COUNTRY February 23, 2016

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 3, 2016

This is day 34 of 2016. There are 332 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents movies, Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom) is 73

• Morgan Fairchild is 66

• Nathan Lane is 60

• Maura Tierney (The Affair, NewsRadio) is 51

• Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1690: The first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts.

• 1959: Rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

• 1971: Apollo 14 astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell landed on the lunar surface during the third successful manned mission to the moon.

• 1971: New York Police Officer Frank Serpico was shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survived to later testify against police corruption.

• 1994: The space shuttle Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot’s seat for the first time.

• 2000: Chinese officials kicked cartoons out of the country by banning TNT and the Cartoon Network. Beijing powers-that-be wouldn’t say what they disliked about Bugs Bunny, but Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd were labeled as contraband.

• 2013: A power outage occurred during the Super Bowl at New Orleans’ Superdome; the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.

• 2015: Harper Lee released her second novel, Go Set a Watchman, after 55 years.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• The Day The Music Died

• Carrot Cake Day

UPCOMING

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

37: Suicides from the Empire State Building.


NEWS ATTACK!

The Iowa caucus is over and now it’s on to New Hampshire. [Their primary half-time show will be Barbra Streisand.]

The Iowa caucus is over and now it’s on to New Hampshire. [It’s a tourism boost for the state. All 34 hotel rooms are expected to sell out.]

Just as Girl Scout cookies are about to go on sale, Oreo is rolling out a new flavor. [I’m taking up a collection so the Scouts can have a Super Bowl ad. If you’re with me send $5 to…]

Yahoo, a one-time Internet giant, is in trouble. [It’s so bad, the site is now called “Ya-boo-hoo-hoo.”]

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl. [Is there nothing this woman can’t do? So I know she’s human, tell me she can’t make a decent omelet.]

An artist and product designer has invented a line of sandwich bags made entirely of silicone, a natural material made of sand, rock and oxygen. [Which makes it eco-friendly for transferring goldfish crackers. But not goldfish fish.]

Burger King is offering a sandwich called the Extra Long Buttery Cheeseburger. [I like how they gave the sandwich a name that rhymes with Extra Long Painful Heart Attack.]

A Silicon Valley organization is looking at what happens when housing and food are free… what people do with more financial freedom. [Uh, Netflix?]

A CNBC report says Amazon will open hundreds of physical bookstores. And Circuit City recently announced a comeback. [What is going on here? Do I need to see if my MySpace account is still active? Will I soon be able to use my Waldenbooks and Fashion Bug gift cards?]


NEWS & NUGGETS

NASA’S NEXT BIG ROCKET WILL CARRY A LUNAR LASER, AN ASTEROID SCOUT _ NASA is currently in the middle of building its next big rocket, the Space Launch System, which the agency hopes to use to send people into deep space and on to Mars someday. But before it can do all that, the SLS has to prove itself in the form of a test flight. That mission — scheduled for 2018 — will take NASA’s unmanned Orion spacecraft around the far side of the Moon. Toting the Orion may be the primary goal of the trip, but the SLS will have some extra room for other technologies — so it’s going to take up to 13 small satellites along for the ride.

… Some of those miniaturized satellites — called CubeSats — will do things like laser map water ice at the lunar south pole; visit and study an asteroid that’s in Earth’s neighborhood; and carry yeast cells to give researchers a better understanding of how deep space radiation affects living organisms.

AMAZON WILL OPEN OVER 300 PHYSICAL BOOKSTORES _ Amazon is working on plans to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores. Amazon already has one physical store that opened back in November. According to CNBC, Amazon will attempt to sell books at the same price that they offer online.

What’s next? Will Netflix open DVD rental stores? There are probably more than a few empty Blockbusters around.

APPLE HAS FILED A PATENT FOR TOUCH-FREE TOUCHSCREENS _ Apple has filed a patent for multi-touch surfaces with touch-free proximity sensors, which means we could see Apple devices with gesture-based input in the future. The invention would let users interact with computers using hover events — described in the patent as “the no-touch, close proximity hovering of fingers or other objects above a touch-sensitive surface but outside the near-field detection capabilities of touch sensors.”

LOSER.COM REDIRECTS TO DONALD TRUMP _ In the wake of his Iowa defeat, the owners of Loser.com have decided that their URL should link directly to Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page. This isn’t the first time Loser.com has mischievously pointed visitors toward those who have not quite succeeded — at least in its eyes. It has previously attached its domain to President Barack Obama, Kanye West and Al Gore.

