Daily Archives: Sept. 24, 2009

Merril Teller has a new KWCH, Channel 12, schedule

merrilWICHITA — If you’ve noticed Merril Teller isn’t on KWCH, Channel 12, newscasts as often as he used to be, you’re right.

“It’s kind of a flip-flop schedule,” the chief meteorologist says. “Some days I’m doing 6-10, some days I’m doing 5-9.”

That’s 9 p.m. for the Fox KansasNews at Nine.”

“It was a management decision,” Teller says.

But Teller won’t say what was behind the decision.

“I can’t answer that. You’d have to talk to Chad.”

News director Chad Cross didn’t return calls to comment but said in an e-mail:

“Merril Teller is our chief meteorologist and has a long-term contract with us. He and Ross Janssen share duties of weather for the 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 10:00 newscasts throughout the week.”

The 57-year-old Teller has been at the station for 28 years.

Once, when the No. 1 station was in third place and a consultant recommended wholesale changes, the station told Teller he was no longer needed. Viewer response helped him keep his job.

He says he’s OK with the latest changes.

“I’m fine. I’m getting older,” he says.

“It’s part of life — having changes.”

Burger King space has activity, but that’s it

WICHITA — The long-vacant building at 2020 E. 21st near Wichita State University has seen some activity this week, but it’s not from a new tenant.

The windows at the former Burger King space have been boarded due to vandalism.

But Grant Glasgow, a broker with Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group, says there could be some news at the property coming soon.

“We have had some interest lately.”

Eaton Steakhouse again faces eviction

WICHITA — Eaton Steakhouse owners Steve and Stephanie Compton are facing possible eviction again.

After a couple of postponed court dates for a previous eviction notice, the Comptons caught up on more than $50,000 in back rent late last month.

But they’re now $10,708 behind on what looks to be September’s rent to Eaton Place.

MDI Partnership #72, which owns Eaton Place, has filed lawsuits to reclaim the money and evict the Comptons.

An Oct. 7 court date is scheduled.

The Comptons declined comment.

You don’t say

“It’s always good to find out that you’re not terminal.”

Wichita Downtown Development president Jeff Fluhr’s comment Wednesday after an urban planning consultant said some other cities’ downtowns are beyond repair