Emmis Corporation is putting its corporate headquarters at 40 Monument Circle in Indianapolis up for sale and it continues to purge itself of its radio-era assets. Emmis chairman and founder Jeff Smulyan comments, “Monument Circle has been Emmis’ home since 1998, and I’m proud of what we built, and the people who helped build it. As we divested assets, including our local radio stations, we weighed what to do with the building and ultimately decided that it made sense to look for a new owner.” Last year, Emmis sold its Indianapolis radio stations – including heritage news/talk WIBC-FM and sports talk “The Fan” – to Urban One. Those stations are still operating from the Monument Circle studios. FOX59 in Indianapolis reports that “the sale of the building would not immediately impact the current tenants, which include Star Bank and several Urban One radio stations such as WIBC. Emmis did not clarify, however, if these tenants would have to negotiate new leases with the eventual purchasers or if they could be required to relocate within a specific time following a sale.” See the FOX 59 report here.
Urban One sports talk outlet WIBC-HD2/W228CX/W298BB, Indianapolis “The Fan” announces that morning drive personality Jake Query will take over the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm show on August 21. The new show, “Query & Company,” takes over the slot held by longtime “Fan” host Dan Dakich, who left the station last December and now hosts a show on the Outkick platform. With Query’s move to middays, the Kevin & Query Show that’s been airing in morning drive becomes “The Wake Up Call With KB and Andy,” as Kevin Bowen is joined by new co-host Andy Sweeney. Urban One Indianapolis operations manager David Wood tells the Indianapolis Business Journal, “While Jake loves working with Kevin, the show is a complete antithesis to his body clock. He’s a huge night owl. It dawned on me, ‘Why don’t I put a known quantity in this noon to 3 p.m. show?’ Everybody knows Jake. He’s well-respected and he’s an entertaining person.” Read the IBJ story here.
According to a report by KUSA-TV, Denver, former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe has exited Bonneville’s sports talk KKFN, Denver “104.3 The Fan” where he co-hosted the afternoon show with Darren “Dmac” McKee. Wolfe posted the following to his Instagram account: “Hello everyone! I wanted to share some news with you first. I have made the tough decision to step down as co-host of The Drive on the Fan due to persistent scheduling conflicts. It has been an incredible journey with my radio crew, and this choice was not easy to make. Lately, my passion for outdoor pursuits has taken me on an exciting and unexpected journey, prompting me to continue chasing my dreams. I genuinely appreciate your understanding and support throughout this process!” The station paired Wolfe with McKee in October of last year.