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Born on this day!! Actor John Aniston (“Days of Our Lives”) is 87. Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 84. Actor Mark Goddard (“Lost In Space”) is 84. Actor Chris Sarandon is 78. Comedian Gallagher is 74. Actor Robert Hays (“Airplane!”) is 73. Actor Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) is 71. Actress Lynda Carter is 69. Director Gus Van Sant is 68. Country singer Pam Tillis is 63. Actor Kadeem Hardison (“A Different World”) is 55. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 52. Actress Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”) is 52. Actor John P. Navin Junior is 52. NBA player-turned-actor Rick Fox (“Greenleaf,” “Oz”) is 51. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 51. Director Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) is 49. Actress Jamie Denbo (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 47. Actor Eric Szmanda (“CSI”) is 45. Actress Rose Byrne is 41. Country singer Jerrod Neimann is 41. Actress Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) is 39. Actor Sheaun McKinney (“The Neighborhood”) is 39. Actress Elisabeth Moss is 38. Actress Anna Paquin is 38. Actress Megan Park (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is 34. Actress Mara Wilson (“Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Matilda”) is 33. Actress Sarah Steele (“The Good Fight,” “The Good Wife”) is 32. Singer Jay McGuiness of The Wanted is 30. Actress Emily Bett Rickards (TV’s “Arrow”) is 29. TV personality Bindi Irwin (“Bindi: The Jungle Girl”) is 22.


1847 – Brigham Young and the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived at the Great Salt Lake.
1862 – Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
1866 – Tennessee became the first Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
1937 – Charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the Scottsboro case were dropped.
1974 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
2002 – Nine coal miners were trapped in a mine in Pennsylvania. All were rescued three days later.

Today Is: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day, Cousins Day, International Self Care Day, Lumberjack Day, National Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day, National Thermal Engineers Day, Tell An Old Joke Day, Tequila Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Greatest At Home Videos  /  9:00 – Magnum PI  /  10:00 – Blue Bloods
NBC – 8:00  – The Wall  /  10:00 – Dateline NBC
ABC – 8:00 –  Shark Tank  /  9:00 – 2020
FOX – 8:00 – Friday Night Smackdown
CW – 8:00 –  Masters Of Illusion  /  8:30 – Masters Of Illusion  /  9:00 – Whose Line Is It?

TV Talk Shows

Live with Kelly and Ryan: Lisa Rinna
Ellen DeGeneres: Eric Stonestreet, Kat Dennings, Brie Larson (R 11/21/19)
Wendy Williams: A performance from Cirque du Soleil’s “‘Twas the Night Before…” (R 12/20/19)
The Real: Gary Owen, Pam Grier (R 10/18/19)
Kelly Clarkson: Laura Prepon, Ne-Yo (R 6/22/20)
Tamron Hall: Anthony Anderson, Art Smith, Tamar Braxton, Johnny Wright (R 5/22/20)

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

QUESTION: Why won’t this Karen wear a mask??? Because.. “Your pants don’t stop your farts from getting out!!!” And no… we’re NOT KIDDING!!!!!!!!!


QUESTION: When this single mom WON THE LOTTERY with one of her last dollars, what did she do?? She gave the money to a COP IN THE ICU!!!!!!!


QUESTION: Is this a GOOD SURPRISE??? Taylor Swift dropped a SURPRISE ALBUM last night, and people think it’s a swat at KANYE WEST!! (Duh) 


QUESTION: Will this be the COOLEST iPHONE EVER?? Rumor has it there will be a new camera this year that can see FOR MILES!! (What could go wrong?)


QUESTION: Did we need THIS??? Severe thunderstorms hit NYC, and lightning strikes the World Trade Center and the STATUE OF LIBERTY!!! (Not good!!!)

 Dramatic photos captured the moment purple lightning bolts struck the tip of One World Trade Center

 A lightning bolt appeared to strike on or behind Lady Liberty “Uh… WTH??”

