Emmis Communications

Emmis earnings signal improving radio business

May 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. turned a profit in its latest fiscal quarter, rebounding from a big loss in the same period of the previous year.
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Woof Boom to acquire 6 area radio stations

May 8, 2013
Mason King
An Indianapolis investor group headed by longtime local radio broadcaster and executive Jerry Chapman will take over operations at the stations, including three in Muncie, on June 1.
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Station that switched to sports-talk strikes out in first inning

May 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WXNT-AM says the mass exodus of its news-talk listener base was to be expected during transition to CBS Sports radio content.
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WIBC's Wenck opts to drop mic for sales job at sister station

March 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The afternoon drive-time personality has left the studio but not the building, switching to a sales job with sports-talk station WFNI "The Fan."
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Q&A: 'Mad Dog' enjoying greener pastures with Indianapolis Colts

March 28, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jimmy Matis wasn't sure what he would do when he lost his job after 24 years at Q95, but in this life, he says, "you just have to understand that you constantly have to learn."
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Indy gets first FM sports/talk stationRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Emmis Communications bought a low-power station, boosted its signal and is using it to simulcast The Fan, a format found at AM 1070.
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Emmis sells Slovakian radio network for $21 million

February 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. has sold a national radio network in Slovakia to Germany-based Bauer Media Group for $21 million, the locally based media company disclosed Wednesday in a regulatory filing.
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Emmis executive a technology pioneerRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Brenner, chief technology officer for Emmis Communications Corp., is largely credited with pioneering two recent technological breakthroughs that could pump badly needed revenue into the radio industry.
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Emmis' well-paid CEO signs on for 3 more yearsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Greg Andrews
CEO Jeff Smulyan's supporters praise him for repositioning Emmis during a harrowing stretch for the media industry. Detractors complain about his hefty compensation.
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Emmis posts quarterly profit on higher radio revenue

January 10, 2013
The Indianapolis-based media company said Thursday morning that it earned $4.6 million on $53.4 million in revenue. While total revenue was flat, income from Emmis' radio stations increased slightly.
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Sprint first carrier to sign on to FM radio service

January 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Sprint on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement with radio industry representatives that will enable customers to listen to local FM radio stations on their mobile phones. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan was a key negotiator in making the deal.
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After cutting debt, Emmis lines up $100M refinancing

December 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based media company had been carrying debt far above market rates, some as high as 23 percent. It also was facing tens of millions of dollars in debt maturities in 2013 and 2014.
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Radio station WIBC losing programming director

December 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
WIBC-FM 93.1 Program Director Alan Furst told station executives this week that he is leaving to take a job with Radio One’s News 92 FM in Houston.
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Emmis’ quarterly profit rises on sale of station

October 11, 2012
Much of Emmis' profit stemmed from the Aug. 23 sale of KXOS-FM in Los Angeles for $85.5 million, from which the company reported a gain from discontinued operations of $32.8 million.
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Emmis selling Internet marketing subsidiary

October 4, 2012
The Indianapolis-based media company said it has agreed to sell Emmis Interactive Inc. to Hailey, Idaho-based Marketron Broadcast Solutions.
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'80s anti-takeover law helped sow Emmis winRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indiana Business Corporation Law—enacted to help Hoosier companies fight off a wave of attacks by corporate raiders—gives boards of directors unusually broad authority to exercise judgment as they see fit.
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Emmis pays $2.8M in employee bonuses after station sale

September 6, 2012
When Emmis Communications Corp. sold a Los Angeles radio station for $85 million last month, it was good news for every employee at the Indianapolis-based media company.
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Emmis vote strips preferred shareholders of dividends

September 4, 2012
Scott Olson
The Tuesday vote by shareholders to wipe out $34 million in unpaid dividends to preferred shareholders follows a judge's Friday decision to deny a request by the preferred shareholders to prevent a vote on the proposal.
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Judge gives Emmis OK to hold shareholder vote

August 31, 2012
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Friday gave Emmis Communications Corp. the green light to proceed with a shareholder vote that could wipe out $34 million in unpaid preferred shareholder dividends.
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Emmis completes sale of L.A. station for $85M

August 23, 2012
Mexico City-based Grupo Radio Centro bought Spanish station KXOS-FM 93.9 after leasing it from Emmis Communications Corp. for three years.
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Emmis buying two radio stations in Terre Haute

August 22, 2012
The Indianapolis-based company said Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase WSDM-FM 92.7 and WSDX-AM 1300 from Crossroads Investments LLC for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is expected to close within 45 to 60 days.
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Emmis agrees to sell two magazines for $9M

August 16, 2012
The publications, Country Sampler and Smart Retailer, together generated $1 million in operating income during the 12-month period ended May 31, according to a public filing. The transaction is expected to close by Sept. 30.
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Emmis to delay shareholder vote until judge rules

August 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Emmis Communications Corp. told a U.S. judge it will delay a scheduled Aug. 14 shareholder vote that could wipe out $34 million in unpaid preferred stockholder dividends until after she rules on a bid to block the balloting.
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Emmis shareholders fight bylaw changes on dividends

July 31, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Investors asked U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis for an order blocking a special meeting at which Emmis shareholders will be asked to approve bylaw changes wiping out more than $34 million in accrued and unpaid preferred stock dividends.
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Quarterly profit, revenue slides at Emmis

July 12, 2012
The Indianapolis-based media company reported a larger loss on falling revenue in its fiscal first quarter, mostly due to the sale of a group of radio stations and cheaper advertising rates.
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