With Marcus Ferro now moving to the new weeknight program SouthCoast Tonight alongside Chris McCarthy, the question has come up as to what will happen to his highly successful Saturday afternoon program?

Well, you could say Saturday afternoons are about to go in a little bit of a different direction as The Jessica Machado Show debuts Saturday, July 9.

Jessica is a mother of four children, a wife, a conservative and a politically-minded citizen who doesn’t shy away from the tough issues or from giving her opinion on them.

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“I am a wife and mother at the helm of a family who spends her free time advocating for families and children on issues that matter most to local families,” Machado said. “When I'm not submitting public records requests to local municipalities to root out corruption and demand transparency, I can be found speaking at town meetings asking tough questions of elected officials or organizing like-minded conservatives to hold signs on street corners.”

Jessica plans to focus each week on local issues – especially those in Fall River and SouthCoast communities on the other side of the Braga Bridge. She will also discuss state and national politics and issues, and of course will take calls and App Chat messages from the listeners.

Machado has worked as a contributor both on-air and as a freelance writer for a number of local media entities, including WBSM’s “SouthCoast Voices” feature, and has most recently been a frequent contributor to the WBSM Roundtable on The Tim Weisberg Show as well as a contributor to The Barry Richard Show.

“I have found my home at WBSM where I can use my platform to inspire others to learn more about local issues and get involved,” she said.

Tune in to The Jessica Machado Show every Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 1420 AM, 99.5 FM, WBSM.com and the WBSM app.

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