Tom Martino refuses to talk about domestic violence arrest in return to KHOW airwaves

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Update below: KHOW radio host and self-described Troubleshooter Tom Martino was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence in a pre-Christmas incident involving his wife. Today, Martino returned to the airwaves -- but while he alluded to the bust, he declined to discuss it. Meanwhile, questions continue to be asked about why Martino remains in the KHOW lineup when another veteran host, Peter Boyles, was fired last year after a physical altercation with a co-worker that didn't result in criminal charges.

Here's the Denver Police Department description of what took place:

On 12-20-13 around 2315 hours, in the area of Auraria Pkway and I-25, the suspect, Martino, Thomas 09-4-53, was driving...with the victim, Martino, Holly...sitting in the right front passenger seat. The suspect and the victim began arguing. While the vehicle was stopped at a unknown red light the victim opened the passenger door to get out of the vehicle. The suspect put his arm around the victim preventing her from exiting the vehicle. When the light turned green the suspect drove away and they continued arguing. The suspect then struck the victim in the face once with a closed fist causing a bloody nose. This disturbed the peace of the victim.

The suspect and victim are husband and wife and have been married for 9 years.

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Tom Martino in pitchman mode.
Afterward, Martino posted the following on his Facebook page:
Holly and I remain deeply in love and committed to each other and to our family. The incident that happened Friday night was a foolish mistake. We were both drinking too much. We got into an argument that escalated over a struggle for a cell phone. We were both inadvertently injured and we were not trying to hurt each other.

My overreaction was uncalled for. I am ashamed of my behavior. I should've walked away. I also believe alcohol was a major catalyst. We are dealing with our issues through professional Christian spiritual counseling, with mutual love and support. We advise anyone dealing with these struggles to seek help before there is an incident.

Since then, Martino, who was cited for harassment in Douglas County last October (the case was subsequently dismissed), has kept quiet about the matter -- and anyone listening to his KHOW program at 10 a.m. this morning in the hope that he'd break his silence on the topic was undoubtedly disappointed.

After teasing news about "what is coming up in the new year economically and financially," including references to mortgages and real estate, he said that "unless you are on another planet," you've "heard about a situation and some personal matters I'm dealing with -- personal matters away from work. And all I can say is, I can't talk about that. I ask that you respect that."

Then, after mentioning his more than three decades as a consumer advocate, and the millions in cash services and refunds he managed to win for folks over the past year alone, he shifted into a conversation about "really important issues," including "trends in the tenant-landlord business."

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Peter Boyles and Tom Tancredo in the KHOW studio on what proved to be the host's last show for the station.
As such, listeners are left to read between a bare handful of lines. However, the reference to "personal matters away from work" could well be an attempt to differentiate his situation from that of Boyles, who was sacked last year after leaving a red mark on the neck of longtime producer Greg Hollenback by pulling on a lanyard his co-worker had been wearing.

In an interview with Westword, Boyles pointed out that his contract with KHOW had lapsed at the time of the Hollenback incident and negotiations were at a standstill -- timing that presumably made giving him the heave-ho a cost-saver for the Clear Channel-owned station. However, Boyles landed on his feet: He was hired at KNUS, and in recent months, he has consistently racked up better ratings than those registered by KHOW, which replaced him with Mandy Connell, a yakker new to the market.

Is Martino still a KHOW employee because his actions didn't take place on the job? And what's his contract status? We've reached out to KHOW program director Dan Mandis in the hope of answering these and related questions, and moments ago (update) we received the following statement from Pat Connor, market president for Clear Channel Denver:

Tom is not a KHOW employee and 630 AM only carries his show; nonetheless, we take this type of allegation very seriously. We are monitoring the situation and will take any necessary action pending the final outcome of the charges. In the meantime, Tom will be back on the air. We cannot share any further details for privacy reasons.
Here's a larger look at Martino's mug shot.

