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Born on this day!! Bluegrass musician Norman Blake is 85. Actor Chuck Norris is 83. Singer Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean is 83. Actor Katharine Houghton (“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?”) is 81. Actor Richard Gant is 79. Guitarist Tom Scholz of Boston is 76. TV personality/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran (“Shark Tank”) is 74. Actor Aloma Wright (“Scrubs”) is 73. Singer-guitarist Gary Louris of The Jayhawks is 68. Actor Shannon Tweed is 66. Actor Sharon Stone is 65. Bassist Gail Greenwood of L7 (and of Belly) is 63. Magician Lance Burton is 63. Actor Jasmine Guy is 61. Bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam is 60. Music producer Rick Rubin is 60. Singer Edie Brickell is 57. Actor Stephen Mailer (“Reversal of Fortune”) is 57. Actor Philip Anthony-Rodriguez (“Grimm”) is 55. Actor Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”) is 54. Actor Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) is 52. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 51. Actor Cristian de la Fuente is 49. Guitarist Jerry Horton of Papa Roach is 47. Actor Jeff Branson (“The Young and the Restless”) is 45. Singer Robin Thicke is 45. Actor Bree Turner (“Grimm”) is 46. Singer Michael Barnes of Red is 44. Actor Edi Gathegi (“Twilight” films) is 44. Actor Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) is 41. Singer Carrie Underwood is 40. Actor Olivia Wilde is 39. Singer Emeli Sande is 36. Country singer Rachel Reinert is 34. Keyboardist Jared Hampton of LANCO is 32. Actor Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) is 31.


1969 – James Earl Ray was sentenced in Memphis, Tennessee, to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 1968.
1629 – Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years.
1785 – Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France.
1848 – Congress ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War.
1864 – U. S. Grant became commander of the Union armies during the Civil War.
1876 – The first telephone call (“Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.”) was made by Alexander Graham Bell.
1948 – The body of Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakia’s anti-Communist foreign minister was found. Officially a suicide, the real cause of death has never been proven.

Today Is: International Bagpipe Day, International Day of Awesomeness, International Day of Women Judges, Land Line Telephone Day, Mario Day, Middle Name Pride Day, National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Salvation Army Day, US Paper Money Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 – SWAT / 9:00 – Fire Country / 10:00 – Blue Bloods
NBC – 8:00 – Lopez v Lopez / 8:30 – Grand Crew / 9:00 – Dateline
ABC – 8:00 – Shark Tank / 9:00 – 2020
FOX – 8:00 – WWE Smackdown
CW – 8:00 – Penn and Teller / 9:00 – Whose Line Is It?

TV Talk Shows

Live with Kelly and Ryan: F. Murray Abraham
Drew Barrymore: Melissa Rivers, Law Roach, Christian Siriano, Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner
Jennifer Hudson: Patti Labelle

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

QUESTION: Are you ready to SPRING FORWARD and lose an hour this weekend?? Enemies of Daylight Savings Time are touting a new study that says the U.S. loses $434 million in productivity each year!


QUESTION: Ready for BIG CHANGES at the OSCARS?? The red carpet is gone, and now the Academy is thinking of going “GENDER NEUTRAL!!” No more “Best Actress??” Please…. just STOP!!!!!!


QUESTION: Do YOU like to bet on sports?? How about.. “sports???” The WWE is in talks to get betting legalized on their SCRIPTED “rasslin'” matches! Would YOU bet on a pre-determined outcome??


QUESTION: What just happened for the FIRST TIME SINCE 1987?? (Besides a new TOP GUN movie??) ALBUMS ARE OUTSELLING CDS!! 41 million albums vs. 33 million CDs!!! Stacks o’ WAX!!!!!!!!!

QUESTION: Remind you of ANYONE YOU KNOW?? An underwater photog got some shots of this SEA SLUG swimming around, then noticed that it kinda looked like SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!!!!!
Nicholson, 31, said that he was with his friends in the water when they spotted the dancer and thought it was trash.

The Cure Announce North American Tour

The Cure have announced a 2023 tour of North America. The schedule comes with three dates apiece at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Support on all dates comes from their longtime tourmates the Twilight Sad.  In recent years, Robert Smith has been teasing a Cure album, giving regular progress reports. In 2019, after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (by Trent Reznor), Smith said, “If I’m optimistic it will be finished before the start of this summer.” The album still hasn’t materialized.  The band’s last studio album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream. In recent years, Smith has collaborated with Gorillaz and remixed Chvrches, Deftones, and, just this week, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Last year, the band reissued 1992’s Wish. See where the Cure landed on Pitchfork’s list of “The 250 Best Songs of the 1990s.”
*****Pfizer offered to sponsor the tour, but they said: “It’s NOT a cure!! It’s not even a vaccine!!!”
******Robert ran out of makeup for awhile… but he’s stocked up now!

