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Born on this day!! Blues singer Clarence Carter is 85. Singer Jack Jones is 83. Actor Faye Dunaway is 80. Actor Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men,” ″The Practice”) is 78. Singer-producer T-Bone Burnett is 73. Actor Carl Weathers is 73. Singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 62. Director Steven Soderbergh (“Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) is 58. TV anchor Shepard Smith is 57. Actor-producer Dan Schneider (“Head of the Class”) is 57. Rapper Slick Rick is 56. Actor Emily Watson (“Breaking the Waves”) is 54. Actor-comedian Tom Rhodes (“Mr. Rhodes”) is 54. Guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) is 54. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 53. Actor Jason Bateman is 52. Musician Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and of Nirvana is 52. Actor Kevin Durand (“Lost,” ″Fruitvale Station”) is 47. Actor Jordan Ladd (“Death Proof”) is 46. Actor Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Middle of Nowhere”) is 41. Singer-guitarist Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon is 39. Actor Zach Gilford (“The Family,” ″Friday Night Lights”) is 39. Guitarist Joe Guese of The Click Five is 39. Actor Jake Choi (“Single Parents”) is 36. Singer-actor Grant Gustin (“The Flash”) is 31. Bluegrass musician Molly Tuttle is 28.


1639 – The first constitution of Connecticut, Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
1784 – The United States ratified treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
1943 – President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill meet at the Casablanca Conference.
1953 – Tito formally became the first president of the Republic of Yugoslavia.
1954 – Marilyn Monroe married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.
1963 – George Wallace sworn in as Alabama’s governor, promising “segregation forever.”
1973 – The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go undefeated and have a perfect season by beating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
1990 – The Simpsons premiered on television.
2008 – Bobby Jindal takes office as governor of Louisiana as the first elected Indian-American governor of the U.S.

Today Is: Caesarean Section Day, Dress Up Your Pet Day, International Kite Day, Organize Your Home Day, Ratification Day, World Logic Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Young Sheldon  /  8:30 – Be Positive  /  9:00 – Mom  /  9:30 – Unicorn  /  10:00 – Star Trek Discovery
NBC – 8:00 – Mr. Mayor  /  8:30 – Superstore  /  9:00 – Law and Order: SVU  /  10:00 – Dateline NBC
ABC – 8:00 –  Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune  /  9:00 – The Chase  /  10:00 – The Hustler
FOX – 8:00 – Hell’s Kitchen  /  9:00 – Call Me Kat  /  9:30 – Last Man Standing
CW – 8:00 –  World’s Funniest Animals  /  8:30 – World’s Funniest Animals  /  9:00 – Legacies

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Javicia Leslie, Foo Fighters
Jimmy Fallon: Anthony Mackie, Cristin Milioti, Rico Nasty
Stephen Colbert: Sen. Bernie Sanders, FINNEAS
Seth Meyers: Anne Hathaway, Jane Levy
James Corden: Andie MacDowell, Why Don’t We
Lilly Singh: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
Conan: Joe Manganiello (R 12/10/20)
Watch What Happens Live: Carey Mulligan, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Jennifer Lopez, Katy Mixon, Jeff Cavaliere
The Real: Lisa Edelstein
Kelly Clarkson: Ralph Macchio, Iliza Shlesinger, Brandi Milloy, Rex Chapman
Tamron Hall: Bethenny Frankel, Joss Stone
Drew Barrymore: Meagan Good, Gary Vaynerchuk

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

QUESTION: Ever wonder, “Why don’t we have flying cars yet??” YOUR WAIT IS OVER!! There’s a self-driving flying car, and.. IT’S A CADILLAC!! And there’s more…


QUESTION: How does J-Lo look THAT good at 51?? This article details her secrets, including “starving lunches,” rare sun exposure and morning workouts!!


QUESTION: Is TOO MUCH exercise BAD FOR YOUR HEART?? Turns out… NO!!! A new study shows that there’s NO SUCH THING as too much exercise!! (Too bad!!)


