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This is day 254 of 2015. There are 111 days remaining.


• Earl Holliman is 87

• Director Brian De Palma is 75

• Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead is 72

• Amy Madigan is 65

• Tommy Shaw of Styx is 62

• Virginia Madsen (Sideways) is 54

• Kristy McNichol is 53

• Moby is 50

• Harry Connick Jr. is 48

• Taraji P. Henson (Empire) is 45

• Ludacris is 38


• 1789: Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first secretary of the treasury.

• 1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) in Nevada by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam’s first hydroelectric generator.

• 1954: The Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC.

• 1962: The Beatles recorded their first singles, “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” at EMI studios in London.

• 1985: Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds recorded his 4,192nd hit, breaking Ty Cobb’s career record.

• 1987:  CBS went black for six minutes after anchorman Dan Rather walked off the set of “The CBS Evening News” because a tennis tournament being carried by the network ran overtime.

• 1998: Congress released Kenneth Starr’s report, which offered graphic details of President Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice.

• 2001: Coordinated attacks resulted in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, 2,974 people were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

• 2002: The Pentagon was rededicated after repairs were completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.

• 2005: In Ormskirk, England, a couple of guys stole a washing machine from outside an appliance shop. Their first problem arose when the act was captured on security cameras. The second problem: how to get the thing home. And perhaps they didn’t come up with the best solution. They wheeled the washing machine through town, in broad daylight, down to the local train station. They were arrested as they tried to get it loaded onto the train.

• 2007: In South Carolina, Amber Renee Helton was trying to avoid legal problems by paying a traffic ticket in person. But when Helton arrived at the courthouse, officers arrested her — for driving a stolen vehicle.


• Patriot Day

• Remember Freedom Day

• Libraries Remember Day

• National Day of Service and Remembrance

• Stand Up To Cancer Day

• Banana Day

• Make Your Bed Day


• September 13: Miss America Pageant

• September 23: First day of autumn

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.




• Dickie Moore (Our Gang films) is 90. Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings) is 84. Linda Gray (Dallas) is 75. Joe Pantoliano is 64. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood is 63. Amy Yasbeck (Wings) is 53. Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 49. Louis C.K. is 48. Will Chase (Nashville) is 45. Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 41. Jennifer Hudson is 34. Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) is 29. Emmy Rossum is 29. Kelsea Ballerini is 22.

• National Hollerin’ Day. Video Games Day. International Drive Your Studebaker Day. Chocolate Milk Shake Day.


• Barbara Bain (TV’s Mission: Impossible) is 84. Peter Cetera (Chicago) is 71. Jacqueline Bisset is 71. Jean Smart is 64. Randy Jones (Village People’s cowboy) is 63. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is 54. Tavis Smiley is 51. Louise Lombard (CSI) is 45. Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts is 40. Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) is 35. Niall Horan of One Direction is 22.

• Grandparent’s Day. International Chocolate Day. Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day. National Peanut Day. Roald Dahl Day. Scooby-Doo Day. National Hug Your Hound Day. National Pet Memorial Day. Positive Thinking Day.



10,800: Hourly cost, in dollars, to fly a Boeing 757 like the one Donald Trump owns.



Bobby Jindal says that he doesn’t believe that Donald Trump has ever had any interest in reading the Bible because he’s not in it. [Wait, then who was it who talked Eve into tasting the world’s greatest fruit from an absolutely first-class tree?]

A study finds that the filthiest place on an airplane isn’t the bathroom but your fold down tray table. [So grab your meal and eat it on the toilet.]

In Louisiana a dolphin has been spotted that’s completely pink. Scientists later determined that it’s a female. [It’s pink. Of course, it’s female. Duh.]

J.K. Rowling confirmed that everyone has been mispronouncing evil Lord Voldemort’s name. [It’s pronounced “Donald Trump.”]

Donald Trump insulted Carly Fiorina’s looks. [Does he realize that he’s running for president, and not browsing Tinder?]

A man in Vermont was pulled over for doing 112 mph. He was on his way to traffic court for a speeding ticket.  [And since the state trooper made him late he had to start doing 120.]

