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"Countryman's Kansas" to sign off in two weeks

WICHITA — "Countryman's Kansas" started as a 13-week trial talk show in 1989 but grew into a 21-year regular Saturday feature on KNSS, 1330-AM.

That's going to end in two weeks.

"I had hoped to make it to 25 years, but it didn't work out," says host Gene Countryman.

"It kind of came out of the blue."

Entercom Wichita vice president and general manager Jackie Wise says she's shuffling the Saturday morning lineup and moving "Health Insurance Advocate" from noon into the 10 a.m. spot.

She says it's a "really hot topic right now."

Wise offered Countryman the noon or 7 a.m. slot in exchange, but he's not interested.

Countryman says he was offered the 7 a.m. slot 21 years ago.

"It was too early then . . . and it's too early now."