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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Connoisseur Makes Wholesale Changes On Long Island


Now that the closing is official and WALK AM/FM on Long Island is part of the Connoisseur family, the company has made a host of changes in that market. Most notably, WALK GM Jim Condron will take a corporate position as senior vice-president of regional strategy. Long Island Market Manager Dave Widmer (pictured), who has been overseeing WKJY-FM (K98.3), WBZO-FM (B103), WWSK-FM (94.3 The Shark), and 1100 WHLI-AM will add WALK AM-FM to his responsibilities. A few employees were let go after the closing. Here are the other promotions and changes Connoisseur made in the market.

-- WALK Program Director Patrick Shea has been promoted to Long Island operations director and will oversee all programming and programming personnel for Connoisseur Media Long Island.
-- WALK Assistant Program Director/Music Director Tommy Conway has been promoted to WALK program director.
-- WALK Local Sales Manager Paul Anthony has been promoted to general sales manager and will share responsibilities of that position with current Connoisseur Media Long Island General Sales Manager Janine Johns.
-- WALK Regional and National Sales Manager Arny Levy will add the current CMLI radio stations to his representation of properties on the regional and local levels.

-- Connoisseur Media-LI Director of Sales Darren Diprima will continue in his role of overseeing the advertising and sales departments. Both Janine and Paul will report to Darren.
-- CMLI Business Manager Kristen Duran heads up the cluster?s business office and is joined by CMLI Business Manager Assistant Seeta Ramroop who will continue to oversee the daily business activities of the company.
-- CMLI Marketing Director Alissa Marti will add WALK to her management responsibilities and heads up the CMLI marketing and promotions department.
-- WALK Promotions Coordinator Mike Keeney is being promoted to promotions manager and will share responsibilities of that position with current CMLI Promotions Manager Mike Randazzo and CMLI Promotions Assistant Joe Carucci.

-- Heading up the Connoisseur Media Long Island digital department will be current CMLI Director of Digital Sales Lisa Phillips. Lisa will add the WALK digital platforms and revenue development initiatives to her management responsibilities. 
-- CMLI Digital Program Director Jon Daniels will continue to oversee the digital platforms for each brand and will add to his management responsibilities. 
-- Connoisseur Media Long Island Production Director Sean Lynch and Production Manager Rob Rush will oversee and manage all creative on-air production and imaging capabilities.
-- WALK Digital Marketing Director Joe Varecha has been promoted to Group Digital Content Manager.
-- CMLI Graphic Designer Don Israel will oversee all of the graphic initiatives on each of the clusters digital platforms.
-- CMLI Digital Coordinator Roseanne Sheridan will continue in her role and will add WALK to her responsibilities.
-- Engineering and technical operations including WALK AM-FM will be led by current Connoisseur Long Island -- Chief Engineer Mike Glaser who will be joined by WALK engineer Jesse Sayre in overseeing the technical operations of the market.
-- CMLI Farmingdale receptionist Jamie Mazzo will continue in her role as first impression specialist. 
-- CMLI Traffic Director Antoinette Rodriguez will be joined by WALK Traffic Coordinator Jennifer Romeo in the combined Farmingdale operation. Together they will be responsible for all commercial and programming on-air coordination of commercial content.
-- CMLI Continuity Director Alyssa Ferraro will add the WALK continuity responsibilities. Alyssa will work closely with the traffic, production, programming, and sales departments.

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