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Trupiano Says It’s All An Act

Jason Barrett

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He’s never worked in sports-talk radio, and until last year he hadn’t worked in any kind of broadcasting. But Nick Trupiano has rocked St. Louis jock-talk radio like no one else in the 22-year history of the format. His recent on-air comments led to fists flying, the man who hired him ending up in a hospital — then resigning his job — and a guy he was criticizing on the air spending a night in jail.

That was just for starters.

Now the NAACP has notified his new boss that it is unhappy about racial comments Trupiano made on the air, and sources say the Federal Communications Commission has been alerted about of a vulgar word Trupiano used — the FCC can fine or take other actions against stations that violate its codes.

All this surrounds a 32-year-old guy who has an extremely colorful past and a vivid present.

“If I can survive this circus, I’m sure I can survive anything — especially the things that are coming to me lately,” he said this week. “I’m not a stranger to adversity.”

And controversy.

THE BACKGROUND

His father was Matthew “Mikey” Trupiano, whom Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan has called “this city’s last mafia chieftain” who ultimately “went to prison for playing gin rummy.” That was after being busted in a game begin played at Lloyd Christopher Auto Sales, on South Kingshighway, in 1991. That building now houses a rental car facility.

The younger Trupiano and other family members have been in the headlines themselves, too, notably for battles with St. Louis officials over troubles with bars they have ran, including on Washington Avenue and in Soulard.

A few years ago Nick Trupiano was co-manager of the downtown nightclub that was known as Lure and later Amnesia, which was owned by his sister Aprille. They fought for their liquor license after police and neighborhood residents complained that club customers fought in the streets and dumped beer bottles on the sidewalks. The Trupianos eventually were out, and Nick said then that the fix was in.

“You’ve got a city judge who works for the mayor’s office, and serves at the pleasure of the mayor,” he said, and he and his sister added that Mayor Francis Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford was out to get them.

They now run Social House, a Soulard bar that also has been under scrutiny of the local authorities. A Post-Dispatch story in late 2012 said the facility “has been on the city’s list of nuisance properties for about a year because of complaints of fights, noise, property damage and rowdy behavior.”

The family, including other siblings, has been involved in several other clubs through the years, too.

“It was a weird business to chose,” Trupiano said. “We never should have gotten into it, but now we are stuck.”

Trupiano also was stuck in a career morass before his radio opportunity suddenly developed.

He long has been an aspiring comedian, and his wisecracking as a 13-year-old was enjoyed by one of his dad’s buddies, who arranged for Trupiano to make a brief on-stage appearance at a local comedy club. One of his jokes: “My father is working for the government now. He should get off in about 2½ or three years with good behavior.”

“Everybody thought I was kidding — I wasn’t,” he said, adding that he drew a standing ovation.

For more visit STL Today where this story was first published

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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