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Born on this day!! Actor Ronny Cox (“Deliverance,” “RoboCop”) is 83. Actor Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 78. Singer David Essex is 74. Singer and former Congressman John Hall (Orleans) is 73. Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 71. Actor Belinda Montgomery (“Doogie Howser, MD”) is 71. Actor Lydia Cornell (“Too Close For Comfort”) is 68. Actor Woody Harrelson is 60. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche Mode is 60. Actor Eriq Lasalle (“ER”) is 59. Drummer Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing) is 58. Guitarist Slash of Velvet Revolver and of Guns N’ Roses is 56. Actor Juan Pope (formerly J. Lamont Pope) (“My Name Is Earl,” ″Family Matters”) is 54. Model Stephanie Seymour is 53. Actor Charisma Carpenter (“Veronica Mars”) is 51. Singer Sam Watters of Color Me Badd is 51. Singer Dalvin DeGrate of Jodeci is 50. Musician Alison Krauss is 50. Drummer Chad Gracey of Live is 50. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans (“The Wayans Brothers”) is 49. Country singer Shannon Brown is 48. Actor Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent,” “Crossing Jordan”) is 48. Actor Stephanie March (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 47. Actor Shane McRae (“Sneaky Pete”) is 44. Fiddler David Pichette (Emerson Drive) is 44. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 41. Actor Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 39. Actor Krysta Rodriguez (“Smash”) is 37. Actor Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter” movies) is 32. Drummer Neil Perry of The Band Perry is 31. Actor Lili Simmons (TV’s “The Purge”) is 28. Country singer Danielle Bradbery (“The Voice”) is 25.


1829 – William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter.
1885 – Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.
1914 – Austria and Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, precipitating World War I.
1945 – Vichy government leader Marshal Henri Petain went on trial for treason.
1952 – Revolution erupted in Egypt as the military took power in a bloodless coup. The following year the monarchy was abolished and, for the first time since the pharaohs, Egypt was again ruled by Egyptians.
1995 – The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp.
1997 – Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic was sworn in as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
2011 – Groundbreaking singer Amy Winehouse died.

Today Is: Gorgeous Grandma Day, Hot Enough For Ya Day, Lumberjack Day, National Pajama Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Secret Celebrity Renovation  /  9:00 – Love Island  /  10:00 – Blue Bloods
NBC – 8:00  – Tokyo Olympics
ABC – 8:00 –  Shark Tank / 9:00 – 2020
FOX – 8:00 – Friday Night Smackdown
CW – 8:00 –  Charmed  /  9:00 – Dynasty

TV Talk Shows

James Corden: Minnie Driver, Benny Blanco + Gracie Abrams (R 3/24/21)
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Kate Beckinsale, Jason Cameron
Ellen DeGeneres: Matthew McConaughey, Gabby Barrett (R 11/16/20)
The Real: Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross (R 5/14/21)
Kelly Clarkson: Justin Hartley, Nicola Coughlan (R 2/2/21)
Tamron Hall: Jessica Simpson (R 3/26/21)
Drew Barrymore: Leah Remini, Patrick Starrr (R 1/29/21)

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

QUESTION: How good was PRINCE at BASKETBALL?? He was short, but his skills were LEGENDARY!! And that’s not all.. he played in HIGH HEELS!!!!


QUESTION: What is Prince Harry going write about in his $20 million tell-all memoir?? This Royal Watcher sez, “It’s about who he blames for his mother’s death!”


QUESTION: He WAS  Nigerian prince?? A 21-year-old student thinks she’s being catfished, but discovers that her online boyfriend really IS Nigerian royalty!!!!!! What??


QUESTION: Love your gas-guzzling Mercedes?? Hang to it!!! They’ve announced that Mercedes will be ALL ELECTRIC by 2030!! Is it for California buyers???


QUESTION: Tired of looking old?? Do what PAUL MCCARTNEY did!! Use de-aging technology and CGI your way to your youth!! He does in a new video!!!!!!
Yesterday, all his tresses seemed so far from grey. Now it looks as if they're here to stay. Well, at least it does in these shots from Sir Paul McCartney's latest video

