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Born on this day!! Actor Tom Skerritt is 89. Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter is 89. Singer Walter Williams of The O’Jays is 79. Actor Anthony Heald (“Boston Public”) is 78. Singer Henry Paul of BlackHawk (and The Outlaws) is 73. Actor John Savage is 73. Bassist Gene Simmons of Kiss is 73. Singer Rob Halford of Judas Priest is 71. Keyboardist Geoff Downes of Asia is 70. Musician Elvis Costello is 68. Director Tim Burton is 64. Actor Christian LeBlanc (“The Young and the Restless”) is 64. Actor Ashley Crow (“Heroes”) is 62. Country singer-actor Billy Ray Cyrus is 61. Actor Ally Walker (“Profiler”) is 61. Actor Joanne Whalley is 61. Guitarist Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard is 60. Actor Blair Underwood is 58. Actor Robert Maschio (“Scrubs”) is 56. DJ Terminator X of Public Enemy is 56. Singer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco is 55. Actor David Alan Basche (“The Exes”) is 54. TV chef Rachael Ray is 54. Actor Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”) is 53. Country singer Jo Dee Messina is 52. Model Claudia Schiffer is 52. Actor Nathan Page (“Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”) is 51. Actor Eric Millegan (“Bones”) is 48. Actor Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies,” ″True Blood”) is 46. Actor Jonathan Togo (“CSI: Miami”) is 45. Actor Kel Mitchell (“Kenan and Kel”) is 44. Actor Rachel Bilson (“Hart of Dixie,” “The O.C.”) is 41. Actor Blake Lively is 35.


1875 – Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes.
1718 – New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans.
1825 – Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.
1916 – The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations.
1944 – Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces.
1984 – Author Truman Capote was found dead in Los Angeles.
2001 – Singer and actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
2003 – NASA launched the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope.
2009 – Edward “Ted” Kennedy, who served as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts since 1962, dies. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2008.
2012 – The first human to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died after suffering complications from a heart bypass.

Today Is: Kiss and Make Up Day, National Park Service Day, National Second-hand Wardrobe Day, National Whiskey Sour Day, World Daffodil Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Young Sheldon  /  8:30 – Ghosts  / 9:00 – Big Brother  /  10:00 – CSI Vegas
NBC – 8:00 – Law and Order  /  9:00 – Law and Order SVU  /  10:00 – Law and Order OG
ABC – 8:00 –  Press Your Luck  /  9:00 – Generation Gap  /  10:00 – The Con
FOX – 8:00 – MasterChef  /  9:00 – Welcome To Flatch
CW – 8:00 – Bump   /  8:30 – Whose Line Is It Anyway  /  9:00 – Great Chocolate Showdown

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Fallon: Steve Carell, Maya Hawke, GIVÉON (R 6/28/22)
Stephen Colbert: Charlamagne tha God, Brett Gelman (R 7/26/22)
Seth Meyers: Andrew Garfield, Mary Louise Parker, Fred Eltringham (R 4/28/22)
James Corden: Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, a performance by the cast of “Moulin Rouge”
The Daily Show: Pre-empted
Watch What Happens Live: Pre-empted
The View: Ethan Hawke, guest co-host Lindsey Granger (R 7/21/22)
The Talk: Gary Cole (R 11/1/21)
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Morris Chestnut, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, guest co-host Ali Wentworth
Ellen DeGeneres: Jennifer Lopez (R 2/9/22)
Kelly Clarkson: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Katie Lowes, Malik Yoba, Jet Tila (R 2/10/22)
Tamron Hall: Tunde Oyeneyin, Nyle DiMarco, Priscilla Block (R 5/9/22)
Drew Barrymore: Vanessa Williams, Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel, Mary McCartney (R 12/2/21)

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

QUESTION: Does he ENJOY making babies?!! Uh… YES!! Nick Cannon announces he’s expecting his TENTH child, this one by baby-mama Brittany Bell!! Push present????


QUESTION: Do YOU have a WEIRD PHOBIA??? This woman FREAKS OUT when she hears MICHAEL JACKSON.. and she says her friends DON’T TAKE HER SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!


QUESTION: Is THAT why he was late for camp? Rumors fly that TOM BRADY is on the “Masked Singer!!!” The show denies it.. and YOU’RE GONNA WATCH TO FIND OUT!!


