Speaking of Z-List Celebrities: have you ever heard of Jackie Martling?
Jackie is an old Howard Stern Show stalwart who purportedly quit the show because of money differences. According to Howard Stern he’s one greedy bastard. Apparently, during a contract negotiation while Howard Stern was on terrestrial radio, Jackie “the Jokeman” Martling requested more money than Howard Stern himself was earning and refused to go on the air. Well that was that, Martling hasn’t been on the show for almost 9 or 10 years and his spot his instead been taken up by the morbidly obese Artie Lange.
This is all, by the way, only interesting to Howard Stern fans, so if you are not one you are probably wondering about who cares about crap like this.
Well I used to be into Howard Stern quite a bit, so it’s interesting that now Jackie Martling is reported to be signing a deal to have his own show on Sirius. Some kind of talk hour where he will no doubt hock his crappy joke wares like joke toys, mugs, and rubber bananas.
Who cares right? Well the interesting thing is that he’s going to get on channel 101 on Sirius, which is one of two channels allotted to Howard Stern. What does this tell me? It tells me that things aren’t going so well for Stern. It’s not enough that the channels are constantly filled with replayed shows and boring banter with retarded people, he has to bring in untalented former comedy writers to fill in his programming.
Indeed, this follows on news of Sirius subscriptions not growing at quite the nice clip they were for the first quarter of 2006 and the rumours of stock problems and Howard Stern’s own purported worries about the health of his Show.
So we have to wait and see whether the Jackie Martling rumours are true. And if they are, what does this mean for the end of Stern’s career and his slide into obscurity?