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Born on this day!! Actor Tippi Hedren is 91. Journalist Robert MacNeil is 90. Director Richard Lester (“A Hard Day’s Night,” “Superman II” and “III”) is 89. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 79. Actor Shelley Fabares is 77. Country singer Dolly Parton is 75. TV chef Paula Deen is 74. Singer Martha Davis of The Motels is 70. Singer Dewey Bunnell of America is 69. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 68. Actor Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy,” ″Married… With Children”) is 67. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 66. Keyboardist Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 64. Actor Paul McCrane (“ER”) is 60. Singer Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe is 53. Singer Trey Lorenz is 52. Actor Shawn Wayans (“White Chicks,” ″Scary Movie”) is 50. Singer-guitarist John Wozniak of Marcy Playground is 50. Actor Drea de Matteo (“Joey,” ″The Sopranos”) is 49. Comedian Frank Caliendo (“Frank TV,” ″Mad TV”) is 47. Actor Drew Powell (“Gotham”) is 45. Actor Marsha Thomason (“Las Vegas”) is 45. Actor Bitsie Tulloch (“Grimm”) is 40. Actor Jodie Sweetin (“Full House”) is 39. Actor Shaunette Renee Wilson (“The Resident”) is 31. Actor Briana Henry (“General Hospital”) is 29. Actor Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson” films) is 29. Rapper Taylor Bennett is 25. Actor Lidya Jewett (“Hidden Figures”) is 14.


1915 – The electric neon sign was patented in the United States by George Claude of Paris, France.
1953 – Lucy Ricardo gave birth to baby Ricky on I Love Lucy. More people tuned in to watch the show than the inauguration of President Eisenhower.
1955 – President Eisenhower okayed the first filming of a news conference for television.
1966 – Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
1981 – The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
1997 – Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in 30 years, as Israel hands over control of the West Bank city to Palestinians.
2001 – President Clinton admitted he made false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky.

Today Is: Popcorn Day, Tin Can Day, World Day of Migrants and Refugees, World Quark Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 – NCIS   /  9:00 – NCIS  /  10:00 – FBI: Most Wanted
NBC – 8:00  – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist  /  9:00 – This Is Us  /  10:00 – Nurses
ABC – 8:00 –  Cinderella (2015)  /  10:00 – Call Your Mother  /  10:30 – The Conners
FOX – 8:00 – The Resident  /  9:00 – Prodigal Son
CW – 8:00 –  Two Sentence Horror Stories  /  8:30 – Two Sentence Horror Stories  /  9:00 – Trickster

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Casey Affleck, Rep. Adam Schiff, Jack Harlow
Jimmy Fallon: Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Tate McRae
Stephen Colbert: Jason Segel, Black Pumas
Seth Meyers: Rachel Maddow, Billie Piper, Sarah Thawer
James Corden: Anthony Mackie, Machine Gun Kelly
Lilly Singh: Craig Robinson
Conan: Aubrey Plaza
Watch What Happens Live: Evan Ross Katz, Sasha Morfaw, Samantha Bush, Danny Pellegrino
The View: Andrew Yang
The Talk: Iain Armitage
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Leslie Odom Jr.
Ellen DeGeneres: Howie Mandel, Gitanjali Rao, Pete Yorn
Wendy Williams: Tommy Davidson
The Real: Michael Potts, Dr. Angela Rodgers
Kelly Clarkson: Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ella Hunt
Tamron Hall: The hottest new food trends
Drew Barrymore: Cole Sprouse, Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry

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

QUESTION: In this year’s “SENIOR BOWL,” Tom Brady puts Drew Brees into retirement and winds up one game away from another SUPER BOWL! Next stop, Green Bay!!


QUESTION: Has J. Lo had BOTOX INJECTIONS?? She TAKES DOWN an Instagram troll who accuses her after she posts a video of her own facial masks!! Meowww!!


QUESTION: Is it really a “Ben-Ana Split???” Could be!! Ben Affleck and Bon Girl Ana DeArmis reportedly split because she wants kids, and he’s GOT ENOUGH!!!!!!


QUESTION: Which star signs are MOST LIKELY TO CHEAT?? This chart tells you, with Scorpios being the most faithful and Libras and Geminis being most likely to stray!


