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Born on this day!! Actor William Smith (“Conan the Barbarian,” “Any Which Way You Can”) is 88. Harmonica player Lee Oskar of War is 73. Singer Nick Lowe is 72. Bassist Dougie Thomson of Supertramp is 70. Comedian Louie Anderson is 68. Actor Robert Carradine (“Revenge of the Nerds”) is 67. Actor Donna Pescow is 67. Actor Kelly LeBrock is 61. DJ Rodney “Kool Kollie” Terry of Ghostown DJs is 60. TV personality Star Jones is 59. Guitarist Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers is 57. Actor Peter Jacobson (“House”) is 56. Singer-violinist Sharon Corr of The Corrs is 51. Actor Lauren Bowles (“True Blood”) is 51. Actor Lara Flynn Boyle is 51. Rapper Maceo of De La Soul is 51. Actor Megyn Price (“Rules of Engagement,” “Grounded For Life”) is 50. Actor Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 48. Drummer Chad Butler of Switchfoot is 47. Actor Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) is 47. Actor Amanda Brugel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is 44. Actor Olivia Burnette (“Sons of Anarchy”) is 44. Actor Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Help”) is 44. Actor Amir Arison (“The Blacklist”) is 43. Actor Lake Bell (“The Practice”) is 42. Bassist Benj Gershman of O.A.R. is 41. Bassist Jesse Phillips of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 41. Actor Philip Winchester (“Chicago Justice,” “Chicago Med”) is 40. Dancer Val Chmerkovskiy (“Dancing with the Stars”) is 35. Actor Keisha Castle-Hughes (“The Nativity Story,” “Whale Rider”) is 31.


1603 – Queen Elizabeth I died at age 69 after ruling England for more than 40 years.
1882 – Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus.
1949 – Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet became the first British film to win an Oscar.
1958 – Rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley joined the U.S. army for two years.
1989 – In one of worst oil spills in recent history, the tanker, Exxon Valdez, ran aground and released 240,000 barrels of oil into Prince William Sound.
1999 – NATO begins launching air strikes in an attempt to force Serbia to cease hostilities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
2002 – Halle Berry became the first African-American actress to win a best actress Oscar and Denzel Washington became the second African-American actor to get the best actor award.
2004 – The notorious Bird family’s more than half-century stronghold on the nation of Antigua and Barbuda came to an end when Baldwin Spencer won the post of prime minister in the general election.

Today Is: National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day, National Education and Sharing Day, National Equal Pay Day, World Tuberculosis Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Tough As Nails  /  9:00 – SEAL Team  /  10:00 – SWAT
NBC – 8:00  – Chicago Med  / 9:00 – Chicago Fire  /  10:00 – Chicago PD
– 8:00 –  The Goldbergs  /  8:30 – American Housewife  /  9:00 – The Conners  /  9:30 – Call Your Mother  /  10:00 – The Con
FOX – 8:00 – The Masked Singer  /  9:00 – Game Of Talents
CW – 8:00 –  Riverdale  /  9:00 – Nancy Drew

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Seth Rogen, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Daddy Yankee (R 3/8/21)
Jimmy Fallon: Alexander Skarsgård, Karol G
Stephen Colbert: Sharon Stone, Ken Burns
Seth Meyers: Kevin Bacon, Retta, Ash Soan
James Corden: Minnie Driver, Benny Blanco + Gracie Abrams
Lilly Singh: Whitney Wolfe Herd
Conan: George Wallace (R 1/27/21)
Watch What Happens Live: Teresa Giudice, Jackie Hoffman
The View: William Shatner
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Lauren Graham, guest co-host Ali Wentworth
Ellen DeGeneres: Robin Roberts, Joshua Bassett
Wendy Williams: Evelyn Lozada
The Real: The hosts reveal personal stories sparked by posts from Twitter
Kelly Clarkson: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jo Koy, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Tamron Hall: Kyle & Samantha Busch
Drew Barrymore: Sara Gilbert, Ben Feldman, Dr. Aliza Pressman

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

QUESTION: Hey, what happened to that $1 MILLION lottery ticket? Tennessee man shows off, loses his ticket, then retraces his steps and FINDS IT in a parking lot!!!!!


