Riley Martin

Riley Lee Martin (May 9, 1946 – December 22, 2015)[1][2][3] was an American self-described alien contactee, author, and radio host. Martin was the author of the book The Coming of Tan,[4] which describes his life and his alleged alien visitation. He hosted The Riley Martin Show on the Sirius XM Radio channel Howard 101. He appeared on The Howard Stern Show and was considered part of the Wack Pack.[5]

Riley Martin
Riley Lee Martin

(1946-05-09)May 9, 1946
DiedDecember 22, 2015(2015-12-22) (aged 69)
OccupationAuthor, radio personality
WebsiteOfficial website


Martin stated on his website that he "was born May 9, 1946 in Mississippi to a family of sharecroppers of African American and Native American descent".[6] He claimed he was first visited by aliens in November 1953, near the St. Francis River while living in Arkansas.[7]

Martin characterized his interaction with the aliens as positive. The Biaviian alien O-Qua Tangin Wann (also known as Tan), is listed as the co-author of his book.[4] He asserted that a significant amount of knowledge was uploaded into his brain by the aliens within a matter of minutes, including 144,000 different alien "symbols".[5]

Martin claimed that these aliens, flying aboard 'The Great mother ship', gave him this knowledge so that he could produce and sell hand-drawings of these symbols, which were to allow passage aboard the Mother Ship when the Earth was to have been 'transformed' in 2012.[5]

Besides his Sirius show, Martin hosted a weekly Internet radio show, The Official Riley Martin Radio Show.[8]

Martin's official Facebook fan page[9] and Twitter feed[10] announced his death on January 5, 2016, although it had occurred in December 2015. The producer of his radio show told TMZ that Martin had died "a few days before Christmas".[11]

References in other mediaEdit

On their album The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological & Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness, Jedi Mind Tricks released a song titled "Books of Blood: The Coming of Tan" featuring El Eloh. The track is about aliens and features a short speech by Martin.[citation needed]

Riley Martin was featured in an episode of Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mary Bowerman (2016-01-06). "'Howard Stern Show' alien expert Riley Martin dead at 69". USA Today. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  2. ^ Kaplan, Don (2016-01-07). "Galactic traveler 'Wack Packer' Riley Martin, often a guest of Howard Stern, will be missed". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  3. ^ "Riley Martin's Obituary". The Star-Ledger Obituaries.
  4. ^ a b Martin, Riley; Tan. The Coming of Tan. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  5. ^ a b c Howard Stern ‘wack pack’ member Riley Martin dies,
  6. ^ "Riley Martin, The Riley Martin Show, Riley Martin Show and Howard Stern". 1946-05-09. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  7. ^ Martin, Riley; Tan. "Chapter One – The Coming of Tan". The Coming of Tan. p. 6. Retrieved 2013-07-01. I was but seven years of age in November of 1953, when I first saw the strange lights above the river near my home in Northeastern Arkansas.
  8. ^ " - Hosted by". Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  9. ^ "Riley Martin". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  10. ^ "Riley Martin on Twitter: "Wayfarers, friends & fans, Riley told me to tell you all that he loves you. He also admonished me that the..."". Twitter. 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  11. ^ "Howard Stern Show's Alien Expert Riley Martin Dies". 6 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Beam Me Up, Rob - Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory (Video Clip)".


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