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• Kris Kristofferson is 84

• Meryl Streep is 71

• Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) is 71

• Cyndi Lauper is 67

• Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) is 62

• Tracy Pollan (Family Ties) is 60

• Carson Daly is 47

• Donald Faison (Scrubs) is 46

• Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) is 41


• 1882: The Air-Conditioned Rocking Chair was patented. It had a propeller fan mounted overhead that was turned by the chair’s motion. The faster you rocked, the faster the fan turned.

• 1847: The doughnut was invented.

• 1945: The World War II battle for Okinawa ended; 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese were killed in the 83-day campaign.

• 1970: President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.

• 1981: Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock musician John Lennon.

• 1984: The movie The Karate Kid opened in American theaters.

• 1992: The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violate free-speech rights.

• 2003: The mayor of Torredonjimeno, Spain, declared Thursdays “Ladies Night” and threatened to fine any man found strolling about town in the evening, in an attempt to encourage them to stay at home and do the chores. Ladies in the town of 14,000 were thrilled, men were not.

• 2009: Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of the reality TV series Jon & Kate Plus 8, announced plans to divorce.

• 2015: Nikki Haley, then governor of South Carolina, announced support for the removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds.


• Fish Are Friends, Not Food! Week

• Lightning Safety Awareness Week

• Universal Father’s Week

• Old Time Fiddlers Week

• HVAC Technicians Day

• World Rainforest Day

• VW Beetle Day

• Chocolate Eclair Day

• Onion Ring Day


50,000: Cargo ships operating around the world.


A study concludes that fermented foods ease social anxiety. [However, the odds are against you that you’re gonna make a good impression on another person with sauerkraut on your breath.]

In Germany a man undergoing a divorce from a cheating wife used a chainsaw to cut all his marital possessions in half. [Which explains why the dog ran away.]

A tractor-trailer carrying 500 toilets overturned on a highway in Russia. [The driver was cited for not using his signal and for leaving the lids up… all of them.]

For Father’s Day my kids served me breakfast in bed. [I’m still trying to get the stains from the Pop Tart filling out of the pillowcase.]

They found a mountain lion roaming around San Francisco. [It wasn’t his fault. Not a single Uber driver would stop for him.]

People in San Francisco were a bit freaked out by a mountain lion roaming the city. [Without a mask on.]

Hot weather has arrived. [Throw an extra log on the air conditioner.]

Hot weather is here. [The National Weather Service has classified today’s air as extra chunky.]

A company is offering text you dad jokes once a day. The service is free. [Also free: my dad will call you once a day and invite you to pull his finger.]

Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally filled only about a third of the venue where it was held. [So most of Oklahoma socially-distanced itself from his speech.]


SCIENTISTS PROPOSE TETHERING ASTEROIDS TO PREVENT EARTH IMPACTS _ Many proposed anti-asteroid solutions involve knocking them off-course, which carries its own problems, such as: what if you create a fragment that hits Earth regardless? Researchers might have a safer solution. They’ve proposed a system that would tether a threatening asteroid to a smaller rock, throwing off the larger body’s center of mass and steering it away from our homeworld. As the method only involves a giant cable, it wouldn’t risk cracking an object into pieces. The scientists couldn’t test this in real life, of course, so they used a simulator to see how well their idea would work.

… There are catches. You need a small asteroid in the first place. Moreover, this requires considerably more time to implement than smacking an asteroid with a spacecraft or projectile. It would work well with a coordinated detection and response system, but might take too much time if observers are caught off-guard.

🎧  MASKLESS WALMART SHOPPER PUSHES HIS WAY IN _ Florida Man is back with a vengeance — this time, he’s fighting his way into a Walmart, which has a mandatory face mask policy. The wild scene went down when the older gentleman tried storming his way into the Walmart without a face covering — but was stopped by an employee at the front door. That wasn’t gonna stop gramps here though. He immediately got physical and started pushing his way through. The guy did get by him — after taking a tumble during the struggle — and then started heading for some aisles. But the Walmart employee caught up to him and held his ground. When the employee got backup the older guy called it quits and left Walmart empty-handed. • VIDEO

SIGNS OF A COOL HOUSE _ What was the cool thing at a friend’s house that you admired? The in-ground swimming pool? The ping-pong table in the basement? The good snacks? According to a survey of adults, the top sign of a cool house was “Good Snacks.”