Anna Faris Secretly Marries

Anna Faris revealed on her podcast, “Anna Faris Is Unqualified,” that she and fiancé Michael Barrett secretly eloped.  “I think we’ve spent the last year in a place of reflection, in a place of kind of prioritization to some degree, a place of anxiety, a place of like, whatever, assessment,” Faris shared. “But I’m looking around, just so, just my fiancé’s right…he’s now my husband.”  She revealed they tied the knot in an intimate courthouse ceremony on San Juan Island in Washington State and apologized for spilling their secret.  “Yes, we eloped…I’m sorry. I didn’t know… I’m sorry, honey. I just blurted that out, but it just feels [like] I can’t say fiancé anymore,” she said to Barrett. “Thank you, it was awesome. It feels great.”  She also said that she broke the news to her family in a similar way.  “My aunt asked me, ‘You are going to be a stepmom. How are you feeling about that?’ and I said, ‘Well, actually, I am a stepmom as of like four days ago, but it was great.”  This is her third marriage. She was previously married to Ben Indra from 2004 to 2008 and later married Chris Pratt in 2009. Faris and Pratt’s divorce was finalized in 2018 and they share an 8-year-old son, Jack.
******They tried to have a big wedding… but no one would come!!
******As long as her husband’s career doesn’t take off, she should be OK!!!
TOPIC: Ever know someone who ran off and secretly got married?? Or did you??

Kate Beckinsale Hasn’t Been On A Real Date

Despite having a marriage, child and several high-profile relationships under her belt, actress Kate Beckinsale claims she’s still never been on a proper date.  “Do you know I’ve never really been on a date? I literally meet someone, get to know them at work, and then either marry them or get pregnant by them,” she told Jenn Lahmers on “Extra.”  She shares 21-year-old daughter Lily with her former partner, Michael Sheen, and was married to film director Len Wiseman in 2004. The pair separated in 2015, with their divorce finalized in 2019.  After her separation, she stepped out with former TLC host and comedian Matt Rife in 2017, a relationship the comic says lasted one year and was full of “a lot of ups and downs.”  The following year, she was seen making out with British comic Jack Whitehall at a Los Angeles karaoke bar, where they “cozied up together in a booth,” Us Weekly reported at the time.  She entered into a buzzy relationship with comedian Pete Davidson in 2019, with cameras snapping the PDA-heavy pair while out on the town together on several occasions before they split after only four months.  The “Underworld” actress also had a nine-month relationship with musician Goody Grace in 2020 before going their separate ways.
********Guys don’t have to ask you out on dates when you give it up right after shaking hands for the first time!! Just sayin’!!!
******Kate put chocolate in one boyfriend’s underwear while he was asleep so he woke up and thought he pooped his pants! (true) She’s not like the other girls!!!

Eric Clapton To Avoid Vax Only Venues

Eric Clapton will not perform at venues that require proof of vaccination.  “Following the PM’s announcement on Monday the 19th of July 2021, I feel honor bound to make an announcement of my own: I wish to say that I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present. Unless there is provision made for all people to attend, I reserve the right to cancel the show,” Clapton said via statement posted onto architect, film producer and anti-vaxxer Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram account.  The news follows U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement Tuesday that as restrictions on social gatherings lift, nightclubs must require guests to show a Covid Pass from the U.K.’s National Health Service upon entry for everyone over the age of 18.  Clapton has been releasing anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown statements and songs for close to a year now. In December 2020, Clapton joined fellow classic rocker turned anti-vaxxer Van Morrison on his song, “Stand and Deliver.”
*****If Clapton can survive all the drugs he took in the 70s?? We’ll follow his lead!!
***Well, Dr. Fauci is not buying a ticket to see HIM!!!
*******Some people think there should be prison camps for the unvaccinated!! (true) These people also think that Hitler was hard, but fair!!

Stones To Resume Tour

The Rolling Stones will resume their No Filter tour in September.  They announced rescheduled dates for the U.S. leg of its No Filter tour Thursday.  The U.S. leg was originally to begin in May 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now kick off Sept. 26 in St. Louis and end Nov. 20 in Austin, Texas.  “We’re thrilled to be able to announce the rescheduled dates for the Rolling Stones 2020 US tour, which will now go ahead this Fall!” the post reads.  “We want to thank you all for your patience during this very difficult and unprecedented time,” the band added.  Tickets go on sale July 30 at 10 a.m. local time.  “I’m so excited to get back on the stage again and want to thank everyone for their patience. See you soon!” Mick Jagger said in a statement.
*******They should call it the “No Diaper” tour!!!
*******Mick said, “We’ll see you soon!! You’ll look kinda blurry, and we’ll have to squint, but we’ll see you!!”
*****These days, the Stones don’t really tour… they just sort of wander off!!!”