REM warned politicians to stop using its music. [It’s interesting how the more a candidate brags  about law and order the more likely they are to use someone else‘s music without legal permission.]

According to a new study, there’s no such thing as gaydar. [The new finding means that they’re making some last minute changes to the new Star Wars movie to remove it as one of the powers of the Jedi.]

In England an escape artist’s stunt went seriously wrong. He was going to be the first to escape after being buried six-feet deep in the ground, but the crushing weight caused him to pass out, and he had to be rescued. [But he’s still available for children’s parties.]

A new book about the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar says that at his peak he was supplying an incredible 80% of the world’s cocaine. His cartel spent $2,500 each month in just rubber bands to hold stacks of money. [And yet, they still expected their interns to work for free.]

Moby turned 50 today which means AARP dance parties just got a lot hipper.



WOULD YOU SELL AN ORGAN TO PAY OFF SOME DEBT? _ If someone offered you $30,000 for your spleen, would you take it? If you’re thinking, “Sign me up!” you’re not alone. Personal finance site MyBankTracker asked users – median age, 32; average student debt balance, $34,500 — a series of questions to assess just far they’d go to get rid of their student loans.

• 55% of respondents said they’d gladly exchange their debt for ever-present paparazzi.

• 43% said they’d purge half of their earthly possessions in return of a purging of all of their debt.

• 38% said they’d partake in a questionable health study — that is, serve as a guinea pig for a drug that has not received FDA approval — if it meant getting out of the red.

• 32% percent of respondents said they’d sign up for active duty.

• 30% said they’d sell an organ if it meant getting rid of their debt.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL RECORD-BREAKER FINED $500 _ You run and walk the Appalachian Trail in a record 46 days, 8 hours and finish by popping the cork on a bottle of champagne at the end. Makes sense — but the guy who did it agreed this week to pay a $500 fine to the state of Maine because he was drinking in public. Scott Jurek had also been in trouble for littering and hiking with an oversized group but those charges were dropped.

ALABAMA MEN JUMP FLAMING SUV INTO LAKE FOR FUN _ A group of Alabama friends celebrated Labor Day weekend by lighting an SUV on fire and jumping it into a lake for a slow-motion video. Jacob Hernig uploaded a video to YouTube showing the result of he and his friends pulling off the “most epic vehicle jump ever,” which involved one of the group driving a flaming sport-utility vehicle over a jump and into a small lake. The driver of the flaming truck jumps out in mid-air and lands in the water near the vehicle. Hernig said the video was shot over Labor Day weekend on a friend’s farm. He said the SUV was pulled out of the water by a tractor. • VIDEO

BANNISTER’S RECORD-BREAKING SHOES SOLD FOR $412,000 _ The pair of running shoes worn by Roger Bannister when the Briton ran the first sub-four minute mile in 1954 were sold by auctioneers Christie’s on Thursday for $412,000. The black kangaroo leather shoes, with six spikes on each sole, were accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by Bannister, now 86, who was selling them to benefit charitable causes.

CAN A PERSON’S HEART RATE HELP PREDICT CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR? _ A new study suggests teens who have a low resting heart rate may be at increased risk of committing violent crimes as adults. In the study, the researchers analyzed information from more than 710,000 men who had their heart rate measured when they were about 18 years old, as part of a test for military service that was mandatory in Sweden until 2009.

… The researchers divided the men into five groups based on their heart rate. They found that the men in the group with the lowest resting heart rates (60 beats per minute or less) were 39% more likely to be convicted of a violent crime over the next few decades, compared with the men in the group with the highest resting heart rate (83 beats per minute or more). The men’s violent crimes included murder, assault, robbery and arson, as well as several other crimes.

APPLE IS BRINGING THE MIDDLE FINGER EMOJI TO THE IPHONE _ The middle finger emoji is making its way to the iPhone. The middle finger joins a host of other new emoji, like the burrito and taco, in the upcoming iOS 9.1 update.

