WKBN 27 First News

4.7 (5.7K)
62.9 MB
Age rating
Current version
LIN Television Corporation
Last update
3 months ago
Version OS
12.0 or later
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User Reviews for WKBN 27 First News

4.65 out of 5
5.7K Ratings
6 years ago, Finch Lover
We read it everyday
We live in San Diego and read the news from home everyday. We moved here over 30 years ago (time really flies) from the Sharon area. When we came to San Diego, there was no internet or cell phones. It was much harder to keep in touch with local news. This website keeps us connected to our hometown and Youngstown area news and events. We both have our iPads and iPhones setup for notifications. My husband and I couldn't be anymore pleased with the quality of your app. Clusew
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7 years ago, #GrandmaOf5
I LOVE this app!! I have a busy life and I’m always on the go. I don’t always have time to sit and watch the news at home so it’s just more convenient for me that I can just pick up my phone at anytime and check out the news and see what’s going on in my neighborhood. I don’t have any issues with this app. I give this app a 5 Star.
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6 years ago, refocus today!
Home news away from home
For those like me that live most of the year away from the area, I‘m glad for this local news app. The app functions well, but it could be technically improved. I depend on notifications (turn them ON!) and usually read the stories that interest me. If there’s one thing I could change it would be for the content editors to show less left wing bias; It’s sometimes like you’re on the DNC payroll.
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5 years ago, JH3827
Your TV Signal
I can’t receive your signal here in Salem even though my antenna with a booster is headed towards you. I recieve channel 21 very clear however WKBN 27 is my favorite channel. Even pointed your direction I even get Cleveland Channels. This is a FYI only. I have your News and Weather apps on my iPhone and iPad. Thanks.
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4 years ago, BackSeatReader
Was very good, but not recently
I’ve used this app for a long time, and it is always been very good, but as other people have mentioned recently, it’s almost unusable now. It locks up constantly. I have the latest version. I restart my iPad and iPhone regularly. The app is just locking up and crashing a lot in the last month or two. Hopefully this can be fixed and it can go back to being a very good app!
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2 years ago, Dam61366
News Alerts
No sense to send news alerts cause when you click on the alert it doesn’t take you to the article it just takes you to the site. You have to search the site for the article and HOPE it’s on there. Every time you do an update to this app you just make it worse instead of better
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6 years ago, Warren is a good city
I have never seen a station so biased as your station against the city of Warren . When your weather team shows views of other areas Warren is excluded when they show temperatures they show the airport using the excuse of not having a thermometer for Warren but working on getting one which has been ever since Paul became head weather man. Your news announcer referred to the airport as the Youngstown-Vienna airport I will encourage all Warren residence to refrain from doing business with your sponsors until the time comes when your staff can be less biased
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4 years ago, 007TruthHurts
One flaw that could be deadly
Nice app, except when the weather changes for the worst and your trying to watch the live feed broadcast and have to sit through a 30sec to a minute ad. In moments where seconds could mean life and death and somebody is trying to sell me a car. Smh please remove ads from emergency broadcasts on the mobile app.
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5 years ago, Dwillteach
Too many ads!
When the app first came out it was fine, but now it has gotten ridiculous with the ads. There’s an ad when the app is first opened. Then there is a permanent banner ad at the bottom of the screen. When you click on a news video you get a commercial first then the news is played. Now most recently, there are ‘Sponsor’ ads in between every couple of news stories on the feed. Crazy!
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3 years ago, Sunnykmoore
New version. Terrible ads.
The new version of the app is very nice. However the ads are too sensitive to touch and I accidentally open them all of the time just trying to scroll through. It’s a very unpleasant user experience. I understand why you’re doing it, it just stinks.
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6 years ago, BigTom the Penguin
78 Penguin
I would like to see more frequent updates especially on weekends. High school sports schedules are difficult to find, as I like to see different teams each week during football season. Access to timely police blotters each day would be great, not just weekly or monthly. The weather reports are excellent.
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7 years ago, Ginger$8
Deceptive "headlines"
The ads on this app are placed so that you accidentally click on them. I don't like that the ads often have "headlines" that look like a news story. The ads are often inappropriate. I don't want to be linked to a page about a gun range when reading about the Texas church shootings or any other murder. When trying to read election results, I was redirected 3-4 times to a site asking for money to send Bibles to Syria. Very annoying.
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6 years ago, GraphicBoomer
Great local coverage
When the WKBN site first changed I was unsure of the quality of the reporting. But it has grown to be the number one site I go to for all things local. I think they do a fine job.
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3 years ago, JCT8181
In the latest update lengthy video ads pop up, fill the whole screen and aren’t able to be closed while trying to read stories. Tried to read 2 stories this morning and that happened 5 times, I finally just gave up. I understand the need for advertising to create revenue, but if continues to be this aggressive I’ll just switch to another app for my news.
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4 years ago, Mrschiefefd
Unreliable performance
This app has gotten worse over time! I loved it and used it regularly but over the last few months it has gotten so bad that I rarely CAN use it! I can read one or possibly two articles then they stop populating. I open an article and get first one or two paragraphs and a blank white screen below that. I’ve waited and waited but it never populates an often it freezes or the app just spontaneously closes. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!
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4 years ago, johna493
So hard to navigate through the app. Many times I want to get quick local news updates but then refrain from accessing app because of the challenges in navigating the app. I like the news team but app needs something to make it more friendly and easier.
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6 years ago, Sent from Above
Definitely useful
I absolutely love this app. It’s so useful when you’re constantly on the go. And I love that there is more live content than on some of the other local news apps.
