Radio Stations

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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Live, call-in radio show focuses on Hoosier historyRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Hoosier History Live!" is believed to be the nation’s only live, call-in show about a state’s history. The 5-year-old show has only an estimated 1,000 listeners, but they tend to be those who are passionate about all things Hoosier heritage.
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Former Q-95 executive lands gig in Chicago

June 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Marty Bender, who spent more than 20 years guiding local classic-rock radio powerhouse WFBQ-FM 94.7 as program director before his abrupt firing in 2010, has been hired as at WILV Chicago.
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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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Talk-radio conservative Abdul slated for WIBC-FM lineup

May 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The commentator has been without local show on commercial radio since 2011. He'll find a home on WIBC, which also is preparing to fill its vacant position for news director.
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Woof Boom to acquire 6 area radio stations

May 8, 2013
Mason King
An Indianapolis investor group headed by longtime local radio broadcaster and executive Jerry Chapman will take over operations at the stations, including three in Muncie, on June 1.
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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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'Naptown' rock-radio documentary vying for Emmy

April 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The locally produced film about the golden age of WIBC, WIFE and WNAP will never break even, according to its producer, but an Emmy win would be satisfaction enough.
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Escape artist Bill Shirk can't escape the allure of broadcastingRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Escape artist Bill Shirk has retired his straitjacket, but remains active in radio broadcasting. His firm, Hoosier Broadcasting, in recent years bought a handful of radio stations on the Hawaiian islands and Shirk owns and is investing more money in a Boone County radio station.
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WIBC's Wenck opts to drop mic for sales job at sister station

March 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The afternoon drive-time personality has left the studio but not the building, switching to a sales job with sports-talk station WFNI "The Fan."
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Q&A: 'Mad Dog' enjoying greener pastures with Indianapolis Colts

March 28, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jimmy Matis wasn't sure what he would do when he lost his job after 24 years at Q95, but in this life, he says, "you just have to understand that you constantly have to learn."
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Indy gets first FM sports/talk stationRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Emmis Communications bought a low-power station, boosted its signal and is using it to simulcast The Fan, a format found at AM 1070.
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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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Emmis sells Slovakian radio network for $21 million

February 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. has sold a national radio network in Slovakia to Germany-based Bauer Media Group for $21 million, the locally based media company disclosed Wednesday in a regulatory filing.
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Emmis posts quarterly profit on higher radio revenue

January 10, 2013
The Indianapolis-based media company said Thursday morning that it earned $4.6 million on $53.4 million in revenue. While total revenue was flat, income from Emmis' radio stations increased slightly.
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Sprint first carrier to sign on to FM radio service

January 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Sprint on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement with radio industry representatives that will enable customers to listen to local FM radio stations on their mobile phones. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan was a key negotiator in making the deal.
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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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Radio station WIBC losing programming director

December 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
WIBC-FM 93.1 Program Director Alan Furst told station executives this week that he is leaving to take a job with Radio One’s News 92 FM in Houston.
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Funding cuts may pull plug on school broadcasting

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
In August, Greenfield city officials decided to drastically slash funds for Greenfield-Central High School's broadcasting program. The future of the programs remains in a state of limbo for the 2013-14 school year and beyond.
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WFMS property fetches $625,000 bid in county tax sale

October 8, 2012
Scott Olson
Suburban New Orleans investment firm National Tax Asset Fund LLC placed the bid during the Marion County tax sale that ended Friday. WFMS parent Cumulus Media Inc. owns the property and owes more than $80,000 in back taxes.
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Emmis selling Internet marketing subsidiary

October 4, 2012
The Indianapolis-based media company said it has agreed to sell Emmis Interactive Inc. to Hailey, Idaho-based Marketron Broadcast Solutions.
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Indiana Sports Talk still growing after 18-plus yearsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Statewide syndicated radio show thrives despite doubters, host's heart attack.
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Emmis pays $2.8M in employee bonuses after station sale

September 6, 2012
When Emmis Communications Corp. sold a Los Angeles radio station for $85 million last month, it was good news for every employee at the Indianapolis-based media company.
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Emmis completes sale of L.A. station for $85M

August 23, 2012
Mexico City-based Grupo Radio Centro bought Spanish station KXOS-FM 93.9 after leasing it from Emmis Communications Corp. for three years.
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Emmis buying two radio stations in Terre Haute

August 22, 2012
The Indianapolis-based company said Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase WSDM-FM 92.7 and WSDX-AM 1300 from Crossroads Investments LLC for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is expected to close within 45 to 60 days.
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