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This is day 345 of 2015. There are 21 days remaining.
• Susan Dey (The Partridge Family, L.A. Law) is 63
• Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 55
• TV chef Bobby Flay is 51
• Meg White of The White Stripes is 41
• Raven-Symone (The View, The Cosby Show) is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1817: Mississippi became the 20th U.S. state.
• 1868: The first traffic lights were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.
• 1869: Wyoming granted women the right to vote.
• 1901: The first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
• 1906: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize of any kind.
• 1935: The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, was given to halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago. This award was given to the best college football player east the Mississippi River.
• 1958: The first passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York to Miami in about two and a-half hours.
• 1963: Six-year-old Donny Osmond made his singing debut on “The Andy Williams Show.”
• 1964: Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
• 1971: Jim Hart throws a football for a record 98 yards, the longest recorded throw.
• 1989: The government-owned Ugandan phone company cut off service to the Ugandan government for failing to pay its overdue bill of $5.4 million.
• 1993: Donald Trump married Marla Maples in the Grand Ballroom of Trump’s Plaza hotel in New York City. Guests included Susan Lucci, Howard Stern, Bianca Jagger, Evander Holyfield, and O.J. Simpson.
• 2003: A man who stole a police car from outside a Sao Paulo police station in Brazil was arrested after he crashed into a tree just a few yards away. The 23-year-old thief was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by police. The man was treated for minor injuries and taken straight to jail.
• 2008: A study reported that women feel sexiest when they’re 34 years old.
• 2012: Google began selling $99 laptops.
• Human Rights Day
• Jane Addams Day
• Lager Day
• December 21: Winter begins (11:48 PM ET)
• December 23: Festivus
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• February 7: Super Bowl 50
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
56.9. Percentage of federal workers who are happy with their jobs, according to a 2014 study. Employees in NASA are happiest.
The U. S. Forest Service wants to hire more female firefighters. [Especially moms because anyone raising children knows how to respond to emergencies.]
The smog is so bad in Beijing that schools remain closed. [Happy kids can be seen playing outside, building smog men and women, and having smog ball fights.]
Chinese officials seized 120,000 fake respiratory masks. [What kind of evil criminal organization would try to make money while people are choking on air pollution? I mean besides Volkswagen.]
American Airlines says that it will introduce a section called premium economy that won’t be as nice as business class, but will be better than coach. [That should make customers in coach feel so good. There’s nothing like being snubbed by people in cutoff jeans and flip flops.]
A Georgia woman was arrested for trying to buy a baby for her 14-year-old daughter. [My mom wouldn’t even get me a hamster.]
Remember Robin Thicke and Pharrell losing that copyright lawsuit over the song Blurred Lines? Well, they’re taking their case to a higher court. [In law that’s called an appeal. In music that’s called a remix.]
Over 200,000 people have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump from visiting the UK. [And, remember, this is the country that let Madonna live there.]
Figures show that an estimated 20% of the population stays online almost constantly. [Because you never know when you’re going to receive an important tweet informing you about what hilarious hijinks your friend’s cat, Mr. Twinkles is up to now.]
Mysteriously, cans of coffee are washing ashore in Florida. [“Help! Caffeinated shark!”]
The FDA has approved for use by civilian first responders a device that can stop the bleeding from bullet wounds in 15 seconds. [Just in time for family Christmas parties.]
IS SHE WEARING PANTS? _ Remember the What Color is this Dress discussion/controversy earlier this year? We have a new one for you to fight about with co-workers: Is she wearing pants? Someone shared on Facebook an image of a person, chatting casually with a hotel desk employee with what appears to be their bare bottom in clear sight. The person, who many believe is a woman, is seen standing beside a small black suitcase, leaning against the counter as the front desk performs the check-in. Some believe the woman has most certainly gone full commando, as traces of body hair can be spotted. | IMAGE
… Others are convinced the woman has made the poor choice of wearing flesh-toned leggings, with laced patterns that resemble patches of body hair.
