Plymouth: WATD’s Addiction Talk Show Host Convicted

Jim Halligan, known as “Jim Hall,” the host of WATD’s Thursday night talk show on substance abuse, “Common Ground,” will no longer be on the air here after his conviction on possession of child pornography charges.

Halligan was convicted in Plymouth District Court, on Wednesday, by a 6-person jury after a three-day trial and sentenced to serve time in the House of Correction.

Halligan had been arrested in December, of 2012, at his Marshfield home at 127 Bay Avenue, by Marshfield and State Police Detectives

Judge John Canavan sentenced Halligan to two years in the House of Correction, with 5 months to serve, the balance suspended for 4 years.

He also ordered that Halligan wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, register as a sex offender, stay away from children and schools, possess no pornography and no access to computers.

WATD Owner and General Manager Ed Perry:

“It’s a very difficult decision for us to make — the answer is that when someone is convicted of something like that they should not be on the radio and so we’re taking him off the show”

Halligan was immediately taken to the Plymouth House of Correction — he has since been moved to the Barnstable House of Correction.


About Christine James

Christine James is the Managing News Editor, and anchor at WATD. She has been a fixture here since 1990. Along the way in her WATD newsroom journey, she has won numerous broadcast awards including the Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow National Award for "Best Newscast."