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Born on this day!! Actor Robert Duvall is 90. Singer-bassist Athol Guy of The Seekers is 81. Former talk show host Charlie Rose is 79. Actor Diane Keaton is 75. Actor Ted Lange (“The Love Boat”) is 73. Drummer George “Funky” Brown of Kool and the Gang is 72. Guitarist Chris Stein of Blondie is 71. Actor Pamela Sue Martin (“The Poseidon Adventure,” ″Dynasty”) is 68. Actor Clancy Brown (“Highlander,” ″SpongeBob SquarePants”) is 62. Actor Suzy Amis (“Titanic”) is 59. Actor Ricky Paull Goldin (“All My Children,” “Guiding Light”) is 56. Actor Vinnie Jones (TV’s “Deception,” film’s “X-Men: The Last Stand”) is 56. Drummer Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 55. Actor Joe Flanigan (“Stargate Atlantis,” ″Sisters”) is 54. Dancer and talk show host Carrie Ann Inaba (“The Talk,” “Dancing with the Stars”) is 53. Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age is 53. Singer Marilyn Manson is 52. Actor Shea Whigham (“Fast and Furious 6,” ″Boardwalk Empire”) is 52. Actor Derek Cecil (“House of Cards,” ″Treme”) is 48. Actor-comedian Jessica Chaffin (“Man with a Plan”) is 47. Actor Bradley Cooper is 46. Actor January Jones (“Mad Men”) is 43. Actor Brooklyn Sudano (“My Wife and Kids”) is 40. Actor Franz Drameh (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) is 28.


1896 – A German newspaper reported German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays.
1914 – Henry Ford introduced the $5-a-day minimum wage.
1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman governor of a state (Wyoming).
1972 – President Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.
2000 – INS Commissioner Doris Meissner ruled that 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez must be returned to Cuba.

Today Is: Bird Day, Earth at Perihelion, Golden Globes, National Keto Day, National Screenwriters Day, Monopoly Game Day, Twelfth Night, Whipped Cream Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 – NCIS   /  9:00 – FBI  /  10:00 – FBI: Most Wanted
NBC – 8:00  – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist  /  9:00 – This Is Us  /  10:00 – Nurses
ABC – 8:00 –  The Lion King  /  10:30 – The Goldbergs
FOX – 8:00 – Gordon Ramsey’s American Roadtrip
CW – 8:00 –  World’s Funniest Animals  /  8:30 – World’s Funniest Animals  /  9:00 – Masters Of Illusion  /  9:30 – Masters Of Illustion

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Jim Parsons, Elizabeth Olsen, Yungblud
Jimmy Fallon: Gwen Stefani, Ralph Macchio
Stephen Colbert: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anya Taylor-Joy
James Corden: James Marsden, Tim Minchin
Lilly Singh: Lauren Ash, Ben Feldman (R 4/15/20)
Daily Show: Pre-empted
Conan: Tracee Ellis Ross (R 11/17/20)
Watch What Happens Live: Stephanie Hollman, Carson Kressley
The View: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Ralph Macchio, Ken Jennings, Kelly Leveque
Ellen DeGeneres: Gayle King, Alison Brie (R 11/30/20)
Wendy Williams: Joel McHale, Sarah Coleman
The Real: Randy Jackson, Rep. Ayanna Pressley
Kelly Clarkson: Mary Steenburgen, Busta Rhymes, DeVon Franklin
Tamron Hall: Chrishell Stause (R 10/16/20)
Drew Barrymore: Laura Vanderkam, Rocco DiSpirito, Judge Marilyn Milian, Judge John Schlesinger

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

QUESTION: Who was 2020’s HIGHEST-PAID DEAD CELEBRITY?? Forbes has the list, and Dr. Seuss is MOVING UP!! But… he’s not number one!!! Check it out!!!!!


QUESTION: Do we really need a TV series about the history of swear words??? F*CK, YEAH!!! Especially when it’s hosted by Nicolas Cage!! Coming to Netflix!!