FACEBOOK CREEP USED DATA TO FIND WOMEN, STEAL UNDERWEAR _ A California (Menifee) man is accused of using the GPS data embedded in Facebook and Instagram photos to break into people’s homes and steal their underwear. For at least the past year, 44-year-old Arturo Galvan is accused of breaking into people’s homes and stealing the underwear of both men and women, and also stealing electronics like laptops and tablets.
… Police say he hung out in public areas and searched for social media posts where people “checked in” to their location. He then allegedly searched their photos for attached GPS data and mapped out the info. From there, he broke into people’s homes and went on his underwear-raiding spree — stealing from both genders, and, according to police, both clean and dirty clothes. Galvan was finally caught when someone reported him for prowling through a neighborhood and police found the stolen electronics — and underwear — at his home.
GUN RANGE OWNER OFFERS GUN TRAINING FOR CHURCH LEADERS _ A gun range owner in Placerville, California is offering training for church leaders who want to help keep their congregations safe. Geof Peabody has already trained over 500 ministers and church security teams. But in the past few months, he said demand for training has gone up.
PIRACY SITES COLLECT $70 MILLION A YEAR BY INSTALLING MALWARE _ Downloading pirated movies and music? Take note: A new study estimates that sites that traffic in pirated content collect $70 million per year for installing malware. The study (commissioned by Digital Citizens Alliance showed that 45% of malware was delivered by “drive-by-downloads,” which invisibly download to a user’s computer without requiring them to click on a link.
… Malware can allow hackers to sell bank and credit card information on underground Internet exchanges, or to use information to steal a user’s identity. It also has been used to “lock” a computer and demand a ransom before returning access to the user.
UNITED AIRLINES IS BRINGING BACK FREE SNACKS IN COACH _ After the terrible travel trend of charging for everything United Airlines is giving away free food. The airline announced they are bringing back complimentary snacks on their Economy flights within North American and Latin America starting in February.
… On the menu? Asian-style snack mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas, and a zesty-ranch mix of mini pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks and ranch soy nuts for those departing after 9:45 AM. Early travelers will get a free stroopwafel, a Dutch, caramel-filled waffle.
AN OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK MAY IMPROVE HEART ATTACK RECOVERY _ New Harvard research shows an optimistic outlook following a heart attack may be good for your health. Patients were evaluated two weeks after their heart attack and then again six months after their heart attack. In both cases, the patients with an optimistic outlook were less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital and were more physically active than heart attack patients without an optimistic outlook.
200 WINTER COATS STOLEN _ As many as 200 winter coats were stolen from a Winnipeg Salvation Army storage area, just hours before they were set to be handed out Wednesday. | Hope there’s a radio station up there that’s stepping up to bring in more coats!
SEWER PLANT HELPS CREATE SNOW FOR SMALL SLICE OF TOWN _ The National Weather Service in State College, Pennsylvania, says a layer of dense fog mixed with condensation from a local sewer plant overnight Monday, creating a dusting of light snow in a small section east of State College. The snow fell over roughly 3 square miles. The weather service calls the process a “microscale event” — too isolated to be captured by local weather reporting stations.
