Ken Pittman Fired from WBSM (1420 AM) in Fairhaven, MA

I was sorry to hear about the departure of Republican talk show host, Ken Pittman from WBSM in Fairhaven, MA (1420 AM). Ken’s audience consisted of a  small but vibrant  political constituency in the greater New Bedford area and his presence will be missed  on the local scene.

The decision to remove Ken from the stations lineup was apparently a business decisions made by the corporate ownership to make room for a new syndicated program hosted by former Arkansas Governor and 2008 GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who will in all likely hood fill a need for the views of true social conservatives and evangelical Christians, which have been absent from the region for as long as I can remember.

Ken and I had our differences during the 2010 Republican primary campaign on various Massachusetts political blogs in which his comments could be quite cutting and insulting at times as is quite typical of the rhetoric commonly used in the blogosphere, which I must admit I sometimes fall into myself, yet his demeanor on his radio show always seemed much more cordial to me.

Of course there were times when he held   the feet of his debate opponents to the fire in a way in which Democrats are not use to on the Massachusetts South Coast as he did to Congressman Barney Frank and many local politicians and liberal media personnel on more than one occasion.

Yesterday the phone lines were abuzz on WBSM with furious callers outraged that an accomodation could not have been made to keep Ken in the stations lineup as apparently was made for the rest of their staff. Many felt that there was more to the story than the station’s management was admitting. City Councillor Brian Gomes, himself a victim of Pittman’s critical attacks over the years cited that his show filled a need for coverage of topics with a local flavor and remarked on the station’s history of providing local talk shows, which is true.

In fact, the first radio talk show I ever heard was “Openline” hosted by Hal Peterson in the 1950’s and I’ve enjoyed that format ever since. It’s a shame Ken has to leave but we wish him the best in his future endeavors

If you’d like to express your opinion to the management of WBSM about their decision to remove Ken Pittman from the station’s lineup of broadcasters, you may call them on the business line at (508)993-1767 or on the “Openline” at (508)996-0500

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  • It’s a mighty blow to talk radio in the Southeastern Mass having lost Ken Pittman and his show.  

    In some respects the WBSM 1420 AM is arguably getting more conservative.  After the locally produced Pete Braley Show from 6-9 am there will be the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher show from 9 am to 12 noon.  Following that is the local mid-day news hour from 12-1 pm.  After that is the nationally syndicated Mike Huckabee show from 1-3 pm.  Local talk returns with the locally produced Phil Paleologos show from 3-6 pm.  From 6-9 pm is the nationally syndicated Mark Levin.  I forget what airs after that but it’s national syndication & has been for ages & ages.  The changes allegedly begin on Monday.    

    Phil is a formerly nationally syndicated radio talk show host and his show will pick up the political discussion.  Unfortunately, we’re still going to lose 4 hours per day of local news & talk.  It’s simply cheaper to pay for syndication over the salary & benefits for a live host.

    Until the move of Phil Paleologos to the afternoon, I was well prepared to go back to listening exclusively to Howie Carr on WXTK 95.1 FM out of the Cape.  

    Apparently, Cumulus Media ordered budget cuts months ago, before the New Year, but the station held off until the bitter end.  I know things haven’t been the easiest at the station since Cumulus bought out Citadel Broadcasting.  A couple of months back WBSM was required to stop playing non-copyrighted music as Cumulus didn’t want to pay the royalty fees.

    I’m not an evangelical Protestant, and the ones I know in Greater New Bedford tend to be Spanish speaking, but for my orthodox Catholic radio in the area I listen to Radio Cormariae 88.5 FM.  That station is basically a local affiliate of the radio division of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and is run by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, based out of New Bedford.  It has streaming audio capability, as does EWTN.

    Ken is a friend of mine, heck he lives around the corner, and I can only hope & pray that he ends up moving on to bigger & better things.

  • Ken Pittman

    I was laid off for budgetary reasons pre- station sale and wasn’t fired for performance or behavior. The economic and social status effects are the same but the cause is different…it makes a big difference in the minds of prospective program directors. 🙂