QUESTION: Is THIS why he’s one of the richest men on earth?? Elon Musk sent a case of wine to age in outer space.. and now he’s selling it for VERY BIG BUCKS!!!!


QUESTION: WHAT’S HER SECRET?? Betty White says she’s “blessed with good health” as she prepares to celebrate her 99TH BIRTHDAY this Sunday!!!! Wow!
Ray of sunshine: National sweetheart Betty White shared that she is still feeling in fine fettle with her birthday around the corner; pictured in 2015

Katy Perry Joins Pokemon Celebration

Pokémon is recruiting pop star Katy Perry for its 25th anniversary celebration.  They teased a collaboration with Perry and other artists Wednesday while kicking off its 25th anniversary celebration.  Pokémon shared a video that takes fans on “a walk down memory lane.” The video features plush and toy Pokémon while giving a glimpse of past Pokémon games and the consoles they were played on. At the end of the video, a toy Pikachu is shown skateboarding past marquee lights reading “Katy Perry & Pokémon.” Perry is then heard singing the world “electric.”  Pokémon also posted a teaser photo of Perry with a Pikachu tail.  “You can’t have a party without a playlist! Right, @katyperry? Hope you’re ready for some exciting musical surprises this year, Trainers!” the caption reads.  “Pokémon has been a constant in my life from playing the original video games on my Game Boy, to trading Pokémon TCG cards at lunch, to the adventures of catching Pokémon on the street with Pokémon GO. I’ve even visited the Pokémon Cafe in Japan while on tour!” Perry said.
********She has a Pikachu tail?? That’s hot!!!
******If you peek at me, I’ll Pikachu!!!
******How about sharks?? Will there be sharks??

Bruce Willis Apologizes For Not Wearing A Mask

Bruce Willis says it was an “error in judgment” to go maskless during a recent public outing.  He spoke out Tuesday evening after he was photographed without a mask at a pharmacy in Los Angeles amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  “It was an error in judgment,” Willis said in a statement to People. “Be safe out there everyone and let’s continue to mask up.”  Page Six said Tuesday that Willis was asked to leave a Los Angeles Rite Aid after he reportedly refused to wear a mask. He was wearing a bandana around his neck but did not pull it up.  Sources said Willis left the store without making a purchase.  Willis spent the early months of the pandemic self-isolating with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and their three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. The group was later joined by Willis’ wife Emma Heming and their two daughters, Mabel and Evelyn.
********He didn’t want to be run down and killed by a Twitter mob!!
******Does that statement sound like it was written by a publicist?? There’s a reason for that!!
*******He was probably at the store trying to get vaccinated!!!

Aaron Rogers To Host Jeopardy

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed that he has been asked to be a guest host for an episode of Jeopardy! in the coming weeks. Rodgers, who appeared on a celebrity edition of the show in 2015, first announced the news during his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. He later apologized for letting it out, saying he “jumped the gun” on the announcement.  “I may have jumped the gun a little bit, so I apologize to Jeopardy! if they wanted to announce it,” Rodgers told reporters Tuesday. “I just got so excited on the show earlier. It just went down the last couple of days, us figuring it out. It is very exciting.  “It’s for the off-season. We’ll be even more excited when that opportunity gets a little closer, but the show has been so special to me over the years. It’s been a staple at my house here in Green Bay for the last 16 years — six o’clock watching Alex [Trebek] and trying to get as many questions as I can.”
********He’ll be asking all the dumb jock questions, like: “What is four??” “Uh… how much is two plus two??”
******Trick question: “The year my brother got his Super Bowl ring!!”
******When will Snoop Dogg guest host the show?? “The categories are: ‘Homies,’ ‘Motherfu*kers,’ ‘Ho’s,’ ‘Nicknames for Cannabis’ and ‘Famous Crips!!'”