  1. Good snacks – 49%
  2. Video games – 38%
  3. Cable TV – 38%
  4. Pool – 34%
  5. Different toys than I had – 33%
  6. Board games – 33%
  7. Big backyard – 31%
  8. A dog/pet to play with – 29%
  9. Siblings to play with – 27%
  10. Trampoline – 24%

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What was the cool thing at a friend’s house that you admired?

PLANE PACKED WITH 500 PUPPIES LANDS, WITH 38 OF THEM DEAD _ A Canadian agency is investigating after a plane filled with 500 puppies landed in Toronto, and 38 of them were found dead. Others were ill — dehydrated, vomiting and weak. The Ukraine International Airlines plane was carrying French bulldogs. Canadian law prohibits transporting animals in an unsafe way.

… Flights often leave Ukraine and Eastern Europe packed with young puppies brought west for resale.

GET DAD JOKES TEXTED TO YOU _ We can all agree on the power of a good (or bad) dad joke. Now you can have dad jokes texted to you every day. Just enter your phone number at (not .com) and be prepared for a daily laugh or groan.

WOMAN REUNITED WITH LETTERS HIDDEN IN WALLS 30 YEARS AGO _ Back in 1987, Kimberley Colbeck and her two siblings wrote letters and hid them in the walls of their house in England. Kimberley was just three, while brother Andrew was 12 and Christopher was eight. Now, more than 30 years later, she has been reunited with the notes after builders who were renovating the house found them where they had been hidden decades ago. Kimberley, now 36, found out about the discovery at their old home (in Guiseley, Leeds) after she saw a post on Facebook.

… Kim’s late uncle was putting in a new kitchen when the two brothers and sister banded together to squeeze notes behind the tiles on the walls. They wrote their names, ages and the date it was at the time: “Today is it Valentines Day. Yes. 14/2/89.”

… The family lived in the house until 2013. After seeing the Facebook post Kimberly has arranged to meet with Darren Moon, the contractor who made the discovery.

ELDERLY WOMAN ASKED BLACK MAN TO WAIT TO ROB IT _ In a viral TikTok, a Black man is seemingly going about his business and shopping when an older white woman assumes he’s there to steal. The man starts recording the woman and asks her to repeat what she just asked him. The man says, “You asked us was we gonna do what?” The old woman replies, “Rob the store.” When the man asked why she thought that she asks him, “Aren’t you going to do it now?” and says that she “just wanted” him to wait until she purchased her items and left. The video was uploaded by a TikToker by the name of Agustist King. • VIDEO

THIS JOB PAYS $10K TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TOILET HABITS _ How’s your poop? Is it the right color? How about frequency — are you regular? Bathroom products company TUSHY is looking for its “first VP of Fecal Matters … With guidance from our Chief Pooping Officer, Dr. Mark Hyman, our new VP of Fecal Matters will be testing and studying their own pooping habits and documenting it via TUSHY’s social media. This will be a three-month, fart-time, $10,000 contract role requiring about 30-60 minutes per day (depending on how many times you poop!) to poop and document your experience.”

… From the description, this position appears to be a combination of research, observation, bidet-using and posting it all on social media. The successful candidate will test and study their personal pooping habits and document their findings on Tushy’s social media channels. What qualifications do you need for this position?

