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.

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

“Countryman’s Kansas” to sign off in two weeks

WICHITA — “Countryman’s Kansas” started as a 13-week trial talk show in 1989 but grew into a 21-year regular Saturday feature on KNSS, 1330-AM.

That’s going to end in two weeks.

“I had hoped to make it to 25 years, but it didn’t work out,” says host Gene Countryman.

“It kind of came out of the blue.”

Entercom Wichita vice president and general manager Jackie Wise says she’s shuffling the Saturday morning lineup and moving “Health Insurance Advocate” from noon into the 10 a.m. spot.

She says it’s a “really hot topic right now.”

Wise offered Countryman the noon or 7 a.m. slot in exchange, but he’s not interested.

Countryman says he was offered the 7 a.m. slot 21 years ago.

“It was too early then . . . and it’s too early now.”

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