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VIDEO PRODUCER PROVOKES SMILES, FROWNS, PERPLEXITY
Written by Paul Hampel, originally published on May 26, 1997 on the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Peter E. Parisi is at it again, picking fights on behalf of his homemade television program, World Wide Magazine.
The man whose public access TV show is beamed weekly into 300,000 St. Louis living rooms via cable, Parisi has thrived for the last 11 years by taunting figures from National Park rangers to Ku Klux Klan members to Catholic clergy. The South Side producer is never at a loss for a snappy rejoinder as he is booted out of one venue after another.But Parisi’s latest David vs. Goliath battle, with local cable giants TCI Cablevision and Charter Communications, is sapping his fighting spirit. The debate is over how and when the show will air – and which cable subscribers will get to see it – and it seems to be getting the better of him.