… It’s unclear who owns the domain loser.com. The Washington Post tracked its history but didn’t find the current owner.

Winner.com is a betting website registered to the Virgin Islands.

EARTH IS MADE UP OF TWO PLANETS FUSED TOGETHER _ Astronomers investigating how the Moon formed have found evidence that it was produced after a small planet smashed headfirst into Earth around 4½ billion years ago. And research suggests that this collision was so violent that the ‘planetary embryo’ that hit us, called Theia, ended up fusing with both Earth and the Moon as a result. The idea that the Moon was formed as part of a Solar System crash isn’t new, but scientists in the past have proposed that Theia simply side-swiped Earth, blasting the Moon into orbit and then continuing off into space. Now new research by a team at the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests that Theia actually never left us.

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN CHEWING GUM HEIST _ Investigators in Ontario believe they’ve identified a man wanted in connection with the theft of more than $1,500 in chewing gum. Police say a man took the gum from a pharmacy (in Markham) in December. Investigators say they’ve identified the 46-year-old suspect and are appealing to the public for any tips on his whereabouts.

BEING A ‘MORNING PERSON’ HAS A GENETIC BASIS _ Researchers at the genetics company 23andMe have identified 15 regions of the human genome that influence whether someone considers themselves a “morning person,” meaning someone who likes to wake up and go to bed early, or an “evening person.” The finding means that there might actually be a genetic basis for certain people’s tendency to wake up at the crack of dawn — or to stay in bed past noon.

BURGER KING’S EXTRA-LONG BUTTERY CHEESEBURGER _ Burger King’s new, limited-time Extra Long Buttery Cheeseburger began rolling out nationwide on Monday. The sandwich features two beef patties flavored with a buttery garlic sauce, onions, iceberg lettuce, ketchup, mayonnaise and American cheese on a toasted hoagie bun. It’s similar to one of competitor Jack in the Box’s most successful new menu products, the Buttery Jack. | IMAGE

FILLED CUPCAKE OREOS WILL ARRIVE FEBRUARY 8 _ A new Oreo flavor is coming February 8: Filled Cupcake Oreos. A source says they taste a lot like the chocolate Oreos that have been available for a while now — with a dollop of vanilla-flavored creme in the middle.

INDIAN CARMAKER TO CHANGE ZICA CAR NAME AFTER ZIKA VIRUS SPREAD _ The Indian carmaker Tata Motors has decided to change the name of its new car, the Zica, to avoid association with alarm about the spread of the Zika virus.

SOMEONE GAVE KEN DOLLS A MORE REALISTIC MAKEOVER _ When Mattel released its new line of diverse Barbie dolls earlier this week, Internet users demanded a series of equally realistic Ken dolls. Men need to celebrate body diversity too, right? For those who were adamant about Ken dolls with dad bods, your plastic prayers have been answered — just not by Mattel. Fashion ecommerce site Lyst created a line of diverse male dolls. The collection features a range of characters: Beach DadBod Ken, Bearded Hipster Ken and Balding Ken. The line also includes dolls of various heights, skin tones and hair textures, so if you’ve ever dreamt of a petite muscular Ken or Ken with an afro, he can now be yours. | IMAGE


