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.