About Us

The History of Our Company

  • 1980: Emmis incorporated in Indiana
  • July 4th 1981: The first of many radio stations WENS (Formerly WSVL, Currently WLHK) goes on air with an adult contemporary format.
  • 1988: Emmis purchases Indianapolis Monthly, which it still owns today
  • 1994: Emmis becomes a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ (EMMS)
  • 1995: Emmis becomes the first company to own top rated radio stations in NY and LA simultaneously
  • 1998: Emmis moves into worldwide headquarters on Monument Circle in Indianapolis
  • 1998: Emmis Broadcasting changes name to Emmis Communications
  • 1998-2008: Emmis enters, and exits, television ownership with 16 television stations across the US.
  • 2014: Emmis purchases controlling interest in dynamic pricing company Digonex
Emmis Timeline. See Wikipedia for more info

11 Commandments of Emmis

Quite simply, the Eleven Commandments of Emmis are the guiding principles of our company: it is how we operate daily, how we treat each other and our customers, and what we expect of employees and potential employees. The Eleven Commandments of Emmis, created by our Founder and Chairman Jeff Smulyan in the early years of the company, provide the guideposts of company philosophy,  and are still as relevant today as when they were written.

  1. Admit your mistakes
  2. Be flexible – Keep an open mind
  3. Be rational – Look at all options
  4. Have fun – Don’t take this too seriously
  5. Never get smug
  6. Be creative and innovative – make our products better everyday
  7. Believe in Yourself – If you think you can make it happen, you will
  8. Never jeopardize your integrity – We win the right way or we don’t win at all
  9. Be good to your people – Get them into the game and give them a piece of the pie
  10. Be passionate about what you do and compassionate about how you do it
  11. Take care of your customers – Think of them and you’ll win

Our Brands

* WQHT and WBLS are owned by MediaCo Holding Inc and Emmis operates these brands under a Management Agreement


Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

President and Chief Operating Officer

With Emmis Since 2006

Rayn Hornaday

Ryan Hornaday

Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer

With Emmis Since 1999

Scott Enrigh

Scott Enright

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

With Emmis Since 1998

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Rick Cummings

President, Radio Programming

With Emmis Since 1981

Greg Loewen

Greg Loewen

President, Publishing Division/ Chief Strategy Officer

With Emmis Since 2007


Ron DeCastro

Market President of MediaCo New York, Hot 97 and WBLS

With Emmis Since 2020


Chase Rupe

SVP, Strategy and Corporate Development

With Emmis Since 2006

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Traci Thomson

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

With Emmis Since 2004

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis

Vice President and Associate General Counsel

With Emmis Since 2015

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Keith Phillips

Publisher at Indianapolis Monthly

With Emmis Since 1991

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Bob Richards

SVP, Indianapolis Radio Market Manager

With Emmis Since 2009

Chris Rickenbach

Chris Rickenbach

Vice President of Finance, Assistant Treasurer

With Emmis Since 2000


Dan Jacobs

CEO of Lencore

With Emmis Since 2020


Dave Beasing

CEO of Sound that Brands

With Emmis Since 2019

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