Daily Archives: May 27, 2010

The Eagles are confirmed — again

WICHITA — In the final Eagles news of the day, the June 30 concert date is back on Live Nation’s website.

And, as a final bit of confirmation, there’s now a sign just inside Intrust Bank Arena (and visible from Kellogg) that says, “I gotta peaceful easy feeling.”

And now that that’s settled, so do I.

KFTI drops classic country and converts to rock oldies under the call letters KLIO

WICHITA — Alan Jackson may still sing “she’s gone country,” but KFTI, 1070-AM, will no longer play it.

The station has now gone oldies, with a format that will include pop and rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

The new call letters are KLIO.

For years, when radio listeners thought of classic country in Wichita they thought of KFDI, 1070-AM — later renamed KFTI — and powerhouse personalities like Johnny Western and the late Mike Oatman.

Western retired last month.

No one with Journal Broadcast Group could be reached for comment.

In a prepared statement, Eric McCart, vice president and general manager of the Wichita operations explained the switch to oldies.

“There is a gap in the Wichita market that needs to be filled,” he said.

There was no mention of the classic country station’s storied history.

Live Nation now is not confirming the Eagles

WICHITA — I’m getting anything but a peaceful, easy feeling on this Eagles situation.

Now Live Nation has removed the June 30 Intrust Bank Arena concert confirmation from its website.

My bet is the show is still happening, but someone put the information on the website before it was supposed to be there.

Stay tuned.

Eagles are coming to Intrust Bank Arena

WICHITA — Live Nation now confirms the Eagles are coming to Intrust Bank Arena on June 30.

No one with the concert promoter returned a call for comment, but the date is now on the Live Nation website.

The site says there’s a presale for tickets starting June 2.

You don’t say

“I just feel like I have to be the one to stand up and say, ‘Look at me. Retail does work in Old Town.’ ”

Gary Gregory, owner of the 15-year-old First Gear shoe store in Old Town, who disagrees with Picture Framing & More owner Brett Osburn on the success of retail business in that area

The Shadow to close next month

WICHITA — After June 19, Wichitans will no longer see their Shadow.
The 7-year-old bar near Central and Rock is closing.

“It’s definitely tough to step aside,” says general manager Mike Cline, whose mother, Diane, owns the bar.

“We have a couple of prospective buyers,” Mike Cline says.

If a sale doesn’t happen, the business will close.

“We just want to make sure people know that through June 19, it’s business as usual,” Cline says.

He says there are a lot of reasons the Shadow is closing.

“Business has been down,” Cline says. “It’s not the same as it used to be.”

The Shadow opened in the former Grape space after that owner declared bankruptcy.

Mike Cline says a lot has happened at the bar in the years since, including weddings, parties and fundraisers.

On its last weekend, the Shadow will host the Red White and Blues benefit for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters on June 18 and plans a big party for the final night on June 19.

“That will be a whole weekend of going out in style.”

The Eagles could be coming to Intrust Bank Arena

eagles.comWICHITA — Back before Intrust Bank Arena opened, there was a lot of speculation about what act would kick off the new venue.

The most popular pick was the Eagles, except they weren’t on tour when the arena opened in January.

They are now.

There will be an announcement next week about a big show coming to the arena, and our bet is it’s the Eagles.

The band is on its Long Road Out of Eden tour now.

Its website lists a number of upcoming dates, though none for Wichita — yet.

The Eagles are playing in St. Louis on June 24 and in Dallas on June 26. Those are the closest cities announced so far. It would not be surprising to see a Wichita date around that time.

The Eagles are playing in Austin October 10, so it looks like there’s plenty of time this summer to schedule more venues.

The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban are special guests for a number of scheduled dates so far.

An arena spokeswoman won’t confirm or deny that there’s even an announcement coming next week.

Most likely, the announcement will be coming from concert promoter Live Nation.

A Live Nation spokeswoman didn’t return calls for comment.

We’ll keep you posted.

Hana Cafe to double in size and add sake and sushi bars

WICHITA — Picture Framing & More is leaving Old Town Square because of a lack of business, but next-door neighbor Hana Cafe is expanding into that space because its business is doing so well.

Since 13-year-old Hana Cafe moved from 306 N. Rock Road to Old Town four years ago, business has tripled says Eunice Kim, who owns the business with her husband, Jay.

During that time, the popularity of sushi, which is only part of what Hana sells, seems to have grown.

“Every single table has sushi,” Eunice Kim says.

Old Town is attracting more diners as well.

Now, the Kims want to capitalize on the sushi craze and the trend of young people who enjoy partying with music, sushi and sake in the evenings.

The Kims plan to completely remodel their 1,500 square feet and the similarly sized frame shop, which will close at the end of June.

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