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Newcomer banks slice into 'overheated' Indianapolis marketRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Newer entrants are chasing market share with convenient hours, quick decisions and narrower niches of customers.
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WIBC-FM fills vacant drive-time slot

August 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Conservative duo "Chicks on the Right" set to fill slot vacated by Ed Wenck in March at city's top talk station.
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Public broadcasters find cheaper, faster way to share content

July 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The state's eight public TV stations are building an Internet-based video streaming service that could expand their offerings and turbo-charge collaborations. Public radio stations also would benefit.
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Indianapolis Star hit with new round of job cuts

July 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Thirteen employees have been shown the door in the fifth round of layoffs in five years at the state's largest newspaper.
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Indiana tourism spending is fraction of nearby states'

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
As Indiana slashed its tourism budget, Michigan increased its widespread Pure Michigan ad campaign from $17 million to $27.4 million. Illinois, where budget problems have earned the state the nation’s worst credit rating—A3 by Moody’s Investors Service—spends more than twice as much as Michigan.
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Indy tourism officials take aim at close-in target

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New program is designed to lure Indiana residents to capital city with large discounts at hotels, attractions
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger Houston

July 27, 2013
A comparison of convention and tourism cities.
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String of EEOC complaints dogs WTHR

July 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A case brought early this year by the executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13’s former president was the seventh since 2005 by a woman alleging sex discrimination at the NBC affiliate
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WFMS regains radio ratings lead in country showdown

July 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WFMS-FM 95.5 has taken back its Indianapolis country music radio crown from WLHK-FM 97.1 “The Hank,” but barely.
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Former 59 news chief tangled in Asiana-pilot name blunderRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Lee Rosenthal's California station reported incorrect—and racially insensitive—names of the plane’s flight crew. In a graphic, Rosenthal’s station listed names that actually were crude phonetic jokes.
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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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Newspaper for college Greeks in rush to hire

July 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing Olympia Media Group plans to hire at least 15 more employees in the next two months—the majority in the next two weeks—as it expands into new markets and rebuilds its strategy for digital content.
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Fox59 hopes for ratings bump in Hoosier Lottery drawing deal

July 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lottery ping-pong balls will be flying this fall at the studios of WXIN-TV Channel 59, which has secured a contract to air live drawings for the Daily 3 and Daily 4 games.
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IndyCar racing to line up sponsors to replace Izod

July 13, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series’ quest to find a presenting sponsor that could eventually replace Izod as title sponsor—a task series officials earlier this year called their top sales priority—has taken a blow.
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NewsBlues blog takes dig at former news chief at WXINRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Lee Rosenthal's new TV station in San Francisco was breathlessly promotional about its coverage of the Asiana Airlines crash.
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Star negotiating HQ move to former Nordstrom at Circle Centre

July 10, 2013
Scott Olson
The newspaper's publisher confirmed it's closing in on a deal to occupy the space after IBJ reported earlier Wednesday that the Star was considering a move to Circle Centre mall.
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Sharper minds coming to TV production truck?Restricted Content

July 6, 2013
Ball State University next month will launch what’s believed to be the nation’s first-ever digital sports production major.
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Salesforce entices ExactTarget execs with $20M in awards

July 3, 2013
Dan Human
Salesforce.com has extended job offers to ExactTarget Inc.'s top brass—and sweetened the pot by dangling awards of restricted stock topping $20 million.
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Kokomo eatery featured on 'Restaurant Impossible'

July 2, 2013
Associated Press
Ducky's Family Restaurant had been a staple in Kokomo for 50-plus years, but recent struggles earned it a spot on the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible."
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Actor who played ghoulish TV host Sammy Terry dies

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Bob Carter's Sammy Terry character was a fixture of Indianapolis television from 1962 to 1989, beginning each episode of "Nightmare Theater" on WTTV-TV by climbing out of a coffin with a trademark fiendish chuckle, wearing a blood-red cape and skullcap, and green makeup on his face.
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MCL enlists star power for TV commercialsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Last month, Los Angeles-based film producer/director Steve Zukerman filmed commercials inside an MCL Restaurant and Bakery at Allisonville Road and 86th Street and in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
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David and Marilyn Shank are survivors in PR industry

June 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over the last quarter century, the husband-wife duo has outlived a number of bigger and slicker competitors, even as the Great Recession decimated some bigger PR and advertising shops.
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Emmis Communications rebounds with profitable quarter

June 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Company shares surged Friday morning after the company said it earned $3.7 million in the quarter ended May 31, compared with a loss of $5 million last year.
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Weatherman Wright feels wronged, leaving WTHR, report says

June 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 13's chief meteorologist and 10-time Emmy winner reportedly was offered a pay cut and lesser role to make room for Angela Buchman.
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IBJ collects 8 national awards for print, online journalism

June 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Honored work included Cory Schouten's investigation of problems at the Indy Land Bank, Anthony Schoettle's scoop on the ouster of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and Greg Andrews' Behind the News columns.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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