Radio

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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Patrick's return may reshuffle sports-talk ad spendingRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local advertisers and media buyers said they’ll keep a close eye on the first half of 2010 to see how Patrick, who launched his show Jan. 4, matches up against WFNI-AM 1070’s afternoon drive time show.
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Emmis 3Q revenue declines, but company still posts profit

January 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. reported lower revenue during its fiscal third quarter, but still managed a small profit.
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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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Mark Patrick hired by WNDE to replace JMV

December 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Mark Patrick has been hired to replace JMV as the afternoon drive-time host on sports-talk station WNDE-AM 1260, heating up the battle with cross-town rival WFNI-AM 1070.
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Radio station WNTR-FM launches interactive format

December 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
WNTR-FM 107.9 has scrapped "The Track" format and tries new approach with an emphasis on listener requests.
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Smulyan signs new contract to lead Emmis

December 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Jeff Smulyan agrees to terms on a new three-year contract to lead Emmis. Signing and performance bonuses could lead to big pay raise.
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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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Emmis loses license to operate Hungarian station

November 19, 2009
Hungarian officials took off the air Wednesday a national radio station operated by Emmis Communications Inc. and awarded the license to one of the country’s political parties.
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Bob & Tom keep Q95 on a roll even as classic-rock format shows age

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Q95's Tom Griswold and Bob Kevoian have maintained their lofty ratings, keeping the Clear Channel Radio station near the top of the Indianapolis radio market.
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Format change likely in offing for 107.9 FM

November 13, 2009
Scott Olson
Local radio station WNTR-FM 107.9, known as The Track, has dismissed four staff members and started playing holiday music in what observers say is likely leading to a format change.
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WFYI boss elected to national PBS board

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lloyd Wright, president and CEO of WFYI Public Broadcasting, has been elected to the PBS board of directors. He will serve a three-year term.
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Book will be tribute to late Emmis executive Tom Severino

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Former Emmis Communications Corp. employee Jon Quick is writing a tribute book to the late Tom Severino, vice president and general manager of Emmis’ Indianapolis operations, who lost his battle with lung cancer earlier this year.
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Challenges remain for Emmis despite NASDAQ save

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Shares of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. closed Monday at $1.53, the 10th straight day the stock has finished trading above $1—preserving the company's listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange, but big challenges remain for the locally based owner of radio stations and magazines.
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Emmis stock closes at $1.53, avoids delisting

October 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Shares of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. closed Monday at $1.53, the 10th straight day the stock has finished trading above $1—preserving the company's listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
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Emmis on way to avoiding stock delisting

October 20, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based media company Emmis Communications Corp. is halfway home to maintaining its listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
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Local radio ratings race tightening

October 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The latest Arbitron Inc. radio ratings show the central Indiana market is becoming far more competitive, with the top stations separated only by fractions of a point. WFMS-FM slipped, but remained No. 1, while urban stations WHHH-FM and WTLC-FM climbed into the next two spots.
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Emmis smacked with quarterly loss of $135M

October 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. suffered a whopping loss of $135.6 million in its most recent fiscal quarter, the Indianapolis-based media company reported Friday morning.
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New Emmis exec Charlie Morgan faces big challenges as he re-enters radioRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
When local radio industry veteran Charlie Morgan stepped down as president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions last month, it could’ve appeared he was trying to escape the daunting problems of open-wheel racing. Unless you considered where he was going.
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Emmis executive high on company's outlook, despite NASDAQ threat

September 28, 2009
Scott Olson
An executive of Emmis Communications Corp. is optimistic the company's performance will improve enough to boost its stock price above $1, eliminating the threat of being delisted by NASDAQ.
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WIBC wins Marconi Award for station of year

September 25, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communication Corp.'s WIBC-FM 93.1 won the 2009 Marconi Radio Award for Large-Market Station of the Year yesterday in a ceremony in Philadelphia.
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NASDAQ threatens to delist Emmis stock

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
NASDAQ has notified Emmis Communications Corp. that it is in danger of being delisted if the company's stock doesn't rise above the minimum bid price of $1 per share within the next six months.
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UPDATE: Wildfire threat to Emmis transmission site eases

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Firefighters are making progress on a major wildfire north of Los Angeles that is burning perilously close to Mount Wilson, home to transmission towers used by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. and other broadcasters.
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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon hires executive director

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Julie Patterson, a former radio personality who's been working for WISH-TV, will lead the marathon, which will be a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon in 2010 and 2011.
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Radio veteran Morgan jumps to Emmis from IMS

August 26, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Long-time radio veteran Charlie Morgan is leaving his post heading up broadcasting for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League to lead Emmis Communications Corp. radio stations in Indianapolis.
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