In February, WPLR Connecticut’s #1 Rock Station, began celebrating the brand’s 45th Anniversary with an exclusive gathering of PLR jocks and VIP clients. All year we will be recognizing this extraordinary station for 45 years of great service, music, and entertainment. The actual anniversary is April 29.
99.1 PLR personality John “Wiggy” Griffin was honored with a sold out roast on January 16th in New Haven, CT to celebrate 40 years at 99.1 PLR and his upcoming wedding. Three local comics, current PLR personalities as well as PLR alumni all “honored” him with 2 hours of side splitting entertainment.
Chaz and AJ, heard in the morning on three Connoisseur Media Stations, 991 WPLR New Haven, 1029 The Whale Hartford, and 959 the FOX Stamford/Norwalk, raised a record breaking $105,000 in toys and cash at their annual Toy Drive at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport CT.
This action packed event featured performances from Whitford/St Holmes, featuring Brad Whitford of Aerosmith fame, as well as guitar virtuoso Gary Hoey, US Senator Richard Blumenthal, CT mayors of Danbury, Manchester and Bridgeport, comedians Jim Gallagher and Dom Fig, local female news personalities and countless other show regulars and characters. The Chaz & AJ McDermott Chevrolet & Lexus Toy Drive will benefit McGivney Community Center, The Children’s Center of Hamden, Boys & Girls Village, The Village for Families & Children, ConnectiKids and The Center for Human Services.
“Chaz and AJ”, heard on 102.9 the Whale WDRC (Hartford), 99.1 WPLR (New Haven) and 95.9 the FOX (WFOX Stamford/Norwalk), helped raise over $15,000 for a local Connecticut veteran in risk of losing his home today.
Middletown resident Brendon Cameron who formerly served in the United States Air Force in Desert Storm was living a normal life with his wife Janette, and their young family. This past March, he suddenly started experiencing dangerous symptoms consistent with Gulf War Syndrome including epilepsy, tremors, weakness, fatigue, and memory loss among many others. His declining health forced him to stop working. Currently he requires 24-hour care, forcing his wife to leave her job to take care of him. As a result, their home is in foreclosure and they need $8,000 to save it—this is the home they got married in.
Chaz & AJ invited the Camerons on the show on Veterans Day to share their story. Within the first few minutes, the donations came pouring in:
Tom Cantone with Mohegan Sun kicked it off with a pair of Black Sabbath tickets as an auction item. Senator Richard Blumenthal offered a breakfast with him in Washington and tour of Senate floor. Throughout the show, massive donations were called in. Before the end of the show, Chaz & AJ were able to raise: $15,835!
Chaz, of Chaz & AJ in the Morning said: “We’ve done some amazing things on the air…this I will remember forever. Once again, our listeners blew us away with their generosity”.
Connoisseur Media owns and /or operates 42 radio stations including significant clusters in Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey.
Connoisseur CT team members brought their kids and special friends to work to take part in a fun day of magic, animals from the Beardsley Zoo, trampolines, tie-dye making and a scavenger hunt. Everyone enjoyed pizza, experienced live Radio and had ice cream with CEO Jeff Warshaw.
Star 99.9 in Bridgeport brought the Plain White T’s to one lucky listener’s backyard pool for a private concert with over 100 of their closest friends. Everyone enjoyed this intimate and exclusive performance.More
K-98.3/Long Island again partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to promote and host their annual Walk Like MADD 2015 event at Farmingdale State College. The event was emceed by midday host Jodi Vale, who also walked with her team, “K-98.3 Team Rays Of Sunshine for Jennifer,” in memory of her friend’s daughter, Jennifer Suydam, who was killed by a drunk and drugged driver. Jodi’s team raised almost $8,000, and the event reached its goal of $160,000. “It’s definitely a proud moment, but the mission will never be completely over,” Vale said. “I have seen firsthand how the devastation is so needless.”
Bridgeport, CT – April 6th, 2015 – Connoisseur Media Connecticut is proud to announce former WCCC Hartford morning show host Jay Raven will join Anna Zap for the newly formed “Anna and Raven Show” on Bridgeport based HOT AC, Star 99.9.
Raven has had an extensive career working in Hartford, Providence and Boston and, after an exhaustive search, was the clear candidate to team with Anna. Program Director Kevin Begley commented “We were able to find a superstar talent in the market that cuts through. Over the last few years, we have succeeded in being a high energy radio station in the morning and Raven is exactly that. Anna continues to be a very important part of the radio station as she has made herself one of the biggest personalities in Connecticut. Star was #1 in the last ratings book and with the addition of Raven this show is going to continue to dominate.”
Raven will start on Monday April 20th. “I’m thrilled to be joining Connoisseur Media for mornings at STAR 99.9 with Anna!” added Raven, “This company is full of energy from CEO Jeff Warshaw on down and it’s contagious. I especially want to thank Regional Operations Manager Keith Dakin, General Manager Kristin Okesson, Director of Brand Management Michelle Stevens and Program Director Kevin Begley for making what was the most rigorous interview process ever truly eye opening and awakening the beast inside. April 20th, we’ll be ready to continue dominating southern Connecticut together!”
“The Anna and Raven Show” will continue to be a hyper local Fairfield County and Southern Connecticut focused show hitting on all the hot female-centric topics. The show will also have a very strong digital and social presence.
Connoisseur Media owns and /or operates 42 radio stations including significant clusters in Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey. The Connecticut cluster includes WDRC FM/AM (Hartford), WMMW (Meriden), WWCO (Waterbury), WSNG (Torrington), WPLR 99.1 (New Haven), WYBC 94.3 (New Haven) and 95.9 The FOX WFOX (Southport) as well WEZN STAR 99.9. Connoisseur Media Connecticut prides itself on delivering quality to listeners, advertisers and the communities they serve with integrity, service and innovation.
We are proud to share that Kristin Okesson, General Manager for Connoisseur Media’s Southern Connecticut stations, is the recipient of the 2014 Radio Wayne Award for Market Manager of the Year. Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads presented the awards to Radio’s best and brightest in sales and management at the NAB Radio Show in Indianapolis. Named in honor of the late “Radio Wayne” Cornils, these awards honor the Radio superstars whose hard work, dedication, and creativity separate them from the pack. Congratulations, Kristin!
In Connecticut, congratulations to 95.9 the Fox, the Fairfield County Advocate’s winner for “Best Radio Station”, and to Chaz & AJ, winners of “Best Radio Personalities” and “Best Radio Show.” The wins were part of the annual Best of the Gold Coast edition.
Bragging rights also belong to 99.1 WPLR for their big wins in the New Haven Advocate’s version of the edition. They won for “Best Radio Station”; Chaz & AJ again won — for “Best Personality” and “Best Radio Show”; and Drew Carrano was no slouch himself, as he helped the station win for “Best Instagram” and “Best Twitter”!