QUESTION: Are you HOLDING YOUR BREATH for tomorrow’s inauguration? The most popular winner in U.S. history will be installed behind 25,000 TROOPS!!!!!????
Armed National Guard Sleeping On Capitol Floor

The Rock Shares New Sitcom Trailer

Dwayne Johnson shared on social media Saturday the first trailer for his upcoming NBC sitcom, Young Rock.  “I wish my dad was around to see. Maaaaan he would’ve been proud. Yes, I kicked puberty’s ass at 15 and turned tequila tycoon by 10. Cant wait to make ya laugh and share some life lessons I’ve learned along the way,” Johnson tweeted along with the preview.  The show is an “origins story” based on the real childhood of Johnson, who grew up to become one of the most famous pro wrestlers and film stars in the world.  Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu will play Johnson at ages 10, 15 and 18 in the comedy and Johnson is expected to appear in each episode to set up that night’s story. Johnson’s father Rocky, who is a character in the series, was also a wrestler. He died a year ago at the age of 75.  See the trailer HERE.
********He’ll show us what he was like as a grain of sand, a pebble, and finally, a small rock!!
TRIVIA: His dad was in the James Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice!!” He’s the sumo-looking dude who fights Sean Connery in the office!!
******His Life Lesson: “Take steroids, get rich and famous, don’t look back!!!”
*****His kids are a chip off the old Rock!!!

Dr. Dre Back Home

Dr. Dre is back at home after receiving treatment for a possible brain aneurysm at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  He was released from the hospital Friday.  He suffered symptoms of an apparent brain aneurysm earlier this month, according to TMZ.  “Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes,” Dre wrote in an Instagram post on Jan. 5, which said he received great care at the hospital. “Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!”  He underwent testing and spent time in the medical center’s intensive care unit, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Rapper and actor Ice-T, 62, provided insight into Dre’s health status in a tweet on Friday.  “Update: Just FaceTimed with @drdre,” Ice-T’s post said. “He just made it home. Safe and looking good.”
********He asked doctors if he’d be able to think straight, and they said yes. He said, “That’s funny… I never could before!!”
******He’s starting his own practice with Dr. Jill Biden!!
*******When he got home, he saw a picture of his ex-wife and asked them to take him back!!

Trebek Fans Want Studio Named After Him

Alex Trebek’s fans have come up with a suggestion for cementing his legacy.  An online petition has been created lobbying for the “Jeopardy!” stage to be dedicated to him, who had hosted the iconic game show since 1984. Trebek died in November at 80 after battling cancer.  The petition specifically names Sony, CBS and “Jeopardy!” in its call-to-action.  “On November 8, 2020, George Alexander Trebek passed away at the age of 80 after an 18 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He inspired millions of his fans ever since he started hosting the syndicated version of ‘Jeopardy!’ in 1984 and hosted over 8,300 episodes in 37 seasons on the program,” reads the petition. “His Canadian personality made the show unique and with his ability to fluently speak 17 different languages he was known internationally for his talents on television.”  Trebek’s final episode aired last week, as he pre-taped several before his death.
********Studio execs looked at the proposal and said, “It won’t cost anything, right? Let’s do it!!”
*******They should name a section of the human brain after him!! The part that holds the trivia!!

Prince Harry Unhappy

Prince Harry is reportedly “heartbroken” over lasting family tensions following their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family, aka Megxit.  A friend, journalist Tom Bradby — who toured southern Africa with the Sussexes for their documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey” — shared his thoughts on the move during Sunday’s episode of ITV’s “Love Your Weekend,” where he’s asked if he thinks Harry and Meghan seem any happier since they moved to California earlier this year.  “I think they are feeling better, yes … So are they unhappy? No, I think they are content, the things they are doing they are quite excited by,” Bradby shared, People reports. “I think he is heartbroken by the situation with his family. You don’t necessarily need to have knowledge to know that, but I think it is true.”  Bradby adds, “The situation with the family clearly isn’t ideal and it has been a very difficult year for them all, but are they unhappy out there? No, I don’t think that’s right, I think they are pretty happy actually, but I think they wrestle with their position in life, I think they all do. I think William does too, I don’t think he finds it easy.”  Fortunately, a separate report claims Harry and William are on the verge of healing their strained relationship.  “There were phone and video calls over the Christmas and New Year holiday and the Sussexes sent presents to the Cambridges and vice versa,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET. “Things are a lot better between William and Harry. If you go back a year at that stage, these brothers were barely on talking terms.”
********What happened?? Meghan happened!!!
******They both agree that they can’t allow their father to become king!!!
*******Meghan and Harry are living next to Oprah in a $14 million mansion. Are they happy?? You bet your ass!!!

