Carrie Rengers

Harris off B98 until contract signed

Brett Harris is off the air at B98-FM at least for now but possibly permanently. "We've been working very, very, very hard to provide Brett a new contract at his request," says Tom Glade , Clear Channel Radio vice president and market manager.

"To this point, he hasn't signed it."

In August, Have You Heard? reported Harris was considering other options.

But Glade clearly is tired of waiting.

"We have determined that due to so many things, we're just not going to let him back on the air until he signs a contact."

Glade says he's still open to Harris staying — and that's what he would prefer — but he has to act fast. Glade has started a nationwide search for his replacement.

"The company is committed for B98 to have a strong live and local morning show, and that's a big deal," Glade says.

He expects to make a decision within a month, which is when Harris' contract is up.

"We've got to have an answer," Glade says. "It can't just linger on."

Glade says he's gotten no response from Harris.

"None — other than to delay."

Harris isn't talking except to say, "What Tom Glade says is true, and so that's that."

He won't discuss whether he's working on starting a new station, which is one of the options he considered this summer.

"I have no comment at all."

If Harris does leave B98, Glade says he has a standard noncompete clause in his contract (which is typically three or six months).

"We intend to hold him to that."

Tracy talks

Harris may not be talking, but his 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'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 three-year contract in October.

"While I adore Brett, I couldn't break a promise."

Atlanta bound

Kimberly Edmunds, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Communications Kansas/Arkansas , has been promoted to senior vice president for customer operations at Cox headquarters in Atlanta.

"It is with bittersweet emotions that I leave this wonderful community. It has been a true pleasure working with the Cox employees in Kansas and Arkansas," Edmunds said in a statement.

Edmunds has been in Wichita since July 2003.

"This has been a memorable experience, and I will miss the genuine community of Wichita and the greater Kansas areas we serve."

Edmunds starts her new job in February. She'll oversee customer service operations including sales and distribution, customer care, retail, field operations and Web strategy.

You don't say

"I hope not!"

—The response from Tim Wiesner of Fresh Roast Coffee at Clifton Square when a customer asked if he serves anything that tastes like Starbucks coffee