Local News

Monday-Friday, every half hour from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.; 11 p.m.
(Also 7 p.m., Mondays, during the New Open Mic Show)

More people receive their local news from WHAV each weekday than from all other sources combined. Original reporting of stories not covered elsewhere combined with sounds of the newsmakers’ themselves. Of course, that’s what you expect from the only Haverhill-based news source.

Sponsored, in part, by Haverhill Bank.

Wave Weather

Every 30 min.

The Boston media doesn’t always understand unique Merrimack Valley weather conditions. Acclaimed WHAV meteorologists provide Merrimack Valley’s most accurate weather forecasts every half hour, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

Sponsored, in part, by Covanta, Climate Zone and Appleton Eye Associates.

Community Spotlight

15 past every hour

Eric Scott, anchor.

Eric Scott brings listeners news of events, fundraising appeals and other community calendar announcements help support the valuable work of Merrimack Valley non-profit organizations. Recent examples include Buttonwoods Museum, Boys and Girls Club, Haverhill Council on Aging and YMCA. Use this form to submit your information.


New Open Mic Show

Mondays, 6 p.m.

Bill Macek

He has been on all sides of the microphone—as on-air personality, station owner and newsmaker. Continuing his lifelong radio passion, Bill Macek returns to his roots as host of 97.9 WHAV FM’s New Open Mic Show. Every Monday night, Macek brings special guests, top stories, sports, entertainment, music, flashbacks, trivia and prizes too. As Bill says, “Best of all, you can call in.” The New Open Mic Show may also be seen live at WHAV.TV and HC Media Channel 22 on Comcast in Haverhill.

Haverhill City Council

Tuesdays, 7 p.m., when in session

Sponsored, in part, by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home.

Haverhill School Committee

Thursdays, 7 p.m., when in session

Week in Review

Saturday-Sunday, Noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Eric Scott, anchor.

A recap of the biggest local news stories of the past week with host Eric Scott. More people receive their local news from WHAV than from all other sources combined. Original reporting of stories not covered elsewhere combined with sounds of the newsmakers’ themselves. Of course, that’s what you expect from the only Haverhill-based news source.


Mass Moments

Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 6:45 a.m. and 2:45p.m.

mass_moments_90x90Each weekday, learn what happened on that day in Massachusetts history. Veteran Actor Jack Clancy delivers a fresh story from the archives of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. Learn about John Greenleaf Whittier, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Revere, Larry Bird and many other luminaries.


Melinda’s Garden Moments

Monday-Friday, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.

Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers

Host Melinda Myers helps listeners achieve a big harvest, beautiful landscape or just stress relief. Her timely, one-minute tips aim to eliminate garden guesswork, inside or out, during all seasons of the year. Topics include Hiring a Lawn Care Professional, Budget Gardening, Caring for Indoor Plants and more.



Sound Beat

Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.

sound_beat_90x90A trip through the history of recorded sound. Each show highlights the holdings of the Belfer Audio Archive at Syracuse University, one of the largest sound archives in the United States. Each episode focuses on one particular recording and provides a back story about its place in history.


Insight Daily

Monday-Friday, 9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Insightful conversations with well-known authors, musicians, bloggers, public figures and culture creators about literature, music, entertainment, arts and the world. Whether it’s a best-selling author such as David Baldacci talking about his latest novel, or tips about starting a business or carving a pumpkin, Insight Daily provides insightful, entertaining and helpful information.


Take Two Movie Review

Saturday-Sunday, 8:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

You’re a busy person. You can’t see every movie, and often, you won’t want to. Take Two Movie Review is your weekly dose of tough, unvarnished criticism. The feature speaks to smart moviegoers who want to make informed choices, alerting you to the movies that will leave you entertained, not conned by clever marketing or awards hype.


Drama & Comedy

Every day, 10:00 p.m., 1 a.m.

Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday on “Box 13.”

When WHAV AM first signed on in 1947, it was not formally associated with any of the major broadcasting networks, but did subscribe to NBC Orthacoustic and other syndicators of dramatic shows. In celebration of the founding of WHAV, two of those dramas return on 97.9 WHAV FM: “Box 13” with Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday, a writer who advertises for adventure, and the “Haunting Hour,” a mystery-horror anthology series.

  • Sunday: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar/Box 13
  • Monday: Suspense (new episodes)/Suspense (classic episodes)
  • Tuesday: Dimension X/Suspense
  • Wednesday: Great Gildersleeve/Suspense
  • Thursday: Our Miss Brooks/Suspense
  • Friday: Couple Next Door/Suspense
  • Saturday: Gunsmoke/Haunting Hour