BABY SURVIVES AFTER DRINKING VODKA IN FORMULA _ A 6-week-old girl in Wisconsin  was mistakenly given baby formula mixed with two shots of vodka. Investigators believe it was a mistake and the girl’s parents will not be charged for the alcohol incident. The girl’s mother told police she filled a container with water to be used for the baby’s bottle. The girl’s father then emptied the container and filled it with vodka, intending to take it to a friend’s home. The mother returned and mixed about two ounces of the liquid with baby formula and fed her baby. The parents realized the error when the child began acting abnormally. The baby recovered at a hospital.

POLICE OFFICER TALKS MAN OFF BRIDGE AND GIVES HIM A HUG _ In Raleigh, North Carolina, police got a call about a man who was hanging over the edge of a bridge. An officer was off duty and headed home, but he stopped and reached out to the man and developed a rapport with him. After a short period of time, the man agreed to come off the bridge. That’s when the officer hugged the man for quite some time, then walked the man back to a car. Authorities got the man some help.

LAST LIVING 9/11 SEARCH & RESCUE DOG HONORED WITH DREAM DAY _ Bretagne (pronounced Brittany) and her mom/handler Denise Corliss had an intense first deployment. They joined nearly 100 other search and rescue dogs to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center. After hearing Bretagne’s story and learning that her 16th birthday was coming up, she got a trip to New York City — from Texas — from the dog treat website BarkBox. Bretagne and Denise stayed at a Central Park hotel, got to ride around in a luxury car, had her name put up in lights, and swam in a park located on the Hudson River.

STUDENTS DELAYED UP TO 4 HOURS ON BUSES _ It was the first day of school for kids in Minnesota Tuesday and it took some kids four hours to get home. After leaving school, first-grader Payton was supposed to arrive home at 3:30 PM. When mom called the school she was told Payton was safe but had been put on the wrong bus apparently by her teacher. The driver was unfamiliar with the route and couldn’t find the last stop. Plus, the two-way radio on the bus wasn’t working. And at some point the decision was made for the driver to continue to his next scheduled route at another elementary school where another 70 students were picked up and dropped off at home — all while Payton and 14 others kids patiently rode along. When Payton finally arrived at home around 7:05 Tuesday night her grandmother asked, “Were you scared?” Payton said, “No I wasn’t scared but I’m hungry.”

GRADUATE PAYS PARKING TICKETS MORE THAN 40 YEARS LATER _ A 1974 University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate just sent $100 to pay off his old parking tickets at the college. Kent Broyhill had tried to pay the fines more than 40 years ago before graduation, but an officer told him that the school only accepted cash. Broyhill’s pockets were empty, and the officer gave him a pass on the condition that he pay the fines as soon as he could. Broyhill says he forgot about the tickets until a conversation with a college friend. He sent the college a check for $100, with a note explaining what happened. The college sent the money back to Broyhill because the $100 was probably more than what his tickets were worth, but thanked him for his gesture.



WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HAD TWO-INCH NEEDLE IN BRAIN FOR 46 YEARS _ A 48-year-old Chinese woman who suffered painful headaches for decades got a nasty shock when she discovered through her doctors that she had a two-inch needle lodged in her brain, and that the needle had been there for at least 46 years. She had often told members of her family that the pain felt “like being pricked with a needle,” though she told her doctors that she suspected that the pain was linked to a heart condition. Tests over the years by her doctors gave no clue about what was causing the headaches. After the pain became unbearable her doctor ordered a CT scan and found she had a two-inch needle sticking through her skull into the left hemisphere of her brain. But doctors said the needle had entered her brain before she was 18 months.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WELL KNOWN FOR HER MANY CAR ACCIDENTS _ In Russia police were called to the scene of a rear-end accident. Police knew the driver well since they’ve been to five of her previous accidents over the past year-and-a-half. They ticketed the woman and let her go — and she promptly rear-ended a truck, backed up, and then rear-ended it again. On the spot, police stopped her again. While chatting with her as she sat in her car, she starting to roll down a hill. They ordered her to park the car and call a friend for a ride.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNOOZING CROOK FOUND IN FURNITURE STORE _ In Austria police were summoned to the report of a break-in at a local furniture store. Investigating officers found the glass front door smashed but once inside couldn’t find anyone. They were getting ready to leave when an officer heard a sound… a sound of someone snoring coming from the rug department. They found their crook curled up on a rack of rugs, obviously tired out from the hard work of breaking in.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL TRAPS HERSELF IN ARCADE GAME _ Six-year-old Juliette Grimes gave her mother and onlookers the scare of their lives when she climbed into an arcade game at a pizza place in Frisco, Texas, and got stuck. Rescued by the fire department, Juliette wasn’t hurt, though she did get punished for her attempt to give her older sister a ball from the game.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PINK CAT MYSTIFIES EVERYONE _ In Hong Kong a pure white house cat who went for a walk has mystified his owners and veterinarians by returning home entirely pink from head to tail. The owners rushed their cat to the vet, who told them the feline is physically OK. The vet said the coloring was not paint, and it doesn’t appear to be dye, either. Editor: Thursday we had a story about a pink dolphin.



