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Failed bid to take Emmis private costing millions

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's JS Acquisition LLC has racked up takeover expenses of $10.2 million, a figure that's sure to escalate now that JS Acquisition is suing its one-time financier for backing out of the deal.
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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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UPDATE: Large debt load will continue to weigh on Emmis

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis, which has been awash in red ink, must contend with more than $340 million in debt after CEO Jeff Smulyan failed in his attempt to purchase the company and take it private.
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Emmis CEO calls off bid to take firm private

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis Communications Corp. will remain a public company after executives announced Thursday morning that CEO Jeff Smulyan has abandoned his efforts to buy the Indianapolis-based media firm.
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Another day, another delay for Emmis going-private vote

September 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan delayed a shareholder vote Friday morning, for the eighth time overall and second time in 24 hours, on a proposed deal to take the company private.
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Smulyan delays Emmis buyout vote for 7th time

September 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan delayed a vote again on his plan to take the company private. But shareholders of the Indianapolis-based radio company will gather Friday morning at 8:30 to decide the fate of Smulyan's $90 million buyout bid.
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Equity firm withdraws support for revised Emmis deal

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
A Monday morning announcement from Alden Global Capital puts CEO Jeff Smulyan's efforts to take Emmis private in real jeopardy. His attempts to sway preferred shareholders already have failed five times.
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Emmis privatization effort still on hold

August 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local media company still discussing deal with dissident shareholders, who refused to vote Friday evening. A new date for another shareholders meeting is to be announced Monday.
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Emmis again delays vote to go private

August 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The media company schedules another meeting for Aug. 27—what will be the fourth in five weeks—in hopes of gaining enough votes to take company off the public market.
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Judge rules against Emmis shareholders, allows sale

July 27, 2010
Shareholders sued to temporarily block the sale of the public company, which is set to be acquired by JS Acquisition LLC, a private company formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan.
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Judge hears arguments challenging Emmis sale

July 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Common shareholders are challenging the proposed acquisition of the company by closely held JS Acquisition LLC, formed by Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeffrey H. Smulyan in an effort to take it private.
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WFBQ parent axes 'Bob & Tom' producer

July 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Programming executive and producer Marty Bender was let go from the popular radio show in apparent budget-cutting move.
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Suitor extends tender offer for Emmis

June 24, 2010
Associated Press
JS Acquisition Inc., a company owned by Emmis Communications CEO Jeffrey Smulyan, extended its buyout offer to July 30.
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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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Smulyan buyout plan could take Emmis full circleRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Greg Andrews
The going-private deal he worked out—with New York-based Alden Global Capital—could result in another public offering five years from now.
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UPDATE: Lawsuits could still go forward, despite Emmis deal

May 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Company shareholders challenging the transaction to sell Emmis Communications Corp. still could be awarded damages despite the board's decision to OK the deal, lawyer says.
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CEO Smulyan gets OK to take Emmis private

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Emmis Communications Corp. agreed to be acquired for about $90 million by closely held JS Acquisition LLC, a company formed by Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan.
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Sports talk host JMV lands at Emmis station

May 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
JMV's new show, "The Ride," will run weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m starting Monday.
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Shareholders sue to block deal to take Emmis private

May 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
The lawsuits, filed in Marion Superior Court, say board members have breached fiduciary duties by making no recommendation on deal that, they say, will enrich Chairman Jeff Smulyan at the expense of minority shareholders.
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Missed payments force Emmis to add independent directors

April 16, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Preferred stockholders, owed about $14 million after six consecutive quarters of missed dividends, will elect two new members to media firm's board at its July 14th annual meeting.
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Columnist Kravitz dropped from radio show

March 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Sports columnist Bob Kravitz made his final appearance on The Fan's afternoon radio show on Monday. Emmis Communications Corp. executives said the decision was based, in part, on the show's "financial performance."
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Hungarian court's decision favors Emmis

January 19, 2010
The court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Emmis in its bid to get a popular radio station it operates in Hungary back on the air.
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Q95 fires 'Mad Dog' Matis

January 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
An employee of WFBQ-FM 94.7 since 1986, popular radio personality Jimmy "Mad Dog" Matis has been dismissed.
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Hungarian court decision could favor Emmis station

January 6, 2010
A Hungary radio station operated by Emmis until late last year might broadcast again following a court decision.
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Radio giant Citadel files for bankruptcy protection

December 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Las Vegas-based Citadel Broadcasting, which owns three radio stations in Indiana, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday in an effort to restructure its hefty debt load.
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