  • A real pooping human with 21-121 years of pooping experience
  • Pungent poop-related communication skills
  • Possess incredible precision-spraying skills
  • Strong poo-ject management and skills
  • Solid… or loose knowledge of the Bristol Stool Chart
  • Embraces an “open-door policy” when discussing what happens in the bathroom
  • Ability to install the TUSHY bidet on a standard toilet

… If all of this sounds like something you’d be into, fill out the form on the job posting, and submit a short, 60-90 second video explaining why you’re the best person to fill this hole in the company. Applications are due on July 7. The top five applicants will move on to Zoom interviews where they will have to pitch Tushy’s team and fans on how they’d spend their time as the VP of Fecal Matters

… One thing to keep in mind: The fine print at the bottom of the application page makes it clear that by simply submitting an application video, you’re acknowledging that their video “may be exploited on Tushy’s website, in Tushy’s sole and exclusive discretion.” • LINK

SOCIAL MEDIA POST SPREADS FALSE INFO ABOUT COVID-19 TRACKING _ A social media post is spreading false info about a new phone feature that could help medical professionals track COVID-19 — if turned on by the user. The Exposure Notification API is a collaborative effort from Apple and Google to offer alerts to users if they have recently been in the proximity of a person who has been tested and reported as COVID-19 positive. The scary-sounding message on social media makes it sound like there was a “phone disruption” across the country last week, and that this COVID-19 feature was snuck onto our phones. Both are false. There was no “phone disruption” … though one of the phone providers did have a brief outage. And the code added to the operating systems for Apple and Android devices was highly-publicized. Also, the feature is optional.

… It’s also unfair for the scary post to describe Exposure Notification system as a ‘COVID-19 Tracker’. In the Apple and Google approach, there is no tracking going on. The system works by sharing anonymous identifiers over local Bluetooth. No personal information or location information is used.

… The post also claims that the feature is currently disabled and could be turned on at any moment. This is simply not true. The Exposure Notification API system does nothing at all on its own. For anything to happen, users must first download an app made by their local government or health institution. These apps are available in a few countries already, with more countries and US states slowly coming onboard in the coming months.

ROAMING MOUNTAIN LION CAUGHT IN DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO _ A young mountain lion that had been spotted sleeping in a planter box along a normally busy street in downtown San Francisco was safely captured and released into the wild. The disoriented cougar roamed the streets for two days until he was spotted by a police officer near Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Officers set up a perimeter and waited for animal control officials to arrive. They safely captured the 50-pound cat in an apartment building’s green area with lots of shrubbery without the use of sedatives. Officials get reports of cougars in San Francisco about once a year.

WHAT DAD DIDN’T WANT FOR FATHER’S DAY _ Did dad get clothes for Father’s Day? If so, you owe him another gift. A survey found clothing topped the list of least favorable Father’s Day presents, followed by books/CDs, and then greeting cards.

TEMPERATURE HITS 100 IN ARCTIC RUSSIAN TOWN _ A Siberian town with the world’s widest temperature range has recorded a new high. The temperature in Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 on Saturday. The town is located above the Arctic Circle about 2,900 miles northeast of Moscow. The town of about 1,300 residents is recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range, with a low of minus-90 F and a previous high of 98.96 F. Much of Siberia this year has had unseasonably high temperatures, leading to sizable wildfires.

🎧  MCDONALD’S WILL KEEP ITEMS OFF THE MENU FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE _ McDonald’s is planning to keep salads, bagels and yogurt parfaits off its menus for the foreseeable future after the coronavirus pandemic led the company to shrink its item choices. The fast-food chain told U.S. franchisees that it plans to add back seven items throughout July, but dozens more will remain off of the menu. Returning items include vanilla cones, chocolate chip cookies, two variations of the Quarter Pounder and the Bacon McDouble. Some of the removed items, like salads, could return down the road.

… McDonald’s transitioned to a slimmed-down menu in April to fill drive-thru orders quickly and provide better service.

