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A PAGE HISTORY, THE ORIGINAL
PAGE WAS LAUNCHED IN 1995 AS AN EMPLOYEE
PAGE SO WE COULD FIND EACH OTHER ON THE WEB, MANY OF THE
HAVE BEEN ON THERE FOR YEARS,THE FLAMING LOGO,MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
FUSE &THEME,EMAIL &WEB SITE LINKS,THE TAPE OPERATOR PIC
AND THE INTEL AD. UP TO 3/15/01 THE ORIGINAL PAGE GOT A TOTAL
OF A FEW HUNDRED HITS. ON 3/15/01 AFTER 18 YEARS OF SERVICE TO
WVUE I AND MANY OTHERS WHO HAD EVEN MORE YEARS OF SERVICE (AS
HIGH AS 40 YEARS) WERE GREETED BY A STATION SURROUNDED BY NOPD.
THOSE WHO WERE CHOSEN FOR TERMINATION WERE LED BY MINDERS TO THE
BEAN COUNTERS OFFICE AND TOLD UNDER THE GUNS OF PLAIN CLOTHED
NOPD DETECTIVES ,THAT OUR SERVICES WERE NO LONGER NEEDED. WE
THEN ESCORTED UNDER GUARD OUT OF THE STATION. THIS TEN SECOND
NOTICE BECAME KNOWN AS THE EMMIS TAP BECAUSE THE MINDERS WOULD
TAP THE VICTIM ON THE SHOULDER AND TELL THE VICTIM TO FOLLOW
WHEN THE M5 WENT ONLINE MADELYN BONNOT BROKE OUT THE CHAMPAGNE
AND THEN WONDERED WHY NO ONE WANTED TO JOIN HER IN A TOAST, IT
WAS POINTED OUT TO HER THAT SHE HAD JUST LAID OFF PEOPLE WITH
20 TO 40 YEARS WITH THE STATION. AFTER I GOT THE TAP ,I PULLED
THE ORIGINAL PAGE FOR A FEW WEEKS. MANY PEOPLE NEEDED IT TO
FORMER CO-WORKERS SO I RE-LAUNCHED THE PAGE AT THAT TIME. MORE
AND MORE I GOT INFO THAT WAS OF INTEREST TO CURRENT AND FORMER
WVUE STAFFERS SO I DECIDED TO POST A FEW ITEMS THAT WERE EITHER
HUMOR OR VERIFIED FACTS. BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE PAGE HAS
OVER THE YEARS THE SITE BECAME ORGANIZED IN REVERSE
ORDER. THIS MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE LOYAL VIEWER, ALL THEY HAVE
TO CHECK IS THE MAIN PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFO. IF THIS IS YOUR
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POSTED ,IF YOU FIND AN ERROR AND HAVE DOCUMENTATION TO DISPROVE
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VOICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE TO AFRAID TO SPEAK OR THOSE FORCED TO
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All The Emmis News Worth Posting
3/15/16 This is the 15 year anniversary of the mass terminations
by the evil one. As far as I know all the FE`s are doing better
since exiting the hive. I get a few follow ups now and then but
not much traffic compared to the early years. I just checked the
stock price and it is 61cents so I have a $1.22 worth of stock.
I have not heard from any radio people in years, maybe no one
left? I see they now own about 24 radio stations and some other
crap. I also saw they are selling off the over seas stations.
The only one that bugs me is KSHE, they wrecked it. It was the
station of my JR High & High school years. It is now just
another POS. I see Jeff is still the king of the Borge yet his
photo is old. I had to dig to find any info on the hive as they
have become a"used to be" communications company. So your
Webmaster is still out there monitoring the fall of the empire
all be it a slow one. A note to other broadcasters, learn from
the mistakes of EMMIS and do not repeat what Jeff did.
3/2/14 Well it`s been 5 years since my last update
and 13 years since I got the tap. It has been 6 years since the
empire got out of TV. The stock is now floating at $3 a share.
I still hold two shares maybe I will retire on the profits. I
have not heard from any one in radio people in more than four
years. I can only assume they are "happy in their work"
A quote from Colonel Saito of Bridge on the River Kwai fame.
As I pen this post it is playing on TCM and is what got me into
thinking of the empire. I do hear from about a dozen FE`s all
are doing fine but most still suffer from post Emmis stress
As for myself I could not be doing better (I can hear Jeff
on that note). To be honest I would have been much worse off if
I had been one of the unfortunates who got stuck in the hive.
