Sellout lifts 65-year blackout for local TV
Stew on this historic news: Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 will be the first sellout for Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 100 years of trying.
A sellout was confirmed Wednesday when officials confirmed a discontinuation of ticket sales, effectively immediately.
And with the historic news came another historic decision: The race will be televised live throughout Indiana, a first since 1950 when officials stimulated attendance by delaying the broadcast until the evening.
Sunday’s broadcast on WRTV-6 will begin at 11 a.m., and there will be a re-air — per tradition — at 7 p.m and again Monday at 10 a.m.
ESPN, which produces all sports programming for ABC, said the decision to televise the race locally was IMS’ alone.
After IndyStar broke the news of a potential lifting of the TV blackout, another 2,500-plus general admission tickets were sold. IMS officials considered the purchasing trend and decided there was only one course of action: Offer the historic race to as many people as possible. It’s likely to be a oneyear exception.
Miles said IMS’ board of directors and Hulman-George family members were pleased by the sellout news in Tuesday’s conference call.
“They were nothing but congratulatory,” he said.
Exact attendance will not be announced, but Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles gave a clue to how many people are projected to come through the IMS gates. Take the combined populations of Fort Wayne and South Bend, which is about 350,000.
By IndyStar’s count, there are 237,000 in grandstand seats, which includes permanent suites, and the new upper-deck seats on the front straightaway.
Add in at least 75,000 people in the infield, a few thousand more in the 18 temporary suites in Turn 1 and on the backstretch, plus employees and race participants.
Yes, 350,000 is possible.
But it doesn’t come without a considerable amount of work, including how to handle the crowd with staffing. People from outside the state have been called upon, Miles said.
Lifting the TV ban has its challenges, too, and it starts with settling local radio rights for the race. Indianapolis- based Emmis Communication has partnered with IMS for 35 years, and the 500’s relationship with WIBC, which Emmis owns, has even longer ties.
“Obviously, from a radio station’s standpoint, we’re disappointed (because) we negotiated for exclusive rights,” Emmis founder and CEO Jeff Smulyan told IndyStar on Wednesday. “Having said that, we’re trying to look at the big picture and what’s in the best interest of everyone.”
Miles declined to say how IMS would make things financially right with Emmis, but he said a resolution will be determined once the impact of a live TV broadcast is understood.
“We’ll figure it out,” Miles told IndyStar. “Jeff is a good friend, and Emmis is a good partner and has been for a long time.”
“Life is too short, this city is too small.”
Said Smulyan: “I could not echo Mark’s sentiments any better.’
How this affects Sunday’s television rating remains to be seen. Nielsen Media only counts the first broadcast in a market. Last year, the local re-air drew a 12.7 rating, the highest of any metered market. Second was Dayton, Ohio, at 9.9 and Louisville at 8.7.
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Veterans Memorial Parkway bridge set to close June 1
The Indiana Department of Transportation will close the Veterans Memorial Parkway Bridge over Interstate 65 beginning June 1 for a bridge deck overlay. The bridge will reopen July 1. The detour during the closure takes McCarty Lane to Park East Boulevard to Ind. 26 to County Road 550 East. The closure is part of a $82.8 million INDOT project that includes the addition of travel lanes to I-65, construction of four noise walls and work on four overhead bridges, including the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
For more information about closures and traffic alerts from INDOT, visit indot.carsprogram. org.
Brown County Welcomes Summer With Booming Live Music Scene
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May 19, 2016
BROWN COUNTY WELCOMES SUMMER WITH BOOMING LIVE MUSIC SCENE
/NEW MUSIC SERIES AND CLASSIC CROWD PLEASERS SLATED FOR THE UPCOMING
NASHVILLE, IND., (MAY 19, 2016) – Brown County’s live music scene is
booming. From pickin’ at the Village pavilion to outdoor gazebo parties,
Brown County has plenty of listening opportunities for any and all music
lovers. With summer right around the corner, Brown County has been ramping
up its live entertainment and fine tuning its musical offerings.
Starting Memorial Day weekend, the Pavilion Music Series will begin. Brown
County’s newest musical delight, the Pavilion Music Series will include
five free live concerts throughout the summer season stretching into fall.
As the name suggests, this special music series will take place in the
heart of Nashville at the Village pavilion, which is located at the corner
of Main and Jefferson Streets.
From bluegrass and doo-wop country to Americana roots and laid-back guitar
strumming, this free concert series will cover a wide variety of music
genres and will feature some of Brown County’s favorite musicians. The
Pavilion Music Series kicks off on Saturday, May 28 with some banjo and
fiddlin’ fun. Other concert dates include June 18, August 20, September
17, and October 8. Concerts will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. and
all are welcome to attend. Listeners are encouraged to bring a lawn chair
The Pavilion Music Series is presented by Arts Village Brown County and
sponsored by the Johnson Family Charitable Fund. More information and the
complete line-up of performers is available online at
Another original on the Brown County music scene is Hotel Nashville’s
outdoor gazebo parties. Offering spectacular views of the Village below,
Hotel Nashville’s famous gazebo comes alive on Fridays in May through
September with live music, food, and fun. Combine live performances by a
stellar line-up of musicians with a delicious cookout buffet and you’ve
got a recipe for an evening of enjoyment. Top it all off with a beautiful
scenic hillside view and a cash bar and Hotel Nashville’s gazebo parties
are hard to beat.
Music will be performed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the buffet available
from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Buffet cost is based on items served, but
typically ranges from $12 to $15 per person. Bar drinks are sold
separately. Live entertainment is free and all are invited to listen even
those not purchasing food and/or drink items.
Gazebo parties are currently scheduled for May 27, June 24, July 8 and 22,
August 5 and 26, and September 16 and 30. More dates may be added.
Additional details, including a list of performers, are available online at
www.browncounty.com/calendar/event/hotel-nashville-gazebo-party or by
Additionally, Pickin’ at the Pavilion or the “Little Nashville Jam”
has returned to the Village for the summer season. Regardless of what name
it goes by, this is a one-of-a-kind musical treat that should not be
missed. Every Tuesday, a group of local musicians gather at the pavilion at
the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets for an evening of pickin’ and
playin.’ Not only is this grassroots, informal jam session a great way to
get a taste of the local life, but also to hear some top-notch tunes. All
are welcome to bring along an instrument and participate or simply to set
up a lawn chair and spectate. Pickin’ at the Pavilion starts at 7 p.m.
and continues until the music stops. There is no charge to attend.
Several restaurants and bars in Brown County also are hotspots for live
entertainment. Guests can expect to regularly find live music at Big Woods
Brewing Company, the Big Busted Bar, Big Woods Pizza, Pine Room and Muddy
Boots Café, the Corn Crib Lounge in the Brown County Inn, the 19th Hole
Sports Bar and Grille at Salt Creek Golf Retreat, Chateau Thomas Winery,
and The Saloon at The Seasons Lodge. There are even Wine-Down Wednesdays
featuring music at the Hobnob Corner Restaurant and the Story Inn is
offering their new Summer Music Series this year. Be sure to check out the
online event calendar on www.browncounty.com for live music happenings.
Additional information also may be found on each respective venue’s
From casual group guitar jams to top-notch concerts for free, Brown County
is the place to be this summer for live music fun. Discover Brown
County’s booming entertainment scene. It is sure to be music to your
ABOUT BROWN COUNTY, IND.: No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes
naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking
scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await in
one of America’s original artists’ colonies. From art to the great
outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and for most, it’s
only a short drive away. Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one
another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown
County. Plan your escape today…you’ll be glad you did.