AT 1,600 POUNDS, STOCKING WEIGHS IN AS WORLD’S LARGEST _ The world’s largest Christmas stocking has been created. The 1,600-pound, 7,700-square-foot stocking will be unveiled at a park in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday. It was crafted by knitters from all 50 states, four Canadian provinces and Ireland who donated 3-foot-by-3-foot swatches of knitted yarn.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG HOUSE, WRONG BED _ Police in Illinois (Champaign) arrested a 24-year-old man for trespass and possession of a controlled substance after he was caught in the wrong bed in the wrong home. The homeowner woke up when the trespasser was trying to get into the same bed. The homeowner recognized the intruder as someone who stayed with a woman across the street. The homeowner ordered the man out of his house and called cops.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FORD EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF STEALING PARTS _ Police in Ohio (Avon Lake) say a man stole $500,000 worth of parts from a Ford assembly plant to sell on eBay. Police say 48-year-old Joseph Jankulovich stole enough parts to temporarily halt production at the plant. Jankulovich was indicted Friday. Investigators eventually found an eBay account linked to Jankulovich advertising tire sensors similar to the ones missing from the plant. | REMINDS US OF THIS SONG
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CLAIM: THERE IS NO INTERNET CENSORSHIP IN CHINA _ A senior Chinese official known as the “gatekeeper” of the country’s Internet has denied that the country censors online information. Lu Wei, chief of the State Internet Information Office, said China does not censor but “manages” Internet content.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AIRPORT LOST AND FOUND: 3 BOEING 747s PLANES _ Airport bosses at Kuala Lumpur International have a problem: three Boeing 747 planes have gone unclaimed. So airport officials placed an ad in a Malaysian newspaper seeking the owners of three aircraft. The ad says, “If you fail to collect the aircraft within 14 days of the date of this notice, we reserve the right to sell or otherwise dispose of the aircraft.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER BIT STORE EMPLOYEE _ A woman was arrested after she allegedly bit an employee of a Vermont store after he attempted to get back some underwear she had allegedly stolen from the store. The loss-prevention officer at the TJ Maxx store (in Rutland) told police the woman kicked him, slapped his glasses off of his face and bit his thumb after he had taken her purse to check for the stolen underwear.
TOY STORY AT 20: TO INFINITY AND BEYOND (8p ET, ABC) — This special is a tribute to the Pixar Animation Studios film that began a new era of computer generated animation. The special will look at how Pixar’s early beginnings lead to the first feature length computer animated film, Toy Story. Producers, animators, technical artists, designers and some of the film’s voice talent will discuss the film as well.
MICHAEL BUBLÉ’S CHRISTMAS IN HOLLYWOOD (8p ET, NBC) — Michael Bublé hosts this new special featuring musical performances by Celine Dion, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Tori Kelly. Special appearances include Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner and Jay Leno.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Stephen Merchant returns as Dave in this new episode.
BONES (8p ET, FOX) — Sara Rue (Rules of Engagement) and Gil Darnell (Reign) guest star in the 2-hour fall finale. No word on when Bones will return with new episodes in 2016.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — This is the last new episode of the year. The show will return on Friday’s, January 29th.
LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — Oscar Nunez (The Office) guest stars in this new episode.
DOLLY PARTON’S COAT OF MANY COLORS (9p ET, NBC) — Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney and Alyvia Alyn Lind star in this movie special about the early life of living legend Dolly Parton. The film, set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955, is not described as a musical or biography, but a family-oriented story about Dolly and her family’s life around the time she was nine.
TOY STORY (9p ET, ABC) — In celebration of its 20th birthday, ABC airs the 1995 film.
MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Sara Rue guest stars in this new episode.
THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — This is the last new episode of the year. The show will return on Friday’s, January 29th.
2 BROKE GIRLS (9:30p ET, CBS) — Michael Cyril Creighton (Spotlight) guest stars in this new episode.
ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — New
TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) — In Santa Barbara, Calif., the chefs pick up fresh sea urchin to use in their first sudden-death, quick-fire challenge.
HARRISON FORD STRIKES BACK AT DONALD TRUMP’S COMMENT _ Harrison Ford shot back at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who the actor accused of not being able to tell fact from fiction. Trump recently told the New York Times that he enjoyed movies with heroic presidents — specifically 1997’s Air Force One, in which Ford plays a commander in chief who fights off a group of Russian terrorists who hijack the presidential plane. Ford addressed Trump’s comment Wednesday: “It’s a movie, Donald, it was a movie. It’s not like this in real life, but how would you know.”
JARED LETO SUES TMZ OVER “STOLEN” TAYLOR SWIFT DISS VIDEO _ Jared Leto is suing TMZ for posting a private video on Sunday in which he dissed Taylor Swift. In the video, shot in his home recording studio, Leto uttered, “[Expletive] her. I don’t give a [expletive] about her.” Leto later publicly apologized on Twitter, noting, “The truth is I think @taylorswift13 is amazing + an incredible example of what’s possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies.” Now Leto is going after TMZ, citing copyright issues and claiming the video was “stolen footage.”
