PLANET ON THE AIR: TODAY 8:30 a.m. on 89.7 FM WITH CHAD COOPER ON “COLONIALS CORNER”, THURSDAY WITH BILL STURGEON AT 11 A.M. on WBRK; plus, THE KNUTSEN KAPER: KK REFUSES TO STEP FORWARD WITH WHAT HE CLAIMS IS THE TRUTH. THE FULL EXCHANGE IS HERE
BY DAN VALENTI
CHAD AND DAN TALK COLONIALS THIS AM ON THE FM
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MAY 16, 2011) — Join us this morning on “Colonials Corner with Chad Cooper and Dan Valenti”, Monday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on home of The Brave, 89.7 FM, as we bring you another thrill-packed adventure of Pittsfield Colonials chatter. The new season is dawning. Baseball is in the air. Training camp opens this week at Beloved Wahconah Park. See you on the air.
Speaking of which, The Planet shall also be Bill Sturgeon’s guest at 11 a.m. on Thursday of this week, as we do an hour of live radio, taking your calls.
THE KNUTSEN KAPERS
As the website of the underdog, of Joe and Mary Jane Kapanski, We The People, and The Little Guy — and in the name of openness and transparency, two values which we place alongside truthfulness and honesty — The Planet present the exchange we had with Kris Knutsen on our offer to host a live radio show.
Knutsen expressed concern for his privacy as the reason why he did not want to do a public press conference. He brought up the alternative of a live radio interview and asked The Planet is we could make that happen. We said we would try, and we felt confident that we could. Seems, though, that Knutsen got cold feet.
THE OPENING OFFER
It began with this post from May 15 by Knutsen:
I would like to tell my story, “officially”. I will not do a “press conference”. I will make myself available on a radio broadcast where my personal privacy can be maintained as much as possible. Of course, I will take callers questions after I have had a brief amount of time to tell the gist of my story.
I would need some sort of resonable assurance that the callers I talk with are absolutely unscreened (live call ins from the citizens).
Can you do this, yes or no?
THE PLANET’S MORE THAN GENEROUS ACCOMMODATION
The Planet answered the same day that yes, we would be willing to see if such a show could be done:
Fair enough. Let me check this out, and if I can make this happen, I will.
I respect this position, and agree that it makes a reasonable compromise.
I will be in touch with you on this. Thank you.
He left an abrupt and unhinged message on The Planet’s comment section in reply to our public statement about helping arrange such a broadcast. His tone had suddenly shifted. for the worse. Red flags sprouted as if it were May Day in Red Square, 1958. As The Planet has said before, we will not allow this site to be hijacked to further private agendas and, in Knutsen’s case, what looks like vendetta.
Here’s the subsequent e-mail exchange. The Planet sent the following on May 15, 6:38 p.m.:
THE PLANET LOWERS THE BOOM: PUT UP OR SHUT UP
You are THIS CLOSE from being banned from my site, because you refuse to take good counsel on the best way to get your story out there. It isn’t pot shots, real name or not, on a website. It’s in public, with the mainstream media. You won’t do a press conference, citing privacy. Fine. You say you would do a radio show.
I’m open to doing one with you, but you’ve got to agree to definitively because I spend any time setting it up. I don’t have time to waste on you. If you are legitimate and do it the right way, I do have time to spend on you. I will give you 24 hours to respond at this address, 6:30 p.m. Monday evening, to agree or not.
1. Live radio show.
2. We notify everyone you intend to out, with invitations to be there to defend themselves.
3. We invite other press, but no photos of your face, if you wish.
4. Subject to other conditions, if any, that may be required.
Let me know if you agree. Meantime, do not waste your time or my readers’ time with ridiculous posts. You claim your story is true. If it is, you should have no problem going public in the manner I have suggested.
Knutsen sent his reply at 9:03 p.m. the same evening:
KK TELL THE PLANET WHERE HIS OFFER CAN GO