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SPICY CROUTONS INCLUDED RAT _ In Moscow, three men are demanding compensation after they found a dead rat in a pack of spicy croutons. The rat had been cooked and seasoned with the same spices as the croutons.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RACCOON BOARDS TORONTO SUBWAY DURING MORNING RUSH _ A raccoon in Toronto decided to join commuters on the subway on Tuesday morning. The raccoon was spotted in a train car before it quickly exited, causing a four-minute service delay during the morning rush.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT STEALS PATROL CAR _ A Pennsylvania shoplifting suspect is in custody on charges that he briefly stole a police car. Police responded to a call that a man had left a Walmart with some stolen merchandise. Police spotted the man and gave chase, and when one officer left his car to join in, the shoplifter circled back and hopped inside the still-running cop car and took off. The car was abandoned near a bank. The guy ran into a restaurant and then outside into a trash container. Police say the man denied wrongdoing saying, “I hang out in dumpsters all the time.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FORECASTERS OFFER DOCKED PAY FOR BAD PREDICTION _ Weather forecasters in one Chinese province are feeling so bad about their incorrect prediction for light snow that they’ve offered to have their pay docked. The forecasters said the province would see sleet or flurries that would not accumulate. Instead, the snow lasted over 12 hours.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WHO IMPERSONATED OFFICER TRIED TO HIDE IN HOT TUB _ A man who was allegedly impersonating a police officer and stopping teenagers to question them was arrested by real officers of the Salt Lake City, Utah, police department. After questioning some teens inside a parked car, the teens asked for the fake cop’s badge number. The man said he was going to call for backup, went to his car and drove away. Real cops were called and the man was tracked own, pulled over — so he ran off. A police K9 tracked the guy to a backyard where he had stripped down to his underwear and tried to hide in a hot tub filled with cold water.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN ROB GUY OF 12 BEERS AT GUNPOINT _ Two men robbed a Washington state (Bellingham) man at gunpoint over two six packs of beer. The man was walking home with a dozen beers and was hardly a block from the store when a pickup truck pulled over. A passenger brandished what appeared to be a gun and demanded the beer. A police officer happened to be in the area, saw the truck, pulled it over and arrested the beer robbers.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MILLIONAIRE TURNED TO AUTO THEFT FOR DEPRESSION CURE _ A multimillionaire in China was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for auto theft. He told the court that stealing “excited” him and claimed it “cured his depression.”


ON TELEVISION

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — Hollywood week continues in this new edition.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — Mo Gaffney guest stars in this new episode.

THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (8p ET, NBC) — Harold Perrineau (Lost, Constantine) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes) guest star in this new episode.

MADOFF (8p ET, ABC) — Richard Dreyfuss stars in this new 2- part miniseries as Bernie Madoff and Blythe Danner plays as his wife, Ruth. It’s inspired by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross’s reporting from his book The Madoff Chronicles.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Tom Amandes (Scandal) is The Calculator in this new episode.

MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — Patrick Breen (Madame Secretary) and Abby Miller (Justified) guest star in this new episode.

HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — VIP guests in this new edition are Kris Jenner and burlesque entertainer Dita Von Teese.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — New

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Boris Kodjoe (Last Man on Earth) begins his recurring role as a surgeon on tonight’s new episode.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New

AMERICAN CRIME (10p ET, ABC) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

LADY GAGA TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL _ Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin will perform in American Sign Language during the national anthem.

… Actress and Let It Go singer Idina Menzel sang the national anthem at last year’s Super Bowl.

… Billboard ranked the worst national anthems — with audio.

KIDS CHOICE NOMINEES _ Nickelodeon announced nominees for the Kids Choice Awards Tuesday. Up for favorite film: Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cinderella, Daddy’s Home, Jurassic World, Pitch Perfect 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The KCAs are March 12 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Blake Shelton is serving as host of the viewer-voted honors.

THE FORCE AWAKENS VIDEO GAME TRAILER IS HILARIOUS _ The Force Awakens Lego Game trailer is almost as good as the original. The video game comes out June 28. | VIDEO

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR BOWIE AND RICKMAN _ The Berlin International Film Festival will pay tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman with special screenings later this month. The festival, which opens on February 11, will show the 1976 sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth. It starred Bowie in his first movie role as an alien on a quest for water to save his dying planet. Also screening will be the 1995 period drama Sense and Sensibility, in which Rickman played Colonel Brandon.

AMY POEHLER WILL DIRECT THE PILOT FOR HER NBC COMEDY _ Amy Poehler will direct the pilot for the NBC comedy she’s also executive producing. The tentatively titled Dumb Prince is about a prince who comes home to compete with his brother for the family throne.

DAVID BECKHAM BUYS COFFEE AND TEA FOR ELDERLY MAN AND PARAMEDIC _ David Beckham did his good deed for the day on Monday for an unsuspecting elderly man and the paramedic who was helping him. The 40-year-old former soccer star saw that a cycle response paramedic was helping an elderly man that had fallen down in central London. The paramedic said, “I looked up and saw someone who looked like David Beckham walking past us. I said to the man I was treating, ‘I think that was David Beckham’. Ten minutes later, he came back with a cup of coffee for me and a tea for the patient. It was awful cycling around in the cold today and I couldn’t believe it when he came back with some hot drinks — I was so chuffed.”

DUFF DIVORCE FINAL _ Hilary Duff is now a single woman, and former NHL star Mike Comrie’s a single guy, because their divorce is now final. According to new legal documents making the divorce official, Hilary must pay Mike $2.4 million to settle their financial split. She gets to keep their Beverly Hills mansion and other property as well. Hilary and Mike get joint custody of their 3-year-old son Luca. They split the child-rearing costs and neither gets spousal support.

