Communications

Emmis 3Q revenue declines, but company still posts profit

January 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. reported lower revenue during its fiscal third quarter, but still managed a small profit.
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IFD gets finger-lickin' good sponsorship deal

January 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
KFC agreed to pay city for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in exchange for using Indianapolis Fire Department to help it launch new fiery grilled wings. Mayor Greg Ballard hopes the deal is the first of many such corporate sponsorships.
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Fairgrounds' digital billboard is exception to county banRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
Clear Channel Outdoor is building Marion County’s first full-size digital billboard along Fall Creek Parkway on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair. The first message might as well be: Take that, Indianapolis!
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Indy Visitors Channel sponsors contest for businesses

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The contest offers businesses a chance to promote something about themselves that might be of interest to hotel guests in the area.
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Mark Patrick hired by WNDE to replace JMV

December 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Mark Patrick has been hired to replace JMV as the afternoon drive-time host on sports-talk station WNDE-AM 1260, heating up the battle with cross-town rival WFNI-AM 1070.
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Indiana, Michigan library groups merge to cut costs

December 24, 2009
The Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, known as ICOLSA, has merged with the Michigan Library Consortium to form the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.
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Omnicity continues wireless broadband acquisition spree

December 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Omnicity makes seventh acquisition since going public in February. The Rushville company aims to be nation's largest wireless broadband provider in rural markets.
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Smulyan signs new contract to lead Emmis

December 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Jeff Smulyan agrees to terms on a new three-year contract to lead Emmis. Signing and performance bonuses could lead to big pay raise.
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Radio giant Citadel files for bankruptcy protection

December 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Las Vegas-based Citadel Broadcasting, which owns three radio stations in Indiana, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday in an effort to restructure its hefty debt load.
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Basketball tournament expansion could pay off for NCAA

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA might expand its annual men’s tournament from the current three-week, 65-team format to one featuring an added week and a whopping 96 teams. Proponents of the plan say it will generate a bigger television rights-fee deal for the not-for-profit NCAA, which disperses 95 percent of the income to member institutions.
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Danica Patrick's NASCAR move could fuel MainGate growth

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
MainGate holds an exclusive license to make and sell Patrick’s IRL-centric merchandise, and is now in negotiations with New York-based IMG to get part of her NASCAR-related business.
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Fishers-based Buckaroo Marketing grows with acquisition

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The firm founded in 1999 recently announced it bought Indianapolis-based Zent Consulting. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Entrepreneur parlays love of cars into successful media companyRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Anthony Schoetle
Donnie Babb's Gauge Media Group started in his basement at tortoise speed but now churns out $2 million in sales with a staff of nine full-time and 15 part-time employees.
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Hotel TV program touts Indianapolis, helps businesses reach travelersRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Indianapolis Visitors Channel, which airs on closed-circuit networks in more than 6,400 area hotel rooms, highlights some of the city’s most popular attractions and promotes local businesses—both through traditional advertising and sponsored features.
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Bob & Tom keep Q95 on a roll even as classic-rock format shows age

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Q95's Tom Griswold and Bob Kevoian have maintained their lofty ratings, keeping the Clear Channel Radio station near the top of the Indianapolis radio market.
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New high-definition technology transforming television advertising in IndianapolisRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Red Digital Cinema Technology gives video producers the ability to shoot in high-definition quality without the expense of film, and local advertisers are taking advantage.
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Format change likely in offing for 107.9 FM

November 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Local radio station WNTR-FM 107.9, known as The Track, has dismissed four staff members and started playing holiday music in what observers say is likely leading to a format change.
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Sign proposed for IBJ building requires public hearing

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The parent company of Indianapolis Business Journal has filed plans to add a sign with an electronic-message component outside the newspaper’s headquarters at 41 E. Washington St.
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WFYI boss elected to national PBS board

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lloyd Wright, president and CEO of WFYI Public Broadcasting, has been elected to the PBS board of directors. He will serve a three-year term.
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Horizon League wins acclaim for its Web-based sports networkRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone never envisioned himself getting into the television business. But that changed in 2004 when he saw a Butler University women’s basketball game being aired on a laptop computer.
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Book will be tribute to late Emmis executive Tom Severino

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Former Emmis Communications Corp. employee Jon Quick is writing a tribute book to the late Tom Severino, vice president and general manager of Emmis’ Indianapolis operations, who lost his battle with lung cancer earlier this year.
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Challenges remain for Emmis despite NASDAQ save

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Shares of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. closed Monday at $1.53, the 10th straight day the stock has finished trading above $1—preserving the company's listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange, but big challenges remain for the locally based owner of radio stations and magazines.
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Emmis stock closes at $1.53, avoids delisting

October 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Shares of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. closed Monday at $1.53, the 10th straight day the stock has finished trading above $1—preserving the company's listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
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WTHR, WISH in dog fight for 11 p.m. news ratingsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The disappointing debut of “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m. on NBC has hammered ratings for the 11 p.m. newscast of local affiliate WTHR-TV Channel 13, cutting its average audience by nearly half. But the Indianapolis NBC affiliate says it will rebound in the fight with its CBS rival because the Leno show has fresh programming year around.
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Two Indianapolis companies offer pro bono work to not-for-profits

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Fund-raising consultant Achieve will provide a year of free coaching or consulting. Advertising and public relations firm TrendyMinds is also accepting applications. The Achieve grant for coaching is valued at $2,000, while the grant for consulting is worth as much as $12,000.
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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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