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Born on this day!! Singer Thelma Houston is 77. Actress Robin Strasser (“One Life To Live,” “Passions”) is 75. Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 74. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead is 74. Drummer Prairie Prince (The Tubes) is 70. Director Amy Heckerling (“Clueless,” “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”) is 68. Actor Michael E. Knight (“All My Children”) is 61. Guitarist Phil Campbell of Motorhead is 59. Actress Traci Lords is 52. Actor Morocco Omari (“Empire”) is 50. Singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 49. Actor Breckin Meyer (“Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “Road Trip”) is 46. Drummer Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys is 34. Comedian Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”) is 33. Actor Alexander Ludwig (“Vikings,” “The Hunger Games”) is 28. Actress Dylan Gelula (“Jennifer Falls,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) is 26.


1824 – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna.
1847 – The American Medical Association was organized in Philadelphia, Pa.
1915 – The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
1945 – Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies in Rheims, France.
1954 – The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh’s forces defeating the French, signaling the end of French power in Indochina.
1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting mid-term Congressional pay raises, was ratified.
1994 – Edvard Munch’s painting, The Scream was recovered a few months after it had been stolen.
1999 – During action against Yugoslavia, NATO jets mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three and injuring 20.
2000 – Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s president.

Today Is: Beaufort Scale (Wind) Day, Cosmopolitan Day, Cystinosis Awareness Day, Design Packaging Day, Day of Vesak, National Barrier Awareness Day, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, National Day of Prayer, National Day of Reason, Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy, World Password Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Young Sheldon  /  8:30 – Man With A Plan  /  9:00 – Mom  /  9:30 – Broke  /  10:00 – Tommy
NBC – 8:00 – Council Of Dads  /  9:00 – Blindspot /  10:00 – Law and Order SVU
ABC – 8:00 –  Who Wants To Be A Millionaire  /  9:00 – Station 19  /  10:00 – How To Get Away With Murder
FOX – 8:00 – Last Man Standing  /  8:30 – Last Man Standing  /  9:00 – Mental Samurai
CW – 8:00 –  Katy Keene /  9:00 – In The Dark

TV Talk Shows

Watch What Happens Live: Kristin Chenoweth, Tinsley Mortimer
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Hilarie Burton Morgan
Ellen DeGeneres: Courteney Cox
The Real: Katy Mixon
Kelly Clarkson: Daniel Radcliffe, Jane Krakowski, Chris Harrison


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

QUESTION: What are Americans watching while they’re stuck at home??? Let’s just say… the FOOD NETWORK and HGTV have a lot to celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!


QUESTION: Want freedom?? Go to an INDIAN CASINO!!! They’re reopening all over the country, and there’s NOTHING the government can do to stop it!!


QUESTION: How ARE those celebrities who get the “special” tours at DISNEYLAND?? A former Disney employee dishes!! (Mariah? BAD! Kobe? “SWEET!”)


QUESTION: How is it?? It’s GRRRRRREAT!! Joe Exotic’s zoo reopens in Oklahoma… and the lines are extremely long! NO masks.. no distancing!!!!!


QUESTION: Did we need THIS?? Forget the virus and the Murder Hornets, now we have a BLACK HOLE on the “doorstep” of our galaxy!!! That SUCKS!!!!!!!!!

Baby Archie Turns One!

The royal family is celebrating the first birthday of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.  The Kensington Palace Instagram page, the official account of Prince William and Kate Middleton, featured a group photo of the royal family.  “Wishing Archie a very happy first birthday today,” the caption said.  The royal family Instagram page, the official account of Queen Elizabeth II, also released a photo of Markle introducing Archie to Elizabeth and Prince Philip alongside her mother Doria Ragland.  Archie is Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild and seventh in line to the throne. Harry and Markle got married in May 2018 and announced that they were expecting their first child in October.  For Archie’s birthday, Markle read children’s book Duck! Rabbit! Harry recorded the reading which was posted to the Save The Children U.K. Instagram page in support of the charity.  See the video HERE.
*****As a nice birthday present, Meghan will put out a contract on one of the six people between Archie and the throne!! We’re thinking Charles will be the first to go!!
******His hair is growing out… and it had better be red!!!
******If they were REALLY royal, Harry and Meghan would demand that everyone else go into lockdown, while they’re free to go anywhere they want!!
******When Archie is 12, he gets his first official “royal codpiece!!” That’s a magic moment!! 

