Connoisseur Media and Buckley Broadcasting announced 3/5 that Connoisseur is purchasing the radio station group based in Hartford, CT. The stations include WDRC-AM/FM Hartford, CT; WMMW-AM Meriden, CT; WWCO-AM Waterbury, CT and WSNG-AM Torrington, CT.
Dick Foreman of Richard A. Foreman Associates, Inc. represented Buckley in the transaction. He tells RBR-TVBR: “The deal is compatible with Jeff Warshaw’s strategic northeast acquisition program and provides fill-in to his Long Island and Connecticut acquisitions.”
Joe Bilotta, Buckley President and CEO said in a letter to employees: “After much reflection, the Board of Trustees has decided that the reality of the evolving competitive landscape, and our sincere desire to see this historic brand continue, are cause for a change in the ownership of our Connecticut properties.”
“Our decision to negotiate with, and eventually sell WDRC AM/FM to Connoisseur gives our audience, advertisers and employees access to the considerable resources of this multi-dimensional media and entertainment company. For over ½ of a century Buckley Broadcasting has been the steward of these great call letters and there is not a better company than Connoisseur to ensure the continued and accelerated future success of the WDRC brand.”
Buckley Radio currently owns 14 radio stations in 5 markets.
BUCKLEY STATIONS SOLD TO CONNOISSEUR
Station Format and Freq. Power HAAT City of License
WDRC-AM News/Talk 1360 5k-D/N == Hartford
WDRC-FM Clsc Hits 102.9 19.5k 810’ Hartford
WMMW (AM) [WDRC-AM] 1470 2.5-D/N == Meriden
WSNG (AM) [WDRC-AM] 610 1k/.5 == Torrington
WWCO (AM) [WDRC-AM] 1240 1kw == Waterbury