INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 29, 2018

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 29, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) is 71

• Kate Jackson (Charlie’s Angels) is 70

• Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) is 61

• Joely Fisher (Ellen) is 51

• Winona Ryder is 47

• Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) is 46

• Gabrielle Union is 46

• Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1390: The first trial for witchcraft was held in Paris.

• 1886: The ticker-tape parade was invented in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

• 1969: The first-ever computer-to-computer link was established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

• 1998: Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space. He became the first American to orbit Earth on February 20, 1962.

• 2004: The Arabic news network Al Jazeera aired an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admitted direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and referenced the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

• 2007: In Athens, Greece, two thieves ambushed a supermarket employee as he was taking cash to the bank. The men were armed only with ketchup. Police say the thieves jumped out of the bushes and threw two big bags of ketchup on the front window to stop the car. The man fought with his attackers, who managed to flee on a motorcycle with only a fraction of the money he was carrying.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Origami Days

• International Magic Week

• National Midwifery Week

• National Cat Day

• Frankenstein Day

• National Oatmeal Day

UPCOMING

• October 31: Halloween
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

300,000: Cost, in dollars, for a full-time bodyguard. That’s on the high end; on the low end it’s $150,000.


NEWS ATTACK!

The Simpsons is reportedly dropping the Apu character. [Uh-oh. He was Megyn Kelly’s favorite.]

A Kentucky man complained because he wasn’t warmly received when he and his five-year-old kid showed up at a Halloween party both dressed as Nazis. [Of course people were upset. It’s child abuse to force a kid to go out in public dressed like his dad.]

They’ve cancelled plans for the Boba Fett Star Wars movie. [The Force may have been with the picture but apparently, not so much the financing.]

50 Cent claims that he purchased 200 seats down front for his rival Ja Rule’s concert in order to make sure that all the seats were empty. [The way they typically are for any movie starring 50 Cent.]

Congressman Chris Stewart of Utah writes a lot of books. However, close examination reveals that the biggest purchaser of Stewart’s books is Stewart. [I wonder if he ever answers fan letters from himself.]

HBO has hired people called intimacy coordinators who now have to be own set anytime a show is taping a sex scene. [They’re like the chaperones at your middle school dance. They’re there to make sure nothing is touching.]

According to a new study, binge drinking is in your genes. [So, wake up your dad and thank him. No, seriously, wake him up. He fell asleep outside the bar again.]

A Florida man was arrested for plotting to blow up a Target store. [Authorities believe that the man was confused by the store’s name.]

Researchers have made the first bricks out of human urine. [You lay the bricks like normal except for the urge to do it two or three times in the middle of the night.]

A group of doctors in Canada plan to begin prescribing trips to an art museum. [Side effects include boredom, confusion, and uncontrollable feelings of intellectual inferiority.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS SUNDAY _ Hey sleepy citizens of (America), more sleep is coming — soon. Just before your weary body lays down for a well-deserved rest Saturday night, move your clock back one hour.

TWO WINNERS WILL SPLIT THE $687 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT _ Two tickets matched all winning numbers on Saturday and the winners will split the estimated $687.8 million jackpot or a one-time cash option of $396.2 million. Each ticket is worth $343.9 million or $198.1 million cash.

MUSLIM GROUPS RAISE $ FOR PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING VICTIMS _ After a suspected gunman with anti-Semitic views killed 11 people and wounded six others at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, two Muslim groups are refusing to let religious hatred win. Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change have banded together to raise money for their Jewish brothers and sisters at the target of Saturday’s attack. They started a campaign on the Muslim-focused crowdfunding site LaunchGood in the hopes of raising $25,000 for the synagogue victims and their families. They have passed. $65,000. • CHECK

… The suspect, identified by police as Robert Bowers, reportedly yelled “All Jews must die!” before opening fire Saturday, and his web presence shows a history of extreme anti-Semitic views.

