Bob Richards Promoted To Emmis Indianapolis Market Manager

Emmis Jeff Smulyan 1190 WLIB New York Terre HauteEmmis Communications has promoted Bob Richards from VP/Programming to Market Manager for its Indianapolis cluster.

Richards joined Emmis in 2009 as Operations Manager and then rose to VP/Programming in 2014. Along with his promotion, Taja Graham has been promoted from Director of Sales for the cluster’s music stations to VP/Director of Sales for the entire cluster.

Richards supplants Chuck Williams who had joined Emmis in August 2016 from the same position at Radio-One Indianapolis.

Bob Richards has been named Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes 1070 The Fan, B105.7, 93 WIBC and 97.1 Hank FM. Taja Graham, currently Director of Sales for Music for the Emmis-Indianapolis cluster, has been promoted to VP/Director of Sales for the cluster.

Richards joined Emmis in 2009 as Operations Manager, and was named Vice President/Programming for Emmis-Indianapolis in March of 2014.

“Bob’s leadership has been instrumental in building our dominant position in the Indianapolis market,” said Patrick Walsh, President of Emmis Communications. “His reputation for building great teams and winning content strategies is legendary. We look forward to Bob applying his ample skills to fortify our culture and performance in the coming years.”

Richards replaces Chuck Williams. Williams joined Emmis-Indianapolis as VP/Market Manager in August of 2016.

Richards began his career in radio as programming director of Indianapolis’ WFMS (Susquehanna), and was promoted to operations manager of WFMS/WJJK/WRWM (which had been purchased by Cumulus) in July 2006.

Graham has been with Emmis-Indianapolis since June of 1996, save a short stint working in marketing for a CPA firm. She has been with Emmis consistently since June of 2003.

“Working alongside of Taja over the past 8 years I have seen her reach some amazing goals on our music stations,” Richards said. “I’m thrilled she’ll now have that kind of impact on all of our stations.”

Both Graham and Richards begin their new roles immediately.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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  1. Bob is one of the good ones. Congratulations. The gamble on taking that stand on Shadeland all those years ago more than paid off.

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