Jon Hein Biography
Jon Hein ( (Jonathan M. Hein) is an American radio personality and former webmaster born on 24th November 1967 in New York City, U.S. He is best known for working as an associate producer on The Howard Stern Show and then as co-host of ‘The Wrap-Up Show’.
Jon Hein Age
Jon was born on 24th November 1967 in New York City, U.S ( 50 years as of September 2018)
Jon Hein Wife
In 1990 Jon married Debra Ganz, they met while studying at the University of Michigan. They resides on Long Island, New York.
Jon Hein Daughters
Jon has two daughters. In 2013 he twitter that his first daughter had gotten her first pilot greenlit at Penn State TV
— Jon Hein (@jonhein) December 11, 2013
In 2015 he tweeted that his youngest daughter had graduated from high school
— Jon Hein (@jonhein) June 28, 2015
Jon Hein Salary and Net worth
Jon has not made his salary public but has an estimated net worth of $ 7.5 million.
Jon Hein Education
Jon attended Half Hollow Hills High School West and in 1985 he joined the University of Michigan graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies.
Jon Hein Career
While at Michigan University Jon joined Comedy Company, a sketch comedy troupe, they took a year off school and toured the whole of the United States in a van. Hein revealed that they performed in places like Walla Walla, Washington and South Dakota’s School of Mines and Technology. He said that it was not smooth as at one point they performed for a crowd of just two people. They did not despair as they were honing their crafts.
Jon founded JumpTheShark.com, an entertainment and celebrity news website. On 20th June 2016 he sold the company, Jump The Shark, Inc., to TV Guide, the bi-weekly television program listings magazine owned by Gemstar Media Company, for a fee of around $1 million. It has however since been speculated that Hein received a figure in the range of $5 – $10 million.
Jon Hein Radio
Jon joined radio as an associate producer shortly after he sold his website. He briefly hosted the Super Fan Roundtable and was chosen by the staff of Stern to host ‘The Wrap-Up Show’ which premiered on 9th January 2009.
1. 25 Sexual Questions to Ask A Girl.
2. Things Girls Wants But Wont Ask For
3. 20 Things Women Should Never, Do.
4. Top 20 Things Men Should Never, Do.
5. 60 Really Sweet Things To Say To A Girl.
6. 25 Romantic Ideas to Make Your Lover Melt!
7. Things Women in Relationships Must Not Do.
8. 10 Things that are Killing Your Kidneys.
Hein has since hosted ‘The Friday Show’, when Stern took time off, alongside Gary Dell’Abate and Ralph Cirella on the Friday mornings. The show was later replaced a few months later by Master Tape Theatre (Master Tape Theatre has since moved to Howard 101 on Sundays, replaced on Howard 100 by the Best of the Week, a montage show with clips from the Monday through Wednesday show).
He has also hosted his own radio Show Geektime! and the Fast Food Show on Howard 101.In 2010 he was a host of a weekly comedy show titled The Bonus Show with Rachel Fine on the now shut down Howard TV.
He hosted Fast Food Mania on Destination America, a digital, cable and satellite channel, where he displays his expertise for food and discusses the history of various restaurants and how different foods are prepared.
Jon Hein Burger King
Hein is known for his love of fast food and has voiced his distaste for the fast food restaurant Burger King. He was subjected to a blindfolded taste test of burgers on Howard 101’s “The Fast Food Show”, where he correctly identified a Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s burger patty.
On 17th August 2010 on Howard Stern Show he revealed that he weighed 255 lbs. but refused to give up fast food. He had previously revealed on 17th January 2008 on the Stern show that he adjusts his insulin levels to be able to indulge in junk food, such as his favorite Oreo cupcake from Crumbs cupcakes.
Jon Hein Books
- 2016: Fast Food Maniac: From Arby’s to White Castle, One Man’s Supersized Obsession with America’s Favorite Food
- 2002: Jump the Shark: When Good Things Go Bad
- 2001: Jump the Shark
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Jon Hein Interview
Jon Hein did an interview about the phrase ‘Jump the shark’ which he used as the name for his now sold website.
