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Our Expertise

Connoisseur Media is composed of a talented group of on-air personalities, social media influencers, creative strategists, account management pros, producers, videographers, designers, and more. From industry innovators to valuable visionaries, our team is filled with individuals characterized by unique backgrounds, skill-sets, and enthusiasm.  The team is eager to work on their next project and hope it’s yours!

Kristin Okesson

SVP/General Manager

Kristin Okesson is responsible for managing Connoisseur’s entire Connecticut operations which cover the Bridgeport, CT; New Haven, CT; and Stamford/Norwalk, CT Nielsen markets.Kristin previously ran the stations for Cox Media Group and has been involved in the Radio industry in Connecticut for over 18 years. She was recently named “One of the Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink and has won numerous other prestigious awards. Kristin serves on the board of the Greater Norwalk Chamber as the Secretary and the CT Broadcasters Association as the Secretary as well.

Stu Gorlick

Director of Sales

Stu a life-long Connecticut resident with 30+ years in Radio. Once live on the air in New Haven, Stu turned his attention to the money side of the business and has worked in sales management in New York, Hartford and for the last five years with Connoisseur Media. Stu believes that filling client needs versus station needs ends with great results for both the client and the stations they chose to invest in! A win win for all!

Andy Alcosser

Director of Sales

Andy Alcosser has been in radio and media sales for over 20 years. Andy strives to understand customers’ goals and help develop multi-faceted media plans to get results. He is ready to help grow your business.

Shannon Begley

Digital Sales Manager

Shannon Begley is the Digital Sales Manager for Connoisseur Media CT. Originally from Long Island, Shannon graduated from Sacred Heart University and decided to stay in CT to start her career and family. Shannon started working for these Connecticut stations in 2005 where she started as an Account Manager. She has always believed that businesses should utilize integrated marketing plans. It’s a great way for them to be in front of their customers in various ways and get their message heard and seen. That was one of the reasons why she chose this career because this radio station group believes that as well and can offer that to their customers through radio, events, sponsorships, digital and more!

Marnie Klebart

Local Sales Manager

Marnie Klebart is the Local Sales Manager for WEBE and WICC radio. With decades of Sales Management experience, as well as many years on the agency side, her focus is to help clients achieve their goals through well thought out, integrated campaigns; including radio, digital, social and event marketing. Marnie is very passionate about finding ways to help local businesses grow, all while going above and beyond to provide you with an outstanding Connoisseur Media experience. Marnie enjoys traveling, music of all kinds, and admits even in the worst of times, she is a die-hard Mets fan.

Keith Dakin

VP of Programming

Keith Dakin is the Vice President of Programming for Connoisseur Media. He grew up in New Hampshire, attended Syracuse University, and has worked in radio for over twenty years with stops including Richmond, VA and Boston, MA. Keith has been working for these Connecticut stations since 2010 and specializes in bringing new life to classic brands. He firmly believes that great radio talent can sell a product or service better than any other form of advertising.

Kevin Begley

Program Director STAR/WFOX

Kevin Begley is responsible for managing the on air staff and curating the sound of each station. Originally from southern Massachusetts, Kevin moved to Connecticut in 2012 after being on air at stations in Boston, Los Angeles and Richmond, VA. While hosting the afternoon show on Star 99.9, Kevin has built a strong connection with the community in the Bridgeport and Stamford-Norwalk markets, as well as a strong presence on social media. Kevin is also an expert and lover of all things pizza.

Allan Lamberti

Program Director WPLR/WICC

Allan Lamberti is Program Director of WPLR and WICC, plus afternoon host on WEBE. Allan has worked in the radio industry for over 17 years, and began his Connecticut radio career in 2003, with stints in several local markets, including Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Stamford-Norwalk.

