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Born on this day!! Actress Shirley MacLaine is 86. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 78. Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 77. Drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 75. Singer Ann Peebles is 73. Actor Eric Bogosian is 67. Singer-bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger is 66. Actor Michael O’Keefe (“Roseanne”) is 65. Bassist David J (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 63. Actor Glenn Morshower (“24”) is 61. Bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More) is 57. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 56. Actor Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Amistad”) is 56. Drummer Patty Schemel (Hole) is 53. Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 52. Actor Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) is 52. Actress Melinda Clarke (“The O.C.”) is 51. Actor Rory McCann (“Game of Thrones”) is 51. Bassist Brian Marshall of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 47. Actor Derek Luke (“Madea Goes to Jail,” “Friday Night Lights”) is 46. Actor Thad Luckinbill (“12 Strong,” “The Young and the Restless”) is 45. Actor Eric Balfour (“24”) is 43. Actress Rebecca Mader (“No Ordinary Family,” “Lost”) is 43. Actress Reagan Gomez (“Queen Sugar,” “The Parent ’Hood”) is 40. Actor Austin Nichols (“One Tree Hill”) is 40. Actress Sasha Barrese (“The Hangover”) is 39. Singer Kelly Clarkson (“American Idol”) is 38. Singer-bassist Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects is 36. Country singer Carly Pearce is 30. Actor Joe Keery (“Stranger Things”) is 28. Actor Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games”) is 28. Actor Jordan Fisher (“Liv and Maddie,” “Rent: Live”) is 26.


1800 – Library of Congress was established.
1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S..
1915 – Turks began deportation of Armenians that led to the massacre of between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians.
1916 – The Easter Rebellion begins in Dublin, Ireland. Although unsuccessful, the uprising was an important symbolic event leading to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.
1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1990 – The shuttle Discovery blasted off with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Today Is:  Arbor Day, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, Day of Dialogue, National Day of Silence, National Hairball Awareness Day, New Kids on The Block Day, Sauvignon Blanc Day, St. Mark’s Eve, National Teach Children to Save Day, Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day, World Day for Animals in Laboratories, World Meningitis Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  McGyver  /  9:00 – Magnum PI  /  10:00 – Blue Bloods
NBC – 8:00  – Blacklist  /  9:00 – Dateline NBC
ABC – 8:00 –  Shark Tank  /  9:00 – 2020
FOX – 8:00 – Friday Night Smackdown
CW – 8:00 –  Penn and Teller Fool Us  /  9:00 – Whose Line Is It?

Late Night  Shows and TV Talk Show Guests

James Corden: Martin Freeman, Pete Holmes, Bad Bunny (R 3/3/20)
Lilly Singh: Nikki Glaser (R 4/14/20)
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Flashback Friday Favorites
Ellen DeGeneres: Hugh Jackman
The Real: Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Allison Holker Boss
Kelly Clarkson: A new Message from Montana, repeat segments with Adam Devine, Amy Brenneman (R 10/10/19)


WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!


QUESTION: Ever look up and see a SUPERSTAR JOCK walk into your house? It happened in Tampa, when TOM BRADY got mixed up, and this man got a SHOCK!!


QUESTION: Can ANYTHING stop these guys?? The ROLLING STONES drop a new track, “Living in a Ghost Town,” which they recorded at their homes in isolation!!!!!!


QUESTION: Gettin’ HORNY during the long lockdown?? Here’s GOOD NEWS!! The coronavirus is NOT transmitted by sexual intercourse!! Whew!!!!!


QUESTION: Is THIS what eating out is going to look like after we’re all released from COVID house arrest?? A restaurant in Rome came up with it! Whaddya think?


QUESTION: Would YOU fly on this plane?? An American Airlines flight from Miami-NYC is JAMMED FULL, but only half were wearing protective masks!! FLIGHTMARE!!