QUESTION: Are you ready for THIS?? West Coast elites have a new craze: cleansing with the poisonous secretions of AMAZON TREE FROGS!!! Uh.. no thanks???


QUESTION: Ever date someone with a HUGE AGE DIFFERENCE?? Check out these celebrity relationships and ask yourself: how much is TOO MUCH?????????


QUESTION: What happens when this Door Dash driver doesn’t think her tip was BIG ENOUGH?? She TAKES THE FOOD BACK!! Check out the video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blake Shelton Song Gets Backlash

Blake Shelton is facing backlash for debuting a song titled “Minimum Wage” while people in America continue to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic.   He debuted the new single on NBC’s New Year’s Eve television special alongside Carson Daly to help ring in 2021. He said that his fiancée, Gwen Stefani, helped get her brother, Todd, to direct the video. His new song has to do with his love for Gwen and contains a lyric in the chorus that upset many people who saw the broadcast.  “Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage.”  Given the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has caused many businesses to shut down and put countless Americans out of work, people were quick to take to Twitter to lambaste the singer for releasing a song they believed was “tone deaf” given the current climate. “The irony of listening to a millionaire Blake Shelton singing about ‘love on minimum wage’ at the end of 2020 might be lost on its target audience,” one user wrote.  “I love his music but the timing for Minimum Wage isn’t great. With so many people out of work and struggling the song feels a little tone deaf. I’d like to hear songs that are more personal. Wish he wrote more of his own stuff because he’s an incredible song writer,” another wrote.
******Well, you’re on minimum wage… and he’s not!! And there’s a reason for that!!
*****And… he’s marrying Gwen Stefani, and you’re not!! There’s a reason for THAT, too!!
******If there’s a way to raise minimum wage to what Blake makes, that would be great!!
******It’s not HIS fault that everything’s shut down!! Blame Fauci!!!

Gisele and Tom Brady Sell NYC Pad

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen and quarterback Tom Brady have sold their Tribeca pad for $37 million, according to city property records. The buyer is a Connecticut-based financier and the home was bought via a New Haven-based trust. “It was a really quick sale,” said a source close to the deal. They bought the 12th floor unit at 70 Vestry for $25.46 million in 2018, according to property records.  Meanwhile, Bündchen and Brady are building their new dream home in Florida where Brady plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But that doesn’t mean they are saying goodbye to New York.  “They love the city, and the building, and they are keeping a smaller residence at 70 Vestry,” a source said. Although they are leaving their five bedroom, five and a half bathroom residence with a 1,900-square-foot terrace, the couple are saying hello to a Miami mansion on exclusive Indian Creek — home to Julio Iglesias, fellow model Adriana Lima, billionaires Carl Icahn and developer Jeff Soffer, ex-Sears CEO Eddie Lampert — and Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
*******There goes the neighborhood!!
*******They loved the 5 bedrooms… but it was a booger to clean!!!
*****We’re glad they’re keeping a New York pad!! We’d hate it if they were “second homeless!!”

Alex Trebek Suffered With Pain In Final Tapings

Ahead of Alex Trebek’s final “Jeopardy!” episodes airing this week, executive producer Mike Richards is opening up about what it was like for the late host to film the show just 10 days before his death.  “It was herculean,” Richards said on the “Today” show on Monday. “He was in enormous pain.”  But despite Trebek’s struggles, Richards said viewers will “not sense that in any of these episodes.”  “He is strong. He sounds great. He’s funny. And he’s amazing,” the EP added, calling the beloved host an “absolute warrior.”  Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for 36 years before he died on Nov. 8 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
********We’ll take “Cancer Sucks” for $1,000!!!

