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McConnell Air Force Base ranks near bottom of magazine’s list of top bases for airmen

WICHITA — AirForceTimes on Tuesday released a report of the top bases for airmen.

“No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations — griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones,” the magazine said.

McConnell Air Force Base might have cause to gripe – about the list.

McConnell makes the list, but of 68 bases on it, McConnell was tied for 66th.

“McConnell is a great place to work, live and raise a family,” 22nd Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Joel Jackson said in a statement. “I am proud of our base, proud to be a part of the Wichita community. The people and Airmen of Wichita and McConnell AFB make it where I want to live.”

Affordable housing and recreational opportunities helped Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio tie for tops on the list.

Jackson has his own list of things to brag about for McConnell.

“Team McConnell benefits from an unparalleled level of community support and partnership, enhancing the quality of life for our Airmen and their families,” he said in the statement. “As a result, McConnell AFB was selected as the runner-up for the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, which recognizes DoD’s (Department of Defense) exemplary base. Today, the support of the numerous communities surrounding McConnell AFB enables the total force to continue to build on that success, and accomplish our mission of global reach each and every day.”

You don’t say

“’I’ve never met the guy, but I heard good things of him.”

Shocker guard Ron Baker on Charles Koch in a Tuesday New York Times story about how the Koch family is viewed in Wichita

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“It’s a small blurb, but it’s still a blurb.”

Kevin Wildt, co-owner of Wichita’s Stamp Yo Face!, on getting a plug on Page 24 of O magazine’s June issue

PR News offends Kansas PRSA chapter two months after causing uproar

UPDATED — The Kansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently issued an invitation to Diane Schwartz, senior vice president and group publisher for PR News.

That’s the group that, during an e-mail appeal for more subscribers, told PR executives nationally that they can “score big” in the industry if they “Don’t be like Wichita State.” The e-mail came shortly after the ShockersNCAA tournament loss.

After much uproar in local PR circles — and with Shocker and WSU fans all over — a day later Schwartz apologized to the school.

PRSA president-elect Mary Beth Chambers says she invited Schwartz to “talk about lessons learned and best practices.”

On or about April 8, Chambers says she extended an invitation via e-mail.

“I think I gave it about a week or so before I followed up with a phone call and left a message.”

She says Schwartz didn’t return the call or e-mail.

“I said we weren’t going to tar and feather her,” Chambers says. “Maybe she didn’t believe me.”

Schwartz did return a call from The Eagle.

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‘Wichita’ is Tampa Bay Rays code word

WICHITA — In a Fox Sports story online Thursday, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is quoted as saying, “I never served time in Omaha, but I have in Wichita.”

Though that may not sound like a good thing, Maddon apparently meant well, and Wichita gets a great plug in the story.

Much like Peyton Manning used the word “Omaha” to signal certain plays in football, the article says Maddon is now using “Wichita” as a “code word to signal that a call should be challenged as part of Major League Baseball’s expanded replay.”

Joe Maddon, right, is using Wichita as his code name for MLB replay challenges.

Joe Maddon, right, is using Wichita as his code name for MLB replay challenges.

“Omaha and Wichita, kind of almost in a perverse way, rhyme,” Maddon said.

The article says the Wichita code is “a tip of the cap to his past.”

Maddon was involved in the National Baseball Congress World Series, which is held in Wichita, as a player and a coach and has been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

The article says baseball has a “soft spot throughout Wichita’s history,” in part due to the NBC. It quotes a few Wichitans about the code connection.

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“The first things I thought about were what it would do for our budget and all the camera equipment we could buy. The first thing my students thought was a pizza party.”

Maize High School journalism teacher Dan Loving on a Wichita bank accidentally sending a more than $20,000 check to his students’ magazine

PR News apologizes to Wichita State University and the Shockers

WICHITA — It was a day late, but PR News has apologized for suggesting through an e-mail to PR executives nationally that they can “score big” in the industry if they “Don’t be like Wichita State.”

“On behalf of PR News, I wish to apologize to Wichita State University and its many basketball fans and supporters across the country for the reference to the university in our March 26 email solicitation,” wrote Diane Schwartz, senior vice president and group publisher for PR News in what appears to be an e-mail blast to the same people who received the initial e-mail on Wednesday.

“The subject line was inappropriate and reflected poor judgment on our part. We have taken steps to ensure such statements made in our email solicitations will not happen again,” Schwartz wrote. “Thank you for understanding that mistakes happen, even to those who serve the PR trade. We are humbled by the incident and appreciate your continued support.”

Late Wednesday evening, Schwartz also sent a note to Barth Hague, WSU’s associate vice president for university relations and chief marketing officer. She said, in part, “I and my team have the utmost respect for your university — and the Shockers –and please understand that we own up to this mistake in judgment.”

The mass apology was sent Thursday morning.

“I find it acceptable,” Hague says. “I know that others who have been talking to me from outside of the organization thought it was weak.”

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PR News takes ‘cheap shot’ at the Shockers

scoreUPDATED — In a bid for more subscribers through a national e-mail blast on Wednesday, PR News touted its “expert opinions” on communications and crisis management, among other things, through what a Wichita State University spokesman calls a “cheap shot” at the Shockers.

The PR group now needs a little crisis management help of its own.

The e-mail, which was about how to “score big” in the business, has a subject line that says “Don’t be like Wichita State.”

“Really, that’s the approach you’re going to take to generate business?” asks WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser. “It’s just a marketing attempt gone awry. Is it the end of the world? No. But it’s unfortunate.”

His day began with a couple of e-mails from his counterparts at Wake Forest University and Princeton University alerting him to the slam against the school and its beloved Shockers.

“And, yes, I am unsubscribing from their distribution list,” one said after saying how much the slam annoyed him.

It’s a sentiment others locally and nationally are echoing.

“We think this approach is mean-spirited and beneath contempt,” wrote Barth Hague, WSU’s associate vice president for university relations and chief marketing officer, in an e-mail to PR News about playing on the Shockers’ “heartbreaking loss.”

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“I don’t know why we have so much crime. All they have to do is pick up the paper and see what’s going to happen to them.”

– Wichita resident Joan Neugent on the “pretty stupid people” who she thinks must not be reading crime stories in The Wichita Eagle

Huffington Post names Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co. a must-do for Kansas visitors

WICHITA — Arizona has the Grand Canyon, Louisiana has the French Quarter, and Kansas has . . . Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.?

The Huffington Post has published a list of the “ONE” thing visitors to each of the 50 states must do while there, and the downtown Hays business made it.

“One day, Gerald Wyman’s wife told him to please stop brewing beer in their kitchen,” the Huffington Post writes. “A few years later, Wyman had a charming-yet-modern storefront and a Gold World Beer Cup Award for his Oatmeal Stout.”

The publication recommends a sample of the No. 6 Oatmeal Stout.

In a statement, Wyman said, “We are thrilled to represent Kansas and look forward to toasting travelers with pints of Oatmeal Stout.”