First, and as far as we know, exclusive to OMW...Northeast Ohio's only commercial Spanish-language outlet is no more.
Stop 26/to-be-Bernard Radio's WASN/1500 Youngstown dropped its Spanish-language feed this week in favor of syndicated talk from Radio One/Reach Media's "Syndication One" urban talk network.
The move puts the lineup of Michael Eric Dyson (10 AM-1 PM), Rev. Al Sharpton (1-4 PM) and the "Two Live Stews" sports talk show (4-7 PM) on the Youngstown outlet, which is being operated by a bankruptcy court official until the court mandated sale to Bernard Radio LLC is completed.
But one part of the station's recent history remains, as brokered local talk host Louie Free moves his four-hour show into morning drive (6-10 AM), leading into the "Syndication One" programming. When he was the only English-language voice on WASN, Free's show aired from 8 AM to noon.
The only remaining full-time Spanish language station in all of Northeast Ohio is Lorain non-comm rimshot WNZN/89.1, which has trouble making it even into much of western Cuyahoga County...