Phil Spector Dies

Legendary music producer Phil Spector died Saturday, the California Department of Corrections confirmed.  He was 81. He was behind hits by The Ronettes, Ike and Tina Turner and The Beatles, Spector was convicted in 2009 of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.  Spector reportedly contracted COVID-19 about a month ago from his jail cell at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, Calif., and was hospitalized, but returned to the prison. He relapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he died Saturday, according to TMZ.  He was pronounced dead of natural causes but jail officials said a medical examiner will determine his exact cause of death.
********Right now, he’s getting used to his new bunkmate, Charles Manson!!
*****He looked around said, “It smells like sulfur here in Rock and Roll Heaven!! And where’s Elvis and David Bowie??”


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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“Friend”:  Courteney Cox To Wed-(National Enquirer)

Lovebirds Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid are officially ready to become more than just “Friends”-they’re planning a special wedding in Ireland, sources spilled.  “The lockdown definitely put a strain on their relationship, but they’ve decided distance has only made their hearts grow fonder!” an insider dished.  “Now they can’t wait to tie the knot.”

Taylor Gets a Swift Kick!-(Globe)

Pop diva Taylor Swift’s image has been erased from a mural at Nashville’s iconic Legends Corner bar because some die-hard fans believe she turned her back on country music.  Artist Tim Davis notes the saloon’s owners told him to replace Taylor with Brad Paisley.  Furious Taylor fans cry the songbird won country’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award, in 2013.  But painter Davis notes Taylor has turned to pop and “some inebriated bar hoppers have spit on her image specifically, feeling betrayed by her venture from country.”

Loose Talk-(Us Weekly)

“It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob.”-On cancel culture, Rowan Atkinson.

“Sorry about that.  I should know your name.  You’re my favorite son-in-law.”-On mistaking Chris Pratt for Chris Evans, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I’m your only son-in-law, I better be your favorite!”-Chris Pratt.

It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over!-(Star)

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos

The soap opera co-stars fell head over heels on the set of All My Children in 1995, but after they broke up a year later, Kelly, 50, and Mark, 49, still had to make nice when they appeared together Live With Regis & Kathie Lee to chat about the show.  “She wouldn’t talk to me, and that made me go crazy,” Mark recently revealed.  The Riverdale actor admitted that he followed his ex to Central Park to patch things up, and it worked like a charm-the couple ended up eloping in Las Vegas the very next day!

Extreme Makeover-(Life & Style)

Jan. 5

No wonder The Weeknd can’t feel his face!  After wearing surgical bandages on the red carpet in November, the singer debuted a drastic new look in his “Save Your Tears” music video.  Alas, it was a false alarm-the high cheekbones, whittled nose and other enhancements were products of prosthetics and makeup effects artist Mike Marino, who first created a rough sculpture of the intended results.


Happy Anniversary!-(People)

Pink & Carey Hart

The pop star, 41, and the motocross racer, 45, celebrated 15 years of marriage on Jan. 7.  “See, sometimes being stubborn pays off,” Pink-who has two children with Hart-wrote on Instagram.  “What a wild ride it’s been, once we learned how to stay in our race line.”

Number of the Week-(In Touch)


-dollars Kylie Jenner plunked down a month to rent her Aspen vacation home.



Tower Of London Raven Missing

The Tower of London said one of its ravens is feared dead. bringing it closer to a legend that would indicate the fall of the kingdom.  In a Twitter post, the Tower of London said that a raven named Merlina, known as the “Queen of the Tower Ravens,” has not been seen at there for several weeks.  “Her continued absence indicates to us that she may have sadly passed away,” the tower said.  “Though it isn’t unusual for our ravens to roam outside the walls, free-spirited Merlina has previously always returned to the Tower and to the Ravenmaster and his team, with whom she shared a wonderfully close bond.”  A legend about the Tower of London, dating to Charles II states that if the tower has fewer than six ravens, the kingdom will be doomed. Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife said seven ravens remain at the tower, as well as a spare bird.
********”Wait a minute, your majesty!! This is NOT chicken!!!”
*******When they get down to five ravens, Meghan makes her move… and Archie is the new king!!!
*******How much do they pay the Ravenmaster at the Tower?? Because we may need a new gig!!