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Tom Martino.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Tom Martino's greatest hits include an ambush of a Westword writer."

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77 comments
music77
music77

how is this crotchety old man still on the air? lost millions files bankruptcy due to ignorance and greed. beats his wife and has the nerve to play troubleshooter. how can he give advice to anyone except how to hide assets. what an embarrassment!

fluffy
fluffy

get rid of this cold sore!! Disgusting!!!  

kjrranch3d
kjrranch3d

He is a wop and she is a money grubber.  They are a good pair !

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

PUZZLED there is no reporting on what went down yesterday with the wife beater... anyone out there know?

yydtb
yydtb

Hardtimes, I think you might be on to something.

Some might think Tom and Holly fumbled for the phone and Tom's closed fist just accidently ended up in Holly's face. Maybe Holly was just confused about that. Maybe Holly just thought she was home when stopped for the light and tried to get out of the vehicle to go into the house. What was Holly thinking?  Seriously, let's wish Holly all the best through these tough times.

Lets see how it goes in court this week or if it gets postponed.  Let's see what the police present, and what WESTWORD turns up. Westword seems to do a great job following up on Mr. Martino. Do you think they might have inside information?

Maybe Holly can start her own radio show!

Kevin Crowe
Kevin Crowe

Junk? you have your substances mixed up. Lay off the booze, lush.

yydtb
yydtb

Yes, I think postings came up more than once regarding another man possibly being involved with this article and the last. Possibly with the Post article too. Involved with another man or not does it justify domestic violence? Punched wife in the face with a closed fist.. Prevented his wife from exiting the vehicle..

Let's not rule out the police just yet to be able to file and testify to an accurate report. The Court & lawyers will play the next round. 

What's your guess, do you also think Tom will be required to take domestic violence classes and have to turn in his weapons? What about community service? Maybe just a fine?

Let's see what next week brings. Stay tuned!

yydtb
yydtb

Good comments Hardtimes1127 & DonkeyHotay. Do you think these are "wild conjectures" as NYradio says?

No matter what, let's wish Holly and the kids all the best in this mess. Isn't it 50/50 in Colorado if she leaves him plus child support?

yydtb
yydtb

Do we automatically asume the police officer was a "jerk"? Why would you even make that comment? Can we asume he had just cause to arrest Tom and protect Holly and the kids?

Again, statements are only statements.

Statement from Holly, statement from Tom, report from hospital. Do you think there was a purpose for the delay in reporting this to the police? When do you think the lawyers became involved, before of after the police showed up? Do you think they even showed up at the ER?

What do you think this will cost the Martino's in legal fees? Any guesses?

Do you think KHOW will keep him on the air?

No matter what, let's wish Holly and the kids all the best in this mess. Isn't it 50/50 in Colorado if she leaves him plus child support?

NYradio, what do you think Holly and the kids should do? Do you think there is another man involved as some have mentioned?

Jeff Yates
Jeff Yates

He needs to meet some of you pot smokers in Colorado for a bowl of junk.

yydtb
yydtb

Lets hear from Holly and abused women. Do you think this was the first time or has it happened in the past? Maybe WESTWORD could provide some stats on assults like this.

Remember, statments are only statements.

Is all history of violent/bad behavior always documented?

Do the advertisers for KHOW and the Martino show actually support Martino's lawyers for his defense?   

How is Holly doing? We hope she is recovering physically & emotionally. LETS NOT FORGET HOLLY.

e98thoob
e98thoob

Anytime I need a service, I am going to the Trouble? Shoot her! website and letting an advertiser know that I will NOT be using them since they are affiliated with Martino.  He hits women, time to hit him in the pocket book.

yydtb
yydtb

Let's see what the court says next week.

Has Holly been abused in the bast? Lets get the stats on abused women. What do the numbers say about the chances of him doing this again? What do victims say?

Does Tom have a violent history or is he clean?