Larry King Out Of ICU

Larry King has been moved out of the ICU at a California hospital where he is undergoing treatment for COVID-19.   He has been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than 10 days — and was moved from the ICU unit on Sunday, a source close to the family told NBC News.  He believes he contracted the potentially deadly bug from a health care worker who went to his home, the source said, according to the news outlet.  Additionally, one of King’s sons was infected with the virus, said the source.  Hospital safety protocols have prevented King’s family members from visiting him at the hospital.  King has faced a host of medical issues in the past, including a heart attack, a stroke, prostate and lung cancer and diabetes.
*****Larry has survived cancer, strokes, a heart attack and six wives!! He’ll probably be at Keith Richards’ funeral!!!
******The ICU at Cedars-Sinai was funded by Olympic skier Picabo Street!! It’s called the “Picabo ICU!!”
*******How did he live this long? A diet of bagels and coffee!!!

Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde Are Dating

Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles appeared to confirm their romance when they were spotted holding hands at his agent’s wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif., this weekend.  In the images, Harry holds onto Wilde, who split from fiancé Jason Sudeikis at the beginning of last year, with one hand and carries a cup full of alcohol in the other.  In more shots he wears a white robe while chatting with the bride, Glenne Christiaansen, and groom, Jeff Azoff.  They may have fallen for each other on the set of her upcoming psychological thriller, “Don’t Worry Darling.”  Wilde told Vogue she decided to cast Styles after seeing him in “Dunkirk” and “did a little victory dance” when Styles officially joined the film, which also stars Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan.  It appears to be the first relationship Wilde has taken public since she and Sudeikis ended their engagement.
*******And… he can wear her clothes!!

Rubik’s Cube Movie In the Works

A film and game show based on the Rubik’s Cube toy is in development from Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group and Endeavor Content.  Details on the film are being kept under wraps. Ashok Amritraj will be producing the film, with Priya Amritraj and Addison Mejr executive producing for Hyde Park.  “I’ve had a personal and nostalgic connection to the Rubik’s Cube from my early days in India. I am thrilled to partner with Endeavor Content and Rubik’s/Smiley and look forward to creating a wonderful and complex Rubik’s universe,” Ashok Amritraj said in a statement.  The Rubik’s Cube, which tasks users with twisting rows of cubes around until each side matches the same color, was created by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik in 1974.  Over 450 million Rubik’s Cube have been sold worldwide.
*******We could solve a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded… and it would look about the same!!
*******Over the years, a lot of people have said, “We wish they’d do a movie with a talking Rubik’s Cube!!” Wait.. no they didn’t!!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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“Rudy” Is All Grown Up & Engaged To Brad James!-(National Enquirer)

Little Rudy Huxtable is getting married!  All grown up Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played the adorable tot in “The Cosby Show,” announced her engagement to 39-year-old actor Brad James on her Instagram account.  The two met on the set of the TV movie “Pride and Prejudice:  Atlanta.”  Keshia, 41, was previously wed to ex-footballer Ed Harwell and has a three-year-old daughter.

Pine’s Action Flick-(Globe)

Casting about:  Chris Pine has been pinned for the lead role in “Dungeons & Dragons,” a new action-packed fantasy flick based on the popular one-playing game.  The 200 adaptation, starring Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans and Jeremy Irons, was a “critical and commercial flop.”  Hoping Pine’s pic’s a winner!

Kevin & Danielle:  Where It All Started-(Us Weekly)

On Dec. 19, Kevin Jonas commemorated his 11th wedding anniversary with wife Danielle by sharing a photo on Instagram of the two posing at the very spot they met over a decade ago.  “I thank God everyday for the gift he gave me,” Kevin gushed.  The musician, 33, previously said that the secret to his relationship with Danielle, 34, is not knowing everything about each other.  “That is actually the sign of a successful marriage,” he said.

Johnny Depp:  Abandoned By His Friends!-(Star)

The embattled Pirates of the Caribbean star has fewer and fewer allies as he heads into court once again.  Jumping ship!  Friends of Johnny Depp are keeping their distance as the Pirates of the Caribbean star gears up for another ugly defamation trial.  The 57-year-old has sued ex-wife Amber Heard over a 2018 editorial she published in which the 34-year-old described an unnamed domestic abuser.  Now, sources say, former pals want nothing to do with him.  “A lot of his former costars and friends are abandoning Johnny,” says a source.  “The likes of Jude Law, Leonardo DiCaprio and Channing Tatum have been backpeddling on Johnny-and it’s making him furious.”

