Hein at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
November 24, 1967 |
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Occupation||Radio personality, webmaster (former)|
Jon Hein is an American radio personality and former webmaster. He created the website jumptheshark.com and works for The Howard Stern Show. Hein is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he appeared in the sketch comedy troupe Comedy Company with Jon Glaser. The two also were a part of the comedy troupe Just Kidding.
Jump the Shark origins 
Hein has explained that he and some friends at the University of Michigan were discussing when popular television shows began to decline, and his roommate Sean J. Connolly coined the phrase, referring to a Happy Days episode in which Fonzie performed a water ski jump over a shark. The phrase "jumped the shark" became code between Hein and his friends for the moment that a television show began to decline, and became inspiration for the name of the website.
Hein sold his company, Jump The Shark, Inc., to Gemstar (owners of TV Guide) on June 20, 2006 for "over $1 million". Some Stern staff have speculated that the site sold closer to $5–$10 million, however. The TV Guide website has since redirected the original jumptheshark.com website. For some time, the website was replaced with a celebrity gossip message board. As of April 2011, the tvguide.com redirect the Jump the Shark address to a TV Guide page categorizing some common show derailments.
Personal life 
Sirius Satellite Radio 
The Stern Show staff thought Hein was a good host on Super Fan Roundtable and chose him to be the host of The Wrap-Up Show with Stern producer Gary Dell'Abate as co-host. The show premiered on Howard's first day on Sirius, January 9, 2006, and has received very positive reviews from fans. Hein also hosted The Friday Show along with Gary Dell'Abate and Ralph Cirella on the Friday mornings when Stern took time off, although that show was replaced after a few months by Master Tape Theatre.
Hein has become known as a fast food aficionado. He has vocalized his distaste for the fast food restaurant Burger King. Hein 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. Hein admitted on the August 17, 2010 Howard Stern Show that he now weighed 255 lbs. but refused to give up fast food. Hein admitted on the January 17, 2008 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. Hein is also the host of the Friday radio program "Geektime!", "Jon Hein's TV Show" on Thursdays, and the Fast Food Show all featured on Howard 101.
Other projects 
In 2012, Hein began to host his own television show, Fast Food Mania, on Destination America. In his show, Hein expresses his love of fast food by discussing the history of various restaurants, along with how their food is prepared.
See also 
- About JumpTheShark.com (archive)
- Jon Hein at radioactivemedia.com
- "Don't Miss Fast Food Mania, a Sizzling All-New Series". destinationamerica.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012.