AUNT CALLS BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN’S DEATH ‘MURDER’ _ Half a year after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, her aunt Leolah Brown asserts that there was foul play involved, saying that she hopes to expose the truth behind her death. In a lengthy Facebook post Brown characterized her niece’s death as a murder, and said that, God willing, she will answer questions about the death in an upcoming book.

… She wrote: “All of the why’s and the why not’s will also be answered as well. From the very beginning to the very end. I promise you will have it asap (if it is the will of God)! And after you read it, you will have to ask no more!”

… Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died in July at age 22, six months after being found face-down and unresponsive in the bathtub of her Georgia home on January 31, 2015.

O.J. SIMPSON CAN’T WATCH FX SHOW _ The Trial of the Century returned to American homes Tuesday night, when American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, premiered on FX. Did O.J. watch? O.J. is currently imprisoned for a 2008 gunpoint robbery in Nevada. A spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Corrections said that Lovelock Correctional Center, where Simpson is imprisoned, “does not have FX offered to the inmates,” meaning Simpson can’t watch.

… However, Simpson’s former business manager, Norman Pardo, says Simpson does have a television in his cell, and believes he will be able to view the mini-series. How? “[Prison officials] will find a way to bring it into the prison just to torture him. They’ll figure out a way to let him watch it — anything that will make him look bad or feel bad.”

CRUEL INTENTIONS TV ADAPTATION ORDERED TO PILOT AT NBC _ NBC has officially ordered a pilot for a TV adaptation of Cruel Intentions. The pilot picks up over 15 years after the movie left off. It follows Kathryn Merteuil (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the original) as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) and Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon). Upon discovering his late father’s legacy in a hidden journal, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of January 25-31

1. Republican Presidential Debate, Fox News Channel, 12.47 million
2. Grease: Live, Fox, 12.21 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 11.98 million
4. Scorpion, CBS, 10.7 million
5. Madam Secretary, CBS, 10.2 million
6. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 10.06 million
7. The X-Files (Monday), Fox, 9.67 million
8. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 9.626 million
9. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 9.625 million
10. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.38 million
11. Criminal Minds, CBS, 9.25 million
12. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 9.21 million
13. American Idol, (Thursday), Fox, 8.77 million
14. Chicago Fire, NBC, 8.46 million
15. The Good Wife, CBS, 8.03 million
16. NFL Football: Pro Bowl, ESPN, 7.99 million
17. Supergirl, CBS, 7.9 million
18. The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 7.83 million
19. Blue Bloods, CBS, 7.79 million
20. The Bachelor, ABC, 7.73 million


AUDIO

Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.

• PHONER: Weird food combinations – 2/3/16 Bits & Breaks

• DROPS: Loads of Monday-related movie-TV drops

• SUPER BOWL: Super Bowl clips package


BITS & BREAKS

STRANGE FOOD TOPPINGS

What some people in a survey said they put on food. Get related audio on the Pro Audio page.

• Hot sauce on oatmeal.

• Mustard on potato chips.

• Maple syrup on scrambled eggs.

• Honey on eggs.

• Popcorn in milk, like cereal.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

For many of us it’s Girl Scout cookie time. A great warm-n-fuzzy is to get a troop leader to bring a few scouts in to talk cookies. What’s new, what their favorites are, their sales techniques, etc.

SUPER BOWL ADS

Get these on your blog so you have a place to point listeners when you talk about them.

• Budweiser – Helen Mirren elegantly eviscerates drunk drivers. https://youtu.be/Rb2VXVmUga4

• T-Mobile – Get Drake and try incorporating one of the most talked about music videos of the year into your commercial. https://youtu.be/GDIeNrcGxvQ

• Pokemon – Celebrating 20 years of the Pokemon franchise, the commercial features favorites like Charizard and Pikachu. https://youtu.be/2F46tGehnfo

• Honda – Singing sheep and singing dog. https://youtu.be/kTaCT8ZmdJA

• Amazon’s Alexa – Alec Baldwin plans a party with Amazon’s Alexa device. https://youtu.be/_y-4pGhRxek

• Kia – Christopher Walken menaces you with socks. https://youtu.be/9r0FrXXKeiA

• Hyundai – Ryan Reynolds riding a bike, Ryan Reynolds as a police officer, Ryan Reynolds with a jack hammer. https://youtu.be/Ih4VYnbm6Sw

• Heinz – Puppies dressed as hot dogs. https://youtu.be/aNN9nL2vppM

LISTENER INTERACTIVE: SUPER BOWL PROP BET

Got a few prizes to give away? Get three listeners (or more) lined up and get their predictions for some of these prop bets. Suggestion: Get a listener on the phone, ask them to predict the outcome of 4 or 5, then move on. An hour later get a different listener on the phone and ask 4 or 5 other prop bets. Do it again with a third and/or fourth listener. Then Monday you chat hourly with one listener. If they did pretty well you give them a prize.