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5 years ago, piemarker
Anchors n weather
Your Two from 5:am to 9:00 am are are excellent Chelsea n Dan n Alex that does the weather is excellent too. Chelsea n Alex work together from 12:00 to 12:30 grt Them two are e best they are both more than 5 star
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5 months ago, itsmetoeknee36
Very nice app upgrade but one thing is missing
Love how it’s a lot smoother and I can watch the videos while I’m scrolling however I miss the widget that showed me news on my Home Screen. Please bring that back!
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5 years ago, Newsalem1
My hometown connection!
I’m grateful to be able to keep in touch with news from my hometown, after being away for 22 years.
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4 years ago, Novegrace
App freezes
The app is ok but it freezes constantly. Thought maybe it may have been my phone or WiFi, but other news apps don’t do that at all, I never have to deal with that on the others. Can that be addressed and fixed? Thanks so much
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1 year ago, 271hp
New IOS update killed it
Overall good app, but Whois the font so small on some of the stories? Make the font adjustable or at lest bigger.
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5 years ago, Kar S 52
Up to date on news and events
Nice to know what’s going on around me, and in the rest of the world no matter what I’m doing
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2 years ago, chuckit470
This app continues to disappoint. Freezes, is clunky when moving from one heading to the next. Currently it won’t let me view at all, saying there is an update needed. When attempting to update, nothing happens besides watching the circle spin. Come on guys. You’re a media company. Get it together.
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6 years ago, Superdarrin77
Network connectivity issues
Almost every time I open up the app it tells me I have network connectivity issues even though my Internet is strong. It might be because I have an I phone 5S and struggling to be compatible with the newer applications but nonetheless it is very very annoying. I ended up just deleting The app.
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4 years ago, 😋FuN
Recent Issues
I use this app daily to keep up with local news. Lately, it has been freezing on me every time I use it. No other apps do this, so I suspect it is this app. FYI!
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5 years ago, 75 and retired
Live in Naples, Fl
When the Vindy closed, I had no way for news and obits. Very grateful for this information. I’ve been gone since 1979. Enjoy WKBN daily. Thank you, Mame
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5 years ago, Chrizzyxoxo
Blurry pics
Please fix the thumbnails. They are blurry. Even when you click on them. Also give people an option to see a clear photo not a video still. Most people wanna read the story not watch a video. Thank you.
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4 years ago, Mudkicker4x4
No more automatic video
If I want to watch the video I can click on it turn off the automatic play. When I am somewhere that is quiet and want to read a news story I don’t need the video to start making noise
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4 years ago, Shopping Memaw
News while away from home
I love that I get to watch WKBN News while out of town.
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5 years ago, Divine Diva 1020
Review - Pictures
Many times the pictures are not clear. It seems that the resolution is not high enough.
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7 years ago, albertf
New site
Like everything else, change is hard to accept. I much prefer the old site, to this one. Also, the older site frequently said fetching article, which was annoying so I would need to try later. I didn't have problems with other sites, just yours.
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3 years ago, Jmufnman
App not working on iPad Pro 10.5
Although it is one of the first apps I use in the morning, all of the sudden it has been freezing on startup. I would restart my iPad and all is good. Today after restarting twice, it still hasn’t started.
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6 years ago, Eponana
Keeps me up to date!
The app is great, keeps updating with important news.
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5 years ago, HELP!! Help
Lousy content
The app isn’t worth the space
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5 months ago, Hawkwind63
app issue
I just updated the app and now it won’t go beyond the Get weather ready page. The page the app opens to. How do i advance past the “Be weather ready” page. I’ve deleted the app and started over numerous times.
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7 years ago, Olli12popo
Update is terrible
Didn't like the site before with too many videos I'd rather read the articles and not have to sit through the ads which are ignored anyway. Don't like that the local news doesn't automatically come up.
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4 years ago, dbdhshsjj
To much copy and paste articles
When WKBN post an article from another news outlet, it doesn’t make it a real story. That story should have real people and real information and not just hearsay or opinions. The copy and pasted articles are just bias stories that News outlets want us to believe.
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6 years ago, World news follower
Thanks WKBN
Thanks for a good hometown news program that gives us the honest news and weather. Great job guys. 💪🏻😄
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6 years ago, austintown resident
Your top rate quality service very informative
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3 years ago, LeeK1947
New format is terrible
Too many ads interwoven into the news articles. I find as I try and scroll to the rest of the article it is pushing me to an insurance ad on my browser. Very frustrating.
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5 months ago, Chock fut
Bad app
Wat is wrong with your app you download it and you can’t open you get a screen that you cannot get rid of it. I uninstalled numerous times too no avail. It worked fine before now so fix it
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5 years ago, Esscence808
Thank goodness y’all finally fixed your poor quality. Thank you!
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6 years ago, allinob
When new things happened
I have my favorites and this is my #2. New Yorker by birth ABC, NBC & CBS. Now it’s NBC, CBS & ABC. Excellent app!
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4 years ago, goatlover50
It’s awesome because The kids can watch weather for kids
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5 months ago, Tazmgr
You broke the App
When the app opens, the first screen lets me choose news and/or sports. The next screen asks my location for weather. I don’t see any way to go beyond that.
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4 years ago, mysterkleen1
Too many ads.
I know you’re in it to make money but the ads are getting to be too much. They make reading the content difficult.
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3 years ago, troubledinletgo
When away from home
I can get on my phone but , I have the app on my fire stick but will not function on any fire stick.
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7 years ago, gracie humphrey
Too many adds
I would rather pay for this add a few bucks than deal with the ads. You can not do anything without having the an ad pop up. This is horrible!!!
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4 years ago, Mtab520
The new update is awful. The automatic playing of video is annoying. I can understand ads but not opening a story to read and getting blasted with video. I’ll probably delete.
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