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Born on this day!! Actor Nancy Dussault (“Too Close For Comfort”) is 86. Singer Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) is 78. Jazz bassist Stanley Clarke is 71. Actor David Garrison (“Married…with Children”) is 70. Guitarist Hal Lindes of Dire Straits is 69. Actor David Alan Grier is 66. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 63. Actor Deirdre Lovejoy (“The Wire”) is 60. Actor Rupert Graves (“The Madness of King George”) is 59. Bassist Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra is 53. Actor Tony Rock (“Living Biblically”) is 53. Actor Monica Potter (“Parenthood,” ″Boston Legal”) is 51. Actor Molly Parker (“House of Cards”) is 50. Actor Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex,” ″Mean Girls”) is 40. Guitarist James Adam Shelley of American Authors is 39. Country singer Cole Swindell is 39. Singer and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino is 38. Actor Sean Marquette (“The Goldbergs”) is 34.
THIS DAY IN GENIUS HISTORY
1859 – French acrobat Charles Blondin, AKA Jean Francois Gravelet, walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
1908 – A powerful natural explosion from an unknown cause rocked the Tunguska Basin, in eastern Siberia, flattening hundreds of square miles of forest and resulting in tremors that could be felt hundreds of miles away.
1921 – President Warren G. Harding appointed former president William H. Taft chief justice of the United States.
1934 – Adolf Hitler secured his position in the Nazi party by a “blood purge,” ridding the party of other leaders such as Ernst Roehm and Kurt von Schleicher.
1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published.
1971 – The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18, was ratified by the states.
1998 – The remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
Today Is: Asteroid Day, California Avocado Day, Disabled Veterans Day, National Hand Shake Day, Leap Second Time Adjustment Day, National Bomb Pop Day, National Meteor Watch Day, National Outfit Of The Day Day, NOW (National Organization For Women) Day, Social Media Day
TODAY ON TV!
Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)
CBS – 8:00 – Young Sheldon / 8:30 – United States Of Al / 9:00 – Ghosts / 9:30 – Positive / 10:00 – Bull
NBC – 8:00 – Law and Order / 9:00 – Law and Order SVU / 10:00 – Law and Order Organized Crime
ABC – 8:00 – Press Your Luck / 9:00 – Press Your Luck / 10:00 – Press Your Luck
FOX – 8:00 – Master Chef / 9:00 – So You Think You Can Dance
CW – 8:00 – Walker / 9:00 – The Flash
TV Talk Shows
Jimmy Fallon: Dan White
Stephen Colbert: Heidi Klum, Ibram X. Kendi
Seth Meyers: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cazzie David, Jonathan Ulman
James Corden: Jamie Dornan, Tessa Thompson
Watch What Happens Live: Jill Zarin, Phaedra Parks
The View: Craig Robinson, Ne-Yo
The Talk: Danny Trejo
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Oscar Isaac, Leslie Mann, Dr. Michael Breus
Ellen DeGeneres: Jessica Chastain, Girl Named Tom (R 1/5/22)
Kelly Clarkson: Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, the Jonas Brothers, Rob Garbowsky, Millie & Emily Simmonds (R 4/8/22)
Tamron Hall: Marisol Nichols, Bexy Cameron (R 12/1/21)
Drew Barrymore: Dakota Johnson, Danny Seo (R 10/7/21)
WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!
QUESTION: Tired of having to pee all the time on long trips?? Rich New Yorkers have solved the problem!! It’s called “BLADDER BOTOX,” and you can hold it for HOURS!!
QUESTION: Are people getting DUMBER?? Family at Yellowstone decided to get UP CLOSE with a BISON, and guess what happened! Someone went to the HOSPITAL!!!!!!!
QUESTION: What do you do if you DON’T LIKE YOUR KID? This woman wishes she hadn’t had her “ungrateful” 5-year-old!! (Drop her off at Planned Parenthood???)
