Emmis (the Hebrew word for “truth”) went public in 1994 and now owns and operates radio stations in the nation's largest markets, including: WQHT-FM (HOT 97) in New York City and KPWR-FM (Power 106) in Los Angeles.
Emmis Radio also owns and operates: KLZT-FM, KBPA-FM, KGSR-FM. KLBJ-AM, KLBJ-FM, and KROX-FM in Austin; KSHE-FM (KSHE95), KPNT-FM (105.7 The Point), KFTK-FM (FM NewsTalk 97.1) and KIHT-FM (K-Hits 96) in St. Louis; WLHK (Hank FM), WIBC (93.1 FM), WFNI-AM (1070 The Fan), WYXB (105.7 FM), and Network Indiana in Emmis' hometown of Indianapolis; and WTHI (99.9 FM), WWVR (105.5 FM), WFNF-AM (1130 The Fan) and WFNB-FM (92.7) in Terre Haute, IN.
Among its peers, Emmis is as well-known for its vitally creative corporate culture as its operations. Aggressive, knowledgeable and deeply committed to each of the communities in which it operates, Emmis promotes a company-wide "Open Door" attitude that encourages the sharing of opinions and perspectives. The company's logo - a large "e" pushing outside the boundaries of a box - exemplifies the company philosophy of encouraging creativity and new approaches.
Emmis Communications Corporation (formerly Emmis Broadcasting) was incorporated in Indiana in 1979 when Founder and Chairman Jeff Smulyan purchased WSVL, a small and largely unused FM station in Shelbyville, Indiana. From the outset, Smulyan's intent was to build a tower near Indianapolis and broadcast a competitive signal into the market. After difficulty and delays, his vision was realized when the station went on the air July 4, 1981 with new call letters - WENS - and an adult contemporary format. Immediately successful, WENS, Emmis' flagship station, continues to be a strong competitor in the Central Indiana market.