… A few items that will be missing from McDonald’s for awhile longer:


• Filet-O-Squid

• McRamen Supreme

• Egg Salad Burger

• Beefamaximus Supremeus

• The Onion and Onion McDouble with Onion

LUNCH AT THE BALLPARK, BUT NO BASEBALL _ With hot dogs, cold beer and an emerald green field sparkling under the June sunshine, the only thing missing at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the team. Due to COVID-19 baseball has been put on hold. And while the St. Paul Saints (of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball) plan to start their 2020 season soon, their baseball stadium has been left vacant. But the gates aren’t staying locked. The stadium is now open for lunch. The Pop-Up Cafe at CHS Field launched last week, serving stadium staples such as burgers and cheese curds, daily from 11 to 2. Tables are set six feet apart and overlook the field.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW LITTLE AMERICANS READ _ A recent study has found that the average American spends only 19 minutes a day reading. Those 34 and under are reading less than ten minutes a day.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FINGER GUN _ In Nevada, someone called 911 to report that a woman had thrown all of her food out of her home and was now driving around using a “finger gun” on people.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAT BITES GERMAN WOMAN SO SHE BITES BOYFRIEND _ A cat bit a woman in Germany, sending her into such a rage that she then repeatedly bit her boyfriend, the owner of the pet. The injured boyfriend tried to call the police but his girlfriend repeatedly ripped the phone from his hand. He was eventually able to escape her grasp — and her bite — and make the call.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOILET TRAILER TIPS _ A tractor-trailer carrying 500 toilets overturned on a highway in Russia.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CARJACKER SITS ON DRIVER, LEADS OFFICERS ON CHASE _ A carjacker forced his way into a vehicle, sat on the driver and took off, pinning her on the seat while leading officers on a chase that began in New Jersey and ended in Pennsylvania. The 31-year-old man was soliciting money in a drug store parking lot Thursday when a 66-year-old woman gave him $1. He wasn’t satisfied with the dollar so he forced his way into the victim’s vehicle and drove from the lot, sitting on top of her in the driver’s seat. The woman remained pinned under the man as he drove and couldn’t hit the brakes. Callers alerted police, who pursued the vehicle into Pennsylvania, where it became disabled.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WHO WENT MUTE FOR TWO MONTHS WAKES UP WITH DIFFERENT ACCENTS _ A woman in the UK who went mute for two months after a mystery brain injury finally has her voice back — but now speaks with four different accents. Doctors were perplexed after countless tests failed to explain why 31-year-old Emily Egan lost the ability to speak. And when she finally began to talk again, Emily’s voice sounded nothing like the English accent she had before. She now mostly speaks with a Polish accent — but her accent can suddenly change to sound French and Italian as well. If she experiences a lot of stress, her accent becomes Russian, and when she is exhausted, Emily can lose the ability to speak altogether.

… After months of confusion, Emily has finally been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome — a rare speech disorder caused by brain damage. Initially suffering from headaches, she went to hospital and medics initially suspected a stroke, but tests ruled out. Eventually she lost the ability to speak altogether and doctors were baffled. They believe her speech disorder was caused by brain damage — but don’t yet know what happened to cause the damage.

📞  PHONER: Challenge one another to do the best foreign accents then invite listeners to deliver theirs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOTGUN WEDDING _ In Serbia, a groom spent the night in jail after he injured 15 guests while trying to shoot an apple with a shotgun. Shooting the apple is a traditional part of a Serbian wedding and is supposed to bring good luck to the newlyweds.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRIDE SWAP _ A groom in Romania found himself a new bride within 24 hours after his fiancé got cold feet and took off. The groom called up his old girlfriends, convinced one to marry him and didn’t tell anyone until she walked down the aisle.


THE BACHELOR: THE GREATEST SEASONS – EVER! (8p ET, ABC) — New. Ben Higgins and the women who hoped to win his heart, including Olivia and Amanda, talk about their experiences.



THE WALL (9p ET, NBC) — New.


DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — This special edition features an interview with the former best friend of Lori Vallow, the Idaho mom charged in connection with the disappearance of her two children, whose remains were recently discovered.


TOPS AT THE BOX OFFICE _ One year ago, Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office charts with $118 million in ticket sales.

… Five years ago Jurassic World was No. 1.

… Ten years ago Toy Story 3 was on top.

… Fifteen years ago the top film over the weekend was Batman Begins.

… Twenty years ago Shaft was No. 1.

