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Born on this day!! Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 84. Actor Anthony Andrews is 75. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 71. Radio and TV personality Howard Stern is 69. Director John Lasseter (“Toy Story,” “Cars”) is 66. News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 65. Actor Oliver Platt is 63. Singer-director Rob Zombie is 58. Actor Olivier Martinez (“Unfaithful,” “Blood and Chocolate”) is 57. Rapper TBird of B-Rock and the Bizz is 56. Model Vendela is 56. Actor Farrah Forke (“Wings”) is 55. Actor Rachael Harris (“Lucifer”) is 55. Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine is 53. Rapper Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan is 53. Actor Zabryna Guevara (“Emergence”) is 51. Singer Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay is 50. Bassist Matt Wong of Reel Big Fish is 50. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) of the Spice Girls is 49. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 45. Actor Cynthia Addai-Robinson (“The Rings of Power,” “Arrow”) is 38. Singer Amerie is 43. Actor Issa Rae (“Insecure”) is 38. Singer Zayn (One Direction) is 30. Singer Ella Henderson is 27.


1773 – The first public museum in the U.S. was established in Charleston, S.C.
1896 – H. L. Smith took the first X-ray photograph. It was a hand with a bullet in it.
1915 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
1932 – Hattie W. Caraway, a democrat from Arkansas became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
1964 – One month after Zanzibar became independent, the ruling Zanzibar Nationalist Party was overthrown in a violent coup.
1991 – A divided Congress gave President Bush the go-ahead on the Persian Gulf War.
1998 – Nineteen European countries signed an agreement banning human cloning.
2010 – Haiti is dealt a catastrophic blow when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital. It is the region’s worst earthquake in 200 years. The number of fatalities were between 46,000 and 85,000 people.

Today Is: Kiss A Ginger Day, National Hot Tea Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Young Sheldon  / 8:30 – Ghosts  /  9:00 – So Help Me Todd  /  10:00 – CSI Vegas
NBC – 8:00 – Law and Order  /  9:00 – Law and Order SVU  /  10:00 – Law and Order Organized Crime
ABC – 8:00 –  Celebrity Jeopardy  /  9:00 – The Parent Test  /  10:00 – The Chase
FOX – 8:00 – Hell’s Kitchen  /  9:00 – Welcome To Flatch /  9:30 – Call Me Kat
CW – 8:00 – Walker  /  9:00 – Walker Independence

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Viola Davis, Judd Hirsch, Chase Rice
Jimmy Fallon: Chelsea Handler, Matthew Macfadyen, Ralph Barbosa
Seth Meyers: Anna Kendrick, John Larroquette, Fab Moretti
James Corden: Bryan Cranston, Sigourney Weaver, Quinn XCII
Watch What Happens Live: Meghann Fahy, Theo James
The View: Chelsea Handler, Melanie “Mel B” Brown
The Talk: TBA
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Rosie Perez, Monica Mangin
Kelly Clarkson: Marlee Matlin, Tyler Posey, Jeremy Rosado
Drew Barrymore: Gerard Butler, Lauren Makk

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

QUESTION: Did you know that AMERICAN FOOTBALL now has its own EUROPEAN LEAGUE?? The team from Milan, Italy is known as “The Seamen!!!” (True) 


QUESTION: Are human BRAIN TRANSPLANTS about to happen?? This doctor says YES!!!!! (Female brains are cheaper… because they’ve been USED!!!!!!!!)


QUESTION: Is this a SHOCKING BREAKTHROUGH?? Study finds the best medicine for fighting anxiety and depression is… HUMAN KINDNESS!!! Come on people!!


QUESTION: When is a comedian NOT FUNNY??? When he tells a Whitney Houston DEATH JOKE at the Golden Globes!!! No wonder nobody watched the show!!
JACI STEPHEN: Wokest, most breathtakingly boring awards show is… The 2023 Golden Globes!

QUESTION: What the WHAT?? These two minor league baseball players have the SAME NAME, look IDENTICAL, but DNA says they are NOT RELATED?????
Baseball players both named Brady Feigl look so similar that they decided to see if they were related.