… In his lawsuit, filed in California, Leto says the footage was shot by a videographer he had hired, who in turn sold the clip to TMZ for $2,000. According to the Oscar winning actor’s complaint, TMZ sought to have the videographer sign a document attesting to his ownership of the footage, but the “videographer refused to sign such an acknowledgement.” The suit notes that Leto informed TMZ before it posted the video that “the footage was stolen,” and the webloid was “not authorized to disseminate, display, or publish the footage.”
… Shortly after the site posted the video, alleges the lawsuit, the videographer informed TMZ, “I do not own it. I do not have permission,” and they therefore didn’t have the right to use the footage.
COURTENEY COX LOVES L.A. _ Courteney Cox’s split from ex-fiance Johnny McDaid had nothing to do with trust issues — despite reports — she’s just got a hopeless case of Yankee blood. Sources close to the former couple say the dealbreaker was over where they would live. The Irishman wanted her to move back with him to the UK — but she wasn’t willing to leave L.A.
STARS MORE URGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO ROCK THE VOTE _ Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton and a number of other celebrities appear in a new campaign video for Rock the Vote, an organization aimed at persuading the youth of America to vote. | VIDEO
HOMELAND, THE AFFAIR RENEWED BY SHOWTIME _ Showtime has ordered more seasons of Homeland and The Affair. Homeland’s current fifth season underwent a dramatic reboot, with the series relocating to Berlin. The announcement of a sixth season came hours after Homeland was nominated for three SAG Awards, including best drama series and a best actress nod for Claire Danes.
… The Affair’s second season introduced two new perspectives into the psychological family drama.
OBAMA’S FAVORITE SONG OF 2015 _ Proving that he knows that the kids are listening to these days, President Barack Obama says his favorite song of the year is Kendrick Lamar’s How Much a Dollar Cost.
… Michelle Obama says Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson is her top song of 2015.
MADTV IS RETURNING _ MADtv is returning to TV for one laugh-filled night. In honor of the late-night sketch comedy series’ 20th anniversary, the CW has announced plans for the MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion. The show originally aired on Fox. The one-hour retrospective will look back and include new material from 19 of your favorite alumni.
… The MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion special airs Tuesday, January 12.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN TAKES CREDIT FOR PIE _ Khloe Kardashian has been busted for claiming the Thanksgiving pies she shared on Instagram were homemade — when they were really from one of the premiere bakeries in Los Angeles, Sweet Lady Jane. | IMAGE
NOMINEES FOR THE SAG AWARDS _ Nominees for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday:
• Movie Actor: Bryan Cranston, Trumbo; Johnny Depp, Black Mass; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant; Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl.
• Movie Actress: Cate Blanchett, Carol; Brie Larson, Room; Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold; Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn; Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back.
• Cast: Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton, Trumbo.
• Television Actor in a TV movie or miniseries: Idris Elba, Luther; Ben Kingsley, Tut; Ray Liotta, Texas Rising; Bill Murray, A Very Murray Christmas; Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall.
• Television Actress in a TV movie or miniseries: Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco; Queen Latifah, Bessie; Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles; Susan Sarandon, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe; Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Before Dying.
• Television Actor in a drama series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Rami Malek, Mr. Robot; Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards.
• Television Actress in a drama series: Claire Danes, Homeland; Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Robin Wright, House of Cards.
• Television Actor in a comedy series: Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Louis C.K., Louie; William H. Macy, Shameless; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent.
• Television Actress in a comedy series: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.
• Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men.
• Ensemble in a Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory, Key & Peele, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Veep.
• Life Achievement Award: Carol Burnett
NEW TO THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…
• TOPICAL: Obama reads mean tweets is one of YouTube’s top virals of 2015.
• TOPICAL: Harrison Ford comments on Trump liking him in Air Force One.
• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Vin Diesel
• CONTEST: Mystery Voice – Bill Gates
• TOPICAL: Fox News commentator fired for calling Obama a bad name (caution).