Maybe KHOW had to put him back on based on decisions made by the mother ship. Maybe WESTWORD should try to interview Holly. I would guess at this point their lawyers are running the entire show. It's got to be costing them!

Mnizzle
Mnizzle

What a friggin' DIRTBAG!

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

Going for Rick Sanchez douchebag status....

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Westword wants to totally fuck Martino. It is becoming a two way creepy crush. Advertising Casa Bonita over and over; and their hard on for Tom, is kind of weird. Get over it.

Kathy Vik
Kathy Vik

Kevin Crowe, you are funny. I like it. Keep that shit up.

music77
music77

He took stepdads last name. Does he ever talk about his Mexican heritage?

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127  Here's what I could find (buried in another story about another set of legal proceedings with him):


Martino’s lately made news with his arrest on a domestic-violence charge Dec. 20 involving his 45-year-old troubleshooting-partner wife, Holly Martino. Martino allegedly punched her in the face, leaving her with a bloody nose as there were in the car. He faces a Denver County Court hearing on March 5 on the misdemeanor charge, including another for disturbing the peace, court records show. A hearing scheduled for Thursday was vacated.


http://blogs.denverpost.com/thebalancesheet/2014/01/14/tom-martino-quietly-pressing-lawsuit-against-fox-31-tv/11438/


Anyone out there know what "vacated" means in this context? 

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@yydtb Well Westword did a good job about getting Cloudy Channel to at least say Martino is not an employee I hope they can get more info on if there is another guy and if Martino has to take domestic violence classes LIKE ALL WIFE BEATERS.  Holly needs to stick to her guns and tell this manipulative guy SEE YA because its gonna keep happening and she does not need to stick around to see if it would or would not.  Just leave him. 

NYradio
NYradio

@mammypants Because he's out on bail, and has not been convicted of anything yet. He hasn't even had his court date yet.


Would you feel better if he were in jail? Or if anyone who gets arrested has to sit in jail until their court date? What offenses would be appropriate to receive bail?

NYradio
NYradio

@yydtb My "wild conjecture" comment was specifically referring to the part about there maybe being another man involved. I've never heard that before. My comment should also apply to anything else other than the documented facts and accounts of what happened. Everything else is just a guess. Some dots can maybe be reasonably connected to try to draw conclusions, but that does not make them facts.

NYradio
NYradio

@yydtb No clue -- it's gotten to the point of wild conjecture now, so I'm done until more facts come to light. Send 'em to Mike Basset's house? :)

hardtimes1127.
hardtimes1127.

@yydtb You are so right in asking about Holly, Tom says on the air yesterday something about how much "his wife loves something" don't remember exacts but damn it just made me feel weird on how it trys to blow this off.  Holly called the cops for a reason, what was that reason? She had enough is my guess, I hope she realizes she can make it on her own without a punk like Martino.  He is guilty and is trying to say wait till the truth comes out... that's just bs talk for just let my lawyers twist everything so I can get off.  Hope he has to take domestic violence classes and cant carry a weapon!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@yydtb ... The VIOLENT ABUSER and coward Tom Martino is her meal ticket, her sole means of $$ financial support, and like most BATTERED WIVES she will submissively return home and suffer more/any abuse since in her dysfunctional psyche she has no choice ... and probably deserves it anyway.



NYradio
NYradio

@yydtb I think it costs about $7, but you criminal records are public information. Cheap but not free, and anyone can request them.


I mentioned this elsewhere, but I'm guessing that Tom has no prior violent history. He's been in the public eye for 30+ years, and it's impossible to do that and have deep dark secrets like this. Especially after going through public divorces and bankruptcys.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 Oh cool thanks, figures when lawyers are involved they can do a lot, vacate means they resolved the issue. So through lawyers Im sure they are able to lift the restraining order (which could bite the courts in the ass if Tom gets out of line) and they can live together again.  Even if they drop the charges I thought by law he has to take domestic violence classes because the courts know all too well that women wont cooperate in charges against their spouse.  Granted there are times it could be a husband battered.

