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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KSN, Channel 3, implodes its 10 p.m. newscast

UPDATED — It looks like KSN, Channel 3, has imploded its 10 p.m. newscast.

Neither general manager John Dawson nor news director Jason Kravarik returned calls to comment.

Sources say, though, that anchors Stephanie Bergmann and John Snyder along with chief meteorologist Dave Freeman and sportscaster Jim Kobbe have been told their services will no longer be needed at 10 p.m.

“I have been told that sometime here shortly I will no longer be doing the 10 o’clock news, and, of course, by extension that means I will not be doing most severe weather coverage since most severe weather happens in the evenings,” Freeman says. “I have not been told anything about what the reasoning is or what the plan is.”

Freeman, who is known for his sometimes passionate delivery when reporting dangerous weather conditions, has been doing the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts since 1993.

“As you can imagine, it’s very surprising,” Freeman says. “I would say that probably the biggest feeling that I have is just a sense . . . that I would really hate to be letting people down, and that’s the feeling. You know, there’s an intimate relationship between the people at home and the meteorologists of this part of the world.”

Freeman won’t discuss what’s happening with his colleagues.

“It would not be appropriate for me to speak about other people’s destinies,” he says.

Kobbe and Bergmann declined to comment.

Snyder acknowledges the change but says he can’t say much more.

“I have been told I will not be doing the 10 o’clock,” he says. “I don’t know what the situation is.”

Snyder says Kravarik didn’t give him a reason for the change.

Nor does Snyder know what his assignment will be in the future.

“I truly don’t know.”

Bergmann hosted the morning and noon shows before she and Snyder, who used to anchor the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., took over anchoring duties in April 2009 after Anita Cochran left the station.

Freeman says he doesn’t know many details about the latest changes.

There is one thing he does know, though.

“It’ll be very hard to not be doing what I have been trained to do all these years.”

You don’t say

“I just love you, and I didn’t want anyone to think there was any cattiness between us.”

— Red carpet hostess and former anchorwoman Anita Cochran’s comment as she hugged and welcomed KAKE, Channel 10, anchorwoman Susan Peters to a roast in her honor Tuesday night

You don’t say

WICHITA — “I thought that was one of the things that was so great about me.”

— Former KSN, Channel 3, anchorwoman Anita Cochran, known for saying whatever pops into her head, who now can do just that with “That’s What I Really Wanted to Say” and “Breaking News . . . I’m Broke,” two new segments on kkrdonline.com

Associated creates, pulls River Festival video

mike-snyderThere’s a video that briefly circulated about the Top 10 things that can get you in trouble at the Wichita River Festival. But Wichita Festivals didn’t produce it — or even know about it.

Associated, which creates the River Festival poster every year, did the video. But it wasn’t a client job.

“We decided to have some fun,” says chief executive Mike Snyder.

“We don’t talk about funnel cakes,” he says. “We talk about some things that are very real. Very human.”

And very inappropriate to print in a family newspaper.

“When you get 100,000 people out, you see all kinds of different things,” Snyder says.

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