QUESTION: What’s happening with the TYSON/HOLYFIELD FIGHT? Holyfield says it’s off.. but now Mike says IT’S ON!! The fight will take place May 29th!! Maybe??


QUESTION: Ready for a HAIR-RAISING CRIME? Smugglers were arrested for trying to bring gold and cash into India.. by hiding them in WIGS!! Toupee.. or not toupee??


QUESTION: Guess who DOESN’T believe in UFO’s?? That would be Space-X CEO ELON MUSK, who says camera resolution is better but UFO shots are always blurry!!


QUESTION: Need a little something EXTRA in your cereal bowl?? This man found SHRIMP TAILS in his Cinnamon Toast Crunch, along with possible RAT droppings!! Yum!!!
A Los Angeles man was shocked to dig into a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and find two cinnamon sugar-coated shrimp tails mixed in with his cereal

Bobby Brown Jr. Death Investigation Launched

Los Angeles authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the death of Bobby Brown Jr.  According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s report the 28-year-old son of singer Bobby Brown Sr.’s death was due to the “combined effects of alcohol, cocaine and fentanyl.”  Brown Jr. was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Nov. 18. His death was ruled “accidental.”  TMZ reports that law enforcement began looking at the case as a criminal one from the get-go after it was determined narcotics were involved. The outlet reports that officers quickly caught wind of the drugs after talking to people close to Brown Jr. before his body was found.  The case is reportedly now in the hands of the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine if criminal charges can be filed against anyone related to the drugs or if things will be kicked back to the police department in order for them to conduct a further investigation.
********With our new D.A., you could murder someone in L.A. and get probation!!!

Jeopardy Fans Lash Out At Dr. Oz

Jeopardy!” viewers are calling for a boycott of the show for the two-week stretch in which Dr. Mehmet Oz will be acting as the popular game show’s guest host.   He has faced controversy in the past for allegedly dispensing questionable medical advice. As a result, many viewers were upset to see him take up hosting duties on the popular trivia show. In an open letter published to Medium following the announcement, a group of former “Jeopardy!” winners and contestants urged the show to rethink its decision to have Oz host.  When he began his two-week run anyway on Monday, many viewers took to Twitter to voice their outrage, prompting the hashtag “#BoycottJeopardy” to begin trending Monday.   “@Jeopardy Absolutely will not be watching for the next 2 weeks. Why would you pick someone like Dr. Oz?! #BoycottJeopardy,” one upset fan wrote.  “Have to add my voice to the crowd #BoycottJeopardy while Dr Oz is on. What a disrespectful gesture towards Alex Trebec and the show,” another user wrote.  “Dr. Oz is a schizer, a schill and a dangerous snake oil salesman. The biggest slap to the face of Alex Trebek’s memory  that I could imagine. I love Jeopardy but, this week? I’ll #BoycottJeopardy,” a third user wrote.  Despite many people deriding the choice to have Oz stand in for Trebek, the guest host opened his first episode with a heartfelt story about the late “Jeopardy!” host.
*******Wait a minute: Katie Couric is OK, but Dr. Oz is not???
******These days, you can get a mob together on social media in about two minutes!!
******Dr. Oz should perform brain surgery live on the show, just to prove he’s a real doctor!!

Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Divorce

Gwyneth Paltrow is opening up about her divorce from Chris Martin.  Appearing on the “Anna Faris is Unqualified” podcast on Monday, she reflected on her split from Martin.  “I never wanted to get divorced,” Paltrow admitted on the podcast. “I never wanted to not be married to the father of my kids, theoretically. But I have learned more about myself through that process than I could have imagined.”  “And because I focused on accountability, I was then able to find the most amazing man and build something that I’ve never had before with Brad [Falchuk], my husband,” she continued.  Paltrow also spoke about her relationship with Falchuk.  “We were friends first for a long time and once I was like, ‘Are we going to date? Is this happening?'” the actress revealed. “I was scared because he is a person who demands presence and intimacy and communication in a way that I just didn’t know how to [do].”  “I like to fight by shutting down… I leave the room,” she continued. “And he’s like, ‘No,’ he’s like, ‘Absolutely not. We are sitting down and we are figuring this out.’ And he demands that I am honest with myself in a way that is hard for me but which really helps me grow.”
*******Sounds like they’re doomed!!!
******You don’t tell a diva not to leave the room!!
******At least she married someone famous, not like her obscure ex-husband!!!

Kris Jenner Starts New Beauty Brand

Kris Jenner sparked rumors that she was creating her own beauty brand last month when she filed applications to trademark “Kris Jenner Skincare” as well as “Kris Jenner Beauty” and “Kris Jenner Skin.”   Now, Jenner — who serves as CEO of Kylie Cosmetics, among other positions within her family’s various fashion, beauty and lifestyle businesses — has confirmed that she will be branching out with her own company in the near future.  “I’m obsessed with my skin and have always taken really good care of it,” she told WSJ Magazine. “I had my first facial when I was a very young girl and just never stopped, really. It was always a priority … About four or five years ago, I decided to formulate a skincare line … I had some samples done up.”  Jenner continued, “So I do have a skincare line that I love that’s ready to go … When the time is right, a year from now, maybe two — I just think it’s really important for older women to realize that if they just take care of their skin, it’s not complicated.”
********Her line is called “Older Than J. Lo!!”
*******We know the importance of moisturizing. We’ve seen “Something About Mary!!”
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Prince Harry Has A New Job Title

Prince Harry has reportedly taken on a new job as an executive of a Silicon Valley startup.  The recently outspoken royal confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that he will become chief impact officer of BetterUp Inc., an online coaching and mental health firm.  “I intend to help create impact in people’s lives,” Harry told the paper about the job, which is expected to be officially announced Tuesday.  “Proactive coaching provides endless possibilities for personal development, increased awareness, and an all-round better life.”  He has previously revealed plans to work with mental health issues, and his wife, Meghan Markle, famously admitted to Oprah Winfrey this month that she had felt suicidal while trapped in the royal family.  Harry said he has personally been using BetterUp’s app and a coach for a couple of months.  “I was matched with my coach who, quite frankly, is truly awesome and has always given me sound advice and a fresh perspective, which is so valuable,” he told the WSJ.
********In our company, “Chief Impact Officer” means “The one who beats their head against the wall!!”
*****So Harry has someone telling him what to think and how to act?? Isn’t that supposed to be Meghan??
RULE OF THUMB: “Life Coaches” are people who enjoy telling other people what to do!!! They’re like “Spirit Guides.”


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

Gaga’s Dogs Got To Shrink To Lie On Couch-(National Enquirer)

Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs are in therapy after surviving a violent dognapping!  “Animal behavior experts are not unusual in Hollywood.  Just like people, dogs have emotions and can suffer from trauma.  With their mommy filming in Italy and their dog walker Ryan Fischer still in the hospital, the dogs are getting special help.  Their whole world has been turned upside down and they have no idea what is going on or where everyone is,” an insider says.  “These dogs are Gaga’s babies.  She loves them and is heartbroken about what they’ve gone through.  No expense will be spared to make sure everyone, including her precious pooches, recovers from this awful experience.”

