Communications

Former 59 news chief tangled in Asiana-pilot name blunderRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Lee Rosenthal's California station reported incorrect—and racially insensitive—names of the plane’s flight crew. In a graphic, Rosenthal’s station listed names that actually were crude phonetic jokes.
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Emmis sees coupons as next frontier for radio appsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An app that would allow smartphones to receive FM radio signals like a transistor radio has been hailed as a way to help stations recapture listeners who fled to Web-based music streaming services.
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Newspaper for college Greeks in rush to hire

July 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing Olympia Media Group plans to hire at least 15 more employees in the next two months—the majority in the next two weeks—as it expands into new markets and rebuilds its strategy for digital content.
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Phone company lays off hundreds amid inquiry

July 15, 2013
Dan Human
A subsidized phone service provider under scrutiny from Indiana regulators is laying off hundreds of salespeople across the country amid inquiries into its sales tactics.
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IndyCar racing to line up sponsors to replace Izod

July 13, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series’ quest to find a presenting sponsor that could eventually replace Izod as title sponsor—a task series officials earlier this year called their top sales priority—has taken a blow.
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NewsBlues blog takes dig at former news chief at WXINRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Lee Rosenthal's new TV station in San Francisco was breathlessly promotional about its coverage of the Asiana Airlines crash.
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WRTV widening local content streaming to devicesRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 plans to begin broadcasting high school sporting events over a streaming service for smartphones and tablets.
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Star negotiating HQ move to former Nordstrom at Circle Centre

July 10, 2013
Scott Olson
The newspaper's publisher confirmed it's closing in on a deal to occupy the space after IBJ reported earlier Wednesday that the Star was considering a move to Circle Centre mall.
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Sharper minds coming to TV production truck?Restricted Content

July 6, 2013
Ball State University next month will launch what’s believed to be the nation’s first-ever digital sports production major.
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Salesforce entices ExactTarget execs with $20M in awards

July 3, 2013
Dan Human
Salesforce.com has extended job offers to ExactTarget Inc.'s top brass—and sweetened the pot by dangling awards of restricted stock topping $20 million.
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MCL enlists star power for TV commercialsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Last month, Los Angeles-based film producer/director Steve Zukerman filmed commercials inside an MCL Restaurant and Bakery at Allisonville Road and 86th Street and in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
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David and Marilyn Shank are survivors in PR industry

June 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over the last quarter century, the husband-wife duo has outlived a number of bigger and slicker competitors, even as the Great Recession decimated some bigger PR and advertising shops.
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Weatherman Wright feels wronged, leaving WTHR, report says

June 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 13's chief meteorologist and 10-time Emmy winner reportedly was offered a pay cut and lesser role to make room for Angela Buchman.
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IBJ collects 8 national awards for print, online journalism

June 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Honored work included Cory Schouten's investigation of problems at the Indy Land Bank, Anthony Schoettle's scoop on the ouster of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and Greg Andrews' Behind the News columns.
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Live, call-in radio show focuses on Hoosier historyRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Hoosier History Live!" is believed to be the nation’s only live, call-in show about a state’s history. The 5-year-old show has only an estimated 1,000 listeners, but they tend to be those who are passionate about all things Hoosier heritage.
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Young & Laramore finds app draws eyeballs to brandRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis ad agency Young & Laramore's recent project for footwear giant New Balance included developing a video game intended to reach young consumers who’ve grown up with a smartphone as a bodily appendage.
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Head-swap performed on WTHR general managerRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Someone apparently forgot to tell Pablo Pereira, the weatherman at Fox affiliate KTTV-TV Channel 11 in Los Angeles, that he’d been promoted to president and general manager of WTHR-TV Channel 13 in Indianapolis.
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Salesforce slow to excite investors after $2.5B buyout of ExactTarget

June 10, 2013
Dan Human
Shares of the California-based cloud computing giant continue to lag after last week's announcement of its $2.5 billion offer for Indy-based marketing powerhouse ExactTarget.
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Former TV news king WRTV seeking comeback under new owner

June 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 is making big changes, many tailored to capturing viewers through digital outlets, in an effort to stage a comeback after a two-decade slide.
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ExactTarget option gains approach $300MRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Dan Human
xactTarget Inc.’s sale will swell the value of employee stock options to nearly $300 million—a windfall local tech experts expect will launch a wave of entrepreneurship over the next several years.
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ExactTarget sale caps success story; CEO mum on Indy work force

June 4, 2013
Greg Andrews, Dan Human, Bloomberg News
ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey said the company will remain “very committed to Indianapolis” after its $2.5 billion buyout by tech giant Salesforce.com, but he would not comment on potential changes to the local work force of more than 1,000 employees.
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Indianapolis Indians seeking new ad agencyRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Hirons & Co. has held the contract for 10 years. But earlier this year, the Indians decided it was time to see if Hirons or another agency had new ideas.
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Deadline looms for state's Do Not Call list

May 20, 2013
Associated Press
Since January, the state attorney general's office said it has received more than 5,000 complaints about telemarketing calls from live operators or prerecorded messages.
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WISH-TV rakes in bucks with city's only locally produced lifestyle showRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Indy Style"--an hour’s worth of TV programming on everything from recipes to music to fitness to screen-door-repair tips--fills its show with guests who are a combination of invited guests, sponsors and one-time-only advertisers.
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Animation firm recognized for children's bookRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
The youthful animators at The Basement have won the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards’ silver award for their first children’s e-book, “Every Walrus Can Fly.”
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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