Dr. Dre Ordered To Pay Big

Dr. Dre was ordered to pay his estranged wife, Nicole Young, $293,306 per month in spousal support beginning on Aug. 1, according to court documents.  He will have to keep paying the massive amount to Young until she remarries or enters into a domestic partnership — or unless the court orders otherwise at a later date.  Dre was also ordered to continue paying expenses for the Malibu and Pacific Palisades homes that the couple once shared, which makes sense as a source familiar with the case say he owns these homes outright.  The source also said the spousal support figure is consistent with what he’s been paying already and is a fraction of the $2 million per month that Young asked the court for in September 2020.  The former couple had a prenuptial agreement in place and Dre’s estimated net worth is currently around $800 million.
********Not for long!!!
****Just think: the judge gives your wife $300,000 a month, and you say: “Phew!! I just saved $1.7 million a month!!”
****Divorce is the screwing you get for the screwing you got!!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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“Frasier” Cast Does a U-Ey!-(National Enquirer)

The planned “Frasier” reboot just got a major boost-star Kelsey Grammer announced the other cast members are on board despite initial hesitation!  “We think we’re going to get most of the actors back,” said Kelsey, 66.  “I’m fairly confident that they’ll come back!”  Fans turned away when they heard Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin-and especially David Hyde Pierce, who played the TV shrinks bother Niles-were not returning.  David even went on record once that he would not be involved if they ever did a remake of the classic sitcom-“and I don’t think they would want one!”  But Kelsey said that’s all changed.  “We have a story to tell-that can actually be told with or without them, honestly-but I want them back because that’s what I always dreamed of!” he shared.

Kacey Gets Cozy With a New Beau-(Globe)

Kacey Musgraves, 32, is hitting a sweet note with brand-new boyfriend, writer/poet Cole Schafer, and doing lots of hand-holding and kissing during romantic Big Apple dates. “I’m trying like hell not to write about her,” confides her clearly smitten beau, who days before posted a Polaroid of the smitten twosome smooching.  Meanwhile, the divorced country cutie “liked” his romantic posts, responding with a heart.  And ya know what THAT means-it’s official!  Last April, the “High Horse” singer reportedly gave Dr. Gerald Onuoha, a Nashville-based bachelor, a shot at romance.  But seems the cute M.D. just wasn’t the right medicine!

More Lasting Love!  Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker-(Us Weekly)

“He’s so bright, so handsome,” Parker once said of Broderick.  “I’m mad for him, totally.”  The couple, who have been married 24 years and share three children, met on the theater scene in NYC in 1992.  Five years later, they said “I do” in a surprise wedding.  The key to their longevity?  A shared love of the arts, laughter and parenting.  Explained Parker, “We’re very devoted to our family.”

Prom Queen-(Star)

June 20

She looks ready to hit the dance floor!  Rebel Wilson arrived on the set of her new comedy, Senior Year, in a bubblegum pink ball gown.  “Can’t wait for you guys to see this movie next year,” the actress told her fans.

J.Lo Finally Met Ben’s Family-After Jen Resisted-(Life & Style)

For a while, Ben Affleck’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner, 49, was understandably guarded about introducing their kids, Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9, to Jennifer Lopez.  Since their divorce in 2018, Ben has had several girlfriends-most recently Ana de Armas-and she didn’t want the kids to get attached to yet another potential stepmom.  But patience has paid off for Ben.  On June 19, the actor took his mom, Chris, and son, Samuel, to J.Lo’s place for a get-together, and a source reveals that the girls have gotten to meet Dad’s girlfriend as well.  “Violet and Seraphina think J.Lo is glamorous,” the source shares, “and Samuel thinks she’s pretty and nice.”


Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, 36, welcomed her third child, a girl named Daniella, with her husband, businessman Jaron Varsano.  They’re also parents to daughters Alma, 9, and Maya, 4.

Actress Yvonne Strahovski, 38, revealed her pregnancy at the June 30 premiere of her movie The Tomorrow War.  She and her husband, actor Tim Loden, 39, also have a son, William, 2.

Last Laughs-(In Touch)

“Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled the Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich from their menu.  Shocking that plant-based foods didn’t appeal to the same customers who eat strawberry frosting for breakfast.”-Jimmy Fallon.

“If Jen and Ben are making out again then can I request a Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams reboot?”-Sarah Wainschel.

“As people begin to return to the office, pets are struggling with separation.  To be clear, we’re saying pets, but it’s your dog.  Your cat couldn’t care less if you ever come home again.”-James Corden.



