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Born on this day!! Singer Tony Bennett is 94. Actor Martin Sheen is 80. Singer Beverly Lee of The Shirelles is 79. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 79. Bassist B.B. Dickerson of War is 71. Movie director John Landis is 70. Actor JoMarie Payton (“Family Matters”) is 70. Actor Jay North (“Dennis the Menace”) is 69. Actor Philip Casnoff (“Strong Medicine”) is 66. Actor John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”) is 61. Bassist Lee Rocker (Stray Cats) is 59. Actor Lisa Ann Walter (“Bruce Almighty”) is 59. Singer-guitarist James Hetfield of Metallica is 57. Singer Ed Roland of Collective Soul is 57. Actor Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy,” ″Soul Food”) is 57. Keyboardist Dean Sams of Lonestar is 54. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter of Deftones is 50. Musician Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa is 49. Actor Brigid Brannagh (“Army Wives”) is 48. Actor Michael Ealy (“Think Like A Man,” ″Barbershop”) is 47. Violinist Jimmy De Martini of Zac Brown Band is 44. Actor Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) is 41. Actor Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife”) is 37. Singer Holly Arnstein of Dream is 35. Actor Georgina Haig (“Once Upon A Time”) is 35. Bassist Brent Kutzle of OneRepublic is 35. Rapper D.R.A.M. is 32.


1492 – Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain.
1914 – Germany declared war on France.
1923 – Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.
1949 – The National Basketball Association was formed.
1958 – The nuclear-powered submarmine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.
1981 – U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike.
1987 – The Iran-Contra hearings ended.

Today Is: Friendship Day, Watermelon Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 – The Neighborhood  /  8:30 – Bob (Hearts) Abishola  /  9:00 – All Rise  /  10:00 – Bull
NBC – 8:00  – The Voice  /  10:00 – Titan Games
ABC – 8:00 – The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons
FOX – 8:00 –  911  /  9:00 – 911 Lone Star
CW – 8:00 –  Whose Line  /  8:30 – Whose Line  /  9:00 – Penn and Teller Fool Us

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Paris Hilton, Phoebe Robinson, guest Host Nikki Glaser (R 7/21/20)
Jimmy Fallon: Common, Matisse Thybulle, Rufus Wainwright
Stephen Colbert: W. Kamau Bell, the Chicks (R 7/16/20)
Seth Meyers: Sean Penn, Jane Curtin, Thaddeus Dixon
James Corden: Will Ferrell, Billy Porter, Phoebe Bridgers (R 6/23/20)
Lilly Singh: Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold (R 2/26/20)
Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
Conan: Martin Short (R 4/27/20)
Watch What Happens Live: Capt. Sandy Yawn, Kate Chastain
The View: Philonise Floyd, Ben Crump (R 6/16/20)
The Talk: Dave Bautista, Melody Thomas Scott
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Jai Courtney, guest co-host Katie Lowes
Ellen DeGeneres: Jessica Biel, Alfie Allen (R 10/16/19)
Wendy Williams: Wendy’s Style Squad breaks down the fashion hits and misses from the Oscars (R 2/10/20)
The Real: Spring outfits (R 3/20/20)
Kelly Clarkson: Jason Halbert, Al Roker, Hilarie Burton Morgan, Dan McKernan
Tamron Hall: Incredible stories of survival

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

QUESTION: Is TIK TOK going away??? Or will it be purchased by an American company??? Trump wants China OUT… now it looks like MICROSOFT wants IN!!!!


QUESTION: He liked to lick WHAT??? This Epstein/Maxwell “sex slave” says she had sex with PRINCE ANDREW when she was 16, and guess what he liked???


QUESTION: What is Mike Tyson’s goal in his fight with Roy Jones, Jr.? HE WANTS TO KNOCK HIM OUT!!! (And he has some words for worry-wart George Foreman!)


QUESTION: Only in FLORIDA?? A half-naked man is seen clinging to the hood of a big rig as it rolls down the turnpike!! Why?? There’s a story behind that!!!


QUESTION: If something goes up… what’s next?? IT HAS TO COME DOWN!!! Space X delivered our astronauts from ISS.. 1st splashdown in 45 YEARS!!!!!