QUESTION: How do you UN-RETIRE?? Cameron Diaz gets some expert advice, as her “Back in Action” co-star Jamie Foxx arranges a coaching call from TOM BRADY!
QUESTION: Does THIS look like a good way to fly?? Then fly AIR NEW ZEALAND!!! They call it “Skynest,” and just like “Skynet,” it’s about to become SELF AWARE!! Kidding!!!
Netflix will host a late-night virtual watch party with cast members to celebrate the last two episodes of Stranger Things 4. Fans can tune in at 2:15 a.m. EDT Friday to talk live with the cast before Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 premieres 45 minutes later at 3 a.m. Stranger Things is hyping the watch party as a Thursday event, for west coast viewers, asking “Are You Ready?” David Harbour who plays Jim Hopper will take part in the Q&A, as well as Brett Gelman who plays Murray, Jamie Campbell Bower as Henry Creel/Vecna and Joseph Quinn who plays Eddie Munson. The event is free to all Netflix subscribers with the watch party hosted on Scener, an online co-viewing platform that allows viewers to watch titles on different streaming services at the same time. So far, 18,000 Stranger Things fans have registered for the event. Fans can sign-up at strangerthings4.scener.com.
*********While we’re watching it, can they explain what the hell is going on????
R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence on Kelly after a nearly three-hour hearing. Kelly did not address the court during the hearing. The victims held hands while the sentence was read and Kelly had no apparent reaction. Seven of Kelly’s victims gave impact statements during the sentencing hearing. “You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” one woman told him. “Do you remember that?” A third woman, sobbing and sniffling as she spoke, said Kelly’s conviction restored her faith in the legal system. “I once lost hope,” she said, addressing the court and prosecutors, “but you restored my faith.” The woman said Kelly victimized her after she went to a concert when she was 17. “I was afraid, naive and didn’t know to handle the situation,” she said, so she didn’t speak up at the time. “Silence,” she said, “is a very lonely place.”
*******So… he CAN’T fly???
*****The judge also made him delete his Tinder profile!!
******With time served and good behavior, he’ll be out by Christmas!!!
Travis Barker was reportedly hospitalized for pancreatitis, sources told TMZ Wednesday. He was first rushed to West Hills Hospital and Medical Center Tuesday morning for an unknown health issue. He was then transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., for additional care with his wife, Kourtney Kardashian, by his side. According to TMZ, Barker’s pancreas became inflamed due to a recent colonoscopy procedure. Symptoms include nausea, intense stomach pain and vomiting. His current condition is unknown and a rep did not immediately return our request for comment. His daughter, Alabama Barker, appeared to hint on social media that her dad’s health had taken a serious turn after she asked for prayers. Fans and friends of Travis have taken to social media to send their well-wishes. Kid Cudi, who collaborated on the rocker’s 2011 song “Cool Head,” tweeted late Tuesday, “Travis I love u and im prayin for u.”
*******The Kardashian Kurse strikes!! Say no more!!!
*******This poor guy has been through enough!! Send up a prayer!!!
Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader have ended their nearly two-year relationship as quietly as they started it, “Entertainment Tonight” reported Tuesday. When asked about the report, Hader’s rep says he had no comment. Similarly, Kendrick’s rep says, “It is my company’s policy not to comment nor to share information regarding our client’s personal life.” While it is unclear when they officially got together, a source close to the couple revealed to People in January that they had been dating “for over a year.” “They are both very private people, and with the pandemic, it was easy to keep it quiet,” the source added. They met when she hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2014. They later starred together in the 2019 Disney+ Christmas movie “Noelle.”
