Brett Harris may have a new radio home

WICHITA — No one involved is talking, but it looks like there’s a chance Brett Harris may soon have a new radio home.

According to an FCC filing, Wichitans Shane and Kianne Prill and their Air Capitol Media Group are taking over KANR, 99.7-FM. The station currently plays regional Mexican music.

Neither of the Prills returned calls for comment.

A KANR employee says a format switch is coming May 1. Station owner Dan Smith won’t comment.

“I don’t have anything to say,” he says.

Harris isn’t talking, either. He answered one call and said he’d call back but didn’t. Since then, he hasn’t answered several calls.

Shane Prill, who has S.J. Prill Financial and Investment Planning, used to do financial reports years ago on Harris’ show on KRBB, FM-97.9.

After 22 years at B98, Harris was told in July that Clear Channel Radio wanted “to take the morning show in a new direction.”

His morning co-host, Tracy Cassidy, remains at the station with Harris’ replacement, Adam “Lukas” Cox.

Harris was paid through December. At that point, his six-month noncompete began, so he’ll be available to be back on Wichita radio this summer.

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

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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.

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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.

Brett Harris returns to B98-FM for three main reasons

WICHITA — There are three things that convinced Brett Harris to sign a new 3-year contract with B98-FM, where he returned on air this morning.

First, producer Kathy Deane got her job back, which Harris says was his No. 1 stipulation.

“The show was better — is better — with a producer,” says Tom Glade, Clear Channel Radio vice president and market manager.

Second, Harris wanted to report solely to Glade instead of what he refers to as “middle management.”

“Who the show reports to and doesn’t report to was real big to me,” Harris says. “And they restructured that for me, and that’s important because I want to live in an excellent, healthy, healthy atmosphere.”

Third was money.

“It was a very nice financial commitment to every team member,” Harris says. “For those guys to step up like that and make that kind of commitment, it was a blessing. It really was.”

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Brett Harris is returning to B98-FM

WICHITA — Brett Harris will be back on B98-FM Monday morning.

Harris is returning to the morning show where he’s been host with Tracy Cassidy for 20 years.

He and Tom Glade, Clear Channel Radio vice president and market manager, struck a deal in Harris’ living room Saturday afternoon.

“It was a great deal — that’s what it came down to,” Harris says.

Look here for details of the deal first thing Monday.

Brett Harris isn’t officially gone from B98-FM though it may look that way

WICHITA — All traces of Brett Harris are gone from the B98-FM Web site, but don’t read too much into that.

So says Tom Glade, Clear Channel Radio vice president and market manager.

Harris, who seems to be continuing to work on a deal to start his own station, is off the air at B98 until he signs a new contract.

In the meantime, B98 is not sitting back waiting on his return. Through an “American Idol” tryout of sorts, the station is testing potential on-air partners for Tracy Cassidy.

For now, her show is being called “The Morning Show With Tracy.”

B98-FM to interview Brett Harris’ possible replacements in a “Wichita Idol” format

duoWICHITA — A lawyer for Brett Harris met with Clear Channel Radio representatives Friday, but there’s no resolution on whether Harris will remain as morning host at B98-FM.

“Brett has been given a new contract offer, and he has yet to respond,” says Tom Glade, Clear Channel vice president and market manager.

Glade previously said he’s starting a search for Harris’ replacement just in case.

Now, he’s bringing five candidates to Wichita to compete in “Wichita Idol (Tracy’s Looking For A Good Man).”

Each candidate will co-host with Harris’ former morning co-host, Tracy Cassidy, who has been doing the show with guest hosts since Glade told Harris he couldn’t return until he made a decision.

Listeners will be invited to offer their comments on each host starting Monday.

“They’re certainly going to have a role,” Glade says of listeners helping select Harris’ replacement.

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.”

Tracy Cassidy needs your help collecting turkeys — and beating Brett

WICHITA — B98 FM’s Tracy Cassidy and Brett Harris have a “friendly” rivalry each year to see who can collect the most turkeys and donations for United Methodist Open Door, but Cassidy is worried this year.

She’ll be at a new location — the Dillons at 21st and Maize — and wants to be sure donors can find her.

To inspire potential givers to head her way, Cassidy offers this thought:
“Can of green beans: .75 cents. Bag of stuffing: .49 a pound. Beating Brett Harris in our annual turkey drive collection: Priceless!”

Brett Harris ponders whether to remain at B98, where he’s been for 21 years

question 0907 pic1.jpgWICHITA — After what he says has been five months of waiting, Brett Harris has been offered a new three-year contract at B98 FM.

“For five months, I didn’t have any contract talk at all,” Harris says.

That’s led him to look at what he calls “a menu of other options if Clear Channel wasn’t interested in me.”

Harris says he had to consider alternatives to protect his family, which includes two young girls.

“If you don’t get an offer in five months, you naturally are going to look at your options for your daughters.”

One of those options, which is still on the table, is for Harris and a group of investors to buy Journal Broadcast Group’s classic country station KFTI, 92.3-FM.

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