Bitcoin Guy Still Doesn’t Know Password

Stefan Thomas, of San Francisco, says he has made peace with forgetting his Bitcoin password that would turn him into a multimillionaire.  Thomas, who recently was featured in The New York Times, has about $220 million worth of Bitcoin locked away on a hard drive that will erase its data after 10 password attempts.  Thomas has tried to put in the correct password eight times with no luck. The German-born programmer lost the piece of paper containing the password.  “You sort of question your own self-worth. What kind of person loses something this important?” Thomas said during a recent interview with ABC7 News before detailing how he has come to terms with what happened.  “It was actually a really big milestone in my life where, like, I sort of realized how I was going to define my self-worth going forward. It wasn’t going to be about how much money I have in my bank account,” he said.
********If he’s at piece with losing $220 million, you know one thing: he’s not married!!
******Digital currency has one convenient feature: a click of a button, and it’s gone!!
******From now on, he’ll store his wealth in toilet paper, like everyone else!!

Bird Feeder Stuck On Mules Head

A mule deer in Pine, Colo., was rescued by park rangers after getting its head jammed into a 10-pound plastic bird feeder.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Joe Nicholson pried the plastic tub off of the deer’s neck after temporarily subduing it onto the ground on Saturday.  Wildlife, especially deer, elk, and moose, are often foraging for food in winter months.  “Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges everyone to take down volleyball nets, hammocks, hanging lights and other items that deer — especially the bucks — can get tangled in,” the agency said.  See the pics HERE.
********The birds weren’t happy, either!!
******He went home and told his mate, “I accidentally got something stuck on my horn,” and she said, “I want a divorce!!”

Racing Pigeon Faces Death

A racing pigeon that survived an 8,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean from the US to Australia, is to be put to death over fears it may be carrying disease.  The exhausted bird showed up at the Melbourne home of the appropriately-named Kevin Celli-Bird on Boxing Day.  Mr Celli-Bird said: “I’ve got a fountain in the backyard and it was having a drink and a wash. He was pretty emaciated so I crushed up a dry biscuit and left it out there for him. The following day he noticed a blue band on his leg.  “Obviously he belongs to someone, so I managed to catch him,” he added.  Mr Celli-Bird discovered the pigeon, which he named Joe after the US president-elect, Joe Biden, had disappeared from a race in the US state of Oregon on 29 October and later tried unsuccessfully to contact its owner in Alabama.  But if you’re wondering how he managed to fly the whole way, experts suspect Joe hitched a ride on a cargo ship.
********That’ll be the last time he does THAT!!!
*****Can’t they just buy him a ticket home???
*******He was trying to pick up chicks with that old joke, “I just flew to Australia, and boy, are my wings tired!!”







19 Things Introverts Wish Their Bosses Knew

Huffington Post


  1. Back-to-back meetings are draining for me.

“Whether having an in-person or virtual meeting, I need time to decompress afterwards. Having meetings scheduled back to back is the worst!” — Alicia G.


  1. Don’t take it personally if I don’t want to go to happy hour.

“I am perfectly sociable at work, but please don’t ask me to do after-hours things with work people too often. I need downtime to regain my energy for the next day. Quarterly is fine. Bi-weekly is exhausting.” — Lauren T.


  1. I can get way more done if I have my own workspace.

“Working in an open environment is the perfect way to assure I’m not productive or comfortable in my job. Every interruption means great effort and time to regroup. Then I get grumpy because of deadlines.” — A.C.


  1. I really thrive when I’m working from home.

“My company started having us work from home in mid-March. It has remained so since then, and I’ve never been happier or more productive in my life. Don’t get me wrong: I really like a lot of my co-workers, but the pressure of having to be ‘on’ — convivial, chatty, and perky five days a week — has disappeared. I can still talk with those folks over our company chat when I have things to say, but I no longer have to deal with nonstop casual talk.