THINK IT UP (8p ET, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX) — This telethon features celebs including Kristen Bell, Stephen Colbert, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Ryan Seacrest and Jessica Williams. The inaugural special will encourage viewers to support student-powered, teacher-led projects via crowdfunding on The show will include musical performances from Justin Bieber and Kacey Musgraves, and comedic sketches.


COLD JUSTICE (8p ET, TNT) — In this new edition, the team travels to White Settlement, Texas, to investigate two different murder cases.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

GOTHAM (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat


COLD JUSTICE: SEX CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — Casey and Alicia travel to Clearfield, Utah, to investigate a serial rapist.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New



TOM HIDDLESTON I SAW THE LIGHT CLIP RELEASED _ Tom Hiddleston has wrapped up filming a movie in which he stars as country music legend Hank Williams. A clip on Hiddleston’s Twitter shows the actor singing in a studio and the first footage of Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Sheppard Williams — Hank’s wife and manager who was also a singer. • VIDEO

FINAL TWO DIVERGENT FILMS GET NEW TITLES _ The Divergent Series did a very typical thing when it decided to split the last book Allegiant into two movies, following a precedent set by Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. But rather than simply attaching “Part 1″ and “Part 2″ to the final two films it’s renaming them. The third film will now keep The Divergent Series: Allegiant title all to itself, while the fourth and last film will be known as The Divergent Series: Ascendant.

ANNE HATHAWAY REVEALS SHE HAS A MAJOR CRUSH ON AMY SCHUMER _ It seems like basically all of Hollywood has become a fan of Amy Schumer — and now the comedian has another Oscar winner in her corner. Anne Hathaway says, “I am crushing so hard on Amy Schumer.” But while most people are obsessed with her sense of humor and outsize personality, Hathaway is more impressed with Schumer’s personal message: “Women like her who have chosen to stand up for themselves and face the bullies are being so embraced. I think that’s the new message: Figure out who you are, be happy with yourself, and don’t take anything from anyone. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about you. That’s something that I’ve been growing into.”

BURT REYNOLDS FINALLY SELLS FLORIDA ESTATE _ Burt Reynolds finally sold his long-time residence in Hobe Sound, Florida, for $3.3 million. Burt bought the 3.4-acre waterfront estate for $700,000 in 1980 and later lived there with his second wife, Loni Anderson.

TERI HATCHER JOINS ODD COUPLE _ Teri Hatcher will have a multiple-episode run on CBS’s The Odd Couple as a single mom who moves into Oscar Madison’s (Matthew Perry) building. While at first Oscar has eyes for her nanny, he eventually becomes infatuated with the Hatcher’s character.

JESSICA SIMPSON’S MARRIAGE TO NICK LACHEY HURT MORE THAN HER HEART _  Jessica Simpson’s clothing company may have just reached the $1 billion mark, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t made financial blunders. In fact, her marriage to Nick Lachey was her biggest one — according to a new interview. Jessica stopped by CNBC’s Closing Bell Thursday, and the show’s host Kelly Evans asked Jessica what her biggest money mistake was. After taking a second to think she replied, “The biggest money mistakes? I don’t know. For some reason I thought of my first marriage!”