Anne Hathaway Starts Pillow Challenge

Anne Hathaway channeled her Princess Diaries character while completing the #PillowChallenge.  She took on the social media challenge Wednesday on Instagram. Hathaway played Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.  The #PillowChallenge challenges people to style pillows as dresses with the help of a belt or other accessories. Hathaway fashioned a dress out of a blue pillow and two white pillows and completed her look with black boots, headphones and sunglasses.  Hathaway’s look brought to mind the Princess Diaries poster, which shows Mia wearing headphones. The character also was fond of combat boots.  Hathaway quoted Julie Andrews’ Princess Diaries character, Clarisse Renaldi, in the caption. “‘A Queen is never late; everyone else is simply early.’ #pillowchallenge,” she wrote.  Actress Halle Berry is among the other celebrities to complete the #PillowChallenge. Berry posted a photo last week of her wearing a black pillow and a black hat.  “You already KNOW you couldn’t keep me from the #PillowChallenge,” she wrote.  See the post HERE.
*******We gotta end this lockdown!! People are losing it!!



Whitney Houston Getting Movie Treatment

Whitney Houston’s life is getting a feature film tribute.  “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” will chronicle the life of the late singer who died in 2012 at age 48. The project is set to be written by Anthony McCarten, the mastermind behind the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which earned four Academy Awards.  The biopic is being shepherded by the Whitney Houston Estate, music producer Clive Davis and Primary Wave Music, the partners said Wednesday.  The film promises to be “frank about the price that super-stardom exacted,” according to the media release, which explained that the project “came together after Davis first approached McCarten with the idea of a biopic, in April last year.”  “From all my personal and professional experience with Whitney from her late teenage years to her tragic premature death, I know the full Whitney Houston story has not yet been told,” Davis said in a statement. He said McCarten’s script will finally reveal the “whole Whitney whose vocal genius deeply affected the world while she fiercely battled the demons that were to be her undoing.”  Houston sold more than 200 million records worldwide during her 25-year career and won six Grammys, 16 Billboard Music Awards and two Emmys before her death in 2012.
******Ever notice that 99% of these stories end in tragedy??
******Meanwhile, Keith Richards just keeps on going!!
*****We’re sure they’re going to get into her same-sex relationships.. but we wish they wouldn’t!!
******Will Bobby Brown be a hero… or a villain?? Guess!!



Jennifer Lopez Remembers Ben Affleck’s Engagement Ring

Jennifer Lopez currently sports an 18-carat engagement ring from her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez that cost him a whopping $1.8 million, but Lopez is still giddy when she speaks about the famous pink sparkler she received from Ben Affleck back in 2002, at the height of their romance.  She spoke about the 6-carat rock on Monday during a group conversation with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Dua Lipa and Charli XCX after mentioning that she had been watching musicals with her children such as the Barbara Streisand-led “Funny Girl,” whom Lopez said she had no idea has a huge soft spot for diamonds.  “I met [Streisand] at an Oscar party, years ago, and I was at the time engaged to Ben Affleck, and — she’s really into diamonds, which I didn’t know,” Lopez said. “He had given me a pink diamond, which got a lot of press and was … whatever. I loved getting it, don’t get me wrong.” “It was very much not ‘whatever,'” Lowe said, eliciting a round of laughs.  “I mean, I loved getting it, don’t get me wrong,” Lopez said before adding: “So, she came up to me, and like, she’s heard of it. And she’s like, ‘Can I see your ring?’ And she asked me about the ring, but then she asked me — and I thought it was so strange — about being famous, and how I handle it.”  Streisand likely knew exactly what Lopez had on her finger because the glistening Harry Winston ring was worth an estimated $2.5 million and set a new trend for colored diamonds.
********That’s nice, but hang on… we’re checking to see if our stimulus check got deposited!!
*******How many million$ have been spent on engagement rings for J Lo??
TOPIC: Does she give those back when she divorces the husband?? Did Ben get his back??



Eddie Murphy Leading Standup Special

Eddie Murphy, along with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Tiffany Haddish, Howie Mandel, Billy Crystal, Kevin Hart, Marc Maron, Marlon Wayans, Margaret Cho, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, and more have joined the star-studded lineup of the “Feeding America Comedy Festival,” which was put together by Byron Allen, a former comedian, producer, and the CEO of Allen Media Group.  The charity event on May 9th, which is co-produced by Funny or Die, will involve the comedians performing live-stream sets from their own homes to raise money for Feeding America.  “Laughter is often the best medicine, and we are extremely motivated to bring attention to issues of food insecurity, and to assist in providing meals to families across the country who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Allen told The Wrap. The event will live stream on the Allen Media Group television networks Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel and on the app Local Now from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 9th.
*******The stars of this special could just contribute $1 million apiece and raise more money than their show will!!!



