Neuhoff Media Acquires Connoisseur Bloomington
Original Report 10/7: Neuhoff Media is expanding into Bloomington/Normal, IL with the purchase of three stations from Connoisseur Media.
Neuhoff, which owns clusters in Danville, Decatur, and Springfield, IL, will add Connoisseur’s Rock “96.7 I-Rock” WIHN Normal, Variety Hits “97.9 Bob-FM” WBBE Heyworth, and CHR “Hits 100.7” WWHX Normal. CEO Beth Neuhoff is also on the Board of Directors for Gray Television which is acquiring Schurz Communications and their radio clusters in Lafayette and South Bend, IN and Rapid City, SD.
Neuhoff CEO Beth Neuhoff said, “We are so honored to welcome these terrific stations onto the Neuhoff team. Our tremendous respect for Connoisseur’s culture and dedication to great local radio, the stations’ great format niches and ratings success and our fondness for the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois community makes this cluster a perfect fit for the Neuhoff family of stations.”
Jeffrey Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur, said, “While it is difficult for us to part with our Bloomington-Normal, Illinois stations, we were convinced that Neuhoff Communication’s broadcast leadership and powerful brands in the region could move these stations to the next level. Neuhoff is the only logical owner for such great properties. We are therefore excited for the stations and the local Bloomington-Normal community that Neuhoff will soon be the steward of our proud investment.”