Ed Oliveira

Director of Traffic & Creative Services

His career began in 2001 in Richmond, VA where he worked as Promotions Director and Morning Show co-host. He then spent four years in Boston as a Morning Show host and Producer. Arriving in Connecticut in 2011 he transitioned into production and creative services. Ed calls upon his years of experience to provide clients, sellers and stations with creative advertising and content. He also loves Star Wars. Like, a bit too much.

Meghan Boyd

Director of Digital & Design

Meghan Boyd is the Director of Digital & Design. She attended Pratt Institute for graphic design and has been with the stations for nearly a decade. Responsible for the stations’ graphics and digital presences, she creates an accompanying visual for all our audio brands.

Steve Soyland

Promotions Director WEBE/STAR/WFOX

Steve Soyland is the Marketing and Promotions Director for Star 99.9, 95.9 The FOX and WEBE108. Steve is a Fairfield County native, starting his radio career at 95.9 THE FOX in 1990. He is passionate about events and promotions and can usually be found out and about at these with a camera in his hand.

Drew Carrano

Promotions Director WPLR/WYBC/WICC

Drew Carrano is the Director of Marketing and Promotions for 99.1 PLR, WICC 600 and 94.3 WYBC. He is a New Haven native and graduate of Quinnipiac University. Drew started in radio in 1996 and has been doing promotions and marketing in the New Haven market since 2000. He has won awards for best social media content and for outstanding community service.

Tristan Haller

Director of Sales Support

Tristan Haller is a lifelong Connecticut resident. He loves music and grew up listening to these Southern Connecticut radio stations. After graduating from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, he started as an intern in 2009 and has worn many different hats around the stations learning the intricacies of the radio industry, which gives him a unique perspective of how advertising in radio can help you grow your business.

Kendal Reed

Sales/Promotions Assistant

Kendal is the Sales/Promotions Assistant. Kendal grew up in Connecticut listening to many Connoisseur stations. After attending ECSU, Kendal began working as part of our street team in 2015 and was fortunate to be able to begin working in promotions full time. Kendal is a lover of all genres of music and comedy.

Doug Amore

Senior Account Manager

A life-long Connecticut resident and Clark University graduate, Doug has been in media for over 3 decades. Doug began his career on the agency side in account management, moved on to broadcast TV and found his passion in radio where his unique creative and deep relationship building skills have helped clients grow their businesses. Doug’s career is lined with numerous awards from President Circle achievements to Radio Ink Magazine “Street Fighter of the Year” National Finalist recognition. A former president of the Advertising Club of Connecticut, Doug remains active in the local community. Serving on several major hospital and healthcare organization’s worthy cause fundraising committees and boards. Most important of all is family – Doug’s wife of 33 years, daughter and son inspire and drive him daily.

Ginger Ballou

Senior Account Manager

Senior Account Manager Ginger Ballou has decades of experience helping local businesses grow by developing strong customer relationships, and creating integrated marketing campaigns that include radio, community sponsorships, digital and social media. A graduate of The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree of Communications in radio, television and film, and a minor in journalism, Ginger began her career managing her college radio station and interning in the ABC Newsroom at Good Morning America. After a brief radio stint as a Morning Drive co - host in Bangor, Maine, Ginger moved to Connecticut, where she started a family, and shifted her career focus to the marketing side of the media business. A mother of four, besides her family and career, her other loves are gardening, sports, travel, cooking, and all types of music.

Kim Hammesfahr

Senior Account Manager

Kim Hammesfahr is a Senior Account Manager for Connoisseur, and has thrived in the media industry for over 20 years. She has been with Connoisseur for the 3+ years she has lived in CT. Prior to moving to CT, she sold radio for a top station in Philadelphia, and also worked with large nationwide media companies in Tulsa prior to that. She is a big fan of all music genres, and is happy that Connoisseur enables her to provide her clients with some of the best stations CT has to offer. Equally being able to include various touch points, with so many local on site and promotional opportunities, as well as top notch digital products and team. At home Kim is most happy hanging with her perfectly pieced together family and their family dog Lucky (who is VERY LUCKY to have them!)

