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WSBS (AM) logo.png
CityGreat Barrington, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaBerkshire County
Frequency860 kHz
Branding860 AM/94.1 FM WSBS
SloganFirst For News
Your Hometown Station
FormatAdult Contemporary/Talk
AffiliationsAP Radio, Boston Red Sox Radio Network
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Pittsfield License, LLC)
First air date
December 24, 1956[1]
Call sign meaning
Southern Berkshire Station[1]
Technical information
Facility ID4820
Power2,700 watts day
250 watts critical hours
4 watts night
(translator 250 watts)[2]
Transmitter coordinates
42°12′52″N 73°20′45″W / 42.21444°N 73.34583°W / 42.21444; -73.34583Coordinates: 42°12′52″N 73°20′45″W / 42.21444°N 73.34583°W / 42.21444; -73.34583
Translator(s)W231AK 94.1 Great Barrington
WebcastListen live

WSBS (860 AM) is a radio station in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It is owned by Townsquare Media and has an Adult Contemporary music format, mixed with local news, talk, and AP news.

WSBS's programming is simulcast in stereo on the FM band via translator station W231AK, at 94.1 MHz.[3] [1] Because AM 860 is a Canadian clear channel frequency, WSBS must reduce power at night to only 4 watts to avoid interfering with Class A station CJBC in Toronto, Ontario. But the translator allows listeners to tune in around the clock, even if they live outside the limited nighttime coverage range.

In August 2013, Gamma Broadcasting reached a deal to sell its Berkshire County radio stations, including WSBS, to Reed Miami Holdings;[4] the sale was canceled on December 30, 2013.[5] In October 2016, Gamma agreed to sell its stations to Galaxy Communications;[6] that sale also fell through, and in 2017 the stations were acquired by Townsquare Media.[7]

Technical information[edit]

WSBS transmits 2,700 watts daytime with a Marconi 1959 Series fed 1/4 wave tower. The primary transmitter is a Harris SX2.5, and a backup Gates 250GY. The nighttime transmitter is an LPB.


  1. ^ a b "WSBS reception verification" (PDF). February 27, 1957. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
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  4. ^ "Western Massachusetts Cluster Sold". All Access. August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (January 14, 2014). "Pittsfield Cluster Sale Withdrawn". RadioInsight. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (October 17, 2016). "Galaxy Communications Acquires Pittsfield Cluster". RadioInsight. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Venta, Lance (July 18, 2017). "Townsquare Media Acquires Six In Massachusetts". RadioInsight. Retrieved November 14, 2017.

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