Daily Archives: May 2, 2014

Tracy Cassidy gone from B98

WICHITA — It’s the end of an era at KRBB, FM-97.9.

Tracy Cassidy is off the morning show after 26 years.

“I’m suddenly free to enjoy my trips with my dad, my grandchildren, do some painting and get some workouts in,” Cassidy says.

She won’t say what happened, though.

First, her longtime co-host, Brett Harris, lost his position in 2012, which followed his prolonged contract negotiations a couple of years prior when he considered other options.

At the time, Cassidy made it clear she would stay regardless of what Harris did.

“I have to go where my trust level is high and where my projects are,” she said.

Cassidy says she can’t explain what changed. Nor did anyone from the station return calls for comment.

It’s unclear what’s happening with the rest of the B98 morning show crew. Most references to Harris’ replacement, Adam “Lukas” Cox, are gone from the station’s website as are references to producer Kathy Deane.

Cox didn’t return a call for comment. Deane referred calls to station management.

The B98 site advertises “The B98 Morning Show” with no names attached.

It’s uncertain if the personalities are gone or if the show is being retooled.

What is certain is Cassidy is about to get some sleep.

“I’m going to sleep in,” she says. “I’ve been getting up at 2 in the morning for way too long.”

You don’t say

 

This cookie plea worked for a pharmaceutical rep who was hoping to visit with physician assistant Kathryn Welch, who says she would have visited with the rep anyway.

This cookie plea worked for a pharmaceutical rep who was hoping to visit with physician assistant Kathryn Welch, who says she would have visited with the rep anyway.

“I just need 2 minutes.”

– What a pharmaceutical rep had written in icing on an oversized cookie in an attempt to get in to see Neurology Center of Wichita physician assistant Kathryn Welch

Party Zone Supply Store to open later than planned but in a larger space

WICHITA — It’s later than planned, but Party Zone Supply Store is still opening at the new Moonridge Plaza center near 29th and Tyler.

Imran Manzoor, whose parents own the center, says he hoped to open the store before Easter, but he decided to expand it first.

“We just needed more room,” he says.

Initially, he’d planned a 3,000-square-foot store but now is going to open in more than 4,000 square feet to have extra room for year-round costumes. Originally, the store was going to sell them around Halloween only.

Manzoor says it made sense to do the extra construction before attempting to open the store, which he hopes will be in three or four weeks.

“We’re going to try to give everybody what they need,” he says. “It’s going to be (a) learning process for us.”

Manzoor says he knows he can’t carry everything, but he says, “The more feedback we get from people … it will change quite a bit from this year to next year.”

The Marple venue to open in former Marple Theater and Fat Tony’s space downtown

WICHITA — A new venue is opening in the former Fat Tony’s space at 417 E. Douglas, but it’s not a bar.

“It’s going to be a completely different building than it has in quite some time,” says Kyle Dick.

Dick and Stephen Coldwell are opening the Marple to host national touring acts, which could be musicians or comedians or DJs.

“It’s really no set thing,” Coldwell says. “We just want to have a nice venue – bring back the history of it.”

Dick says he’s heard a lot of history about the building, from old Wild West characters hanging out there to burlesque dancers and even more risque goings-on.

“I don’t know how true all of it is.”

Most people remember it as the Marple Theater. Dick and Coldwell hope to show films there again and perhaps host some Tallgrass Film Festival events.

“We love the space,” Dick says. “It’s kind of been underutilized for a while.”

Coldwell says the approximately 2,500-square-foot space is “amazing.”

“I just fell in love with it,” he says.

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