It was a world exclusive for Youngstown’s “The Wolf” WNCD-FM (93.3) … and Columbia Records hit the roof.

According to the Youngstown Vindicator, someone sent ‘NCD a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s newest single, “Radio Nowhere,” before its official release. The station’s afternoon man, “Fast Freddie” Woak, started spinning it Aug. 23.

But the record wasn’t supposed to arrive at radio stations until last Tuesday. (The full album isn’t being released until Oct. 2.) Within 45 minutes, a vice-president of Columbia was on the phone to Youngstown, ordering WNCD (which is licensed to nearby Niles) to stop playing the song, or else.

“I know not how we got it,” professes Bill Kelly, vice president and market manager for Clear Channel’s Youngstown cluster. “If we got it, we play it.”

Heh heh heh. And I have a bridge for sale in Girard …