Off the air: Bristol Beat signs off for good amid theft allegations of owner's spouse

Published on Monday, 27 November 2017 13:51
Written by Lorenzo Burgio


BRISTOL - The Bristol Beat, Bristol’s Rock Mix, signed off the air permanently Tuesday.

In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, The Bristol Beat, an online podcast and radio station, made the announcement that it “will sign off the air permanently” after the Curtis in the Morning show Tuesday morning.

“It has been our pleasure to have served our community and wished that we would have been a more permanent fixture in Bristol. I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to download our app and listen to The Beat and the programming that we offered,” the Facebook post read. “I’m very proud of every jock that I have trained and the shows that I was able to produce.”

The post then thanked all of those who have worked on The Beat since it opened in July of 2016.

“Everyone else who has worked on The Beat, it has been a pleasure to have worked with all of you and given you a place to be creative and hone your skills. The purpose of The Beat has always been to be a community radio station for Bristol.

“It was created to get people involved in communicating with each other and provide a place for anyone who wanted to be heard. You don’t get rich in radio and that wasn’t its purpose. There are things that I could’ve done differently, but you can’t change what has already been done. It’s been a fun ride,” the post reads. “Thank you Bristol!”

The station signing off the air comes roughly a month after former Republican councilwoman and attorney Jodi Zils Gagne, the wife of Steve Gagne, owner of The Beat, was named in a lawsuit that alleges she mishandled a former client’s funds when she was conservator.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the new conservator of 91-year-old Emil Jabs’ estate, Stephen Mangan, contends that Zils Gagne, provided her husband $110,000 that belong to the estate of Jabs, her former client, for The Beat.

The former councilwoman is to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Dec. 1, to determine whether or not to freeze her assets, however, The Beat plans to “sell everything,” according to a comment by The Beat on the same Facebook post.

Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-973-5088 or by email at Follow Lorenzo Burgio on Twitter @burgioBP.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol, General Business, General News on Monday, 27 November 2017 13:51. Updated: Monday, 27 November 2017 13:53.