If I had a subscription to Sirius, I would have cancelled it today.
After months of denying any wrongdoing, Captain Janks (whose real name is Tom Cipriano) called into the Howard Stern Show today to answer the allegations of getting paid for appearances and then not showing up when he was contracted to.
Keep in mind that Janks was premeditating these crimes. He seemed to prey on small, unsuspecting bars in tertiary markets like Harrisburg, Mount Joy and Lancaster, in addition to fringe areas like Newark, Delaware and Morristown, New Jersey.
Dozens of bar owners have come foward alleging Janks had ripped them off by using both Howard Stern and Sirius Satellite Radios names as part of the bait.
And after Janks told Howard, Artie and Robin on the air that he has been addicted to Oxycontin, Howard called Janks “a genius” and gave him five hundred dollars.
Didja get that? Did you hear? Let me repeat it for those in the back-
After admitting that he didn’t show up to events he booked using Howard Stern’s name, Janks was seemingly rewarded by Stern when he gave him five hundred dollars.
Stern doesn’t give a shit.
It’s marketing. It’s drama. It’s schtick.
Sirius satellite radio won.
But the bar owners and club bookers that trusted Janks and collectively gave him thousands of dollars in appearance fees all lost.
And Howard Stern doesn’t give a shit.
Perhaps I was foolish to think that a millionaire radio personality would actually care that a person associated with his program and success was using his name to bilk innocent, hard working bar owners out of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, I wasn’t bilked. But I seem to care more about the heinous scam that Janks has pulled than Howard Stern does.
And for that, I’ll be able to sleep well tonight.