Riley Martin

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Riley Martin
Born (1946-05-09) May 9, 1946 (age 69)
Occupation Author, Radio personality

Riley Lee Martin (born May 9, 1946) is a self-described alien contactee, author, and radio host. Martin is the author of the book The Coming of Tan,[1] which describes his life and his alleged alien abduction. He hosts The Riley Martin Show on the Sirius XM Radio channel Howard 101. He had another weekly radio show, The Official Riley Martin Radio Show, but he chose not to continue the show due to financial issues.[2]


Riley Martin says on his website that he "was born May 9, 1946 in Mississippi to a family of sharecroppers of African American and Native American descent".[3] He claims he was first abducted by aliens near the St. Francis River while living in Arkansas in November 1953.[4]

Martin has 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.[1] Martin asserts that a significant amount of knowledge was uploaded into his brain by the aliens, including 144,000 different alien "symbols" within a matter of minutes.

Martin claims that these aliens, flying aboard 'The Great mother ship' to which he is taken every time he is willingly "abducted", have given him this knowledge so that he can produce and sell hand-drawings of these symbols, which will allow passage aboard the Mother Ship when the Earth is 'transformed' in 2012. Martin claims that each symbol is uniquely tuned to its buyer. Martin did however say on the November 29, 2006, Howard 101 program that "You don’t exactly have to have one of my symbols in order to go" and stated further that some symbol owners would have their personal reasons for not going, and some Earth populace who had never heard of Riley might be offered the opportunity to participate in the potential airlift.

Martin's last broadcast on SXM was August 7, 2015 at which time he continued to sound in deteriorating health. There is growing speculation of his ability to resume broadcasting.

In October 2015 the following update was posted on Riley Martin's website (
+ Greetings, Riley Martin Wayfarers & Fans! We appreciate your interest and concern for the ole Space Cowboy. As many of you know, Riley has been experiencing some significant health issues. We are happy to report that he is returning home now, after a prolonged stint in the hospital and after undergoing a recovery program at a rehabilitation facility. He said to tell you all that he loves you and misses you, and is looking forward to hearing from you and being heard again by his many friends, fans and well wishers. We are hoping that he will soon be returning live to resume “The Riley Martin Show” on Sirius/XM, Channel H101. He also said to send a special shout out to all of you who have contacted us to extend your love and blessings, as well as to Howard Stern and his staff, who have been a great source of support and encouragement during these challenging times.
+ We would also like to thank you all for your patience and understanding, as we have been overwhelmed with the task of administering all of the demands required to make sure that Riley receives the best care possible. Mrs. Joy Martin also extends her profound gratitude and thanks for all of your prayers for Riley's speedy recovery. We know you all miss us, and we miss you! Please stay tuned for coming updates, and we are hopeful and looking forward to Riley returning to the air and being accessible to his wayfarers and scores of fans. Again, thanks a million, please visit the website and continue to support our favorite extraterrestrial contactee, our national treasure, the one & only, Riley Martin! Peace.
+ Best Regards,
+ -Eron
+ As of November 6, 2015, the Riley Martin Show had yet to resume on SiriusXM and old episodes of his prior broadcasts were no longer available for download on the SiriusXM app. However, during broadcasts of The Howard Stern Show, audio samples known as "drops" of Riley continue to be played to the delight of Riley Martin fans, to include Riley's infamous utterance of "Snuffleupagus."

References in other media[edit]

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.

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Martin, Riley; Tan. The Coming of Tan. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ About Riley Martin
  4. ^ 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. 

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