December 17th, 2014
Don’t Drop the Ball! Indiana Celebrates the New Year In Unique Ways.
Ringing in the new year is a time-honored tradition. Many of us will head out to share in the revelry with family and friends, often in a large public gathering.
The giant watermelon in Vincennes, IN, in 2010.
While New York’s famous ball drop in Times Square is the most recognizable symbol of public New Year’s Eve celebrations, Indiana likes to do things a little bit differently. (Except for Kokomo and Muncie, who do host ball drop parties.)
Making Tripadvisor’s 10 Quirkiest New Year’s Eve Celebrations in America list is the Vincennes Watermelon Drop – and rightfully so. Just before midnight, festival planners hoist an 18-foot, 500-pound steel-and-foam watermelon into the air. Once the clock strikes midnight, 15 Knox County-grown watermelons – to celebrate the year 2015 – will plunge 100 feet onto the “splatform” to kick off the party and fireworks celebration.
Not to be outdone, Indianapolis plans a drop of its own – though this one will result in a gentle touch, thankfully. Hosted by Downtown Indy on the Georgia Street promenade, Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration brought to you by The Indiana Union Construction Industry features a full-sized IndyCar hoisted into the air, descending with the year end countdown. The party lasts all evening, with bands and DJs from 5pm on and fireworks at midnight. The Bankers Life Fieldhouse entry pavilion will be open with family friendly activities throughout the evening.
Hopefully you’ve got some good food planned for New Year’s Day, as Indiana families gather for meals on the first day of 2015. Many Hoosiers follow a strong southern US tradition by serving dishes with black eyed peas – considered good luck for prosperity in the new year. And though there are no “official” traditions to note, cabbage seem to be a popular New Year’s dish amongst Indiana’s greatest cooks – moms and grandmothers.
Enjoy the rest of 2014, and happy new year!
December 10th, 2014
Having Fun In A Radio Production Of Dickens’ Holiday Classic Radio is fun. It’s fun to listen to, it’s a fun place to work (much of the time, anyway), and it’s fun to be on-the-air. My job now in radio is selling advertising. But for the second consecutive Holiday Season, I’ve had fun being on-the-air […]
December 3rd, 2014
Many Are Indoors, But Some Require Hoosier Spirit To Brave The Temperatures – And Maybe Snowflakes – Outside. The Indianapolis Circle of Lights is lit up in all its glory, signaling that Indy is ready to celebrate the holidays with festivals of all kinds. Many are indoors, but some require that resilient Hoosier spirit to […]
November 19th, 2014
7 Techniques Shared From Industry Trade Show The old adage of “it’s not what you say but how you say it” rings so especially true when it comes to radio commercials. Do a commercial right and radio advertising delivers a strong return on investment. Do a commercial wrong and a business has wasted money – […]
November 12th, 2014
1070 Helps Team Avoid Moving From Indy AM-1070 has long been a station focused on helping the Central Indiana community, including fundraising exposure for countless service & charitable organizations through the years. One of the most important to the fate of downtown Indy happened in 1977: the “Save The Pacers” Telethon. Yes, hard to […]
November 6th, 2014
“It’s About The Relationship With Listeners.” MG Credits Growing Up With 1070, Being Shown The Way. You see him on TV…hear him courtside on the p. a. system during Pacers games…and you might even be one of his more than 15,000 Twitter followers…but Michael Grady still loves radio. Named to the IBJ’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list, […]
October 29th, 2014
MG Recognized As An Indy Up-And-Comer “What these young people have accomplished already is truly inspiring.” — Greg Morris, President/Publisher, Indianapolis Business Journal. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more involved with keeping fans current on Indianapolis sports than 1070 The FAN’s Michael Grady. He’s been a board operator, producer, and behind-the-mic talent at WIBC […]
October 22nd, 2014
Student Offers Take On Radio Convention’s Millennial-Focused Panel Last month, an Emmis Communications part time employee – and current a full time UIndy student – attended the National Association of Broadcasters annual Radio Show convention in Indianapolis. Along with a few other college students, he was chosen to sit on panel titled “Attracting The Next […]
October 15th, 2014
Hoosier State Planted NFL Seeds, Produced Hall Of Famers and Continental League Champs, and Lauded For Hosting Super Bowl Many people believe 1984 is the year that pro football finally came to Indiana when the Colts moved to Indy from Baltimore. But what most people don’t know is that two Indiana clubs were present and […]
October 8th, 2014
1070 There At The Start, And Today – Through Blackouts And Bad Teams, Sellouts And Super Bowls. 1070′s Bob Lamey and Don Hein during the Indianapolis Colts’ 1st regular season win. This is the 30th season for the Indianapolis Colts. From playing home games inside the Hoosier Dome to in-or-outside thanks to Lucas Oil Stadium’s […]