Connoisseur Media Appoints Gary Kurtz as Local Sales Manager

HARTFORD, CT – April 6th, 2015 – Connoisseur Media Connecticut today has proudly announced that veteran New England media sales professional Gary Kurtz will be joining the team as Local Sales Manager for Hartford based 102.9 The Whale, Hartford’s only Classic Rock station, and WDRC AM/WMMW/WWCO and WSNG “Talk of Connecticut”.

Kurtz comes to Connoisseur with an extensive sales and management background, having served as General Manager of WFNX in Boston, General Sales Manager of Mike-FM Boston, and Senior Account Executive for CBS in Boston and Cumulus in Worcester, MA. His first day will be April 20th.

“I am excited about the opportunity at Connoisseur Hartford and specifically 102.9 The Whale, a powerhouse station, and look forward to working with the great Connoisseur Connecticut team to further develop business and results for our advertisers,” Kurtz said.

“Our team in Hartford has created a terrific sounding station with 102.9 The Whale and Gary’s energy, business savvy and marketing expertise is exactly what we need to continue to move this station forward,” said General Manager Kristin Okesson. She added, “Gary is well known in the New England area for delivering results for his clients, forging strong relationships and most importantly Gary knows how to have fun and win. The Whale is an exciting radio station and we were looking to add someone to the team who leads in an enthusiastic, fun, but strategic way.”

Gary joins the existing Connoisseur Connecticut sales management team which includes Co-Director of Sales Stu Gorlick and Andy Alcosser as well as Local Sales Manager Rowena White.

For more information on 102.9 The Whale, Hartford’s new Classic Rock radio station, visit and Talk of Connecticut can be found at

Connoisseur Media owns and /or operates 42 radio stations including significant clusters in Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey. The Connecticut cluster includes WEZN Star99.9 (Bridgeport), WPLR 99.1 (New Haven) WYBC 94.3 (New Haven) and 95.9 The FOX WFOX (Southport) as well as its Hartford stations. Connoisseur Media Connecticut prides itself on delivering quality to listeners, advertisers and the communities they serve with integrity, service and innovation.

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