As stated before updates will be far between and only for
news on the evil one. If you have a tip just email me. I now
to watch Sir Alec Guinness blow up the bridge. Remember tapping
day is March 15th.
3/6/09 CUT CUT CUT...."NDIANAPOLIS
-- March 5, 2009: Emmis Communications is cutting 7.5 percent
of its workforce -- 91 full-time people and 14 part-timers --
and all employees will see a 5 percent pay cut. Chicago was
hard-hit, with seven people in the cluster out the door.
With the changes, Emmis VP/Rock
Programming and KSHE/St. Louis PD Rick Balis picks up
programming duties, while KPNT/St. Louis PD Tommy Mattern will
program Chicago's WKQX.
A memo to Emmis/Chicago staffers
from VP/Market Manager Marv Nyren said, "Facing the ongoing
challenges of a struggling media sector and turbulent economy,
earlier today Emmis took a series of steps to better position
it for shifting global and industry realities. Those steps
a workforce reduction of 7.5 percent, which included the
of 91 full-time and 14 part-time positions across its
radio, and publishing divisions. Notified employees received
severance packages and other support."
11/18/08 JEFF SPEAKS AND SPINS TV FAILURE....
In an online article Jeff blames his failure in TV on Retrams
fee flop. Link to ARTICLE.Everything
to blame but Jeffs plan to run TV like he runs radio. He even
claims to have made money in TV. The stock holders did not see
it. Emmis stock closed at $0.40.
11/02/08 EVEN MORE CUTS.... Emmis cuts 20 more
radio jobs and another pay cut 3% for those earning over 50k.
Stock at $0.68
9/30/08 EMMIS BREAKS $1 MARK.... As the market
rebounds emmis sinks to an all time low of $0.94 a share only
to rally back to close at $0.97. Emmis circles the
9/18/08 MORE CUT CUT CUT......Emmis cuts exec
pay to $15,000 per drone as the company continues its death
Drones cane earn more if they meet unrealistic goals. Stock $1.51
8/23/08 CUT,CUT,CUT....Emmis cuts 4.6% of publishing
humans and the remaining humans get a 2% pay cut. Stock $2.16
7/16/08 .. TP plays catch up. Days after my
post the TP catches up and even mentions this site .Dave did get
one thing wrong, this is not a "station based site, it is
a company exposure site.
"Tom Benson takes control
Posted by Dave Walker, TV Columnist, The Times-Picayune July
Categories: Living: Columnists
Ted Jackson / The Times-PicayuneSaints' owner Tom Benson will
take control of Fox affiliate WVUE-TV Channel 8 from Emmis
on Friday, July 18.
A new local media company
principally owned by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson will
take control today (July 18) of Fox network affiliate
The $41 million deal between
Benson's Louisiana Media Co. and Indiana-based Emmis
Corp. was announced in May pending Federal Communications
This afternoon, Benson is
expected to tour the station, substantially rebuilt since
Hurricane Katrina levee-failure flooding, and meet with its
Joe Cook, announced in May
as president of Louisiana Media Co., will be WVUE's general
replacing Vanessa Oubre, who guided the station's post-Katrina
A former WVUE general manager,
Cook engineered the WVUE purchase for Benson.
Except for a change in the
station's newscast-trailing ownership IDs, viewers will see
immediate on-air difference in the Benson-era WVUE, Cook said.
For WVUE staffers, the Emmis
ownership era was marked by off-air challenges and on-air
Emmis bought WVUE in 1998
as part of a multi-station, $307 million deal, and almost
began purging employees, including veteran news managers and
The reductions eventually
grew so sweeping that one of the tapped
established a website, www.emmissucks.com, to
the station's moves.
Emmis began selling off its
16 TV stations shortly before Hurricane Katrina, which filled
WVUE with chest-high floodwater and forced the station off the
air for two weeks and to a remote broadcast outpost in Alabama
for three months.
The last Emmis TV property
to move, WVUE has enjoyed robust evening news ratings - the
center for local stations - since the storm.
WVUE is solidly the market's
No. 2 news provider in late news, and its 9 p.m. newscast
challenges the huge 10 p.m. ratings typically won by longtime
local news leader WWL-Channel 4.
Asked what he watches on WVUE
at the time of the May announcement, Benson said, "Weather
Also in May, Benson said WVUE
would be the first of several media deals he foresaw for his
"Our plans aren't to
just stop here," he said. "We're planning to get into
other media. Our plans are just developing. We're going to be
in the movie business.
"This will all be part
of this. We're in an infant stage."
