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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.

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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:

DAN,

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:

KRIS
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.
DAN

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

KRIS
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.
Sincerely,
DAN

Knutsen sent his reply at 9:03 p.m. the same evening:

KK TELL THE PLANET WHERE HIS OFFER CAN GO

Dan
You must think I’m stupid! I know who you are and I know what you are doing. Who do you think you are? People like you are commonly referred to as gatekeepers. But you are not smart enough to be a gate keeper. If a punk like me can find you out, what does that say? You can take your conditions and stick them up your ass. I said I would do a live radio show. I said nothing about having to get into a pissing match with a bunch of liars and in front of the press.
You and your boys wanted to play the “game”. The mind game, right? I’m beating you guys and getting learned in the process, so why get led around by snakes?
Nice try but I got my own game and it does not revolve around a want to be somebody who has to feign being some sort of savior for the people.
My name for you now is Dan Dan the charlatan.
There, now you can say that I declined your conditional invitation and you can put it back on me. I don’t care. This is not over, not even close. Things will unfold in the future in ways that you could never imagine. Try not to wear your heart out on your sleeve so much. So a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
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This e-mail speaks for itself. We will not add one syllable to it by way of analysis or tone.
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HAVING REALIZED THE SITUATION, THE PLANET ANSWERED:
KRIS

OK. I respect your choice.
I shall post your reply.
No more posts on my site, please, on this topic. Feel free to post on anything else, however.
I wish you the best,
DAN
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WAS IT “THE OTHER SIDE” OF THE STORY THAT DID IT?

There’s not much more that can be done for him but wish him the best with his truth. He refused to go public with his story in a forum that would invite response and questions.
That’s a huge cautionary note. Not knowing for sure why, we can say that typically in such cases, the person refuses because his story will not hold up to cross-examiniation or scrutiny. Even if what he says is 100% true, a press conference or a live radio appearance would open his story to the other side and their version. Then you have “he said” vs. “they said” and then where are you.
In short, there are two sides to every story, and perhaps it’s the other side that Knutsen doesn’t want to be told. We can’t say for sure and will not speculate. The Planet does know that it will not allow this forum to be used for Kris Knutsen or anyone else to conduct a hit-run-and-hide campaign making serious allegations against those who aren’t here to hit back.
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As The Planet said in the e-mail, Knutsen will not be allowed to post any more of his feverish allegations on this site. He can take his business elsewhere, and if he has the truth, he can find alternate ways. We will not be an accomplice in his methods, which we find lacking. This sight stands for openness and integrity.
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MORE TO COME SOONER OR LATER.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE”
LOVE TO ALL.

39 Responses to “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”

  1. Sheriff Dawg
    May 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Intersting exchange. This gives all of us new respect for The Planet we have heard KK go off on his stuff before but when it comes time to step forward with what hes got he backs off. Why? Hes got nothing but names and accusations and a history of unreliability. This is jsut an opinion but i think kk is expereicing some major guilt over the choices he has made and he \s using this method of dealing with it. Glad that this site saw through the ruse .

    • Dusty
      May 16, 2011 at 2:04 am #

      Sheriff Dawg…not sure you can speak for “all of us”….the whole thing would seem quite intimidating to most people…kind of a one man against the whole mob atmosphere

      • scott
        May 16, 2011 at 4:10 am #

        Yeah I can understand where he is coming from because he would be put out there but he himself as already admitted to wrong doing so what does he have to hide? He has come off as just a bitter ex employee but I believe him and wish he would step up because we need to know the truth. Also it sounded a little threatening when he said “If a punk like me can find you out, what does that say?” He does come off a little delusional and insane I will admit but I do believe him however I agree go all in or stfu seriously ranting is going to do nothing but add to your discredit. In other words what “they” are doing is working!

    • danvalenti
      May 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      Thanks, SD. We tried to do justice to both KK and the story.

  2. John
    May 16, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    G M is brewing something up, can’t you smell it?

  3. John
    May 16, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    The problem in life is that everyone is beholden to someone. Good Men allow evil to exist.

  4. Bizzaro
    May 16, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    Guess who the electriction who worked on the Bartlett ave building just before it burned down was?