Thomas Markle Gives Up Trying To See Meghan

Meghan Markle’s father has finally given up hope of ever reuniting with his daughter and Prince Harry according to the Duchess of Sussex’ estranged half-brother.  Thomas Markle has been left furious after reading extracts of explosive new book Finding Freedom, which includes details about Meghan and Harry’s decision to leave the Royal Family and her relationship with her father. He is now planning to enjoy his retirement and is said to be travelling the world to distract himself from the heartbreak.  Meghan’s half-brother Tom Markle Jr, who speaks to their dad every day, opened up about Thomas’ relationship with Meghan in an interview with The Sun.  He said: “As far as a reunion goes, he’s given up on Meghan and Harry completely.  “He doesn’t trust her and doesn’t want to know that person because of the lies, manipulation and deceit.  “He just had his 76th birthday – needless to say, he didn’t hear from Meghan.”  Tom Jr. says his dad denies the book’s claims he ignored floods of texts and calls telling him to come to Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018.
*****”Father? What father? I don’t have a father!!”
******How is he traveling around the world during this pandemic? That doesn’t sound right!!
*****You notice we haven’t heard from Thomas, Sr. in awhile!!! Did he get paid??

Regis Philbin Buried At Notre Dame

Regis Philbin has been buried in Indiana after a funeral at his former college, Notre Dame University.  He died on July 24 at age 88.  “Regis was laid to rest at his beloved Notre Dame, following a private ceremony on Wednesday. Again, our family would like to thank everyone for the incredible love and support you’ve given us and for the hilarious tributes and touching memories you’ve shared,” the Philbin family said in a statement to on Friday.  Mourners wishing to honor Philbin were encouraged to make donations to the Food Bank NYC or to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Ind.  Philbin was a native New Yorker who graduated from Notre Dame in 1953.  “The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis back to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial,” Notre Dame representative Dennis Brown said.
**********They almost changed their name to “The Drinking Irish” because of him!!!

Wilford Brimley Dies

Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85.  Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He was on dialysis and had several medical ailments, she said.  He was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing characters like his grizzled baseball manager in “The Natural” opposite Robert Redford’s bad-luck phenomenon. He also worked with Redford in “Brubaker” and “The Electric Horseman.”  Brimley’s best-known work was in “Cocoon,” in which he was part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them. The 1985 Ron Howard film won two Oscars, including a supporting actor honor for Don Ameche.  For years he was pitchman for Quaker Oats and in recent years appeared in a series of diabetes spots that turned him at one point into a social media sensation.  For years he was pitchman for Quaker Oats and in recent years appeared in a series of diabetes spots that turned him at one point into a social media sensation.
********The oatmeal ads were the peak of a brilliant career!!
******He had a mustache that made cops green with envy!!
*****He looked like a porn star from the 1880’s!!!

Ellen Is Not Quitting

Ellen DeGeneres is going back to work this month, according to an internal email from the show’s executive producers.  Reports of her career death — stemming from recent scathing stories about the “toxic,” “sexist” and “racist” workplace culture at the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — have been greatly exaggerated, sources close to Ellen told the Post Saturday.  Despite her career collapsing around her, DeGeneres has no intention of walking away from her signature talk show or game show. She plans to report to work Aug. 24 for “Ellen’s Game of Games” and to the set of the “Ellen Show” when it premieres Sept. 9, according to the internal email.  “We know that these last few days have been a lot to take in and process for everyone,” read part of the email which was signed, “Love, the EPs.”  An insider at the show said, “She’s fighting to protect the show and what she stands for. She is very upset about what happened and determined to fix the problems. She takes full responsibility. But no way is she quitting the show. That’s total BS.”
*******Really??? Then who’s floating the rumor that James Corden will take over??
******When people like Brad Garrett and Leah Thompson come after ya, it’s pretty much over!!
******At least she hasn’t done anything with underage girls… has she??

