Published On: Thu, Jul 25th, 2013

Jeff Smulyan to be recognized as one of the Giants of Broadcasting

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/ By Stanley Green/ 

Jeff Smulyan’s more than forty years as a pioneer of the radio industry will be celebrated at the 11th staging of the Giants of Broadcasting, an annual event sponsored by the Library of American Broadcasting that honors companies and individuals whose efforts have furthered the interests of the television and radio industry.

The event, scheduled to be held in New York’s Gotham Hall on October 16th, 2013, Smulyan will be among an elite group of industry professionals who will be recognized for their contributions to  the media during the course of the last half-century.

Jeffrey Smulyan who serves as Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis–based radio, TV and magazine publishing company with operations in 12 U.S. markets and Slovakia and Bulgaria, will be joining 161 Giants of Broadcasting who have been honored by the Library since the awards were instigated in 2003.


Jeff Smulyan graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in History and Telecommunications, going on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from USC School of Law, during which time he served as note and comment editor of the school’s Law Review.

After operating two radio stations – WNTS in Indianapolis and KCRO in Omaha. Jeff Smulyan founded Emmis in 1979 , taking it public  in 1994. Currently Emmis owns and operates 20 FM and 2 AM radio stations in the United States as well as radio stations in Slovakia and Bulgaria. In 1995, Emmis earned the distinction of becoming the first company to own top-rated stations in New York and Los Angeles simultaneously. Over the past two decades, Smulyan has been named among the most influential people in the radio industry.

In addition to his business activities, Smulyan was named by The White House to head the U.S. Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union in 1994. Acting as the United States Ambassador, he represented the his country in a series of history shaping a series bilateral agreements, particularly one between Israel and the PLO.

Jeff Smulyan sits on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California as well as being a member of numerous civic boards and committees in the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.

Other honors that Smulyan has won include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Breath of Life Award; the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Award, the Leukemia Society Diamond of Hope Award as well as being inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame. In 2006, The Broadcasters’ Foundation honored Smulyan with its Golden Mike Award in recognition of his charitable efforts.

Jeff Smulyan is also recognized as being a considerate employer, with Emmis being named one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”on more than one occasion.

In recent years, Smulyan has been recognized as being among the principal innovators in the radio industry’s groundbreaking efforts to expand the reach of FM radio to a mobile platform.


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