Golden Globe Ratings

The Golden Globe Awards on NBC, which signal the unofficial start of the awards season, attracted as many as 26.8 million viewers (in 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research). Of course, there were no streaming services or as many cable networks at the time. But the long-awaited return of The Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday after a one year absence fell below expectations.  Based on the fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen (which are time period based and only approximate), the bloated 3+ hour live extravaganza averaged an estimated 5.36 million viewers. Keep in mind this was based on the 8-11 p.m. ET daypart only and does not include DVR usage or the stats from streaming partner Peacock.
******The show was just as good as the movies they awarded!! In other words, not very!!
******Brad Pitt showed up!! His movie is terrible, but he looks great!! 

Beyonce – Spears Collaboration Falls Through

Beyoncé asked Britney Spears to appear in a new music video, but the collaboration ultimately did not come to fruition.  No reason was given.  Beyoncé and Spears have worked together before.  In 2004, the duo sang Queen’s hit “We Will Rock You” in a Pepsi commercial with fellow pop star Pink. Enrique Iglesias also appeared in the iconic gladiator-themed ad.  The collab with Queen Bey would have been Spears’ second music-related project since her controversial 13-year conservatorship ended in November 2021.  Spears made her highly anticipated comeback in August 2022 when she and Elton John released their duet, “Hold Me Closer.” The upbeat remake of the legendary Piano Man’s classic “Tiny Dancer” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Spears’ first top 10 single in a decade.
**********What do you call Beyonce and Britney with Pink in the middle? “Neapolitan!!!”
*******Beyonce canceled after Britney sent her a nude selfie!!!

Jeremy Renner’s Family Gives Update

Jeremy Renner is making major strides following a New Year’s Day snowplow accident on his property in Reno, Nevada.  “We are so thrilled with his progress,” his sister, Kym Renner, says in the new issue of PEOPLE. “If anyone knows Jeremy, he is a fighter and doesn’t mess around. He is crushing all the progress goals. We couldn’t feel more positive about the road ahead.”  He has been hospitalized since Jan. 1, when he was airlifted to a local medical center. He suffered “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries,” according to a statement from his rep, and underwent emergency surgery the next day.  Renner gave his first update to fans on Jan. 3, posting a hospital bed selfie to Instagram and thanking well-wishers for their support. “Thank you all for your kind words. Im too messed up now to type. But I send love to you all.”  Two days later, he shared a video to his Instagram Story where his sister could be seen massaging his head and making her brother laugh as their mother looked on during what the actor wrote was a “spa moment to lift my spirits.”
********When he said he was gonna “go out and get plowed,” this wasn’t what they had in mind!!
*****Just like Damar Hamlin, Jeremy had a God Shot!!! Ever happened to YOU???
******Several of the Avengers have stopped by.. but still no visit from Captain America!! That’s just wrong!!

Prince Harry Fact-Checks The Crown

Prince Harry admitted to watching the hit Netflix show “The Crown” and said he even makes sure to “fact-check” the show about the royal family.  Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in an episode that aired Tuesday, he discussed the series when asked if he’s “binged” anything on TV lately.  After teasing he has, Colbert asked if “The Crown” was one of the shows, saying he “had to have watched some” of it since it’s based on Harry’s late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.  “Yes, I have watched some of The Crown,” he revealed, before Colbert asked if he’s watched any of the recent episodes.  “The older stuff and the more recent stuff,” Harry clarified.  He was then asked if he did any “fact-checking” while watching the show.  “Yes, I do actually,” the father-of-two revealed. “Which, by the way, is another reason why it’s so important that history has it right.”  Harry first admitted to dabbling in the hit Netflix show, which is in its fifth season, in Feb. 2021 during an expansive interview with “The Late Late Show” host James Corden.  Harry told Corden that he prefers watching the show to reading headlines about him and his wife, Meghan Markle.  The most recent season centered around the tumultuous marriage — and divorce — of his parents, Diana Spencer (played by Elizabeth Debicki) and the now-monarch Charles (Dominic West).
********They’re planning a new show about Harry!! It’s called “The Clown!!”
*******Harry will be played by Ronald McDonald!!! ”
TOPIC: If they did a show about YOUR family, who would play you???

Ben Affleck Takes Over Dunkin’ Donuts

Customers at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Medford, Massachusetts, were surprised to see Ben Affleck handing out their orders on Tuesday as he filmed an ad for his favorite brand.  Customer Lisa Mackay snapped a photo of Affleck as he served up her iced coffee via the drive-through window. She told local NBC reporter Darren Botelho that the Batman star was “incredibly funny and quick-witted.”  Mackay also told NBC10 Boston that film crew members on site told her they were making an ad.  TMZ, which has additional photos from Ben’s drive-thru stint, speculated that it’s for the Super Bowl, which is Sunday, Feb. 12.  Affleck, a Boston native, has frequently been snapped with his own orders from the Massachusetts-based coffee and donuts shop, so it’s not a big leap that he’d agree to promote the brand more directly.  See the pic HERE
*******Uh… they probably paid him, too!!!?? Lots of money????