Emmis stock $1.77
7/16/08 ..ACORDING TO INSIDERS "TOM
BENSON WILL BE TAKING OVER WVUE TV-CHANNEL 8 ON FRIDAY, JULY
2008" Emmis stock down to the $1.60 mark
05/05/08 EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA FINAL
Well not quite ...For those who have
not heard WVUE the last TV cube under Borg control has been sold
for $41 million to Louisiana Media Co. LLC, A locally owned co.
headed by Tom Benson owner of the New Orleans Saints. Captain
Joe Cook took the helm as GM after Venessa Orbe (proboly spelled
wrong but who cares) "resigned" (got tapped). I did
get the name wrong for the new company,oh well. As I write this
posting I am playing a DVD of The Ten Commandments to get me in
the mood. After all my name was stricken from the records and
now the people are being set free. I received 36 phone calls and
375 emails letting me know VUE was sold. Many of these saying
they will miss this site. I want to thank all those who called
and wrote as well as the hundreds of FE`s ,CE`s ,board members,
and Emmis IT people who made this site possible. I also want to
thank you, the viewers of this site , you made it all worth it.
Your web master has endured threats to life and limb ,employment
threats and a campaign of fictional rumor and innuendo . A FE
is currently penning a book on the empire and I want to be the
first to buy it. Just for grins here are some of the many
lines of the hundreds of emails received,
Sinking 8 is now a
You won congrats !!!!!!!!!!
Finally they put that
Free at last, Free
at last, free at last!
We have overcome
Jeffs out of TV biz
The nightmare is over
WVUE is sold"
And many more. With all this as I stated
Emmissucks will now move into the archive mode. Weekly or
post cease as Emmis TV has ceased to exist. The site will remain
as a testament to greed and incompetence destroying stations and
in the end the company. If you teach broadcasting feel free to
use the info as a training aid on how not to run a TV empire.
If your Jeff may god have mercy on your soul because I do not
think your FE`s or stock holders will. This is the ultimate "I
told you so" web site. It was a real honor to meet and talk
to so many of the FE`s from all over the US. My best wishes to
the freed WVUE drones. I hope to keep in touch with a number of
the repetitive contributors to this site. For the most part you
will no longer have to regularly check for updates, I will only
be updating when other divisions of Emmis fold and when the main
company goes under. Any one who has read one line of this site
knows I would be the last to host a written blog, after all my
spelling and grammar are not that of a journalist. I want to end
this obit with a few of my favorite tag lines-modified for this
last regular post. The truth has been posted, You no longer have
to row, So let it be written-so let it be done, The band has
,Resistance was not futile, The floggings have ceased, And so
it goes, The pod bay doors are open, The M5 is shut down and I
laugh at the inferior intellect.
05/04/08 ALLS QUIET ON THE EMMIS
FRONT... Many people pondering who
would buy the last cube. One reader of this site suggested the
new company be called Cook-Benson-Broadcasting. The company
seems to have found its level at $3 a share. Meantime Jeff
to suck every last buck out of A-mess. The CE`s at VUE just want
it to be over and a number of possible replacement drones have
asked your web master what they should do? I say wait until VUE
is sold, you do not want to be last in and first out. No word
from any radio people if any still exist. The truth is out
03/27/08 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS OWNER
SAID TO BE INTERESTED IN WVUE.... I
do not know why but insiders say he was one of those looking at
the moldy eight. The author of "Imagine
this way...If you don't make your target numbers we will line
your entire families up against the wall and shoot them...it
that serious" has
landed in San Diego. In only what could be called a flood of
over 200 strong every one wanted to let me know were he ended
up.Thank you all for letting me know. I normally do not follow
people who have left the collective but I am sure his fear and
intimidation tactics will be continue at his new station. I
met or worked for him but I did hear from dozens of drones and
received over 20 of his "memos". Its a special person
who makes the famous quote section of this site. "The floggings
03/23/06 BUYERS TOUR N.O. CUBE...
Emmissucks has heard that as many as
five would be buyers have been looking at WVUE. One of the more
interesting would be buyers being Captain Cook former GM. Not
much else going on the stock is hovering at about $3 a share.
No more news from radio but then again there may be no one left
to send any thing in. So let it be written, so let it be done.
02/06/08 ALL HUMANS MUST BE TERMINATED... Jeff continues the purge in what is left of A-Mess,
"Emmis cuts staff
by 46 positions
Emmis Communications confirms that it has let go 46 staffers in
St. Louis, Austin and Chicago, but says that is the end of
reductions for its US radio group. Wall Street analysts say the
cuts will help to counter a revenue decline from yesterday's
WQCD-FM NYC as Adult Rock WRXP-FM. Emmis' stock is up in today's
Stock closed at $2.90. "Sterilize..Sterilize..Sterilize...."
