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Born on this day!!  Singer Sonny Turner of The Platters is 81. Singer Barbara Allbut of The Angels is 80. Singer Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut of The Angels is 78. Singer Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers is 78. News anchor Lou Dobbs is 75. Actor Gordon Clapp (“NYPD Blue”) is 72. Actor Harriet Walter (“The Crown”) is 70. Actor Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: Legendary Journeys”) is 62. Singer Cedric Dent (Take 6) is 58. Actor-writer Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 58. Drummer Shawn Crahan of Slipknot is 51. Drummer Marty Mitchell (Ricochet) is 51. Singer-guitarist Marty Cintron of No Mercy is 49. Guitarist Juan DeVevo of Casting Crowns is 45. Actor Ian Bohen (“Yellowstone,” TV’s “Teen Wolf”) is 44. Actor Spencer Treat Clark (“Animal Kingdom”) is 33. Actor Grey Damon (“Station 19”) is 33. Actor Kyle Sullivan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 32. Actor Ben Platt is 27.


1996 – The United States and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.
1789 – Congress passed the First Judiciary Act which provided for a U.S. attorney general and the Supreme Court.
1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.
1960 – The Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched.
1969 – The trial of the “Chicago Eight,” radical antiwar and counterculture activists accused of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic convention, began.
1991 – Children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87.

Today Is: Bluebird of Happiness Day, National Familial Hypercholesterolemia Day, Punctuation Day, Remember Me Thursday, World Maritime Day, Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Big Brother /  9:00 – Love Island /  10:00 – Star Trek: Discovery
NBC – 8:00 – Council Of Dads  / 9:00 – Blindspot  /  10:00 – Law and Order SVU
ABC – 8:00 –  Celebrity Family Feud  /  9:00 – Press Your Luck  /  10:00 – Match Game
FOX – 8:00 – The Masked Singer  /  9:00 – Filthy Rich
CW – 8:00 –  Mystery Decoded  /  9:00 – Penn and Teller Fool Us

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Norman Reedus, Aminé
Seth Meyers: Alicia Vikander, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle
James Corden: Sharon Stone, Alicia Keys
Lilly Singh: Nico Santos, Sabrina Jalees (R 2/11/20)
Conan: Jane Lynch
Watch What Happens Live: Bethenny Frankel
The View: Chris Rock
The Talk: Rob Lowe
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Jeff Daniels, Carole Baskin, Bola Sokumbi
Ellen DeGeneres: Chrissy Teigen
The Real: Debra Messing
Tamron Hall: Why the debate rages on about wearing masks
Drew Barrymore: Rosario Dawson, Retta

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


West Wing Special Gets HBO Max Date

HBO Max said A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will premiere on the streaming service on Oct. 15.  Cast members from the iconic political drama, including Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford and Martin Sheen will reunite for a theatrical presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode, which will debut two weeks before the real-life, 2020 U.S. presidential election.  Musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden is expected to open the program by playing the show’s theme music, and former first lady Michelle Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will offer commentary.  It will also include appearances by creator Aaron Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme, and the folk rock band, The Avett Brothers, will close out the event.
*******The show will also feature several prominent Republicans!! Just kidding!!
******Bill Clinton will be doing his part from Jeffrey Epstein’s island!!
******Why didn’t they call this show “The Left Wing??”
****Hmmm…. Why would schedule this show two weeks before the election??



Sharon Stone Says De Niro Was The Best Kisser

Sharon Stone didn’t hesitate when it came to naming Robert De Niro as her best on-screen kisser.  They worked together as husband and wife in the 1995 movie “Casino.” Stone’s character was a former prostitute-turned-hustler while De Niro played a mob boss of Tangiers Casino.  She appeared on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Tuesday when a caller asked who her best and worst on-screen kissers were.  “Robert De Niro was for sure the best kisser,” Stone declared. “Bob was far and away the best kisser.”  She explained, “He was the actor that I admired the most. My whole career I just wanted to be able to sit across the table from Robert De Niro and hold my own. Maybe because I just held him in such extraordinary high regard, it was the pinnacle of the kissing moment for me.”  “I was just so madly in love with him as an actress to start with that he probably could’ve hit me in the head with a hammer and I would’ve been like, ‘Oh, yeah!’” Stone jokingly said. “It was pretty fabulous.”  In comparison to other on-screen kissers, she said every kiss she had after De Niro was “just meh.”
*******That’s gonna make a lot of guys feel like, “What?????”
******We just hope De Niro doesn’t get a big ego!!
******He stuck his tongue so far down her throat he could taste what she had for breakfast!!



