Eric Fahnoe, vice president and general manager at Buckley Broadcasting which owns the Bloomfield-based WDRC AM and FM stations, announced Kristafer’s dismissal to staff Friday shortly after the 59-year-old finished his daily morning show.
“We do not comment on employee personnel matters,” was Fahnoe’s only comment about the decision.
Kristafer, whose ‘Big D Morning Show’ could be heard daily from 5 to 9 a.m., has been in radio broadcasting for decades. A New Jersey native, he worked at stations in that state before coming to Connecticut where he worked at WDRC-Fm for one 15-year stint before heading to New Haven’s WELI where he hosted a morning news/talk radio show. He returned to WDRC in 2008, succeeding John Saville. Most recently he has shared the show’s hosting duties with fellow radio personalities Mike Stevens and Kim Zachary.
Kristafer could not be reached for comment.
Known for his early morning on-air games including ‘Tricky, Quickie Quiz Question,’ and ‘Jerryeopardy,’ Kristafer used his radio celebrity to help raise money for non-profits including the CT Children’ s Medical Center and the CT Breast Health Initiative.
Fahnoe said Stevens and Zachary will host the morning show until a decision is made on Kristafer’s replacement.