Butler Community College inducts new members in Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

WICHITA — Butler Community College’s Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame awards were at the Hyatt Regency Wichita Thursday night despite swirling dust storms outside.

“Our (weather) guys, they’re blaming it on Nebraska,” joked emcee Michael Schwanke of KWCH, Channel 12.

Former Butler baseball coach B.D. Parker introduced Rising Entrepreneur winner Justin McClure of Justin McClure Creative.

“I’m still scared of that man,” McClure said upon taking the stage.

A couple of Dustrol employees introduced Business Entrepreneur winners Ted and Barb Dankert, who founded what today is the largest in-place asphalt recycling company in the country.

“When I went to work for Ted in 1979, I didn’t have gray hair,” vice president Brian Hansen said. “I don’t know what that tells us.”

Ted Dankert said he’d hoped to have a couple of teleprompters to help him with his speech.

“I got to checking on it but found out they were all tied up till November 7.”

After his remarks, his wife teased him by saying, “I don’t know if you noticed or not, but Ted took up all our speaking time.”

She had some words of advice for the audience before she left the stage.

“Get in your cars, buy lots of gas and drive lots of miles, and wear out the asphalt as quick as you can, and Dustrol will have work to do next year.”

Perhaps the most intriguing comment of the night came from KT Wiedemann Foundation president Doug Pringle, who accepted the Social Entrepreneur award on behalf of the organization.

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


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 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.

You don’t say

“Regardless of what the forecast really says, can you just tell everybody 82 and sunny?”

Kansas State Fair general manager Denny Stoecklein’s recent request to KWCH, Channel 12, meteorologist Mark Larson

You don’t say

“If it comes, I will warn you.”

KSN’s Dave Freeman teasing KWCH’s Merril Teller during a Q&A with The Eagle (which runs in the business section Sunday) about warning him in case there’s a tornado near his studio

“Glee” fans less than gleeful over Fox broadcast

WICHITA — Fans of “Glee” were enjoying the final number on the show — a rendition of Madonna’sLike A Prayer” — when the show cut off and the 9 p.m. news started on Fox Kansas.

General manger Jeff McCausland spent much of his time Wednesday dealing with the fallout.

“I’ve had better days,” he says.

A number of things happened to cause the problem.

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Merril Teller has a new KWCH, Channel 12, schedule

merrilWICHITA — If you’ve noticed Merril Teller isn’t on KWCH, Channel 12, newscasts as often as he used to be, you’re right.

“It’s kind of a flip-flop schedule,” the chief meteorologist says. “Some days I’m doing 6-10, some days I’m doing 5-9.”

That’s 9 p.m. for the Fox KansasNews at Nine.”

“It was a management decision,” Teller says.

But Teller won’t say what was behind the decision.

“I can’t answer that. You’d have to talk to Chad.”

News director Chad Cross didn’t return calls to comment but said in an e-mail:

“Merril Teller is our chief meteorologist and has a long-term contract with us. He and Ross Janssen share duties of weather for the 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 10:00 newscasts throughout the week.”

The 57-year-old Teller has been at the station for 28 years.

Once, when the No. 1 station was in third place and a consultant recommended wholesale changes, the station told Teller he was no longer needed. Viewer response helped him keep his job.

He says he’s OK with the latest changes.

“I’m fine. I’m getting older,” he says.

“It’s part of life — having changes.”

You don’t say

“@KAKEnews, you take competition very seriously.”

KWCH, Channel 12, reporter Rebecca Gannon’s response to competitor KAKE, Channel 10, after the station blocked her from following its news updates on Twitter