For those who missed the live broadcast, on Tuesday of last week (July 23, 2013) — the day following the Austin Vantrease parole hearing — I was interviewed by WV MetroNew’s Hoppy Kercheval. This broadcast reaches all of West Virginia and into the surrounding states. It has a huge contingent of affiliate stations.
Here is the audio file (just click on it to listen): Hoppy Kerchavel and Ken Diviney, WV MetroNews Talkline, 07-23-13
The entire interview last just under twelve minutes.
Hoppy asked me to come on air on the days leading up to the hearing, but I pushed him off until a decision was handed down. Be it good or bad, I felt like that was the more appropriate time to talk about it. Besides, Gale Vantrease was bringing attention to the hearing with her ill-fated barrage of interviews leading up to it. I just sat back and smiled as she thought it was wise to plaster her violent, felon son all over the media.
It drew the attention to Ryan.
It provided the iconic mug shot in each distribution.
What in the hell was she thinking?
It’s clear to me where Austin Vantrease learned (or, more accurately, didn’t learn) the consequences of his actions. Some people just never learn! What an incredibly lacking sense of foresight. If it were me I’d be falling over my wife trying to apologize and make it as right as we could. If not that, then I’d keep my damned mouth shut and see if this attention would blow over a bit.
How misguided, at the core, can one person (and a family) be? To launch a media campaign that I can best characterize as the “Vantrease Media Blitzkrieg” was asinine. Just devastating. Well, for their violent son, that is. For us, it kept Ryan relevant.
Okay, so I’m going to go crazy if I continue to talk about Austin Vantrease, his family, his support system, and everything that flies out (“debris”). I promise you — and me — I’m moving off of this after today. I have tons of items that I want to tell you about. Exciting things! Like A Man Cave for Ryan, Hydrotherapy, and Vibration Therapy.
Again, thank you for staying with me through the past several weeks. It was rough and you didn’t leave me side. Thank goodness for all of you!