Jeff Smulyan

Conversations with a spectrum of big thinkers

September 27, 2014
Welcome to IBJ's inaugural Interview Issue, featuring dozens of Indy bigwigs and up-and-comers. Which top banker escaped a tough neighborhood? How does a Democrat exist in an ecosystem of conservative talk radio? Who launched a soccer team and invented Schlabst? Check it out.
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Emmis acquiring two New York radio stations for $131 million

February 11, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The purchase from YMF Media will bulk up Emmis' presence in the nation's largest radio market and is projected to double the company's radio station operating income.
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Emmis' Smulyan honored as 'giant of broadcasting"Restricted Content

October 26, 2013
The Library of American Broadcasting gave the award at a ceremony in New York City this month.
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Emmis sees coupons as next frontier for radio appsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An app that would allow smartphones to receive FM radio signals like a transistor radio has been hailed as a way to help stations recapture listeners who fled to Web-based music streaming services.
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Lawsuit: Smulyan angling for Emmis buyoutRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Greg Andrews
Jeff Smulyan has been considering a new plan to buy out other Emmis Communications Corp. shareholders—a deal that could clear the way for him to finally take the Indianapolis media company private. But Emmis’ founder and CEO insists he has no plans to do so.
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Pacers owner teams with Smulyan to buy Emmis stock

May 21, 2012
A partnership of Herb Simon and Jeff Smulyan filed plans to buy up to an additional 1 million shares of Emmis Communications Corp. at no more than $2 apiece.
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Emmis decision to pay CEO legal fees illegal, financier says

February 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Alden Global Capital, a firm Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan is suing for backing out of a deal to finance his efforts to take Emmis private, charges that a $200,000 loan Emmis made to pay his legal fees violates the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
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Emmis surges as industry anticipates radio sale

January 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications’ share price soared 42 percent on Wednesday, a day after the company reiterated that it is “actively pursuing” the sale of some assets. CEO Jeff Smulyan says it's impossible to call a station sale imminent, but shares gained another 13 percent on Thursday.
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Smulyan fails to take Emmis private

December 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Jeff Smulyan in 2010 tried for the second time in four years to take Emmis Communications Corp. private, only to see a group of dissident investors band together to block the deal at the 11th hour.
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Soldiering on, Emmis' Smulyan mulls station sales to cut debtRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
The CEO thinks Emmis could cast off some big-market stations, raising ample cash to pay off the company’s bank debt before it comes due in November 2013.
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Smulyan-led firm sues backer over failed Emmis deal

September 15, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Emmis Communications Corp. CEO Jeff Smulyan’s JS Acquisition LLC is suing its one-time financier for backing out of a deal to take the Indianapolis-based media company private.
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Emmis' Smulyan wants FM radio tuners in cell phonesRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Congress is expected this fall to debate the idea of mandating the inclusion of tuners, a move that could boost the struggling radio industry.
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UPDATE: Large debt load will continue to weigh on Emmis

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis, which has been awash in red ink, must contend with more than $340 million in debt after CEO Jeff Smulyan failed in his attempt to purchase the company and take it private.
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Smulyan delays Emmis buyout vote again

September 8, 2010
A Wednesday evening shareholders meeting has been postponed until Thursday at 8:30 a.m., when the Emmis CEO again will try to take the company private.
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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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Equity firm withdraws support for revised Emmis deal

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
A Monday morning announcement from Alden Global Capital puts CEO Jeff Smulyan's efforts to take Emmis private in real jeopardy. His attempts to sway preferred shareholders already have failed five times.
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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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Finish Line founders giving up their extra voting powerRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Greg Andrews
The influence of founders’ families in public companies usually wanes over time. But few firms accelerate the process, as Finish Line is doing.
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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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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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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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Smulyan buyout plan could take Emmis full circleRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Greg Andrews
The going-private deal he worked out—with New York-based Alden Global Capital—could result in another public offering five years from now.
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Emmis finds loophole for board on Smulyan buyout

May 1, 2010
Greg Andrews
State law normally requires board approval for buyouts. But the language cited in the letter of intent provides an exception for conflicts of interest or special circumstances.
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