Media & Marketing

Former Q-95 executive lands gig in Chicago

June 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Marty Bender, who spent more than 20 years guiding local classic-rock radio powerhouse WFBQ-FM 94.7 as program director before his abrupt firing in 2010, has been hired as at WILV Chicago.
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Fox59 losing anchor to Texas station

June 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Square-jawed news veteran Walt Maciborski will step down from the 5 p.m. newscast on Friday to take a similar gig in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas.
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Hank FM lassoes ratings crown from rival WFMS

May 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WLHK-FM 97.1 “Hank FM" has put a backwoods butt-whupping on country rival WFMS-FM 95.5 to take the No. 1 spot in the metro Indianapolis radio market.
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DialAmerica plans local call center with 170 workers

May 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
DialAmerica said Wednesday that it has opened the facility near Interstate 465 and Michigan Road on the city’s northwest side, giving the company 24 call centers in 14 different states.
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TV ratings droop near all-time low for Indy 500

May 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
ABC-TV's telecast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday earned a 3.7 rating nationwide, one of the race's worst ratings performances in recent history.
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Indianapolis Indians seeking new ad agencyRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Hirons & Co. has held the contract for 10 years. But earlier this year, the Indians decided it was time to see if Hirons or another agency had new ideas.
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ESPN counting on story lines to sell Indy 500

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
There is no shortage of compelling story lines accompanying Sunday's race, leaving television executives feeling confident about another bump in viewership this year.
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Fox59 lands news director from Grand Rapids

May 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Kerri Cavanaugh will replace Lee Rosenthal, who oversaw a major expansion of Fox59's news programming.
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WISH-TV rakes in bucks with city's only locally produced lifestyle showRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Indy Style"--an hour’s worth of TV programming on everything from recipes to music to fitness to screen-door-repair tips--fills its show with guests who are a combination of invited guests, sponsors and one-time-only advertisers.
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Animation firm recognized for children's bookRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
The youthful animators at The Basement have won the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards’ silver award for their first children’s e-book, “Every Walrus Can Fly.”
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Critical questions follow reviewer's departure from Indy Star

May 17, 2013
Lou Harry
The state's largest newspaper is mum on whether reviews will continue after the Friday resignation of its fine arts critic. Arts organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
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Talk-radio conservative Abdul slated for WIBC-FM lineup

May 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The commentator has been without local show on commercial radio since 2011. He'll find a home on WIBC, which also is preparing to fill its vacant position for news director.
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WRTV adds Avon native to its weather team

May 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff
WRTV Channel 6 has hired central Indiana native Kyle Mounce as its newest meteorologist, the Indianapolis TV station announced Monday night.
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Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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Whitsett goes big with Star project

May 10, 2013
Scott Olson
A local developer plans to tear down part of the Indianapolis Star’s downtown headquarters while saving most of the building in a redevelopment that calls for 350 apartments—more units than the massive CityWay.
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WISH-TV fills vacant anchor slot with Hoosier native

May 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lori Wilson, an Indiana University graduate, was most recently an anchor in Philadelphia—a city she may have a hard time forgetting, according to various media reports.
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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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Art imitates life in commercial based on Kosene family

May 7, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Former Indianapolis filmmaker Alex Kosene bases the story in a local advertising shoot for a Swiss watchmaker on his relationship with his developer dad.
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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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WRTV adding employees, expanding newscasts

May 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lagging in the ratings, the local station is aiming for an uptick under new ownership with a morning news show on weekends.
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'Naptown' rock-radio documentary vying for Emmy

April 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The locally produced film about the golden age of WIBC, WIFE and WNAP will never break even, according to its producer, but an Emmy win would be satisfaction enough.
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Escape artist Bill Shirk can't escape the allure of broadcastingRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Escape artist Bill Shirk has retired his straitjacket, but remains active in radio broadcasting. His firm, Hoosier Broadcasting, in recent years bought a handful of radio stations on the Hawaiian islands and Shirk owns and is investing more money in a Boone County radio station.
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WTHR exec accused of discrimination lands new gig

April 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WTHR's John Cardenas, who was recently accused of sexual discrimination by his former executive assistant, has been named vice president of news for Dispatch Broadcast Group, the station's parent company.
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Young & Laramore launches all-digital campaign for Scotts

April 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The growing preference for online-based advertising, exemplified by Y&L's new campaign for the national lawn-care service, is helping sow the seeds of traditional media's decline.
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