Demi’s No-Dieting Surprise Weight Drop-(Globe)

Who’s counting?  Not Demi Lovato!  The pop star lost several pounds after she stopped adding up calories.  “Accidentally lost weight,” shares the 28-year-old “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, who struggled with eating disorders for years.  “I don’t count calories anymore, I don’t over exercise anymore, I don’t restrict or purge.  And I especially don’t live my life according to the diet culture-and I’ve actually lost weight.”  The former Disney star backs up her boast by modeling a pair of old pants online that now swim around her trim waist.  “This is a different experience, but I feel full.  Not of food, but of divine wisdom and cosmic guidance.  Peace, serenity, joy and love.”

Nick Jonas-(Us Weekly)

London, March 11

While promoting his fourth solo album, Spaceman, Nick Jonas says that he and his brothers are “actively working” on new music together.

Lily Rose & Timothee:  Back On!-(Star)

Second time’s a charm?  Timothee Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp are giving their romance another go-and a buddy says it was the actor, 25, who made the first move.  “They rekindled things at the beginning of this year,” the insider reveals.  “So far, it’s going really well.”  Timothee and the 21-year-old (who made headlines in 2019 for their steamy yacht make-out session) dated for more than a year before calling it quits last April.  Following their split, the Call Me By Your Name star enjoyed the single life-and a fling with actress Eiza GoWhnzalez-but playing the field made him realize what he gave up.  “Timothee begged Lily-Rose for another chance,” says the confidant.  The actress (daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis) didn’t give in so easily.  “He had to prove himself,” says the pal.  Now Timothee’s on his best behavior:  “He won’t make the same mistake twice!”

Say What?!-(Life & Style)

“I give [my hair] more nourishment than you could possibly imagine.  It’s my proudest achievement, and I don’t plan on cutting it ever again.  I’m going to be 90 with it down to my bum-that’s my plan.”-Emilia Clarke, who regrets bleaching her locks for the final season of Game of Thrones.

“I drove a 29-foot bus across the country.”-Rosario Dawson, on moving to the east coast during the pandemic.

“When I was 8 or 9, I auditioned for every role in Romeo and Juliet, including Juliet, and I didn’t get a single part.”-Tom Holland, on his early acting struggles.

“It’s the first time in my life that I really had to confront how s— and how terrible I am at something, like true failure.  I’m a horrible teacher.”-Charlize Theron, on homeschooling Jackson, 9, and August, 5.

Simon Baker & Laura May Gibbs:  New Couple?-(People)

Nearly a year after separating from wife of 29 years Rebecca Rigg, the Mentalist star, 51, appears to have moved on.  In newly released photos from Feb. 27, Baker and Aussie activewear designer Gibbs enjoyed some fun in the sun, going for a swim and sharing an embrace in Byron Bay, Australia.

Winner of the Week-(In Touch)

Alias Fans

Jennifer Garner says “sign me up” when asked if she’d do a reboot of her spy series.



CEO Sells First Tweet

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has sold the first-ever tweet that he published in 2006 as a non-fungible token or NFT, for over $2.9 million.  An NFT is a digital asset that can include jpegs, video clips or tweets that run on blockchain, a digital ledger that verifies authenticity.  Dorsey sold a digitally autographed version of the the tweet, which he sent on March 21, 2006, and reads “just setting up my twttr.”  The sale was accomplished through digital platform Valuables, which platform allows tweets autographed by their creators to be bought and sold. Bridge Oracle CEO Sina Estavi bought the tweet after getting into a bidding war with tech entrepreneur Justin Sun.  “This is not just a tweet! I think years later people will realize the true value of this tweet, like the Mona Lisa painting,” Estavi said on Twitter.
*******How do you “sell” a tweet???
*****We’ll sell our first tweet for $5.99!! Or make your best offer!!!
******Trump is charging $1.50 for his!!!!