DONALD TRUMP SET FOR LATE SHOW APPEARANCE _ Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will appear on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on September 22.

STAR WARS STUNTWOMAN FIGHTS FOR LIFE AFTER INJURY ON MOVIE SET _ A British woman who has worked as a stunt double for stars including Gwyneth Paltrow is reportedly fighting for her life after a collision on the South African set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Olivia Jackson, who performed stunts in the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, suffered severe head injuries and a punctured lung after colliding with a metal camera arm during a high-speed motorcycle chase.  She was not wearing protective gear at the time of the crash and multiple reports state she has been placed in a medically induced coma.

ROBERT PATTINSON AND FKA TWIGS SILENCE BREAKUP RUMORS _ Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs may be further delaying their wedding, but that doesn’t mean the couple is headed for a split. Despite rumors that suggest things are not well in Pattinson and Twigs’ engagement, sources close to the duo are speaking out against breakup reports by insisting the couple is “excited to be married.” An insider notes that while the duo’s wedding is “off the agenda,” Pattinson and FKA haven’t called off the engagement.





A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven.

• Kate Bosworth, Eva Piper, Hayden Christensen


After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true.

• Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut


A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.

• Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan


The Age Of Adaline

American Heist

Supernatural: Season 10

Gotham: Season 1

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2

The Goldbergs: Season 2

Homeland: Season 4


After that emcee gig wraps up, but before you go home, use your smartphone or portable recorder to interview a couple of organizers about the night. Ask them to explain what the fundraiser was about, how it went, the best moments, etc. Go as long as you want — you can always edit it. Run the short interview as a single piece on your next show, or use soundbites and drop them in each hour.

It’s a simple but effective way to talk about something you were involved in, and much better than the usual (“I want to thank the organizers of the Fundraising Ball & Auction for having me out last night…”).


You probably saw the video out of West Palm Beach, Florida of the woman who, after being pulled over for doing 51 in a 21 zone, told the officer, “No wonder you people get shot.” The cop went above and beyond to be polite but his captain felt the public needed to know about the type of abuse his officers regularly experience.

Here are three more instances where cops came under verbal or physical abuse just in the last week:

• The Dearborn, Michigan, police chief released video taken during a Click It or Ticket campaign. They pulled a man over for not wearing a seatbelt. The man then told officers that he is a surgeon and says he could let police officers bleed out. The chief did not release the man or the police officer’s identity. As for whether the man is a surgeon or not — sources say he’s not.  But he does work in an operating room — and has a job where he holds people’s lives in his hands.

• It didn’t take long for a routine traffic stop in Lake Wales, Florida, to turn into a life-and-death struggle. When a police officer told Fenel Celestin to turn off his car and take the keys out of the ignition, Celestin instead rolled up the window – with the officer’s hand stuck – and gunned it. He had a 4-year-old child in the backseat. The officer was forced to run next the car as Celestin punched the gas and took off.  Another officer saw the situation and took off after the suspect. Dash cam footage shows Celestin weaving through residential streets, blowing through intersections, screeching around turns and driving through yards. After about 3 to 4 minutes, dispatch cancelled the pursuit. Later, police heard Celestin was in a house and took him custody.

• A female police officer in Pennsylvania was thrown over a guardrail following an assault. Officer Melissa Ruch stopped on Route 309 where there was a disabled vehicle at the guardrail. A male near the car picked up Ruch and threw her down an embankment. She was rescued thanks to an alert tone from her communications equipment, and flown to a nearby hospital. The perpetrator is still being sought.



TRIVIA: The average adult will use 215 of these a year. (Aspirin or other pain reliever pills)

TRIVIA: It’s estimated that merchandise tied to this will bring in $5 billion next year. (Star Wars, thanks to the new film coming out this December.)


• Apples are part of the rose family.

• George Clooney’s first TV role was on Mr. Rogers, as a boy selling cookies. (LIE)

• Astronauts get taller when they are in space.

• In chess, the bishop was originally called the elephant.

• The largest college football stadium is Michigan’s.