Kevin Bacon Is Giving Bikini Waxes

Kyra Sedgwick proved she trusts her husband, Kevin Bacon, implicitly during the pandemic.  She enlisted Kevin to give her an at-home bikini wax since salons were closed because of the coronavirus.  “It became clear at one point to me, to both of us, that I needed a bikini line wax,” she recalled while making an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  “Part of me was like, ‘How hard could it be?’ You know, I’ve watched these amazing ladies do it all these years, and like, I’ve always really appreciated them and appreciated their attention to detail, but I didn’t really think it would be that hard,” Sedgwick added.  “Kevin, is like, incredibly handy. Like he’s really good with a lot of things… So we both figured, ‘How hard could it be?'” she reasoned.   But she admitted it was a “miracle” she didn’t end up in the emergency room.   “I mean there were moments where I was like, ‘I thought you knew how to do this! My god, what are you doing? That’s such a huge piece!'” she laughed.
********It was dangerous for him, too!! He got tunnel vision!!!
*******How complicated can it be?? “Wax on, wax off,” right?
*****Later on, he got into his work!!!!

Ellen Shares Her COVID Experience

Ellen DeGeneres was preparing to tape an episode of “Ellen” when she learned she had tested positive for COVID-19.  On Wednesday, She opened up about her experience with the novel coronavirus in her first episode back since announcing her positive diagnosis in December.  “Obviously there are a lot of negative things going on so I want to talk about something positive, my COVID test,” the 62-year-old talk show host told her virtual audience.  “I was in hair and makeup, getting my face powdered and my extensions put in, and then my assistant Craig walks in and said, ‘You tested positive for COVID,’ and then everyone around me ran away,” DeGeneres said.  She confirmed in early December she had tested positive for COVID. She added Wednesday how she left the studio immediately and began quarantining at home.  “Portia made me sleep in a different room on a different bed because she wanted the race car bed all to herself,” DeGeneres said.  DeGeneres also delved into greater detail about her COVID-19 experience, revealing she slept 16 hours a day for the first three days and dealt with back spasms on the fourth day.  “I thought I had pulled a muscle or slept weird because I was in a different bed, but it just persisted,” DeGeneres said, noting her doctors prescribed her pain pills and muscle relaxers.  “My back got worse, it felt like I had cracked a rib,” she said. “The doctors, they finally put me on a steroid pack.”
*****Great story. Thanks.

Rebel Wilson Says She Was Once Kidnapped

Rebel Wilson revealed she was once kidnapped at gunpoint while on vacation in Africa.  She said the “petrifying” night occurred in “rural Mozambique” and left her and her group fearing for their lives.  “We were on this cattle truck and these men came on another truck with a lot of guns,” the Australian actress recalled on the Sky One series “Straight Talking” (via Daily Mail). “[They pulled up beside us] with the big guns and they were like, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to get off your truck.’”  She didn’t specify when the incident occurred.  She said her group obeyed orders and were taken to a “house in the middle of nowhere.” Despite her fear, Wilson said she was able to reman calm.  “I felt like I was very good in the crisis,” she recalled. “I was like a team leader.”  “They sat us down, and I said, ‘Everybody link arms,’ because I was petrified in the night that they might want to take one of the girls or something,” she explained.  Wilson said the kidnappers released the group in the morning, and they then made a getaway to the South African border. Although they were never given an explanation for why they were taken, Wilson said she believed it was because of smuggling.  “I think maybe those guys, maybe, used us to smuggle illegal things in the bottom of the truck,” she said.
*******They took one look at her and realized they didn’t have that much food!!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Single Tyler Perry:  ‘Madea’ Has No Idea What’s Next-(National Enquirer)

“Madea” filmmaker Tyler Perry has split from girlfriend Gelila Bekele, mom of his six-year-old son.  The entertainment mogul broke the news on social media by posting a picture of his buff bod:  “This is what a midlife crisis looks like.  I’m 51, single and wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like.”


It’s seventh heaven for singer Taylor Hanson, 37, and wife Natalie, who welcomed baby No. 7!  Their latest bundle of joy is named Maybellene Alma Joy.

