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WSBS (AM) logo.png
City Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Berkshire County
Branding 860 AM/94.1 FM WSBS
Slogan First For News
Your Hometown Station
Frequency 860 kHz
Translator(s) W231AK 94.1 Great Barrington
First air date December 24, 1956[1]
Format Adult Contemporary/Talk
Power 2,700 watts day
250 watts critical hours
4 watts night
(translator 250 watts)[2]
Class D
Facility ID 4820
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
Callsign meaning Southern Berkshire Station[1]
Affiliations AP Radio, Boston Red Sox Radio Network
Owner Gamma Broadcasting, LLC
(Berkshire Broadcasting Co., Inc.)
Sister stations WBEC, WBEC-FM, WNAW, WUPE, WUPE-FM
Webcast Listen Live

WSBS (860 AM) is a radio station in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It is owned by Gamma Broadcasting 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. 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]

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 "Pittsfield Cluster Sale Withdrawn".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. 

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