For those who don’t know, what does the phrase “jump the shark” mean?
Jon Hein: “Jump the shark” is the precise moment that you know something in pop culture is about to go downhill. It refers to the episode of “Happy Days” when Fonzie — fully clad in his leather jacket on water skis — jumped over a shark in the Pacific Ocean.
How did you come up with the idea for the phrase and when did you realize that it could be applied to more than TV shows?
Jon Hein: If you saw Fonzie take that fateful leap it’s something you simply don’t forget. We all feel those moments in our guts. You just know that it’s going to be all downhill from there.
I had always used the expression to describe the moment anything went bad, but I knew extending the phrase wouldn’t be a stretch when Maureen Dowd wrote a New York Times Op-Ed Column chronicling when certain politicians jumped the shark.
When and why did you start jumptheshark.com?
Jon Hein: I started jumptheshark.com on December 24, 1997. The goal was simple: to learn HTML for my day job as partner of a computer-training firm, and to extend the conversation I had with my college roommates about when classic TV shows went downhill. The phrase spread quickly on the Internet, and the press started to catch on a few months later.
When did you decide to do the book?
Jon Hein: I decided to do the book about one year ago. Believe me, it was difficult to narrow down the list of shows, bands, athletes, celebrities, and politicians that have jumped. The reaction has been great! I’ve been told by so many people that they knowsomeone who will absolutely love the book.
When did you realize that “jump the shark” was becoming a kind of cultural phenomenon?
Jon Hein: The Dowd column was a strong indication that something special was happening with the phrase. The press coverage, particularly my appearances on the Howard Stern show, certainly helped spread the word. I guess when people started introducing me as the “jump-the-shark guy” and I didn’t need to explain what it meant, I knew the phrase had arrived.
Why do you think it’s become as popular as it has?
Jon Hein: Because we’ve all been having these conversations about when things in pop culture go downhill for many years. I’m fortunate that people have adopted the phrase and use it to classify these moments.
We spend so much time with these “characters” every week in our living rooms. We feel like we know them, and when something happens that just doesn’t make any sense, it sets us off. The key to the criticism is in the minutiae. Someone can tell you that “Survivor” isn’t good any more, but if they explain that Colby cuddling with his mom in the Pontiac Aztec is when the show jumped the shark, you acknowledge the detail in some strange way.
Do you find that most people agree with your jump-the-shark appraisals?
Jon Hein: Some people agree with me, some think I’m crazy . That’s another reason why jump the shark works. Nobody is right or wrong, but we all have strong opinions on when certain things went downhill. I’ve had plenty of people tell me to get a life or how wrong I am, but for the most part, everyone gets a good laugh out of the concept and spends a ton of time debating pop-culture items.
That being said, when I implied that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Steven Spielberg, and Bruce Springsteen jumped the shark, I made some enemies for life.
Why is it that television producers keep recycling the same ideas to help revive interest in a show, even though history has proven that they NEVER work?
Jon Hein: Ratings, ratings, ratings. Having a baby is a great way to get good Nielsen numbers, but I guarantee you that the show is about to — or already has — jumped the shark. Adding that new cute kid or having a wedding will bring in viewers temporarily, but the show will never be the same. Believe me, I’m certainly glad the producers keep doing it!
This being BookSense.com and all, I have to ask: Who are some writers that have jumped the shark?
Jon Hein: I think John Grisham jumped when he left the courtroom for A Painted House. Stephen King jumped when we found out he was Richard Bachman. Tom Clancy jumped when he started writing novels without Jack Ryan. The Chicken Soup series jumped when they printed a volume for “The Prisoner’s Soul.”
What will be the sign that “jump the shark” has jumped the shark?
Jon Hein: When you reach into your breakfast cereal box, and pull out an official Jump The Shark Action Figure, you’ll know we’ve taken the leap.