The Ohio Media Watch staff is about ready to pack things up from our Southern Command and head back home, at least for a little while. Next time, we'll make sure the remote listening equipment works before we leave town!
And speaking of which, we're in and out of Ohio for much of the next month or two. We come equipped with The Laptop of Media Domination, and we know how to use it. And, the OMW staff sniffs its collective nose at hotel rooms that do not have high speed Internet connections.
Only one news item to report, from our tipster along the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. They're hearing what sounds like the WEXC/107.1 Greenville PA oldies format on a station that may or may not have once appeared on the OMW resume, WLOA/1470 Farrell PA. Furthermore, the format is being reportedly being promoted as "WEXC 107", while apparently not being heard on that actual station, which flipped to youth-oriented Christian rock a while back. (Maybe if people close their eyes, move around the 1 and the 7 and add a 4...)
WLOA has been programmed as a rimshot into the Youngstown market as a repeater for Holy Family's "Station of the Cross" (WLOF[FM] in the Buffalo NY market). The 1470 signal is not really all that great in much of the Youngstown market, but one of its nighttime signal lobes aims straight into Youngstown itself.
Yes, we're aware we've spent a lot of time along the Ohio/Pennsylvania border, virtually, but that's where most of the noise has come from. We'll try to make up for that upon our return to Ohio. But just inside the border, maybe another trip to Ashtabula is in order...where Clear Channel has reportedly finally signed on WYBL/98.3 with oldies, adding it to the cluster which includes news/talk WFUN/970, hot AC "102 Zoo" (WZOO/102.5 Edgewood) and relatively recent addition classic rock "The Fox 107.5" (WFXJ/107.5 North Kingsville). Is CC Ashtabula looking to pick up cowboy boots, perhaps, for its newest? That'd sure kick WKKY/104.7 Geneva around, a lot...