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Profit dips for Emmis despite boost from new stations

July 9, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The needle on radio revenue spiked in the first quarter for the Indianapolis broadcasting and publishing firm, but profit sank.
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WIBC taking big risk by weaving news with opinionsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The decision earlier this month by WIBC-FM 93.1 to part ways with longtime newsman and host Steve Simpson has many radio listeners and advertisers wondering if straight-up news radio is dead.
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Emmis acquires majority stake in software firm

June 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. said Monday that it acquired a controlling interest in Indianapolis-based pricing software firm Digonex Technologies Inc. in a deal worth about $5 million.
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Simpson out as WIBC morning host, conservative Katz in wings

June 13, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Steve Simpson was informed Friday that his contract would not be renewed by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp., which owns WIBC. Newsman Simpson will be replaced by conservative talk show host Tony Katz.
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Radio personality Vaughn files suit against WTLC parent

June 10, 2014
Mason King
Kelly Vaughn alleges in a federal discrimination lawsuit that Radio One showed preferential treatment to male co-worker Amos Brown by firing her but retaining him after they worked on an outside project.
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Emmis mag sues New York Times over editor hire

April 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
Texas Monthly, the award-winning magazine owned by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp., says the Times hired away its top editor to join the newspaper's magazine division before his contract expired.
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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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Emmis cranks up volume on fourth quarter revenue

April 3, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Rumors of radio's demise appear to be greatly exaggerated, at least for Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. Revenue for its radio and publishing arms continue to improve.
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WFYI-FM completes ‘Morning Edition’ teamRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Don Hibschweiler joins Sharon Alseth as co-anchor of "Morning Edition," which runs from 5-10 a.m. on weekdays.
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Emmis employees to get bonuses after court case

March 11, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Emmis Communications Corp. said it will make good on a previously announced employee-retention plan that will shower 598 employees with $3.24 million in company stock.
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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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Emmis wins latest battle in unpaid-dividend case

March 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Plaintiffs in the case had sought $34 million in unpaid dividends. Shareholders had voted in 2012 to wipe away the obligation, at the request of management.
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Emmis acquiring two New York radio stations for $131 million

February 11, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The purchase from YMF Media will bulk up Emmis' presence in the nation's largest radio market and is projected to double the company's radio station operating income.
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Fishers to get Christian station as radio format grows in Indy

January 24, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Elkhart powerhouse WFRN-FM will transmit its Christian music and educational programming via a broadcast tower and version tailored specifically for the Fishers area.
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Emmis fine-tuning FM radio app for automobiles

January 16, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis broadcasting company is in talks with automakers to marry its NextRadio app to car dashboards, creating a two-way conversation between listeners and stations.
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Podcasting allows DJs to carry on, without a radio stationRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Longtime disc jockeys Jason Hammer and Nigel Laskowski are free from the corporate overlords of modern radio, these days operating their own podcast after having lost their full-time on-air gigs.
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Emmis turns profit despite sluggish radio revenue growth

January 9, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The Indy-based media firm held steady despite headwinds in radio advertising sales. Its publishing division, which includes Indianapolis Monthly, provided a welcome boost.
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Smulyan grooving to debt-reduction rhythmRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff

Emmis Communications Corp. founder and CEO Jeff Smulyan recently told Billboard that getting a better grip on debt after the Great Recession “is probably the most gratifying thing of my career.”

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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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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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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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Radio One alleges ex-WTLC DJ violated 'payola' policy

October 25, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Khris Raye" filed suit for breach of contract and back pay after being fired, and Radio One responded that the former disc jockey violated the station's policy for altering its playlist.
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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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'Bob & Tom Show' switching syndicators

October 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The move has local radio executives wondering if the comedy show might move up the Indianapolis FM dial as well. Meanwhile, conservative commentator Abdul will switch to weekday evenings on WIBC.
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Emmis dials up improving sales, but profit slows

October 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis media firm's radio and publishing divisions saw healthy increases in revenue in its latest quarter. The company also posted a profit, although much less than in the same period last year.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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