Media & Marketing

Sales of NBA floor space off to slow start

December 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indiana Pacers were the first NBA team to jump on the opportunity to sell advertising on the court. So far, just two other teams have followed suit.
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Radio station adds Dennis Miller in conservative-talk battle

November 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Freedom 95 has picked up comedian and commentator Dennis Miller as it tries to gain market share among conservative talk fans. But they'll have to stay up late to hear him.
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Knox handing over WISH anchor desk to newcomer Wilson

November 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The North Central High School grad has big shoes to fill as Knox retires after nearly four decades at Channel 8.
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Weekend anchor Pence, producer out at WTHR

November 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Nicole Pence, a rising star at WTHR-TV Channel 13 and the niece of Gov. Mike Pence, reportedly has been fired from the station.
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WISH-TV blows away rivals in storm-coverage ratings

November 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 8 earned bragging rights as the most-watched weather source during the tornado strikes on Sunday, although the Chicago Bears might have helped draw eyeballs.
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Digital marketer growing Indy headquarters

November 18, 2013
Dan Human
StrataBlue plans to hire 25 people in early 2014 as the firm adds services.
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Airport terminal's striking architecture attracts film crews

November 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The airport has hosted in the last few years about a dozen shoots, for everything from magazine covers to television commercials to pilots for short films.
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Faces changing on local TV newsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Several new faces have been appearing on local television news broadcasts.
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Longtime insurance watchdog ends 40-year-old newsletter

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Insurance Forum, an independent newsletter based in central Indiana and read by industry leaders and consumer advocates across the continent, has placed its last issue in the mail.
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Menard lawyers question Trump's value as spokeswoman

November 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
Attorneys for John Menard questioned how valuable Melania Trump actually is as a celebrity spokeswoman during an ongoing trial over a skincare marketing deal gone sour.
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Menard-Trump trial lays bare celeb-endorsement business

November 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
Testimony in the first day of a trial over a contract dispute between Melania Trump, John Menard and Steve Hilbert also involved former Miss America Katie Stam, the Kardashian sisters and the former manager of the Menards store in Avon.
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Q&A: Local TV news legend Knox rewinds career

November 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Preparing to retire from the WISH-TV on Nov. 26, Debby Knox recounts the stories that made the biggest impact on her, and what would make her feel more optimistic about the future of TV news.
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Hamilton County tourism getting sweeping updateRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Officials tout sophistication, Internet focus in attempt to shed folksy image.
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Pet show barking to audiences in six states; more markets on tap

November 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis-based pets TV show now seen in six states is galloping off in search of new territory—much like a fearless puppy.
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Klipsch bolsters marketing with rollout of Gig mini-speaker

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The homegrown speaker and headphone maker Klipsch Group in recent weeks released a bevy of new products and launched a marketing campaign headlined by high-profile athletes and a rock band.
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Pacers hire sports writer, exec Bill Benner as senior VP

November 6, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Longtime Indianapolis sports journalist and executive has left the Horizon League to join Pacers Sports & Entertainment as senior vice president of corporate, community and public relations.
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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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FCC fines Greenfield broadcaster for transmitting from silo

October 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The signal from Hoosier Public Radio Corp. interferred with an aircraft radio frequency, according to the federal agency.
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Pence touts media shield work at AP conference

October 28, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Monday told journalists that he's continuing to push for a federal media shield law and told them to press for suspension of the federal health care law.
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Tech deal escalates battle of titans

October 26, 2013
Dan Human
The CEOs and of four cloud marketing companies--two national and two local--might make Indianapolis into a bridge between two feuding Silicon Valley giants. Or put the city in the middle of an aggressive arms race in one of the tech industry’s hottest markets—cloud marketing.
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Rupert's horror flick to make local-theater debutRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
The short film series “Rupert Boneham’s Frightmares,” produced by locally based Adrenaline Motion Pictures, will have a local debut at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Studio Movie Grill.
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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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Cox signing off at WRTV after 36 years covering city

October 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
At 65, bespectacled Statehouse reporter Norman Cox has covered seven Indiana governors and a slew of the biggest events in recent Indianapolis history.
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Colts' victory over Broncos reaps ratings bonanza in Indianapolis

October 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
At one point, about 80 percent of the households in Indy watching TV Sunday night were tuned to Peyton Manning's spoiled homecoming.
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Emmis to reduce debt by repaying loan with extra cash flow

October 21, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based operator of radio stations expects free cash flow after capital expenditures to be about $14 million this year, said CEO Jeffrey Smulyan.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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