QUESTION: Would YOU let a valet park your MILLION-DOLLAR FERRARI?? This guy did.. and the valet CRASHED IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM!!! Good times!!!!!!!!!!
The valet is pictured clutching the wheel in despair after smashing the car into a pair of mopeds. One of the disgruntled moped riders narrowly avoided injury and looks on disgruntled

QUESTION: Is THIS the “other party” in the STALLONE DIVORCE? His wife didn’t want the new Rottweiler, and then.. Sly covered her tattoo with his BULL MASTIFF! Yikes!!!!!

Take A Course On Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s songwriting is to be the subject of a new literature course at a Texas university.  The course – The Taylor Swift Songbook – will fill a blank space in the line-up at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) from this autumn.  It means her songs will be “read” alongside other UK and US literary giants such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Keats, and other artists students will hope to know all too well by the end of their studies.  The course will use “the songwriting of pop music icon Taylor Swift to introduce literary critical reading and research methods-basic skills for work in English literature and other humanities disciplines,” according to a description on the UTA website.  “Focusing on Swift’s music and the cultural contexts in which it and her career are situated, we’ll consider frameworks for understanding her work, such as poetic form, style, and history among various matters and theoretical issues important to contextualisation as we practice close and in-depth reading, evaluating secondary sources, and building strong arguments,” it adds.
**********It should be called, “Let us explain why she shouldn’t be mentioned with these other names!!!”
*****Who SAYS college is “dumbing down???”
*****Some of Taylor’s lyrics are a little harsh for Gen Z!! Like that one about never, ever getting back together!!

King Kong Live Action Coming

A live-action King Kong series is in the early stages of development for Disney+.  Deadline first reported on Tuesday that the project will be a serialized adventure saga exploring the origins of King Kong, and will be heavily based on the King Kong screenplay from Merian C. Cooper, who directed the original 1933 film.  The series will also reportedly take inspiration from a slate of new novelizations from artist Joe DeVito, produced in conjunction with Cooper’s estate.  “King Kong is a serialized action-adventure drama that brings the classic monster story into the modern age, with a return to Skull Island and the dawn of a new Kong,” Deadline said of the series.  Disney+ has not made any official comment on the show, although the news was corroborated by multiple other industry outlets, including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
******The casting call is out for an 80-foot ape!! Michael Cena is just 3 inches too short!!
********The catering on this show will be insane!! Chaquita bananas will get a product placement!!
*******The origins of Kong: a little female monkey meets a very tallllll stranger!!

HBO Bringing Back “Curb”

HBO announced Tuesday that it renewed Curb Your Enthusiasm for a 12th season. No production or release date was announced.  Larry David created and stars as himself. David joked about playing the role.  “He speaks six languages, brines his own pickles, and spearheads a national movement to install a bidet in every home,” David said in a statement. “I’ve also been told from numerous sources that he is the most generous of lovers.”  Season 11 aired in the fall of 2021. Storylines involved Larry launching a new TV show, but having to cast the inexperienced niece (Keyla Monterroso Mejia) of a dead burglar in a role.  The fictional Larry also battled a Santa Monica, Calif., ordinance that mandated a five foot fence around his pool. Tracey Ullman guest starred as a city council member.  Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, J.B. Smoove, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis, Vince Vaughn, and Ted Danson remain listed as cast members. Garlin co-stars and executive produces, with Jeff Schaffer. Laura Streicher and Jennifer Corey are co-EPs.
********It’s not the end of the world.. but you can see it from here!!
********Larry has enough mailbox money from Seinfeld to last forever!! Why does he have to drag us back into his life??

Anne Heche Cremated

Anne Heche was cremated and her ashes were placed in a mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery nearly two weeks after she was declared brain-dead at a Los Angeles-area hospital from injuries suffered in a fiery car crash on Aug. 5. She was 53 years old.   In a statement to the Associated Press, Heche’s son, Homer Laffoon, said he and his brother, Atlas Tupper, “are convinced our Mom would love the site we have chosen for her; it’s beautiful, serene and she will be among her Hollywood peers.”  The cemetery has in recent years become a cultural hub for film screenings, musical performances and festivals.  Her death was ruled an accident last week, according to a report released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Stallone and Flavin Divorcing

Sylvester Stallone and his wife, Jennifer Flavin, are headed for divorce.  Flavin filed for divorce Aug. 19 in West Palm Beach, Fla.  Stallone and Flavin married in May 1997 and have three children together, daughters Sophia, 25, Sistine, 24, and Scarlet, 20.  Stallone also has a son, Seargeoh, with his ex-wife Sasha Czack. Sage, his son with Starlin Wright, died at age 36 in 2012.  Us Weekly confirmed the split and said Stallone recently covered up his tattoo of Flavin’s face on his bicep.  “I love my family. We are amicably and privately addressing these personal issues,” Stallone said in a statement through his rep.  Court documents show that Flavin believes Stallone is hiding marital assets, according to TMZ. Flavin is seeking exclusive domain of the couple’s Palm Beach, Fla., home during the divorce proceedings and plans to restore her maiden name, Flavin.  Stallone and Flavin celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in May.
*****Sources say he’s going back to Adrian!!
********He’s “hiding assets??” That doesn’t sound “amicable!!!”
********This is what happens when you get so much plastic surgery that you look like the Beanie Baby version of yourself!!
*****She looked at him and said, “Can I help you??”

