Wichita newsies to occupy the stage in annual Gridiron performance

Wichita media personalities will take inspiration from the Occupy protests during the annual Gridiron skit show this weekend; the first show was Thursday.

It’s an annual rite that pokes fun of local and national newsmakers.

This year’s cast stars The Wichita Eagle’s Bonnie Bing, Sierra Scott from the KPTS show “It’s All Good,” Ted Woodward of KNSS radio and local funnyman Bucky Walters. There also will be mystery guests each night, keeping in line with a tradition that has seen notable politicians including former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman get on stage to join in the parodies. Wichita State University’s Randy Brown had been slated to host the event but had to drop out at the last minute due to illness. His replacement is a fitting substitute for an event centered on spicy comedy: Former KSN sports director Jim Kobbe, famous for his accidental on-air profanity in 2007, will be taking the spotlight.

Many of the stories that have captured our attention nationally and locally will be played out on stage. Connelly assures that there will be a very funny occupy skit. There also will be a satirized retelling of the GOP Presidential race that focuses on the debates and nomination battle.

It’s the 45th Gridiron performance, which is put on various press clubs, the longest streak in the country. The Wichita show is done by members of the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and raises money for scholarships for student journalists.

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