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Bob Richards Promoted To Emmis Indianapolis Market Manager

Emmis 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 ...[Read More]

WFNI Programming Adds New Translator

Emmis Sports “1070 The Fan” WFNI/93.5 W228CX Indianapolis will add a second FM simulcast on 107.5 W298BB Indianapolis on March 30. The addition of WFNI programming on 107.5 will replace the ESPN national lineup and is caused by a power reduction of 93.5 W228CX to 2w/296m due to interference the translator was causing to Woof Boom Radio’s Classic Rock “Max 93.5” WMXQ Hartford City/Muncie. In the January 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings, WFNI/W228CX registered a 2.8 share of the audience, while W298BB fed via 93.1 WIBC-HD2 added an additional 0.4 share. WFNI carries ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in mornings and NBC Sports Radio programming in nights and weekends. When the 107.5 ESPN lineup is eliminated, ESPN programming will replace NBC in those dayparts. Emmis...[Read More]

Emmis Launching Second Indianapolis Sports FM

Emmis Sports “1070 The Fan” WFNI Indianapolis is signing-on a second translator to bring all of its programming to the FM band. While 107.5 W298BB/93.1 WIBC-HD2 Indianapolis is currently a partial mix of WFNI programming and national ESPN radio content, that will change as Emmis prepares to sign-on 93.5 W228CX this weekend. 93.5 W228CX will be a straight simulcast of WFNI as even a 50kW AM is no longer believed to be strong enough without a translator, with the station to rebranded as “93.5 The Fan“. W298BB/WIBC-HD2 will become “ESPN 107.5” airing the national ESPN Radio lineup with the exception of Mike & Mike in mornings which will remain on 1070/93.5. 107.5 will substitute NBC Sports Radio’s Erik Kuselias in that slot. Emmis Market Manager ...[Read More]

Emmis Debuts 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis

Emmis has signed on 107.5 W298BB Indianapolis as Sports “107.5 The Fan“. The translator, which was acquired in November for $375,000 is rebroadcasting much, but not all of the programming of sister “1070 The Fan” WFNI. Where 1070 airs local programming in middays from 10am to 3pm, 107.5 will air the national ESPN Radio programming of Colin Cowherd from 10am to 1pm and Scott Van Pelt & Ryen Rusillo from 1-3pm. W298BB is fed via 93.1 WIBC-HD3 and now operates with 233 watts. Emmis’ Press Release follows: Indianapolis’ first FM sports station, 107.5 The Fan, has launched. “The launch of FM 107.5 The Fan demonstrates Emmis’ deep commitment to making “The Fan” Indy’s dominant sports brand,” Charlie Morgan, SVP/Market M...[Read More]

Emmis To Add Translator In Indianapolis

Update 11/19: Emmis has acquired W298BB from Kaspar Broadcasting for $375,000. Update 11/15: The first step of the move of W298BB has been filed with the FCC. Kaspar Broadcasting has applied to move the translator to the tower of 88.7 WICR where it will operate with 233 watts where it will rebroadcast WFNI via 93.1 WIBC-HD3. The 54 dBu contour will cover all of Indianapolis, with the signal strongest in the northwestern portions of the city. Original Report 11/13: In a filing to the Securities & Exchange Commission last week, Emmis Communications modified its credit agreement to acquire $437,000 worth of translators. While no FCC applications have been made yet identifying the translators, we can infer one via a domain registration made by the company. FM1075TheFan.com was registered ...[Read More]

2007 Holiday Format Change Rundown

12/27 3:00pm – NRG’s “101.9 Lite-FM” KLTQ Lincoln/Omaha dropped AC for Variety Hits as “The Big O 101.9“. 12/26 – Albany, NY’s 98.3 WTRY has shifted from Oldies to what is best classified as Adult Hits or Gold AC as “My Music 98.3”. 12/26 6:00am – As we broke last week, Sacramento AC 92.5 KGBY relaunched as Hot AC “My 92.5“. 12/26 12:00am – The reshaping of Citadel’s New Orleans cluster continued as Country 106.7 KKND relaunched as “106.7 The Wolf”. In the past two weeks, 106.1 WMTI flipped from Standards to Oldies and 92.3 WDVW from Rhythmic AC to Hot AC “Mix 92.3”. 12/26 12:00am – Emmis’ Indianapolis shift is underway as WIBC made its move from 1070 to 93.1 at mid...[Read More]

Even More Indianapolis Talk Changes

The chain reaction triggered by 1070 WIBC’s impending move to 93.1 FM continues to shake up the Indianapolis market. In late October, Cumulus’ FM Talker 93.9 WWFT announced plans to drop its format in favor of Christmas music. That move occurred today. However, WWFT’s programming will continue on in the Indianapolis market as Pilgrim Communication’s southern rimshot “Gold 95.9” WIAU Franklin will drop its Oldies format on Monday to become WFDM “Freedom 95.9“. WFDM will feature all of the syndicated hosts that had been heard on WWFT: Mancow, Laura Ingraham, Dave Ramsey, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and Mark Levin. No word on what will appear on 93.9 after the holidays, however much speculation exists towards the return of Contemporary Christi...[Read More]

WIBC To Move To FM, Radio Now To HD

At noon today, Emmis Broadcasting dropped the CHR format at “Radio Now 93.1” WNOU and became the first station in the country to go all Christmas through the holiday season. On January 7, 2008 the News/Talk format on 1070 WIBC will move to the 93.1 frequency with 1070 going all-sports as “ESPN 1070” while keeping its status as flagship station for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, the Indy Racing League, and University of Indiana Football. “Our research shows that we can best grow and serve our audiences by splitting and extending our programming,” Tom Severino, vice president and market manager of Emmis’ Indianapolis radio properties, in a prepared statement. “WIBC is still going to have the biggest radio news team in the state and the best talk lineu...[Read More]