    • Tom
      May 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

      c’mon don’t leave us hanging like that

  5. edconnect
    May 16, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Dan,

    Pretty weak putting a private email out there. Plus expecting kk to sit at a table and answer questions with his tormentors sitting there is a lot to ask. You could if given him 20 minutes by phone to ask some questions etc. Then let those he accuses to make a counter statement or something like that.

    How about having TD,red dog and goal post sit at a table across from granger,wynn and ruberto?

    You really threw kk under the bus on this. The little guy trying to stand up to the gobs got hung out to dry.

    • Bizzaro
      May 16, 2011 at 9:13 am #

      Heller your one who should talk about getting weider. You won’t even say if Glenn Heller is your brother How about doing a press conference with you and the lady you stalked? Now that would get rateings!

      • Bizzaro
        May 16, 2011 at 9:14 am #

        Sorry I meant Phil.

    • danvalenti
      May 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      EDC
      We would love TD, Goalpost, and RD to sit across the table from Granger, Wynn, and Ruberto. You kidding me? Disagree on your view re: KK. He may be a little guy trying to stand up to the GOBs, but he rejected the best advice on how to do it.

  6. Kris Knutson
    May 16, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Mr. Valenti

    I told you I would do a live radio broadcast and field questions from unscreened callers. I will do this from my residence, like any other normal person in my situation would expect to do. You have been unreasonable in this request. I have every reason to think you are trying to undermine my credibility and put me into an unfavorable situation.
    There are plenty of nay sayers out there who would love to hear such a show for the purpose of seeing me fall flat on my face. So what of it?

    • danvalenti
      May 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      OK. So let’s get this straight. Will you do a “phoner”, live on the air? Repeat this for me and my readers. If you are, I will explore.

      • Kris Knutson
        May 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

        Mr. Valenti
        I said I would do a live radio broadcast and field unscreened phone calls from the citizens of Berkshire County, or, whoever else is inevitably going to call in. I said that at the onset, I would like to tell the gist of my story for those who are not on the up and up with what I have said on these forums (Planet Valenti and Topix).
        I never mentioned anything about a “phoner”, as you call it but just assumed that I would be doing just that. And It is you who assumed that I would be submitting to demands that I think the average joe would deem as unreasonable if given any amount of genuine thought into the matter. I think it is safe to say that sitting in a room with those who I am accusing would be tantamount to punching myself in the face. And why would you have me do this, being already at a disadvantage in not knowing the ins and outs of these sort of things (radio interviews)?
        When you said that you would call a press conference, you said that you would work hard to insure that it was heavily advertised, so as to reach as many people as possible. Does that pledge still apply to a “phoner”?

        I will be in the comfort of my own home with my family on the day that I call that show. This will serve me well, as well as the citizens of Berkshire County who I’m sure are eager to hear the show.

        • danvalenti
          May 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

          KRIS
          Yes. If we do a phoner, I shall get the word out.

  7. Kris Knutson
    May 16, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Mr. Valenti
    Since you’re going to post my private emails to you on your forum for everyone to examine, there should be no further use for any private correspondance. Do you agree?

    • edconnect
      May 16, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      Kris,

      I believe dan was wrong putting your private email out and putting unnecessary demands on your radio interview . That being said its not cool of you throwing peoples names allaround either. When the maasmiano thing was a big story last year you were all over topix trashing people from the jail. That wasn’t fair of you. Not that I don’t believe you, I do. But its still not fair. We all know things about people and plastering it all over the internet isn’t fair. I talked to a guard from the jail he’s been there for at least 20 years about you and your allegations he said your story had some truth to it but you were also a dusgrunteled ex-employee getting back at your ex-supervisor.

      I got a speeding ticket from ppd officer” x” he used to sell/smoke weed back in hi school. Should I plaster his name all over the internet to get back at him?

      • Kris Knutson
        May 16, 2011 at 8:49 am #

        Ed
        No, you should not plaster his name all over the internet if what he did was well in advance of his becoming a police officer. Because people change and deserve a chance at something better in life, if they so choose.
        Please keep in mind here that I have confessed myself to all the things that I did while I was actually in law enforcement. If I have trashed people, then to some extent I have trashed myself. My immediate family and my extended family have suffered a great deal because of what I have chosen to do in regards to these matters. A personal vendetta has no way of overtaking the love that I have for my family.
        This is about the powers that be at the top of the food chain and their unwillingness to step down from their positions. In this scenario, names have to be named, yes, the little guys. Because the big guys are an island and can’t be touched without sweeping out from under them their support structure.