• Will Lady Gaga’s hair be blonde or not?

• How long will Lady G hold the word ‘brave’?

• Will Betty White be in a Super Bowl commercial?

• What will the first commercial after kickoff be: beer; bank; insurance; entertainment; car; wireless service; other

• Which team will win the toss?

• Which team will score first?

• In what quarter will Will Peyton Manning’s potential retirement be mentioned?

• Within 6 points, what will the combined score of the game be?

• Where there be a wardrobe malfunction during halftime?

• Where the be smoke on the field at any point during the broadcast?

• Will the first commercial after kickoff have a celebrity in it?

• Which quarterback wife will be shown during the game first?

• The first commercial after the official end of the game will be: beer; bank; insurance; entertainment; car; wireless service; Disney; other

WORST SUPER BOWL PARTY PEOPLE

The crazy fan. This is the guy who screams at anyone who talks during the game. He acts as if he is in his living room alone and can’t imagine while there are 25 other people here acting like they are at a party. He sits so close to the television that he can make out individual pixels and spends halftime pacing like some sort of jungle cat.

Sir Quest A Lot. Why did the quarterback do that? What was that call? What does it mean when they get the chains out? Sir Quest A Lot is good at one thing: questions. He will not stop. He will beat you down.

The guy who should have been an NFL coach. We get it — you know more than anyone on the field. But instead you chose to sell life insurance. Oh well, maybe in your next life.

The aggressive dieter who judges you. Yay for you! You’re on a new diet. Hooray, but please don’t tell me that fairytale that kale chips taste just like regular chips. They don’t. They taste like pages of a burnt novel. Quit judging the rest of us because we’re eating Fritos.

The person who thinks this year’s halftime show was lame. It was. So was last year’s and the year before that. It’s impossible to have a great halftime show.

The person who says the game is too long. It’s not. The game is the same length — it’s just jammed with more entertainment. We are about to enter a sports wasteland, so what’s your rush to get there? No baseball, no college football and no pro football.

The person who thinks both teams suck. You know this guy: neither team deserves to be in Super Bowl. I mean, come on, there was that blown call in game one; the lucky catch in game two; the loose astro-turf in game three…

SUPER BOWL BETTING

Tired of the same old Super Bowl pool? Here’s some things to bet on that will really liven up your party on Sunday:

• First person to get caught double-dipping

• Most meatballs on one toothpick

• First woman to ask what inning it is

• First commercial to make people go “what the heck was that?”

• First person to play air guitar during the halftime show

• Most expensive shirt ruined by chili spill

• First guy to clog the toilet and have it unclogged before the commercial is over


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Each year more than 200,000 U.S. kids are treated for what? (Playground injuries)

TRIVIA: As you sit down for lunch one day with a co-worker, he decides to show you his Nymphs, Streamers, Hoppers, Beadheads and Parachutes. What’s he showing you? (Fishing flies)

WHO SAID IT?

“Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”

• Barack Obama

• Robert Redford*

• Sandra Bullock

• Chris Rock

YES OR B.S.

• Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones was the captain of his high school chess team. (B.S. But he was the captain of his high school basketball team.)

• A lucky rabbit’s foot should always be carried in the right pocket. (B.S. According to legend, either pocket is fine.)

• There is a Toilet Seat Museum in San Antonio, Texas. (YES)

• Kevin Spacey is a huge fan of professional wrestling. (YES)

• The first successful open heart surgery was performed in 1897. (YES)


JOKE OF THE DAY

A grizzled old man was eating in a truck stop when three dangerous looking bikers walked in. The first walked up to the old man, pushed his cigarette into the old man’s pie and then took a seat at the counter. The second walked up to the old man, spit into the old man’s milk and then he took a seat at the counter. The third walked up to the old man, turned over the old man’s plate, and then he took a seat at the counter. Without a word of protest, the old man quietly left the diner. Shortly thereafter, one of the bikers said to the waitress, “Humph, not much of a man, was he?” The waitress replied, “Not much of a truck driver either. He just backed his truck over three motorcycles.”


