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WASN logo, during the "1500 WASN" era.
CityYoungstown, Ohio
Broadcast areaYoungstown-Warren
Frequency1500 kHz
First air dateMay 9, 1976; 43 years ago (1976-05-09) (as WGFT)
Last air dateFebruary 15, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-02-15)
Power500 watts day
250 watts critical hours
Facility ID72100
Transmitter coordinates41°6′26.00″N 80°34′57.00″W / 41.1072222°N 80.5825000°W / 41.1072222; -80.5825000
Callsign meaning"W-The-ANSwer"
Former callsignsWGFT (1976–2003)
OwnerHelen Bednarczyk
(Y-Town Radio Broadcasting, LLC)
Sister stationsWGFT, W232AI

WASN (1500 AM) was a radio station licensed to serve Youngstown, Ohio, United States. Established in 1976 as WGFT, the station served the Youngstown-Warren area. The station was owned by Helen Bednarczyk, through licensee Y-Town Radio Broadcasting, LLC.[1]

Since January 1, 2010, WASN carried an urban-focused talk format. In addition to Syndication One hosts Warren Ballentine, Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Baisden, previous formats have included gospel music and Spanish-language programming. The station streamed on a 24-hour basis, owing to WASN's daytime-only status (to protect WFED in Washington, D.C.).

WASN's sister station, WGFT (1330 AM), carries an oldies/classic hits format.

In February 2013, WGFT and sister station WASN were taken off air because of on-going technical reasons with a plan to return to the air by February 2014.

In February 2014, WGFT and WASN were sold by Bernard Ohio LLC to Y-Town Radio Broadcasting, LLC, who operates W232AI 93.7. The sale, at a purchase price of $16,501, was consummated on August 1, 2014.

On February 1, 2016, Y-Town Radio announced that WGFT, WASN, and W234CH would be sold to Laurel Highland Total Communications for $325,000. LHTC Media planned to relocate the translator to the Pittsburgh metro where it will simulcast adult standards WCNS (1480 AM).

On May 17, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission informed WASN that, as the station had been silent since at least February 15, 2016, it was in the process of cancelling the station's license;[2] the license was canceled on June 29, 2017.[3]


  1. ^ "WASN Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Doyle, Peter H. (May 17, 2017). "Notification of License Expiration" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Broadcast Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.

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