It’s Over-(Us Weekly)

Punky Brewster star Soleil Moon Frye, 44, and hubby Jason Goldlberg, 48, have quietly separated after 22 years of marriage.  According to a source, the parents of four didn’t see eye to eye when it came to growing their family.  “Jason wasn’t thrilled whenever there was talk of more children,” the source says.  “But Soleil loves kids and wanted another.”

A Member of the Wedding?-(Star)

Oh, Goop!  Days after Dakota Johnson flashed a giant emerald ring from boyfriend of three-plus years Chris Martin, 43, the Coldplay singer’s ex, Gwyneth Paltrow, is calling dibs on their wedding.  “Chris and Dakota are looking to get married next summer and Gwyneth has already talked to them about playing a big part in their big day,” an insider says.  The 48-year-old lifestyle guru feels “very close” to Dakota, explains the insider-which puts the 31-year-old bride-to-be in an awkward position.

Throwback!  Billie Eilish-(Life & Style)

Before she was a Bad Guy, she was a Belieber.  “I would watch the music video for [‘As Long As You Love Me’] and just sob,” Billie’s said.  So much so, her parents once considered taking her to therapy, her mother noted, because the future star was “in so much pain over Justin Bieber!”

One Last Thing:  Bobby Flay-(People)

The chef, 56, stars on the Travel Show Bobby and Giada in Italy, streaming on Discovery+

Last time I celebrated

I had a great birthday [on Dec. 10].  It was myself and my daughter Sophie.  We had lamb chops, and I made a shishito pepper pesto and crispy potatoes.  Then she bought me a coconut birthday cake, which she knows is my favorite.

Last time I was scared-

I don’t love to fly.  Anything where I’m not in control of the buttons, it makes me uneasy.

Last time my pet made me laugh-

My cats Nacho and Stella had taken the entire tree skirt out from under the Christmas tree.  There were half a dozen Christmas balls, and they were literally playing soccer.

Scandal of the Week:  Battle Over Prenup?!-(In Touch)

?Que pasa, Hilaria?  Alec Baldwin’s wife, 37, was forced to admit she’s not actually Spanish after social media users, called her out for faking her Latina ties.  Turns out Hilaria, who has claimed to be “from” Spain and occasionally speaks with an accent-once even “forgetting” the English work for cucumber on TV!-was born Hillary Hayward-Thomas in Boston to American parents who moved to Mallorca when she was an adult.  (She did spend a lot to time there, and insists she tends to “mix” Spanish and English.)  Though Alec-who in a 2013 interview talked about how she has an accent-defended her, a source says he’s privately enraged.  “If she lied to him, too,” says a source, “it could mean that end of their marriage and a battle over their $60 million prenup.”



Pizza Eating Binge Watcher Wanted

A U.S. website is offering $500 for an unusual short-term job: a “professional binge watcher” willing to watch Netflix and eat pizza.  BonusFinder, a website dedicated to reviewing and offering deals for legal gambling sites, said the “professional binge watcher” will be called on to watch and review three series on Netflix while eating pizza takeout from various locations.  The selected candidate will be required to review each series based on story and plot lines, “Netflix and Chill” suitability, acting quality and cheesiness, satisfaction of episodes and series endings.  The person will also rate the pizzas they sample for appearance and color, base texture and taste, topping ingredient quality, flavor, cheese gooeyness and value for money.  The “professional binge watcher” will be paid $500 for completing the tasks.  Interested Netflix fans are being asked to apply on BonusFinder’s website.
*********Is it a negotiable deal?? Can we decrease the money and increase the pizza??
****Will this affect our government stimulus check??
******We’ll do it.. unless one of the series is the new “Sex and the City!!”