Cardi B Not Happy About Georgia Reopening

After the governor of her new home state of Georgia announced that salons, gyms and bowling alleys would be back in business on Friday, Cardi B warned Georgians they would likely die alone in “a cold hospital” and called for “health over capitalism.”  “[Hospitals] are not nurturing covid [patients] with the proper foods tea to boost their immunes [sic],” she wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “Your parents, grandparents or you will most likely pass by yourself in a cold hospital with no physical contact with your loved ones. HEALTH OVER CAPITALISM!”  She recently moved to Atlanta with husband Offset and daughter Kulture. Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that some nonessential businesses will reopen after a monthlong lockdown.
******Cardi B for President!! (Of her Home-Owners Association!!)
*******She may be onto something. The current mortality rate among human beings is 100%!!!
TOPIC: Do you really think EVERYONE is rushing out to shop after the lockdown?? We don’t think so.


Prince Charles Uses TikTok

Prince Charles has revealed he loves watching silly online videos.  He told Country Life magazine that the trying times in social isolation had shown “the very best use of technology.”  He praised it for “allowing us to keep working, but also to keep in touch through virtual parties, games, singing — and some of the funniest videos I have seen for a long time!”  “In such testing times, it is reassuring to see that adversity is bringing out the very best in people,” he added.  He did not reveal which sites he preferred for his viral content, nor whether he had his own TikTok account.  Charles is understood to have had a Zoom video chat Tuesday with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to celebrate her 94th birthday as she remains quarantined in Windsor Castle while he is in his Scottish estate, Birkhall, with his wife Camilla.
********He especially loves the cat videos!!
****Charles wants to make sure everyone knows about this Internet thing!! “It’s quite innovative!! I want make people aware of it!!”
*****He’s trying to get his mom to take the “Pillow Challenge!!”


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Meghan:  Only Tinseltown’s Top Talent For Me!-(National Enquirer)

Diva Duchess throws massive tantrum after Disney disaster.  Furious over the disastrous reviews for her voice-over in a Disney film, Prince Harry’s high-maintenance actress-wife Meghan is now demanding that she only work with A-list superstars and Tinseltown’s top directors, insiders say.  The bratty, 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex, who until now was a TV B-actress and buried in a large cast on USA Network’s legal drama “Suits,” is reportedly hunting for a “breakout role” and fuming that her current offers are tacky and “beneath her,” a palace courtier says.  “She’s literally seething that critics would ‘dare to pan’ her,” said the source.  “She screamed at Harry:  ‘Don’t they realize they’re talking about royalty!’”  A showbiz insider says, “Frankly, she’s now a laughingstock in the movie industry.”


Life’s a Beach!-(Globe)

Life’s a beach for power pair David and Victoria Beckham, who shelled out $19.8 million for a posh Miami penthouse condo.  The skyscraper boasts a helipad.

Also relocating to Florida, Tom Brady, 42.  Fresh off landing a $50 million deal to QB for the Buccaneers, he’s leased baseball great Derek Jeter’s $7.7 million, 30,000-square-foot Tampa mansion.

NCIS star Emily Wickersham, 36, paid $2.6 million for a 1930s Spanish-style “cottage” in L.A.’s Los Feliz area.  The property was previously owned by Gary Oldman’s 4th ex-wife.


Loose Talk-(Us Weekly)

“My kids are allergic to sitting still.”-On trying to get his children, India, 7, and twins Sasha and Tristan, 6, to do a guided meditation, Chris Hemsworth.

“I feel like a Real Housewife now.”-Joking about staying home more often, Chrissy Teigen.

“We like each other, we realized.”-On finding moving in with hubby Karl Cook nearly two years after tying the knot, Kaley Cuoco.

“Saddle up gurl, we ridin’ again.”-His response to former SVU costar Mariska Hargitay about reprising his role in a new spinoff, Christopher Meloni.

“I’m happy that I got to share my kid losing her first, or I guess, her sixth tooth.”-On daughter Winnie, 6, interrupting his Tonight Show interview with Russell Wilson and Ciara, Jimmy Fallon.


Awkwafina:  Crazy Rich Spending!-(Star)

She may be Nora from Queens, but Awkwafina knows how to live large.  The 31-year-old (a.k.a. Nora Lum) rocketed from YouTube rapper to fame, with scene-stealing roles in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians and star turns in The Farewell and her own Comedy Central series.  Now, pals say she’s reveling in her success a little too much.  “This was the year Awkwafina hit the big time, as far as her bank account is concerned,” a pal says.  “Even though she was careful with money on the way up, she’s got a big taste for the extravagant now.”  Indeed, she’s been splurging on everything from clothes to a pricey ride, says the pal.  “What she should invest in is a good money manager!”


