Radio

Pete the Planner uses humor, straight talk to become media sensation

September 13, 2014
Sam Stall
Peter Dunn, a prolific tweeter who appears on broadcast outlets as well as in The Indianapolis Star, hopes the release of six books in January further builds his profile.
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Former WIBC news anchor Simpson lands new gig

September 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Canned by WIBC in June, Steve Simpson will leave the Indianapolis market to anchor the morning news for Minneapolis' top news-talk station.
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Ex-Indiana Secretary of State White gets Internet show

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White might have been convicted of voter fraud, but he's getting his own Internet radio talk show.
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Demise of Radio Disney causing static; local station in play

August 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Walt Disney Co. announced earlier this month that it would sell its 23 radio stations that target children ages 3 to 15. The only Radio Disney outpost on the FM dial, WRDZ-FM 98.3 in Indianapolis, could be particularly sought after if the stations are sold individually.
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WFYI broadens reach with Indiana State agreement

August 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Starting Sept. 15, WFYI-FM 90.1’s broadcast will be heard on WISU-FM 89.7, the official radio station of Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
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Emmis: Dynamic pricing will reshape many industriesRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. executives believe their latest acquisition, a local flexible-pricing software firm called Digonex Technologies, can revolutionize any number of businesses, including radio.
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WRTV adds sports-talk host Grady to its staff

August 13, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Michael Grady, a radio sports-talk host on WFNI-AM 1070 and the public address announcer for the Pacers, will begin his job at WRTV on Aug. 22, the station announced Tuesday.
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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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  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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