Media & Marketing

As commercial stations sputter, WFYI hits the gasRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The city’s public radio and television stations are more than holding their own, even as their commercial brethren continue to suffer from a now-5-year-old economic swoon.
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Tribune Broadcasting and DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have regained access to a host of channels that had been blacked out since Sunday because of a contract impasse with Tribune Broadcasting.
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Emmis sues Hungary for political interference in radio bids

April 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Hungary is being sued for political interference in awarding radio licenses, renewing doubts over press freedoms in the nation as the government tries to convince the European Union that it respects media independence.
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Wall Street observers blast Emmis plan to ax preferred shares

April 2, 2012
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications Corp.'s effort to strip its preferred shareholders of their rights and avoid forking over about $10 million in unpaid dividends is drawing sharp criticism from top market observers, including a columnist for The New York Times.
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal

April 1, 2012
Associated Press
Tribune Broadcasting said there's been no settlement with DirecTV Inc. in their contract negotiations, which means DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have lost access to certain programming.
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Ex-grocery exec Danny O'Malia providing service advice to sports franchisesRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Danny O'Malia, longtime leader of his family's Indianapolis-based grocery store business, now offers his customer-service-driven advice through his own consulting firm.
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Deal puts Farm Bureau's name on downtown concert venue

March 27, 2012
Farm Bureau Insurance is putting its name on outdoor concert venue The Lawn at White River State Park under a sponsorship agreement with event promoter Live Nation Entertainment, the companies announced Tuesday.
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'Repo Games' TV show to feature Indiana contestants

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson will be heavily featured in a game show that gives residents who are facing a repossession a chance to have their vehicle paid off on the spot by answering questions correctly.
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Emmis asks judge to rule on legality of stock plan

March 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis media company has filed a lawsuit that could prevent preferred shareholders from mounting a court challenge of the plan that would strip them of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends.
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Pacers George Hill, Paul George launch fan zone, TV showRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
The duo partnered with Gatorade on the promotion, one of the benefits of which is the opportunity to buy a special five-game ticket package.
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Star union gains raises, can't stop job cuts

March 19, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
After a months long Save The Star campaign, the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild last week ratified a contract guaranteeing its members raises of between 2 percent and 4 percent. But the union lost the fight to save local design jobs.
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Colleges ramp up Statehouse media coverageRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Student-reporting programs at Franklin College, Butler University aid cash-strapped newspapers statewide.
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Motorsports marketing firm launches strategy divisionRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
The move by Zionsville-based Just Marketing International reflects growing client demand for measuring return on investment from motorsports sponsorships.
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Supporters say fines will give teeth to Indiana access law

March 16, 2012
Associated Press
A bill approved by lawmakers allows judges to order civil fines of up to $500 against open-records law violators. Gov. Mitch Daniels has until Tuesday to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
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Local newpaper publisher rolls out Zionsville edition

March 16, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Pushed by advertiser demand, a local company this month is launching a weekly newspaper in Zionsville. Current Publishing now will have started five newspapers in five years despite a difficult environment for newspapers.
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Emmis vote could deal blow to preferred shareholders

March 14, 2012
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications is calling a special meeting where investors will be asked to eliminate the right of preferred stockholders to receive millions of dollars in dividends. The firm also seeks approval for a reverse stock split that would prevent a looming NASDAQ delisting.
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USA Track & Field repeals controversial rules

March 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
USA Track & Field has repealed restrictions on uniform advertising that angered athletes across the country, but it remains to be seen whether athletes will take advantage of their renewed freedom.
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Local graphics firm Pratt acquired by Minnesota company

March 13, 2012
Pratt Corp., a 66-year-old Indianapolis-based retail graphics firm that saw ambitious expansion plans come up short during the recession, has been acquired by Vomela Group of St. Paul, Minn.
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Will Manning remain an Indianapolis icon? It's his call

March 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin, J.K. Wall
While Manning will likely always be remembered as an Indianapolis Colt, his time as informal city representative is over, according to sports marketing experts. And it will be up to Manning whether he resumes the association after his retirement.
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Local businesses open wallets for tornado relief

March 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Spurred by fundraising campaigns by local television stations, more than $1 million has been raised to help victims of last week's devastating tornadoes in southern Indiana. In addition to doing a good thing, the stations are getting a marketing boost from their efforts.
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Emmis plans to appeal looming NASDAQ delisting

March 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. has failed to comply with requirements to remain on the NASDAQ exchange, but the Indianapolis-based media firm said it plans another attempt to avoid being delisted from the well-known stock index.
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Star settles age-discrimination suit with ex-columnist

March 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Former columnist Susan Guyett, 63, sued the Star and its owner, Virginia-based Gannett Co., in April 2010, alleging that her age led to her dismissal in December 2008.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Ad exec boils down rules for success

March 2, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Bryant_WatchVideoBruce Bryant founded Promotus Advertising with little experience as an entrepreneur. Through mentors, biblical scripture and hard-won experience, he has culled several tenets for staying solvent and keeping a clear head.
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Speedway's plan for roundabout hits snag over billboard

February 27, 2012
Scott Olson
The Speedway Redevelopment Commission is threatening eminent domain against Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. because the billboard company won't relinquish its lease rights at a key intersection.
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Gannett to build online pay wall for newspaper content

February 23, 2012
Bloomberg News
Gannett Co., the owner of 82 daily newspapers including The Indianapolis Star, will adopt a paid model for online content by the end of the year, the company announced at an investment conference Wednesday.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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