Communications

Local Fox affiliate fattens up on news

October 30, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since 2004, WXIN-TV Channel 59 in 2004 has gone from airing 18-1/2 hours of live local news a week to 54-1/2 hours. And if everything goes as planned, by the end of 2012 it will add a 6-7 p.m. newscast weekdays, bringing the total to an astonishing 59-1/2 hours.
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Hendricks County launches tourism campaign

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Six months into a $750,000 plan to increase Hendricks County’s profile as a tourist destination, officials say group travel has doubled and hotel occupancy is up almost 3 percentage points—before an end-of-the-year push to get travelers to “Spend the Holidays in Hendricks County.”
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Rushville broadband firm sued by companies it acquired

October 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Omnicity Corp. is named in three lawsuits brought by owners of companies the firm bought who say they've not been paid the entire purchase price. All told, they claim they're owed more than $1.2 million.
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New tool shuffles radio ratingsRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A new method of measuring radio listening habits has shaken up local station ratings, sending radio operators scrambling to re-evaluate formats and ad pricing.
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MainGate signs merchandising deal with U.S. Golf Association

October 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The local firm will operate the USGA's catalog and online merchandise programs.
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International Center of Indianapolis hires Hetrick to retool branding

October 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The communications firm will develop a branding campaign and work on the center's website.
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Instability takes toll at WRTV

September 25, 2010
Marc D. Allan
WRTV-TV Channel 6's viewer ratings remain mired in third place during most newscasts after years of anchor turnover. The station has a lot of work to do to re-establish the strong identity it had in the 1990s.
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Soldiering on, Emmis' Smulyan mulls station sales to cut debtRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
The CEO thinks Emmis could cast off some big-market stations, raising ample cash to pay off the company’s bank debt before it comes due in November 2013.
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Veteran local ad exec Pearson lands on his feet after closing firmRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
After industry "paradigm shift," the man behind some of the city's most memorable campaigns is working for a small agency.
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Call-center firm plans 600 hires in Lafayette

September 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alorica Inc., headquartered in Chino, Calif., said it will begin hiring customer service representatives, supervisors and other personnel starting next week—fulfilling a pledge it made more than a year ago.
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Lilly discovers social media

September 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. launched its own blog this month, dubbed LillyPad, to try to start discussions about public policy and corporate social responsibility. The Indianapolis-based drugmaker also launched an accompanying Twitter feed.
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Failed bid to take Emmis private costing millions

September 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's JS Acquisition LLC has racked up takeover expenses of $10.2 million, a figure that's sure to escalate now that JS Acquisition is suing its one-time financier for backing out of the deal.
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Smulyan-led firm sues backer over failed Emmis deal

September 15, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Emmis Communications Corp. CEO Jeff Smulyan’s JS Acquisition LLC is suing its one-time financier for backing out of a deal to take the Indianapolis-based media company private.
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Emmis' Smulyan wants FM radio tuners in cell phonesRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Congress is expected this fall to debate the idea of mandating the inclusion of tuners, a move that could boost the struggling radio industry.
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UPDATE: Large debt load will continue to weigh on Emmis

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis, which has been awash in red ink, must contend with more than $340 million in debt after CEO Jeff Smulyan failed in his attempt to purchase the company and take it private.
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Smulyan delays Emmis buyout vote again

September 8, 2010
A Wednesday evening shareholders meeting has been postponed until Thursday at 8:30 a.m., when the Emmis CEO again will try to take the company private.
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Facebook, others try to cut in on ChaCha's answer service

September 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Tech entrepreneur Scott Jones says the accuracy of his company's answers will set ChaCha apart from its social-media rivals.
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Dakich finds growing popularity as broadcasterRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Former IU basketball player and coach Dan Dakich is one of the hottest sports broadcasters in the Midwest, and he’s about to take his act national.
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Young & Laramore wins Indiana Farm Bureau account

September 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Young & Laramore “will embark on a brand positioning assignment, and will handle all advertising and marketing communications” for the insurance company.
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Eateries cash in on TV appearance

September 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Owners of Edwards Drive In and Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream say they've experienced a large uptick in business after being featured last month on the Travel Channel's popular "Man v. Food" show. Now Indianapolis' Flying Cupcake and West Coast Tacos are hoping for their time in the spotlight, too.
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UPDATE: Emmis shares slide after firm says deal in peril

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
A private-equity firm backing Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's buyout signed off on a compromise, but then changed its mind.
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WFYI seeks more money from public broadcasting audience

August 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Public TV and radio broadcaster WFYI is counting on its listeners and viewers to open their wallets in a big way this fall, as it gears up for a campaign to grow its endowment well beyond its current $2.2 million.
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WRTV GM stepping down, other changes planned

August 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
After 31 years with the McGraw-Hill Cos., the last nine leading the local ABC affiliate, General Manager Don Lundy is calling it quits.
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Emmis again delays vote to go private

August 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The media company schedules another meeting for Aug. 27—what will be the fourth in five weeks—in hopes of gaining enough votes to take company off the public market.
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MZD Advertising expands with franchising divisionRestricted Content

August 14, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
MZD Advertising is stepping outside the realm of traditional agency work to grow its revenue stream. In the process, it’s attempting to bring a new form of auto racing to Indianapolis.
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