Bruce Willis Back With His Wife

Bruce Willis and his wife, Emma Heming, reunited ahead of their younger daughter’s birthday.  Heming shared photos and videos with Willis, 65, and their daughters, Mabel, 8, and Evelyn, 6, Monday on Instagram Stories.  In one photo, Willis, Heming and Evelyn pose together on a 4-wheeler. Heming said the picture was taken by Mabel.  Heming also shared a video of herself and Willis riding around on the quad.  Willis was previously self-isolating with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and their daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, amid the pandemic. Scout said on the Dopey podcast in April that Heming meant to join them in Sun Valley, Idaho, but was waylaid when one of her daughters poked her foot with a hypodermic needle at a park.  “Travel got crazy, so my stepmom stayed in LA with my little sisters,” Scout said.  Willis returned home to Heming and their family ahead of Evelyn’s birthday Tuesday.
*******Careful, Bruce!! We don’t wanna lose you!!
*****His wife said, “It was nice while it lasted!!”
*****When he walked in the door, she said: “You smell like Demi!!”

Adele Shows New Figure

Adele stunned fans on Tuesday after she posted a photo on Instagram for her birthday in a sleek black dress.  Many of her followers praised the singer for her svelte shape. Chrissy Teigen commented simply, “Are  you kidding me.”  She thanked her fans for the birthday wishes.  “ I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time. I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels. 2020 okay bye thanks x,” she posted.  In December, Adele took Instagram by storm when she posted a photo of herself rocking a sleek gown alongside the Grinch and Santa Claus ahead of the holidays. At the time, fans praised her for her body transformation. See the pic HERE.
*****We hope her weight loss doesn’t affect her singing voice!!
***Before her weight loss, she was “rolling in the pasta!!”
*******She’s 32… which means her next album will be called… “32!!”

Meaning Of Elon Musk’s Baby Name *(With Correction)

Grimes is sharing the meaning behind her and Elon Musk’s newborn son’s name: X Æ A-12.  Musk confirmed the birth of the baby and shared a photo to Twitter on Monday, revealing his son’s name when asked by a fan.  On Tuesday, Grimes took to Twitter to explain the baby’s unique name, breaking it down piece by piece.  “X, the unknown variable,” the singer wrote first, adding an emoji of two crossing swords. “Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence).”  “A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent,” she continued, adding a white heart emoji. “(A=Archangel, my favorite song) (metal rat).” Early Wednesday morning, Musk agreed with the breakdown except for one small point regarding the aircraft: “SR-71, but yes,” wrote Musk, seemingly referencing the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
********Will they write that name on his school lunches??
*****He’ll probably never be teased about that name… so, all good!!
******If they REALLY wanna cripple his chance for normal life, they should tattoo that name on his forehead!!
UPDATE!! The State of California sez, “NO NUMBERS OR SYMBOLS ARE ALLOWED IN A BABY NAME!” Back to the drawing board?

Prince Harry Sells Off Hunting Weapons

Prince Harry has reportedly sold his prized handmade rifles worth more than $60,000 after he quit hunting out of respect for his actress wife Meghan Markle.  Harry has unloaded the two weapons — from a British gunmaker Purdey — by selling them to another hunter in a private deal, according to The Sun.  Harry, who learned to hunt as a child, has not joined his colleagues at recent game shooting events and is believed to have quit hunting altogether due to Markle’s opposition to the practice.  Harry sold the guns five months ago, a friend of the anonymous buyer told the paper.  “He bought them because he wanted them, not because they belonged to Harry,” the friend said. “But he was quite chuffed when he found out.”  Harry went on a wild boar hunt with his friends in Germany while engaged to Meghan in 2017.  In August, it was reported that Meghan may “fake a headache” to avoid a hunt at the Queen’s annual holiday to Balmoral.
*******He also auctioned off his testicles!! (She was just gonna throw ’em in the dumpster!!)
TOPIC: The way I changed for my spouse!!!!

Kate Beckinsale Dates Younger Men

Kate Beckinsale received a lot of backlash for her relationship with Pete Davidson, 26, who was 20 years younger in 2019. Now, she’s facing similar criticism for dating 22-year-old Goody Grace — and she’s sick of it! “It can feel like a little bit of a political act to be a woman over 32 who’s having any fun at all,” Kate admitted to Women’s Health. “And by that, I don’t mean doing drugs and drinking and partying, because I never am. But being goofy and going out, and not going, ‘Oh my God I’m going to sit at home and anticipate menopause while crocheting.’ Unless you’re doing that, it somehow seems to be risque, which is just ridiculous to me.” She pointed out that, of course, men don’t have to worry about being judged in this way just because they’re getting older. “I witness men constantly doing whatever they like, whether that’s in relationships, or deciding to buy a motorbike, or getting a tattoo,” she continued.
********Instead of dating these boys, she should just adopt one!! That’s more socially acceptable!!

