Communications

Facebook, others try to cut in on ChaCha's answer service

September 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Tech entrepreneur Scott Jones says the accuracy of his company's answers will set ChaCha apart from its social-media rivals.
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Dakich finds growing popularity as broadcasterRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Former IU basketball player and coach Dan Dakich is one of the hottest sports broadcasters in the Midwest, and he’s about to take his act national.
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Young & Laramore wins Indiana Farm Bureau account

September 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Young & Laramore “will embark on a brand positioning assignment, and will handle all advertising and marketing communications” for the insurance company.
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Eateries cash in on TV appearance

September 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Owners of Edwards Drive In and Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream say they've experienced a large uptick in business after being featured last month on the Travel Channel's popular "Man v. Food" show. Now Indianapolis' Flying Cupcake and West Coast Tacos are hoping for their time in the spotlight, too.
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UPDATE: Emmis shares slide after firm says deal in peril

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
A private-equity firm backing Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's buyout signed off on a compromise, but then changed its mind.
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WFYI seeks more money from public broadcasting audience

August 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public TV and radio broadcaster WFYI is counting on its listeners and viewers to open their wallets in a big way this fall, as it gears up for a campaign to grow its endowment well beyond its current $2.2 million.
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WRTV GM stepping down, other changes planned

August 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
After 31 years with the McGraw-Hill Cos., the last nine leading the local ABC affiliate, General Manager Don Lundy is calling it quits.
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Emmis again delays vote to go private

August 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The media company schedules another meeting for Aug. 27—what will be the fourth in five weeks—in hopes of gaining enough votes to take company off the public market.
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MZD Advertising expands with franchising divisionRestricted Content

August 14, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
MZD Advertising is stepping outside the realm of traditional agency work to grow its revenue stream. In the process, it’s attempting to bring a new form of auto racing to Indianapolis.
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Publicis snags three clients, expects strong 2010

August 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis agency has scored a string of new accounts, and company officials say revenue will be up this year.
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Will third time be a charm for Emmis?

August 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis shareholders are set to vote again Friday night on taking the company private, but the proposal could be in jeopardy if a deal is not reached soon, says one investment expert.
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Murphy aims to make Louisville firm big local player

August 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The longtime state representative is merging his communications firm into Louisville-based Peritus, which has offices in five states.
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Butler basketball hires play-by-play announcer

August 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Brandon Gaudin will be the new radio voice of Butler University men’s basketball.
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Emmis delays vote on buyout again

August 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
As preferred shareholders continue holdout, Emmis postpones vote to take company private. Issue will be taken up again Aug. 13.
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Smulyan considering another option to take Emmis private

August 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The communications company said in a news release that CEO Jeff Smulyan is continuing to negotiate with a group of preferred shareholders and is considering another buyout option that would not require their consent.
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UPDATE: Emmis postpones buyout decision

August 3, 2010
Scott Olson, J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications Corp. on Tuesday postponed a decision on CEO Jeff Smulyan's bid to take the company private, saying it did not receive enough votes from shareholders to reach a quorum.
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Emmis shares skid ahead of buyout vote

August 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
Opposition by preferred shareholders has Emmis shares trading at more than 30 percent below the buyout price of $2.40 per share.
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Preferred-shareholders group may thwart buyout of Emmis

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp. Chairman Jeff Smulyan’s effort to take the media company private could be derailed by a band of preferred stockholders who oppose the plan.
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Hetrick to handle marketing for veterinary association

July 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association hired the local agency to develop a new branding and identity campaign.
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Publisher's book fair questioned amid financial troubles

July 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Charity event scheduled for July 31 is postponed again as complaints against New Century Publishing mount.
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Emmis, Colts hire ex-Q95 jock 'Mad Dog' Matis

July 29, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Jimmy "Mad Dog" Matis, who was fired after 23 years at Q95 earlier this year, finds a new gig—in sales—at Emmis. He also will do the Colts post-game show with Barry Krauss.
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Judge rules against Emmis shareholders, allows sale

July 27, 2010
Shareholders sued to temporarily block the sale of the public company, which is set to be acquired by JS Acquisition LLC, a private company formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan.
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Indianapolis Star to be laid out in Louisville; local jobs likely lost

July 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Virginia-based Gannett Co., the Star’s parent company, this month informed employees of a plan to move layout and design work for its 83 dailies to five regional design hubs.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Racing promotions require big drive

July 21, 2010
Mason King
ZakBrown_WatchVideoMotorsports marketer Zak Brown, once a driver, feeds his competitive fire in the board room, and believes big egos are good for business.
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Judge hears arguments challenging Emmis sale

July 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Common shareholders are challenging the proposed acquisition of the company by closely held JS Acquisition LLC, formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan in an effort to take it private.
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