Bill and Ted Movie Gets New Trailer and Release Date

The second full-length trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music was released Thursday along with a new poster and an announced Sept. 1 release date for the film.  The trailer features Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq. and Keanu Reeves as Ted Theodore Logan — roles they originated in 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey — as the pair find themselves facing middle age without achieving their destined success.  The trailer features familiar faces including William Sadler as Death, as well as franchise newcomers Samara Weaving as Thea Preston and Brigette Lundy-Paine as Billie Logan.  The trailer was accompanied by the announcement that Bill & Ted Face the Music will release Sept. 1 in theaters and on Video On Demand platforms. The movie had originally been slated for an Aug. 21 release, before being moved up to Aug. 14 and being pushed back again to Aug. 28th.    See the trailer HERE.
*******See it at the drive-in!! So you can smoke a blunt in the car!!!
********This movie has time traveled more than Bill and Ted!!!!
*******Can we still go our local theater and get a $100 worth of snacks??

Ellen Show Staff Happy Bad News Got Out

Following recent negative stories about Ellen DeGeneres and the allegedly toxic work environment on her daytime talk show, her staff is reportedly thrilled that people are finally paying attention.  A source connected with the production of the show spoke with Us Weekly to note how the attention has affected staff members now that their grievances with the host and producers are finally being heard.   “They’ve been calling and texting each other about the story,” the source revealed. “They’re loving that the truth — which has been an open secret for years in the industry — is finally receiving more interest.”  Meanwhile, brand expert Eric Schiffer told Fox News that DeGeneres, the face of the show, should ultimately be held accountable.  Back in April, Variety interviewed staff members on anonymity who claimed the show failed to communicate the status of their jobs and pay amid the coronavirus pandemic.
********Before you start enjoying Ellen’s pain, just think of what your co-workers could say about YOU!!
*******Pretty soon her only guests will be Rosie O’Donnell and Martina Navratilova!!!
TOPIC: “My worst boss ever!!!”

Alex Trebek Clarifies Treatment Comments

Alex Trebek’s memoir came out Tuesday, but the “Jeopardy!” host already has an update about his health.  In “The Answer Is … Reflections on My Life,” the 80-year-old host, who is currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, wrote that he would stop treatment if it wasn’t working.  “I’m going to stick with this current protocol, then that’s it. If it doesn’t work I’ll probably stop treatment,” he wrote.  But on Wednesday, he posted a statement on Twitter clarifying his words.  “That quote from the book was written BEFORE my current regimen, and I was going through some bad times,” Trebek wrote.  He explained that his current numbers are “very good,” but if that changes, he would resume chemotherapy rather than stopping all treatment.  “I apologize for any confusion, and want everyone to know that I am optimistic about my current plan, and thank them for their concern,” he concluded.
******We’ll take “Fight On” for $1000, Alex!!!
*****It’s not like he has something serious… like the coronavirus!!
*******If he DOES get the virus, would that be “Double Jeopardy??”

Prince Harry Is Not The Smart One

Prince Harry is a dimwit compared to his wife Meghan Markle — at least that’s what royal scribe Lady Colin Campbell thinks.  Campbell, who is publicizing her latest tome “Meghan and Harry: The Real Story” made the shocking claim while speaking to new! magazine (via the Daily Mail).  “In my opinion, Harry is a much less intelligent character than Meghan is,” she said. “And I think he’s so desperate to please her and go along with whatever she says, no matter how ill-conceived it is. He is that besotted with her.”  She also claimed the couple has “a very strong relationship” but Meghan is the dominant partner because Harry is “besotted with her.”  He struggled academically as a youngster. He spent an extra year at Ludgrove to improve his grades before applying to Eton.  He graduated from Eton College with two A- Levels, a B in art and a D in geography. One of his former teachers alleged that he was a “weak student” and that staff at the prestigious school had conspired to help him cheat on exams.
*******Something tells us Lady Campbell won’t be invited to Meghan and Harry’s anytime soon!!
****Meghan’s in control?? “That’s shocking!!” Said nobody.
******If his IQ gets any lower, he’ll qualify for president!! (kidding!)

