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It’s Official! Kristafer At Catholic WJMJ!

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wjmjJava spilled yesterday but now it’s official. 

Former WDRC personality Jerrry Kristafer, who found himself  out of a job a few weeks ago, has put on a new headset with WJMJ, a Catholic radio station in Prospect. He will be the morning show host of a program that will connect the listeners to “a variety of songs and shared experiences culled from Kristafer’s 44 years on the air.” 

Here’s the official release from the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio and Television.  

“Longtime radio morning star Jerry Kristafer is joining WJMJ, the FM station operated by the Archdiocese of Hartford since 1976. At 88.9 on the dial, Hartford’s WJMJ broadcasts to northern Connecticut and western Massachusetts and is also distributed around the world through streaming audio on the Internet.

 Jerry Kristafer will host mornings on WJMJ, from 5:30 to 10 a.m. starting Monday November 4, playing a unique mix of uplifting music and motivational messages, connecting to listeners with a variety of songs and shared experiences culled from Kristafer’s 44 years on the air.

“This is a new and completely different mix for me,” notes Kristafer. “I’ve done talk-radio and all kinds of music formats, so this show is going to make use of all that experience. We’ll have a great time each morning. I’m looking forward to re-connecting with loyal listeners and making new friends, too.”

 WJMJ is a non-commercial station, run by the Archdiocese’s Office of Radio and Television, headed by Father John Gatzak in a mission to serve the community through inspiration, education and public involvement.”

Kristafer replaces Bruce Stevens who recenlty left the station.

“I have known Jerry since our days together at KC101,” said Gatzak, who had a show on that station many years ago. “When Bruce left last month we began looking for someone and got well over 50 resumes from across the country and it so happened that at that time, Jerry was looking for a new position.”

“The music format will stay the same,” said Gatzak about Kristafer’s show. “And we hope Jerry will bring his own unique  personality to the show. “ 

Coincidently, Kristafer will be joining a couple of other former DRC’ers  at the station, Glenn Colligan and Dave Nagel.

Kristafer to WJMJ?

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JerryProfile2013[1]No one is officially confirming yet but Facebook action seems to be hinting that former WDRC personality Jerry Kristafer has a new job “where faith meets life.”

Kristafer is posting pictures and timeline information, along with congratulatory comments from “friends,”  suggesting he is joining WJMJ 88.9FM, the Prospect-based station with the slogan  “Catholic Radio-Where Faith Meets Life.” 

A mix of religious programming, ABC News, and music that includes adult contemporary, jazz, soft rock, adults stands and classical music, the station is part of the Office of Radio and Television of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Father John Gatzak, is executive director. 

Neither Kristafer, who was sent packing by WDRC earlier this month, nor Gatzak could be reached for comment so far! 



Kristafer Kicked From WDRC FM

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JerryProfile2013[1]Longtime Connecticut radio personality Jerry Kristafer has lost his job at WDRC-FM

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.