*******Wait.. THEY were in a relationship???
*******Why was he living OUR life???
******They did a good job of keeping it secret. We were parked outside her house, and we never saw him!!!
Fans of Ryan Seacrest are blasting Kelly Ripa for being “rude” to him during a recent episode of their talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Seacrest shared a video with his 5.9 million Instagram followers earlier this week — and fans raced to the comments section to drag his co-star for perceived offenses. “You need to tell Kelly to stop interrupting you. That’s very rude,” one disgruntled fan sniped. “She does it throughout the show … every show. Very annoying. The show’s ratings go up because of you. She is a boring host.” Another vilifying viewer concurred, “Very annoying. The show’s ratings go up because of you.” Yet another hater piled on to declare: “I agree one million percent. It would sure be nice to hear Ryan finish a story. I started noticing that too, she never use to do that, seems it started after they got back in the studio, you can tell Ryan just kind of holds his breath,” another fan noted. “I hate when she talks about herself,” another Seacrest loyalist said. “She goes on.. and on…she brags too much. Not everyone wants to [hear her] story. We’d like to hear from Ryan, too.”
********All of those messages came from the account “@RSeacrest!!!”
*****When it comes to Ryan and Kelly, we think they’re tied for “most boring!!!”
*******Remember: she’s the one who back-stabbed Regis Philbin!! So, Ryan should watch his back!!!
Producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed that the next James Bond film will be a complete reinvention. “Nobody’s in the running — we’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through,” Broccoli said during the BFI Fellowship dinner, Deadline reported. “There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond,” she teased about the next iteration of the suave British spymaster. “We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. Filming is at least two years away.” Of course, Daniel Craig was the latest actor to take the helm of Bond, starting his tenure with 2006’s “Casino Royale” and ending with 2021’s “No Time to Die.” His character was effectively killed off by Rami Malek’s villainous Safin in last year’s long-delayed action epic. Meanwhile, an always growing plethora of young male actors’ names have been thrown into the mix for some time as options to replace Craig. Rumored names have included “The Crown” star Matt Smith, Ben Barnes, “How to Get Away With Murder” alum Alfred Enoch, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Richard Madden and others.
*********Just make it somebody who can kick ass!! Idris gets our vote!!
*****The last movie was so “woke” we couldn’t understand it!! If they keep going in that direction, it’s over!!
Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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The New Madonna!-(Star)
She’s living in a material world! After a grueling audition process, Julia Garner has been tapped to play Madonna in an upcoming biopic directed by none other than Madge herself. The Inventing Anna actress beat out more than a dozen other women hoping to slip into the “Like Virgin” singer’s ripped fishnets and fingerless gloves. Florence Pugh and Euphoria’s Alexa Demie were said to covet the role, as did singers Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira. The Madonna wannabes underwent a “boot camp” that included 11-hour sessions with choreographers and script-reading with the 63-year-old. “Julia was put through her paces and then some to get this part,” an insider says of the 28-year-old. “She wouldn’t have gotten it if she and Madonna hadn’t clicked. She’s nervous but excited to take on this challenge.”
Mystery Lights Explained
Authorities in California said mysterious lights that sparked numerous discussions on social media when they were spotted in the sky over San Diego were flares being used for a military exercise. The orange lights were spotted over San Diego and the surrounding area, including as far away as Tijuana, Mexico, on Monday night, and photos and videos of the phenomenon sparked speculation on social media about space junk, satellites and UFOs. The San Diego Police Department said investigators were told by lifeguards that the lights spotted by residents were flares being used in a military exercise. Representatives from Camp Pendleton and Naval Air Station North Island said they did not have any information on the lights. See the video HERE.
********Flares… yeah, that’s right… flares!!!
******We’ve never seen flares like that… so they MUST be from another planet!!
********It’s funny… you’ve got all these things flying around everywhere.. and the military knows nothing about ’em!! Are they THAT stupid??
Bee Truck Overturns
Beekeepers converged on a Utah highway to attempt to capture thousands of bees that swarmed in the roadway after a truck hauling more than 200 hives overturned. Authorities said the semitrailer overturned Monday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80, near mile marker 149 in Summit County. Authorities said several people, including the driver, suffered minor injuries from bee stings. Two people were treated for stings at a local hospital. Beekeepers on the scene said the damage to the hives was severe. “Unfortunately, more is damaged than not. Maybe 5% that’s salvageable,” beekeeper Sam Cohen told KSTU-TV. “It’s sad to see.”