Oscars Prepared For Crisis

The Oscars creative team revealed in a press conference what people can expect at the awards show — including how they’re going to address last year’s incident.  Last year, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, 58, after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Typically, the previous year’s Best Actor winner comes back to present the award for Best Actress — but Smith, who won the Best Actor nod for his role in “King Richard,” won’t be in attendance. After the incident, Smith announced his resignation from the Academy, and it was ultimately decided that he would be banned from appearing at the Oscars ceremony for 10 years.  “We’re going to acknowledge it, and then we’re gonna move on,” executive producer Molly McNearney said. “We don’t want to make this year about last year. It’s certainly something we can and will address in a comedic fashion.”  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences previously shared that they will have a “crisis team” on standby — just in case.  Executive producer and showrunner Ricky Kirshner added that this year’s show will be different from what the audience is used to and changes have been made.
*********They’re taking their cue from Nancy Pelosi.. the Dolby Theater will be surrounded by 10,000 National Guard troops!!
********They need to barricade themselves in while they tell you how popular they are!!
********They should hand out those big nerf hands and let everyone slap each other!! Let’s have some FUN!!!

Jeopardy Makes Serious Editing Error

Jeopardy!” made another error with an editing mistake during Wednesday’s episode.  At the beginning of the show, a shot of the contestants’ final scores showed up on the screen before the game even began.  The scores appeared just after host Mayim Bialik was congratulating the players for making it on the show.  Jackson Jones’ number was shown as $24,000, while Justin Bolsen’s tally was $13,570.  Maya Wright’s score came out to be $3,370.  The finalists were playing in the High School Reunion Tournament.  Fans noticed the blunder, taking to Twitter to chat about the mistake.  Someone wrote: “#Jeopardy #glitch–final scores shown when Mayim Bialik introduces contestants–even before the first question. Check the podiums at the outset. The score display areas should be blank, but there are numbers there. And those are the final scores! Major editing glitch.” “Anyone else notice a score #spoiler on @Jeopardy just now? Oops!” another chimed in.  One person added: “Wow, given that this was taped months or weeks ago, you’d think they’d actually proof-view it first before putting on air.”  See the video HERE.
*******It’s kind of like a California election: they know the vote totals before the polls open!!
*******Is Jeopardy FIXED? Can’t we trust ANYONE???
(More likely they had to re-cut the intro and forgot to take down the scores!!!)

JLo and Ben Finally Find New Home

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were in escrow for a $34.5 million California home in affluent Pacific Palisades. But at the last second, they pulled out of buying it.  Instead, it looks like they may have finally settled on prime real estate from one of the most prominent families in Los Angeles.  Owned by Gregory Milken — one of the city’s wealthiest residents — along with his wife, EJ, the 1.13-acre property in Pacific Palisades listed not even a week ago before the couple scooped it up.  Hitting the market for $64 million, Gregory, EJ and their five children have lived in the home for more than a decade, purchasing the property back in 2009 for $14.5 million.  It is unclear if Lopez and Affleck, who also have five children, will buy the home at its listing price or get a discount.  Made up of six bedrooms and 10 baths, the property spans a colossal 13,000 square feet and comes with a 3,000-square-foot two-bedroom, four-bathroom guest house.  Features include two studies, a media room, an expansive game room that opens out to the backyard, two playrooms, an expansive kitchen and a family room.
******They just lost the Guinness Record as “World’s Wealthiest Homeless Couple!!!”
*******Just one catch: J Lo demanded that Ben would do half the cleaning!! That’s a BIG house!!
******You start dusting at one end, and by the time you’re done, you have to go back and start all over!!!
******There are ten bathrooms.. it will take five of them to hold J Lo’s makeup!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Last Laugh-(In Touch)

“Megan Fox reportedly found incriminating texts and DMs on Machine Gun Kelly’s phone.  Paging Pete Davidson!”-Paul Lander.

“Elon Musk said artificial intelligence has great promise and capability but added that it comes with ‘great danger.’  So either he’s one of the great minds of our generation or he finally saw The Terminator.”-Seth Meyers.

