For me, I never want to attack a guest on the show. I don’t think that’s right. Nor do I think its fair. I also don’t believe it’s good radio. Too many podcasters and radio show hosts today feel the need to explode on guests in a Rush Limbaugh or Tucker Carlson type of way. Too many times have I talked to guests, from big names to those just getting into the field who refuse to now go on certain shows because they feel they were ambushed by the host who verbally attacked them and their research. The unfortunate side of this is there are members of the audience who want this to happen. There’s a huge difference between being critical and just being an asshole for the sake of being one. Sometimes, there are members of the audience who just want verbal ‘blood’ and want to see a guest destroyed on the air, which in my opinion doesn’t do anyone any good. There’s no reason for it at all.
A great example of this is a featured guest we have on Spaced Out Radio monthly in Butch Witkowski. Butch is a good friend of our show and has been doing his ‘Strange Days’ segment for the last four plus years. His no nonsense approach has made him a listener favourite with our listeners, but it also brings out the critics as well. Butch is a former police officer in Pennsylvania and a former member of MUFON in that state. Because of his alpha personality, over time he’s rubbed a few people the wrong way. Also over the years, people have questioned his personal background. A number of years ago there was an obscure website that published some false accusations of Butch, to which he had to deal with on a personal level. It went as far as stating that he was charged with impersonating a police officer. This is simply not true. Yet, once on the internet, always on the internet, and to this day, I still have listeners who want me to ask Butch about this past dilemma and potentially grind him for it. That’s something I won’t do. There’s no point to it and a large waste of time considering it had already been dealt with. Why? It’s useless. It’s untrue and sometimes people need to stop trying to pick fights along with stirring up false information for the sake of ‘combat radio’. We aren’t about that. When I first heard these false accusations years ago, I called up Butch and he sent me photographs proving he was a cop including a newspaper article with him and two other officers in uniform. That’s one example. I then did other research to confirm what I already knew which was people trying to spite him for whatever reason they chose. Things like this are not worth my time.
Getting back on topic. At certain times, tough questions need to be asked. I’ve been critical in my thinking with MUFON, and have asked some high ranking members like Tom Whitmore very difficult questions regarding some of their history. Those questions needed focusing on because this a public group who has had some difficult times that in my opinion, Executive Director Jan Harzan has refused to deal with publicly. I have been highly critical of the To The Stars Academy for trying to control the UFO media narrative, and dodging media requests. I have been critical of the BFRO when it comes to their ways of researching, claiming they are scientifically studying Sasquatch when all they are doing is conducting opinion. I have been critical of paranormal groups like TAPS for pulling the wool over people’s eyes when it comes to hauntings. I’ve been hard on Dr. Steven Greer for his mandate on what he needs to do an interview, including asking if he will be paid. When it affects the public that’s when tougher questions from groups and organizations need to be asked. Ripping into a solitary researcher or author who is giving their precious time to allow us to hear where their research has taken them, well that’s different.