PR News takes ‘cheap shot’ at the Shockers

scoreUPDATED — In a bid for more subscribers through a national e-mail blast on Wednesday, PR News touted its “expert opinions” on communications and crisis management, among other things, through what a Wichita State University spokesman calls a “cheap shot” at the Shockers.

The PR group now needs a little crisis management help of its own.

The e-mail, which was about how to “score big” in the business, has a subject line that says “Don’t be like Wichita State.”

“Really, that’s the approach you’re going to take to generate business?” asks WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser. “It’s just a marketing attempt gone awry. Is it the end of the world? No. But it’s unfortunate.”

His day began with a couple of e-mails from his counterparts at Wake Forest University and Princeton University alerting him to the slam against the school and its beloved Shockers.

“And, yes, I am unsubscribing from their distribution list,” one said after saying how much the slam annoyed him.

It’s a sentiment others locally and nationally are echoing.

“We think this approach is mean-spirited and beneath contempt,” wrote Barth Hague, WSU’s associate vice president for university relations and chief marketing officer, in an e-mail to PR News about playing on the Shockers’ “heartbreaking loss.”

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“I notice Jeff Turner has a suntan.”

Spirit AeroSystems CEO Larry Lawson, speaking at the Wichita Aero Club where his predecessor was in the audience, on how he’s gained 10 pounds and lost his tan since joining the company 10 months ago

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“My father would have loved the video, and my mother would have believed it.”

Cessna Aircraft chairman emeritus Russ Meyer on a video tribute to him at Saturday’s Wichita Aero Club gala, where he was the honoree

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“I hope they have a big window at the ATM on the way home.”

Wichita Aero Club president Dave Franson after BBAviation gave the club’s scholarship fund an oversized mockup of a $10,000 check

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“We don’t want to mess up the paint Steve put on the plane.”

– Retired Air Force One pilot Col. Mark Tillman commenting at Wichita Aero Club about how Secret Service agents can shoot anyone who gets too close to the plane without authorization but how no one would want to mess up Boeing Wichita site leader Steve Wade’s paint job

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“Soooo, what time do you have to be back at work?”

Machinists international president Tom Buffenbarger after no one asked questions at the end of his speech to the Wichita Aero Club Sept. 27

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“If there was a Mount Rushmore of aviation communities … the first lock spot goes to the city of Wichita.”

Roger Cohen, president of the Regional Airline Association, speaking at the Wichita Aero Club today

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“It climbs like a homesick angel and makes a lot of noise on takeoff so everyone will know the general’s in the air.”

Alex Kvassay, speaking to the Wichita Aero Club today on his successful Learjet sales pitch years ago after he learned Cessna was courting the Filipino general as well

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“I’ve become a weather wimp.”

Bombardier’s Chet Fuller, explaining to the Wichita Aero Club Monday that he’s a 50-year-old pilot who would like to be a 70-year-old pilot one day, which is why he flew Delta to Wichita instead of his own Cessna

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.”