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Born on this day!! Accordionist Joey, the CowPolka King, of Riders in the Sky is 72. Singer Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds is 70. Country singer Jett Williams is 68. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson (“Mr. Bean”) is 66. Singer Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge is 62. Chef Nigella Lawson is 61. Singer Eric Williams of BLACKstreet is 61. Actor Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) is 52. TV personality Julie Chen is 51. Actor Danny Pintauro (“Who’s the Boss”) is 45. Actor Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”) is 40. Actor Eddie Redmayne (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” ″The Theory of Everything”) is 39. Comedian Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) is 37. Actor Diona Reasonover (“NCIS”) is 37. Singer Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys is 35.


1540 – King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves.
1759 – George Washington married Martha Custis.
1838 – Samuel Morse gave the first public demonstration of the telegraph.
1912 – New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States.
1919 – Former president Theodore Roosevelt died in Oyster Bay, N.Y.
1987 – University of California astronomers first witnessed the birth of a galaxy that contained 1 billion stars.
1994 – Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan clubbed on leg by men including husband of rival skater Tonya Harding.

Today Is: Armenian Christmas, Epiphany, National Shortbread Day, National Technology Day, Three Kings Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Price Is Right At Night /  9:00 – Young Sheldon  / 9:30 – The Neighborhood  /  10:00 – SWAT
NBC – 8:00  – Chicago Med  /  9:00 – Chicago Fire  /  10:00 – Chicago PD
ABC – 8:00 –  Who Wants To Be A Millionaire   /  9:00 – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire  /  10:00 – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
FOX – 8:00 – The Masked Dancer  /  9:00 – Name That Tune
CW – 8:00 –  Riverdale  /  9:00 – Nancy Drew

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Regina King, Jake Tapper, Best Coast
Jimmy Fallon: Don Cheadle, Taylor Kinney, Michael Kiwanuka
Stephen Colbert: Samantha Bee, Paul Mescal
James Corden: Hailee Steinfeld, Seventeen
Lilly Singh: Phoebe Robinson (R 4/30/20)
Daily Show: Pre-empted
Conan: Thomas Middleditch (R 11/18/20)
Watch What Happens Live: Emily Simpson, Mary Cosby
The View: Ken Jeong
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Tim Allen, Julia Collin Davison
Ellen DeGeneres: Diane Keaton, Isla Fisher (R 12/3/20)
Wendy Williams: Whitney Cummings
The Real: S. Epatha Merkerson
Kelly Clarkson: Mayim Bialik, Bobby Moynihan, Andrew Rea, Don Miguel Ruiz
Tamron Hall: Andrew Gillum, R. Jai (R 9/14/20)
Drew Barrymore: Charlize Theron, Eitan Bernath

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

QUESTION: He can’t heal himself?? DR. DRE is hospitalized in L.A. with a BRAIN ANEURYSM!!! Sources say he’s conscious and doing well!!!!!!!!!!!


QUESTION: Is JOE EXOTIC about to get SPRUNG?? And should Carole Baskin carry a GUN?? Or.. a MEAT GRINDER?? Only Trump knows for sure!!!!!!


QUESTION: Ever compliment a guy on his SPERM??? This boxing announcer did, when she commented on two brothers winning.. “That’s some nice sperm..”


QUESTION: Is Bitcoin a BUBBLE?? Or should you be BUYING?? This article explains the virtual currency and says it could be up tenfold by the end of 2021!!!


QUESTION: What could possibly have gone wrong?? Sources say Kim K has CALLED THE LAWYERS.. and her marriage to Kanye is DEFINITELY OVER!! 

Tanya Roberts’ Death Reported……Again!

Tanya Roberts has died.  Her longtime partner, Lance O’Brien, confirmed Tuesday that she died Monday evening. Roberts was 65.  He said Roberts died after being hospitalized for complications from a UTI that spread to her kidneys, liver and gallbladder before it “got into her blood.”  She was mistakenly reported dead Sunday, her rep said Monday. Her publicist, Mike Pingel, said Monday that the actress remained in the intensive care unit in “dire” condition.  Roberts reportedly collapsed Dec. 24 after walking her dogs near her Hollywood Hills home.
*********We’re gonna wait a couple of days, just to be sure!!
****Her husband went on “Extra” on Monday, and in the middle of the interview, got a call from the hospital that she was STILL ALIVE!! (Every man’s nightmare)
******This means she’s getting twice as much attention. Too bad she’s not here to enjoy it!