PEOPLE THINK THE PETITION TO CHANGE HALLOWEEN IS DUMB _ Could the spookiest day of the year no longer be on October 31? That’s the hope of a group called the Halloween & Costume Association, which started a Change.org petition last week to move the holiday to the last Saturday of October. The group, also known as the Halloween Industry Association, state on the petition: “It’s time for a Safer, Longer, Stress-Free Celebration! Let’s move Halloween to the last Saturday of October! … Why cram it into 2 rushed evening weekday hours when it deserves a full day!?!”

… The petition isn’t doing so well, and not everyone agreed with all of the group’s arguments. As one comment noted: “This is ridiculous. People already celebrate the weekend before regardless of what day of the week it falls on. You clearly do not know the origins of Halloween. This is just to sell more costumes and decorations. Halloween is a religious holiday for some people,” another added.

ONE IN THREE CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE A FLEXITARIAN _ One in three Americans now considers themselves a ‘flexitarian’. Someone with great flexibility? No, a flexitarian is defined as someone who does not adhere to one specific eating style and may combine plant-based and meat-based diets. So they’re eating… like regular people.

… Thirteen percent now subscribe to a specific eating lifestyle such as veganism, vegetarianism or paleo.

JAPAN TURNS BATS INTO CHOPSTICKS _ The bats the Red Sox and the Dodgers break during the World Series are likely to be sold at team stores or by memorabilia companies, donated to charity, given away or repurposed. In Japan’s version of the World Series, which began Saturday, cracked and splintered bats may find a second life as chopsticks. Each season, thousands of damaged bats are reprocessed into reusable “kattobashi,” a mash-up of the Japanese word for chopsticks and a baseball chant that translates as “get a big hit.”

CHILDREN SPEND 2X AS LONG LOOKING AT SCREENS AS PLAYING OUTSIDE _ A study has found young children spend twice as long looking at screens as they do playing outside. By the time they reach the age of seven, children will have been looking at screens for the equivalent of 456 days — an average of four hours every day. But just 182 days, or an average of just over an hour and a half a day, will have been spent playing outdoors.

… More than half of a child’s screen time is described as ‘mindless’ — spent without family or friends, in solitary, screen-based activities.

DRIVERLESS CARS WILL KILL CYCLISTS _ A professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Azim Shariff) believes that autonomous cars will be programmed to redistribute risk away from some people and towards others. For example, an autonomous car will have to decide where to position itself in a lane — closer to a truck to its left, or a bicycle lane on its right. That’s where the programming comes in — and the professor thinks more cyclists are going to die because of autonomous cars.

WOMAN FIRED FROM JOB AFTER RACIST RANT GOES VIRAL _ A woman from Charlotte, North Carolina has been fired from her job (at Spectrum Enterprises) after her racist rant against two black sisters went viral on social media.

… In the viral video, the drunk woman, identified as Susan Westwood, is seen engaging with two African-American sisters and can be heard hurling racist comments and questioning why the women were at the complex. In the video she says, “Why are you hanging out here? Do you live here? I’m white and hot… and I make $125,000 a year and I want to make sure that you’re all up in here.” • VIDEO

… Westwood continued to harass the women, accusing them of drug dealing and making a reference to having a “concealed weapon in her home.”

SMOKERS THINK OF QUITTING ON MONDAYS _ If you are thinking of quitting smoking, it is probably Monday. Researchers monitored Google searches in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Almost every week, searches about kicking the habit peaked on Mondays. The study (published in JAMA Internal Medicine) found that during the study period, the number of queries in English on Mondays was 1 percent larger than on Tuesdays, 11 percent larger than Wednesdays, 22 percent larger than Thursdays, 67 percent larger than Fridays, 145 percent larger than Saturdays and 59 percent larger than Sundays. Only in Russian did Monday searches come in second to Sunday.

MANY WOMEN SAY THEY ARE NEVER NAKED IN FRONT OF THEIR HUSBAND _ One in six married women haven’t let their husbands see them naked in over a year. Nearly half of these women said the reason for this was because of their insecurity about their bodies. A third said it was because of issues with their sex drive.