Simon Cowell Accused Of Affair With Mel B

Simon Cowell has denied having a 2018 fling with his X Factor co-star Mel B after his girlfriend Lauren Silverman sent a string of furious texts to her.  Simon was “livid and mortified” when his partner accused him and Mel of having an affair while they were working together on the show.  Mel, who quit The X Factor last year, was also said to be angry and embarrassed by Lauren’s allegations and denied any hint of romance between her and her boss.  A source told Mirror Online: “Clearly this story is utterly ridiculous and completely pointless – because there was no affair. Simon and Lauren are very happy together as a couple.  “They have been in lockdown together in LA for more than six weeks now.”  A separate insider told the Sun: “Poor Lauren adores Simon but is naturally very suspicious of all the female attention he gets. “Because he’s so charismatic, women flock to him – and it riles Lauren.”
******They love to run their fingers through his chest!! 
******We know he didn’t sleep with Scary Spice… because he can still walk!! 
*******Women don’t want to sleep with Simon… they’re afraid of the critique!! 

Tom Cruise Wants To Film Movie In Space

Tom Cruise is working with NASA to develop a film shot in outer space aboard the International Space Station.  NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed the news on Twitter on Tuesday.  “NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station,” the tweet read. “We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”  The tweet also contained a picture of the International Space Station.  While Cruise routinely engages in risky stunts for the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, Deadline reported that this film will not be associated with those movies and that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is also in the mix.  According to Deadline, which first reported the news, the film is “in the early stages of liftoff.” As of right now, no film studio is on board, per the outlet.
******The movie will be called “Death Wish 2!!”
*****How are they gonna get the film crew up there?? Do you know how many people it takes to film a movie??
******And the catering??
******Elon Musk will tag along, and just float outside the space station to watch through the windows!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
**Please Credit Publication!

Val’s Potshot At “Top Gun”-(National Enquirer)

Val Kilmer claims he never wanted to play navy pilot Iceman in the ‘80s classic movie “Top Gun” and never managed to “break the ice” with its star, Tom Cruise!  “I didn’t want the part.  I didn’t care about the film,” the star wrote in his memoir.  Val said he and Tom had wildly different approaches to filming in San Diego.  “Off set the actors broke into two camps-mine and Tom’s,” wrote Val, 60.  He said he was the leader of “the party boys,” a gang that went out carousing every night, while “Tom refrained from our revelry for good reason.  From day one he was laser focused” on becoming an action hero.

Caterina Swaps Her Tot’s Name!-(Globe)

Time to reorder the embroidery!  “Grey’s Anatomy star” Caterina Scorsone’s new bundle of joy was originally tagged Arwen at birth-a Welsh name meaning “fair” or “fine”-but the 38-year-old TV star reveals she changed her mind four months later.  “We went with what was her middle name.  Lucinda, “Lucky” for short,” gushes the actress, who plays Amelia Shepherd on the long-running hit ABC medical drama and shares daughters Eliza, 7, and Paloma “Pippa,” 3, with her TV writer husband, Rob Giles.  Fun fact:  Producers wrote Caterina’s pregnancy into the show, culminating with her character-the sister of Patrick Dempsey’s tragically killed-off Derek Shepherd (a.k.a. Dr. McDreamy)-giving birth on the season finale.

The Time of Their Lives-(Us Weekly)

Cody Simpson has had the best six months.  “Being with Miley [Cyrus] is a wonderful thing in my life,” the Aussie, 23, recently said.  “I’m very, very happy,” he says.  “We have a ball.”

Halle’s Secret Suitor-(Star)

Was the King of Pop the one who got away?  On April 20, producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds revealed that Michael Jackson once asked him to set him up with Halle Berry.  “He said, ‘Could you do me a favor?  I want you to call her, ‘cause I wanna take her out on a date.’”  The 62-year-old, who didn’t have the X-Men star’s number, went on to say he reached out to her manager, but was coy about what happened next.  Now an insider can confirm that the rendezvous never happened.  “Halle was seeing someone else at the time and never even considered it,” says the source.  Though she thought he was “a little offbeat,” Halle, now 53, was “incredibly flattered that the singer of one of her all-time favorite songs, ‘Billie Jean,’ wanted to take her out.”

