Category Archives: Radio

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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Larry Steckline sells Grand Lake holdings

WICHITA — Businessman Larry Steckline has sold several businesses he owns at Grand Lake in Oklahoma to the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.

“It’s a great opportunity for them,” he says, “and a great opportunity for me to get rid of some work. I’m real happy about the deal.”

He sold a marina, a store, two paddle-wheel show boats, a restaurant and convention center at an undisclosed price. The sale includes eight acres of land and more than 1,200 feet of shoreline.

“You know, too much is too much,” Steckline says. “I want to slow down a little bit.”

He now spends about four months a year in Florida.

“I’m past retirement age.”

That doesn’t mean Steckline, a longtime broadcaster, is giving up his KWLS, 107.9-FM here.

“I am enjoying that radio station more than any I’ve ever owned,” he says. “I guess maybe it’s because I started it from scratch.”

Though it’s a long way from reaching its potential, Steckline says KWLS has grown faster than any station with which he’s ever been involved.

“Boy, is it crankin’.”

 

You don’t say

“After 25 years of doing afternoon drive, it took them about two minutes to send me out the door.”

— Rockin’ Rick Regan who, along with a few other Clear Channel Radio co-workers, lost his job at KZSN-FM, 102.1, Tuesday (reach Regan at rick@itsrickregan.com)