… The men are noticing, and it’s causing arguments. About 40 percent said their relationship is suffering because if this; and 36 percent said they got into an argument with their husband when they attempted to cover up or hide their bodies.

MEN NEED HUGS AND CUDDLES _ Men need hugs and cuddles. Research discovered that men happily admit they need a big ‘ol hug as life gets hectic. Hugs are the No. 1 mood changer for men and women. Other mood changers include music, fresh air, a cup of coffee or tea, chatting with a friend, and watching a favorite movie.

WHERE THE GERMS ARE _ Someone in your house have the sniffles? Watch out for the refrigerator door handle. The TV remote, too. A study finds that cold sufferers often leave their germs there, where they can live for two days or longer. Scientists (at the University of Virginia) tested surfaces in the homes of people with colds.

… Extra germy surfaces include salt and pepper shakers; doorknobs; light switches; remote controls; bathroom faucets; phones; and dishwasher door handles.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRASH COLLECTORS’ REVENGE ON ILLEGALLY PARKED CAR _ A driver in China got in the way of trash collectors, so they decided to return the favor. The sanitation workers surrounded his vehicle with 22 garbage cans.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBER GETS AWAY WITH FAST FOOD DINNER _ A robber in Florida was probably very surprised when he opened the bank bag he stole from an Arby’s. The gunman made off with an Arby’s employee dinner — chicken fingers and chicken sandwiches — but he apparently thought that the bag the victim was carrying contained the night’s deposit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATM ROBBERS LOSE THE ATM _ In the Netherlands two men rammed their pickup truck into the front of a bank and tried to steal the ATM. They used a winch to hoist it up onto the bed of the truck. As police showed up the thieves jumped into the truck and sped away. Unfortunately the cash machine fell off. One group of officers kept an eye on it while another police team went after the thieves.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COW HITS TRAIN, TRAIN HITS WOMAN _ Here’s a visual: A farmer’s wife in Turkey was taken to hospital after a cow was hit by a train and landed on top of her. The woman had taken her cows to graze on a field next to a railway track. One of the cows wandered onto the tracks and was hit by a train. The cow was hurled into the air and landed on the woman, who was sitting a few feet away. She was taken to the hospital where she received treatment for a broken left foot.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WIFE FOR SALE ONLINE _ A Romanian man who became fed up with his wife’s nagging put her up for sale online. The 25-year-old woman was listed alongside used cars with a price tag of $5,000.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE STATION GETS ROBBED _ When officers in Britain didn’t lock the door to their station, a pair of drunken burglars stole police equipment and the key to a patrol car.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The knockout rounds begin and Mariah Carey joins the coaches as a key advisor to the singers.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — New. The remaining dancers celebrate Halloween.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8p ET, ESPN) — New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE: ON THE ROAD WITH ALEXANDRA PELOSI (8p ET, HBO) — Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi sets out on a cross-country trip to talk with fellow Americans in an effort to gain an understanding of other perspectives.

MAGNUM P.I. (9p ET., CBS) — New. An aging tycoon (guest star Ben Vereen) asks Magnum to find his lost love.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New

A VERY WICKED HALLOWEEN: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS ON BROADWAY (10p ET, NBC) — Former Wicked costars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth host this new special, celebrating the 15th anniversary of Broadway musical Wicked. Special guests include Pentatonix and Ariana Grande.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _Jamie Lee Curtis’ horror movie Halloween has topped the North American box office for a second weekend, earning an additional $32 million.

  1. Halloween, $32 million
  2. A Star is Born, $14.1 million
  3. Venom, $10.8 million
  4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, $7.5 million
  5. Hunter Killer, $6.6 million
  6. The Hate U Give, $5.1 million
  7. First Man, $4.9 million
  8. Smallfoot, $4.7 million
  9. Night School, $3.2 million
  10. Mid90s, $3 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Jigsaw.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Bad Grandpa.
… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Pleasantville.

