Communications

Broad Ripple telecom firm plans big growth, 183 jobs

May 10, 2013
Mason King
Founded in 2007 by Purdue University students, Weeks Communications has established a new headquarters in Broad Ripple and plans to invest $4.1 million as it aggressively hires new employees.
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Woof Boom to acquire 6 area radio stations

May 8, 2013
Mason King
An Indianapolis investor group headed by longtime local radio broadcaster and executive Jerry Chapman will take over operations at the stations, including three in Muncie, on June 1.
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Inquiry targets cellphone subsidiesRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
State officials want to know how an Oklahoma City company managed to set up 30,000 Indiana accounts for a federally subsidized phone program in less than a year. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into whether TerraCom LLC is repeating federal violations it allegedly committed in Oklahoma.
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WRTV adding employees, expanding newscasts

May 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lagging in the ratings, the local station is aiming for an uptick under new ownership with a morning news show on weekends.
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'Naptown' rock-radio documentary vying for Emmy

April 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The locally produced film about the golden age of WIBC, WIFE and WNAP will never break even, according to its producer, but an Emmy win would be satisfaction enough.
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Escape artist Bill Shirk can't escape the allure of broadcastingRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Escape artist Bill Shirk has retired his straitjacket, but remains active in radio broadcasting. His firm, Hoosier Broadcasting, in recent years bought a handful of radio stations on the Hawaiian islands and Shirk owns and is investing more money in a Boone County radio station.
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Stations switching weather lineups as Buchman nears return to air

April 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Local television stations are each preparing in their own way for the return to the air this fall of popular weathercaster Angela Buchman.
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Digital marketers try to cut through clutterRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Element Three is among dozens of ad/marketing firms in the city that put digital marketing—in a dizzying array of formats and specialties—front-and-center. Often led by “millennial” types in their 20s and 30s to whom things like social media are second nature, they’re giving ensconced agencies a run for their money.
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Ad exec's buttom line: Just be relevantRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Young & Laramore President Tom Denari challenged conventional thinking in a March 21 column in Advertising Age.
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WTHR's IRS investigation receives national honorRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
The station was honored for a six-month investigation into Internal Revenue Service mismanagement that resulted in fraudulent tax refunds for undocumented workers.
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Smartphone videos rewrite rules of customer researchRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based Strategic Marketing & Research Inc. is among firms tapping the capabilities of video-enabled smartphones to gain insights into consumers’ thoughts and emotions. They’re doing this by having consumers use their phones to shoot a video diary of their product experiences.
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Fox59 news chief to depart for San Francisco station

April 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over his four-year tenure, Lee Rosenthal helped WXIN-TV Channel 59 more than double the airtime it devotes to news.
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Graphic designer advises marketers on nuances of reaching LatinosRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Advertiser Carlos Sosa has designed some very recognizable work—including logos for IndyGo and the Indianapolis Indians—but he is more focused these days on helping businesses more effectively market to the Indianapolis Latino community.
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ExactTarget lands on tech shopping list for buyout

March 30, 2013
Dan Human
ExactTarget Inc.’s strong position in digital marketing has made the Indianapolis company a tempting acquisition target for Salesforce.com and other tech-industry suitors, Wall Street analysts believe.
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WISH-TV receives trio of awards from APRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Look for Channel 8 to trumpet its Outstanding News Operation, Best Newscast and Best Website awards from the Associated Press.
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WTHR chief hit with discrimination lawsuit

March 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The former executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13 President John Cardenas has filed an age- and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the station and parent Dispatch Broadcasting Group.
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Book version of documentary on Indy radio debutsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
The film and book chronicle the fierce competition among the top Indianapolis radio stations from the 1950s through the 1970s.
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Running events proliferate; sponsor dollars pour inRestricted Content

March 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The 500 Festival Mini Marathon in May will once again focus Hoosier attention on distance running—a sport where shifting demographics and rising interest have combined to generate strong sponsorship revenue.
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Mass transit campaign floods market with $1 millionRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The campaign to expand public transit in the region has generated a busload of money for some media and marketing outlets, thanks to $1 million in federal grants to advertise the benefits of mass transit.
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New economic development chiefs plan branding blitzRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state of Indiana will have a new brand, under a campaign the Indiana Economic Development Corp. plans to launch this summer. The campaign is one of a few tweaks that Commerce Secretary Victor Smith and IEDC President Eric Doden are making to Indiana’s job-growth strategy.
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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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Radio One to launch local Telemundo affiliate

March 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will have a commercial Spanish-language television station again when Radio One Inc. launches a Telemundo affiliate March 11.
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Quirky campaign aims to win new listeners for WFYIRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
National Public Radio is spending $750,000 on an aggressive advertising campaign designed to boost its audience in four test cities, including Indianapolis, by pointing out the wide variety of people who listen to public radio.
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Pacers general manager wrote the book on teamworkRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard believes character is forged in losing as much as in winning. He's shared that philosophy in a recent book he co-wrote called "Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork."
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Schouten appointed IBJ managing editorRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Incoming IBJ Editor Greg Andrews announced the appointment of Cory Schouten as managing editor.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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