Vanilla Ice Biopic In The Works

Dave Franco confirmed he will portray Vanilla Ice in an upcoming biopic that puts a “Disaster Artist”-like spin on the story of the rapper.  The film “To the Extreme” was originally revealed via casting notice in January 2019, but the biopic has not yet started production. However, Franco spoke for the first time about playing Vanilla Ice in an interview with Insider.  Franco likened the tone of “To the Extreme” to that of “The Disaster Artist,” a film directed by his brother James Franco and starring the Franco brothers as the duo responsible for the beloved terrible movie “The Room.”  “With [‘The Disaster Artist’], people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of [‘The Room ‘director] Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and heartfelt it was — that’s the tone we want for this one as well,” Franco told Insider.  The film — named after Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle’s 1990 debut album — is currently in preproduction due to the pandemic, with Franco saying he regularly calls the rapper. “Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy and he’s been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn’t know,” Franco said. “Just talking to him I can’t help but think about the rabbit holes I’m going to go down to get ready for the role.”
******Can Dave dance??? Because Rob can’t!!
*****Vanilla Ice is the first guy to have a #1 rap tune on the chart.. and that really pisses off Snoop Dogg!!
*******What’s next? “Kajagoogoo.. the Real Story??”

Mike Tyson Heading Back To The Ring

Mike Tyson announced he will fight Roy Jones Jr. Sept. 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Southern California.  The fight will be an eight-round exhibition bout, according to a news release.  At 54, he has not fought professionally since June 11, 2005 when he refused to come out for the sixth round against Kevin McBride. In May, he has posted on Instagram a video of a workout in which he looked fit, fast and powerful.  Roy Jones Jr., 51 and a former heavyweight world champion, last fought Feb. 8, 2018 when he beat Scott Sigmon by unanimous decision.  The fight will be available by pay-per-view and has been sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, according to the news release.  Tyson’s return to boxing will help launch his new Legends Only League, which will feature not only boxers, but also baseball, basketball and soccer players. See his announcement HERE.
*****OK. Mike!! Have fun… and don’t kill anybody!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Josh & Kathryn’s Baby No. 2 Due In December!-(National Enquirer)

Josh Brolin and third wife Kathryn Boyd are getting ready to welcome baby No. 2!  “The Brolins are a grownin’”! wrote Kathryn, 32, on Instagram.  “Our little December babe is on the way.”  “Deadpool” star Josh, 52, commented:  “Wow.  That’s amazing.  Congratula….wait……WHAT?!?!”  The couple already have a 20-month-old daughter, Westlyn, and Josh has two kids from a prior marriage.

Mee-Wow!  Miranda Is Kitty’s Purr-Fect Pal!-(Globe)

Country cutie Miranda Lambert and hubby Brendan McLoughlin made a pit stop for a roadside rescue when they spotted an abandoned kitten on a Texas highway!  The “Somethin’ Bad” singer, 36, scooped up the tiny orange tabby and took him home.  “Y’all welcome Tequila the kitten to the family!” the country music star and animal-rescue fan posted on Instagram, alongside a photo of the blue-eyed kitten “making biscuits” on her 28-year-old husband’s shoulder.

Family Drama-(Us Weekly)

After everything Meghan Markle’s estranged father has put her through (e.g., staging fake paparazzi photos before her wedding to Prince Harry), he still wants a relationship.  A source says that Thomas Markle has written to her, but the former duchess, 38, isn’t interested.  “The letters remain unopened.”  Now that Meghan and Harry, 35, are no longer as close to the royal family, the only relative in their inner circle is Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, who’s been helping with 14-month-old Archie.  Adds the source, “This is the most time she’s spent with her grandson since he was born.”

Is Britney OK?-(Star)

Controlled by other’s for years, Britney Spears has pals worried that she’s losing herself.  “Leave Britney alone!” Chris Crocker memorably begged in that mid-2000s viral clip.  Now more than ever?  Fans who click on Britney Spears’ social media these days are frequently treated to emoji-filled, slightly off-kilter inspirational posts from the pop star, or clips of her dressed in workout gear, earnestly dancing solo in her empty, marble-clad mansion.  “You okay, honey?” one commenter recently asked, while another was more blunt:  “SAVE BRITNEY 2020.”

Romance Report Card-(Life & Style) 

Jessica Simpson-

Take my breath away:  The singer’s husband, Eric Johnson, surprised her with a giant crystal butterfly on their sixth wedding anniversary.



Kristin Cavallari-

Friendly exes!  Jay Cutler shared a photo of the Laguna Beach veteran’s new cookbook, True Comfort, on Instagram.  “Taste tested and approved,” he wrote.



Becca Kufrin-

No more fireworks?  The Bachelorette alum and her fiancé, Garrett Yrigoyen, spent the Fourth of July apart after his controversial social media post about police.