Matt & Luciana:  On the Rocks?-(Life & Style)

The action star hasn’t been spotted with wife Luciana for months-and now he’s wearing his wedding band on the wrong hand!  The way they were:  “Matt used to be so romantic, buying Luciana flowers every week and going out of his way to help out with the kids,” notes a source, “but not so much anymore.”


“I do have them in body fat content.”-Chris Pratt, on now he stacks up as the “best Chris” against Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

“I stand outside the door, and I go, ‘Oh hey, hi, Santa!’…..And I say, ‘What are you doing here, Santa?’  and he says, ‘Oh, I’m just making sure that the kids are being good kids.’  And I say, ‘They are, Santa,’  And you can hear them going, ‘We are, Santa!’”-George Clooney, on faking a visit from Santa to keep his 3-year-old twins behaving.

“I will not put it out if you keep making fun of my hair.”-Billie Eilish, threatening to withhold her new album if fans mock her green locks.

Shia & Margaret:  “Dangerous’ Romance”-(In Touch)

Margaret Qualley’s loved ones are concerned about her new fling with troubled star Shia LaBeouf, 34. “She has a thing for bad boys,” the source notes of the 26-year-old actress.  The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress’ mom, Andie MacDowell, “has bad vibes about Shia.  It’s going to take more than few therapy sessions to help him overcome his demons,” says the source.  “She’s begging her daughter to steer clear of him.”



Butter Sculptures Wanted

Organizers of the 105th Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held virtually, are calling on residents to make butter sculptures for the “Butter Up!” contest.  The farm show said submissions will be accepted Jan. 9-16 of sculptures crafted from up to 5 pounds of butter — much smaller than the 1,000-pound sculptures typically displayed at the in-person version of the event.  The winners will be selected by followers of the Farm Show Facebook page and they will receive gift cards.  The rules state participants are allowed to use chicken wire, sculpting wire and a base to support the sculpture, but may not use food dye or any other type of coloring.
*******We’d like to enter, but we only work in margarine!!!
*******These will set the Guinness record for “sculptures with the highest cholesterol!!

Squirrels Go On The Attack

Residents in Queens, New York, are facing a serious squirrel problem.  Multiple attacks have been reported in Rego Park, according to local news affiliate FOX 5 New York.  The Singh family from Rego Park told FOX 5 that their neighborhood has experienced around 20 unprovoked squirrel attacks since Thanksgiving.  “They have been randomly attacking people — attacking is anywhere from jumping onto them to scratching and biting aggressively,” Vinati Singh explained. “We don’t know why it’s happening.”  Other residents have been attacked so severely, they have been left bloodied by the aggravated rodents, according to recent photos and videos shared by social media users.  Micheline Frederick, 56, told the New York Post she was attacked by a squirrel on Dec. 21.  “The squirrel didn’t care, it just wanted something — it wanted blood,” she said. “For a few days afterwards I would come out with a shovel, just in case, looking around.”
********The squirrels are showing they’re nuts!!
*******It’s COVID!! The animals are sensing our weakness, and they’re going for it!!
*******Has antifa been recruiting from the animal kingdom??

