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About Us

Telegraph Hill Records is an independent record label based out of Asbury Park, NJ and New York City, NY. 

Telegraph Hill Records’ mission is to represent and promote the recorded musical interests of unique artists performing regularly around the Jersey Shore, expanding on the legendary Sound of Asbury Park, widening its potential audience through one collective identity. We provide our artists with both focused and individualized professional audio engineering and production services to manifest the artistic vision of our artists and community.

Meet The Team

Joseph Pomarico

Founder and President, Engineer and Producer

Joseph Pomarico

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Joseph Pomarico or “Pom” founded Telegraph Hill Records and is the President & Producer. Pom currently works as an in-house engineer/producer for Atlantic Records in NYC. Pom has gotten to be a part of many different projects with artists from every caliber, genre, and variety; learning what it takes to make a successful label. Pom won a Grammy Certificate from The Recording Academy for his work as an engineer on “Best Rap Album” in 2019.

What Pom’s listening to this summer: Jimi Hendrix, Grand Funk Railroad, The Front Bottoms, Crowd Noise: Live from Asbury Park, Anything Live from Woodstock

Matthew Fernicola

Vice President, Arranger and Producer

Matthew Fernicola

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Fern has been a key, important, super critical part of Telegraph Hill Records since the start. What would Telegraph be without Fern? I don't know man, what are bagels without cream cheese? I guess you can have a bacon egg and cheese and that's cool but it's just not the same. Fern has helped create our annual events, Parkfest, What A Wonderful Year, and Zeik Dental Jam, while also recording and performing with many different Telegraph bands while also doing all the other tasks that Pom is always asking him to do.

What Fern’s listening to this summer: The Strokes - The New Abnormal, fun. - Aim and Ignite, The Beatles - Rubber Soul, Game of Thrones Soundtrack

Jim Lenskold

Projects and Events Manager

Jim Lenskold

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Along with advising on different marketing objectives, accounting techniques, and assisting by keeping in touch with the community through local events going on in Asbury Park, Jim plays a big part in organizing the 'What A Wonderful Year' local end of year celebration event each year.

Melissa Peterson

Marketing and Promotional Manager

Melissa Peterson

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As a die hard music fan with a marketing, PR, event planning and copywriting background to tap into, Melissa picks up whatever projects need attention. She’s also the only team member who remembers what it was like to get concert tickets before the internet. She was skipping school to stand in line for Bowie and Bruce tickets before most of the staff was born and went to the Stone Pony for Southside Johnny and bands like Cats on a Smooth Surface back when Asbury Park wasn’t the safest place for a young lady. She’s proud to be an honorary member of the Jersey Shore community that turned things around and is keeping the music scene moving forward.

What Melissa’s listening to this summer: The Revivalists, Bryan Hansen Band
Scott Bradlee and the Post Modern Jukebox, Lucinda Williams, The Avett Brothers

Adel Saafan

Marketing and Promotional Manager

Adel Saafan

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Adel is an integral member of the Telegraph Hill Team, supporting artist and team members at shows/events and online through online social media engagement and brainstorming marketing ideas. Adel also runs his own podcast called Podeki.

Cate Cooke

Projects and Events Coordinator

Cate Cooke

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As one of the newest additions to the Telegraph team, Cate has been working hard in the marketing department to help bring our artists' music to a wider audience. Incorporating her love for creative writing and live music into all that she does, she is constantly searching for new, out-of-the-box ways to help the Asbury Park music community grow. A New Jersey native, enthusiast for all things spooky, and a proud dog mom- Cate is thrilled to be a part of the future of Telegraph Hill Records!

Carina Duffy

Projects and Events Coordinator

Carina Duffy

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Carina is a freelance creative coordinator, day-to-day manager, and photographer from Asbury Park, NJ with 10+ years experience in the entertainment and hospitality industries. Since 2019, Carina has taken a full circle journey with Telegraph Hill Records, having started as a background vocalist and tambourine player, to now supporting the team in event producing, content creation, and day-to-day management for artists as they go through development. Having a passion and sharp skill for networking and building relationships, she works closely with the team to ensure that each artist receives the exposure they deserve. When not working with the label, you can find Carina napping, drinking coffee, or rearranging furniture in her house.

Zach Kornhauser

Mastering Engineer and Producer

Zach Kornhauser

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Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Zach Kornhauser is a mastering and audio engineer for Atlantic Records’ own Atlantic Studios NYC. Before receiving his masters degree in music business from New York University, Zach worked under Grammy award winning engineers Ernie Wells at Eighth Note Productions and Dan Workman at SugarHill Recording Studios. With a strong focus on audio fidelity, Zach’s philosophy aims to create high resolution recordings that fully represents the musicians’ artistic intent.

Ryan Doyle

Assistant Engineer and Producer

Ryan Doyle

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Known in the production community as "Flex Buffchest", Ryan is also a founding member of Lake Champagne.

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