Cougars Invade Doorstep

A Utah man captured home surveillance footage of four cougars near his basement door.  Rich Penman, of Millcreek, uploaded the video from his Ring camera to the KUTV website, the station reported Saturday. The video clearly shows the large cats wandering past the door. One appears to peek through a window.  Cougar sightings have become more common in the area, but the animals are reclusive and solitary. It is rare to see more than one at a time.  The dark rings noticeable on the cougars’ tails suggest they may be juveniles.  Home surveillance cameras have captured other encounters with wild animals.  Last year, a resident of a Chicago suburb captured a video of a large cat in her fenced-in backyard. A local expert said the animal could be a cougar, though the image wasn’t clear.  See the video HERE.
*******In Palm Springs, the cougars gather in local bars every night!!
******Tip: Don’t try to pet them!!!

Foul Ball Takes Out Fan’s Beer!

A foul ball shot into a fan’s beer during spring training at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., showering the section with beer.  Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy drilled a foul ball into the stands, where it smashed a fan’s beer, sending a spray of liquid over the section.  The Los Angeles Angels posted a replay on Twitter. The fan received more beer and a bat autographed by center fielder Mike Trout.  Photographer Mark Rebilas captured images at the moment of impact and the resulting spray.  “Felt bad for his 12 dollar loss until #angels delivered more beer and @MikeTrout signed bat!” Rebilas posted on Twitter.  See the video HERE.
********Dr. Fauci tagged the video: “See??? This is the virus spraying all over the place!!!”
******An autograph from Trout AND another beer?? This is why you go to spring training!!

Odd Church Arrest

A former Louisiana priest and two dominatrices were slapped with vandalism charges for having sex atop a church altar in September of last year.  Travis Clark and the two women were initially charged by police with obscenity following the alleged tryst last September inside Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pearl River.  But the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office on Friday announced lesser charges for the unholy trinity, who were busted after a passerby saw them through a church window and reported them to police, according to court records obtained by the news publication.  The two dominatrices — Mindy Dixon, 41, and 28-year-old Melissa Cheng — were wearing corsets and high heels during the threesome, which was being recorded, according to the court documents.  Sex toys and stage lights were recovered at the scene by police, along with recording devices.  The women told cops at the time that they were at the church to film “roleplay” with the priest. Cops determined everything that went on that night was consensual, but initially arrested the trio on the obscenity charges because they were in view of the public.
******An ex-priest having sex on the altar??? The “public” is the least of his problems!!!
*****The church was just glad his playmates were WOMEN!! And of age!!








The Rudest Things You Can Do During A Work Zoom Meeting

Huffington Post

Not Using The Mute Button

“The number one Zoom etiquette complaint we hear: People who don’t mute themselves when they’re not talking,” said Nick Leighton, an etiquette expert and co-host of the “Were you raised by wolves?” podcast. “This is the equivalent of making distracting noises during an in-person meeting, which we hopefully all agree would be rude, so please don’t do it on Zoom, either.”

If you’ve been using video conferencing over the past year, you should be familiar with the mute button. When you aren’t speaking, make use of it to reduce background sounds, particularly if you’re in a noisy environment.

“Distractions such as barking dogs, buzzing kitchen blenders, flushing toilets and people talking in the background all make for unwelcome distractions,” said Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert, author of “Modern Etiquette for a Better Life” and founder of the Protocol School of Texas. “Know where the mute button is so you aren’t scrambling for it at the last minute.”

Talking about your colleagues in the chat is both rude and potentially detrimental to your career. Leighton said he believes it happens more often than he’d hope, based on questions he’s received on the topic.

One listener shared the following: “I just conducted a virtual training session at work using a new videoconference system. During the session, a chat box popped up on everyone’s screen where one of my colleagues was gossiping about a presenter while they were presenting.”

They added: “Their first few words of the chat read, ‘Not to be rude, but she …’ and it was visible for about three seconds to everyone. It was a rude comment about this presenter’s speech pattern, and three of the 20 attendees brought it up on their evaluation forms, and one even called me to complain directly. For the future, I have a plan to keep this from happening again, but I’m just not sure about how or if to address this widely, or if I should just leave it alone.”