Courteney Cox Doing Another Scream Sequel

Courteney Cox is returning for the next iteration of the famed “Scream” film franchise.  She confirmed that she will reprise her role as news reporter Gale Weathers in an Instagram post on Friday.  “I can’t wait to see this face again,” Cox posted of the iconic black-and-white mask that has seen many Halloween nights over the course of its four films that began in 1996 and have grossed more than $600 million in the global box office.  Also slated to return for the fifth installment is Cox’s ex-husband David Arquette as Dewey Riley.  “I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new,” Arquette previously said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven’s legacy.”  Filming on the all-new “Scream” is set to kick off later this year in Wilmington, N.C.
*******If this franchise goes to six films, WE’LL scream!!

James Corden May Replace Ellen

Late Late Show” host James Corden is “in line” to replace Ellen DeGeneres the Sun newspaper is reporting — despite other signs that she’s not going anywhere anytime soon.  Corden “could be the shock winner after dozens of employees accused the $50 million-a-year presenter of turning a blind eye to racism, bullying and sexual harassment on her hit daytime show,” the paper said.  It cited as its source “insiders” who claim Corden has long been seen as DeGeneres’ “long term successor,” even pre-scandal — and only more so now.
*******Wait. He’s straight! That makes no sense!!
WE HEAR that James has repented his stuck-up attitude. He got a big ego after he got to Hollywood, but we hear he’s over it. So… he could be a good choice!!

Sean Penn Got Married

Sean Penn is married again. He appears to have tied the knot with girlfriend Leila George, 28.  Philanthropist Irena Medavoy — wife of “Black Swan” producer Mike Medavoy — Instagrammed a congratulations to the couple on Friday night, saying “We are so happy for @leilageorge #seanpenn getting married. We love you.”  Continuing, “We are over the moon to [see you] find your soulmate true partner.  “You are meant to be together. God Bless you both and the family you have joined. Introducing the Penn’s #marriage.”  Medavoy also posted an instagram story of what appears to be the ring, an oval sapphire. The couple have been dating since 2016.  They were seen this week at Nobu in Malibu grabbing dinner with Penn’s son Hopper.
********Does this mean they’re married??
*****Have you seen her?? She’ll be a good-looking ex-wife!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Halle Dips Her Toe Into Dating Pool!-((National Enquirer)

Halle Berry is keeping fans on their toes after posting a suggestive photo of her playing footsie with a mystery man!  Halle sent her 6.3 million Instagram followers into swoons of speculation about her love life after the 53-year-old revealed a shot of her feet entwined with a man’s.  The caption read “Sunday, funday,” along with a red heart-but the only clue to the identity in Halle’s life is he has really hairy legs!

Beckham Brat Hits Bride Jackpot!-(Globe)

You can bet former Spice Girl Victoria and soccer legend David Beckham are not having to worry about their wallets over their 21-year-old firstborn son Brooklyn’s engagement to actress Nicola Peltz, 25-because she’s literally a billion-dollar beauty!  “Victoria’s gushing about her young son’s recent betrothal like he just won the lottery,” squeals a source.  He sorta did, since the blushing bride’s dad is megabucks investment fund honcho Nelson Peltz!  Online naysayers can’t help having doubts, however, wagering the pampered art school dropout’s romance with the golden-haired heiress will fizzle out like a can of flat soda.

Loose Talk-(Us Weekly)

“She almost broke my hand…..So, hopefully, she’ll know this time.”-Recalling when wife Ciara, who’s currently pregnant, was in labor with Sienna, 3,-Russell Wilson.

“If I’m fly and Daddy’s fly, then so is the kid.”-Defending husband Offset for gifting their daughter, Kulture, 2, a Birkin bag, Cardi B.

“It’s not even a question-they were on a break.”-His stance on the famous Friends debate between his character, Ross, and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel, David Schwimmer.

Suki & Rob:  Ring On That Finger!-(Star)

Who needs a huge rock?  Amid engagement rumors, Rob Pattinson’s girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, 28, debuts a bauble.  “Rob, [34,] is an extremely sentimental guy, so it’s likely the ring holds some significance or is a family heirloom,” says the insider.  “Or he’s chosen something with a spiritual meaning.”  And while the insider says the pair haven’t started making wedding plans yet, they’ll get there eventually:  “They’re planning for the long-term, and it’s moving along just great as it is.”

