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City of license New Bedford, Massachusetts
Broadcast area New Bedford/Fall River
Branding WBSM AM 1420
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 kilocycles and is under ownership of Townsquare Media, with studios in Fairhaven shared with WFHN/Fun 107.[1]

News and Weather[edit]

WBSM has a four-person news team directed by Jim Phillips. Anchors and reporters are Phillips, Dan McCready, Greg Desrosiers 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, Kasey Silvia, Brian Thomas, Taylor Cormier, Tim Weisberg and Ken Pittman. Syndicated programs include First Light, The Howie Carr Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, Thom Hartmann and Jim Bohannon.

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

Notable alumni[edit]

  • 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.[2]
  • 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) (retired)
  • 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)[3]
  • Jack Peterson: news anchor, play-by-play announcer for local sports (1998-2014) (deceased)[4]
  • Pete Braley: morning show host and program director (1989-2014),[5] now at WPLM-FM in Plymouth


  1. ^ "Townsquare Media Acquires Stations From Cumulus Media". Townsquare Media. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Ferreira, Joao (16 December 2001). "How to replace a local legend?". 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. ^ Guha, Auditi (5 December 2014). "Longtime on-air personality Pete Braley let go at WBSM". 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