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City New Bedford, Massachusetts
Broadcast area New Bedford/Fall River
Branding New Bedford's News/Talk Station
Frequency 1420 kHz
First air date July 17, 1949
Format News/Talk/Sports
Power 5,000 watts Daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Class B
Affiliations ABC News Radio, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media New Bedford License, LLC)
Website WBSM.com

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 kilohertz and is under ownership of Townsquare Media, with studios in Fairhaven shared with WFHN.[1]

News and weather[edit]

WBSM has a five-person news team headed up by Taylor Cormier. Anchors and reporters are Cormier, Tim Weisberg, Greg Desrosiers, Jim Phillips and Jim Marshall. The station is an affiliate of ABC News Radio for national and world news. Local weather reports are provided by AccuWeather.

Talk and sports[edit]

Local personalities include Phil Paleologos, Brian Thomas, Barry Richard, Ken Pittman and Chris McCarthy. Syndicated programs include First Light, The Howie Carr Show, The Savage Nation, Jim Bohannon, Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved.

The station broadcasts Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Bruins games.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • 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.
  • Pete Braley: morning show host and program director (1989-2014),[2] now at WPLM-FM in Plymouth
  • Henry Carreiro: Daytime talk show host during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, 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)[3]
  • Don Gillis: Sports director (1949–1951), commentator for Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Bruins broadcasts on WHDH AM 850 (now WEEI) (1950s-1960s), sports director for Channel 5 Boston (1962–1983), host of Candlepin Bowling (1967–1996) (deceased)
  • Hal Peterson: Host of "Open Line" from the mid-1950s and thru various periods in the 1960s and 1970s. 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)
  • Jack Peterson: news anchor, play-by-play announcer for local sports (1998-2014) (deceased)[4]
  • Stan Lipp: Host of "Open Line" from the 1960s until his retirement more than 30 years later.[5]
  • Gil Santos: Sports reporter (1950s), play-by-play announcer for Patriots radio broadcasts (1966–2013) (retired)


  1. ^ "Townsquare Media Acquires Stations From Cumulus Media". Townsquare Media. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Guha, Auditi (5 December 2014). "Longtime on-air personality Pete Braley let go at WBSM". The Standard-Times (New Bedford). Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Henry R. Carreiro Dies, Was Radio Personality". Vineyard Gazette. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Cormier, Taylor (30 July 2014). "WBSM's Jack Peterson Passes Away". WBSM.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Ferreira, Joao (16 December 2001). "How to replace a local legend?". The Standard-Times (New Bedford). Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  • 1992 Broadcasting Yearbook, page A-166

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Coordinates: 41°39′02″N 70°54′58″W / 41.65056°N 70.91611°W / 41.65056; -70.91611