m. Dryden also plays “Shorty” next week during the “Yaak Mystery Matter.”

He was well-known among area old-time radio enthusiasts, appearing at Massasoit Community College’s “Radio Classics Live” in Brockton and other events for radio enthusiasts. At Massasoit, he played “Albert” to Peg Lynch’s “Ethel” during re-creations of “Ethel and Albert.” Dryden similarly played the part at the annual Friends of Old-Time Radio” conventions in Newark, N.J.

Proceeds from Massasoit’s events was set aside for scholarships for students wishing to pursue a career in radio and TV communications. In 1977, Dryden, who died in 2003 at age 86, appeared with John Belushi in a skit aired on “Saturday Night Live.”
This Week’s Radio Drama
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The Voice Behind ‘Pizza, Pizza’ and Bluto Hires Johnny Dollar Sunday Night

You’ve heard his voice. If you’ve ever watched the old Popeye cartoons, he was the voice of Popeye’s nemesis, Bluto. If not, you’ve likely at least heard him say “Pizza, Pizza” on Little Caesars Pizza commercials. Jackson Beck worked almost up to his death at age 92 in 2004 as a prolific voiceover announcer on radio and television. He was the announcer on radio’s and the 1960s animated series, “The Adventures of Superman.” On Sunday night at 10 (repeated three hours later at 1 a.m.), you’ll hear him play Frank Francis of Tri-Western Life Insurance on “Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.” In the same episode, you’ll hear another famous voice actor, Mason Adams, as Simple Simon.

WHAV Gets Spooky This Week With ‘War of the Worlds’ Broadcast, Ghost Hunter Interview

Happy Halloween, Haverhill! To get into the spooky spirit, 97.9 WHAV FM is bringing the city themed on-air content starting Wednesday night with a broadcast of the “War of the Worlds” at 10 p.m. Oct. 30. An encore of the historic broadcast—celebrating its 81st anniversary—happens three hours later at 1 a.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8:30 a.m., local ghost hunter Tom Spitalere joins WHAV morning show host Win Damon to talk all things haunted in Haverhill.

The Night the Martian ‘Death Ray’ Missed Haverhill

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story appeared Oct. 27, 2018. Marking the 81st anniversary of the historic broadcast, 97.9 WHAV FM airs the original Mercury Theater on the air presentation of the “War of the Worlds” at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, with an encore three hours later at 1 a.m. 

The supposed Martian invasion of Earth and its aftermath 81 years ago this week didn’t seem to faze Greater Haverhill residents. In fact, most locals didn’t even know about the “death rays” that destroyed metropolitan New York the night before.

Tune In Friday Morning for More on the Haverhill Youth Council’s Youth Needs Survey!

Only WHAV brought you results of the Haverhill Youth Council’s student-led Haverhill Youth Needs Survey earlier this week, and on Friday, Council Chairwoman Robin DelNegro will be joining WHAV’s Win Damon on the air at 8 a.m. to discuss the results in more detail. Have any questions you want asked? Leave them in the comments section and don’t forget to tune into the interview live on 97.9 WHAV FM!

This Week’s Radio Drama: Mercedes McCambridge in ‘Diary of Sophronia Winters’

Tonight, Oct. 19
Gunsmoke: “Old Friend,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Latrodectus Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense: “Diary of Sophronia Winters,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Mars is Heaven,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Gildy joins the school board, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: The Workhorse, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Mr. Piper gets seasick, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Gunsmoke: “Blood Money,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Rat Pack Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.