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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.”

Hartman Arena lands cover of trade publication

WICHITA — Hartman Arena has landed on the cover of Facilities & Event Management, a trade publication for the venue business.

It’s not just any cover, says arena general manager Aran Rush. It’s the booking issue.

“This is huge,” Rush says. “The timing is everything.”

He says the biggest booking conference of the year is in Nashville in two weeks.

Rush says Iowa-based VenuWorks, which manages Hartman Arena, “has a really good relationship with” the publication.

The article delved into the arena’s five years in business and the Wichita market as well.

“Every market has their reputation,” Rush says.

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“Dorothy should be glad she’s not in Kansas anymore.”

Business Insider magazine, which names Wichita the ninth most-depressing city due to dating options, allergies, tornadoes and suicide rates

Peterson Publications no longer will produce Go Wichita’s visitors guide

WICHITA — Last year, Have You Heard? reported that Peterson Publications no longer would produce the Kansas Official Visitors Guide, much to the disappointment of the Topeka-based company’s president, Jeff Peterson.

Now, the company is no longer going to produce the Go Wichita visitors guide, but Peterson says that was his choice.

“We’re just reorganizing some of the things that we are doing here,” he says. “This was really strictly a business decision.”

Peterson says he hopes the convention and visitors bureau would hire a local company to do the work.

“With the Wichita guide, it really takes … going and seeing a lot of the smaller businesses there. We’re not right in Wichita, so it was quite a bit of travel for our sales manager.”

Peterson says it may have been different if the company still was producing the state guide.

Go Wichita has hired Arizona-based Madden Media, which also produces the state guide.

“They did excellent work with the state, so we included them in the opportunity to bid,” says Go Wichita spokesman James Williams.

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“There are people still here in Wichita that don’t know we exist.”

Doug Nunamaker of Atlas MD on recent attention the company has received for its concierge medicine on a “Here & Now” radio segment today and in a Bloomberg Businessweek article last week