UPDATED — For the second time in less than two years, one of Wichita’s most recognizable radio personalities has lost his job.
A manager met Brett Harris as he came into work early Wednesday morning at the new KHLT, 99.7-FM, and told him his services would no longer be needed.
“I helped a friend buy a radio station and we built a terrific staff and product,” Harris said in an e-mailed statement. “I wish that team continued success..big time! With the expanding Brett and Sierra (Scott) daily TV show, it’s a great time to shift gears, focus on TV and relaunch your morning radio gig. God Bless.”
The station’s general manager, Belinda Atteberry, says, “I can confirm that Brett is no longer an employee of 99.7 Lite FM. I can’t comment any further on it because it’s a personnel matter.”
In July 2012, Harris confirmed he was “blown away” when he lost his job hosting the morning show on KRBB, 97.9-FM, which he had been on since 1989.
Harris had explored starting his own station prior to leaving B98.
After he lost his job there, Harris and Shane Prill, who has S.J. Prill Financial and Investment Planning and used to do financial reports years ago on Harris’ show, decided to start a new station. Harris was not an owner in it, though.
“He was morning show talent,” Prill says.
“It started because we knew each other, and he was out of a job,” Prill says. “We’ve been acquaintances 20-plus years.”
Prill won’t comment further.
The station went on the air last year and slowly added local talent.
Harris’ show debuted with Anita Cochran as his co-host and then transitioned to Shelley Hansel, who says she’s choosing to return to her job with the Wellington chamber full time except for some weekend work on the radio.
Atteberry says there’s not a replacement for Harris yet.
“We are looking at all of our options and will stay local.”