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

The actor, 48, returns for the final season of Prime Video’s Hunters.

Last thing I discovered about myself-

I might have a milk allergy, because whenever I eat ice cream, I sneeze for 20 minutes.  And I love ice cream.  I don’t even want to talk about it, it’s so sad.

Last road trip-

I drove from Columbus, Ohio, to Nashville a couple times with my dog Nelson to record some new music earlier this year.  He’s 2 ½ and an unbelievable travel partner.

Last time I was recognized-

When I went to sing at the War Child Canada gala in Toronto.  I made sure to apologize to the audience for all the Canada jokes on How I Met Your Mother.

Last time my dog made me laugh-

I had to put Nelson in daycare, and he came out with a totally different personality!  We were worried like, “What happened in there?”  But a few days later he was back to himself.  Teenagers.



King Cobra Invades Car

A man in Kerala, India, called environmental authorities for help when he returned to his car that had been parked for two days and discovered a king cobra had taken up residence inside.  The man, identified by the surname Kunjumon, told local Forest Department officials his car had been parked for two days in Palakkad District before he returned to the vehicle and found the venomous snake inside.  Forest Department rescuers arrived at the scene and removed the snake from the car. The king cobra was estimated to be about 10 years old.  The snake was returned to the wild. See the video HERE.
********It’s a good thing he had some clean underwear in the trunk!!
*******He always wanted to drive a Cobra, but this isn’t what he had in mind!!!
******Officials brought a snake charmer to the scene!!

Hibernating Bear Found Under Porch

A Connecticut family said they were shocked to discover something unexpected underneath their deck — a hibernating black bear.  Vincent Dashukewich said he and his girlfriend were in the back yard of his parents’ Plainville home when their dog started barking at the back deck.  “My dog started growling that’s when my girlfriend got scared and ran to the house and I turned my head and saw the bear and we were staring right at each other, it’s pretty crazy,” Dashukewich told WFSB-TV.  The family contacted Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which advised them to leave the bear to hibernate for the winter.  “They said to just leave him alone, let him be, as long as he’s not creating a disturbance or, you know, bothering anybody,” Dashukewich told WMUR-TV.  See the video HERE.
********The bear had a sign that said, “What’s the greatest nation on earth? HIBER-nation!!!”
******They didn’t need their deck for the next three months, right???

Boa Constrictor Goes Thru XRay Machine

Transportation Security Administration agents at a Florida airport noticed something shocking in an X-ray image of a traveler’s carry-on bag — a 4-foot boa constrictor.  The TSA said in an Instagram post that a traveler at Tampa International Airport in Florida put her carry-on bag through the security checkpoint X-ray machine, and operators quickly identified the live snake.  “Our officers at Tampa International Airport didn’t find this hyssssssterical,” the post said. “We really have no adder-ation for discovering any pet going through an x-ray machine.”  A TSA spokeswoman said the woman told agents the boa was her emotional support pet. The spokeswoman said the airline was informed and the snake was not allowed to board the plane.  See the pics HERE.
********Which emotions was the snake supporting?? Fear?? Loathing??









5 Foods That You Should Never Put In An Air Fryer


Foods That Do Well In An Air Fryer

Brussels Sprouts

If you want to make vegetables with crispy exteriors and warm, tender interiors without compromising their nutrition by frying them in oil, the air fryer is the perfect tool. One hearty veggie that air fries especially well is the Brussels sprout.

“As long as the sprouts are seasoned accordingly and prepped well before they’re placed in the air fryer, you can make them work,” said Mike Sheerin, the executive chef of François Frankie in Chicago.

The “seasoning and prepping” process that Sheerin mentions can be done by drizzling the sprouts with olive oil, adding a hefty pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper, and using your hands to toss the sprouts until they’re fully coated. That will allow you to maintain the interior moisture while also getting a crunchy outside. “The crunchiness is so satisfying,” said Monica Lynn, a recipe developer and the author of “5 Square Low-Carb Meals.”