Is It Chris Pratt or Chris Evans?

Arnold Schwarzenegger mistook his son-in-law Chris Pratt for fellow Marvel star Chris Evans.  He made the goof last week while appearing on Pratt’s Greater Good Instagram telethon.  “Hello, Chris… Evans. Not Chris Evans, sorry. I screw up this whole thing right from the beginning. Chris Pratt,” Schwarzenegger said laughing.  “Sorry about that. I should know your name,” he continued. “You’re my favorite son-in-law.”  Pratt then quipped: “I’m you’re only son-in-law, I better be your favorite!”  Pratt has been married to Katherine since 2019. The couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Lyla Maria, over the summer.
*********Arnold wishes she’d marry Chris Evans! He’d have a better chance of getting a role in a Captain America movie!!
******Chris is starting to worry about his wife’s gene pool!!
******At least he didn’t call him Chris TUCKER!!

David Hasselhoff Up For Auction

David Hasselhoff is auctioning off a giant replica of himself that was used in “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” and it’s estimated to fetch more than $1 million.  “Big Dave from The SpongeBob SquarePants movie could be yours!” the former “Baywatch” star wrote on Instagram on Tuesday along with a video of him next to his replica.  Hasselhoff, 68, added that the “The Hoff auction” is now open for bidding and that “everything goes.”  Big Dave is estimated to sell for $1,500,000, according to Live Auctioneers.  It was used in a scene of the 2004 movie where SpongeBob and his starfish bestie Patrick are on a quest to return to their underwater hometown Bikini Bottom.  Other items in Hasselhoff’s auction include signed memorabilia, old costumes, a few cars, and several Baywatch collectibles.  A portion of the proceeds for this auction will be donated to the actor’s charitable organizations.
********We remember that scene.. you could see his leg hair, so… we’ll pass!!
*******Proceeds from the auction go to the “David Hasselhoff is Broke Foundation!!”

Fleetwood Mac Member Sells Off Song Catalog

Lindsay Buckingham, the former long time member of Fleetwood Mac, has sold his entire song catalog to Merck Mercuriadis’s Hipgnosis Songs for an undisclosed amount.  He sold everything, the publisher and writer’s rights, to Hipgnosis. The company already had a 25% interest in his catalog.  The crown jewel of the catalog is “Go Your Own Way,” the biggest Fleetwood Mac hit, and one that’s been used recently in two commercials– for Xfinity and for Anora, a medicine for COPD. “Go Your Own Way” will probably be licensed in dozens more commercials for the rest of our lifetime. I hope Lindsey got a proper valuation for it.  Buckingham’s ex-partner in life, love and song, Stevie Nicks, recently sold the rights to all her songs including “Dreams” and “Edge of Seventeen,” for a reported $60 million.
*********We don’t think SHE got enough!!!
******If he’s still writing songs… “Don’t Stop!!!”

Grammy Awards Postponed

The 2021 Grammys ceremony, which was slated to be held on January 31, has now been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.  It will now likely be held in March, Rolling Stone reported, citing organizers who have not confirmed a new date.  The CBS telecast was, like most award shows last year, going to be a limited affair, with many celebrities accepting from home or performing remotely rather than the typical venue, the Staples Center.  Beyoncé, who got nine nominations, led the pack of nominees, which also included Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch. Trevor Noah was scheduled to host the ceremony, but it’s unclear if he will still be the host for the future show.  Nominations proved to be somewhat scandalous this year as The Weeknd lashed out for being snubbed by the Academy despite his album, “After Hours,” having two No. 1 hits: “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights.”
*******Hopefully they won’t be wearing masks, so we can see their face tattoos!!
*******Fauci said, “Give me a Grammy, and I’ll let you do the show!!”
******Will Cardi B attend? If she’s around, COVID is the least of your problems!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Peter Morgan In Gillian Anderson’s ‘Ex’ Files-(National Enquirer)

Gillian Anderson, who recently appeared as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on “The Crown,” has uncrowned that hugely popular Netflix show’s creator, screenwriter Peter Morgan, after four years together!  The former “X-Files” actress, 52, and Peter, 57, were a sought-after couple in the world of film and television, but never actually lived together under one roof.