Christina:  How I Got My Body Back-(Life & Style)

Christina Anstead’s goal after giving birth to son Hudson in September?  To get back into her skinny jeans!  Now the Flip or Flop star, 36, says exactly how she lost 30 pounds in less than three months.  “Exercising is my stress reliever, so I make sure to make it a priority,” Christina notes, “even if it’s just a 30 minute jog with my dog, Cash.”


One Last Thing:  Chance the Rapper-(People)

The Grammy winner, 27, hosts Quibi’s reboot of the MTV hit series Punk’d.

Last time I said ‘I love you’- This morning to my wife, Kirsten, and last night in a text.  I knew she was asleep, so I texted her “I love you.”  When she woke up, she gave me a hug and was like, “I just want you to feel love.”

Last time my daughters made me laugh- They make me laugh so often.  Kensli is 4, and she says funny stuff because she’s very opinionated.  Marli [age 7 months] wobbled over to me, and I was like, “Heyyy,” and she responded, “Heyyy.”  I was like, “Damn, can you talk?”

Last time I was grateful- I’ve been waking up daily with a newfound gratitude that I’m married.  Even though we’re isolated, the fact that my daughters and my wife and I are in one house is huge blessing.  I’ve been taking that in.


Number of the Week-(In Touch)

20 -years since Val Kilmer says he’s had a girlfriend.




Large Alligator Takes Over Back Yard

A South Carolina family shared video of a large alligator visiting their back door and ransacking the yard.  The Lossada family said the gator, known locally as “Big George,” ended up at the back door of their Sea Pines home on Monday.  The family said George ransacked their patio furniture, knocked over a fire pit and slammed its tail into their glass door.  They said alligators are common in the area.  “We see those everyday, but never in the back yard knocking everything down,” Fernando Lossada told the Hilton Head Island Packet. “This is to the next level.”  He said the alligator was eventually escorted back to the lagoon by a team of four security guards.
*******HUMAN security guards?? Or other gators??
******Did he hurt himself? Did he need some… “Gator-Ade??”
******Gators make great pets, but it’s hard to walk ‘em after they take your leg off!!



Dirt Bikers Take Over Skate Park

Officials in a California city buried a popular skate park in sand to deter skateboarders from violating coronavirus lockdown orders, but the sand-covered park ended up attracting a new crowd: dirt bikers.  Conner Ericsson posted a video to YouTube showing how he and some friends visited Ralph’s Skate Park in San Clemente to ride their dirt bikes across the 37 tons of sand dumped onto the park by city officials to prevent gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The video shows Ericsson and his friends helping a group of skateboarders clear away some sand to use the park for its originally intended purpose.  “I think it’s a big joke, these kids are cooped up inside their house and just want to go out and have some fun,” Ericcson told KUSI-TV.
*******People were also trucking away sand to use in home remodeling!! (true)
******If necessary, to save lives, the cops will shoot them!!
******We hear that sand prevents the virus from spreading. We just made that up, but it makes as much sense as anything we’re hearing!!



Sheep Take Over McDonald’s Parking Lot

A flock of sheep descended on a McDonald’s restaurant closed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Wales.  Andrew Thomas said he was leaving the Aldi store in Ebbw Vale on Saturday when he noticed the nearby McDonald’s parking lot was full of sheep.  “Even the sheep in Ebbw Vale, Wales, are having McDonald’s withdrawals,” Thomas wrote in a Facebook post about the unusual scene.  Thomas said the fast-food restaurant had been closed due to COVID-19.  “I saw the sheep and took a pic to put on Facebook as a joke after everyone has been posting [about] cravings and withdrawals for McDonald’s food,” Thomas told CNN. “It’s normal south Wales valley life to see sheep wandering down the streets of Ebbw Vale. Or even horses or cows.”  See the video HERE.
********They wanted a Quarter Pounder with Wool!!
*******The shepherd said, “Flock this!!!”
******Their Chicken McNuggets come with “sheep dip!!”