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127  Regarding Tom's employment status, the next question should be if ANY hosts are employees of the station, or if they are all independent contractors (I believe most are contractors). OR, if Tom's status was ever anything other than an independent contractor. Given his entire Troubleshooter "brand" and previous national syndication, I would be pretty surprised if he was ever recently a direct employee of KHOW.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@mammypants You confuse me, I think there is a better way to answer that question "without" sounding all offended.  Is Tom "The Wife Beater" your friend?  You don't need a court to have that part known because Tom "TWB" said they had too much too drink, he did things he wasn't proud of and they went too far and they are getting counseling ( better be separate for now because there should be an automatic restraining order in place till the court date).  We don't need a court of law to know that,,, or are you one of those type that only believe the courts have to say it in order for it to be true.  As ESPN would say "Come On Man"

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 You are so right about him saying I legally cant talk about it.  I bet he requests that be part of the agreement.  I am so sick of people with money being able to buy their way out of trouble, If Holly is smart she will see this is her out... I want this this and this and I will agree legally we cant publicly talk about it.  Bam and give this WIFE BEATER his walking papers

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127  Interesting, thanks. I'm guessing this will all fade into history, and be handled outside the courts. I'm also guessing it will be written into the court documents that Tom can't talk about it publicly. Then, it'll be really convenient for Tom, so he can still bring up the incident on the show, but be legally bound from saying anything.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 Toms problem is he is arrogant because so many people listen to him "as if everything he says is so" and now that his image is no longer holier than thou  I think he will finally be seen for the scammer he truly is. (my opinion of course)

music77
music77

All wife beaters blame the booze. Or maybe Holly should have humored him to keep in good mood? lol!! How did he ever get the oxymoron title of troubleshooter?

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127   Well, I think this conversation has gone as far as it can. I don't think you're understanding my point. Whatever, it's not THAT important to me.


Let's just stay tuned and see what happens next.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 You are suddenly playing off of the years issue when the main point is he is a wife beater PERIOD and not letting the frequency come into play it was just something I surmised.  You said you don't doubt he hit his wife so not sure what needing FACTS has to do with it especially since WE are not in court.  I don't need a court to think for me I am blessed enough to be able to do that on my own.  He is guilty no matter what a court of law says.

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127  I really do understand what you're saying, I just don't agree with it.


My point is that there are conclusions being made, and no facts to back it up. Get some facts (or even anecdotes at this point!) and then maybe it'll make a little bit of sense to make these claims. Until then, alleging that he has been (or must have been) a wife beating abuser drunk driver for years and years is completely absurd.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 Times in life I  run into people that "just don't get it" and this is one of those times and that's life.  OJ while over kill is an example of court manipulation and ability to get guilty people off. NOT a murder vs domestic violence, didn't think that had to be explained but oh well. You make very little sense because you believe he did hit her yet say you don't think so.  Bottom line is he did it who cares for argument sake if its a first time or repeated time he did and if the courts cant see that.... SHAME ON THEM

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127  I understand what you're saying, I just don't agree with you.


Comparing OJ and Tom is ridiculous for many reasons, but I can agree that good (or bad) lawyers make a big difference in the outcomes of cases.


All I'm trying to say is that until the court date, all we know for sure is what's in the arrest records. Assuming he's a long-time "wife beater" and frequent drunk driver is completely unfounded.


But in fairness, maybe you know more than I do. Do you know Tom, or have other information about past violent events or drunken driving incidents? I don't believe the "at 60" part at all. Maybe we just disagree.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 Well you will rarely go to the hospital for a bloody nose now a broken nose is different but we know that was not the case.  First time for everything? sure no doubt BUT at 60?  Maybe first time for craping yourself, maybe first time for forgetting where you live, maybe first time for drinking and driving NOT and maybe first time for hitting your spouse.. NOT sorry I don't buy it.  Not at 60  And thanks for supporting my example all the more, if OJ was able to beat the system with all that mountain of evidence there is a chance Tom can too BUT DOESN'T MEAN HE DIDN'T DO IT.  Do you see what I am saying yet?

