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Sports director Alan Shope leaves KAKE, Channel 10, over contract dispute

WICHITA — Alan Shope is no longer sports director for KAKE, Channel 10.

"It was just a simple contract issue that we couldn't work out," says Shope, who had been at the station almost nine years.

Shope says the issue wasn't monetary.

"I was not asking for money," he says. "I've never asked for a raise at KAKE TV."

Shope is a Wichita native who returned here to be closer to his father, George.

"KAKE's a great place to work," Shope says.

But with his father's death last year, he says, "I really was looking to move on anyways.

"It's not that big of an issue for me."

He says he has interest from stations in Kansas City and St. Louis.

KAKE marketing director Bryan Frye won't comment on Shope's departure because he says it's a personnel issue.

He says the station is looking for either a new sports director or reporter.

"At this point, we're looking for the best person possible."