John Fuller’s Red Wolf Broadcasting has announced the acquisition of Classic Rock “102.9 The Whale” WDRC-FM Hartford, Talk simulcast “Talk of Connecticut” 610 WSNG Torrington/1360 WDRC Hartford/1470 WMMW Meriden CT, and Alternative “Mod 102.3” W272DO New Haven CT from Connoisseur Media for an undisclosed price. With an immediate LMA taking place, W272DO immediately flipped to part of the company’s Spanish CHR “Bomba” network heard on 104.1 WMRQ-HD2, 97.1 W246CC Bolton, 98.5 W253BQ Merdien, 99.5 W258AL Clinton/Waterbury, 104.5 W283BS Bridgeport, and 1490 WSPR Springfield MA. The stations join Alternative “Radio 104.1” WMRQ Waterbury and Oldies “Kool Radio” 990 WNTY/96.1 W241CG Southington in Red Wolf’s...[Read More]
Connoisseur Media has ceased syndicating Chaz & AJ in mornings from Rock 99.1 WPLR New Haven CT to two of its other stations. Classic Rock “95.9 The Fox” WFOX Southport/Norwalk and Classic Rock “102.9 The Whale” WDRC-FM Hartford will launch new morning shows in 2017. Chaz & AJ joined WPLR in 2002 and was added at WFOX in 2011 and WDRC-FM in 2014. Connoisseur has yet to announce what will debut on either station.
Connoisseur Media flipped Classic Hits 102.9 WDRC-FM to Classic Rock “102.9 The Whale” around 10:30 this morning. The launch came after a brief loop of the Brass Bonanza theme song of the NHL’s defunct Hartford Whalers. The flip comes following the demise of Classic Rock 106.9 WCCC-FM last summer and Connoisseur’s shift of WDRC-FM from pop-leaning Classic Hits to Rock leaning, which alienated many former listeners while not doing anything to bring former WCCC-FM or other new listeners aboard. “The Whale” gives the station a fresh start without the now destroyed WDRC-FM branding. Chaz & AJ based at sister Rock 99.1 WPLR New Haven remain in mornings. Allan Lamberti moves from afternoons to middays, former WCCC PD Michael Picozzi joins for afternoons, ...[Read More]
Connoisseur Media has closed on its acquisition of Buckley Radio’s Hartford properties and quickly made changes at Classic Hits 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford. The bulk of the staff at WDRC-FM has been dismissed including General Manager Eric Fahnoe, Program Director/Midday Host Grahame Winters, Morning Host Mike Stevens, Afternoon Host Floyd Wright, and Night Host Rockin’ Ron Sedaille. The station has also tweaked its playlist to a more Rock based direction branded as “Classic Hits Of The 70s, 80s, and More”. A similar repositioning took place at Connoisseur’s “B103” WBZO Long Island in April. WDRC-FM and sister “Talk Of Connecticut” 1360 WDRC Hartford/610 WSNG Torrington/1240 WWCO Waterbury/1470 WMMW Meriden will come under the oversight of t...[Read More]
Following their acquisition of 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford, Connoisseur Media has filed to adjust the patterns of it and adjacent channel sister 103.1 WBZO Bay Shore, NY. Both stations will retain their current tower heights and power; 19.5kW at 247 meters for WDRC-FM and 1.55kW at 141 meters for WBZO. WDRC-FM will adjust from non-directional to a directional array, while WBZO will shift to non-directional. The move will allow WBZO to put a city-grade signal over the north shore of Long Island with less interference from WDRC-FM. After its long saga to move into Manhattan came to an end, 106.3 W292DV New York moved to Long Island City, Queens with 4 watts at 200 meters. After building out that facility and testing, the translator now seeks to upgrade to 40 watts from the same height and facilit...[Read More]
Update 3/12: Connoisseur is paying $7,922,035 for the five stations included in the deal. Original Report 3/5: Connoisseur Media continues its growth in the Northeast with the purchase of 4 Connecticut AM’s and 1 FM from Buckley Broadcasting. Classic Hits 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford and the four station “Talk Of Connecticut” network of 1360 WDRC Hartford, 610 WSNG Torrington, 1240 WWCO Waterbury, and 1470 WMMW Meridan will join the Fairfield County and New Haven stations that Connoisseur acquired from Cox in 2013. In a letter to employees, Buckley President/CEO Joe Bilotta wrote, For over a half of a century Buckley Broadcasting has been the steward of one of the most recognized and respected call letters in broadcasting. After much reflection and discussion, the Board of Trus...[Read More]