Prince Harry May Delay Book Release

Prince Harry’s memoir may be pushed back to 2023, according to publishing sources.  The renegade prince’s book was due to be released in time for the holidays — the hottest time of the year for book sales — and would have gone head to head with Michelle Obama’s latest book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” out November 15.  Now, one source in the know said that “things are up in the air” for the pub date.  Industry chatter has been heating up as Harry’s book is still not available on Amazon or elsewhere for all-important pre-sales.  While another publishing source confirmed there had been talk of a November publication date, they added: “I have heard that Harry has some truth bombs in his book that he is debating on whether to include or not.  “So this [push back is] no surprise if he needs more time to work on the book.”
*********He’s heard from the palace: “You publish… you die!!!”
******Meghan is going through the book to make sure he’s mentioned her enough!!!
*******Michelle Obama has a good reason for her book: she’s running for president! Harry?? He’s just making money!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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One Last Thing-Keith Urban-(People)

The country star, 54, is currently on his world tour, “The Speed Of Now.”

Last moment of self-care-

My whole life is a perpetual road trip, but we just recently got a cold plunge [immersion tub], so I jumped into that.  Man, that’s a commitment!

Last time I felt like a kid-

I try to stay as loose as possible before I go onstage, even though I come out swinging.  During sound checks, I’ll go flying around the arena on my Razor Crazy Cart.  Those things are insane.

Last class I took-

We did a full CPR course that took five hours.  I learned that it’s now 30 compressions for every two breaths.  And that the song “Another One Bites the Dust” [by the band Queen] is the ideal tempo to do it to.  Just don’t sing it out loud..



Laundry Chore Turns Into Lottery Win

A North Carolina man who won a $250,000 prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket said he only bought the $5 ticket because he needed quarters to do laundry.  Juan Garcia, 22, of Durham, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he stopped at University Market in Durham because he needed quarters to do laundry.  Garcia bought a $5 Mega Bucks Limited Edition ticket to receive his change, and ended up scratching off a $250,000 prize.  “I was in disbelief,” Garcia said. “I kept seeing zeros.”  Garcia said his winnings will help him care for his 6-month-old daughter.  “This is definitely a huge step toward our one-day dream home,” he said.
*********Wait… did he leave the ticket in his jeans when he washed them???

Message In A Bottle Found After Many Years

Workers restoring a school in Australia discovered a message in a bottle stashed in the school’s spire by one of the carpenters who originally constructed the structure in 1935.  Junction Park State School in Annerley, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, said Queensland Heritage Restorations workers found the bottle while working on restoring the spire.  The note, dated Oct. 12, 1935, was authored by then-16-year-old apprentice carpenter Gordon Benson.  Benson wrote he hoped the note would find its way to his children or grandchildren.   The school hosted a ceremony Tuesday where Transport Minister Mark Bailey presented the note to Geoffrey Benson and Marilyn Blundell, two of Benson’s five children.  “Once realizing it was written by my father, it wasn’t a surprise,” Geoffrey Benson told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. “Dad always thought about his family, and his children, and the future of his children.
*****We got a message from a tequila bottle the other day: “DRINK ME!!”
TOPIC: If your father left you a message in a bottle, what would it say??
*******Ours would be: “Go cash this in and buy me another bottle!!!”

Emotional Support Gator

An alligator from Pennsylvania is in the running for America’s Favorite Pet.  WallyGator, a 7-year-old reptile, who hails from the City of York and reportedly “loves to give hugs,” is currently in the lead in a new pet popularity contest – America’s Favorite Pet Animal Kingdom – which includes animals of all shapes, sizes and species.  It’s currently unknown how many votes WallyGator has, but the animal has a dedicated TikTok following of more than 68,100 people.  WallyGator’s TikTok bio says he’s a “licensed emotional support animal” and his owners reportedly operate a reptile rescue.  The favorite pet contest includes rounds of online votes to determine which animal will be crowned the winner.  Votes can be entered on for free with one or two votes cast daily depending on the verification method that’s chosen.   Alternatively, people can choose to cast 10 to 250 votes through a monetary donation, which will benefit the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (also known as – a nonprofit shelter and rehabilitation organization based in Lynnwood, Washington.
*********Wallygator is cheating.. he’s eaten all the other contestants!!