Try this recipe: Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts from Well Plated

Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Like Brussels sprouts, potatoes excel in the air fryer because this cooking method gives them a “crispy outside and tender inside,” said Yankel Polak, the head chef and culinary director of ButcherBox. He added that the starch content of potatoes “works really well with this appliance.” The air frying method offers impressive potato-cooking versatility, working for French fries, home fries, potato skins, “roasted” potatoes and hash browns.

Try this recipe: Easy Air Fryer Potatoes from Le Creme de la Crumb


Plantains are also starchy plants, which gives them an edge where air frying is concerned. “Plantains easily dry and cook in air fryers because they are more solid with less external moisture content,” said Michael Haas, the owner and recipe developer behind Angry BBQ.

Try this recipe: Air Fryer Plantains from Piping Pot Curry


Now we come to this writer’s personal favorite air fryer dish: the fried chickpea fritters known as falafel. The air fryer does a masterful job of “building a quick external crust while warming the interior,” said Olivia Roszkowski, a chef-instructor of health-supportive culinary arts at the Institute of Culinary Education. The process is as efficient as it is effective; in less than 15 minutes, you can air fry a dozen falafel to perfection.

Try this recipe: Air Fryer Falafel from Simply Recipes

Breaded Chicken

When it comes to air-fried meats, our experts largely agreed that chicken lends itself especially well to this form of cooking. “The fat content in the meat and the skin of the chicken allows the meat to stay juicy while the skin gets nice and crispy,” said Trisha Pérez Kennealy, a culinary educator and owner of the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts.  When cooking “chicken tenders with a crunchy coating like panko, the air circulation in the air fryer ensures even cooking, crispiness and a beautiful color,” Kennealy said.

Polak also likes to cook breaded chicken in the air fryer, and he recommended the following preparation steps: “To ensure [that] breading stays on the chicken, make sure to moisten each piece with a swipe of olive oil or mustard. Additionally, don’t put TOO much breading on ― this can lead it to being blown off by the airflow of the appliance.”

Try this recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Breast from Little Sunny Kitchen


Foods That Shouldn’t Be Air Fried


Some air fryer ads and sponsored influencer posts insist that the air fryer can be used to cook absolutely anything without a drop in quality. As much as we’d love to believe that, the facts don’t support that claim. Case in point: the classic hamburger.

“Unless you like your burgers well done, leave them out of the air fryer,” said Anna Vocino, the cookbook author and recipe developer behind Eat Happy Kitchen. “Air fryers are not ideal for grilling red meat. You’d be able to get the inside of a burger to medium rare, but the outside wouldn’t get that ‘char’ that you want on a burger. Plus, it’s really messy.”

Wet Batters

Several of our experts reminded us that air fryers and deep fryers are not the same thing, and some items that work beautifully in a deep fryer aren’t suitable for air frying. “Foods that have wet batters, like onion rings” are a key example, Kennealy said, explaining that air frying “makes it harder to get the batter to set and become crispy.” In most cases, the result is a texturally-unsatisfying bite that leaves a sticky mess of batter all over your air fryer.

Fresh Greens

It stands to reason that placing fresh greens like kale in an air fryer would produce crisp “chips” ideal for snacking, but Polak said the convection oven-style air circulation in these fryers will cause “greens like kale or spinach to fly all over the place and cook unevenly.” For that reason, Polak advised us to “stick with a normal oven” when making kale chips.


Cheese, like wet batter, can’t be its best self when cooked in an air fryer. “An air fryer is actually NOT a deep fryer. When you make something like a mozzarella stick in a deep fryer, an instant outer crust is formed,” Polak said. “In an air fryer, this does not happen, and you’ll instead end up with a gooey, cheesy mess.”


The trouble with cooking bacon strips in an air fryer lies in both their fattiness and their size. “Bacon is a fatty food, and when it is cooked in an air fryer, the fat can drip down and cause smoke or splatter,” said Brenda Peralta, a recipe developer for “This can make the bacon difficult to cook evenly, and it can also produce a lot of smoke and odors.”

Peralta also told us that “a bacon strip is a small and delicate food, and it can be difficult to flip or remove from the air fryer basket without breaking it.” If you like to cook bacon in batches, then Peralta also has some bad news on that front: “The air fryer basket may not be large enough to accommodate a large quantity of bacon. This can make it difficult to cook a lot of bacon at once, which can be inconvenient if you are cooking for a group.”


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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