Air Date: Nov 10, 2014
FM radio isn’t the past—it’s the future. That’s the opinion of Jeff Smulyan, the chairman, president, and CEO of Emmis Communications, and the big shot featured in our latest episode of Big Shots with Giselle Fernandez. Around our offices, however, Smulyan is simply known as head honcho—Emmis Communications owns Los Angeles magazine in addition to five other city and regional magazines, two dozen radio stations, and other media properties. In his chat with Fernandez, Smulyan talks about the challenges facing FM stations and print publishers, and explains the groundbreaking idea behind NextRadio, the company’s interactive app that turns smartphones into free FM radios and has the power to save lives.