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Four LI radio stations sold in $23M deal

Dave Widmer of Long Island Radio Group, feels

Dave Widmer of Long Island Radio Group, feels the sale of four stations by Barnstable Broadcasting to Connoisseur Media will yield good results for listeners and advertisers. (December 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Four Long Island radio stations — WKJY, WBZO, WIGX and WHLI — are being sold for $23 million by their Massachusetts-based parent company to a Connecticut-based media company.

Newton, Mass.-based Barnstable Broadcasting filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission late last week to sell its four Long Island stations to Connoisseur Media of Westport, Conn., according to a Barnstable announcement.

Both sides have signed an agreement regarding the sale; the FCC approval process takes about four months.

Barnstable has owned the stations since 1984. They employ about 55 to 60 full-time people, according to general manager Dave Widmer.

Jeffrey Warshaw, Connoisseur’s chief executive, said in a statement that he was raised on Long Island and “grew up listening to these stations.”

Widmer said the stations had been able to provide “great service” to the Island. “I look forward to continuing this in the future with Connoisseur," he said. Connoisseur owns 22 stations in eight markets.

WKJY / 98.3FM is known on-air as KJOY, and is licensed in Hempstead. WBZO / 103.1 FM, known as B-103, is licensed in Bay Shore. WIGX / 94.3 FM is a Gen X hits radio station licensed in Smithtown, while WHLI / 1100 AM is licensed in Hempstead.

Photo: Barnstable general manager David Widmer.

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