********America is so nervous we’re getting hives!!!
********Definitely a sticky situation!!!
******Is it just us, or are you wondering why that truck was carrying 200 beehives??
Cat Faces Off Against Bear
A British Columbia man captured video of his fearless cat facing off against a black bear that wandered into his driveway. Brothers Gavin and Cameron Sturrock said their cat, Tigger, is known to be mischievous and fearless, and can often be found chasing neighborhood dogs away from their home. The brothers said they were loading up the car for a camping trip outside their home in the Canyon Heights neighborhood of North Vancouver when a large black bear appeared in the driveway. “I didn’t notice right away, but my little cat was just like — he was right here,” Gavin told Global News. “He was two feet away from this bear.” Gavin said he tried to call Tigger away from the bear, and started recording video on his phone when the feline refused to comply.
******It’s not the size of the cat in the fight… it’s the size of the fight in the cat!!
Florida Man Robs Man Over Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets
A south Florida man was arrested Friday after he reportedly robbed another man at gunpoint outside a Wendy’s restaurant after refusing to buy him chicken nuggets. WPLG reported police arrested 34-year-old John Earl Taylor on armed robbery/carjacking, fleeing/eluding police and driving with a suspended license charges. According to Local 10, Taylor approached the victim outside a Wendy’s Thursday as he was getting out of his car and asked if he would buy him chicken nuggets. The victim reportedly told Taylor he couldn’t because he only had enough money for himself and went inside. As the man was leaving the restaurant, Taylor came up to him again, except this time Taylor pointed a gun at the victim, WPLG reported. Local 10 said Taylor demanded the man give him his keys and gold chain, which he did. Taylor then reportedly drove off in the victim’s car. Detectives saw the victim’s car parked the next morning.
*********His wife asked him, “What have you been up to??” He said, “Nothin’ much. Just got a new car!!”
*******Tip: When in Florida, always carry a little extra cash, so you won’t carjacked for nuggets!!!
STUFF THAT’S COOL AND VIRAL
VIDEO: BISON ATTACKS FAMILY AT YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
A LIST FOR THURSDAY
Inflation Is Killing Us. Here Are 8 Ways to Make Quick Money
THE PENNY HOARDER
- Let This App Pay You up to $83 When You Win Solitaire Games
Lots of us already play Solitaire on our phones for fun or just to pass the time. Want to see if you can win money at it?
There’s a free iPhone app called Solitaire Cash that lets you play for real money. You could get paid up to $83 per win.
You might be thinking: There’s got to be a catch. This is definitely one of those spammy apps, right?
Wrong. There really isn’t a catch. Sure, you can pay to play in some higher-stakes tournaments, but there’s no pressure. And, in fact, there aren’t even any annoying ads.
With each game, you’ll battle it out against at least five other players. Everyone gets the same deck, so winning is totally a matter of skill. The top three players who solve the deck fastest can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.
Over on the App Store, it has over a million downloads and more than 15,000 ratings, averaging 4.7 stars (out of 5).
To get started, just download the free app and start playing your first game immediately.
- Get Paid for Your Opinion (as Soon as Today)
Got opinions? Get paid for them!
Sure, there are a lot of online survey sites out there. The catch is that, with a lot of them, it takes forever before you can actually get paid. You find yourself taking tons of surveys before you ever see a single cent — if you even qualify for the survey at all.
That’s why we like a website called Survey Junkie. It rewards you no matter what — even if you don’t qualify. And it lets you cash out a lot faster than its competition — you could even get paid today.
You get points for every survey you take, and once you’ve earned 500 points, you can cash out and get your first $5. A lot of sites make you wait until you’ve earned $20 or $25 worth of points before you can claim your earnings.
Most people get their money within seven days of signing up — but the pace is entirely up to you. Plenty of folks cash out the same day. And you can choose to get paid via PayPal or with digital gift cards.