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127 I'll try to be brief, but will also thank you for stating your opinions as opinions. I've been flamed here a LOT in the past about voicing my opinions from people who state theirs as facts.


1) Do we even know that Holly called the cops? To my knowledge, we don't publicly know how/when the police got involved. My best guess is that Tom hit her, realized "oh $#@! what did I do", and then took her to the hospital, where, by law, the hospital is required to involve the police even on suspicion of domestic violence. My wild guess is as good as yours.


2) I agree that a person who hits his wife once has done it too many times. It's never acceptable.


3) There is a first time for everything. To me, it's impossible to assume that just because it happened now, it's happened before. People snap and make bad decisions impulsively. I also think that age is irrelevant.


4) OJ had mountains of evidence against him. No, I don't think he's innocent. Maybe there are mountains of evidence against Tom, but we'll have to see.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127   "Once Again"  Public trials level of "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" is not near that of Court trials. Amazing you think this is the first time and Holly just immediately decided to call the cops. This is a "no more" incident (I personally believe) and she had enough because someone who would hit his wife for the very first time would not be in this situation.  But whats crazy is you believe Tom hit her so the people "jumping to conclusions" are not jumping to conclusions cause if you hit your wife YOU ARE A PIECE OF POO that simple.  You contradict yourself cause you think he did then you say its not impossible but you don't believe it... sir if you get caught say drunk driving at age 60 do you really think its the first time you did it?  Of course not!    If it cant be proven in court doesn't mean it did not happen right?  You  seem smart enough to realize lawyers have a way of twisting things to fit their outlook to make their client look innocent. AND just because it is decided "in court" does not make it so.  OR do you believe OJ Simpson is innocent as well?

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127  I'm not suggesting that Tom didn't hit her, and I'm not saying that's unproveable. I wouldn't even be shocked if he pleaded guilty on his court date. If he wants to help his image, he will live by the accountability he preaches, if he has something to be accountable for.


The part I have a problem with is that people seem to be jumping to conclusions. Yes, I think that Tom hit Holly, somehow, someway. Do I think he is a long-time wife beater? Do I think he's been abusive for years and years, and was finally caught? Do I think this is a public "reveal" of a long-time violent pattern?


No, I don't. 


I have not seen any information to support this, apart from speculation on message boards by people who already seem to have their minds made up.


And please understand, I'm not saying that it's totally impossible, but I just don't believe it. Especially for a public figure with a public life, if there was a long-term pattern of this, I think it would have surfaced long ago.


My point of "see what happens in court" means that I would believe information provided in court, but I would not believe rumors and speculation that comes from these message boards.

hardtimes1127
hardtimes1127

@NYradio@hardtimes1127 DUH, Im just wondering why you think this is a court of law where you need to be 100% before saying anything.  In public court it is not as bs as it is in court where the lawyers can say who you gonna believe me or your lying eyes.  We know he hit her, Tom knows he hit her and if cant be proven in court doesn't mean it did not happen.  I will always believe Holly called for a reason.  She had enough!  She was done with (I am sure) verbal abuse and physical, there is a better life out there.  Just put the "lets see what happens in court" away and realize what happened .... read between the lines if you must. 

NYradio
NYradio

@hardtimes1127   I've never met Tom, and I don't even live in Colorado. I've called the show a few times, and while I got some helpful answers, I didn't think he was particularly friendly.


I'm not entirely sure what your question or point was. But my only point is that even though Tom hitting his wife is an awful thing, he was obviously was not seen as enough of a threat or flight risk to need to sit in jail for a few weeks until his court date. The question was why Tom isn't in jail, and that's the answer.


In fact, MOST people who are arrested (even for things worse than this) end up out on bail, especially if they have the money for it.



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