Aunt Becky Missing From Full House Reunion

The “Full House” cast reunited for another project, but Lori Loughlin was not among them.   Loughlin was recently sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to participating in the college admissions scandal. She has to  report to FCI Victorville on Nov. 19 before 2 p.m.  Candace Cameron Bure, John StamosBob Saget, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Dave Coulier all appeared in a music video alongside “Full House” creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin.  Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who spilt the role of Michelle, were missing from the video as well.  The song called “Gotta Love a Golden” and the accompanying video serve as a promotion for pet adoption and rescue programs. It also serves as a fundraiser as the song can be downloaded and streamed — all profits will “go to help animals,” Franklin said in the clip.  The “Full House” cast’s participation is likely an homage to golden retrievers playing a role both in the series and its follow-up “Fuller House.”  The video contains clips and pictures of Franklin’s two golden retrievers, Woody and Lola.  Eventually, the actors appear to show off their singing skills, with Stamos playing the bongos.  “You gotta love a golden / ’cause they love balls,” they sing. “Run ’em down, repeat, even when they sleep / yeah, goldens dream of balls.”  “Yeah, I guess my dogs might be a little spoiled,” said Franklin after the song. “Our pets give us so much, but they don’t all have loving homes, so please support your local pet adoption and rescue programs.”  The clip concludes with a handful of the cast members woofing like a dog.
*******If they make a show called “Big House,” they’ll call her!!
******”Dreaming of balls??” Lori will be doing a lot of that!!



Top 500 Albums Of All-Time

Rolling Stone has updated its list of the best 500 albums of all time.  The list was first crafted in 2003, and now contains 154 new additions that were not listed on either the original or 2012 versions of the list.  To build out the list, the outlet “tabulated Top 50 Albums lists from more than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music-industry figures,” according to the updated article.  Coming in at number five this time around is The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” The outlet states that the album was recorded while the iconic band was “on the verge of a breakup.” Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” serves as number four on the new list.  Number three is Joni Mitchell’s “Blue,” which the outlet said “might be the ultimate breakup album.”  The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” takes the number two slot.  Marvin Gaye takes the top spot on the list with his album “What’s Going On.”
******Everybody’s got their own list!! What’s on YOURS??



Tom Cruise To Film In Space

Tom Cruise’s latest film will take him about 250 miles above cruising altitude — to the International Space Station.  The Space Shuttle Almanac tweeted Wednesday that Cruise and director Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) are headed to the ISS in October 2021, thanks to Elon Musk.  They both, and possibly an additional actor will travel aboard Musk’s Axiom SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to make the first major movie ever shot in space. It does not yet have a title.  In July, Deadline reported that Universal made a production commitment of $200 million to the project after just a Zoom call with Cruise — and without a finished script. Liman is said to be writing it.
*******They’ll be filming it on a iPhone!!
******Movies usually have a crew of hundreds!! (true)
*******Here’s the title: “Major Tom!!!”



Don Lewis’ Family Upset With Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin is being sued for not speaking up when “Dancing With the Stars” judges cracked some jokes about Don Lewis, who is long missing and presumed dead, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.  In the new lawsuit, Lewis family members accuse the Big Cat Rescue boss of being “complicit” when judges name-dropped a viral TikTok video showcasing the unproved conspiracy theory that Baskin killed Lewis — and fed him to their hungry tigers.  She denies having any involvement in his disappearance.  The new lawsuit reportedly goes on to claim that Baskin should have intervened when “DWTS” judge Bruno Tonioli joked that she “didn’t quite kill the paso doble, it was kind of sedated.”  The family also takes issue with Baskin quipping about how she was “ready to kill it next week” in an interview with “Good Morning America.”  Jon Phillips, the Lewis family’s attorney, told Entertainment Tonight Tuesday that Baskin has been down this legal road before: She reportedly settled a $50,000 defamation lawsuit brought by her missing husband’s former executive assistant, Anne McQueen, in 1998.  “These exact same false statements, and additional ones, are being made again in 2020,” Phillips said. “It is malicious. Making matters worse, Howard Baskin [Carole’s current husband] is making these same statements publicly, as is Big Cat Rescue. As such, they have been added as defendants.”
******If you can be sued for making jokes, we’re in trouble!!
******We all kid around about grinding up our spouse, right??
******Meanwhile, Joe Exotic is in prison dancing with Bubba!!!


