Broadcast areaNew BedfordFall River
Frequency1420 kHz
Branding1420 WBSM
First air date
July 17, 1949
Technical information
Facility ID10452
  • 5,000 watts day
  • 1,000 watts night
Translator(s)99.5 W258DR (New Bedford)
WebcastListen Live

WBSM (1420 AM) is a radio station broadcasting in the New BedfordFall River market area with a news/talk/sports format. WBSM is under ownership of Townsquare Media, with studios in Fairhaven shared with WFHN.[1]

Former logo

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 Tim Weisberg, Chris McCarthy, Barry Richard, Ken Pittman, Brian Thomas, and Jim Phillips. Syndicated programs include America in the Morning, The Howie Carr Show, The Mark Levin Show, Charlie Kirk, and Hugh Hewitt.

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

Notable alumni



Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W258DR 99.5 FM New Bedford, Massachusetts 202288 128 D 41°38′25.4″N 70°55′1.1″W / 41.640389°N 70.916972°W / 41.640389; -70.916972 (W258DR) LMS


  1. ^ "Townsquare Media Acquires Stations From Cumulus Media". Townsquare Media. April 30, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Guha, Auditi (December 5, 2014). "Longtime on-air personality Pete Braley let go at WBSM". The Standard-Times (New Bedford). Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Henry R. Carreiro Dies, Was Radio Personality". Vineyard Gazette. September 3, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Cormier, Taylor (July 30, 2014). "WBSM's Jack Peterson Passes Away". WBSM.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Ferreira, Joao (December 16, 2001). "How to replace a local legend?". The Standard-Times (New Bedford). Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  6. ^ Cormier, Taylor (August 28, 2017). "Local Talk Radio Legend Stan Lipp Passes Away". WBSM.com. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Gil Santos, Legendary Voice Of The New England Patriots, Dies At 80". WBZ-TV. April 19, 2018.

41°39′2.38″N 70°54′56.14″W / 41.6506611°N 70.9155944°W / 41.6506611; -70.9155944