August 8, 1964
Madison, New Jersey, United States
|Occupation||music historian, radio personality, talk show host, author|
Eddie Trunk (born August 8, 1964) is an American music historian, radio personality, talk show host, and author, best known as the host of several hard rock and heavy metal-themed radio and television shows.
Trunk was born on August 8, 1964, in New Jersey, United States (US). He grew up in Madison, New Jersey, where he attended Madison High School. As a teenager, Trunk became a fan of Kiss, Raspberries, and other bands including Aerosmith, Rush, UFO and Black Sabbath. Trunk has stated that he has never cared about which bands are "cool" and endured teasings for listening to Kiss during the 1980s when they fell out of fashion. During high school, he began to write reviews of records  for school credit and soon found his passion in music.
Trunk's first exposure to radio was when he learned about a local college radio station that would allow high school students to work there during the summer while college students were at home. Trunk volunteered, and while the program was scrapped due to security concerns, the idea that he could make a living in radio remained. Trunk then briefly attended a local community college before dropping after deciding it was not for him. He then got a job at a record store across the street from WDHA-FM, his favorite New Jersey radio station. There, he got to know many of the DJs and other radio station employees, who began consulting him on which hard rock and heavy metal songs to play, though the station's program director resisted this.
From a friend, Trunk learned of a pirate radio station that was broadcasting from someone's basement. Trunk did a few shows at the station, recording his performances and presenting them to WDHA. His enthusiasm, along with the increased popularity of the metal genre, earned him an invitation to "hang out" at WDHA. After about a year of working at the station as an unpaid intern, he convinced management to do a hard rock and metal specialty show. For ten years he worked part-time and eventually hosted, produced and programmed the show.
 Eddie Trunk admits in his book Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal “Early on, I told Johnny Z that what I didn’t like about Anthrax was singer Neil Turbin’s vocals.” He admits in writing to pressuring Johnny Z and Anthrax who he also admits his close friendship with even before the band formed and was instrumental in influencing the removal of the band’s original vocalist Neil Turbin as lead singer in 1984 after receiving a copy of Anthrax's Fistful Of Metal and Metallica's Kill 'Em All and stated that he did not like Thrash Metal vocals.
Around 1986, Trunk became an employee of Megaforce Records  which had signed both Metallica and Anthrax. He became vice president of the company at age 25. During that time, he earned executive producer credit on some works from the following bands: Anthrax, Raven, TT Quick, Manowar, Overkill, King's X, Prophet, Icon and Ace Frehley. In fact, Trunk was the main driving force behind reviving Ace Frehley's career, convincing Megaforce Records head Jon "Jonny Z" Zazula to sign Ace to a solo deal.
In 1994, Trunk devoted himself to radio full-time, and was hired by a radio station called Pure Rock Q104.3 in New York. He wanted to do a metal show, but was not permitted to do so because of rumors the station was going to be sold, which happened a year into Trunk's career there. During his last shift at the station, Trunk abandoned the playlist and played requests. Phone lines were jammed and the last show was a great success. Pure Rock Q104.3 became Classic Q104.3, but the new management were so impressed that they allowed Trunk to stay. He spent two years there and became incredibly popular.
Around 1997, WNEW FM was looking to become a more "heavy" station and move away from their classic rock playlist. Trunk was one of the first people hired for the new concept. He wanted to do a metal show for the station, and eventually Saturday Night Rocks was born. WNEW became a talk radio station, but Trunk's show was one of the few retained. He was able to program his own show after the format flipped and was the only music show on an all talk radio station that featured the Opie and Anthony and Ron and Fez shows. WNEW made a format flip in the early morning hours of January 27, 2003 to a soft-rock station, firing all on-air talent.
Trunk hosted "Friday Night Rocks" and "Saturday Night Rocks" for WNEW-FM in New York City until the radio station underwent a format change in 2003. He was also a regular disc jockey on Q104.3 before joining WNEW-FM and was a VJ who hosted the weekend episodes of Metal Mania on the cable television channel VH1 Classic.
He also hosted a weekly Saturday four hour program on XM Radio's Ozzy's Boneyard Channel. Trunk was suspended after an interview with New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in which Piazza was critical of XM Radio's programming on the Boneyard Channel. Trunk was not heard on XM again until late November 2006, when he appeared on the Ron and Fez show to announce his return to XM. He began hosting Eddie Trunk Live on the Boneyard beginning the first week in December 2006.
In May 2006, Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose made a surprise visit on Trunk's Q104.3 radio show. Rose walked in unexpectedly to Trunk's radio studio in New York and spent two and a half hours live on the air with Trunk and other guests.
As of 2012, Trunk's current work includes the nationally syndicated radio show, Eddie Trunk Rocks, which is recorded at the New York radio station, Q104.3 (WAXQ), on the FM frequency, and is syndicated by Radio KG. Trunk also hosts Trunk Nation on the Sirius XM Radio channel, Hair Nation (Channel 39) (formerly known as Eddie Trunk Live when Trunk was with The Boneyard station),[dead link] and is a music host and interviewer for the MSG Network, a cable network based out of New York City. Trunk is also the host of That Metal Show, which airs weekly on VH1 Classic.
Criticism of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Trunk is outspoken in his contempt of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, calling it the "Hall of Shame". Trunk has blogged and commented over the open air on That Metal Show his disgust at the Hall for almost entirely ignoring heavy metal and hard rock, citing examples such as Def Leppard and Dio being passed over in favor of Madonna and ABBA.
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- Trunk, Eddie (30 August 2011). "Anthrax". Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. New York, US: Abrams. p. 240.
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- "In the Studio at Boneyard". Retrieved 2008-05-24.[dead link]
- "That Metal Show". VH1. Viacom International Inc. 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- "That Metal Show, Season 6 Ep. 8".