• SONG: Too Fat for the Chimney by Gisele Mackenzie (1957). Use as an intro to a Christmas break or for a comparison of songs then and now.
• TOPICAL: Ellen recently helped Kim Kardashian with baby names.
• TOPICAL: President Obama speaks to the country on Sunday, December 6.
• REAL CALLER AUDIO: Family Christmas traditions.
• OFFBEAT: President Obama sings Jingle Bells.
• TOPICAL: Roger Ebert in 1983 defends Star Wars.
• DROP: Seinfeld clip about Festivus. (See 12/1 issue)
• DROPS: Funny Christmas clips package — many clips!
“I need a box to return stuff to Amazon. Easiest solution is to just order more stuff from Amazon.”
ARE YOU A PARKING SPACE STALKER?
A survey shows a dramatic increase in the number of parking space “stalkers” this time of year. These are the people poised to follow you to your car in the hopes of snagging your space. During the non-holiday period the number of parking space stalkers is under 5%. But once Thanksgiving hits that jumps to 15%. Women stalk for spaces more than men.
The four main parking space strategies identified are
• “Search & Destroy” — drivers who cruise the aisles for a space
• “Lie & Wait” — drivers who position themselves at the end of an aisle waiting for an opening
• The “See It & Take It” — a driver who simply takes the first space they see
• The “Stalker”
EDITOR: We came across these facts and are sharing for your own education. No statement being made. Use on-air or online as you see fit, or don’t. Or go crazy and print copies to share at your next family gathering.
• There are just under 320 million people in the U.S.
• Every year more than 130,000 people are shot.
• Of the 130,000 shot by guns each year 33,000 die.
• Almost two-thirds of the 33,000 annual gun deaths are suicides.
• Less than 2% of of the 33,000 gun deaths are due to mass shootings.
HOW MANY ITEMS ON THEIR LIST WILL YOUR KID RECEIVE?
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: By percentage, how many of the items on your kid’s Christmas list will they receive?
EDITOR: Don’t end the call with their response. Go deeper with the toys on their kid’s list; the most expensive item; the thing they stopped playing with first after Christmas last year, etc.
YOUTUBE’S TOP 10 VIRAL VIDEOS OF 2015
YouTube took a look back at the year in viral videos on Wednesday, releasing its list of the top 10 videos from around the world and compiling it all into one giant video incorporating tons of memories from the year.
1. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” starring Heaven King – 116 million views
2. Liam Neeson’s “Clash of the Clans” Super Bowl commercial – 83 million views
3. Prankster turns home into plastic ball pit – 56 million views
4. “Love Has No Labels” PSA – 55 million views
5. Lip sync battle with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon – 54 million views
6. Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke – 43 million views
7. Slow Mo Guys create giant water balloon outfit – 40 million views
8. Man with golden voice sings “Dancing on My Own” – 38 million views
9. Dover police officer shakes it off – 37 million views
10. President Obama reads mean tweets about himself – 34 million views
TRIVIA: About 6 people in the U.S. die each year while doing what? (Running a marathon)
TRIVIA: The average one of these is 45,000 square feet. Forty years ago the average size was 24,000 square feet. (Supermarket)
A woman was walking along pushing her newborn baby in the carriage when an old friend approached her. The friend leaned over, peering into the carriage said, “What a beautiful baby boy, and he looks JUST like his father.” “I know”, replied the woman, “I just wish he looked more like my husband!”
An Austin, Minnesota boys basketball team won 57-56 on a full-court buzzer-beater. The shot was made by the Austin Packers junior Oman Oman.
• The Best and Worst Journalism of 2015. Includes a nod to John Oliver.
• Dude Perfect’s RC edition.
• When your radio show prep service gives you a list… do the work.
• Top 25 News Photos of 2015.
• Hard to believe it’s been a year since we got this “special” Michael Bay Edition Star Wars trailer.
• We actually bought these $15 Amazon headphones — and they don’t suck.
• Trailer Town is a beautifully designed site featuring a curated feed of the latest trailers.
• Blog: Boomerang is your awesome show producer and digital assistant.