Cows Loose On Highway

The California Highway Patrol said troopers responded to a stretch of highway to round up some loose cows that wandered into traffic.  The CHP’s Santa Cruz station said troopers responded to Highway 1, near the Mar Monte Avenue exit, on Monday when loose cows were reported wandering into the roadway.  Traffic was stopped in both directions while troopers rounded up the loose cows.  Police said a vehicle was spotted fleeing the scene on the shoulder of the highway during the incident and a person was arrested after a slow-speed chase on charges including suspicion of auto theft.
*******Those cows were milking the situation!!
*******If it’s not one thing, it’s her udder!!!
******The cows were looking around because somebody said “That’s a lot of bull!!!”

Cat Survives 3 Year Old Mudslide

A pet cat that was believed to have been killed in a mudslide three years ago was found alive and has been reunited with one of the people from her old life.  Patches the calico cat went missing on the night that debris flows tore through Montecito, Calif., in January 2018, according to ASAP, an animal shelter based in nearby Santa Barbara. Her owner, who the group identified just as Josie, was killed in the mudslides. Heavy rain on hills where wildfires had burned caused mudslides that killed 23 people and resulted in widespread damage on Jan. 9, 2018. More than 1,400 Montecito homes were damaged and 107 were destroyed.  “It was assumed that Patches had passed away along with her owner Josie who was, tragically, a victim of the mudslides,” ASAP wrote in a Facebook post.  However, someone found Patches as a stray cat last month and brought her into the shelter. Thanks to Patches’ microchip, ASAP was able to identify her owner as Josie, who had been a longtime supporter of ASAP, along with her partner, Norm, who survived the mudslide.
*******OK… 8 lives to go!!!
******This is the same mudslide that destroyed Jeff Bridges’ house!! (true)

Scavenger Hunt Leads To Lottery Win

A Virginia man said winning his mother’s unusual Christmas scavenger hunt led to an even greater prize: a $1 million lottery jackpot.  Tyler Fitzgerald, of Madison Heights, told Virginia Lottery officials his mother designed an unusual Christmas scavenger hunt game: Whoever found the special ornament hidden on the Christmas tree would receive a scratch-off lottery ticket.  Fitzgerald was the first to find the special ornament and he was awarded a White Ice Millions ticket, which he scratched off while his family watched.  “I never win on these things,” Fitzgerald recalled saying as he scratched the ticket.
*******Wait. He one a million dollars, and his family was RIGHT THERE??
******This is the kind of thing you don’t want ANY family members to know about!!








The 7 Personalities Of Bad Bosses Who Think They’re Good Bosses

Huffington Post


1) The Rescuer

A rescuer boss will swoop in and take over their direct reports’ projects — but this stifles growth.

This is a bad boss who may seem like a good boss at first. If you have any trouble with a project, they’ll just take over. Any conflict with a client, they’ll deal with it for you.

Consultant Peter Block identified this work archetype as the “rescuer” in his book “The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work.” According to Block, the rescuer is someone who is highly sensitive to discomfort and believes “the path to power, influence and gaining some control over the situation is to save other people’s lives.”

Brown said rescuers come from a place of thinking they’re protecting you from failure, and are bad at giving you honest feedback and more responsibilities as a result.

“When you have a rescuer, they pride themselves on being there to support you, so you really don’t have any space not only to make mistakes, but you also have a limited amount of growth,” Brown said. “Because part of rescuing, or being helpful, is a control mechanism for them.”


2) The Politician

The “politician” boss is great at doing publicity relations for your team, but fails at actually managing you.

The “politician” is good at managing the bosses above them and terrible at managing the people who report directly to them. They are good at public relations for your team, but they lack the will or the skill to be a good team leader.

“The executive team thinks your team is doing a good job, your projects get lauded at company all-hands… but actually this manager is never meeting with you, never giving helpful feedback, or even at all actually involved in the day-to-day,” said Lara Hogan, author of “Resilient Management” and a former vice president of engineering at Kickstarter.

Hogan said this kind of boss can cause bigger issues down the road, because they tend not to find out about team problems that should have been addressed or raised earlier. “Long-term, it often ends in disaster, because this person never did their first responsibility, which is managing the team,” Hogan said.