It’s important to be mindful of the platform where you say certain things, but as Leighton noted, this situation can be clearly avoided by simply refraining from gossiping about colleagues or presenters.

“In general, if you wouldn’t do it in an in-person meeting, you probably shouldn’t do it on Zoom,” Leighton said.


Showing Up Late

This includes showing up late. In a Zoom context, being on time means having your camera, connection and microphone all set when you join.

“Your punctuality will be appreciated, and it demonstrates your professionalism and your respect towards everyone else,” Rossi said. “Ideally, be ready a few minutes before the scheduled time so that you can check your internet connection and settings. This gives you some technical peace of mind.”


Talking Over Others

“Give other people a chance to talk,” said Gottsman.

Monopolizing the conversation and talking over others is obnoxious in social settings, but it’s actually counterproductive in work meetings. Zoom meetings can be difficult enough to navigate as it is, so do your best to keep things running smoothly.

“Make use of the ‘raise hand’ function,” Rossi advised. “This way you avoid that people are talking over each other, which might be highly likely the bigger the group is.”


Appearing Too Casual

“Pay attention to your appearance,” Rossi said. “Conducting meetings via Zoom doesn’t mean you should neglect your appearance. Give it the same level of importance as you would in a normal business setting. Thus, dress well, be well-groomed as usual and be in a positive mood.”

We may be spending a lot more time in our PJs, but it’s still important to dress professionally for Zoom meetings (at least from the waist up).

“We know when we are too casual or when we ‘really don’t care’ about our appearance, it matters,” said life etiquette expert Juliet Mitchell, aka Ms. J. “You need to be ready for a meeting at any time. Just like we are expected to be ‘ready’ in the in-person world, we need to be ready in the virtual world.”


Eating On Camera

“It’s best not to eat on camera if it’s avoidable,” Leighton said. “However, there are some companies that purposefully schedule Zoom meetings over the lunch hour. And often these are the same companies that have a philosophy of ‘if your camera isn’t on, are you even here?’”

If you’re meeting during lunchtime, try to avoid needlessly messy or overly distracting foods, said Leighton.

“This isn’t the time for Renaissance fair turkey drumsticks, cotton candy, corn on the cob, or cheese fondue,” he said.


Dragging It Out

It’s important to be respectful of people’s time during the workday and try to be efficient.

“Just like when the conversation is over, when the meeting is over, say goodbye and leave the meeting,” said Mitchell. “Unless you and the other parties decide to chat informally for a few moments, be prepared to end the meeting, allowing you and others to move on to other tasks, appointments, etc. If the meeting is over an hour and a half, people need a break.”

If you’re the host of the meeting, however, it’s best to wait until everyone else has left the call before hanging up.

“Let every participant leave at their own pace and see if there are any attendees who might want to exchange some final words,” Rossi said.


Having An Inappropriate Background

“There’s a wide range of what’s considered ‘appropriate’ depending on your personality, your company, and your industry,” Leighton noted. “Just be mindful of this, whatever background you choose.”

Try to pick a presentable spot in your home for meetings, unless you’re using a fully virtual background. Avoid visibly messy rooms or inappropriate posters or objects in the background.

“Because of COVID-19, we are more gracious and accommodating of children, pets, and spouses in the house, but as much as possible, create space to be fully present and keep interruptions to a minimum,” Mitchell said.


Not Engaging

“Turn on your camera,” Gottsman advised. “Some people want to opt out or feel nervous so they don’t join in person. It immediately forms a barrier. Make it a point to use the chat option or ask a question. Engage in some form.”

Make sure your camera is stable and positioned at eye level so that you can be present during the meeting.

“This way you create a better way of engagement with everyone involved,” Rossi said, adding that the meeting host should also give everyone the opportunity to introduce themselves if needed.

“Be focused and don’t multitask,” she advised. “Do all your other tasks once the meeting is finished.”


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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