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We are in the process of redesigning our web site, which we expect to be completed early 2015.  Until then, we will have limited bio info for the crew.

Fr. John P. Gatzak

Mark Andrews

Glenn Colligan

Andrea DeFrancesco

Jerry Kristafer

Gary Mehalik

Dave Nagel

Francine Nido

Scott Parmelee, CPA

Tony Purcaro

Tom Ray IV

Evan Shaw-Mumford

Stephanie Valickis

Debbie Wilson

Floyd Wright

Tom Zarecki

Sara Ziegler

Jerry Zimmerman

Fr. John P. Gatzak
Executive Director, Office of Radio & Television
General Manager, WJMJ-FM
Television Mass Executive Producer

Fr. John performed his seminary studies at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Connecticut, where he received an A.A. degree; St. John Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy; and he completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy. While in Rome, Fr. John earned his S.T.B. degree and an M.A. in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. On June 29, 1975, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Fr. John was ordained to the priesthood by the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

In 1980, Fr. John received an M.A. in Corporate and Political Communications from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

From August 1975 to November 1975 he served as assistant pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish, New Britain, Connecticut.

From 1975 to 1979 he served as associate pastor at Holy Infant Parish, Orange, Connecticut.

From 1979 to 1987 he served as Catholic chaplain to Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and The University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut.

From 1984 to 1987 he served as assistant director of communications for the Archdiocese of Hartford. In November 1987, Fr. John was appointed the executive director of the Office of Radio & Television. .

In addition to his duties as executive director of the Office of Radio & Television Father John served in the following positions:

Director of communications for the Archdiocese of Hartford November 1987 to August 2010; Executive editor of The Catholic Transcript, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Hartford, December 1992 to June 1997; and Administrator of Blessed Sacrament Parish, East Hartford, Connecticut, August 1996 to October 1997.

In April 2008, then Archbishop Mansell tasked Father John with the oversight of WJMJ-FM, and in August 2008, upon the retirement of WJMJ's then general manager, Father John became WJMJ's general manager.  In January 2009, the administration, operations and staff of WJMJ-FM were merged into the Office of Radio & Television.
e-Mail: ortv


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Mark Andrews
WJMJ Rock 'N Roll Revival Host, Saturday 9 p.m. -Sunday 1 a.m. and Catholic High School Football Play-by-Play Announcer

Mark took to the WJMJ airwaves in September 2009 with its first LIVE Catholic high school football broadcast..  More to come.
e-Mail: AndrewsM


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Glenn Colligan
WJMJ Weekday Host, Noon-3 p.m., Saturday Afternoon Host, Noon-5 p.m. and Host of Saturday Afternoon Pops, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Glenn took to the WJMJ airwaves in May 2009.  More to come.
e-Mail: ColliganG


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Andrea DeFrancesco
Production Assistant

Andrea served an internship and is now a part-time t member of the staff.  Andrea helps out with the production of the daily television Mass and other radio and television productions.  In addition, she keeps everyone up-to-date on our various social media platforms.
e-Mail: DeFrancescoA


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Jerry Kristafer
WJMJ Weekday Morning Host, 5:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Jerry, a legend on Connecticut radio took to the WJMJ airwaves in November 2013.  More to come.
e-Mail: KristaferJ


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Gary Mehalik
Operations Manager

Gary joined the staff in October 2013 and assists Father John with the day-to-day management of the radio and television production operations.  More to come.
e-Mail: MehalikG


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Dave Nagel
WJMJ Program Director and Weekday Host, 10 a.m.-Noon

Dave took to the WJMJ airwaves in April 2009.  More to come.
e-Mail: NagelD


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Francine Nido
Senior Administrative Assistant

Francine is the newest member of the crew, just joining the staff in October 2015. She is Father John's new right arm and is tasked with keeping him on schedule.  Together with the business manager, Francine assists with overseeing the administrative functions of the Office.
e-Mail: NidoF


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Scott Parmelee, CPA
Business Manager

Scott is a 1984 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He earned his CPA that same year.  Scott worked in public accounting for 5 years with "Big 8" accounting firm and 2 years in internal auditing with a major insurance company.  Scott started as a volunteer with the Office in 1989 and became a staff member in February 1992.  Scott was also the business manager for The Catholic Transcript from 1993 to 1997.  Scott is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for St. Anthony Parish in Prospect.

Scott is responsible for all the Office's business functions, budgeting, accounts payable, HR, payroll, etc.; maintaining our computer systems and this web site; and he coordinates all the pilgrimages and tours sponsored by the Office of Radio & Television and WJMJ Radio.
e-Mail: ParmeleeS


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Tony Purcaro
Production Assistant

Tony rejoined the staff, part-time, in March 2006.  Tony's duties are primarily with the production of the daily television Mass but he also assists with special productions of the Office.


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Tom Ray IV
Production Assistant

Tom has gone from an intern to part-time to a full-time member of the staff.  Tom's primary responsibilities are in radio production, and you sometimes hear him on WJMJ filling in for Father John "In the Afterglow".  Tom also helps out with the production of the daily television Mass and other radio and television productions.
e-Mail: RayT


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Evan Shaw-Mumford
WJMJ The Word Made Fresh Host, Sunday 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and fill-in Announcer

Evan hosts The Word Made Fresh Sunday afternoons on WJMJ.  More to come.
e-Mail: ShawMumfordE


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Stephanie Valickis
Producer, Reporter and Writer

Stephanie is a 1990 graduate of Emerson College with a B.S. in Journalism.  After graduating, she worked for a New London news station, where she wrote, edited and ran studio camera. She first began working for the Office as a freelance reporter in 1995 and was a part-time staff member from 1996 to 2002 when she left to dedicate her time to her family.  She continued to freelance for Crossroads Magazine™.  She is a part-time Librarian at St. Anthony School in Winsted and is also the Director of the school’s Drama Club.   She re-joined the staff, part-time, in November 2007.  Upon her return she said, “I’m excited to be back writing and unearthing my creative skills.”

Stephanie is a reporter, writer, producer and co-host for Crossroads Magazine™, and producer writer for That's the Sprit.  She also performs duties as a writer and producer for other Office radio, television, and special productions and writes and reports religious news for WJMJ.
e-Mail: ValickisS


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Debbie Wilson
Business Office Assistant

Debbie joined the staff part-time in December 2001, and in January 2004 she became a full-time staff member. Debbie's primary responsibility is the scheduling of donor prayer requests for the television Mass.  She also assists the business manager with business office and other administrative functions.
e-Mail: WilsonD


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Floyd Wright
WJMJ Weekday Host, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Floyd joins WJMJ from WDRC and took to the WJMJ airwaves in October 2014.  More to come.
e-Mail: WrightF


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Tom Zarecki
WJMJ Saturday Morning Host, 6 a.m.-Noon

Tom took to the WJMJ airwaves in December 2010.  More to come.
e-Mail: ZareckiT


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Sara Ziegler
Videographer and Video Editor

Sara joined the staff in December 2005. Sara performs duties as videographer and video editor, and various production duties for the television Mass other productions and special projects, and formerly for Crossroads Magazine™ until production ended in November 2011.  Sara also assists with the Closed Captioning duties for the various television programs produced by the Office of Radio & Television .
e-Mail: ZieglerS


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Jerry Zimmerman
Television Mass Producer

Jerry, not "Gerry", joined the staff in February 1996. Jerry is responsible for the scheduling of the priests, lectors and musicians for the television Mass. As you know, this is a very important position, and Jerry keeps everything on schedule. Jerry also assists in the production of various radio programs produced by the Office.
e-Mail: ZimmermanJ


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