A decade ago, WFYI’s on-air personalities mostly read local stories from other sources. With its four additions, WFYI will have 15 staffers dedicated to gathering, reporting and disseminating local stories statewide and beyond.
The announcement comes as Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan continues to try to gain board approval for his $4.10-per-share offer to take the media company private. He has extended his offer three times, and it's now set to expire Friday.
The additional extension might be a sign Smulyan and the board are at odds over price. In a letter to directors evaluating the deal, Smulyan offered no details, stating, “Our entire team looks forward to further discussions ... to complete a mutually acceptable transaction.”
Fifteen months after buying the former Disney radio station at 98.3 FM and changing it to country, iHeart Radio is pulling the plug on the boot-stomping format. It couldn't match the ratings of the market's two country stalwarts.