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Adults have radio alternative

January 4, 2010 - Andy Gray
A new radio format can be heard in some parts of the Mahoning Valley.

WNWV (107.3 FM), which is based in Elyria but has a signal strong enough to be heard in much of Trumbull County, switched its format last week from smooth jazz to adult album alternative (the smooth jazz sounds still can be heard on his secondary HD radio signal and online).

When I flipped on the station last week, the first thing I heard was Arcade Fire’s “Keep the Car Running,” a song I’ve never heard on any commercial radio station in the Cleveland or Warren-Youngstown markets. This morning as I pulled into the parking lot at work, I heard Elvis Costello’s version of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding,” which may be my favorite song of all time. Again, I couldn’t tell you the last time I heard it on the radio.

The format is a little too heavy on Dave Matthews Band and Dang-don’t-I-sound-just-like-Dave-Matthews bands, and at least for now there seems to be no DJ presence whatsoever, just station IDs. It would be nice to have the occasional song identified, if nothing else.

But it’s an option I plan to use on my frequent trips to Cleveland.


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