Volunteering has always been part of Jan Harrison’s 35-year radio career, but last year the KFXJ, 104.5-FM, morning co-host found herself leading a citywide campaign to change the name of the airport.
“I think our city is undervalued by people who don’t live here,” Harrison said.
She said changing the name of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport could help with that.
With cities such as Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Harrison said, “You say, ‘I flew into Reagan,’ or you say, ‘I flew into O’Hare.’ ”
For Newark, N.J., though, she said, no one says, “I flew into Liberty.”
Harrison said that’s “because Liberty doesn’t have a flesh-and-blood person in the name, and therefore I don’t think it has the same retention.”