Miranda’s Marriage On the Rocks-(Life & Style)

“Mama’s Broken Heart” was on full display when Miranda Lambert performed during the ACM Presents:  Our Country special on April 5.  “I’ve done a lot of healing, a lot of thinking right here,” she confessed from her front porch.  “My husband was supposed to film this, but he’s fishing at the pond.”  The country music star, 36, is currently self-isolating with retired police officer Brendan McLoughlin, 28, at her farm in Tennessee-and instead of bringing them closer, all of the alone time has actually driven them further apart, a source says.  “Brendan feels trapped living in the sticks with Miranda,” the source reveals.  “He’s going stir-crazy.  He was enjoying the traveling and life on the road.  But now something is definitely up with them.  There’s no telling how long their marriage will last under these conditions.”

One Last Thing:  Donnie Wahlberg-(People)

The actor and singer, 50, stars in CBS’s hit series Blue Bloods.

Last fashion disaster-

I wore some Alexander McQueen sneaker-boots to a Boston Celtics game.  We sat courtside, so we were on TV a lot.  During the game my son Elijah poked me and said, “Your shoes are getting killed on social media, Dad.”

Last time I stayed up too late-

My wife, Jenny [McCarthy], and I get up really early to make breakfast for everyone and homeschool our son Evan.  We made a pact to get to sleep by midnight every night.  But of course at 1 a.m. the other night we were wide awake watching Tiger King.

Last romantic moment-

Jenny has been talking about how bad she feels because her roots are showing or she’s wearing the same sweats for days.  So this morning, in the middle of her jokes, I walked over and kissed her.  I wanted her to know she’s the most beautiful woman in the world-even in those ratty old sweats.

Rush of the Week-(In Touch)

Val Kilmer

“I couldn’t wait to kiss Angie, buy her [a] Gulfstream jet and have V+J painted in rainbow glory on the tail.”

-on working with Angelina Jolie in 2004’s Alexander.



Studio Listed With Bathroom In The Kitchen

A studio apartment listed for rent in Australia is drawing attention online for an unusual design feature — the bathroom and kitchen are separated by only a glass wall.  The studio apartment, located in the Surry Hills area of Sydney, places the kitchen and bathroom side by side, with the toilet and shower in full view from the cooking area.  The glass walls of the bathroom are partially frosted for privacy, but a barrier located right in front of the toilet is completely transparent.   Emma Mattiuzzo of Exclusive Real Estate, which is listing the residence, told listing website Domain the glass walls of the bathroom are designed to “give the illusion of more space.”  She said there has been some interest in the studio, which is listed for $245 a week.
********And looking at someone on the toilet while you’re cooking is a great way to kill your appetite!!!
TOPIC: The worst apartment YOU’VE ever lived in!!

5 Year Old Steal Car To Buy Lamborghini

The Utah Highway Patrol said a trooper conducting a traffic stop on a suspected impaired driver instead found a 5-year-old driver seeking to purchase a Lamborghini.  The highway patrol said in a Twitter post that a trooper conducted a traffic stop in Weber County on “what he thought was an impaired driver,” but the driver of the vehicle turned out to be a 5-year-old boy who made off with his parents’ car.  The boy, who was pulled over on the 25th Street off-ramp of southbound Interstate 15, told the trooper he had taken his parents’ car after getting into an argument with his mother, who told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini.  The child told the trooper he had intended to drive to California to buy a luxury vehicle for himself.  “He might have been short on the purchase amount, as he only had $3 dollars in his wallet,” the UHP said.  See the pic HERE.
******Meghan Markle said, “If he gets a Lamborghini, I’D like to meet him!!”
******He was traveling with an older woman!! She’s 7!!!!
******Is it just us, or does he look a little big to be 5???

Aggressive Chicken

A Louisiana police department is warning residents to beware of an “aggressive chicken” that has been “terrorizing bank customers” at a drive-through and walk-up ATM.  The Walker Police Department said officers who responded to a report of a chicken attack at a bank on Walker South Road were told by employees that the foul fowl has been chasing customers and attempting to get into their cars for several days.  The department’s Facebook post said the chicken has also “failed to engage in proper social distancing.”  Officers were unable to locate the chicken, which the department said “apparently anticipated the imminent arrival of law enforcement and fled on foot from the scene.”  “The chicken is wanted on charges of assault, attempted battery, attempted burglary, terrorizing and ignoring an order of the governor,” the post said.
********And that’s no yoke!!
****The bird obviously had no plan!! He was just “winging it!!”
*****They won’t throw him in jail!! They’ll just drop him off at the local KFC!!