• Time to Elf Yourself again?
• Is it illegal to drive with a dog on my lap?
• Fruity toilet paper.
• Huge Rubik’s Cube. Good luck with that.
• 20 Common Phrases You’re Probably Using Incorrectly.
• 1927: Radio show The WSM Barn Dance was introduced as the Grand Ole Opry and became known as the Opry from that day on.
• 1966: TAMMY WYNETTE made her chart debut with Apartment #9.
• 1977: JOHN ANDERSON made his chart debut with I Got A Feelin’ Somebody’s Stealin’.
• 1977: WILLIE NELSON made a guest appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
• 1979: KENNY ROGERS appeared on the cover of People magazine with his then wife, Mary Ann.
• 1996: REBA MCENTIRE resumed her touring schedule in San Jose, California, after missing several dates due to a minor skiing accident. She underwent knee surgery after falling while skiing in Utah.
• 1996: FARON YOUNG died in Nashville of a self inflicted gunshot wound.
• 2001: BILLY GILMAN’s debut album, One Voice, was certified double platinum.
• 2002: NBC aired The Dixie Chicks In Concert.
• 2004: TIM MCGRAW scored his 21st Number one on the Billboard Country Singles Chart and 24th overall with Back When. He also tied KENNY CHESNEY for most weeks at number one in 2004 on the Billboard with ten.
• 2005: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD were married in Oklahoma at a private ceremony at their home.
• 2007: REBA MCENTIRE’s #1s collection was certified double platinum (2 million copies sold).
• 2009: BRAD PAISLEY’s album American Saturday Night was named Time Magazine’s Best of the Year.
• 2009: FAITH HILL’s The Way You Love Me and Breathe along with LEE ANN WOMACK’s I Hope You Dance made the list of the most played songs of the decade, according to Entertainment Weekly.
JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ of Sabinal, Texas, is 64. He was the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds, and even singing verses of songs in Spanish. In the 1970s and 1980s, Johnny was one of country music’s most successful male artists.
KEVIN SHARP would have been 45. Kevin made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with a cover of the R&B tune Nobody Knows, which topped the Billboard country charts for four weeks. Having survived a rare form of bone cancer in his teenage years Kevin became actively involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Kevin died on April 19, 2014, due to complications arising from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.
NEW TO THE COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE…
• GARTH BROOKS loves TRISHA YEARWOOD’s cooking but he makes a Breakfast Bowl. (Classic Kimmel clip)
• REBA MCENTIRE on getting the same Christmas gifts as her sister.
• CARRIE UNDERWOOD feels very blessed in her career.
• TIM MCGRAW loves football.
• KEITH URBAN talks about his dad.
• KEITH URBAN’s father has died. He helped wife Nicole get through the death of her father in 2014.
• LEANN RIMES sings Christmas tunes with fans using Sing! app.
• KIX BROOKS remembers a certain Christmas Eve call about a baby.
• CARRIE UNDERWOOD talks about her song Heartbeat.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
Coat of Many Colors, the movie based on DOLLY PARTON’s life and her hit song, airs tonight (Thursday) on NBC. JENNIFER NETTLES plays Dolly’s mom while Rick Schroeder plays her father.
GARTH BROOKS is returning to Worcester, Massachusetts, for the first time in 19 years when he plays a single show there February 27.
… Happy anniversary to Garth and TRISHA YEARWOOD. They celebrate their 10th today (Thursday).
CARRIE UNDERWOOD has chopped her locks. Before Tuesday night’s (December 8) show at the Grand Ole Opry Carrie shared a pic on Instagram.
BLAKE SHELTON and Gwen Stefani were caught for the first time ever sharing a serious lip lock. According to E!, Blake and Gwen were having a romantic night out and that included kissing and some booty grabbing by Blake. The two were out at a Mexican restaurant in Studio City, California, when the major PDA went down. | IMAGE
CHUCK WICKS’ sophomore album, Turning Point, will be released February 26.
The first single from COLE SWINDELL’s sophomore album will be called You Should Be Here and was written about the sudden death of his father.