… Friday: Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13): The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG); Nobody’s Fool (R); Suspiria (R)

JUSTIN BIEBER BURRITO PHOTO WAS A HOAX _ Remember how angry you were last week when you found out that Justin Bieber eats his burrito sideways, like it’s corn-on-the-cob? Turns out  you were duped. I was duped. WE were ALL duped. YouTube channel Yes Theory staged the burrito hoax — and they have shared the video of how they pulled it off. • VIDEO

… The way they did it was actually pretty genius: They recruited a Canadian Bieber look-alike and flew him to LA. Then they dressed him up in a wig and outfit like Bieber would ear. He bought a burrito at Chipotle and then they staged the photoshoot at West Hollywood Park.

DEMI LOVATO IS 90 DAYS SOBER _ Demi Lovato‘s road to recovery continues. On Friday the singer’s mother, Dianna De La Garza, revealed Lovato is 90 days sober after her apparent drug overdose in July. Following her hospitalization, Lovato entered a rehabilitation center outside California.

WILL FERRELL CAMPAIGNS IN GEORGIA _ Stacey Abrams wants to be Georgia’s new governor and she got Will Ferrell to campaign for her — door to door.

ANDREW LINCOLN WRITES HEARTFELT GOODBYE LETTER _ The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln has written a goodbye letter to fan. In the letter he shared online, Lincoln thanks fans “for the nine years of fear, heartache, anger and, let’s face it, guts you’ve shown by making it through these 115 episodes and counting.” He also thanked viewers for understanding the series’ need to step outside of the basic premise of surviving the onslaught of walkers and become a character drama focusing on the living. • LETTER

SARAH HYLAND REVEALS BIGGER SHOCKER COMING THIS SEASON _ Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd said in September that a “significant character” would die in this season of the hit ABC comedy sitcom. It stirred up lots of discussion about which character might see their demise. When Wednesday’s episode revealed that Lloyd was referring to Shelley Long’s character DeDe, mother of characters Mitchell and Claire, many objected to Lloyd’s reference to DeDe as a significant character.

… Sarah Hyland (who plays Haley) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who plays Mitchell) recently hinted to Hollywood Reporter, however, that a bigger storyline is coming this season. Hyland even hinted at which character it may involve. Ferguson said, “There’s a major thing happening this season. It’s beyond … it’s big … I think you’ll be surprised.” Hyland confirmed this “bigger thing than the death” is coming, only saying that “it was a shock, that’s for sure” and “there’s a lot happening with Haley, but I can’t say.”

COMEDIAN RON WHITE HOSPITALIZED WITH AN INFECTION _ Comedian Ron White had to cancel weekend shows in California after experiencing swelling in his neck that made it hard for him to breathe and move. After he was hospitalized doctors discovered an infection in his neck.

MICHAEL MOORE FILMED MAIL BOMB SUSPECT 20 MONTHS AGO _ Filmmaker Michael Moore shot footage of mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc in February 2017. In a Sunday afternoon Instagram post, Moore said his crew first encountered Sayoc in Melbourne, Florida a month after the inauguration to film Donald Trump’s first “Trump 2020 Re-election Rally.”


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

• PHONER: What condiment or spice are you loyal to?

• DROP: Do you know what would happen if all our communications suddenly stopped working?

• IF KIDS WON THE LOTTERY: There were two Powerball winners. Some kids share what they would buy if they won the lottery.

• HALLOWEEN: A big collection of Halloween related drops.


BITS & BREAKS

USE VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FOR ONLINE CONTESTS

Your radio station has likely been doing online contesting for years. The formula is quick and easy: “Sign up on our website for your chance to win!” However, while these online contests are great for getting listeners to your website and building a listener database, they’re not very exciting for on-air programming.