Darius Rucker & Beth Leonard:  Separated-(People)

After 20 years of marriage, the country singer, 54, and his wife, 53, have called it quits.  “Our priority will always be our beautiful family,” Rucker, who has two teenage kids with Leonard, said in a statement.

Last Laugh-(In Touch)

“Ariana Grande made it Instagram official with her new boyfriend, real estate agent Dalton Gomez.  Congratulations to Dalton for finally being able to message his friends about something besides a two-bedroom, two-bathroom with curb appeal that’s close to schools.”-David Spade.

Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey and her husband, Clark Gregg, have split after 19 years of marriage.  I guess they were no longer having the time of their lives.”-DListed’s Michael K.

“Beyonce released a teaser for her upcoming visual album.  It’s the anticipated sequel to Lemonade, called Around the Corner Fudge Is Made.”-David Spade.

“Kanye West announced he’s running for president.  I hope Kanye wins the election, but at the last minute Taylor Swift runs up to the podium and gets sworn instead.”-Dana Gould.



Red Panda Escapes

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio said personnel are searching the grounds and surrounding area for a red panda that apparently escaped from her enclosure.  The zoo said the 2-year-old female red panda, Kora, was confirmed to be in her habitat Tuesday night, but was discovered missing Wednesday. Officials speculated the storms Tuesday night and Wednesday morning may have caused tree branches to bend, giving Kora a route for escape.  The other animals in the Asia Quest area of the zoo have been temporarily moved from their habitats to an indoor area to allow zookeepers to conduct an extensive search for the missing animal.  Officials said Kora does not pose a danger to the public.
********She left town… on the “Panda Express!!!”
*****(Actually, Panda Express is a ripoff. Not one dish contains panda!!)

Tourist Are Too Fat In Venice

The city of Venice, Italy, is reducing the maximum capacity of its gondolas from six people to five, but the reason isn’t related to COVID-19 — it’s an issue of tourists’ weight.  Andrea Balbi, the president of Venice’s Gondola Association, which oversees the city’s 433 licensed gondoliers and 180 substitutes, said the decision was made to reduce the capacity of the boats to ease the strain on the boatmen who propel them.  “Over the last 10 years or so, tourists weigh more — and rather than having them step on a scale before they get on, we are limiting the number,” Balbi told CNN.  Babi said capacity on the larger “da parada” gondolas, which mainly serve to ferry people across the grand canal, is also being reduced from 14 to 12.  Raoul Roveratto, president of the association of substitute gondoliers, said the weight of passengers can sometimes cause the boats to take on water.
*******They should close some of those pastry shops, then!!!
*****Don’t most people go to Italy for the scenery.. and the pasta??
******The sign says, “If you’re bigger than the boat, don’t get in!!”

Orange Lobster Looking For Home

A New Jersey grocery store is trying to find a new home for a rare orange lobster to make sure it doesn’t end up on a dinner plate.  Employees at the Stop & Shop store in Toms River said they noticed one of the lobsters in a recent shipment had an orange coloration similar to that of its cooked brethren, but was still alive and well.  The grocery chain said the lobster is not for sale and officials are trying to find a suitable home for the rare crustacean. A spokeswoman said the store has been in contact with Rutgers’ Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources about potentially taking the lobster.  Experts said the lobster’s color is extremely uncommon, but exactly how rare is unclear.  “Unofficial estimates are in the range of one in a million, although I have not seen a scientific assessment of the actual proportion they comprise of the wild population,” Rick Wahle, the director of Lobster Institute at the University of Maine said.
*****Maybe Meghan and Harry will buy it!! It matches his hair!!
******More disturbing: there’s a place called the “Lobster Institute!!” It’s where lobsters go to school!!
*****They rescued the lobster from a “claw machine!!”