“Among Gen-Z, Y2K aesthetics are hot right now.  According to trendsetters, the key part of the Y2K aesthetic is ‘dressing rad while feeling sad.’  The current look screams ‘party’ but the vibe still whispers ‘worry.’  So basically look like Ben Affleck at the Grammys.”-Stephen Colbert.



Owl Rescued From Cruise Ship

Wildlife officials in Florida said an owl was successfully captured after stowing away aboard a cruise ship and joining passengers for their two-week holiday to Mexico.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said wildlife biologist Ricardo Zambrano responded to Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas cruise ship in Miami after the ship’s crew reported a burrowing owl had been spotted on numerous occasions during the vessel’s two-week trip to Mexico and back.  “Ricardo only had a one-hour window of time between the passengers disembarking and new passengers coming aboard for their week-long vacation to Mexico,” the FWC said in a Facebook post.  Initial attempts to capture the owl caused the bird to flee to new perches, but the crew was eventually able to distract the avian for long enough to allow Zambrano to capture it in a net.  The owl appeared to be in good health, but was taken to the South Florida Wildlife Center for examination and observation.
*********A lot of passengers thought the “WHO” would be playing, but no….

Bobcat Found In Dog Bed

Wildlife officials in Arizona said a resident arrived home to discover a bobcat had entered their home and was lounging on a dog bed.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department said in a Twitter post that the San Manuel homeowner returned home from work Monday to discover the bobcat relaxing on their dog’s bed.  The homeowner contacted authorities, but “the bobcat escaped before an officer arrived,” the post said.  The department reminded residents not to attempt to handle entrapped or injured wildlife without assistance from authorities.  See the pics HERE.
**********Yeah? No kidding!!!
*******”Here, kitty kitty!!!!!”
********Picking up a bobcat is like grabbing your wife’s butt when she’s pissed off!!

Vegan Family Wants To Keep Vanity Plate

A Maine vegan whose custom license plate contains the word “tofu” is one of the motorists caught in a state crackdown on vulgar license plates.  Car owners across the United States can pay an extra fee to customize license plates, sparking creativity and personality but causing headaches for state officials who have to decide what’s acceptable.  Maine had for several years allowed people to put just about any combination of letters and numbers on their vehicle plates, including words and phrases that other states would ban. But the state decided to change course and this year recalled 274 plates it deemed inappropriate. The state concluded the license plate “LUVTOFU” could’ve been seen as a reference to sex instead of admiration for bean curd. The motorist insisted there was no mistaking his intent because the back of his car had several tofu-related stickers.  “It’s my protest against eating meat and animal products,” Peter Starostecki, the disappointed motorist, said after a zoom session with a hearing examiner for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
**********TOFU??? We;; Tofu you, too!!!!
TOPIC: Notice any good vanity plates out there??

Plant Based Peanut Butter Cups?

The Hershey Co. said Tuesday that Reese’s Plant Based Peanut Butter Cups, which go on sale this month, will be its first vegan chocolates sold nationally. A second plant-based offering, Hershey’s Plant Based Extra Creamy with Almonds and Sea Salt, will follow in April.  The chocolates are made with oats instead of milk, Hershey said.  Hershey has experimented with vegan chocolate before. It sold an oat-based chocolate bar called Oat Made in some test markets starting in 2021. But the new products will be the first sold throughout the U.S. under the “Plant Based” label.  Hershey said consumers want choice and are looking for products they consider healthier or with fewer ingredients, including reduced sugar and plant-based options. Hershey also introduced an organic version of Reese’s Cups in February 2021.  Younger consumers, in particular, are looking to reduce consumption of animal-based products, says Euromonitor, a market research firm. In a 2021 survey, Euromonitor found that 54% of Generation Z consumers were restricting animal-based products from their diets, compared to 34% of Baby Boomers.  Nestle has sold its KitKat V, a vegan KitKat bar, in Europe since 2021, while Cadbury sells a vegan chocolate bar in the United Kingdom. But so far, U.S. vegan chocolate options have generally been limited to premium brands, like Lindt, or organic chocolatiers like Hu Kitchen.
*********They can stick that up the old “Hershey Highway!!!!”








The Rudest Things You Can Do At A Concert



Getting Too Drunk

Concerts are a great place to enjoy a few drinks and let loose, but there’s a fine line between having a good time and being a drunken mess who bumps into people and spills everyone.  “It may be easy to overindulge in alcohol at a concert,” said Diane Gottsman, the author of “Modern Etiquette for a Better Life” and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. “Getting drunk, starting fights, heckling and losing all inhibitions is never a good concert move.”