Mysterious Jetpack Man Caught On Video

The unidentified flying man in Los Angeles has finally been caught on video – soaring 3,000 feet above Palos Verdes near Catalina Island with a jetpack.  The mystery aeronaut has been spotted at least twice before, in the summer and fall, but now there’s video, posted to the Instagram account of the Sling Pilot Academy, a local aviation school.  The video, which the school said one of its flight instructors recorded Monday, appears to show a solitary man sailing through the sky above the water off the California coast.  Although the figure does look like a person in some kind of suit, the school said it wasn’t 100% certain that the flyer was indeed the mystery sky intruder.  “The video appears to show a jet pack, but it could also be a drone or some other object,” the school admitted. “If it is a ‘guy in a jet pack’ then it remains to be seen whether it is a legal test flight (jet packs are real – there is a manufacturer near Los Angeles) or related to the jet pack sightings near LAX recently that caused disruptions to air traffic.”
********Where was Robert Downey Jr. while this was happening??
*******They say jet packs can’t fly that high… but they’ve been wrong about a lot of stuff lately!!
*******We guarantee that wasn’t the weirdest that happened in L.A. that day!!

Escaped Hamster Survives Cold Weather

Animal rescuers in Scotland are searching for the owners of an escaped hamster that braved sub-freezing temperatures to make its way to a candy store.  The Scottish SPCA said the hamster was caught on CCTV footage clinging to a person who entered the Poundland candy shop in Glasgow on New Year’s Eve.  The hamster jumped off the apparently unaware shopper inside the store and was soon captured and turned over to the SPCA.  Animal officer Amy Stirton said the hamster is in good health despite its journey through the streets in temperatures that reached a low of 5 degrees.  “We’ve named the little adrenaline junkie Tom Cruise for now, given his Mission Impossible-esque attempt to get some treats from Poundland,” Stirton said.
*********Probably dropped out of someone’s butt!! Let’s keep it real!!
********No one likes frozen rodent!! We like ’em fresh!!!







11 Money ‘Rules’ That No Longer Hold True In 2021

Huffington Post


  1. Keep 3 Months’ Worth Of Expenses In Your Emergency Fund

Having an emergency fund is crucial for weathering financial difficulties such as job loss or medical expenses. And for a long time, experts recommended having a savings of three months’ worth of expenses.

“As the pandemic has illustrated, that often won’t be enough,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate. “Long-term unemployment (being out of work six months or longer) is on the rise and business owners have taken a financial hit like never seen before.”

The new target for most households, he said, should be at least six months’ worth of expenses. “The self-employed and sole breadwinners should target even more, enough to cover nine to 12 months,” he added.


  1. Max Out Your Retirement Plan Contributions

It’s a great idea to contribute as much as possible to your retirement plan. However, you shouldn’t sacrifice your ability to afford essentials and avoid accumulating debt. Considering the unusual financial situation many people are now in because of the pandemic, it may be a good idea to prioritize today’s expenses over retirement.

“If you’ve accumulated high-interest debt over the year on credit cards or other types of loans, it might make sense to temporarily decrease your 401(k) contributions,” said Leslie Tayne, founder and head attorney at debt solutions law firm Tayne Law Group. Consider how much of your contributions your employer matches (if any) — you may choose to decrease your contributions to that amount and open up cash flow for current bills and other pressing financial obligations.


  1. Keep Your Retirement Funds In Bonds

Experts often recommended keeping most of your investment portfolio in bonds if you were retired or nearing retirement. However, interest rates are at historically low levels and people are living much longer — meaning your portfolio may not earn enough to support you in retirement if it’s 100% made up of bonds, according to Aviva Pinto, an adviser with Wealthspire Advisors.

“You need to make sure you have a diversified portfolio that includes assets that will grow over time so that you can maintain your lifestyle,” she said.


  1. Residential Real Estate Is Always a Good Investment

Owning a home has long been considered a great way to build wealth ― and it can be. But the return on residential real estate often falls short of other investment options such as stocks and bonds, especially when you consider the costs of owning property, such as mortgage interest, taxes and maintenance.

People often make the mistake of spending too much of their income on a house and effectively “crowding out” other investment opportunities, said Robert R. Johnson, a professor of finance for the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.

“What they don’t realize is that from 1890 to 1990, the inflation-adjusted appreciation in U.S. housing was just about zero,” he said. “That amazes people, but … the decision to buy or rent a home is essentially a financing decision.”


