After more than 1,500 people have signed a petition, the Wichita City Council said it will appoint a council to look into naming its airport after President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Jan Harrison, a morning radio host, gave a formal presentation to the City Council this morning, in an effort toward the renaming. She and Phil Thompson, her on-air partner, started the petition.
Click here to sign a petition to name Wichita's airport after President Eisenhower
With a new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport set to open in 2015, the radio team said it's a perfect time for a name change, and that Eisenhower is an obvious choice.
The council agreed the idea needs further study. A committee will look into cost and other considerations in re-naming the airport before the council takes further action.
Eisenhower spent most of his childhood in Abilene, Kan.
Harrison, who hosts 104.5 The Fox's "Jan and Phil Show" with Thompson, has already received letters from Eisenhower's hometown of Abilene and former Kansas U.S. Senator Bob Dole endorsing the change.
"The idea here is to not only honor a great president and a great general ... but it's also to create more interest in our airport," Harrison said. "The name Eisenhower says strength, integrity - we mean business."
Thompson points out there are many airports named after presidents, but none for Eisenhower, a five-star general who went on to serve at president from 1953 until '61. He calls the potential name change "a brilliant marketing opportunity."
"History is really smiling on him more and more," Thompson said. "We need to grab this name before somebody else does."
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