Farmingdale, NY – Jeff Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur Media and a native Long Islander, made his name in the broadcasting business and is now coming back to Long Island, taking over Barnstable’s Long Island Radio Group.
Warshaw grew up in Roslyn, Long Island, and after graduating from Roslyn High School , began construction of his first radio station while a student at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
“My parents are broadcasters, my uncle is a broadcaster. It’s in my blood,” says Warshaw. “Acquiring the Long Island stations is particularly exciting as I grew up listening to these stations and I’m thrilled that Connoisseur will now be operating them.”
Connoisseur Media will be the new parent company for the Farmingdale based media cluster, including: KJOY 98.3 (WKJY), B103 (WBZO), The New 94-X (WIGX) and WHLI (1100am). The stations will continue to operate daily business under the direction of General Manager, Dave Widmer, who has managed them since 1998. Widmer feels the sale of the four stations to Connoisseur Media will yield excellent results for the staff, listeners and advertisers alike.
“I’m proud of the success these stations and this staff have had in the Long Island market and we are looking forward to continuing that success with Connoisseur Media.” remarked Widmer. “These stations have always had a strong commitment to serve the Long Island community, and Connoisseur Media is the kind of company that strongly believes in such commitment.
“The core values of our company remain the same - service to the community, dedication to our listeners, results for our advertisers, creating a terrific work environment, having integrity and honest dealings in all aspects of our operations, and tireless dedication to getting better,” says Warshaw.
Connoisseur Media currently owns and operates 24 stations in eight markets.