|City of license||Fairhaven, MA|
|Broadcast area||New Bedford/Fall River|
|Branding||WBSM AM 1420|
|First air date||July 17, 1949|
|Power||5,000 watts Daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
|Affiliations||ABC News Radio, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins|
(Townsquare Media New Bedford License, LLC)
WBSM is an AM radio station broadcasting in the New Bedford/Fall River market area with a News/Talk/Sports format. It broadcasts on 1420 kilocycles and is under ownership of Townsquare Media, with studios in Fairhaven shared with WFHN/Fun 107.
News and Weather
WBSM has a seven-person news team directed by Jim Phillips. Anchors and reporters are Phillips, Dan McCready, Jay Rogers, Jim Marshall, Taylor Cormier, Matt Camara and Greg Desrosiers. The station is an affiliate of ABC News Radio for national and world news. Local weather reports are provided by AccuWeather.
Talk and Sports
Local personalities include Pete Braley, Neal White, Phil Paleologos and Taylor Cormier. Tim Weisberg, a sports writer for the Standard-Times (New Bedford) newspaper, hosts a Saturday morning talk show and Spooky Southcoast on Saturday nights, the latter gaining a cult following among paranormal fans. Syndicated programs include First Light, The Stephanie Miller Show, Thom Hartmann and Jim Bohannon.
- Hal Peterson: Host of "Open Line" from the mid 50s and thru various periods in the '60s and '70s. Hal was the creator of the long-running charity "Quarters for Christmas". It was Hal Peterson that was responsible for giving Gil Santos his first job in radio as Hal's "Color Man" during New Bedford High School basketball broadcasts. (deceased)
- Stan Lipp: Host of "Open Line" from the 1960s until his retirement more than 30 years later.
- André Bernier: Weekend weather anchor (1975–1977). André was the first weather anchor seen on The Weather Channel and currently with WJW in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Don Gillis: Sports director (1949–1951), commentator for Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Bruins broadcasts on WHDH AM 850 (now WEEI) (1950s-60s), sports director for Channel 5 Boston (1962–1983), host of Candlepin Bowling (1967–1996) (deceased)
- Gil Santos: Sports reporter (1950s), play-by-play announcer for Patriots radio broadcasts (1966–2013)
- Henry Carreiro: Daytime talk show host during the 1970s, 80s and 90s, he also had a speaking role in Jaws as a loudmouth fisherman who among other one-liners tells Matt Hooper to "walk straight ahead" in response to the question about a good hotel or restaurant on the island. (deceased)
- Ken Pittman: afternoon drive time host (2004-2012), conservative broadcaster who has been spot-lighted on national television news shows such as Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor and Weekend Live, also appeared on CNN and New England Cable News (NECN) several times with Jim Braude, currently a fill-in host at WPRO (AM) in Providence.
- Jack Peterson: news anchor, play-by-play announcer for local sports (1998-2014) (deceased)
- "Townsquare Media Acquires Stations From Cumulus Media". Townsquare Media. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Tim Weisberg". WBSM.com. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Henry R. Carreiro Dies, Was Radio Personality". Vineyard Gazette. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Cormier, Taylor (30 July 2014). "WBSM’s Jack Peterson Passes Away". WBSM.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- 1992 Broadcasting Yearbook, page A-166
- WBSM's Official Site
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WBSM
- Radio-Locator Information on WBSM
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WBSM