Songwriter DON PFRIMMER, who penned tunes for several country artists, has died at 78 of leukemia. He passed Monday (December 7). His credits include LONESTAR’s Mr. Mom and My Front Porch Looking In; RONNIE MILSAP’s She Keeps the Home Fires Burning and My Heart; DIAMOND RIO’s Meet In The Middle; TIM MCGRAW’s All I Want Is A Life; TAMMY WYNETTE’s Let’s Call It A Day; and tunes by GEORGE JONES, JO DEE MESSINA, DOUG STONE and others.
Songwriter Don Chapel, who was TAMMY WYNETTE’s second husband, has died after a long battle with heart failure and pneumonia. He wrote tunes for Tammy, GEORGE JONES, LYNN ANDERSON, CONWAY TWITTY, ERNEST TUBB and others.
This is day 345 of 2015. There are 20 days remaining.
• Rita Moreno is 84
• Donna Mills (Knots Landing) is 75
• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is 72
• Brenda Lee (Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree) is 71
• Teri Garr is 68
• Bess Armstrong is 62
• Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is 57
• Gary Dourdan (C.S.I.) is 49
• Mos Def is 42
• Karla Souza (How to Get Away With Murder) is 29
• Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game) is 19
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1816: Indiana became the 19th U.S. state.
• 1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
• 1946: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.
• 1964: Singer Sam Cooke was shot to death at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles.
• 1972: Apollo 17 became the sixth mission to land on the Moon.
• 1972: Genesis debuted in the U.S. at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. The group included Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks.
• 1977: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally won an NFL game by defeating New Orleans 33-14. The Bucs had lost their first 26 regular season games, 11 by shutout.
• 1994: A burglar in Brede, Holland, hammered through a factory roof and four inches of concrete, then drilled into the safe. It was empty. The factory had been closed for ten years.
• 2000: A Romanian man, paralyzed from the waist down, called out the fire department four times in eight hours because he could not reach his cigarette lighter. The 63-year-old man said he was desperate for a cigarette and was so nervous he kept dropping the lighter on the floor.
• 2003: A Romanian man refused to undergo surgery to remove his house keys from his stomach because he didn’t want his ex-wife to use them. Eugen Groza swallowed the keys to keep his ex out of the home they shared together, which was legally hers.
• 2006: Nintendo announced that the just-launched Wii video-game machine might have a problem with a strap that secures its trademark wandlike remote-controller to the player’s wrist. Nintendo said it was investigating reports about the Wii’s strap coming off as players swung around the controller, at times causing the remote to fly out of their hands.
• 2008: Australian astronomers announced that the fabled star that led the wise men to that chilly stable where Jesus was born was most likely a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter that occurred on June 17.
• 2009: Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.
• 2012: HSBC bank settles with U.S. authorities to pay $1.9 billion for drug cartel money laundering.
• 2012: British physicist Stephen Hawking won the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world.
• 2013: Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
• International Mountain Day
• Official Lost & Found Day
• National Noodle Ring Day
• Have a Bagel Day
• December 21: Winter begins (11:48 PM ET)
• December 23: Festivus
• December 25: Christmas Day
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• February 7: Super Bowl 50
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
• Game-show host Bob Barker is 92. Connie Francis is 78. Dionne Warwick is 75. Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) is 72. Bill Nighy is 66. Jennifer Connelly is 45. Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks) is 45. Regina Hall is 45. Actress Mayim Bialik is 40.
• Day Of The Horse. Gingerbread Decorating Day. Gingerbread House Day Cocoa Day. Poinsettia Day.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
• Dick Van Dyke is 90. Christopher Plummer is 86. John Davidson is 74. Ted Nugent is 67. Randy Owen of Alabama is 66. Wendie Malick is 65. Country singer John Anderson is 61. Steve Buscemi is 58. NeNe Leakes is 49. Jamie Foxx is 48. Amy Lee of Evanescence is 34. Taylor Swift is 26. Maisy Stella is 12.
• Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. Ice Cream Day. International Children’s Day. Violin Day. Popcorn String Day.