Jen Haynes

Senior Account Manager

Jen has been in the business from the agency planning and buying sides to sales strategy.<br /> She loves helping local businesses grow and specialize in all around media strategy including working with co-op. She’d like to help you too!

Jeff Hazen

Account Manager

Jeff comes to Connoisseur Media with over twenty years of sales and marketing experience. Starting his career in Connecticut with one of the first computer catalog resellers MicroWarehouse on the account management side and later moving on to become their Director of International Marketing and Business Development responsible for opening offices and overseeing sales in Australia, Japan, Mexico and Canada. From there Jeff moved on to WebMediaBrands selling digital advertising for a suite of technology publications and running their MediaBistro job board prior to be sold to Prometheus Global Media the publisher of AdWeek and The Hollywood Reporter. He has always held the belief that success is derived from listening to your client’s needs, driving results and responding in turn with first class customer service.

Lisa Hingst

Account Manager

Lisa started her media career in the print world in 2004, selling advertising & events for luxury lifestyle magazines in Fairfield County for 15 years, most recently as publisher of New Canaan-Darien Magazine. Lisa made the move to Connoisseur selling radio and digital assets in February of 2020, 3 weeks prior to the Covid lockdown. Originally from Alabama & a graduate of the University of Virginia, Lisa raised 3 wonderful kids in Darien before returning to full time work. Besides being passionate about helping local clients grow through efficient, integrated marketing plans, Lisa loves her 3 rescue dogs, gardening, working out and live music.

Maria Lashley

Senior Account Manager

Maria Lashley is a Senior Account Manager in the Advertising/Sales Department. She caught the radio bug in 1990 when she had her first radio show in high school and continued throughout college at Trinity College. Upon graduation she still loved radio but wanted to be more involved behind the scenes. For over 20 years, Maria has been helping business owners and ad agencies achieve their marketing goals. Whether it’s a small business owner, a concert promoter or an established advertising agency, Maria makes sure all of her clients know she’s there for them to communicate their branding and sales message on-air, on-line or on-site.

Amanda LaTorraca

Senior Account Manager

Veteran Senior Account Manager Amanda LaTorraca has over 13 years of experience helping to grow her clients businesses with creative advertising solutions. With a Masters in Integrated Marketing, her number one priority for her clients is to use her knowledge to create marketing plans that help her clients reach their goals. She is passionate about her clients and there is nothing more rewarding to her than helping businesses, regardless of size and industry, grow and reach their desired outcomes while also being able to provide the best customer service. A Connecticut native that knows the market, Amanda is a wife and mom to two young boys. A driven marketer for her clients and a sports mom to her sons. Her attention to detail and results has kept Amanda the top billing rep with Connoisseur since 2014.

Pam Racevicius

Account Manager

Pam is an Account Manager representing all 6 radio stations. A graduate with a communications degree from UConn and over twenty years in sales and marketing roles made joining the team five years ago a natural transition. Her focus is to help clients achieve their goals, stand out from their competition and grow their business through well thought out radio, digital and event marketing solutions. Pam enjoys family time, healthy cooking, a great wine and a beautiful beach.

Dawn Wachner

Account Manager

Dawn Wachner was born and raised in Michigan (Go Blue!), moved to Southern CA, and for the last 19 years has called CT home with her 2 college aged kids and her adorable, rescued Shih Tzu Dexter. She started her radio career as a weekend on air personality and part time promotions and marketing coordinator. She did a short stint as the news and entertainment reporter on Star 99.9’s morning show. Dawn has worn many different hats around the stations learning the twists and turns of the radio industry, which gives her a distinctive viewpoint of how advertising in radio can help you grow your business or bring that extra pizazz to your event. Dawn is excited to work with local businesses to put together high performing radio, digital and event marketing campaigns. Together she will build your businesses brand and get you the leads your business needs to succeed. She prides herself in the great relationships she has built with her clients.

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