Bear Trapped In Car

A Tennessee man captured video of the unusual situation that resulted when a bear became trapped inside his car.  Joseph Deel posted a video to TikTok showing how he opened a door to his car while visiting Gatlinburg with friends and allowed a trapped bear to exit the vehicle.  The group shouted at the bear to get it to leave the area.  Deel said the car still seemed to be in functioning condition after the bear’s exit, but the damage caused it to break down on his drive home to Johnson City. He said he had to leave the car at the side of a road, where someone broke in and stole the battery, catalytic converter and exhaust manifold.  Deel’s insurance company declared the vehicle to be totaled.  See the video HERE.
*********Those bears!!! They’ve been running chop shops for years!!
****Authorities are warning people not to leave a bear in a hot car!!!!
*****And you thought it was bad when your DOG started shedding in the car!!

“Idiots” Release Cow

Police in England said a highway was shut down temporarily after “idiots” forced a farmer’s gate open and allowed a cow to escape.  The Central Motorway Police Group said officers responded alongside Highways England workers late Tuesday night when a cow wandered onto the M6 highway in Doxey, Staffordshire.  Police tweeted the cow escaped when “idiots forced [and] left a farmer’s gate open.”  Officers were able to corral the cow behind a gate and the bovine was escorted home by police and local farmers who came to the scene to help.  “Many thanks to the drivers held up as we shut the carriageway, your patience as we deal with these and other incidents is greatly appreciated,” police tweeted.
*****It happened in a village… and they’re idiots!! That makes them the “village idiots!!”
*****The cow wanted to get home in time for the farmer to pull her teats!!!
******She was milking the situation for all it’s worth!!

Vaccine Lottery Ticket Wins Big

A Texas man who received a free scratch-off lottery ticket when he got his COVID-19 vaccine in Arkansas ended up claiming a $1 million jackpot.  Gary Smith of Arlington told Arkansas Scholarship Lottery officials he was visiting family in the state last week when they decided to get their second doses of the vaccine at the local health department office.  Smith said he was told his vaccination proof could be used to obtain a $20 scratch-off lottery ticket for free or a $20 gift certificate for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission as part of the state’s incentive program, and he chose the lottery ticket.  Smith said he couldn’t believe it when he scratched off the $1 Million Spectacular ticket and revealed the $1 million top prize.  “I know they’re lying,” Smith recalled thinking when he revealed the prize. “I couldn’t believe it.”  The winner said his family members were equally surprised.
********That’s great. He can leave the money to his kids when the vaccine doesn’t work!! (too soon??)
*****”Hey, if you’ll pump this unknown substance into your bloodstream, we’ll give you a $20 lottery ticket!!!” “SURE!!!”

Florida Woman Skinny Dips In Random Pool

A Florida woman was arrested Monday after authorities say she was caught skinny-dipping in a random homeowner’s pool.  The man who lives at the residence told Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies that he throught something was amiss when he found clothing strewn across his lanai. He then spotted the naked stranger in his pool, police say. Police identified the alleged skinny-dipper as Heather A. Kennedy.   Responding deputies claim Kennedy was confrontational and resisted arrest. She was taken to the Charlotte County Jail where they say she refused to tell them her name. They said they were able to identify her through previous jail booking photos.  She is facing charges of trespass in structure or conveyance and resisting an officer without violence.
*******Have you ever noticed that when you see a stranger naked, it’s generally NOT someone you WANT to see naked???
*******Why doesn’t Gisele Bundchen ever strip down and jump in our pool???







The Mistakes People Make On Staycations

Huffington Post

Missing Out On Local Rates

“Don’t forget to ask about a local discount for hotels and attractions. Some hotels, spas, and attractions offer special rates for local travelers. When booking your hotel or experience, ask for a local discount.” ― Jessica van Dop DeJesus, travel media specialist and blogger at The Dining Traveler


Not Unplugging From Your Regular Life

“In-town can be too close if you have trouble disconnecting from your life nearby. Sometimes the very energy suckers we’re taking a staycation to escape from work, family, or other obligations take our proximity as a sign that we’re available on an ‘as needed’ basis. Don’t waste your staycation budget being frustrated ― set your boundaries by turning off email and pressing ‘ignore.’ Airplane mode is your friend!” ― Olivia Christine Perez, travel blogger at O. Christine

“One mistake is not properly planning for work coverage since you’ll have computer access, so you never end up actually taking a break. Prepare your team in advance for you to be fully out of the office, then shut down your work computer and remove emails/Slack from your phone. You’re the only one who can do that for you, so take control over your time off and follow the guidelines you set.” ― Stephanie Huston, entrepreneur and travel blogger at Steph Explores the World


Booking At The Last Minute

“Don’t think that because it’s a staycation you shouldn’t book ahead. As travel resumes to pre-pandemic numbers, hotels and attractions are getting booked quickly, and hotel prices are at an all-time high. Make sure to make your reservations at least a month ahead.” ― van Dop DeJesus

