Connoisseur ups profile with Barnstable Long Island stations


SoldBloomington, IL. Huntington, WV. Billings, MT. Wichita, KS. Erie, PA. Omaha, NE. Rapid City, SD. Bismarck, ND. These are the small markets in which Connoisseur Media operates. But that will change when it closes on a one-AM, three-FM radio cluster in the shadow of New York City. Kalil and Co. was a broker of record, as was Bergner & Co.

The stations include WKJY 98.3-FM, WBZO 103.1-FM, WIGX 94.3-FM, and WHLI 1100 –AM. The price: $23M.

Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) isn’t the Big Apple, but by the same token it’s none too shabby either – Arbitron ranks it the 18th-largest market in the US.

“We are grateful to our dedicated employees, who together with we have achieved so many years of success on Long Island, and we are happy to be passing the torch to a committed broadcaster like Connoisseur,” said Barnstable Chairman/CEO Al Kaneb.

Added Connoisseur CEO Jeffrey D. Warshaw, “We are so excited to have the privilege of continuing the legacy of service that Barnstable has created on Long Island. These are great operations with terrific people. I was raised on Long Island and grew up listening to these stations.”

The cluster’s GM Dave Widmer will be staying on, saying he is looking forward to continuing in his present capacity with the new owner.