Bling For Lana Del Rey-(Globe)

No more summertime sadness for Lana Del Rey.  The hitmaker’s wearing big bling on her ring finger after getting engaged to singer Clayton Johnson, 31.  The pair met on a dating app and apparently started following each other on social media in August.

Lauren & Arie:  Rainbow Babies-(Us Weekly)

Summer 2021 is sure to be twice as nice for Bachelor couple Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr.!  On Dec. 21, the parents of 19-month-old Alessi revealed that they’ll be welcoming twins in July after suffering a miscarriage last spring.  “I can’t believe there’s two of them,” an emotional (and shocked!) Burnham, 29, said in the happy footage.  The former race car driver, 39, is excited too.  “[I] love them with all my heart already,” he gushed.  Congrats!

Mila & Ashton:  Love On the Road-(Star)

Off to the great outdoors!  Milla Kunis and Ashton Kutcher will be camping in style now that they’ve purchased a $140K Mercedes Benz Sprinter.  The Ranch star, 42, and his 37-year-old wife-whose 2015 honeymoon included an RV trip to Yosemite-were seen preparing to embark on an adventure Dec. 16.  With sleeping accomodations for four and a kitchen, the spacious luxury vehicle is perfect for the couple and their two kids.  Other celebs can spend their vacations in five-star resorts:  Mila and Ashton prefer to keep things alfresco.  “It’s a tradition they’ve kept all these years,” adds the insider.  “This is their idea of a perfectly fun vacation.”

Say What?!-(Life & Style)

“I still think that if I by a particular pair of shoes my life will change.  I still sometimes think I’m not pretty enough or sexy enough, so I need to buy something new and it’ll fix all my problems.”-Chloe Sevigny, adding that fashion is “a good outlet for creativity.”

“I feel confident that I can go up and talk pickles with anybody that wants to talk pickles in the world.”-Matthew McConaughey on labeling himself a “pickle expert.”

“Loving him is like being in love with a tsunami or a forest fire.  The intensity of merging with him is just overwhelming….but so beautiful.”-Megan Fox, on boyfriend Gun Kelly.

Ariana Grande’s Surprise Engagement-(People)

Ariana Grande sang about buying matching diamonds for six of her girlfriends in her hit “7Rings.”  Now she has another rock to write about-because she’s engaged!  On Dec. 20 the pop star revealed that her real estate agent beau, Dalton Gomez, had popped the question, “forever n then some,” she captioned a series of pictures, including one of a unique pearl-and-diamond ring.  Grande, 27, and Gomez, 25, began dating in January 2020.

Nitpicker of the Week-(In Touch)

It seems that Hugh Grant’s real-life undoing is….Connie Chung.  The veteran broadcaster, 74, recently revealed that she couldn’t stop nitpicking the actor, 60, while they filmed a scene together for the HBO hit The Undoing.  “When Hugh sat down, he was looking all rumpled.  His tie was askew, and I am very OCD.  So I said, ‘Hugh, straighten up your tie.’  And he fixes it.  And then one collar was outside of suit.  And I went, ‘Hugh, fix that.’”  She was about to scold him to sit on his jacket to look “nice and tidy” when he interrupted her.  “He goes, ‘Now what?’” she recalls.  “He was not very friendly.”  Apparently Connie didn’t consider that since he was playing a man accused of murder, maybe he was going for the disheveled look?!



Movie Lottery Numbers Wins Big

A Kentucky man who scored a $2 million jackpot from a Powerball drawing told state lottery officials he took his numbers from an unusual source — a movie.  The Caldwell County man, who requested anonymity, told Kentucky Lottery officials the ticket he bought from Max Fuel Express in Princeton bore the same set of numbers he has been playing for years: 10-24-27-35-53.  The man selected Powerball 01, which was the only digit he missed when the numbers came up with Powerball 18 in the Dec. 26 drawing.  The numbers earned the man a $2 million jackpot.  The winner said he started playing the numbers after taking them from a movie where the main character used them to win a lottery jackpot. The man said he couldn’t remember the name of the movie.
********We prefer to play Lori Loughlin’s prison number!!!
*****Which movie featured someone winning the lottery? We can’t think of any!!
*****Maybe he’s watching a movie that no one else can see!!

