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Gerald D’Ambra: Founder of ‘NJ on Air’

HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sits down with the founder of NJ on Air, Gerald D’Ambra.

Gerald’s newest venture in his successful media-based career is NJ on Air, a streaming TV channel for New Jersey. They produce original shows and partner with local producers around, covering topics in entertainment, talk, and news, all focused on the Garden State – including Hip New Jersey’s series, HipTV!

In the early stages, Gerald was looking for sample shows and turned to his wife, Jessica D’Ambra for assistance. Even though she had no television background, Jessica flourished – hosting two food-based shows and even getting the opportunity to partner with beloved Jersey-based bakery, Carlo’s Bakery.

NJ on Air’s vision is to become the destination for live and local New Jersey television programming, while providing a platform for the community, non-profits, and businesses to reach a unique NJ audience. Gerald hopes the platform will raise awareness about the different aspects of our state, while bringing people together to inform and entertain, saying “We try to diversify not only the regions but the type of programming we are doing to really reach so many different people across the state.”

NJ on Air is not Gerald’s first foray in media, he is a long-time TV news Anchor, Reporter, Producer, Executive Producer and Publisher. He’s worked at multiple TV stations and newspapers in the New York and Philadelphia markets, and companies like ABC, News 12, DIY Network, HGTV and has appeared on CNN and the Weather Channel.

Visit www.njonair.com to see original, creative, NJ-based content.

“America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” Season 2 Premiere

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino stopped by Talde in Jersey City to get the 411 on Season 2 of HGTV’S “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” from the show’s stars, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri.

The pair, also known as the Kitchen Cousins, shared stories and gave information about the upcoming season, which is sure to be better than ever.

To learn more about “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens,” head over to the show’s website, and be sure to check out #AMDK every Wednesday at 8pm on HGTV!


Cosentino Grand Opening

By Marisa Reinhart

#HipNJ was recently at the grand opening of the Cosentino Center in Fairfield, New Jersey!

The event took place in the new state-of-the-art interactive showroom and massive warehouse. The 30,000 square foot warehouse showcased many Cosentino brands including Dekton, SenSa Granite, and Silestone Natural Quartz. Dekton is an ultra-compact surface with interior and exterior functions. The beautiful quartz and natural stone surfaces were displayed predominantly around the showroom.

My personal favorite feature of the showroom is the LED Sample Viewing Room. In this room, customers and trade professionals are able to take a sample and place it on the sample reader. This then translates it onto a large touch screen where the customer can explore the product offerings.

The visitors were encouraged to explore and engage in the surface buying experience while enjoying wine from the Michael Mondavi Family Estate and eating locally grown cuisine selections.

Special guests at the event included HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino. The cousins explained how they trust Cosentino products for all of their projects, and even have the surfaces in their own homes.

Eduardo Cosentino, the CEO of Cosentino North America, was there for the ribbon cutting ceremony, and to explain the company’s focus on international expansion, innovative research and development.

The evening finished with a beautiful aerial show on the warehouse’s overhead crane. The dancer tumbled and performed her acrobatic routine above the guests and the ultra-compact surfaces.

The successful evening proved that the family-owned business with its headquarters in Spain will solidify Cosentino’s position as the surfacing leader in New Jersey.

For more information, log onto NorthAmerica.Cosentinocenter.com.