COMEDIAN DL HUGHLEY TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS _ Comedian DL Hughley announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee. The 57-year-old lost consciousness while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized. On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he said he was treated for exhaustion and dehydration. And, he added, “I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away. I was what they call asymptomatic. I didn’t have any symptoms, the classic symptoms.” Hughley is in quarantine in his Nashville hotel room for 14 days.

AMC CHANGES ITS MIND, WILL REQUIRE MOVIEGOERS TO WEAR MASKS _ After facing customer backlash, AMC, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S., has decided that health was more important than politics and announced that it would require all moviegoers to wear face masks in its theaters. With that move, the company promptly reversed the stance it had taken only a day earlier when it said that it would not require guests to wear masks and only strongly encourage their use. Originally, AMC CEO Adam Aron told Variety that the company had made the decision because it did not want to impose masks on people who felt they were not necessary. Many people in the U.S. refuse to wear them.

… On Friday AMC reversed course and said: “…with the full support of our scientific advisors, we are reversing course and are changing our guest mask policy. As we reopen theaters, we now will require that all AMC guests nationwide wear masks as they enter and enjoy movies at our theaters.” People who do not have a mask will be able to buy one at AMC box offices for $1. The company said that those unwilling to wear a mask would not be admitted in or allowed to stay.

KURT COBAIN’S MTV UNPLUGGED GUITAR SELLS FOR $6M AT AUCTION _ A guitar played by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in a rare acoustic concert has sold for a record $6 million. Cobain played the retro acoustic-electric 1959 Martin D-18E during a legendary MTV Unplugged performance in 1993, just five months before he died. The guitar is the most expensive ever sold at auction. Bidding in Los Angeles opened at $1 million and was won by Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman.

MARVEL REPORTEDLY WANTS TO MAKE AT LEAST 3 MORE DEADPOOL MOVIES _ A source with ties to Marvel says higher-ups in the movie division want to make at least three more Deadpool movies.

… In October 2019 it was announced that  Deadpool 3 script was in development.

THE KING’S MAN FULL TRAILER _ The King’s Man, a prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, has been waiting in the wings for theatrical release for awhile now. The movie was originally scheduled to arrive in theaters in November of 2019, but it was delayed until February 2020, only to be pushed back yet again to September 2020. It looks like the fall release date is still intact, despite all the release date shuffling due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to remind everyone that the movie is still on the way a new The King’s Man trailer as arrived. • VIDEO

… A previous trailer focused more on the formation of the Kingsman organization and their general contributions to keeping the world safe for decades, as well as Ralph Fiennes bringing in a new recruit to the team. This latest trailer helps shape the story, and it gives a lot more screen-time to the villain.

JAMES VAN DER BEEK REVEALS WIFE SUFFERED FIFTH MISCARRIAGE _ Seven months after James Van Der Beek shared on Dancing With the Stars that his wife had suffered a miscarriage, the couple again announced they had lost an unborn child. In an emotional Instagram post shared Saturday, Van Der Beek (43) opened up about himself and wife Kimberly being “overjoyed” to learn they were again expecting after “suffering a brutal, very public miscarriage last November.” Van Der Beek says: “This time, we kept the news to ourselves. But last weekend, once again, 17 weeks in… the soul we’d been excited to welcome into the world had lessons for our family that did not include joining us in a living physical body.” Kimberly was rushed in an ambulance to the hospital for “another harrowing night of blood transfusions,” he said, thanking the medical professionals who “navigated the maze of regulations to save her life.”

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. REPORTEDLY EYED FOR PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 6 ROLE _ A sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is happening and there’ve been reports that Captain Jack Sparrow could return in a small cameo, in order to provide some connective tissue to the previous movies while also passing the torch onto the next generation of swashbuckling heroes. At the moment, the plan is still for the reboot to focus on a female pirate as the series’ new lead.

… According to a source, Disney are interested in having Robert Downey Jr. appear in the soft reboot. However, it wouldn’t be in one of the main roles.