Runner Does Laps Around Bed

A Russian runner who spent nine months training for a now-canceled race tested his endurance in his home by running laps around his bed for a total distance of 62 miles  Dmitry Yakukhny of the Primorye region said he had been training for nine months to compete in a 155-mile race through the desert in Morocco, but the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Yakukhny said he decided to keep his skills sharp while in COVID-19 lockdown and ran laps around his bed for a total 62 miles, tracking his progress with a fitness bracelet.  Yakukhny, who gave hourly updates via Instagram live videos, said the run took 10 hours, 19 minutes.  See the video HERE.
********His wife was in bed, saying, “Really??”
******We haven’t seen that much running around in circles since we went looking for our government check!!!








Our Kids Are Feeling Lonely In Lockdown. Here Are 10 Ways to Help

Huffington Post


Identify their ‘triggers’

“Discuss it with them in a very open-ended way,” Emma Citron advises. “Ask them: “When have you noticed you’re missing your friends?” They might say it’s during the school day, because they’re used to seeing them between 8am and 43pm. You could reassure them that it’s been the holidays, and that’s why they haven’t spoken to them. And you can share with them that you realize it’s hard because the holidays started early.”


Listen when they’re feeling frustrated

“When they say, “It’s not fair, I’m not seeing my friends’, listen,” Citron says. “You can say, ‘Even though you’d normally do those things, try to understand it’s not personal to you and it’s affecting everyone.’ Ask them what they think would help them feel better. It may be that they want more contact with their friends – you can help them create a WhatsApp group or HouseParty or Zoom session on your phone or laptop, with supervision.”


Help them identify feelings by writing them down

“Tell them, ‘When you are feeling that way – frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, sad, confused – come to me and we can stick them on the fridge and you can point to one and tell me how you’re feeling. Then we can talk about it.’ This will help them to process the emotional experiences they’re having.”


Remember that kids need privacy, too

“They’ve lost privacy by not being with their friends,” Citron says. “Even if they’re little, it’s important for kids to have ‘private time’ to make silly jokes or chat about normal ‘kid’ things. Try to give them back some privacy.”


Diffuse rather than stoke tantrums

Avoid doing anything that provokes kids unduly – sarcasm, making them feel worse, or showing them up, Citron says. “Be empathetic and understanding with them. Say something like, ‘It’s very hard to help you when you’re screaming and waving your arms around. But I’m here to hug you.’”


It’s okay to feel irritable, too

“Acknowledge your feelings and normalize them,” Citron says. “Remind yourself that they are something you can do something about – by going into the garden, if you’re lucky enough, or take yourself out to the park to speak to friends on the phone. If you’re feeling good, you’ll have more headspace to help your kids.”


Try ‘reflective listening’

This three-fold technique – ‘label’, ‘reflect’ and ‘normalize’ – can be a useful way to make your child feel heard and understood, says Street, and also develop confidence in talking about their feelings. “Start by labelling their emotions, ie. ‘You look/sound sad?’ and allow them to open up in their own time. Next try to reflect their emotions in your response ie. ‘So, you feel sad because…?’ Finally, try to normalize their feelings ie. ‘I would feel sad because of that too.’”


Encourage acceptance

“Practicing acceptance of some uncertainty plays an important part in helping children to develop emotional resilience,” Street says. “Attention-training exercises such as mindfulness can help children be more aware of their thoughts and how to direct attention away from worrying. If you find they’re stuck in a ‘worry cycle’, setting aside specific times to talk about their worries such as half an hour in the morning or evening can be helpful.”


Practice breathing techniques

“If you feel your children are getting worked up, pay attention to the length of their exhales and inhales,” Street says. “Slower respirations decrease the body’s stress response so encourage them to breathe less than 12 breaths a minute. Pairing breathing exercises with mindfulness can be a great way to help them relax before bed and promote good sleeping habits, which are fundamental to children’s emotional wellbeing.”


Create a nurturing environment

“These are incredibly challenging times for parents and families, but try not to expose your children to parental disagreements or tension,” Street advises. “They need to know that the home is comforting and positive, and with so much external disruption they need things at home to function as normally as possible to help keep them free from worry.”


The preceding material was compiled and edited by Brandon Castillo.  The Editor-In-Chief is Gary Bryan.  The Radio Genius Show Prep Service is licensed for use on-air only by subscribing radio stations.  Other means of redistribution is forbidden.
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