VIDEO OF THE DAY

The Force Awakens Lego Game trailer is almost as good as the original. The video game comes out June 28.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


Source: dailypicksandflicks.com

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 3, 2016

• 1959: Known as the day the music died, a plane crash killed J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper), Richie Valence and Buddy Holly. The late WAYLON JENNINGS, who was a member of Buddy’s band, The Crickets, was supposed to be on that flight, but gave up his seat to Holly.

• 1971: LYNN ANDERSON earned a gold record for her song Rose Garden.

• 1999: TRACE ADKINS fractured and dislocated his ankle after stepping in a sinkhole while attempting to get his truck out of the mud on his Nashville area property. Trace had been doing renovations on the ground when the incident occurred.

• 2008: WILLIE NELSON and SARA EVANS sang Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys from University Of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, before the Super Bowl. Tom Petty played.

• 2013: BRAD PAISLEY went to the movie theater alone to see The Hobbit.

Songwriter/singer MATRACA BERG is 52. She wrote the songs XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl), Strawberry Wine, Wild Angels and KENNY CHESNEY’s You and Tequila.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Newest on the COUNTRY AUDIO page.

• TIM McGRAW talks about country radio.

• CHRIS YOUNG says its a great feeling to get a compliment from a musical hero.

• RASCAL FLATTS on touring.

• OLD DOMINION’s Trevor Rosen and Matthew Ramsey talk songwriting.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The Recording Industry Association of America is now taking on-demand and video streaming into consideration when certifying albums. This has resulted in SAM HUNT’s Montevallo going from gold to double platinum for equivalent sales of 2 million copies and MIRANDA LAMBERT’s Platinum album achieving platinum certification for 1 million equivalent sales.

MIRANDA LAMBERT took to her Instagram to let fans know how she spent last weekend — with a guitar, pen and paper writing songs in Tennessee.

LUKE BRYAN’s Home Alone Tonight featuring KAREN FAIRCHILD (LITTLE BIG TOWN) takes over the top spot on the Country Songs chart (Billboard) this week after THOMAS RHETT’s Die A Happy Man held that spot for six consecutive weeks.

BLAKE SHELTON will host the Kids Choice Awards on March 12. Nominees for the Nickelodeon awards show were announced Tuesday.

… Blake is up for Favorite Male Singer at the awards.

CHARLES KELLEY will promote Friday’s (February 5) release of his firs solo project, The Driver, with an appearance this morning (Wednesday) on ABC’s Good Morning America.

CHARLES KELLEY will launch The Driver Tour April 9 in Washington, D.C. with special guest JOSH KELLEY. The tour will play a string of small venues into early May.

DON WILLIAMS has been forced to cancel his 2016 tour due to unexpected hip replacement surgery. The tour was to begin February 17 in Jacksonville, Florida.

ERIC CHURCH and the ZAC BROWN BAND will headline the CMT Music Festival, July 8-9 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

AARON TIPPIN’s Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly was used by Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz Monday night (February 1) after his Iowa Caucus victory and while Aaron isn’t endorsing any one candidate, he’s thrilled his song was used and that it still strikes a note with Americans. Aaron says he hopes the patriotic tune will encourage Americans to do their civic duty and vote in the election this November.

MERLE HAGGARD is not a fan of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Hag’s big issue is that Trump has no political background and is used to simply giving orders — and that doesn’t typically work in D.C.

ALAN JACKSON has extended his Keepin’ It Country Tour into 2016. Shows will begin February 22 at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 4, 2016

This is day 35 of 2016. There are 331 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle is 69

• Alice Cooper is 68

• Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 43

• Natalie Imbruglia is 41

• Gavin DeGraw is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: George Washington was unanimously elected to be the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.

• 1938: Walt Disney released the classic children’s movie “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.”

• 1991: The Baseball Hall of Fame voted to ban Pete Rose.

• 1997: A civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. He had been acquitted in criminal court.

• 2004: Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and three fellow Harvard students. It’s name at launch was TheFacebook.

• 2012: Florence Green, the last known veteran from World War I, died in the United Kingdom at the age of 110.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Signing Day

• World Cancer Day

• Thank a Mailman Day

• Homemade Soup Day

UPCOMING

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

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