THE OFFICE FEATURING ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER _ When life’s got you down, or you simply need a 30 minute escape from reality, The Office is there. And if you’ve ever thought, “This sitcom would be just a little bit better with some Arnold Schwarzenegger” you’re in luck. Someone did a deepfake on some clips from The Office, superimposing Arnold’s face on most of our favorite characters. • VIDEO

DENNIS QUAID THROWS A BLOCK PARTY, INVITES FAMOUS GUITAR FRIEND _ Dennis Quaid threw a block party Saturday — and a legendary musician provided essential backup. Dennis had all the usual party parts for his Brentwood neighborhood neighbors: food, drink and music. Dennis and his band performed, with special guest Robby Krieger from The Doors playing guitar for the blues and rock set. Robby and Dennis have played together before. A source says there wasn’t a lot of social distancing.

TOM PETTY’S FAMILY SEND TRUMP CEASE AND DESIST _ The family of late singer-songwriter Tom Petty issued a cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign on Sunday and denounced the president’s unauthorized use of 1989 hit I Won’t Back Down at Saturday’s Tulsa rally. Petty’s family said in a statement: “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind. We have issued an official cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.” The family wrote that Tom Petty and his family “firmly stand” against racism and discrimination of any kind.

MARK HAMILL MADE A SECRET CAMEO IN THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 1 _ The season finale of the docuseries Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian revealed that Mark Hamill voiced a droid bartender in The Mandalorian’s fifth episode in an uncredited role. Creator Jon Favreau said the droid’s name is EV-9D9, and that he was previously seen torturing other droids in Return of the Jedi.



We’d like to say “hi” to Bart and the crew doing a little home-building over in (town) and listening to (your station). Being a bit of a home improvement buff myself, I asked Bart for his best tip. He said it was one his dad gave him when he was a kid: Cut it large and kick it into place.


From reddit.

• Humans like to be not wet or fully wet. It’s the intermediate levels of wet that give us trouble.

• When buying trash bags, at first the box is the container for the trash bags, but at the end the trash bag is the container for the box.

• The only difference between boneless wings and chicken nuggets is who applies the sauce.

• If two babies were born at the same moment on two different sides of the earth, one is technically older than the other.

• It’s crazy how eight years old in human years is considered very young but eight years old in computers is considered very old.

• Horror movies become much less scary when you support the bad guy.

• Before the movie begins, it’s just a bunch of people sitting in the dark, facing the same direction, eating corn.


What are the house rules for your kids? Parents say homework-related tasks are No. 1 and No. 2. Forty-three percent of parents say their top house rule is that homework has to be done before kids can play. Not far behind is that there is no TV until homework is done.

  1. Homework has to be done before playing – 43%
  2. No TV until homework is done – 37%
  3. Eat all veggies before leaving the table – 35%
  4. No dessert/sweets until you finished dinner – 34%
  5. Limited TV time on school-nights – 30%
  6. Finish all my food on my plate even if I didn’t like it – 29%
  7. Finish daily chores before playing – 28%
  8. No snacks right before dinner so you wouldn’t be too full to eat – 27%
  9. Be home before the streetlights turned on – 27%
  10. No eating in bedrooms – 25%
  11. Shoes off in the house – 24%
  12. No snacks after dinner – 21%
  13. Drink one glass of milk a day – 20%
  14. Not allowed to drink a flavored beverage with dinner so I wouldn’t get “full” – 19%
  15. Not allowed to go on the Internet without permission/supervision – 18%
  16. Curfew on weekends


Should you end up being lost in the woods, offers the following advice on how to survive.

• Stay put as soon as you realize you’re lost. Rescue crews will find you faster if you stay in one spot. If you have no idea where you are or how to get back to where you started, further movement is just wasted energy.

• Make yourself visible. Move to a clear area and do whatever you can to make a signal. Flags or markers can be made from food wrappers, clothing or anything that is colorful. If you’re in the snow, stomp out a large X. In the desert, form an X with rocks.

