|New Bedford–Fall River
|ABC News Radio
Salem Radio Network
Boston Red Sox Radio Network
New England Patriots Radio Network
First air date
|July 17, 1949
|5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
|99.5 W258DR (New Bedford)
WBSM (1420 AM) is a radio station broadcasting in the New Bedford–Fall River market area with a news/talk/sports format. WBSM is under ownership of Townsquare Media, with studios in Fairhaven shared with WFHN.
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.
Local personalities include Tim Weisberg, Chris McCarthy, Barry Richard, Ken Pittman, Brian Thomas, and Jim Phillips. 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.