In October 1925 Vermilya, along with A. J. Lopez, was issued a license for station WNBH in New Bedford, operating on 1210 kHz. Initially the Department of Commerce reported WNBH as a new station, however, based on the fact that WBBG and WNBH had a common owner in Vermilya, and both transmitted on 1210 kHz, the department ultimately concluded that WBBG and WNBH were functionally the same station, and a contemporary report stated that “This month brings a change of call to WBBG, Mattapoisett. This station will hereafter be known by the letters WNBH.”
WNBH’s studios were located at the New Bedford Hotel, whence it derived its call letters. An early transmitting antenna for the station was lifted onto the chimney of Atlas Tack Company in Fairhaven by helium-filled balloons. When the rig was in the right spot, the balloons were deflated by shotgun blasts. The operation took place at 5 a.m., and the gunshots prompted a neighbor to call the police.
Before March 1932, WNBH had joined the Yankee Network.On June 18, 1932, the Federal Radio Commission authorized the station to increase its daytime power from 100 to 250 watts; output remained at 100 watts at night.In March 1941, under the provisions of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement, WNBH was assigned to transmit on 1340 kHz, which has been its assignment ever since. In 1948 WNBH added FM service with WFMR (now WCTK) on 98.1 MHz, which had signed on two years earlier. These two stations are still co-owned. In 1997, WCTK moved its studios from New Bedford to Providence, Rhode Island to concentrate on fully serving the Providence Arbitron metro. In 2014, the station’s tower was moved from the South Terminal area to behind St. Mary’s Cemetery and near Route 140 in New Bedford.
Some of the most recent formats broadcast by WNBH include talk, classic country, urban oldies, middle of the road from the former Unforgettable Favorites satellite service adult standards from the former Timeless satellite service, and sports from ESPN Radio. After 10 years as a full-time ESPN Radio affiliate, WNBH switched to a classic hits format on February 1, 2019. Also at that time, sister station WPVD 1450 in West Warwick, Rhode Island, which had simulcasted WNBH programming since Hall acquired the station in 2001, switched to a simulcast of WCTK’s “Cat Country 98.1” programming. WNBH officially debuted its new format on February 11, 2019 with the launch of FM translator station W267CY. The station took on the branding of “Big 101.3,” referring to the frequency of the translator. See the full article here!