Tracy Cassidy weighs in on her B98 partner

WICHITA — Brett Harris may not be talking, but his B98-FM morning show partner of more than 20 years is.

“I was kind of taken by surprise . . . that it has gone on this long,” Tracy Cassidy says of Harris’ contract negotiations.

At Clear Channel Radio’s request, Cassidy sent Harris a letter “and asked him to please sign his contract and come join me.”

“I really thought that he would get with the program,” she says.

Regardless of Harris’ plans, Cassidy is staying put.

“I have to go where my trust level is high and where my projects are,” she says.

And Cassidy signed a new 3-year contract in October.

“While I adore Brett, I couldn’t break a promise.”

Brett Harris may not return to B98-FM

WICHITA — Brett Harris is off the air at B98-FM at least for now but possibly permanently.

“We’ve been working very, very, very hard to provide Brett a new contract at his request,” says Tom Glade, Clear Channel Radio vice president and market manager.

“To this point, he hasn’t signed it.”

In August, Have You Heard? reported Harris was considering other options.

But Glade clearly is tired of waiting.

“We have determined that due to so many things, we’re just not going to let him back on the air until he signs a contact.”

Glade says he’s still open to Harris staying, but he has to act fast. Glade has started a nationwide search for Harris’ replacement.

“What Tom Glade says is true, and so that’s that,” Harris says.

He won’t discuss whether he’s working to start a new station, which is one of the options he considered this summer.

“I have no comment at all.”

You don’t say

“My clean living isn’t paying off.”

Clear Channel Radio’s Tom Glade, who is waiting on a part before the antenna can be fully fixed to get B98-FM and KZSN, 102.1-FM back on the air (which he now expects will be Thursday)

Don Hall returning to KEYN, 103.7-FM, on Monday

WICHITA — Earlier this month, Have You Heard? speculated that Don Hall would be back on air soon.

He was spotted visiting Connoisseur Media and Entercom Communications.

Our bet was he’d land at Entercom’s KEYN, 103.7-FM.

If only we’d placed some money on it.

That’s where Hall is going to be the new morning man starting Monday.

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You don’t say

“It’s a double whammy.”

Clear Channel Radio’s Tom Glade on ice problems that have knocked out signals for B98-FM and KZSN, 102.1-FM (which have been off since Sunday and should be back on air Tuesday)

Don Hall back on air soon?

WICHITA — The end of Don Hall’s six-month, no-compete agreement with Clear Channel Radio is nearing, and it looks like he may have something in the works with a new station.

But which one?

After five years on KZSN, 102.1-FM, Clear Channel replaced Hall this summer with former Oklahoma City disc jockey Anthony “The Antman” Allen.

Hall was spotted recently taking a pizza in the offices of Connoisseur Media, which has KIBB, 97.1-FM (“Bob-FM”) and KVWF, 100.5-FM (“The Wolf”).

But he’s also been spied over at Entercom in the last month.

Our bet is on Hall landing at an Entercom station in the new year.

He started his career at Entercom’s KEYN, 103.7-FM, in 1974. It would make sense if that’s where he winds up again — possibly to finish out his career — especially since Entercom is advertising for an on-air morning personality for the station.

That’s also where Hall’s longtime friend Jack Oliver is, and it wouldn’t be surprising to find them on air together.

Don Hall speaks out on KZSN firing

WICHITA — Don Hall was out of town last week when Have You Heard? reported that KZSN, 102.1-FM, replaced him on its morning show with former Oklahoma City disc jockey Anthony “The Antman” Allen.

Now, he’s ready to talk. (And he says you can reach him via e-mail at donhallwichita@yahoo.com.)

So why does he think he was let go?

“Maybe to pay Brett’s salary,” he says in reference to another Clear Channel Radio morning man, B98 FM’s Brett Harris, whose contract is up for renewal.

Hall isn’t sure what he’s going to do next, but he knows what he’s not going to do.

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KZSN, 102.1-FM, replaces Don Hall with Oklahoma City’s Anthony “The Antman” Allen

WICHITA — Back in January 2003, longtime KZSN, 102.1-FM, morning man Rick Edwards learned that Don Hall would replace him on the same day that Clear Channel Radio let him go.

Now, that’s happened to Hall.

“We’re changing the captain of the show,” says Tom Glade, Clear Channel’s vice president and market manager in Wichita.

Former Oklahoma City disc jockey Anthony “The Antman” Allen replaced Hall, but Cathy Carrier is still on the show. Laura McCrae also is part of the show.

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KKRD debuts online today

WICHITA – Matt Johnston enjoyed KKRD, 107.3-FM, as a young adult, and now the 36-year-old owns the new online radio station KKRDonline.com.

Clear Channel Radio used to have the KKRD license.

“They have let it lapse for five years,” Johnston says. “I bought all the domains that were connected to KKRD.”

The station is strictly online and isn’t connected to 107.3 anymore.

“That’s the station that we all listened to as we were growing up,” Johnston says of Wichitans around his age.

He’ll play music from the ’90s and some from today. The station officially debuts at 5 p.m. with a party at Club Fuzion in Old Town.

You can also catch music by Johnston, who often performs at the Candle Club and has Sound Advice, which has 65 karaoke shows a week around the city.

Clear Channel Radio has more layoffs

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Clear Channel Radio has completed a round of layoffs that the company began in January. Tom Glade, vice president and market manager in Wichita, says he can’t say how many layoffs there were.

“It’s a small number for us,” he says.

“Like all media companies, Clear Channel Radio has to adjust to its business and to the realities of the current economic and advertising market,” Glade says.

One of the more public personalities laid off today was Kathy Deane, who has been producing the top-rated “Brett and Tracy Morning Show” on B-98 for more than two years.

“We were, like, knocking it out of the park,” Deane says. “That’s what I really don’t get.”

Morning host Brett Harris, who hired Deane, agrees. He’s put a call into corporate to see if he can pay Deane out of his own pocket to produce the show off site.

“When it happens to someone who’s part of your inner circle of success . . . who you brought into the industry, you feel some accountability,” Harris says.

Deane, who says she was in shock this morning after being escorted to her car, didn’t even hear Harris make the offer.

“Wow,” she says. “That’s showing me some love, isn’t it?”

We’ll let you know what corporate says.