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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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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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WFYI adds art show to television lineup

February 18, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis public broadcaster WFYI aims will expose its popular “The Art of the Matter” radio show to television audiences beginning Tuesday. WFYI is scheduled to produce 20 episodes of the weekly TV show during its pilot season.
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Emmis executive a technology pioneerRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Brenner, chief technology officer for Emmis Communications Corp., is largely credited with pioneering two recent technological breakthroughs that could pump badly needed revenue into the radio industry.
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Pacers voice recognized in sportscasters Hall of FameRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Twice named Indiana’s Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, Boyle also has been recognized as the top talk show host in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Monthly magazine.
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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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After cutting debt, Emmis lines up $100M refinancing

December 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based media company had been carrying debt far above market rates, some as high as 23 percent. It also was facing tens of millions of dollars in debt maturities in 2013 and 2014.
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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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Emmis’ quarterly profit rises on sale of station

October 11, 2012
Much of Emmis' profit stemmed from the Aug. 23 sale of KXOS-FM in Los Angeles for $85.5 million, from which the company reported a gain from discontinued operations of $32.8 million.
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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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Emmis agrees to sell two magazines for $9M

August 16, 2012
The publications, Country Sampler and Smart Retailer, together generated $1 million in operating income during the 12-month period ended May 31, according to a public filing. The transaction is expected to close by Sept. 30.
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Emmis to delay shareholder vote until judge rules

August 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Emmis Communications Corp. told a U.S. judge it will delay a scheduled Aug. 14 shareholder vote that could wipe out $34 million in unpaid preferred stockholder dividends until after she rules on a bid to block the balloting.
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Emmis shareholders fight bylaw changes on dividends

July 31, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Investors asked U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis for an order blocking a special meeting at which Emmis shareholders will be asked to approve bylaw changes wiping out more than $34 million in accrued and unpaid preferred stock dividends.
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Quarterly profit, revenue slides at Emmis

July 12, 2012
The Indianapolis-based media company reported a larger loss on falling revenue in its fiscal first quarter, mostly due to the sale of a group of radio stations and cheaper advertising rates.
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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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Emmis restructuring plan to be heard by federal judge

May 31, 2012
Scott Olson

Whether the company can strip preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends will be decided in court. Shareholders have filed suit in an attempt to stop the proposal from being voted on.

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Pacers owner teams with Smulyan to buy Emmis stock

May 21, 2012
A partnership of Herb Simon and Jeff Smulyan filed plans to buy up to an additional 1 million shares of Emmis Communications Corp. at no more than $2 apiece.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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