WBSM logo.png
Broadcast areaNew Bedford/Fall River
Frequency1420 kHz
BrandingNew Bedford's News/Talk Station
AffiliationsABC News Radio, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots
First air date
July 17, 1949
Technical information
Power5,000 watts Daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Translator(s)99.5 MHz W258DR (New Bedford)

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

WBSM had a five-person news team in 2016, headed by Taylor Cormier. Anchors and reporters were Cormier, Tim Weisberg, Greg Desrosiers, Jim Phillips and Jim Marshall. Following the departure of Desroisers and Marshall, the station’s news team added Tim Weisberg as afternoon news anchor, and Tim Dunn as a reporter.

Cormier departed the WBSM newsroom in May 2019, joining the Howie Carr Show as the political talk program’s producer.

Over the past year, the station’s news department has seen frequent changes, ultimately dwindling down to a newsroom staffed by just two people as of November 2019.

The station is an affiliate of ABC News Radio for national and world news. Local weather reports are provided by ABC television affiliate WLNE-TV.

Talk and sports

Local personalities include Phil Paleologos, Brian Thomas, Barry Richard, Ken Pittman, Chris McCarthy, Tim Weisberg and Marcus Ferro. Syndicated programs include First Light, The Howie Carr Show, The Mark Levin Show, Jim Bohannon, Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved.

The station broadcasts Boston Red Sox & New England Patriots games.

Notable alumni


  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.
  6. ^ Cormier, Taylor (28 August 2017). "Local Talk Radio Legend Stan Lipp Passes Away". WBSM.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Gil Santos, Legendary Voice Of The New England Patriots, Dies At 80". WBZ-TV. April 19, 2018.

Coordinates: 41°39′2″N 70°54′58″W / 41.65056°N 70.91611°W / 41.65056; -70.91611