Radio Drama This Week: One Man, Two Voices, Makes for Compelling ‘Suspense’

Radio’s Superman, played by Clayton “Bud” Collyer, pulled off the transition from mild-mannered Clark Kent to the Man of Steel by deepening his voice. Although few could maintain dual pitches during a full show, voice actor Karl Swenson achieves it during this week’s episode of “Suspense,” heard Monday night over 97.9 WHAV FM. Swenson plays twin brothers Mark and Tom. Tom is on death row for murder and Mark pays a visit. What could go wrong?

Let’s Not Go Back to the Dark Old Days: Keep Local News Strong and Growing

Do you remember what it was like just a few years ago before WHAV launched its expanded local news effort? The last newspaper office in Haverhill closed and news about growth, crime, education and community all but disappeared. Some even called Haverhill a “news desert.” WHAV’s bold effort—on FM radio, online and in social media—not only shined a light on issues from public safety to school building issues, but news media competition spurred more vigorous reporting all around. Let’s not go back to the dark old days. Please support nonprofit WHAV News during these final days of March Membership Month with an affordable membership by clicking here .

This Week’s Radio Drama: Post-Nuclear Apocalypse

After a nuclear war, the inhabitants of Earth move underground and continue the fighting in Paul A. Carter’s “The Last Objective,” to be heard Tuesday night on 97.9 WHAV FM. The post-nuclear holocaust story, a common Cold War genre, was first published in “Astounding Science Fiction” in 1946. It was adapted in 1951 for NBC radio’s “Dimension X.” Isaac Asimov offered this review of “The Last Objective:”
“Nevertheless, the coming of the nuclear bomb at the very end made it quite plain that World War III, if it ever comes, would finally achieve the crowning stupidity of war, the destruction of so much that no conceivable justification could exist for fighting. Here is a story that makes this quite plain in the military language that writers had learned from the war just concluded and yet a generation later, the world still prepares feverishly for a war only the insane would fight.”
Carter died in 2016 at age 90 after spending most of his career teaching rather than writing. Dr. Carter served as professor of history at Arizona State University, but also wrote non-fiction including “The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction” (1977) and “Another Part of the Fifties” (1983).

Open Mic Show: March 18, 2019

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President joins Bill Macek to discuss Chamber happenings and offer an update on the city's early literacy effort Haverhill Promise. Attorney Paul A. Magliocchetti also stops by to chat about his work on the Haverhill School Committee.

This Week’s Radio Drama: From the Berkshires, it’s Sitcom Inventor Peg Lynch

Becket, Mass. resident Peg Lynch, who passed away in 2015 at age 98, wrote and starred in “The Couple Next Door” beginning in 1957. The show’s predecessor began in 1944 as “Ethel & Albert” and aired at different times on both radio and television. Lynch’s co-stars were Alan Bunce who played her husband and Margaret Hamilton (better known as the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz”) who played Aunt Effie. It has been said that Lynch created the first “show about nothing,” long before TV’s Seinfeld.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Miss Brooks Deals with Cows in the Closet

Eve Arden plays English instructor Connie Brooks in the radio series, “Our Miss Brooks,” heard Thursday nights at 10 p.m. with an encore performance at 1 a.m., over 97.9 WHAV FM. Arden continued in the leading role when the show moved to television in 1952 while remaining on radio. Arden would later play opposite Kaye Ballard in the television show “The Mothers-in-Law,” which aired from 1967 to 1969. Her last television credit was an appearance on “Falcon Crest” in 1987. Saturday, March 9
Gunsmoke: “The Sutler,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Back to the Back Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense (classic): “The Silver Frame,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Mars is Heaven,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Leroy has Trouble with Mayor’s Son, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Cow in the Closet, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: European Expense Idea, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, March 16
Gunsmoke: “Prairie Happy,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “The Rhymer Collection Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Beware the Ides of March; Local News May Be at Stake

The Ides of March was a date on the Roman calendar—about March 15—a relatively happy day signifying the new year. Then William Shakespeare changed everything with his play, “Julius Caesar,” more than 1,600 years after the assassination of the Roman statesman and general. Shakespeare depicts a soothsayer giving advance warning to Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March.”

What do we have to fear on this Ides of March? Perhaps, among other things, the loss of local news and the role it plays in giving residents the upper hand in government decisions. Whether you simply listen to 97.9 WHAV FM, read local news at WHAV.net or in this newsletter or tell your friends about this service, thank you very much!

This Week’s Radio Drama: Before It Was on Television

Tonight, Saturday, March 2
Gunsmoke: “Jesse,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Collector’s Matter,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense (classic): “Nineteen Deacon Street,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “The Green Hills of Earth,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Rummage Sale, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Magazine Articles, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Dinner Party Mix-Up, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, March 9
Gunsmoke: “The Sutler,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Back to the Back Matter,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.