Category Archives: Radio

Marty Johnson to return to radio with ‘Mondays with Marty’

WICHITA — When Marty Johnson of Johnson’s Garden Centers announced he was ending his radio show in early 2013, he said, “It’s time to do something else, like ride my bike on Saturday mornings!”

Now, he’s figured out a way to do both.

Johnson and his son, Jeremy, will be on KQAM, 1480-AM, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays.

The previous show was on KNSS, 1330-AM, for the better part of three decades.

The new show will be called “Mondays with Marty.”

“It’ll be kind of the same format as before,” Johnson says. “It’ll draw a different audience than the Saturday morning audience.”

Johnson says he and customers missed the show.

“We heard comments,” he says.

Johnson, an avid bicyclist, does not think the new show should interfere with his riding.

“No, in fact … I’ll be able to ride to the station.”

Entercom Radio to move to Ruffin Building

UPDATED — After two decades in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn, Entercom Radio is moving its Wichita office.

By early 2015, Entercom will be in the Ruffin Building at 9111 E. Douglas. That’s the building that’s perhaps better known as the former Pizza Hut headquarters.

Entercom is taking 12,000 square feet there.

“The Ruffin Building better suits our needs,” says vice president and general manager Jackie Wise.

Entercom stations include KNSS, 1330-AM, KEYN, 103.7-FM, KDGS, 93.9-FM, KFBZ, 105.3-FM, and KFH Sports, which is on 98.7-FM and 1240-AM. All of them are moving to the Ruffin Building.

“We are very excited about moving over there,” Wise says. “We think it’s a great facility that’s well maintained, and it’s a wonderful location.”

Chris Ruffin and Jon Cyphert of Ruffin Properties and Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

“We’re so glad to have them,” Ruffin says of Entercom.

The move likely will happen in February or March.

Brett Harris gone from KHLT, 99.7-FM

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.

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Former Mel Hambelton Ford pitch man is now the face of Davis-Moore Nissan

WICHITA – Jeff Horning is still selling cars in commercials, but it’s no longer for Mel Hambelton Ford.

The former face of the company is now general manager at Davis-Moore Nissan.

That wasn’t Horning’s plan when he left Mel Hambelton on April 30.

Horning says he was offered a partnership with a Phoenix auto group and was making plans to move there.

“After one of five airplane rides there … I think the momentum of that started taking a toll on my family.”

He decided to remain in Wichita. In addition to being general manager for Davis-Moore Nissan, Horning will do commercial work for the company.

Horning’s former boss, Mel Hambelton general manager Phil Nightingale, is now the pitch person for that dealership. He’s bringing his own low-key spin to the job.

“You know, everybody’s got their different personality,” Nightingale says.

“I’m going to be who I am,” he says. “I’m not going to be funny. I’m not going to be loud. I’m going to talk to people the way I’d like to be talked to.”

 

Brett Harris may have a new radio home

WICHITA — No one involved is talking, but it looks like there’s a chance Brett Harris may soon have a new radio home.

According to an FCC filing, Wichitans Shane and Kianne Prill and their Air Capitol Media Group are taking over KANR, 99.7-FM. The station currently plays regional Mexican music.

Neither of the Prills returned calls for comment.

A KANR employee says a format switch is coming May 1. Station owner Dan Smith won’t comment.

“I don’t have anything to say,” he says.

Harris isn’t talking, either. He answered one call and said he’d call back but didn’t. Since then, he hasn’t answered several calls.

Shane Prill, who has S.J. Prill Financial and Investment Planning, used to do financial reports years ago on Harris’ show on KRBB, FM-97.9.

After 22 years at B98, Harris was told in July that Clear Channel Radio wanted “to take the morning show in a new direction.”

His morning co-host, Tracy Cassidy, remains at the station with Harris’ replacement, Adam “Lukas” Cox.

Harris was paid through December. At that point, his six-month noncompete began, so he’ll be available to be back on Wichita radio this summer.

You don’t say

“Well, I’ll probably be like a lot of Kansans and watching it from the back deck as it moves in.”

Dan Dillon’s response when people ask him what will happen when the first storm hits (this week as it turns out) since his departure from KFDI, 101.3-FM

You don’t say

“It’s time to do something else, like ride my bike on Saturday mornings!”

– A Facebook message from Johnson’s Garden Centers owner Marty Johnson on why he’s giving up the “Johnson’s Garden Show” on KNSS, 1330-AM, after 25 years

You don’t say

“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

You don’t say

“All of a sudden, I’m just gone.”

– Former KGSO, 1410-AM, “Hot Corner” host Jay Sanderson, who now is a play-by-play radio and TV announcer at New Mexico State and says he didn’t get to say goodbye to listeners or thank them for their support

Pat James returns to Wichita radio

WICHITA — Pat James, who has been Cornbread’s sidekick since their days at KFDI, 101.3-FM, is leaving their radio show in St. Louis and returning to Wichita.

“I did not want to leave,” he says.

James and the producer of the show were victims of budget cuts under new management.

As of May 30, James will be the program director for KIBB, 97.1-FM, (“Bob-FM”) and KVWF, 100.5-FM, (“The Wolf”) – two stations that didn’t exist when he left here in 2004.

James also will be on air, but he doesn’t have a specified slot yet.

Though James would have preferred to stay in St. Louis, Wichita isn’t a bad alternative, he says.

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