• Stay dry. Avoid crossing streams unless absolutely necessary. If you get warm, take off excess clothing before you become sweaty. Build a fire and dry wet clothes if possible. Getting wet can quickly lead to hypothermia, the inability of your body to warm itself.

• Stay hydrated. It’s harder for your body to maintain the proper temperature if you’re low on fluids. This is also very important if you’re injured and have lost some blood: you need liquids in order to maintain normal blood pressure.

• Make a shelter. Where it’s hot, find shade. Where it’s cold, create warmth. Tree branches, snow, sheets of plastic or cloth — almost anything can be fashioned into a basic shelter.

• Treat any injuries. Dislocations, such as to a shoulder, should be replaced at the earliest opportunity. This will be extremely painful but will reduce overall trauma. Severe bleeding to an arm or a leg can be reduced with a tourniquet, a tight wrap of cloth around the limb above the wound. Study basic first aid before embarking on any potentially hazardous adventures.

• Carry extra food. Energy bars and candy bars are easy to stash in pockets and provide many needed calories.

• Avoid the most common cause of delayed rescue: forgetting to tell anyone where you’re going. Always leave a detailed description of your trip route and schedule with a responsible person. Direct that person to call the authorities if you don’t return by a specific time or date.

• Carry fire-starting equipment such as a cigarette lighter and toilet paper. In wet weather, your best bet for finding dry wood is to look for small dead branches at the base of evergreen trees.

• You need to consume more calories in a cold climate than you do in a warm one.


Some advice from Parenting Magazine.

• ADD AN AUDIENCE — Have your child read out loud to you, siblings, favorite toys or even the dog.

• START A BOOK CLUB — Have your child’s friends over and serve snacks or do activities related to the book of choice.

• SET UP A SCREENING — Get your child to read a book with the promise you’ll sit down together and watch the related video or movie. Talk over the differences between the two.

• MAKE A SCRAPBOOK — Your child can jot down comments, criticisms and art about the books read this summer.

• SEND A LETTER TO THE AUTHOR — If your child really loves a book, you can letter your child’s letter to the author care of the publisher.


TRIVIA: The average person encounters from 3,500 to 5,000 of these each day. (Marketing messages. That’s up from 500 to 2,000 in the 1970s.)

TRIVIA: Each day (in the U.S.) five cyclists are injured in what way? (They run into an open card door)


Guess the word that’s missing from this real news headline: “Woman Attacked by Bear Defends Herself With ______”

A bear attacked a 19-year old California (Sierra Madre) woman who had fallen asleep in her backyard. The bear started to scratch and bite the woman, who grabbed her laptop and started hitting the bear. That managed to break the bear loose and she ran inside. Investigators collected bear DNA from the woman’s wounds and are now checking to see if matches that of a bear trapped Tuesday in the area.


• A seasoned, grilled chicken breast sliced and served on top of mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and Cheddar cheese. (Not. It’s a grilled Chicken Breast Salad.)

• A bread mixture, fried, and dusted with sugar and cinnamon (Fair Food. Elephant Ears!)

• A hot dog coated in cornbread batter and fried in hot oil (Fair Food. Corn dog!)

• Crisp bacon, lettuce and tomato served on toasted white bread. (Not. That’s a BLT)

• Sugar, spun around a cardboard cone. (Fair Food. That’s cotton candy.)

• Small chicken legs covered in spicy sauce, served with celery sticks and bleu cheese (Not. Those are chicken wings)

• Ambiguous meat… on a stick (Fair Food. Meat on a stick)


• 1991: BROOKS & DUNN made their chart debut with Brand New Man. The tune would go on to number one.

• 1991: GARTH BROOKS scored his sixth number one with The Thunder Rolls.

• 1993: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ sophomore album, It Won’t Be The Last, was released. Hits included In The Heart Of A Woman and Words By Heart.

• 1995: SHANIA TWAIN’s album The Woman In Me was certified platinum. Hits included Any Man of Mine, You Win My Love and If You’re Not In It For Love (I’m Outta Here).

• 2001: LONESTAR’s I’m Already There reached number one.

