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DATEBOOK: October 9 _ Jackson Browne is 75 (in 2023) • Robert Wuhl (Arli$$) is 72 (in 2023) • Sharon Osbourne is 71 (in 2023) • Tony Shalhoub (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Wings) is 70 (in 2023) • Scott Bakula is 69 (in 2023) • John O’Hurley is 69 (in 2023) • Director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) is 59 (in 2023) • Steve Burns (Blues Clues) is 50 (in 2023) • Sean Lennon is 48 (in 2023) • Brandon Routh (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Superman Returns) is 44 (in 2023) • Zachery Ty Bryan (Home Improvement) is 42 (in 2023) • Melissa Villasenor (Saturday Night Live) is 36 (in 2023) • Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary, Everybody Hates Chris) is 31 (in 2023) • Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds in the Spider-Man films) is 27 (in 2023) • Model Bella Hadid is 27 (in 2023) • Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us) is 25 (in 2023).

SPECIAL EVENTS _ National Metric Week • Women’s Motorcycle Week • Drink Local Wine Week • Emergency Nurses Week • Fire Prevention Week • World Rainforest Week • National School Lunch Week • Thanksgiving (Canada) • Indigenous Peoples’ Day • Native American Day • Columbus Day • Fire Prevention Day • International Beer and Pizza Day • Leif Erikson Day • Moldy Cheese Day • Sneakers Day • Scrubs Day • Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found your car steering wheel is dirtier than a toilet seat. [That’s because I don’t eat french fries and pick my nose with my butt cheeks.]

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found no link between mental illness and having a love for cats. [However, they did find a link between mental illness and sewing little swimsuits and evening gowns for your cats.]

SAVE VS. SPLURGE _ The bargain-hunting website Slick Deals found that Americans are OK with pinching pennies on hand soap, dish soap, paper towels, wine, eating out, casual shirts, small household appliances, jeans, dress pants, dresses, socks, handbags, sunglasses, belts, jewelry, produce, bread, cheese, butter, chips/snacks, spaghetti sauce, beer, bottled water, milk, over the counter medicine, sunscreen, razors, cooking supplies, soda, shampoo, cereal, pizza, garbage bags. BUT WE SPLURGE ON toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrush, skincare, coffee, dress shirts, shoes, large household appliances, laptops/computers, smartphones, coats, facial creams/cleansers, TVs and TV audio, pet food, laundry detergent, bed, couches/chairs, makeup.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ Two out of five of us did this with our first love. (Married them)

MEN FIND WOMEN MORE ATTRACTIVE IN FALL AND WINTER _ A study (University of Wroclaw) found that men seem to find women more attractive in fall and winter than in the months of maximum exposure, and researchers theorize that the scarcity of flesh may make what they do get to see that much more exciting.

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE SERVER? _ 🗣 TOPIC: Launch this on social media, gather up the best comments to discuss on-air, and then open the phones. “Who is your favorite restaurant server in (YOUR CITY)?”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNAKE CATCHERS WRANGLE PYTHON IN CONVENIENCE STORE _ Workers at a Thailand convenience store called for professional reptile handlers when a 12-foot python slithered into the store. Frightened employees emerged out from a hiding place behind some refrigerators.

BAD DEFINITIONS _ Shared by teachers: words and their definitions, according to some students.
• Deciduous: Able to make up one’s mind.
• Longevity: Being very tall.
• Fortuitous: Well protected.
• Gubernatorial: To do with peanuts.
• Bibliography: Holy geography.
• Diatribe: Food for the whole group.
• Gullible: To do with sea birds.