Podcast: Porcelli Details Kiwanis Club’s 5th Annual ‘Turkey Drop’ This Weekend

Kiwanis Club of Haverhill’s Fifth Annual Turkey Drop, modeled after a Thanksgiving episode of the television series “WKRP in Cincinnati,” takes place this Saturday, Nov. 14. Haverhill Kiwanis’ Rich Porcelli, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, discusses how the fundraiser works. “We hire a helicopter and he flies over a grid of 400 squares, about two-foot square, and all the squares are numbered. When you buy a ticket, you get a corresponding square.

Podcast: In Era of COVID-19, Salvation Army Offers Alternatives to Red Kettle Donations

With the calendar flipping to November, more people are starting to think about preparing for the holidays—and that includes the organizations that work hard to make sure those who are less fortunate have gifts under the tree. It also means changes in the era of COVID-19. At the Salvation Army in Haverhill, Major Walter Rivers, a guest recently on WHAV’s morning program, says this Christmas season will have a different look for shoppers who like to put coins and bills in the Salvation Army red kettle. “Well this year, because of COVID, at present we don’t have any kettle stands, locally, for people to stand at. We’ve got retail stores closing.

WHAV Sends Happy Birthday Wishes to KDKA Radio on its 100th Anniversary Today

Today, WHAV salutes KDKA in Pittsburgh on its 100th birthday. The Westinghouse radio station signed on Nov. 2, 1920 to bring listeners the results of the presidential election contest between Republican Sen. Warren G. Harding of Ohio and Democratic Gov. James M. Cox of Ohio. In the first election after World War I, Harding won the race. Here is KDKA’s first announcer, Leo H. Rosenberg, with his re-creation of the original broadcast.

Podcast: Former Haverhill Mayor Rurak Publishes ‘The Rosary: A Tract for Catholic Misfits’

Former Haverhill Mayor James A. Rurak recently published “The Rosary: A Tract for Catholic Misfits.”

Appearing recently on WHAV’s morning program, the former mayor talked about driving his father—the late state Sen. James. P. “Jake” Rurak—to medical appointments in Boston. During the ride, his father, who was being treated for a brain tumor, would recite the Rosary to himself. As his condition worsened, the two of them would recite the Rosary together until his father could no longer speak because of the tumor. “But, what happened in the process was as we prayed the Rosary, we’d sometimes stop and talk about our lives together—things we did wrong toward each other.

The Night the Martian ‘Death Ray’ Missed Haverhill

Editor’s Note: This is an update of earlier versions of this story. Marking the 82nd anniversary of the historic broadcast, 97.9 WHAV airs the original “Mercury Theater on the Air” presentation of the “War of the Worlds” at 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, with an encore three hours later at 1 a.m. 

The supposed Martian invasion of Earth and its aftermath 82 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. That is, until they picked up their newspapers Monday, Oct.

Video: WHAV Panel Discusses ‘Power to the People—Then and Now’ Starting with WBCN in 1968

A panel of media luminaries recently appeared live over 97.9 WHAV and virtually online, to discuss the evolution of local radio—from the launch of WBCN Boston’s underground format in 1968 to the need for essential local news reporting today. Award-winning filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein talked about his documentary, “WBCN and The American Revolution,” with radio historian Donna L. Halper and media writer Dan Kennedy during WHAV’s presentation of “Power to the People—Then and Now.” The discussion centered on how WBCN gave power to the people then and how the tradition is carried on today at WHAV with extensive local news and information reporting. There is only one day remaining to stream the feature-length movie. Tickets sales support WHAV Local News. The documentary may be rented for $10 for three days.

Podcast: SCORE Seminars Aim to Help Local Businesses Thrive This Holiday Season

The upcoming holiday shopping season is a crucial one for businesses affected by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, and a group of business veterans is offering free tips on to make it a better season. The nonprofit organization SCORE, which operates out of the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in Haverhill, matches experienced business mentors with entrepreneurs. SCORE volunteer Michael Thompson was a guest this week on WHAV’s morning program, and explained upcoming online seminars offers timely help. One takes place this Thursday, Oct. 22,at 1 p.m.,  providing “Planning Tips to Make Your E-Commerce Business Thrive During Peak Season.”

“Helping people develop their plans for Thanksgiving and holiday shopping.

Panel Talks Radio Tonight from WBCN to Now in ‘Power to the People—Then and Now’

A panel of media luminaries gathers tonight, live, over 97.9 WHAV, to discuss the evolution of local radio—from the launch of WBCN Boston’s underground format in 1968 to the need for essential local news reporting today. Award-winning filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein talks about his documentary, “WBCN and The American Revolution,” with radio historian Donna L. Halper and media writer Dan Kennedy during WHAV’s presentation of “Power to the People—Then and Now” at 7 p.m., tonight. Lichtenstein began working at the station as a volunteer on the WBCN Listener Line at age 14 in 1970, and later as a newscaster during the time of profound social, political and cultural change. “A year ago, ‘WBCN and The American Revolution’ launched an exhilarating tour of film festivals and screenings across the United States, many of which benefited community radio stations. Audiences were uplifted and empowered by the story of how a rock radio station and a passionate community of listeners mobilized to change their world for the better,” says Lichtenstein.