A guy walks into the human resources department of a large company and hands the executive his application. The executive begins to scan the sheet, and notices that the applicant has been fired from every job he has ever held. “I must say,” says the executive, “your work history is terrible. You’ve been fired from every job.” “Yes,” says the man. “Well,” continues the executive, “there’s not much positive in that.” “Hey!” says the guy as he pokes the application. “At least I’m not a quitter.”



Truck vs. a tree. You’ll never guess which one wins!



Today’s lunch!




• I had no idea you could make a challenging game out of tic-tac-toe.

• The Guide to Practicing How to Win Friends and Influence People.

• The 7 Most Moving Podcasts Ever.

• Handy CheatSheet app for Mac users.

Married since 1952, she’s a Giants fan, he’s a Cards fan. The two teams played August 17 in St. Louis. (Cards won.)

• Guy plays 100 TV theme songs on his guitar in 11 minutes.

Chair Capes: Be the hero your office deserves.

• Ghostbusters theme gets metal makeover.

• Prepared to be terrified after you use your smartphone as a blacklight.

Steal these bits from Morning Show Boot Camp.

• Make your images stand out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with animated text using the Legend app.

• Random useful websites.



• 1984: BARBARA MANDRELL and her children were injured in a car accident in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

• 1989: HANK WILLIAMS JR.’s All My Rowdy Are Here For Monday Night debuted as the theme for Monday Night Football.

• 1999: KENNY CHESNEY topped the Billboard Country chart with You Had Me From Hello.

• 1999: CHELY WRIGHT scored her first number one hit with Single White Female.

• 2001: GARTH BROOKS’ acceptance of the Golden Note Award in Washington D.C. was postponed by the terrorist attacks.

• 2001: Country Music Television suspended programming for 24 hours to cover the terrorist attacks.

• 2001: Several artists, including CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON, CHELY WRIGHT and PAUL BRANDT, were stranded in Canada because flights were grounded in the wake of the terrorist attacks on America. The artists banned together to perform a benefit concert for the victims of the tragedy and their families.

• 2002: On the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, ALAN JACKSON represented country music during an NBC special, A Concert For America.

• 2002: MARTINA MCBRIDE, LONESTAR and PHIL VASSAR took part in a candlelight vigil in Nashville.

• 2002: FAITH HILL’s sophomore album, It Matters To Me, was certified quadruple platinum.

• 2004: KENNY CHESNEY wrapped his Guitars, Tiki Bars and a Whole Lot of Love tour with a show in Nashville. That night, he learned his album When The Sun Goes Down had been certified triple platinum.

• 2007: KENNY CHESNEY’s album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates was released.

• 2008: KENNY CHESNEY scored seven nominations for the 42nd Annual Country Music Association Awards.

• 2012: KIX BROOKS released his first solo album after BROOKS & DUNN’s split. New To This Town was actually Kix’s second solo effort, with the first being his self-titled debut back in 1989.

Charles Kelley of LADY ANTEBELLUM is 34.



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Which country artist had the highest ticket price in 2015? According to the concert trade publication Pollstar TAYLOR SWIFT averaged $112.41 per ticket this year. Next up was SHANIA TWAIN at $96.40, followed by KENNY CHESNEY at $87.51 and LUKE BRYAN at $61.94.

A sneak-peak clip from the upcoming HANK WILLIAMS film I Saw the Light has been released. The movie comes out November 27 and stars Tom Hiddleston as the legendary Williams. In the clip we see Tom as Hank in a recording studio and then in the kitchen of a home he shares with his wife, Audrey Sheppard Williams. • VIDEO

BRAD PAISLEY kicked off his Country Nation college tour Wednesday night (September 9) with a show at Virginia Tech University where more than 30,000 fans were in attendance. Brad is taking his show to select college campuses this fall.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Waiting All Day For Sunday Night makes its third season NFL debut Sunday (September 13) on NBC.

JASON ALDEAN will release a 72-page hardcover book named after his Burn It Down Tour. The book will include never-before-seen pics of Jason flying to shows, hanging out backstage, and performing. It’s expected to hit stores around Thanksgiving and can be pre-ordered on his website.

