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Emmis’ Smulyan Rings Nasdaq Closing Bell

Occasion marks WBLS, WLIB joining N.Y. cluster

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan and Colleagues at the Closing Bell of Wednesday’s Nasdaq Stock Market

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Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan marked a “momentous” occasion this week.

He rang the closing bell on the Nasdaq Stock Market in Times Square on Wednesday. The event marked the company’s 20th anniversary of the company going public and its stock being listed on Nasdaq.

“In all of the 35 years of Emmis there has been one thing that has made this company what it is. And that is a bond with the people who have provided the ideas, who have provided the inspiration, who have provided the persistence to get us to where we are now,” said Smulyan.

The company was celebrating that New York City market stations WQHT(FM), and sister stations WBLS(FM) and WLIB(AM) are now under one umbrella and part of Emmis’ New York market cluster. Emmis acquired the latter two facilities from YMF Media earlier in the year.

On-air personalities Funk Flex and Angie Martinez from WQHT, Lenny Green, Dr. Bob Lee, and Earthquake from WBLS, and Bishop Hezekiah Walker from WLIB joined company executives and invited guests.

Emmis GM NY Deon Levingston said the broadcaster is pleased to welcome WBLS and WLIB, with Levingston adding: “What better way to remember it than ringing the closing bell at the Nasdaq Stock Market!”

“It’s a great day for this company,” said Smulyan. “I appreciate it. Thank you.”

Click here to see a produced video of Smulyan ringing the closing bell at Nasdaq.