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Haverhill, MA – In an effort to recognize outstanding achievement in the Greater Haverhill community, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce formally identifies a “Business of the Month” approximately every four weeks. This award is given to a Chamber member that is a proven leader in their business or industry and excels in the areas of community involvement, economic growth, customer service and professional relationships.

WHAV’s new FM radio station signed on the air at 97.9 last September after a 12-year effort to win a new license for the venerable Haverhill station. Volunteer General Manager Tim Coco first went to work in the news department at WHAV in 1978 and later became City Hall reporter for the then-daily Haverhill Gazette before moving on to media in Newburyport and Manchester, N.H.

“Thank you to the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for recognizing the effort to return local radio service to area residents and businesses. As the only Haverhill-based news source, WHAV recognizes and fulfills its obligation to deliver local news, weather, information about community events and breaking news as it happens,” said Coco. WHAV’s companion website at WHAV.net augments the radio station’s coverage, attracting more than nine million page views and 100,000 unique visitors.

Appropriately, 97.9 WHAV was formally inaugurated March 16—70 years to the day the original WHAV AM began emanating a signal from Silver Hill. While studios are now in Ward Hill, the new FM still transmits its signal from the original Silver Hill transmitter building. The new station covers a larger footprint than the original station, reaching all of Haverhill, all surrounding communities and beyond. Unlike the original, it is now owned by a nonprofit corporation.

Award winners are recognized in area newspapers highlighting their distinction as Business of the Month, receive a complimentary guest ticket to the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s exclusive “Annual Business Awards Breakfast” and are automatically entered into the running for the Annual Business of the Year award. That honor will be announced during the annual breakfast in February 2018.

Nominations for Business of the Month can be submitted at any time. Forms are available by calling the chamber office at 978-373-5663 or by email at info@haverhillchamber.com. There is no fee for nominations or applications. Companies may be nominated by any member business. This is a benefit available exclusively to Chamber members.

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