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|City of license||Brockton, Massachusetts|
|Broadcast area||South Shore|
|Branding||Full Service Metro South|
|First air date||November 27th 1946|
|Format||News Talk Information|
|Power||5,000 watts day|
1,000 watts night
|Callsign meaning||Brockton Enterprise & Times (former owner)|
|Former callsigns||WBET (1946-2006), WBZB (2006)|
|Affiliations||AP Radio, CNN Radio|
|Owner||BTR Boston, Inc.|
WXBR (1460 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format to the south Boston metro, a.k.a. "The South Shore". The station is licensed to BTR Boston, Inc and features programing from AP Radio and CNN Radio.
WXBR signed on as WBET on November 27th 1946. The original frequency was 990kc. daytime only, but by 1952 would move to its current 1460kc. frequency due to the absorption of another Brockton station: WBKA/1450. WBKA had been owned by Joseph Curran. Curran sold the WBKA & WBKA-FM licenses to WBET in the early 1950s. WBET modified WBKA's license from 250 watts on 1450kc. to 1kW fulltime (directional antenna nights) on 1460kc. (WBKA-FM/107.1's license was returned to the F.C.C.). When the transition to 1460 was complete, WBET's programming and callsign moved to the new frequency and the old 990kc. frequency was deleted. In a sense, the current WXBR is descended from both WBET & WBKA.
1948 saw the addition of F.M. simulcast service with WBET-FM/97.7 (Channel 249). When WBET (AM) would sign off at sundown, WBET-FM provided service through the nighttime hours. When WBKA was absorbed into WBET, the old WBKA-FM license was no longer needed.
Some of the hosts at WBET included Bill Alex who hosted a very popular Brockton-area morning talk show/news program weekdays from 9am to 11am during the 1990s. Bill also reported news events during the day at WBET. The following is a Bill Alex newsclip http://irishradio.homestead.com/1992_Bill_Alex.mp3 (credit to WBET/WXBR Hosts Larkin & Dale Morris's ). Seasoned Talk Show host and former WMSX Host Ron Van Dam sometimes who has gone by the pen name 'Ron Nelson Peterson' became the successor to Bill Alex's morning talk show and has regular listeners from as far away as Skowhegan,Maine.
- 1992 Broadcasting Yearbook, p. A-163
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WXBR
- Radio Locator Information on WXBR
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for WXBR
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