Radio Ratings

Hip-hop still on top, but Emmis crowds next spots

April 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Three Emmis Communications Corp. stations in February were near the top in local radio ratings, behind only Radio One’s No. 1 rated WHHH-FM 96.3, in the broad category of listeners age 6 and up.
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Indy hip-hop station dethrones country crooners in radio ratings

March 6, 2014
Chris O'Malley
WHHH-FM rises to the top of the dial with some recent fine-tuning, and as the top two country stations in the market duke it out for listeners.
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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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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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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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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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Quirky campaign aims to win new listeners for WFYIRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
National Public Radio is spending $750,000 on an aggressive advertising campaign designed to boost its audience in four test cities, including Indianapolis, by pointing out the wide variety of people who listen to public radio.
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Listener surveys are routine, WIBC saysRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Conservative talk radio station says it won't turn to more moderate programming, though some stations have adjusted their mix.
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Bold challenge to country giant WFMS paying off for HankRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
After more than two decades as one of the Indianapolis market’s top ratings- and revenue-generators, country radio station WFMS-FM 95.5 is getting some serious competition from relative newcomer WLHK-FM 97.1—popularly known as Hank.
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Wheat out as local Cumulus market manager

May 2, 2012
Atlanta-based Cumulus has eliminated its local market manager position. Locally, Cumulus operates top-10 radio stations WJJK-FM 104.5 and WFMS-FM 95.5.
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The Fan winning sports-talk radio war by wide marginRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Radio station WFNI-AM 1070 is challenging some FM music stations in the battle for male listeners.
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'Abdul in the Morning' show to end Friday

August 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz said his morning radio show on WXNT-AM 1430 will be replaced by the syndicated "Wall Street Journal Report" on Monday in a cost-cutting decision by Entercom Communications Corp.
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WXLW beats odds to stay in sports-talk radioRestricted Content

March 26, 2011
Anthony Schoetle
Small Franklin station has survived loss of ESPN affiliation, emergence of better-funded competitors.
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New tool shuffles radio ratingsRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A new method of measuring radio listening habits has shaken up local station ratings, sending radio operators scrambling to re-evaluate formats and ad pricing.
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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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JMV already boosting The Fan's ad revenue

June 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Even before ratings arrive, WFNI-AM 1070 officials said they have signed two major advertisers this month due to the recent hire of new afternoon host JMV.
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Local Hispanic newscaster launching radio show

June 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Marco Dominguez turns to WNTS-AM 1590 after the Hispanic daily television news program he launched last year folded.
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New electronic radio ratings system rattling nervesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local radio operators are bracing for a potential ratings shake-up. The introduction of Arbitron Co.'s Portable People Meter in the Indianapolis market this summer is expected to tighten the ratings race and could dramatically affect how much advertisers are willing to pay for radio spots.
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Patrick's return may reshuffle sports-talk ad spendingRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local advertisers and media buyers said they’ll keep a close eye on the first half of 2010 to see how Patrick, who launched his show Jan. 4, matches up against WFNI-AM 1070’s afternoon drive time show.
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Radio station WNTR-FM launches interactive format

December 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
WNTR-FM 107.9 has scrapped "The Track" format and tries new approach with an emphasis on listener requests.
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Bob & Tom keep Q95 on a roll even as classic-rock format shows age

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Q95's Tom Griswold and Bob Kevoian have maintained their lofty ratings, keeping the Clear Channel Radio station near the top of the Indianapolis radio market.
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Local radio ratings race tightening

October 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The latest Arbitron Inc. radio ratings show the central Indiana market is becoming far more competitive, with the top stations separated only by fractions of a point. WFMS-FM slipped, but remained No. 1, while urban stations WHHH-FM and WTLC-FM climbed into the next two spots.
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New Emmis exec Charlie Morgan faces big challenges as he re-enters radioRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
When local radio industry veteran Charlie Morgan stepped down as president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions last month, it could’ve appeared he was trying to escape the daunting problems of open-wheel racing. Unless you considered where he was going.
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WNDE holds off sports-talk upstart in ratings despite marketing push, high-profile co-hostRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Longtime sports/talk station WNDE-AM 1260 has beaten back newcomer WFNI-AM 1070 in a critical listener demographic despite WFNI's extensive promotion of hosts Eddie White and Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz.

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Changing radio formats changes ratings resultsRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Numerous format changes late last year caused a major shake-up in the first-quarter survey results of central Indiana's radio-listening habits.
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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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