Monolith Found In Wisconsin

Visitors to a Wisconsin park made a surprising discovery — an 8-to-9-foot monolith installed under mysterious circumstances next to a hiking trail.  The monolith was first spotted during the weekend at County Grounds Park in Wauwatosa, and observers said the lack of snow atop the structure indicates it was installed sometime after Friday night’s snowfall.  The monolith evokes memories of similar structures that started appearing in various locations around the world after a metallic structure was spotted in the Utah desert in November, 10 days before it was removed by a group of people who said they were concerned about the environmental impact of tourists visiting the unusual landmark.  Most of the monoliths that have since appeared, including one in Romania and others in Britain, Texas and California, had sides made of metal, but the object in Wisconsin appeared to be made of cardboard or plywood covered in aluminum foil.
*******If it’s in Wisconsin, it’s not authentic unless it’s covered in cheese!!
******The aliens are getting bored.. “Ah hell, just use cardboard and cover it in tinfoil!!”
*******We just searched “Monolith Installation Team,” and… nothing!!!

COVID Sufferers Smell Fish!

People suffering from long COVID are reporting a strong smell of fish, sulphur and a sweet sickly odour, as further symptoms of the virus emerge.    The unusual side-effect is known as parosmia – meaning a distortion of smell – and may be disproportionately affecting young people and healthcare workers.  Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon Professor Nirmal Kumar called the symptom “very strange and very unique”.  Kumar, who is also the president of ENT, was among the first medics to identify anosmia – loss of smell – as a coronavirus indicator in March.  He urged Public Health England to add it to the symptom list months before it became official guidance.  He has now noted that among the thousands of patients being treated for long-term anosmia across the UK, some are experiencing parosmia.
******That sulfur smell is the hell we’re going through!!
******Clearly, Time’s “Person of the Year” should have been the COVID virus!!
******When fish catch the virus, they can smell humans!!

You Can Dine In An Ice Shack

A Michigan bed and breakfast built five ice shanties — structures favored by ice fishermen — to allow the business to continue to serve food amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Little Traverse Inn in Leelanau County said the five shanties, which cost a total $25,000 and were designed and decorated by local artists, have allowed the business to continue outdoor dining despite the winter temperatures.  Graeme Leask, owner and chef at the Little Traverse Inn, said he and his employees came up with the idea for the shanties during the summer, when indoor dining was suspended due to the pandemic.  “What’s more northern Michigan than ice shanties? So, we built them, and here we are,” Leask said.  Each of the shanties contains a private dining room for up to six people.
********Don’t fall in the ice hole!!!
********The governor of Michigan is a psycho!! She’s probably sending an assassin to whack ’em!!







19 Things We Took For Granted Before The COVID-19 Pandemic That We Miss Now

Huffington Post


  1. Sitting on a plane, hours into a long flight

“That’s the point where you’re completely disconnected from the world, munching on complimentary biscuits and watching the third movie you didn’t get to see in theaters.” — Jen Ruiz, travel blogger at Jen On A Jet Plane


  1. Going to kids’ parties and events

“I used to complain about another school fundraiser pizza night or the money involved with that dance recital. Now I miss it all. I want to stand shoulder to shoulder with other parents, trying to get the perfect photo. I want to pay $3 a slice for a piece of cold Costco pizza to benefit my kid’s school. Bring me all the birthday parties.” — Samantha Scroggin, parenting blogger at Walking Outside In Slippers


  1. That feeling you get right when a concert begins

“When you’ve been waiting for the band to start, and everyone is getting restless and excited. Then, at last, the lights dim, the guitarist strikes a warm-up chord and suddenly everyone is on their feet cheering.” — Adrienne Hedger, illustrator at Hedger Humor


  1. Smiling at people on the sidewalk

“Now nobody can tell who is smiling and who isn’t, so you don’t feel like you’re connecting with others in your neighborhood.” — Samantha Rodman, psychologist


  1. Waiting in the car line to pick the kids up from school

“Although the moms would always stare — like they’ve never seen an old guy in his pajamas blast Def Leppard with the windows down.” — Steve Olivas, host of “The Commute” podcast


