Local Leaders Serving the Community
Public Media of New England, Inc. is a Haverhill-based nonprofit corporation. It offers instruction in the operation of radio or television stations to members of the general public while addressing the community’s news, civic, entertainment and educational needs through innovative use of multimedia. Its local board of directors is charged with carrying out its mission, vision and purpose.
Tim Coco, President & General Manager
Tim Coco first entered communications in 1978 as an intern at WHAV AM & FM in Haverhill and ultimately landed a job there in the news department. He would remain in news throughout the 1980s – serving as City Hall reporter for the then-daily Haverhill Gazette, regional reporter for the Daily News of Newburyport and editor of an environmental trade publication based in Manchester, N.H. He was later tapped to create the communications department for Ogden Corporation, Fairfield, N.J.
He founded COCO+CO., an advertising agency, in 1991. In 2004, coming full circle, Coco acquired the WHAV name and founded Public Media of New England Inc.
Coco is also a commissioner of the Haverhill License Commission, president of the Trustees of the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead, commissioner of the Essex National Heritage Commission, a founding director of the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, member of the Greater Haverhill Civil Rights Commission and member of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Coco holds an Associate Degree from Northern Essex Community College and Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Lesley University School of Management.
Anita M. Purcell, Treasurer
Anita M. Purcell, of Haverhill, recently retired as vice president of lending at Haverhill Bank. Previously she worked as operations manager at Grasso Appraisal Services Inc., Burlington, for 13 years.
She has also worked in various capacities at several area banks and mortgage companies and as a real estate broker for seven years.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College. She has also completed professional development courses at Bentley College and Boston University.
William D. Cox Jr., Clerk
William D. Cox Jr., a Haverhill lawyer, was appointed Haverhill’s city solicitor in 2004 and had served as assistant city solicitor since 1993. Previously, he was an Essex County assistant district attorney, city of Haverhill personnel director/affirmative action officer and director of employment and training programs at Community Action Inc.
He is a trustee at Northern Essex Community College, appointed in 2011 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; secretary and former board president of Career Resources Corporation; and member of the Haverhill, American and Massachusetts Bar Associations.
Cox received his Juris Doctor degree from New England School of Law, Boston, and bachelor’s degree from Bradford College.
Dana Esmel, News Director
Dana Esmel entered commercial broadcasting as associate producer and news reporter for the brokered radio program “Haverhill Today” with William C. “Bill” Pike on WCCM, Lawrence, from October, 1996, to April, 1997.
He went on to become a writer in the news department at WCCM and later held positions as news anchor, producer and news director until 2005. He also served as a newscaster at WCAP, Lowell, from 2005 to 2007.
Esmel, a graduate of Haverhill High School, received an associate’s degree in Computer Technology from Northern Essex Community College and a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from the University of Lowell (now known as University of Massachusetts—Lowell).
His career in broadcasting began as a hobby in the 1980s when he was a member of the Northern Essex Community College campus radio station, WRAZ.
David Goudsward, Writer and Historian
David Goudsward serves as WHAV’s historian and is a frequent contributor to the Haverhill Heritage Series on WHAV. He is also often tapped to answer a variety of listener questions—ranging from mundane to bizarre—on the Open Mike Show.
Goudsward, raised on the summit of Scotland Hill, Haverhill, brings his New England sensibilities and respect for historical perspective his work. He is also a prolific author and, although living in Florida, his bibliography consists primarily of New England topics.
He recently compiled and edited, “Snowbound with Zombies,” a collection of supernatural stories inspired by Poet John Greenleaf Whittier. His latest book, “Horror Guide to Florida,” co-written with his brother Scott, is available via Amazon (See Members Shop).