On Thursday GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD were honored with stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame on Nashville’s Music Mile honors those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through their music and made a significant contribution to the music industry with a connection to Music City.

MIRANDA LAMBERT celebrated her four Country Music Association Award nominations with some shopping. On her Instagram Miranda posted a photo of a pink shoe and a blue Tiffany & Company bag saying: “My two favorite colors, pink and Tiffany blue.”

On November 4, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmell Live will include guest appearances and performances by artists who were part of the 49th CMA Awards earlier that night.

A portion of Route 96 near Franklin, Tennessee will be re-named in honor of the late GEORGE JONES. The stretch will be called George Jones Memorial Drive.

Country Music Television will air a documentary about JOHNNY CASH tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate the 12th anniversary of his passing. Johnny Cash: American Rebel will include interviews with ROSANNE CASH, RODNEY CROWELL, CARLENE CARTER and others.


BRETT ELDREDGE’s sophomore album, Illinois. Named after his home state, the album contains a dozen tracks, among them his latest, Lose My Mind, as well as a duet with soon-to-be tour partner THOMAS RHETT.


  1. DUSTIN LYNCH – Hell Of A Night
  2. THOMAS RHETT – Crash And Burn
  3. KEITH URBAN – John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
  4. CHRIS JANSON – Buy Me A Boat
  5. SAM HUNT – House Party
  6. KENNY CHESNEY – Save It For A Rainy Day
  7. BRETT ELDREDGE – Lose My Mind
  8. LUKE BRYAN – Strip It Down
  9. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – Anything Goes
  10. MADDIE & TAE – Fly


  1. SAM HUNT – House Party
  2. KEITH URBAN – John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
  3. CHRIS JANSON – Buy Me A Boat
  4. THOMAS RHETT – Crash And Burn
  5. LUKE BRYAN – Strip It Down
  6. BRETT ELDREDGE – Lose My Mind
  7. DUSTIN LYNCH – Hell Of A Night
  8. ERIC CHURCH – Like A Wrecking Ball
  9. KENNY CHESNEY – Save It For A Rainy Day
  10. LUKE BRYAN – Kick The Dust Up



This is day 257 of 2015. There are 108 days remaining.


• Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov in Star Trek and Alfred Bester in Babylon 5) is 79

• Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) is 68

• John Bowzer Baumann of Sha Na Na is 68

• Melissa Leo (Oscar for The Fighter) is 55

Wendy Thomas (namesake of the fast food restaurant) is 54 – Her name is not Wendy or Thomas!

• Faith Ford (Faith and Hope, Murphy Brown) is 51

• Tyler Perry is 46

• Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride, married to Brad Paisley) is 44

• Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) is 42

• Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) is 28


• 1886: Typewriter ribbon was patented.

• 1901: President of the United States William McKinley died after an assassination attempt on September 6. He was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

• 1984: Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

• 1990: Ken Griffey Jr. and his father, Ken Griffey Sr., became the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs.

• 1991: San Antonio police arrested a 76-year-old man in an anti-prostitution sweep. From jail he called his 102-year-old mother for help. He said he couldn’t call his wife — she’d kill him.

• 1994: The Major League Baseball season was canceled due to strike.

• 1999: A 21-year-old Welsh tourist fell out of the back of a bus on a busy highway while mooning passing motorists. The engineering student was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

• 2001: An Historic National Prayer Service was held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks.

• 2001: U.S. President George W. Bush visited the site of the World Trade Center in New York three days after the terrorist attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers. Standing on top of the rubble, Bush responded to a fireman’s shouts by saying, “I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people … and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

• 2001: The FBI released the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

• 2005: A federal judge in San Francisco declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional.


• Child Passenger Safety Week

• National Assisted Living Week

• National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

• International Housekeepers Week

• Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week

• Line Dance Week

• National Boss/Employee Exchange Day

• Cream-Filled Donut Day

• Eat A Hoagie Day


• September 13: Miss America Pageant

• September 23: First day of autumn

• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.