  1. The sensory experience of walking into a movie theater

“Can’t you just hear the sound of movie theater popcorn popping as you walk into the theater to see the latest movie to come out? More importantly, can’t you smell the buttery goodness?” — Scroggin


  1. People-watching

“When I had spare time, I would go downtown and photograph people in a city environment. They were people I knew nothing about. Then I’d spend lots of time wondering what their life was like, who they were and what they were doing. But now I just don’t enjoy people-watching as much. I think I’m too aware of the general struggle of people maneuvering through the pandemic.” — Kenton Waltz, photographer


  1. Seeing a play

“I have always gone to see a lot of live theater, no matter where I’ve lived. And, although I live outside of Houston now, I still manage (or managed) to get to New York City at least four times a year to see at least two shows a visit. It may sound, ahem, over-dramatic to say it, but I ache for it. Anticipating the experience as a hush falls over the crowd. Being completely entranced as time stands still. Sharing the experience with a roomful of strangers. All of it. I never dreamed how much I would miss it.” ― Jenny Block, author of “Be That Unicorn”


  1. Giving a hug

“Who knew shaking hands and hugging would be something I would have taken for granted? Even in New Zealand, with no community COVID-19 cases, I find myself second-guessing how to greet someone and end up sitting there for a few seconds awkwardly.” — Eamon Wood, travel blogger at the Wayward Wheeler


  1. Going to class

“Online classes are extremely tough, and I never thought I’d have to do university like this when I started last year. I miss being around other students and studying in class with other people.” — Denisha Bracey, student


  1. Having a date night

“I miss being able to have a night out on the town with my husband, whether it be taking in a play and a nice dinner or just walking around a mall at the holidays. Being immunocompromised, my husband and I have had to be super vigilant and conscious about everything we’re doing. I miss being able to savor those special moments.” — Matthew L.M., learning and development professional


  1. Doing “the wave” at a baseball game

“Is there anything as invigorating and uplifting as a sea of strangers standing up and lifting their arms one by one in a dance of humanity and collective appreciation for their favorite baseball team? I miss the roar of the crowd. The crack of the bat. The cheering. All with one purpose: pushing your team to victory.” — Scroggin


  1. Getting dressed up to go out

“I miss wearing my most studded leather jacket or a fine suit with Chelsea boots. I miss the routine of getting ready early before date night with my wife and taking turns in the mirror doing our hair and makeup.” — Tevy Khou, illustrator


  1. Having conversations with strangers

“Randomly meeting people in public and making new connections. Unexpected grocery store conversations or just petting someone’s dog. It’s so difficult to do that now that we have to keep our distance from each other.” — Bracey


  1. Giving a standing ovation

“When you’ve just witnessed and incredible performance, and someone starts the standing ovation, and then one by one everyone else joins in.” — Hedger


  1. Going out to eat with friends

“I miss food that I didn’t cook or that doesn’t come from the same two or three places in the small Texas lake town in which I live. We go into Houston on occasion and get takeout and we took an RV trip for a couple of weeks around Thanksgiving and had to-go food from local haunts. But I miss the culinary surprises that came with work and volunteer travel and meeting up with friends. I miss the friends and the travel, too. Desperately. But I also miss the food itself. I miss the sensations of the familiar and the unfamiliar alike and the satisfaction that brings.” — Block


  1. Drinking a concession stand beer

“When they hand you the beer and it’s full to the absolute rim, so you have to hold it away from your body, and it’s dripping down the sides onto your hand. You have to quickly drink some of it to get to a manageable level.” — Hedger


  1. Being able to take care of a sick relative

“A family member came down with COVID-19 a few weeks ago. They live across the country, so I didn’t have the opportunity to book a red-eye and be by their side. Being physically present with loved ones can aid with healing, and we didn’t have that option.” — Sinclair Ceasar III, mental health writer and speaker


  1. Having more faith in humanity

“I realize now that I thought there would be more unity during a widespread, life-changing event such as this pandemic. So much becomes politicized in our country that shouldn’t be, especially when so many have lost so much. I miss believing that more people would ultimately do the right thing.” — Sham P. of @HomeWithPeanut on Twitter



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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