Brett Harris, Sierra Scott in talks with KWCH, Channel 12, about talk show

Harris

WICHITA — Brett Harris still is almost a year away from his noncompete agreement ending with KRBB, 97.9-FM, but it sounds like he may be lining up a job.

Harris and former KSN, Channel 3, morning anchorwoman Sierra Scott are in talks with KWCH, Channel 12, about doing a show for the station.

“We are always looking for new ideas for local programming,” said Sunflower Broadcasting president and general manager Joan Barrett in an e-mailed response. “I’ve been talking to Sierra for a few years about how we might expand her role with our company. With the change in Brett’s situation it seemed natural to have a dialogue with both of them – and that’s exactly what we are doing.”

After more than two decades with B98, Harris lost his job in July when Clear Channel Radio informed him it was going in a new direction.

Tracy Cassidy, Harris’ former morning show partner, is now on the air with Adam “Lukas” Cox.

As part of his split from B98, Harris is paid through December. At that point, his six-month noncompete begins.

Scott

Scott has been producing and hosting the positive-news show “It’s All Good With Sierra Scott” since 2006. Initially, it aired on KPTS, Channel 8. Now it airs on Sunflower’s KSCW, Channel 33.

It sounds like the show Scott and Harris may do would be a talk show format. Think a Wichita version of “Live With Kelly & Michael.”

We’ll let you know what happens.

Wichita Aero Club to unveil new Air Capital of the World campaign and logo

The new Greteman Group-designed Air Capital of the World logo.

WICHITA — Wichitans still call their home the Air Capital of the World, but the Wichita Aero Club wants to make sure others call it that, too.

“There’s other cities taking a little bit of a run (at it) if you will,” says Dave Franson, Aero Club executive director.

He says there are five main aviation clusters in the world: Wichita, Seattle, Montreal, Dallas and Toulouse, France.

“We continue to hold fast to the claim that we are the Air Capital of the World,” Franson says.

So the club and KPTS, Channel 8, are unveiling a new “reclaim the name” campaign and logo tonight during the premiere of the second season of PBS’ “The Aviators” at the National Center for Aviation Training.

“We just decided, hey, nowhere else has built anywhere close to the number of airplanes we’ve built here,” Franson says. There are “over 280,000 airplanes that have been built in Wichita, Kansas, since we started building them.”

He says the new Greteman Group-designed logo is an updated version of the original Air Capital of the World logo the Wichita chamber first unveiled in 1928 following a contest.

The 1928 Air Capital of the World logo.

“We’re kind of jumping the gun a little bit,” Franson says. “We’re going to (reprise) this same act at NBAA.”

The National Business Aviation Association annual meeting is next month, and Franson says there will be a new tagline to go with the new logo.

So what does he want to tell the world then?

“Wichita has been the Air Capital of the World since at least 1928 when we first took the title . . . and we’re not giving it up anytime soon.”

KAKE, Channel 10, to debut “This Week in Kansas,” a public affairs show

WICHITA — KAKE, Channel 10, is starting a new public affairs show that will look a lot like the one KPTS, Channel 8, just canceled.

This Week in Kansas” debuts at 9 a.m. Sunday with host Tim Brown, who has hosted “Kansas Week” on KPTS since 2006.

“They actually canceled ‘Kansas Week’ after 21 years,” says Brown, who also is director of development for Via Christi Foundation.

KPTS is going in a new direction. More on that in a minute.

KAKE marketing director Bryan Frye says he and his station have long been interested in having a public affairs show and have liked and admired Brown.

Like “Kansas Week,” “This Week in Kansas” will feature journalists in a roundtable discussion. The show also will include politicians and other newsmakers.

Brown says he’s grateful KAKE stepped in to start a program like this.

He says he told KPTS if it was canceling the show because of him, “By all means go ahead and fire me and keep the show alive.”

Jesse Huxman, director of content at KPTS, says the problem wasn’t with Brown.

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“It’s All Good” is moving to the CW

sierraWICHITA — Sierra Scott’sIt’s All Good” half-hour television show is moving from KPTS, Channel 8, to KSCW, Channel 5/33.

“One of the reasons was they want to create a Disneylike hour around it,” Scott says of her 7:30 p.m. Sunday time slot. “They wanted to create that feeling of sitting down together as a family.”

Scott is a former KSN, Channel 3, morning anchorwoman.

“It’s All Good,” which debuted in late 2006, highlights people, companies and organizations doing positive things.

“I find the people that I interview to be extremely inspirational,” Scott says.

She says CW wants 52 weeks’ worth of shows. Initially, she’ll repeat some of her favorite features.

“It’s going to have a whole new audience that hasn’t seen any of these stories yet,” Scott says.

Scott will do some new features with the repeats starting when the first CW show airs Aug. 20.

Eventually, she says, “It will turn over into all new shows.”

You don’t say

“Along the way, I had two kids and lost 185 pounds — yes, I’ve been divorced nearly two years now.”

KPTS, Channel 8, president and chief executive Michele Gors Paris, who made an ex-husband joke when speaking at the Wichita Independent Business Association Women’s Alliance Luncheon today

Wichita Sessions, the company and the show, to debut

guitarDigitalBrand Communications owner Eric Zoller and producer and director Lonny Quattlebaum have formed a new company, Wichita Sessions, to produce a local music series called “Wichita Sessions” on KPTS, Channel 8, and KMUW, 89.1-FM.

“At this point, we’re just looking to . . . kind of break even and support the production of the show,” Zoller says. “This is more for the love of doing music production.”

However, he says, “We are going to set it up as a for-profit company.”

The shows, which will showcase a variety of Wichita musicians and styles, will begin airing this fall. The first two of four in the first season have already been completed. A 12-show second season will immediately follow.

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