01/09/08 $2.02 Going,going,going...
Jeff said "We are always viewed as the canary in
mine," Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan told
analysts, according to a transcript. "And I was driving in this morning
maybe this is the perspective from the very bottom of the
This from the man who gives
others the shaft on a routine basis. Emmis has become the turd
in the punch bowl not the canary in the coal mine. Give people
what they want and they will tune in. Emmis posted a 3Q loss of
$1.2mil. A blog on indystar has some interesting comments on
"Corporate radio like
Emmis and Clear Channel have destroyed radio. I was in the
when stations were locally owned and operated. The DJ's were
in the same building and could play what they wanted, music that
people wanted to hear. Advertising was fun and creative. Now,
the DJ's "voice-track" their shows. That's a fancy corporate
radio term meaning it's pre-recorded. We had a DJ in Denver
for a show in West Palm Beach. And corporate radio has forced
out local advertising. Only large corporations can afford a
schedule of effective advertising. Local advertisers can only
afford overnights and Sunday schedules. If you’re in the
radio business, get out now, while you still can. I was in radio
for 15 years, and have been out now for 6, and couldn’t be
happier about it!"
"I think you said
it best, when a station loses touch with it's local base, people
will go elsewhere.
Right now over half
the schedule on 1070 is syndicated out of state stuff trying to
compete with XM and podcast, with just too many commercials.
Election night 2006,
1070 and 1430 gave us basketball games, totally ingoring an
The move to FM seems
like the final nail on the coffin. I miss the local 24 hour a
day radio I grew up with."
What humans want is
humans on radio. This is diametrically opposite to Jeffs plans
to eliminate all humans at Emmis. The truth is out there and I
will continue to post it!
01/04/08 $2.77 AND FADING FAST....
Happy New Year! from all of us at
This is most likely the last year for the evil empire as decades
of poor management, greed and corruption finally catch up with
the evil empire. I laugh at the inferior intellect. Star
Trek "The Wrath of Khan"
THE M5 YEAR 7
THE M5 YEAR 6
THE M5 YEAR 5
THE M5 YEAR 4
THE M5 YEAR 3
THE M5 YEAR 2
THE M5 YEAR 1
(Or how it all began)
Famous quotes from
WVUE's past and current management.
"I'd love to see
you working for the competition, the sooner the better" Joe Cook GM 2001 to 2005
"We are dedicated to
NEWS" Randy Bonagarten New head of TV operations for
EMMIS,we shall see
"Imagine it this way...If
you don't make your target numbers we will line your entire
up against the wall and shoot them...it is that serious"
Ray Shonback 2001
"The Titanic had a Band"&"I
want to make this a fun place to work" Madelyn Bonnot
,Sr. VP Operations Emmis Television & GM 1998? to 2001 she
missed the target.
"It's our people that
make the difference"&"
I have no major changes planned for WVUE"Jeff Smulyan
CEO of EMMIS These comments from the man who cut more people
all previous owners of WVUE combined.
"It fell through the
cracks" & "We don't
need a permit or credentials for that" Elton Jones
PM mid 80's to 2002,what he always says when he forgets some
"The floggings will continue
until moral improves" Al Volker late 80's
"only one hot dog per
crew member working the show" Phil Nye GM mid 80's
when sold out to Savoy Fox got ten to one on his investment.
" We do not pay you to
think"&"I can clean
up this news operation" Andy Barton News Director
early 90's, He vacuumed and dusted more than managing the news
"Make no small plans"
Just small budgets (my embellishment) Peter Danois CEO of
Broadcasting , the smallest budgets ever in the history of WVUE.
This from a former employee, Peter also stated "I
am a broadcaster and in this for the long haul"this
was in his intro to the staff ,he bailed with a ten to one
and got into an internet Co.,so much for broadcasting. His
company flopped. The Barnham sale was the sale that sealed the
fate for WVUE.
"I will make this station
bigger than WWL" Ed Quinn GM early 80's,he lasted
less than two years. Also known for "Thats
VUE point what's yours?"
"We are right were we
want to be" Jack Long GM early "80s when WVUE
was rated last in the market!
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mismanagers and use Anonymous.To
to keep your identity a secret. Thanks to frightened CE manager
who sent in a pro-jeff comment and he was afraid of Jeff finding
out he comminicated with your webmaster. It would have been
to see what Jeff would have done to the guy if he had not hid
his ID ?
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