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Kole vs. Conniff: Round 3

Dear Editor:

It seems Michael Conniff wants to pick a fight with me.

Based on the angry tone of his letter to the editor, you’d think I slept with his wife. Let me say, “I did not, never, sleep with that woman.”

His letter originally appeared as a blog on Aspen Post, but now has reached the local newspapers.

The reason for his letter was my tongue-in-cheek letter a few days ago in which I talked about the “Secrets of Aspen” and the Con Man, and said, “It’s a TV show – a bad TV show. The fact Conniff expounded on it with the ‘best audience in talk radio,’ and nobody called in, says something. By the way, I’m curious, Michael, ‘What makes your audience the best in talk radio?’ Did they take some sort of ‘best’ test? Or, is it just because they tune in?” That was it, in its entirety.

This seems to have set him off to the degree he felt that “I went after him,” and he needed to respond with the truth, according to Michael.

What inspired me to respond were a few specific things I have referenced in quotes at the beginning of each of the following points:

1. I did say, “Nobody called in to talk about ‘Secrets of Aspen.'” I was wrong. Since I left my house at 8:30, I missed the calls. I’m sure they were abundant, and stimulating.

2. Conniff says, “I sought out one of his advertisers” to discredit him. Not true, but why let the facts get in the way of a little talk show outrage. I did run into one advertiser who promotes Aspen’s energy rebate program, and asked him why KNFO instead of KAJX, which seemed like a better fit since the rebate program is for Aspen homeowners. The advertiser told me how much he had to pay, a nominal amount, so it made sense to me.

3. Conniff says, “Totally by coincidence, twice in the past week two people came up to me ‘to rant about Andrew Kole.'” I will admit nobody in the last week, month, or year has come up to me to even talk about Conniff.

4. Conniff says, “Virtually everyone in Aspen agrees Kole is an annoyance…” and basically nobody likes him. A half-truth. I can be annoying, but I can name more than a dozen people who like me: Roger Marolt, Karen Nye, Cliff Weiss, Elizabeth Milias, Mimi Lenk, Pete Louras, Mick Ireland (a maybe – not a definite), Pam Cunningham, Derek Johnson, Gram Slaton, Terri Butler, Boogie, David Cook, Adam Frisch, the girls at Victoria’s, and the former cast of the TV show, “Eight Is Enough,” to name just a few.

Finally, in an effort to come down to the level of “mean” in Michael’s letter, let me say, “I might be annoying, but at least I’m not boring.”

Andrew Kole


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