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Same Lottery Numbers Finally Win

A Missouri man who has been using the same set of lottery numbers for more than 10 years won a $50,000 jackpot — just two years after collecting a $19,000 prize.  Dan Dampf of Jefferson City told Missouri Lottery officials he has been using the same 10 numbers to play Show Me Cash since the game began in 2008, and his persistence paid off when the numbers 2-21-27-33-39 came up in the Sept. 8 drawing.  “It finally hit, so I was really excited,” Dampf said. “I was blessed that I finally won.”  He said the win wasn’t his first brush with lottery luck.  “Two years ago I was playing Pick 4, and I won $19,000, which was my biggest win ever,” Dampf said. “So [now], this was the biggest win I’ve ever had.”   Dampf said the jackpot will allow him to pay off his bills and buy some new woodworking equipment.  “It’s a new hobby I picked, so I’ll have something to do when I get closer to retirement,” he said.
******Even a blind squirrel hits a jackpot sooner or later!!
*******We just added up all the money he spent on lottery tickets in the last ten years!! $50,000!! So now he’s even!!
Topic: Ever win anything????



Old TV Set Knocks Out Broadband

Engineers investigating why an entire Welsh village lost broadband signal at the same time every day for 18 months said they finally identified the source: an elderly resident’s old TV set.  Openreach, the firm that maintains telephone and broadband Internet infrastructure in Britain, said engineers visited the village of Aberhosan after nearly all of the settlement’s 400 residents reported losing their broadband signal for 18 months every day at 7 a.m.  He said the investigators set out to determine whether electrical interference was to blame.  “We walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6 a.m. to see if we could find an electrical noise to support our theory. And at 7 a.m., like clockwork, it happened. Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference,” engineer Michael Jones said.  Jones said the team traced the interference to a home, where they discovered its surprising origin: an elderly resident’s old TV set.  The broadband outages coincided with the resident’s daily routine of switching on the TV set at 7 a.m.
********See? Analog RULES!!!!
TOPIC: What’s the oldest technology you own???


Grass Stained Jeans For Sale

Gucci is turning heads online for an unusual piece of high fashion apparel: a pair of $1,400 denim overalls designed to look like they are already grass stained.  The “eco washed organic denim overall,” priced at $1,400 on Gucci’s website, is part of the brand’s grunge-inspired fall/winter men’s collection.  The overalls are “specifically treated for a stained-like, distressed effect.” The effect makes it appear as though the denim is already stained with dirt and grass.  The item has drawn criticism online from observers who point out the disparity between the price tag for the overalls and their pre-worn appearance.

*******These pants are for people who are thinking, “I have wayyyyy too much money! How can I spend some??”
******We’ve got some underwear with interesting stains!! How much would you pay for THAT??
*******You could just go work in the yard and get the same effect!! There’s that!!!



Old Nixon Sandwich Turns 60

An Illinois man is celebrating the 60th birthday of an unusual keepsake — a sandwich that he has kept frozen ever since it was half-eaten by Richard Nixon in 1960.  Steve Jenne of Sullivan said he was a Boy Scout when Nixon visited the town of Sullivan during a Sept. 22, 1960, campaign stop. The future president attended a cookout and ate half of a buffalo chicken sandwich, which Jenne then took home to keep in his freezer.  “I looked around and thought, ‘If no one else was going to take it, I am going to take it,'” Jenne told the Herald-Review newspaper.  The sandwich brought Jenne notoriety over the years, most notably a 1988 guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Jenne said the appearance yielded him a half-eaten snack from Carson, as well as a paper plate signed by Steve Martin, who quipped that he had earlier used the plate to eat some chicken salad. Jenne said his collection now also includes unfinished foods from entertainers Tiny Tim and Henny Youngman.  Jenne said the Nixon sandwich remains the crown jewel of his collection.

*******We shouldn’t have thrown at that half-eaten donut from Gabriel Iglesias??
*******A sandwich that was touched by Nixon’s sweaty jowls?? Impressive!!
TOPIC: What weird thing do YOU collect??









