Emmis heats up in Terre Haute


Emmis CommunicationsA two-station cluster will become four once Emmis closes on a deal to buy an AM-FM sports franchise serving the Terre Haute IN market. The group already has a pair of FMs there.

Coming from Crossroads Investments are WSDX-AM and WSDM-FM. Licensed to Brazil, a community to the east of Terre Haute, the pair team up to bring ESPN fare into the market.

Emmis is already in business there with Country WTHI-FM, known as HI-99, and Classic Rock WWVR-FM The River.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

“We are excited to add the ESPN brand to the Emmis-Terre Haute cluster of stations which include WWVR-FM Classic Rock 105.5 The River and HI-99/WTHI-FM The Wabash Valley’s Country Station,” said James Conner, Emmis Vice President/Terre Haute General Manager. “We will continue to serve the listeners of Terre Haute, Brazil and the surrounding communities with quality programming and our continued commitment to community service.”

WSDM-FM is a Class A on 92.7 MHz with 6 kW @ 299’, and WSDX-AM is a Class D on 1130 with 500 W-D, 20 W-N, ND. Both blanket Terre Haute and points east during the day. The AM can’t get there at night after it’s powered down to 20 Watts, however.

WTHI is the crown jewel of the cluster, a Class B licensed to Terre Haute with 50 kW @ 489’. WWVR is a Class A licensed to West Terre Haute on 105.5 with 3.3 kW @ 295’.