I want to keep working like this forever. I will get the COVID vaccine as soon as I qualify for it; I’m older and diabetic, so I am more susceptible to the virus than others. But when we’re all vaccinated and they want to go back to the office, that’s going to be very hard for me.” — Jennifer L.


  1. I can’t shine when you put me on the spot. I need time to prepare.

“In a one-on-one with my boss, I said I was interested in expanding [my] leadership roles. That evening he asked me to lead a program with no time to review the material, to plan or to process. The idea of this gave me intense anxiety. After saying I would be happy to do so at a future date with more notice, I found out this was a test. I failed and was never offered a leadership position again. As an introvert, I know I have the ability to excel in leadership positions, but not when I’m blindsided.” — Victoria P.


  1. Ice breaker games are a nightmare for me.

“Ice breaker activities cause me panic and stress. I think they are supposed to be fun but I find them dreadful.” — Jessica R.


  1. I need you to moderate meetings so us introverts don’t get lost in the shuffle.

“Just because an idea is expressed loudly and boisterously doesn’t make it a better one. When we introverts speak, listen! Even more, be mindful of those people who dominate meetings and intimidate others with their volume and bravado. Be a good moderator and rein those people in. Please!” — Lara B.


  1. Sometimes I need to skip the small talk to conserve my energy.

“When I don’t stop in the hall and chit chat with every employee in the school, I’m not being unfriendly. I’m trying to focus my energy on the teaching job I was hired for.” — Shannon S.


  1. I do my best work solo, one-on-one or in a small group.

“It’s where we feel most comfortable and where we can let our guards down.”— Maria J.


  1. Getting acknowledged for my hard work is great — just not when you do it in front of the whole company.

“While I really appreciate recognition, I would far prefer a note or an email directly to me, rather than an announcement in front of everyone at a work meeting.” — Katie K.


  1. It takes me some time to shift from one task to another.

“If I’m in the middle of doing something and my boss or anyone jumps in and asks me a question, my inability to answer immediately doesn’t mean I don’t know the answer or that I’m incompetent. It just takes longer for my brain to switch gears.” — Tiffany B.


  1. I have good ideas, but it’s hard for me to share them in team brainstorms.

“Don’t underestimate me! Just because I don’t always speak up during large staff meetings doesn’t mean I don’t have great ideas. Providing multiple avenues to submit input gives me time to develop my thoughts and comfortable spaces to share them.” — Alicia G.


  1. I generally prefer an email to a phone call.

“Please don’t call me when a text or email will suffice. I will have a more complete, intelligent response to any questions or problems if I don’t have to talk to you.” — Kim T.


  1. When you go around the room and ask everyone to share something about themselves, I die a little inside.

“At a meeting, do not expect each person around the table to say how they are doing, what they did over holiday or what they think about the current topic of discussion. I feel the same anxiety as in grade school when the teacher called on students to read aloud one after another up and down the rows.” — Kat T.


  1. Just because I’m quiet doesn’t mean I’m disengaged.

“Introverts process internally. It doesn’t mean I don’t have input, it just takes me time to quietly process before answering.” — Marcella E.


  1. My strengths may be less obvious but they’re no less valuable.

“My bosses believe that a good teacher is a super outgoing personality. They should be loud and animated to get and sustain the students’ attention. They don’t realize that introverts are more observant and intuitive, which are valuable assets.

Sometimes to truly know your students, you need these qualities. Plus, not every student will respond well to a loud, animated teacher. An introverted teacher will notice the quiet students and look to connect with them on a level the student is comfortable with.” — Pam F.


  1. I need my lunch break to decompress by myself.

“While I appreciate you wanting to show your thanks by buying us food for lunch, I need my hour in the middle of the day to get away and recharge!” — Cheryl K.


  1. I might turn down a leadership position — but it doesn’t mean I’m not driven.

“Just because I’m really good in my current position, it doesn’t mean I have the desire to be on the leadership team. Please don’t feel bad when you offer it and I turn it down. And please, please don’t see it as a lack of dedication or ambition. I just really like being in my comfort zone and like what I’m currently doing.” — Emily B.


  1. I may not be the biggest personality, but I still want you to notice my contributions.

“I work hard and work long hours, but I am generally overlooked. The extroverts who aren’t as dedicated get more recognition and praise because they demand to be noticed. I wish that my boss understood that a little praise or appreciation would go a long way.” — Carrie H.


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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