7 Red Flags To Watch Out For When Hiring A Babysitter



  1. They reschedule their interview several times.

Life happens: Something comes up unexpectedly and plans need to be changed. But if a potential sitter cancels and reschedules your interviews again and again, it shows a lack of reliability, said child care expert Cady Henry, who is also a former nanny and babysitter.

“You want a responsible babysitter who knows the importance of managing their time and priorities. If they aren’t doing that for the interview, there’s a high likelihood they won’t be doing it once they’re hired,” she told HuffPost.


  1. Their communication is spotty.

Strong communication is key in any partnership — including the one you have with your child care provider. If they are flaky or unresponsive during the interview process, it could be a sign of communication issues moving forward.

“You’re bestowing your trust in an individual to care for your child while you are away,” child care expert Hassanatou Barry, founder of The Babysitter Guru and a former babysitter herself, told HuffPost. “Therefore, the communication must be consistent from the start.”

During the outreach stage, she recommends paying attention to things like how fast the candidate responds to your inquiry about their availability, what their preferred mode of communication is (e.g. email, phone or text) and whether or not they follow up with you after the initial interview.

“You can tell a lot from a candidate’s work style based on their communication,” Barry said. “If they lack the above and you have an odd pit in your stomach that this may lead to a bigger issue down the line, be cordial and politely inform the candidate you will not continue with their application.”


  1. They seem checked out during the interview.

The babysitter doesn’t necessarily have to be the chattiest Cathy on the block. But they should still be engaged in the conversation, Henry said.

You want someone who answers your questions thoughtfully and has some questions of their own, too, that show they’re interested in getting to know your family.

“You want to hire someone who can effectively communicate with you — who can tell you what happened while you were away, feel comfortable bringing up any concerns or questions, and staying in touch overall,” Henry added. “Open communication with your babysitter will give you peace of mind while you’re away.”


  1. They lack basic child care skills.

Changing diapers, consoling a crying baby, identifying choking hazards (and, ideally, knowing basic first aid and CPR) are all skills a babysitter should possess.

“Sure, you may need to teach a babysitter a few things specific to your family’s lifestyle or home. But you want a babysitter with some level of experience and basic child care skills,” Henry said. “Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time worrying about the well-being of your child while you’re gone. A babysitter should provide peace of mind, not add more worry to your life.”


  1. Your child doesn’t seem to get along with this person.

When you’re meeting a candidate in person, be sure your kid is there, too. That way you can watch them interact and gauge your child’s reaction.

“I encourage all parents during the interview process to allow an in-person 30 minutes to an hour session with the candidate and your child,” Barry said.

Pay close attention to your child’s behavior around the prospective sitter, as kids may pick up on things adults do not. Is your child acting out more than usual? Do they seem uncharacteristically shy or avoidant? Those could be signs that it’s not the right fit.

“If your child becomes temper tantrum-y when the candidate arrives, hides behind furniture to avoid eye contact with them or suddenly begins throwing objects to hurt the candidate — then you should further evaluate your decision in hiring them,” Barry said.


  1. They’re evasive when you ask about their references — or their references don’t check out.

A sitter should be willing to provide you with a few references, including a couple of families they’ve worked with in a caregiving capacity in the recent past.

If they give you written reference letters, you should also request phone numbers so you do a follow-up call to get more information.

“For each reference you speak with, please have a list of questions written in advance to ask,” Barry said. Asking some situational questions about how the sitter handled real-life incidents or circumstances “is always a plus,” she added.

Consider it a red flag if the babysitter avoids questions about their former employers, won’t provide their contact information or if their references seem confused as to why you’re calling or don’t have much to say.

Barry also recommends doing an additional layer of vetting with anyone you’re strongly considering hiring — like getting a background check from a reputable company.

According to, you should tell the sitter you’re planning to run a routine background check on final candidates so they can authorize the screening. If they refuse, then this probably isn’t the right person to care for your kids.


  1. You have a bad gut feeling about them.

When you think about leaving your child with this person, do you get a pit in your stomach? Even if the sitter looks good on paper, don’t ignore that sensation — it may be your parental intuition trying to tell you something’s amiss.

“In addition to properly screening a caregiver and monitoring the quality of care children receive, parents should never disregard their gut feeling about a provider,” Michelle LaRowe, founder of, told “If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.”


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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