Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 14th, 2006 at 4:53 pm
We just got a response from P.K., host and creator of The Playhouse, the local morning radio show that broadcasted hateful, anti-cyclist comments on their program last Wednesday.
P.K. contends that his comments were taken out of context and that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions until we’ve heard the broadcast (I asked him for a copy of it). Here’s his statement (my edits for readability are in parentheses):
“I first ask, did you or any of your biker friends even hear the broadcast? Let me help, we discussed how SOME bikers even though (they) HAVE the right of way, do not mind their surrounding and should start. I also mentioned that I DO NOT have a problem with riders as long as they realize that a car will kill them and thus PAY attention and do NOT RIDE with ought (without) caution. I STILL have that view as one of you (that thinks is a car) almost caused a pile-up involving three other cars and myself. Also, I do believe I even shared my interest in riding to work in the early hours, leading me to ask again…. did you even hear the broadcast????”
He then invited any of us “that have a problem” to come on his show Monday morning.
It has also come to light in the comments that this isn’t the first time The Playhouse crew has shown complete disrespect for the community. In May of 2003 the Willamette Week called them out as their “Rogue of the Week.” It was the show’s third Rogue of the Week designation in as many months.
I have a hard time buying the “out of context” argument. Radio is a transient medium where people tune in and out for a few minutes at a time. Thousands of people can hear the inappropriate content and then turn the dial before amends are made. Thus, the damage is done.
Regardless, given their history it seems clear that this show relies on inciting controversy. I wonder how many times they can upset the community before they’re held accountable.