Her advice if you’re an employee of this kind of boss? Make sure that you build relationships with your manager’s peers, or other people in positions of power, and go to them for feedback and support. The goal is for more people to know what a great job you’re doing. “Spread the surface area of how you’re being managed,” Hogan advised.


3) The Great Manager Who Can’t Manage Up

A boss who is personally great to you, but cannot advocate on your team’s behalf, is a bad boss.

This is a boss who is great at managing their own team, but is bad at dealing with the bosses above them. They believe in your work, but they lack the office-politics savvy to make sure others in positions of power do, too.

“They listen to you, they are completely involved in your work in a positive way, you trust them, they trust you,” Hogan said. “And then you realize nobody at the upper level has any idea what your team is doing, and you lose headcount. Your road map doesn’t get prioritized, you might get [reorganized].”

Because this boss is bad at lobbying on your team’s behalf, your team might lose out on valuable funding ― and team members might not get promotions or raises they deserve, since there’s usually more than one person who has a say in who gets these career rewards, Hogan said.


4) The People-Pleaser

People-pleasers are all talk, no follow-through.

You may sometimes benefit from a people-pleasing boss’ attempts to sway you to their side, but ultimately this manager is a hazard to work for. They believe getting ahead means giving others what they want, even when accountability is needed to maintain trust on a team.

They’ll make many verbal commitments, but they won’t follow through to make a tangible difference. “The people pleasers I’ve worked with never actually do anything, because it’s all words,” Hogan said.

Managers who get too invested in “being nice” are bosses who rule by “ruinous empathy,” as Kim Scott writes in “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.” Per Scott, these bosses “create the kind of work environment where ‘being nice’ is prioritized at the expense of critiquing, and therefore, improving actual performance.” Without necessary criticism, your career is likely to stall and you may even get fired.


5) The Numbers Boss

If your boss needs data to make every decision, no big goals can be achieved.

A “numbers boss” becomes an ineffective leader when every insight and decision has to be backed by data or a pattern.

If you needs numbers to make every decision, you cannot make long-term plans. “I’ve worked with managers who require that every single thing be an A/B test, whether or not it makes sense ― to the point where no work could get done, because everything needed an experiment to come back,” Hogan said. “The person who is obsessed with data […] doesn’t have a long-term plan. Everything is short-term, numbers-based decisions, which means you never end up with a vision.”

Creativity can also be a weakness for numbers people. As Brown put it: “They’ll say they want creativity, but how are you supposed to have creativity if everything you do has to be proven?”

6) The Lone Wolf

Lone wolves are assertive bosses, but teams can get frustrated by how they go renegade without notice.

In her e-book “How To Be A Successful First Time Manager: Identify Your Leadership Style, Lay The Groundwork for a Positive Team Culture, and Give Better Feedback,” Brown writes that “lone wolf” bosses are known for their deep need for autonomy, are easily misunderstood and have limited and cordial interactions with others.

Brown says the benefit of working under a lone wolf is that they have a strong work ethic and they value assertiveness in team members. She said they often thrive at startups where succeeding means taking on multiple roles at once.

But the downside is that this rebel boss often changes plans at the last minute, creating tension on their teams. “What makes them toxic is everyone will get together in a team and make a decision, and the lone wolf later on will be like, ‘No, I’m going to [do] this.’”


7) The Know-It-All

Know-it-alls only value work done their way.

While numbers people want you to make all decisions based on data, know-it-alls want you to make decisions based on just their knowledge. They often give feedback like “Well if I were you, I would have done it like this,” or “Well, it only took me three months,” Brown said. Know-it-alls are unable to account for times when their information is limited or outdated.

On some level, what the know-it-all wants is a clone who works and thinks exactly as they do. They want you to develop your career how they did it.

“They are people who you constantly feel like you’re in comparison mode with, but you don’t feel like they are accounting for the fact that, one, you are not them, and two, that the circumstances and environment may be different,” Brown said. “You always feel like you fall short because you’re not doing it their way.”


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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