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]
Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis has set a new weekday lineup to debut o June 12 following the announced retirement of Greg Garrison last week. Morning news anchor Tony Katz will add a second talk program from 11am-1pm, while the morning news will run from 6-9am as opposed to 6-10am. The Chicks on the Right will move from 4-6pm to 9-11am as well, while Abdul-Hakim Shabazz’s “Abdul At Large” from 6-7pm and “10 @ 10” from 10-11am will leave the schedule as he focuses on his indypolitics.org. Shabazz will continue to host a weekend show for WIBC. Moving from nights to 4-7pm will be Hammer and Nigel. Jason Hammer and Nigel Laskowski are both longtime employees of Emmis Indianapolis at multiple stations. Dana Loesch’s syndicated “Dana Show” ...[Read More]
Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC-FM Indianapolis has announced that Greg Garrison will retire from his daily 9-11am show on Friday, June 9. Garrison has hosted at WIBC since 1997 and later replaced now Vice President Mike Pence on the regionally syndicated Network Indiana in 2000. Prior to beginning his radio career he served as lawyer including prosecuting Mike Tyson in his 1993 trial on rape charges. He later served as a legal analyst for WIBC and CBS News. Following the end of his daily show, Garrison will continue to write a weekly column for WIBC.com and do commentary and serve as a legal expert for the station. Indianapolis radio legend Greg Garrison today announced his retirement from the rigors of his weekday show on Indy’s news/talk leader, WIBC 93.1FM, but will remain part of the WIBC f...[Read More]
With the addition of an FM translator 97.5 W248AW Indianapolis and Rush Limbaugh moving over from Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC, iHeartMedia Sports 1260 WNDE Indianapolis has rebranded as “Fox Sports 97.5“. Original Report 6/3: When Rush Limbaugh exits Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis on July 3, he will find a new home on iHeartMedia Sports 1260 WNDE/97.5 W248AW Indianapolis. WNDE will retain its Sports programming the remainder of the day including its locally originating afternoon show hosted by Jake Query and Bill Schultz from 3-7pm and Fox Sports Radio programming the remainder of the day. The 97.5 translator is in the process of relocating into the Indianapolis market from Franklin and iHeart indicates it will sign-on by the end of this month. WNDE registered a 0.6 share...[Read More]
Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC has ended its partnership with Premiere Radio Networks and drop Rush Limbaugh on July 3. No replacement has yet to be named nor has a potential new affiliate for Limbaugh in the market. WIBC currently ranks third in the market with 6.6 share as the only commercial Talk station that covers the entire market. Emmis Communications and Premiere Networks announced today a decision to end their partnership in Indianapolis. As a result, WIBC 93.1 FM, Indianapolis’ News/Talk station, will not renew its contract to air The Rush Limbaugh Show. “Premiere has been a great partner, and Rush has been an iconic part of WIBC’s heritage and success,” said Charlie Morgan, SVP/Market Manager for Emmis-Indianapolis. “WIBC has a strong line-up of live and...[Read More]
Emmis News/Talk 93.1 WIBC and Clear Channel Sports 1260 WNDE Indianapolis are launching new morning shows. At WIBC, The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Steve Simpson has exited as host of the “Indy’s Morning News” morning show after 22 years with the station. Conservative Host Tony Katz who hosts 9pm to Midnight on WIBC from Los Angeles will relocate to Indianapolis to take over the morning show beginning on June 30. Katz’ program will de-emphasize News, Traffic, and Weather. Meanwhile, WNDE today debuted the syndicated “Rover’s Morning Glory” for the 6-9am slot. Based at sister Rock 100.7 WMMS Cleveland, WNDE becomes Rover’s seventh current affiliate. Rover replaces Fox Sports Daybreak on 1260.
Two days after flipping CHR WNOU to All-Christmas in preparation for the move of WIBC from AM to FM in January, Emmis Broadcasting has sold the intellectual property for the “Radio Now” CHR format to Radio-One. RadioNow’s website says the format is now available on 100.9. That’s the former “Smooth Jazz 100.9” WYJZ. At 4:30pm, WYJZ signed off with Jeff Lorber’s “Anthem For A New America”. Following a half-hour of looping a sweeper “Radio Now, NOW at 100.9”, the station segued into Akon’s “Bartender”. The Press Release follows below:
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. â€œOur research shows that we can best grow and serve our audiences by splitting and extending our programming,â€ Tom Severino, vice president and market manager of Emmisâ€™ Indianapolis radio properties, in a prepared statement. â€œWIBC is still going to have the biggest radio news team in the state and the best talk lineu...[Read More]