• 2004: MONTGOMERY GENTRY scored their first number one with If You Ever Stop Loving Me.

• 2010: TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL’s Nashville Rising concert at the Bridgestone Arena raised $2.2 million for flood relief, aided by TAYLOR SWIFT, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LEANN RIMES, JASON ALDEAN, BLAKE SHELTON, and others.

• 2011: GLEN CAMPBELL announced he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

• 2014: ABC launched the short-lived music competition Rising Star, featuring BRAD PAISLEY among the judges.

•  2019: JAKE OWEN made a surprise appearance at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, wedding reception after headlining the Cattleman’s Gala at the Premier Center.



BRETT ELDREDGE’s next album, Sunday Drive, will be out July 10. It’ll offer 12 tracks, including the debut single, Gabrielle.

KANE BROWN celebrated Father’s Day with a musical tribute to his daughter, Kingsley Rose. The singer celebrated his first Father’s Day as a dad with a special acoustic performance of For My Daughter. Kane released the video on Sunday. He performs the touching song that he wrote for his daughter accompanied by an acoustic guitarist and gentle strings. • VIDEO

GABBY BARRETT’s career is a family affair as her husband, Cade Foehner, plays guitar on her album.

THOMAS RHETT says one of the best things to happen over the last year was having his dad, RHETT AKINS, as his opening act. TR says although dad has joined him on the road for songwriting sessions, it was the first time they got to share the stage together.

MARK WILLS and THE BELLAMY BROTHERS have joined the lineup for the Wreaths Across America Giving In July concert. The virtual event will stream on the organization’s website on July 19.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, JIMMY BUFFETT has canceled his debut appearance on The Grand Ole Opry, which was set for June 27. Jimmy was to play the show with BRAD PAISLEY, who is still on the bill for that night. In a Facebook post, Jimmy shared that he plans to reschedule his Opry debut.

ELIZABETH COOK will release a new album, titled Aftermath, on September 11.

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• 1995: GARTH BROOKS’ album The Hits was certified multi-platinum for sales of 6 million copies.

• 2004: LONESTAR made a guest appearance on the NBC daytime series Days Of Our Lives. They performed at the grand opening of a club in the fictional town of Salem.

• 2005: BROOKS AND DUNN sang The Star-Spangled Banner at Game 7 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, Texas.

• 2008: TAYLOR SWIFT’s self-titled debut album was certified triple platinum for sales of 3 million copies. She also earned recognition for 500,000 downloads of her song Our Song.

• 2010: LORETTA LYNN’s Coal Miner’s Daughter and the WILLIE NELSON album Red Headed Stranger were added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry along with audio by The Band, Little Richard and The Staple Singers.

• 2013: A CMT Crossroads edition celebrating WILLIE NELSON’s 80th birthday premiered. It closed with Neil Young, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Ashley Monroe and Norah Jones joining Willie on Whiskey River.

• 2017: Brad Paisley Park was dedicated in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.



• Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson is 64

• Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) is 63

• Director Josh Whedon (The Avengers) is 56

• Selma Blair is 48

• Joel Edgerton is 46

• Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) is 40


• 1868: Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer”.

• 1888: Frederick Douglass becomes the first African-American nominated for US president.

• 1926: The College Board administered the first SAT exam.

• 1931: Aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.

• 1991: Sonic the Hedgehog was released in the U.S. and Europe.

• 1992: John Gotti, convicted of racketeering charges, was sentenced in New York to life in prison.

• 1993: Lorena Bobbitt of Prince William County, Virginia, sexually mutilated her husband, John, after he allegedly raped her.

• 2005: In Suffolk, Virginia, three guys walked into a McDonald’s with the intention of robbing it. The place was rather busy so they ordered several burgers and enjoyed their meals while waiting for the crowd to thin out. They then robbed the place and made their getaway. Unfortunately, they left behind an important piece of evidence: their DNA on the leftover portions of the burgers.

• 2012: 76 monks were hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees.

• 2015: joined eBay and others in removing Confederate flag items from its site after the shooting of nine African American church members.


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