Envision Broadcast Network LLC, which is affiliated with Envision Inc., will be kicking off their new station on January 5, 2015 with a pair of familiar voices. Dynamic radio duo Brett Harris and Tracy Cassidy will reunite to debut the new station as hosts of its morning program following the acquisition of 92 FM in October.
Heather Hogan, Envision’s Vice President of Foundation and Mission Services, announced plans for the future format and content for the station, which will serve as a source of entertainment for audiences, a medium of communication for Envision and other causes and organizations, revenues to support Envision’s programs and services, and employment for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
We are delighted to be reuniting Brett and Tracy in our first official move with 92 FM, Hogan said.
Wichita has been waking up to Brett and Tracy for more than 22 years, and we look forward to bringing them back to the airwaves for the community to enjoy.
Harris and Cassidy have a long history of involvement with Envision. They have both received the organization’s “Excellence in Volunteerism” award and have participated in benefit concerts, committee involvement and internal events. The two are thrilled to be an official part of the Envision team.
To have a non-profit agency with which we’ve been passionately involved for years approach us about reuniting on the radio is incredibly humbling and exciting, says Harris.
We’re absolutely energized. Local radio is not only a terrific investment for a non-profit, but what a way to spread the mission by training kids who are visually impaired to become on-air talent. We can’t wait!
Cassidy says working with individuals who are visually impaired has been tightly woven into her radio career since even before she began collaborating on projects with Envision. She got into the broadcast business while working for the visually impaired department in her high school, where she began reading books onto tape and served as the driver for a teacher who was visually impaired. Radio via Envision, she says, felt like a perfect fit.
I couldn’t have dreamed up a better partnership, she says.
I’m still pinching myself. The cause and the people within the Envision organization are absolutely wonderful. Plus, knowing that the work we do isn’t lining the pockets of anonymous investors but will instead be funding projects and programs right here in Wichita is very exciting.
A Local Focus Will Distinguish The Station From Remote and National Noise
Harris and Cassidy agree that the great opportunity afforded by working for a station whose owner is so focused on the Wichita area is that they will be able to return to a local, downhome feel that has largely been replaced by syndication. Cassidy says she’ll have to rein in Harris’ passion for Wichita State Shockers basketball, and looks forward to working with local organizations to deliver their message to the community.
This is one of the features I am most proud of, she says.
If you are part of an agency and have a message to convey, you can email or call us, and we’ll talk about how to get it on the air. Envision has a dream for the whole community – I love that!
Harris adds that unlike other morning programs, the content of the new program will be family friendly. Cassidy says listeners can expect to
hear themselves, each other, people who are friendly and funny, people who want to share something neat, or something inspirational. That’s the best thing to have in the morning.
About Envision Broadcast Network: Envision Broadcast Network is a subsidiary of Envision, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. Envision Broadcast Network currently comprises radio station KKGQ 92.3 FM based in Wichita, Kan and operates as a source of funds and career opportunities benefiting those who are blind and visually impaired. Visit us online at www.Q92Wichita.com.