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 local personalities delivering great radio, and we will continue to be Indianapolis' home for listeners with a passion for conservative values and principles."
"We've had a wonderful partnership with Emmis for many years, including a long history of ratings success for The Rush Limbaugh Show in Indianapolis," stated Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks.
Limbaugh's show currently airs from 12-3 pm weekdays on WIBC, and the program's last day on the station will be July 3. No replacement was immediately named.
WIBC is home to conservative, local talent Tony Katz, Greg Garrison, Chicks on the Right and Abdul at Large as well as syndicated talk host Dana Loesch.
With a rich heritage of award-winning talk, local and national news coverage as well as community service, 93 WIBC is Indiana's broadcast leader and home to FOX NEWS, Indiana University Basketball and the Indianapolis 500. WIBC features the largest, most experienced local news team in the state, providing news on the hour, morning, noon and night, along with morning traffic every ten minutes.
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Emmis Radio LLC (NASDAQ: EMMS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation, a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis operates the 9th largest radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners. Emmis Communications owns 19 FM and 4 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin (Emmis Communications has a 50.1% controlling interest in its radio stations located there), Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN.
About Premiere Networks
Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, syndicates 90 radio programs and services to more than 5,500 radio affiliations and reaches 245 million listeners monthly. Premiere offers the best in talk, entertainment and sports programming featuring the following personalities: Rush Limbaugh, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Delilah, Steve Harvey, George Noory, John Boy and Billy, Sean Hannity, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick, Nikki Sixx, Kane, Mario Lopez, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan, Johnjay and Rich, Jay Mohr, Rich Eisen and others. For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com.