Talking During The Show

“During a performance at the theater, opera, ballet, and similar settings, the only sounds should be coming from the stage,” said Jodi R.R. Smith, president of Massachusetts-based Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. “This means no talking while the singers, dancers or actors are performing.”  Even at a more casual concert, be mindful of how your talking might take away from others’ experience and ability to enjoy the show.

Doing Your Own Performance

“Whenever attending a live performance, it’s important to remember that this is not your living room,” said Nick Leighton, an etiquette expert and co-host of the “Were You Raised by Wolves?” podcast. “How you act can affect the people around you as well as the performers on stage. This means being mindful of not being distracting or otherwise affecting the enjoyment of other audience members.”  To that end, enjoy the performance, but don’t try to put on one of your own that detracts from others’ experiences. Refrain from scream-singing unless everyone else is doing it.  “You may know the words to every song, but ‘taking the stage in your own row’ is distracting,” Gottsman said.

Being On Your Phone

Try to avoid texting during concerts, especially those in intimate settings.  “Those glowing screens are incredibly distracting, especially in a darkened theater,” Smith noted.  It’s particularly disrespectful to the performers, as evidenced by Patti LuPone’s famous reaction to a texting audience member in 2015.  “Unless there’s a reason why your phone needs to be on, it’s best to power it all the way down to avoid the temptation to look at it,” Smith said. “A phone on vibrate still makes noise and can annoy those around you.”

Blocking People’s Views

“Try your best to not block the view of the person behind you,” Gottsman said.  “You may not have front row seats, but in a crowd, try not to wear an oversized hat, or hold up miscellaneous posters or items that block the view of the people sitting behind you.”  Don’t stand up the whole time if no one else is. And in standing-room-only situations, try to pay attention to obstructions you might cause. Although tall people can’t make themselves shorter, they can avoid putting friends on their shoulders or positioning themselves front-row-center.

Expecting People To Cater To Your Seating Preference

On the flip side, don’t expect people to cater to your viewing preferences.  “While you may prefer to take in the concert while seated, the fans in front of you may intend to dance the night away,” Smith said. “If the majority of the people at the concert are standing, you might as well stand, too.”


“Never boo,” said etiquette expert Juliet Mitchell, also known as Ms. J. “Just leave and write a negative review if you must.”  Don’t disrespect the work that goes into putting on a performance.

“Even if you did not particularly like the concert, you should applaud the performance,” Mitchell added. “Applause is a way of showing appreciation for the actor’s artistry and efforts.”

Taking Excessive Photos And Videos

No one wants their concert view blocked by a wall of outstretched arms holding phones. Although it’s expected you might film or photograph some moments, don’t try to document the entire show.

“Be respectful about taking pictures,” Gottsman said. “Don’t stand in front of a kid or in the way of the professional photographers. Taking a few selfies is fine, but spending the entire night concentrating on pictures rather than enjoying the concert is annoying to those around you. Above all, turn off your flash.”

Slamming Into People

“It is expected at rock concerts that people will be singing along for some, if not all, of the songs,” Smith said. “Singing is often accompanied by some dancing. Feel free to join in, but know where your extremities are at all times.”  To avoid bumping into your fellow concertgoers, consider saving your most elaborate dance moves for times when you aren’t embedded in tight crowds.

“Try your best to keep your hands and feet to yourself,” Gottsman said.

Showing Up Smelly

Another way to show respect for others’ personal space is to pay attention to your odor. Wear deodorant and don’t show up to the show smelly.

“Take a shower,” Gottsman advised. “Even though you know you’re going to be getting hot and sweaty, your neighbors will appreciate you arriving fresh.”

Disrupting Your Seat Neighbors

“Be on time, especially for formal concerts,” Mitchell said. “When I say on time, I mean in your seat at least 10 minutes before the concert starts. It’s disruptive when people come in late or leave their seats during the performance.”  Be mindful about how frequently you get up to exit your row during the show.

“I understand that some people must take a break, especially during concerts over 1.5 hours,” Mitchell said. “If at all possible, those people should seek to arrange an aisle seat or sit in an area less disruptive.”

Shoving Your Way Out

Your respect for your fellow attendees doesn’t end when the show does. Remain calm and resist the urge to shove people out of the way as the crowd makes its way to the exits.

“Everyone is going in the same direction,” Gottsman said. “When the concert is over, be patient and don’t push your way out.”


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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