The company is spending millions of dollars to broaden its foothold as internet connectivity becomes the norm in vehicles, opening up a wealth of opportunities for enhanced entertainment, marketing and data services.
Walt Disney Co. announced earlier this month that it would sell its 23 radio stations that target children ages 3 to 15. The only Radio Disney outpost on the FM dial, WRDZ-FM 98.3 in Indianapolis, could be particularly sought after if the stations are sold individually.
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.
The Indy-based media firm held steady despite headwinds in radio advertising sales. Its publishing division, which includes Indianapolis Monthly, provided a welcome boost.
While it’s way too early to tell whether the NextRadio app woos back listeners and generates big ad dollars for the radio industry, it’s safe to say it’s functional and idiot-resistant enough to warrant interest from the mobile masses.
Local radio icons Big John Gillis and Jeff Pibeon will be broadcasting live this year from the Indiana State Fair. But
you won’t find their show on any radio station. Gillis and Pigeon have been hired by locally based Compton Strategies to create
audio-only, Internet-based shows for area events, companies and entertainment venues.