|Broadcast area||Greater Boston|
|Branding||Money Matters Radio|
|First air date||August 28, 1989|
|Power||5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
|Callsign meaning||Business NeWs or Business News Wadio. W represents the R.|
|Former callsigns||WADN (1989–1998)|
|Owner||Money Matters Radio, Inc.|
WBNW (1120 AM) is a business talk radio station in the Boston market. The station is owned by Money Matters Radio, Inc. and is licensed to Concord, Massachusetts. It is simulcast on sister station WESO (970 AM) in nearby Southbridge; much of its programming has been also relayed on WPLM (1390 AM) in Plymouth. WBNW's flagship program, Money Matters, is syndicated to several other stations in the Eastern United States through the Money Matters Radio Network. Recently talk hosts Michael Graham, Don Imus, and John Batchelor were added to the lineup.
The station first took to the air August 28, 1989 as WADN, with a folk music format. Much of the station's staff had previously worked at an earlier Boston-area folk music station, WCAS (740 AM, now WJIB). Original owner Walden Communications Company sold the station to Assabet Communications Corporation on June 4, 1993. Shortly after the original WBNW (590 AM) was acquired by Salem Communications and became religious station WEZE in December 1996, WADN announced that it would begin carrying some Bloomberg Radio programming; by the end of the month, the folk format was moved to weekends only to accommodate the business and talk programming, and in April 1997 folk was dropped entirely. Money Matters Radio bought WADN in 1998; it had produced the station's morning show, also simulcast on WPLM and, initially, on WNRB (1510 AM, now WMEX) and Attleboro-based WARA (1320 AM), since 1997. The call letters were changed to WBNW on December 1, 1998. The station currently belongs to a partnership led by Canadian American investment counsellor Barry Armstrong.
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- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WBNW
- Radio-Locator Information on WBNW
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WBNW
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