OMW has just learned that long-time Northeast Ohio broadcaster Joe Finan has passed away at the age of 79.
Finan, until earlier this year, was the midday talk host at Clear Channel liberal talk WARF/1350 Akron "Radio Free Ohio". But he's most known recently for his nearly 20 year stint in afternoon drive at talk WNIR/100.1 Kent "The Talk of Akron".
Long before any of this, Finan was a popular disk jockey in Cleveland, Denver and other cities.
OMW hears this afternoon that Finan was scheduled for surgery this morning, and unfortunately, did not make it through.
There is only word at this hour of a private family memorial. If there is word of any public gathering, we'll pass it along.
Finan's last home radio station, WARF, has posted about Finan's passing here.