No, you won’t necessarily get rich taking surveys online, but it’s an easy way to make a little extra cash while you’re killing time. Signing up takes about one minute, and you’ll immediately earn points just for creating your account. You’ll be that much closer to cashing out.
- Earn 70% Higher Interest On Your Savings (One of the Highest Available)
Interest rates at most banks these days are downright pitiful. You’ll be lucky if you earn a quarter at the end of the year.
But an online bank called Vio has one of the highest earning rates you’ll see — 1.03% APY* (Annual Percentage Yield) on your money market savings. That’s 70% higher than the average high-yield savings account.
Not only does it pay well, it also costs nothing to open an account. You just need to transfer at least $100 to keep it open.
Security is also top notch. You can depend on bank-level encryption, FDIC insurance up to $250,000, with the highest level security you can obtain.
There’s a reason why it’s been named the best high-yield savings account by websites like Fox Business, CNet and CNBC. And it has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
If you’re ready to save smarter and earn more, open a free Vio Cornerstone Money Market Savings Account. Get started here.
- Get a Free Slice of a Fortune 500 Company From This App
Do you think it’s too late for us non-millionaires to get our hands on a piece of a Fortune 500 company?
Well, it’s definitely not. We found a free app called Public that lets you own slices of stocks, so you can invest in companies without having to pay for an entire share, if you don’t want to.*
They’ll even give you a slice of a popular stock for free when you download the app and sign up.
It takes just minutes to download the app, and when you finish setting up your account, Public will give you the free slice of stock you select during signup as a bonus.
- Get Paid up to $600/Week to Drop off Starbucks
Your city is filled with two things: Starbucks, and people who want Starbucks.
An app called Doordash will pay you to pick up and deliver an extra latte when you’re already out and getting your caffeine fix. And it’s not just coffee. You can deliver from Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Five Guys and hundreds of other restaurants in your area.
With Doordash, you set your own hours and work as much or little as you want, meaning how much you make is up to you.
You’ll earn money for each delivery, plus tips. Jose Neri, from California, reports earning $500 to $600 a week working just lunches and dinners.
The best part? No passengers — that grande, no-whip macchiato will be the only thing to hear your beautiful singing voice.
If you sign up for Doordash now, it’s possible to get your first paycheck this week.
- Turn Your Junk Mail Into Cash
You know all those flyers and advertisements you get in the mail each day? The ones you never wanted but have no idea how to opt out of?
Well, you can turn them into cash.
The Small Business Knowledge (SBK) Center is a market research company that wants to get a peep insight your mailbox. Join its consumer panel, and start shoveling that junk mail into a postage-paid envelope and, at the end of each week, send it over to the SBK Center.
No, you won’t be rolling in extra cash, but you can earn up to $20 every six to 10 weeks.
- Find Out If You’re Overpaying
Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an alert when you’re shopping online at Target and are about to overpay?
That’s exactly what this free service does.
Just add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, eBay and others to see if your item is available for cheaper. Plus, you can get coupon codes, set up price-drop alerts and even see the item’s price history.
Let’s say you’re shopping for a new TV, and you assume you’ve found the best price. Here’s when you’ll get a pop up letting you know if that exact TV is available elsewhere for cheaper. If there are any available coupon codes, they’ll also automatically be applied to your order.
In the last year, this has saved people $160 million.
You can get started in just a few clicks to see if you’re overpaying online.
- Sell Someone Else’s Stuff
Selling Craigslist freebies is a great way to make a profit quickly, because you get the items for free. You could even have cash in hand today.
Go to the free section on Craigslist and look for things that are close to you and easy to sell immediately. They could be scraps from a job site or metal items you can sell, for example.
For a quick turnaround, avoid items like furniture or electronics. These can be good to sell, but they’ll take longer.
Cash in your treasures by reselling on Craigslist, including them in a rummage sale or selling to specialty buyers, like a pawn shop or a local business.
So, don’t let sticker shock get you down. And don’t let it destroy your bank account. Even though prices keep rising, earning some extra money can help you weather the storm.
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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