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Switch flipped on public station linkRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Eight PBS and nine NPR stations in Indiana have completed a fiber-optic connection that allows them to share programming more cost-effectively.
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Indy-based website for coaches scores key VC investment

January 16, 2014
Dan Human
The startup operating from SoBro plans to expand its market with the cash infusion, connecting athletes and teams to qualified coaches.
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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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First salvo fired in possible TV ad war on gay marriage

January 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Conservative-leaning Advance America has spent $20,600 for spots on WISH-TV and WTHR-TV, according to station records. Otherwise, supporters and opponents are keeping their powder dry for a possible November referendum.
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Deal may extricate Pacers from costly TV-rights deal from ABA days

January 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA has quietly brokered a deal with the former owners of the American Basketball Association’s St. Louis franchise that sources say eventually could save the Indiana Pacers millions of dollars a year.
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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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Canned Star reporter firing up foodie website

January 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis Star food writer Jolene Ketzenberger has been dismissed by the state’s largest newspaper for operating a personal website featuring “back of the notebook” snippets of information about the local food scene.
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Fox Sports Indiana cashing in on Pacers' success

January 4, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers are the hottest team in the National Basketball Association, and their winning ways are paying off for the team and its broadcast partner.
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Ex-Star reporter lands Carmel consulting deal

January 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Carmel reporter Dan McFeely quit the layoff-prone Indianapolis Star in November to become a consultant to Carmel’s Department of Economic Development. Records show the deal could be lucrative for the 15-year Star veteran, with the potential to earn up to $99,000 a year.
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Websites try to nix nasty comments

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
After years of encouraging anything-goes online discussion, a growing number of websites are trying to rein in the mean-spirited outliers.
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Indy Eleven soccer games to be locally televised this spring

December 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WNDY-TV Channel 23 will broadcast the club's inaugural campaign. One of its challenges will be to field a team of announcers who can provide authoritative play-by-play.
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Postal service to boost cost of snail mail in January

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive—from 46 to 49 cents per stamp. And for businesses, rates for bulk mail, periodicals and package service will rise 6 percent.
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New Heartland prez wants to add staff, national sponsors

December 24, 2013
There are big things in the wings for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, which this month elevated COO Stuart Lowry from supporting player to headliner. Coming attractions include new sponsor deals, expanded programming and, potentially, a bigger staff.
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WRTV co-anchor spot up for grabs with Kooi departure

December 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jenna Kooi has decided to hang up the earpiece after initially taking maternity leave. The station has not yet named a replacement.
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Unintentional entrepreneur parlayed consumer-electronics savvy into PR firm

December 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arland Communications, run by former Thomson Consumer Electronics spokesman Dave Arland, is the only area firm focused entirely on the $200 billion-plus annual consumer electronics market.
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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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Knox handing over WISH anchor desk to newcomer Wilson

November 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The North Central High School grad has big shoes to fill as Knox retires after nearly four decades at Channel 8.
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Weekend anchor Pence, producer out at WTHR

November 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Nicole Pence, a rising star at WTHR-TV Channel 13 and the niece of Gov. Mike Pence, reportedly has been fired from the station.
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WISH-TV blows away rivals in storm-coverage ratings

November 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 8 earned bragging rights as the most-watched weather source during the tornado strikes on Sunday, although the Chicago Bears might have helped draw eyeballs.
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Digital marketer growing Indy headquarters

November 18, 2013
Dan Human
StrataBlue plans to hire 25 people in early 2014 as the firm adds services.
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Indiana-born coat-checking firm gains steam after 'Shark Tank' appearanceRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
Derek Pacqué, who started CoatChex in 2010, appeared a year ago on the ABC show in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to prominent investors. Billionaire Mark Cuban offered to invest but wanted a large ownership stake. Pacqué said no, and has since grown his company. But really, he said, the company is doing just fine without the billionaire.More

Airport terminal's striking architecture attracts film crews

November 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The airport has hosted in the last few years about a dozen shoots, for everything from magazine covers to television commercials to pilots for short films.
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Q&A: Local TV news legend Knox rewinds career

November 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Preparing to retire from the WISH-TV on Nov. 26, Debby Knox recounts the stories that made the biggest impact on her, and what would make her feel more optimistic about the future of TV news.
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Pet show barking to audiences in six states; more markets on tap

November 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis-based pets TV show now seen in six states is galloping off in search of new territory—much like a fearless puppy.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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