  1. Pay With Cash Whenever Possible

It’s always a good idea to avoid accumulating debt. When used wisely, however, credit cards can offer a ton of benefits, including fraud protection and purchase/price protection, said money-saving expert Andrea Woroch. With more people shopping online, credit cards are really the best way to save money and protect purchases.

Linking your card to an app like Dosh can also get you cash back when you shop at certain retailers, she said, which is “an easy way to make some extra cash on the things you’re buying anyway.”


  1. Never Carry A Balance

You’ve heard it before: Only use your credit card for emergencies and always pay off the balance in full. That’s great advice in theory, but not always possible.

“If you’re in a difficult financial situation, which so many Americans are facing now, survival comes first and following financial best practices can wait,” said Sara Rathner, credit cards expert at NerdWallet.

“If relying on your credit line as an emergency fund and making only the minimum payments means keeping a roof over your head and food on the table, so be it,” she said. “Sometimes, being responsible doesn’t mean making optimal money choices every time, it means doing the best you can during an unstable time.”

Once you’re back on solid financial footing, you can focus on paying down your credit card balance.


  1. Cash Or Credit Cards Are Your Only Payment Options

“Many people make the mistake of overextending their budget when relying on credit cards to pay for the everyday things they need or for something unexpected, which happened to many of us in 2020,” said Tonya Rapley, financial expert at My Fab Finance. “But what also happened was that people started using ′buy now, pay later’ options instead of credit cards.”

When used responsibly, these new payment options allow people to break up the cost of a purchase into predictable payments ― interest-free ― that fit into a weekly or monthly budget. However, it’s important to do your research and watch out for BNPL services that have hidden fees or deferred interest. And as always, you shouldn’t use these services to buy things you don’t need or spend more than you can realistically afford.


  1. Housing Costs Should Be 30% Of Your Budget

A common rule of thumb when budgeting is that you should spend no more than 30% of your household income on housing and related expenses such as insurance and utilities.

“This is an outdated rule that dates back to 1969 public housing regulations, and fails to take individual scenarios into consideration such as the housing market someone lives in or their other financial responsibilities,” Rapley said.

Instead of adhering to this rule, focus on creating a complete budget that is based on your financial responsibilities and goals.

“Determine what you can afford to pay for your housing costs while hitting your other financial goals such as debt elimination, savings and investing for your future,” Rapley explained. If you can achieve these things, it might be fine to spend more than 30% of your income on housing. On the other hand, 30% may be too high given your financial obligations.


  1. Have A Certain Amount Of Money By A Certain Age

“Though I have never felt this money rule to be true, this year has highlighted that everyone is on a different financial path and comes from a different financial beginning,” said Brittney Castro, a certified financial planner with Mint. Instead of focusing on your age and the net worth that supposedly should go along with it, she said, focus on increasing your net worth year after year. You can do this by accumulating assets such as savings and retirement funds, and paying off your debts.

“Then celebrate your progress,” Castro suggested.


  1. Check Your Credit Reports Once A Year

It used to be enough to check your credit reports once a year, or maybe quarterly if you were concerned about errors or fraud. These days, however, it’s important to check more frequently, according to Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews.

“With the issues caused by the pandemic, more people are hatching special payment plans or deferments for their accounts, like student loans,” Ramhold said. “It’s essential to know whether your credit report reflects accurate reporting, so it’s recommended to check your report once a month, if not more often now.” Fortunately, the major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) are offering free weekly reports through April 2021.


  1. Don’t Invest Until You’re Debt-Free

The traditional rule has been to pay off all debt and then invest. But following that advice can hurt your finances in the long run.

“As the student loan crisis grows, more and more people are saddled with debt for longer periods of time,” said money coach Delyanne Barros. In fact, the average length of time to pay off a student loan is 20 years.

“If someone waits that long to start investing, that is years of significant compound interest growth that they can never get back,” Barros said. If you can afford to keep up on your debt payments and set aside a bit of money toward investments, do it ― your future self will thank you.


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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