Whatever Happened to ... Russ Martin?

Temporarily gone. Eternally forgotten? Destined for resurrection?
Temporarily gone. Eternally forgotten? Destined for resurrection?

I've answered the "Where's Greggo?" inquisition over and over and over. But what of Russ Martin?

At one time he was the No. 1 radio voice in this market. The first half of this decade 105.3's Russ Martin Show and The Ticket's Hardline battled for supremacy amongst male listeners in afternoon drive-time. Then his ratings slumped. Then he got arrested. Then 105.3 flipped formats and - poof - he disappeared.

Until now.

I'll be on vacation next week, but wanted to give a proper heads-up that the Dallas Observer's July 16 cover story will feature Russ Martin. It will answer questions like ...

*When, if ever, will Russ be back on the air in Dallas?

*What do former sidekicks like J.D. Ryan, Dan O'Malley, Trey Trenholm and Dan Lewis really think of Russ?

*What's the outlook for his domestic abuse trial, set for July 27?

*What part - if any - did his arrest play in 105.3's decision to go all sports?

*Who dares to call Russ a "pussy"?

*If Russ made $1 million, how much did his cast members make?

*Is Russ really being paid the life of his existing contract? If so, how much must those bi-weekly checks be for?

*Is it true that new CBS employees had it in their contracts not to make eye contact with Russ?

*What dirty ploy did Russ aim at Mike Rhyner?

*Who does Russ get along with better: David Kunkel or Ron Jeremy? 

*How much - if any - of the Russ Martin Show was real?

*When the RMS gang gathered for a Last Supper, who picked up the check?

*Has Russ really reconciled with his former fiancee and, if so, just how much is that ring on her finger worth?

*And, most of all, was the Russ Martin you heard on radio a grandly acted character manufactured for the sole purpose of luring in listeners and generating revenue? Or was it merely a glimpse of a real-life prick of a personality who eventually pissed off his bosses and alienated friends? Or, perhaps, was Russ Martin both?


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