Garage Gets Cut In Half Over Dispute

A man in Maine, feuding with his neighbors, hired a surveyor to mark the lines of his property. When he discovered that the neighbor’s garage partly occupied his property, he took a saw and cut the garage in half.  Dover-Foxcroft resident Gabriel Brawn posted photos of his work with a saw on social media with a no-apologies caption.  “Yes, this happened,” Brawn posted over the weekend on Facebook. “Those of you who know the ‘Other Guy’ will understand. If you’re offended by this, I care very little.”  Brawn, who is a construction worker, cleanly cut the building. Another photo shows the backside of the garage where he cut through the wall and siding material.  So, why did he do it?  Brawn’s wife, Tracy Brawn, says he took a saw to the neighbor’s garage in a dispute over the property boundary line after the previous owner died and his wife took ownership, the Bangor Daily News reported.  “When the dad was alive this was a perfect place to live,” Brawn told the newspaper. “As soon as that poor man passed away this place turned to craziness and chaos.”  After years of disagreement, two land surveyors confirmed the property line exists directly through the middle of the garage and the cutting began, the Bangor Daily News reported.  Dover-Foxcroft Police Chief Ryan Reardon says no criminal charges are filed in the property dispute, WABI reported.  A new fence now stands along the property line, partially blocking the Brawns’ view of the garage.
*******Wouldn’t a “cutting remark” be easier???
*****It’s gone from a one-car garage to a half-car garage!!







You Can Still Burn Out While Working From Home. These Are The Signs.

Huffington Post

What actually is burnout?

Last year, burnout was classified by the World Health Organization as an “occupational phenomenon,” legitimizing the experiences of many who’ve fallen prey to the problem, also know as vital

“Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” said WHO. It’s characterized by three factors: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance or negativity surrounding your job, and reduced productivity.

Left unchecked, it can cause physical problems too. One study linked the issue to atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat – which is a major cause of stroke.


So what are the signs of burnout at home?

When working from home, feelings of burnout might be slightly different to what we experience while commuting and traveling for work, suggests Fuller. “We can experience a burnout that has less physical symptoms but manifests as more of a mental fuzziness,” she says.

Those experiencing burnout at home might feel tired, confused and become forgetful. Other signs include frustration, anger and sadness.

Burnout is different for everyone, so it’s important to check in with how you’re feeling and be aware if your feelings or behavior change. If you do notice a change, don’t ignore it.


Can I prevent it?

Making changes in your work-life routine to prevent burnout is important because, as Fuller points out, when our mood starts to dip, it can be even harder to climb out of our low state of mind.

Taking holiday is a good place to start – especially if you feel like the last few months have been a stressful blur. “Many people have taken their holiday leave, even though they have nowhere to go,” says Fuller. “This might sound mad and a waste of holiday leave but it makes good sense in terms of taking a break and doing something different for a few days away from the pressures of work.”

If you can’t take annual leave, try to separate your work life from your home life as much as you can. Karahassan recommends setting boundaries as soon as possible. “Have a separate place for work, rest, discussion,” he says. “It can be as easy as having a corner of the room which is just for your work.”

“Something that helped me is having a table for me to sit and do my work rather than the laptop on my legs,” he says. “It’s about making those small changes that go a long way as you are able create a work-life balance.”

Set boundaries with the people around you, too. Make clear what times you’ll be working and when you can spend time with them – and stick to that routine.

You might also want to think about how to create commute-type divides into your working day. “In normal circumstances we have a natural divide, which is your commute, but we now have to create our own transition,” says Fuller. “This might be doing exercise, putting music on that you love or taking a bath.

“Whatever it is, use the activity to shake off your day and draw a line under your work to move into your leisure time.”


What can I do if I feel burnt out already?

First of all, stop and tell yourself you’re doing a great job and take a break outside of your home environment, suggests Karahassan. “Go for a walk, sit on a bench alone. If you can’t go out, go in the shower, wash your face, just do something for you. That five or 10-minute break can give you the space to reset and take control of your thoughts and feelings,” he says.

“Turn off your work screen and indulge yourself in something that brings you joy,” adds Fuller. “You won’t regret it.”

Avoid unhealthy vices like smoking and drinking and instead try to do things for your mental wellbeing – do some exercise, connect with loved ones, prioritize self-care, sign up to volunteer, and try to work smarter (not harder).

Practicing mindfulness can help you live in the moment rather than thinking about the endless Zoom meetings you’ve got coming up. And practicing gratitude can promote feelings of positivity – write down three things that went well today, or for which you’re grateful.

Breathing exercises are useful when things feel too much, so take five minutes out of your day, sit comfortably somewhere, and focus on your breath. There are a number of deep breathing apps you can download on your phone to help guide you, or you can find some helpful breathing exercises here.

And if none of this helps and your stress is causing you distress, speak to your GP who can offer psychological support.


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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