7 Ways To Get Kids To Actually Pay Attention During Remote Learning

Huffington Post


  1. Know what it means to actually “pay attention.”

Before parents (like me!) start fretting too much about whether our kids are paying attention (still me!), teachers say it’s important to clear up expectations.

“Break down what it means to pay attention. We say the phrase, but what does it mean? How does one ‘pay attention’ when they’re 7?” said Allen. “Sometimes we say things as adults that don’t translate to kids. This is one of them.”

Talk with your kid about what “paying attention” actually means, so you’re both clear. Like: Are your listening ears on? Are your eyes on whoever is speaking? Are you talking out of turn? Is your brain following what’s happening? It’s not necessarily: Are you sitting perfectly still without making a peep and politely raising your hand to answer every single question?


  1. Make a dedicated, consistent learning space for them.

This one can be hard for families without a ton of space. I, for example, have two adults and two kids crammed into a teeny walk-up apartment. But it really is important, experts say.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the kitchen, living room or basement, but it should be free of distractions such as phones and TV, and most importantly it should be consistent,” said Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year and Johnston High School English teacher who has been working with Prezi, a video communications company, to help teachers and students adjust to distance learning. “Consistency is key for at-home learning because it signals to your child that it’s time to learn and be engaged.”


  1. Let them fidget.

When I see my son squirm, my instinct is to assume he’s lost all interest. Which, to be fair, is sometimes true. But teachers know that sometimes kids just really need movement in order to tune in.

“Just like in school, some learners need to stand or fidget or move in order to pay attention,” Wessling said. “If this is your child, consider elevating your child’s screen onto a counter or on a stack of books so they can stand. I’m also a big fan of black binder clips for fidgeting.”

“For many of us, we can pay attention better when we are rubbing a piece of sandpaper in our pocket, playing with a rubber band … moving our hands or feet,” echoed Allen. “The good ol’ bungee cord around the bottom of the chair is a fun one for feet movement.” Maybe this is the year of the fidget spinner comeback?


  1. Find the best placement… for you.

It can be particularly hard as a parent of a young remote learner to know where you’re actually supposed to be. If I’m not there to oversee a live class call or start a taped one, my son is completely lost. Which makes sense. He’s 5.

But when I hang around too close, I know I’m more of a distraction. He defers to me, not his teacher. And I suspect he’s often self-conscious.

Wessling urged parents to play around with finding the right balance. “Be aware of your proximity,” she said. “Some children will work better when you are close, but not hovering. Others will work better with more independence and prefer an occasional check-in. What works for your child is the right thing to do.”


  1. Work in movement breaks. Lots of them.

“Kids (and adults) need to move while in front of the camera or computer!” Allen urged. “Maybe you and your kiddo have a secret signal, and you let the teacher in on it. At that signal, your kiddo can get up and move.”

You can keep it really simple and just have them get up and stretch or walk around for a few seconds. Or if you feel so inclined, you can take it up a notch. For example, Allen likes the idea of an activity board you can point to a few options on. Like: Two star jumps! One lunge! A quick yoga pose! And then they get back to work.


  1. Talk to your kid’s teacher — more than ever before.

Yes, teachers are slammed right now trying to figure out this “new normal.” But helping them get to know your child — and cementing the idea that you’re going to really tackle remote learning as a team — can go a long way in making sure online learning clicks. “Advocate for your kid. Speak up, and early,” Allen said. “Open those lines of communication so you all can figure out this new landscape together.”

Tell your child’s teacher early on if there’s anything that’s not working. And let them know when something is. Also, be patient. Have grace and compassion with teachers now more than ever, Allen urged. (Here are a few more practical ways to support teachers in this crazy, unprecedented year.)


  1. Don’t discipline them.

It can be pull-your-hair-out hard to watch your child struggle with online learning. We all want this to work. But don’t discipline your kid if they’re struggling.

“Avoid attaching immediate consequences to not paying attention. Especially early on in this experience, we don’t want our children to associate negativity with the desired behavior,” Wessling said. “Instead, affirm their good choices, model the behavior you’d most like to see, praise the small things and keep nudging them towards higher expectations.”

Also remember, your child’s teacher is actually their teacher. (Obvious, but easy to forget!) Lean on them and their accumulated wisdom to help you all get through this, as a team.


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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