After Hours Youngstown Is New Home for Culture, Entertainment News

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The 9-to-5 workday is for earning a living. But after hours? That’s all ours.

It’s the downtime that we spend enjoying nightlife, entertainment, dining, arts and culture – the things that make life better and more fun. And the Mahoning and Shenango valleys have a lot going with music, theater, festivals, comedy and museums.

To provide the region with a single online source for arts and entertainment news, the Youngstown Publishing Co. is launching – an attractive and easy-to-navigate site that is current, interesting, intelligent and dynamic.

Content includes articles and monthly features, columns and concert reviews by Guy D’Astolfo, entertainment editor for the Youngstown Publishing Co., as well as the signature arts and entertainment features that have proven to be some of the most popular content produced by The Business Journal.

On The Menu and After Hours videos and articles can now be found on the new website, along with a comprehensive calendar of events and previews of upcoming performances and events. This unique content is among the most popular on as well as the social media platforms of our flagship brand.

In fact, four of the top 10 posts for the year on Facebook were On The Menu features, spotlighting regional restaurants such as Cockeye BBQ in Warren and Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Sharpsville, Pa.

“Regional interest in new and long-standing restaurants will drive our audience to the After Hours Youngstown website, giving it a boost out of the gate,” says Jeremy Lydic, content manager. “What’s great is these stories are of interest to all audiences, not just those reading business news. has the potential to open many new doors for our publishing company.”

D’Astolfo’s weekly Entertainment Digest includes everything from entertainment briefs to concert announcements, touring shows, art exhibits set to open and previews of community and collegiate theater.

Stage veteran and author J.E. Ballantyne Jr. writes local theater reviews for the site, and the members of the Flight Crew cover the region’s craft brewing scene in their monthly feature story and video. will also be a source for breaking entertainment news and announcements as well as national news, including movie reviews, Hollywood profiles and television features.

 “The area’s entertainment scene keeps growing and it deserves an increased level of coverage,” says D’Astolfo, who was the entertainment editor of The Vindicator for 14 years, until the newspaper closed.

During his career, D’Astolfo covered every aspect of entertainment, including stage, film, television, comedy, pop and classical music, festivals and events that don’t fit into any category. He brings that experience and institutional knowledge to fills the void in entertainment coverage left by The Vindicator’s demise. And as the only locally focused website devoted exclusively to entertainment, it is a unique platform for advertisers.

“Everyone wants to know where to go and what to do in our thriving entertainment scene,” says Jeff Leo Herrmann, CEO of Youngstown Publishing Co. “ provides a direct route for businesses of all types to reach consumers.”

With attractive content and social media tie-ins, will cultivate a loyal readership that will visit every day, thereby garnering impressive traffic and page views.“It’s an additional marketing platform to reach the consumer market,” says Herrmann.

Go to NOW and see for yourself.

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