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Latest issue of Wave~Lengths:

First Airing of ‘King of Real Estate’ Spot in 30 Years
King Davis to Appear on Open Mike Show

Rare Recordings Greet Christmas Eve and Day Listeners
Enjoy Christmas by the Radio

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WHAV Now on Apple’s iTunes

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Merrimack Valley Takes on Martians?

Read the latest WHAV Wave~Lengths and learn about the 75th anniversary of the War of the Worlds broadcast.

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Wave~Lengths: Turning Back the Clock on Local Radio, Revamped WHAV Website Delivers Additional Listener Benefits, New ‘Suspense’ Radio Series from Hollywood Joins WHAV Lineup this Fall

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Haverhill’s Pivotal Role in One Historic Massachusetts Gubernatorial Election - See more at:

See the trailer for Corporate FM: The Killing of Local Commercial Radio.
Corporate FM Trailer, (CORPORATE FM: The Killing of Local Commercial Radio)

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Coming soon to you mailbox, but why wait? Buy tickets today to the New England Premiere movie, "Corporate FM: The Killing of Local Commercial Radio." You will support nonprofit community radio WHAV. Call (978) 374-1900, Ext. 114, or buy at
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New England Premiere of ‘Corporate FM’ Documentary
Takes Place June 19 in Haverhill
HAVERHILL, Mass. (April 26, 2013) —The New England premiere screening of the award-winning documentary, “Corporate FM: The Killing of Local Commercial Radio,” will take place in Haverhill in June.

Dinner and a panel discussion with movie Director Kevin McKinney and local media experts will accompany the screening beginning at 6 p.m., Wed., June 19, at Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 371 Lowell Ave., Haverhill. Proceeds from the movie will benefit nonprofit radio station WHAV. Filmmakers McKinney and Producer Jill McKeever explain the motivation behind the film.

“Corporate FM is about what happens when a city loses a communal microphone. Radio’s broad coverage gives it the ability to unify huge populations. Unlike Facebook, Satellite radio or Web-based music sharing apps, locally owned terrestrial radio can reach thousands of people across all incomes and ages in a local region at the same time with a message that is relevant to them at that moment.”

The documentary features interviews with Jewel, The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, former Butt Hole Surfers manager Tom Bunch and a wide array of DJs and experts who have witnessed radio’s destruction from the inside. McKinney and McKeever support the efforts of WHAV and others to expand the number of locally owned community radio stations, but warn, “the death of privately operated local radio stations is not just destroying the stations that are bought up, but damning the future of all stations on the dial—the public and college stations as well. The entire medium of radio becomes threatened when there are only two stations worth listening to.”

Besides McKinney, panelists include Dan Kennedy, assistant professor, Northeastern University School of Journalism; William J. Macek, owner of WPKZ, Fitchburg, and New England radio owner/operated for 22 years; and Marc Lemay, communications manager, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, and former WHAV news director. Other panelists will be announced.

Tickets are $60 for WHAV members and $85 for nonmembers and may be purchased at or by calling (978) 374-1900.

The WHAV call letters have been associated with local broadcasting since 1947. WHAV is today operated by Public Media of New England Inc., a not-for-profit corporation. Since 2004, the call has served the Merrimack Valley’s pioneer Internet radio station at and a number of public access cable television stations in Andover, Haverhill and Methuen, and Plaistow and Sandown, N.H. The station is also heard over AM 1640 in northern Haverhill and Plaistow, N.H.

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Wave~Lengths: Haverhill’s Transformation by I-495 with Conflicts, Politics for Good Measure

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