Tracy Cassidy gone from B98

WICHITA — It’s the end of an era at KRBB, FM-97.9.

Tracy Cassidy is off the morning show after 26 years.

“I’m suddenly free to enjoy my trips with my dad, my grandchildren, do some painting and get some workouts in,” Cassidy says.

She won’t say what happened, though.

First, her longtime co-host, Brett Harris, lost his position in 2012, which followed his prolonged contract negotiations a couple of years prior when he considered other options.

At the time, Cassidy made it clear she would stay regardless of what Harris did.

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

Cassidy says she can’t explain what changed. Nor did anyone from the station return calls for comment.

It’s unclear what’s happening with the rest of the B98 morning show crew. Most references to Harris’ replacement, Adam “Lukas” Cox, are gone from the station’s website as are references to producer Kathy Deane.

Cox didn’t return a call for comment. Deane referred calls to station management.

The B98 site advertises “The B98 Morning Show” with no names attached.

It’s uncertain if the personalities are gone or if the show is being retooled.

What is certain is Cassidy is about to get some sleep.

“I’m going to sleep in,” she says. “I’ve been getting up at 2 in the morning for way too long.”

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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