“Right now, with domestic travel picking back up, staycations are more popular than ever! I know many of us like to just wing it, but you won’t like it too much when you arrive and there’s nowhere for you to sleep!” ― Alyssa Ramos, blogger at My Life’s A Travel Movie


Eschewing Guided Tours

“Since people are taking staycations in their own city, they often make the mistake of not going on guided tours ― as they assume that they know their city and its attractions already. In fact, an expert local guide can introduce them to niche and underground places in their own backyard. Consider joining a specialized tour, such as a guided bird tour in a park, or wine experience at a local vineyard. You may be astonished at what you discover through the eyes of another local!” ― La Carmina, travel blogger and TV host


Staycationing Over The Weekend

“Don’t book on the weekend. Avoid the weekend traveler crowds and book your staycation during the week. Not only will your hotel be less crowded but you can probably get reservations to your favorite restaurants on a Wednesday instead of a Saturday.” ― van Dop DeJesus


Sticking To Your Comfort Zone

“One of the biggest mistakes people make on staycations is sticking with the norm and not venturing outside of their comfort zone. If you are staying in your local town, take this opportunity to discover hidden gems in your area. Join a local Facebook group or search on Pinterest. Go beyond the first page of a Google search. Really take a unique deep dive into what your town has to offer. Perhaps it is an award-winning restaurant you have never heard of. A lesser-known swimming hole. A unique hidden gem. Put in a little bit of effort and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. You don’t have to travel far to find something epic, new, and unique!” ― Victoria Yore, travel blogger at Florida Trippers

“One of the biggest mistakes people make on staycations is not exploring beyond what they know. Many stick to areas and establishments they’re familiar with, with the time off work or school being considered the ‘staycation.’ Discovery is one of travel’s most impactful characteristics. So, visit a local museum, shop, attraction, or restaurant that you weren’t aware of before your mini-adventure. Your local tourism board or chamber of commerce is an excellent source of information in this area.” ― Erick Prince, travel blogger at Minority Nomad


Failing To Pack Properly

“Having stayed in some 10+ staycations in one year in my small country of Singapore, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade, as well as some recent trends in the hospitality trade. More and more hotels are ramping up their conservation practices. As such, some hotels no longer provide one-time use toiletries such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. Don’t make the same mistake as I did, assuming that hotels will provide everything. Packing a set of toothbrush and toothpaste doesn’t take any space at all and will save you a ton of hassle having to call room service just to embarrassingly request for a set of those.” ― Isabel Leong, travel blogger at Bel Around The World


Skipping The Classic Tourist Sites

“So many people think they need to avoid doing the obvious things that tourists do. Don’t [avoid them] ― being a tourist in your own city or state can be a lot of fun. So pretend you aren’t a native New Yorker and go up the Empire State Building. Or forget that you grew up in Boston and do the Freedom Trail. These things are popular with tourists for good reason; they are fun things to do. If you are going to do a staycation, do it properly and approach it like any other tourist would.” ― Claire Summers, travel blogger at Claire’s Itchy Feet


Not Preparing Your Home

“If you’re staying at home, prepare your home to be in staycation mode. Since you don’t have to pack a suitcase and you’re not spending money on flights, spruce up your home with your favorite indulgences ― whether that means buying flowers, stocking up on your favorite wine, or scheduling a cleaner before your staycation begins.” ― Huston


Assuming Everyone Has The Same Goals

“One of the greatest mistakes we make with staycations is not setting expectations. It’s easy to end up on a girls’ trip, date-cation, or time with the kids and realize that everyone is on a different page. Some people may want to relax ― enjoy the pool and spa ― and others might want to play tourist in their own town.” ― Stephanie Be, travel blogger and founder of Buena


Not Researching Your ‘Destination’

“I believe the biggest staycation mistake is not to research the destination just as you would for an international trip. Sure, you’ll be staying closer to home, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t new things to discover! It’s interesting that we often ignore the tourist activities closest to home. For example, I often find that tourists who’ve visited my hometown have seen and done more there than I ever did when I lived there! That’s why, for a staycation, I think it’s fun pretending to be a tourist visiting from afar, as it’s sure to turn up a few things. It’s even a chance to do the local ‘cheesy tourist thing’ you’ve always avoided, but which may actually be great. (You can always pretend to do it ironically.) Staycations can actually be quite like cultural trips, at least if you can approach the familiar with a new set of eyes!” ― Marek Bron, travel blogger at Indie Traveller


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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