      • rick
        May 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

        lol

      • scott
        May 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

        I think you should have paid more attention in “hi school” and least “officer X” is doing something with his life I imagine you need to know basic English to get a job as a cop. I’m just saying…

    • edconnect
      May 16, 2011 at 8:40 am #

      I can see woodward and bernstein now : ” hey deepthroat if your going to make all these charges you need to sit down with nuxon and answer some questions. You have 24 hours to reply” dan” de la mater” valenti

      • Bizzaro
        May 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

        No one new what Deepthroats name was, but we already know Knutsuns name Whats the big deal about going to a radio station? Knutsun opened his bid mouth makeing acusations about alot of people but he is afraid to go to a radio station to do this. Grow a set Knutsun!

      • danvalenti
        May 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

        EDC
        My Lord, how naive can you be?!

        • GMHeller
          May 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

          @danvalenti,
          And how arrogant can YOU be?

    • NFM
      May 16, 2011 at 8:44 am #

      Posting KK’s private e-mail was a scumbag move on Valenti’s part.

    • danvalenti
      May 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      No, I don’t agree.

      • scott
        May 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

        Then why do you protect your ppd sources so well can I have their e mails?

  8. Bonnie
    May 16, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Yeah I have to agree also Dan. He should be protected a little mote than what you suggest. Also I agree that Kris should stop throwing names around. Just saying ….

  9. Robocop Steroidcop
    May 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    HAVE TO AGREE WIUTH THE PLANET ON THIS ONE. KK SEEMS TO BE THE ONE MAKING ARBITRARY CONDITIONS. FIRST A PRESS CONFERENCE, THEN NO A RADIO SHOW, THEN NO, A RADIO SHOW BY PHONE. IF HE’S GOT SUCH AN EXPLOSIVE STORY LET HIM COME FORWARD IN AN ADULY WAY SAY WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE HE BACKS OFF. HE COMES OFF AS BITTER AND DSGRUNTLED. VALENTI IS FAR TOO EXPERIENCED TO FALL FOR THIS KIND OF STUFF AND AS FAR AS THE “PRIVATE” EMAIL, HES DEALING WITH THE PRESS HERE AND UNLESS THERES AN AGREEMENT OF BOTH PARTIES EVERYTHINGS ON THE RECORD I KNOW BECAUSE I DEAL WITH THE PRESS IN MY JOB. GOOD JOB, PLANET1!!!

    • Jeff
      May 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      I am afraid that much bigger things are going on with steroids gate.’ I also believe Kris

    • danvalenti
      May 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      Appreciate it, RS

    • GMHeller
      May 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      @Robocop Steroidcop,
      If as you claim you are so experienced in dealing with the press, why is it you feel the need to post anonymously, you wimp.
      At least Kris Knutson has the stones to post using his real name.

    • scott
      May 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

      Do you work for the ppd? Do you partake in illegal drug activity?

  10. GMHeller
    May 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Mr. Valenti,
    If you truly want Kris Knutson to go on the record, you would not argue with the reasonable conditions he is setting.
    He’s the one making the statement, not you.
    Why are you insisting that Mr. Knutson be present in the studio when it is common practice to do phone interviews in the rest of the real world?
    Why are you insisting that anyone but the press be present at this phone interview/press conference?
    PlanetValenti’s credibility with sources is in a nosedose, Mr. Valenti, and it appears you don’t even see it.

  11. Cynthia
    May 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I am afraid some of you are going to be very upset when the Next piece of Steriodsgates come out.

  12. Robocop Steroidcop
    May 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    HELLER,
    THE RESAON IS OBVIOUS: KK, LIKE YOU, PREFER TO TAKE THEIR CHEAP SHOTS IN ANONYMITY, OH YOU SELF DELUSIONAL MYSYERY MAN. VALENTI HAS THE BIGGEST STONES AROUND AND YOUR JEALOUSY OF HIM IS LAUGHABLE. AS ONE OF PITTSFIELD’S FINEST, I KNOW THAT VALENTI HAS MADE THE RIGHT CALL WITH MR K

  13. Cynthia
    May 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Dan,

    Not really fair if you remove Kris’s comments yet let other come on here and bash him. I thought this was not going to be
    Like Topix

  14. John
    May 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Someone is trolling.