Cougar On The Loose In Chicago

A resident of a Chicago suburb captured security camera footage of a large cat that an expert said could be a wandering cougar.  Marilynn Sullivan said she went to shut off her security cameras Friday morning at her home in Gurnee when she noticed the camera’s motion sensor had been triggered.  Sullivan reviewed the footage captured by the camera and saw what appeared to be a large cat in her fenced-in back yard.  “I looked at it and saw what I thought was a large cougar,” Sullivan told CBS Chicago. “I looked at the picture and freaked out. I’ve seen coyotes but they have long noses and this has a big cat face.”  Bill Zeigler, an expert with Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, said the animal in the blurry footage appears to be too large to be a bobcat.  “This looks like a heavily furred — which make sense given a winter coat — puma or cougar,” he told WGN-TV.
*******Huh??? First, the Killer Hornets… and now THIS??
****For years, they’ve been telling us all the wildlife is extinct!! Apparently, they’ve just been hiding!!
****This is when we really need Joe Exotic!!







8 Stats That Show How Coronavirus Has Changed Our Spending Habits

Huffington Post


  1. A Third Of Americans Are Stress-Spending

With a global pandemic at hand, it’s no surprise that many people are feeling more stressed out than usual. There are many different coping strategies for stress, and for some, it’s spending money.

A recent survey by Credit Karma found that 35% of respondents made impulse buys to deal with stress during the coronavirus.

Among those who said they’ve made impulse purchases, close to half (45%) said they spend money because of stress at least once a week. Another 17% make impulse buys daily.

The survey also found that nearly one in five (18%) respondents are actually spending more now than they were before the pandemic.


  1. Entertainment And Alcohol Make Up Half Of All Nonessential Spending

Though you’re probably spending less money going out to bars and movies (like, none at all), there’s a good chance your spending on other escapist activities has increased.

Americans are spending the most nonessential money on entertainment (29%) and alcohol (23%) right now, according to a survey by WalletHub. Eighteen percent of respondents admitted that they’re actually overspending on nonessentials as well.


  1. Online Shopping Is Up 60% Over Last Year

With more time stuck at home and most nonessential stores closed down, Americans have taken their shopping online. Online sales of consumer packaged goods are up 60% over the same week last year, according to Nielsen data for the week ending April 25.

Of the items purchased online, food is up the most: 86% for the one-week period ending April 25 versus the same week in 2019. That’s followed by household care (up 51%), health and beauty care (up 49%), pet care (up 24%) and baby care (up 23%).


  1. Hand Sanitizer Sales Grew More Than Any Other Item In Stores

Though we’re forced to do more shopping online, essential businesses are still open to the public ― and the one item that’s seen the biggest surge in sales at physical stores is hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer takes the number one spot for in-store week-over-week sales growth. Last week, it held the third position but rose as people restocked their health and safety products. Sales of the stuff have also increased a whopping 420% over a year ago, according to Nielsen.

Behind hand sanitizer, the fastest-growing in-store purchases are oat milk (up 308% over the previous year), fresh meat alternatives (up 224%), baking powder (up 170%) and aerosol disinfectants (up 158%).


  1. Frozen Items Are The Most-Purchased Foods

As Americans worry about limiting their trips to the grocery store and potential disruptions to food supply chains, many are focused on buying foods that keep for a long time.

Not surprisingly, frozen foods are the top growing in-store purchases (up 47% year over year), according to Nielsen data. That’s followed by meat (up 41%) and dairy (up 32%) as consumers continue to load up on food staples.


  1. Spending On Transportation Is Way Down

Not only are we spending more time in isolation, but attitudes toward public transportation have also shifted considerably in the past month, according to a survey by IBM.

More than 20% of respondents who regularly relied on buses, subways or trains said they no longer will, while another 28% said they will likely use public transportation less often.

Ride-sharing apps are also suffering. More than half of those surveyed who had used ride-sharing apps and services said they will stop using them completely or use them less. Only 24% said they will stop using taxis and other traditional car services.

Just over 17% of respondents said they will rely on their personal vehicles to get around, with about one in four saying that that will be their exclusive mode of transportation going forward.

Many of those who were in the market for a new car are now waiting on the purchase, with about a quarter saying they plan to hold off for more than six months.


  1. 40% Of Spenders Rely On Contactless Payment

There have been concerns over physical cash and its potential to spread the coronavirus. In light of this, consumers are turning to technology to mitigate their risk.

Nearly 40% of respondents said they are likely to use contactless payment options via their mobile device or credit card when shopping, according to the IBM survey.


  1. A Quarter Of Shoppers Are Buying More From Local Businesses

With mandatory shutdown orders for nonessential businesses, even major retailers are feeling the pinch. Smaller mom and pop shops are especially hurting financially, which has prompted some people to prioritize shopping locally.

Some 25% of respondents in the IBM survey said they are now shopping more often at locally owned stores and buying more locally made, grown or sourced products.


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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