Emmis to ring NASDAQ closing bell

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Emmis CommunicationsWQHT HOT 97 FM and sister stations WBLS 107.5 FM and WLIB 1190 AM New York, will celebrate their recent union at the closing bell ceremony at The NASDAQ on Wednesday, 4/16. This February, the three stations became a unified cluster when Emmis announced it will acquire WBLS and WLIB from YMF Media. 


To honor the legacies of WQHT, WBLS, and WLIB, 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 will join company executives and invited guests as Emmis CEO, Jeff Smuylan, rings the closing bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

“As the WBLS and WLIB staffs join the Emmis family, we’re very excited to celebrate by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ,” said Smuylan.

Deon Levingston, General Manager of Emmis NY, adds, “This has been a thrilling time for all of us at WQHT, WBLS, and WLIB, and what better way to remember it than ringing the closing bell at The NASDAQ Stock Market!”

Fans of all three stations are invited to watch a webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell at https://new.livestream.com/nasdaq/live or http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.  The ceremony begins promptly at 3:45 p.m. ET, with remarks from NASDAQ and Smuylan, followed by the ringing of the closing bell at 4:00 p.m. ET.


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