Because we’re in the audio business, you should always be looking for opportunities to get audio to use on your show and in station imaging. The next time you’re doing an online contest, consider taking video submissions. It’s simple: at the end of the form ask your listener to submit an optional video selfie explaining why they’re entering.

Why? You’ll have AUDIO of listeners to use when you talk up the contest.

As a bonus you might discover a unique ‘character’ in your audience that can become a part of your show: a wise-cracking waitress; a well-spoken police officer or nurse; a funny mom with three kids.

To encourage these video selfies, offer a bonus prize.

FIVE REASONS TRICK OR TREATING IS BETTER THAN, WELL, YOU KNOW

• If you get tired. Wait 10 minutes and go at it again.

• You don’t have to compliment the person who gave you candy.

• Person giving you candy doesn’t fantasize that you are someone else.

• If you wear a Batman mask no one thinks you’re kinky.

• If you don’t get what you want you can always go next door.

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #TakeHorrorOutOfHorrorFilms

• Petting Cemetary

• Saturday the 13th

• A Nightmare on Elmo Street

• The Texas SeeSaw Manicure

• I LOVE What You Did Last Summer

• Children of the Candy Corn

• The Last Bounce House on the Left

THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT MARRIAGE

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you were giving advice to some soon-to-be-marrieds, what would you tell them?

From Redbook

• You will look at the person lying next to you and wonder, Is this it? Forever?

• You’ll work harder than you ever imagined.

• You will sometimes go to bed mad (and maybe even wake up madder).

• You will go without sex — sometimes for a long time — and that’s okay.

• Getting your way is usually not as important as finding a way to work together.

• A great marriage doesn’t mean no conflict; it simply means a couple keeps trying to get it right.

• You’ll realize that you can only change yourself.

• As you face your fears and insecurities, you will find out what you’re really made of.

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  • Halloween
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • NFL Week #8
  • College Football
  • Powerball
  • The Caravan
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Megyn Kelly
  • Midterm Elections
  • Michael Buble
  • Daylight Saving Time
  • Amy Schumer

FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Americans spend over $2 billion a year to protect what? (Their smartphones. $2.2 billion spent each year on iPhone, Android and other smartphone covers an cases.)

TRIVIA: We know this scary creature as one thing, but during filming it was called “Bruce” by the film crew. (Jaws)

TRIVIA: What organization gives out the Vezina Trophy? (The National Hockey League, which awards the trophy to the goaltender who is “adjudged to be the best at this position”.)

BOO TO YOU!

I’ve got some questions for you. The answer to each has the ghostly word ‘boo!’ in it.

• Something a child uses so he can sit up higher at the dinner table (Booster seat)

• Another word for alcohol. (Booze)

• An Arctic deer with large antlers. (Caribou)

• Heavy-duty footwear. (Boot)

• A child’s word for an injury. (Boo-boo)


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 30, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

• Henry Winkler is 73

• Harry Hamlin is 67

• Kevin Pollak is 61

• Cash Cab host Ben Bailey is 48

• Nia Long is 48

• Matthew Morrison (Glee) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1969: The first connection was made on what would become the internet. The first two computers linked were at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute — part of a Defense Department program called ARPANET. Within a year, 10 sites were connected.

• 1974: Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire (“Rumble in the Jungle”) to regain his world heavyweight title.

• 1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.

• 2005: The body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights pioneer became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda.

• 2008: A historian discovered the oldest known recipe for German sausage, a list of ingredients for (Thuringian) bratwurst nearly 600 years old. German historian hobbiest Hubert Erzmann found the ancient recipe, inscribed with pen and ink in a heavy tome of parchment while doing research in an archive in a small town in eastern Germany.

• 2012: George Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion; the sale included the rights to the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Checklist Day

• Create A Great Funeral Day

• Devil’s Night or Mischief Night

• Haunted Refrigerator Night, a time for you to put on your protective gear and bust the ghosts of dinners past that still lurk in your refrigerator.

• Candy Corn Day

UPCOMING

• October 31: Halloween
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day