The Times Board of Economists - Leigh Ellis, Radio One Communications president

MEDIA: Consumers thaw out, start to spend

2014-05-04T00:00:00Z 2014-05-04T07:52:07Z MEDIA: Consumers thaw out, start to spendBy Keith Benman, (219) 933-3326

With one of the harshest winters in recent memory now past, local media is heating up.

"With everything thawing, people are also thawing on their expenditures," said Leigh Ellis, president of Radio One Communications. "Consumer confidence is up markedly."

Media companies that have used the past few years to position themselves for the next wave of multimedia are looking forward to a record year, Ellis said. That includes Radio One, which his family recently sold to the Adams Radio Group.

"I truly feel this is someone who is going to take our business and take it to the next level," Ellis said.

Ellis' father, Len Ellis, founded Radio One Communications in 1964 as WAKE-AM. The company expanded to include three other radio stations in 2001.

Ellis, who has overseen operations at Radio One for the past 38 years, said he will work for Adams Radio on assignments throughout the company. That includes in Fort Wayne, where Adams Radio recently bought two groups of radio stations.

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