Seven Up!-(Life & Style)

July 21

Time flies!  In honor of his seventh birthday, Prince George’s parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, shared two adorable new photos that the Duchess of Cambridge had taken of the rapidly growing future king on Instagram.  “My children have bottomless pits,” says Kate of her little sprout, as well as his siblings, Charlotte, 5, and Louis, 2.  “I feel like a constant feeding machine.”

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner Welcomed Their First Child-(People)

Just one year after their fairytale wedding in France, Joe Jonas, 30, and Sophie Turner, 24, are celebrating another milestone:  parenthood.  On July 27 the couple announced they were “delighted” to welcome their first child together, reportedly a baby girl named Willa, who was born on July 22.  “Joe takes good care of Sophie.  They’ve prioritized keeping Sophie and the baby healthy,” says a source close to the couple.  “They’re very cute together.”

Winner of the Week-(In Touch)

Chris Evans

The actor sends an authentic Captain America shield to a 6-year-old boy who saved his sister from a vicious dog attack.



Mickey Mouse Signs Refund Checks

Rhode Island state officials said a technical glitch was to blame for 176 tax refund checks being mailed out bearing the signatures of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney.  Jade Borgeson, chief of staff for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, confirmed the checks were mailed out this week with the signatures of Walt Disney and his most famous cartoon creation instead of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and State Controller Peter Keenan.  “As a result of a technical error in the Division of Taxation’s automated refund check printing system, approximately 176 checks with invalid signature lines were printed and mailed to taxpayers on Monday,” Borgeson in a statement to WJAR-TV.  “The invalid signature lines were incorrectly sourced from the Division’s test print files,” she said.
********Maybe we can just take the money out of Disney’s account?
******Shouldn’t Uncle Scrooge be the one to sign the checks??
*******Mickey has had some time on his hands. Maybe he got a new gig!!

Bears Caught Taking Out The Trash

A Florida man shared security camera footage of a bear wheeling around his trash can before spilling it onto his lawn.  Brett Longo said his home security camera sent him an activity alert and he checked the feed to discover two black bears in front of his Mary Esther, Okaloosa County, home.  The video shows one of the bears wheeling Longo’s trash can from the curb back up his driveway.  “It was full,” Longo told the Northwest Florida Daily News. “That bad boy was to the top.”  Longo jokingly suggested the bear was trying to be helpful.  “He was just bringing it up to the house,” he said. “He was polite enough to move it out of the driveway.”  The bear’s actions turned out to be a not-so-good deed when it spilled the trash can’s contents on Longo’s lawn.  See the video HERE.
******That wasn’t a bear! It was a garbage man with a hairy back!!
******Wild animals love us so much, they’re trying to be useful!!
******What was in that trash can?? “The Bear Necessities!!”

Alligator Caught In Chicago

Firefighters in a Chicago suburb said a 3 1/2-foot alligator was captured after being spotted swimming in a local lake.  The Lynwood Fire Department said firefighters and police officers responded to Lake Lynwood on Wednesday morning after members of the public reported a large reptile swimming in the water.  A Chicago Herpetological Society expert with experience capturing alligators was summoned to the lake and the gator was safely captured Thursday.  The alligator, dubbed Alex by locals, will be quarantined for 30 days before being relocated to a new home at a licensed reptile park.  It was unclear how the alligator ended up in the lake.
********They’re having a benefit for him… it’s called “Gator-Aid!!”

Real Houdini Kitten

A kitten had to be rescued from three vehicles in one day after it kept climbing into engines.  Rescuers had to partially dismantle each of the vehicles, with the whole operation lasting several hours in the town of King’s Lynn in England.  The RSPCA was called to a car park when a member of the public heard a cat crying from a Volkswagen Golf.  With the permission of the car’s owner, firefighters lifted it up to try and free the cat.  It was then taken to a garage where some of the wheels and bodywork were taken off to reach the cat underneath the engine.  But before it could be captured, the cat escaped and ran under a BMW and did the same.  The BMW’s owner was traced and the car was partially taken apart, but the cat then dashed under the RSPCA van.  The van required less dismantling since it was higher from the ground and a firefighter managed to catch the cat in his arms before she could escape again.  RSPCA animal collection officer Natalie Read, who has since adopted the cat, said: “This kitten was proving a little Houdini – but there’s no way we could leave her in any of the vehicles or alone in the middle of a busy town centre, so we just had to try again!”
********Should have left her in there!! That’s how they learn!! 
*****The cat was thinking, “This is fun!! And they seem to like it!!!”
TOPIC: Animals in your car!!!!







