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Tom Martino, self-declared Troubleshooter, talks about his bankruptcy, being humbled

Tom Martino was once the embodiment of hubris -- a nationally syndicated radio host and local television personality who'd parlayed his reputation as a consumer advocate into a real-estate empire funded largely by Troubleshooter.com, which charges businesses for his recommendation. But the syndication deal went south years ago, his contract with Fox31 wasn't renewed, and his real-estate holdings have an alleged liability of $78 million, leading to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. He talks about the later development in hushed tones. "It's humbling," he says.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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