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.
For the third time in a decade, CEO Jeff Smulyan is making an offer for the outstanding shares of Emmis Communications Corp., which runs radio stations and magazines in Indianapolis and major U.S. markets.