7 Ways To Help Your Kids Practice Social Skills In Distance Learning

Huffington Post


  1. Schedule play dates — even if they’re online.

“Relationships enhance kids’ mental health,” Borba said. “So use the virtual world to help children maintain positive peer connections.”

One-on-one virtual playdates will probably be more enjoyable and enriching than trying to get a larger group of kids together on Zoom.

Help your child find a hobby that appeals to them and one of their friends — maybe knitting, baking, painting, writing or dancing.

Parents “can provide materials like knitting needles and yarn or find a YouTube link that teaches the skill,” Borba suggested. “Or parents can take turns serving as the online teacher for daily or weekly project time.”


  1. Be intentional about the conversations you have.

Pandemic life has left many parents anxious, exhausted and, in some cases, numb. When you’re frazzled, it’s easy to go through the day without having a meaningful conversation with anyone — much less your kids. But carving out time to have a thoughtful dialogue is important, marriage and family therapist LeNaya Smith Crawford said.

“Ask your child open-ended questions, allow the conversation to flow into different topics and be intentional about emphasizing body language,” said Smith Crawford, owner of Kaleidoscope Family Therapy. “Children’s social life as they know it is gone. It’s important for them to still be able to learn and have the ins and outs of communication and conversation modeled.”

Use this time to practice skills like eye contact, listening, good manners and respectful disagreement.

“Just be more intentional about weaving social skills into daily life like at dinner conversations, family meetings and everyday moments,” Borba said.


  1. Use video calls with loved ones to practice picking up on social cues.

FaceTimes are great for staying in touch with family and friends during social distancing, but they can also be a good opportunity for your kiddo to work on recognizing and responding to the emotions of others. Granted, it may be more challenging for some children to pick up on nuances in facial expressions or tone of voice through a screen — but it’s doable.

“You can prime your child ahead of the call,” Borba said. For example, “Watch Grandma’s face for signs that she might be tired so you’ll know if you should say good-bye,” or “Tune in a bit closer to your friend to see if he agrees with you.


  1. Connect them with a virtual study buddy.

Some parents are already forming “pandemic pods” or “learning pods” for the fall — in which several students will gather at someone’s home or yard for in-person lessons from a tutor or teacher that the parents have pooled their money to hire. While this arrangement could enhance learning and social skills, it’s cost-prohibitive for many families — and experts say these pods may worsen existing racial disparities in education. Plus, these gatherings could present potential health risks — even if masks are worn, physical distancing is encouraged and other precautions are taken.

Another idea? “Find a parent with a child in your kid’s class to become his or her learning partner,” Borba said. “At a set time each day, the two kids practice spelling, math facts or vocab words through Skype or FaceTime.”


  1. Host family game nights.

With youth sports on hold in many places for the foreseeable future, basketball or Wiffle ball games with the family or board games like Monopoly can help foster good sportsmanship at home.

“Model the rules of good sports as you play together: Stick to the rules, no excuses or criticizing, play to the end, congratulate the winner,” Borba said. “And deliberately allow yourself to lose sometimes so you can show how to lose gracefully.”


  1. Encourage teamwork.

Look for opportunities to work together on different household tasks and projects, Borba said, in order to practice collaboration, cooperation and supporting others.

“Plan home projects that encourage teamwork like cleaning a closet, planning a menu together, learning a family hobby, filling a box of gently used toys to give to needy kids or a shelter, or just playing a game,” she said. “But make sure you model and encourage those timeless teamwork comments, like ‘Good job!’, ‘We did it,’ ‘High five!’”


  1. Give feedback in the moment.

If, for example, your child keeps interrupting when you’re mid-conversation with your partner, take a minute to explain why it’s respectful to wait your turn to speak. Then come up with other strategies for ways they can politely get your attention.

“Being able to pause a social interaction, give some feedback and then redo the interaction allows the child to become aware of blind spots and also allows them to begin again and have a better framework socially, the next time a similar situation arises,” Smith Crawford said.


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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