Ledyard broadcaster buys five Connecticut radio stations

Ledyard — Red Wolf Broadcasting Corp. owner John Fuller announced Monday the purchase of five Connoisseur Media radio stations in Connecticut.

The stations are WDRC-AM and WDRC-FM in Hartford, WSNG in Torrington, WMMW in Meriden and MOD 102 in New Haven.

The sale, still subject to Federal Communication Commission approval, was for an undisclosed price.

"Red Wolf will take over operations immediately under a Local Marketing Agreement," according to a press release.

Fuller said no major programming changes are expected at the Hartford stations, but MOD 102 in New Haven was converted Monday morning to Bomba 102, tying in to Red Wolf’s statewide Spanish radio network.

“WDRC AM & FM are legendary stations,” Fuller said in a statement. “102.9 The Whale is one of the top rated stations in the Hartford Radio Market, and WDRC-AM (1360 AM) 'The Talk of Connecticut' has an extremely loyal audience we intend to expand.”

Fuller, whose local radio stations include WBMW and WWRX at 106.5 and 107.7 on the FM dial, has expanded his network of radio stations over the years, including the 2009 purchase of WURH in Hartford, whose call letters were changed to WMRQ.

Fuller said at the time that the addition of WURH to his other stations gave him effective radio coverage throughout the state - except for a small portion of Fairfield County.

In October 2015, Red Wolf announced an agreement to buy four Davidson Media Group stations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. They were WKKB “Latina 100.3” in Providence, WSPR “Power 1270” and WACM 1490 in Springfield, Mass., and WXCT 990 in Hartford.

Fuller's first radio station, WJJF, started in Hope Valley, R.I., when he was only 21. Red Wolf was incorporated in 1990.

l.howard@theday.com

 

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