Wednesday, January 19, 2011        Edition: #4428
We’re Bullish on Radio!

22-year-old singer-dancer Julianne Hough says she’s ‘very, very happy’ with her ‘wonderful’ boyfriend, 36-year-old “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, but denies they are engaged (BS translation: It’s a relationship based on PR value) . . . 41-year-old actress Jennifer Aniston tells “Allure” magazine the famous ‘Rachel’ haircut she made popular on “Friends” in 1994 was not her best look and just may be the ‘ugliest haircut ever’ (hairstylist Chris McMillan is deeply wounded) . . . 34-year-old actor & new dad Orlando Bloom has put his Hollywood Hills CA home up for rent for a whopping $18,000-a-month, apparently choosing to raise his as-yet-unnamed new son with 27-year-old wife Miranda elsewhere (while someone else pays off the mortgage) . . . 32-year-old actress January Jones (‘Betty Draper’ on “Mad Men”) & 35-year-old comedian Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”) have split up because they found their 6-month bi-coastal relationship ‘unworkable’ (his friends say it’s more about her being an ‘airhead’) . . . Meantime, “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm says he is not a viable candidate to star in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Superman” movie reboot, because he’s too old (39 is old?) . . . 24-year-old actress Leighton Meester is reportedly now dating her 26-year-old “Country Strong” co-star Garret Hedlund (let’s hope the relationship is more solid than the movie) . . . Actor Seth Rogen tells “Long Island Press” that larger people should ‘stay fat’ because weight-loss is no picnic (he dropped a reported 30 lbs to play “The Green Hornet” – wasted effort?) . . . And 24-year-old sometime reality-TV star Kristin Cavallari (“The Hills”) tells “People” magazine she’s totally in love with her boyfriend, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, but is missing her man these days because he’s involved in the NFL playoffs (don’t worry, he’ll be done this Sunday).

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – In the season debut, Jennifer Lopez & Steven Tyler join Randy Jackson on the judging panel as the first round of auditions begin. In this 10th season, finalists will live together in an “Idol” house while making music videos, learning to promote themselves, and creating an awards show-caliber performance that includes a back-up band and dancers. In a recent “Hollywood Reporter” poll, 67% of respondents agree that the show’s best days are over; but 47% say they will still ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ watch it.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Keyshia Cole (“Calling All Hearts”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – New Politics (“New Politics”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Alberta Cross (“Broken Side of Time”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (“Before Today”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Darius Rucker (“Charleston SC 1966”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – The Script (“Science & Faith”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (“Grace Potter & The Nocturnals”).

• Beastie Boys – An all-star cast plays each of the B-Boys at different ages in Adam Yauch’s new short film “Fight For Your Right Revisited”. Danny McBride & Jack Black portray Yauch; Elijah Wood & Will Ferrell play Ad-Rock; Seth Rogen & John C Reilly do Mike D. The supporting cast includes the likes of Amy Poehler, Kirsten Dunst, Rainn Wilson, Steve Buscemi, and Susan Sarandon. The movie’s set to debut this week at Sundance Film Festival’s ‘Short Film Program’.
• Buckcherry – Tonight they headline the 2011 “Jagermeister Music Tour”, which kicks off in San Diego CA.
• Elton John – He tells “OK!” magazine he has no idea whether he or partner David Furnish is the biological father of their new son Zachary because both ‘contributed’ to the fertilization process. Tonight he performs a private concert at the Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills CA to raise funds for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
• Keith Urban – He & wife Nicole Kidman are the parents of a new daughter born December 28th through a ‘gestational carrier’. The baby, named Faith Margaret, is the couple’s biological daughter, delivered by a surrogate at the Women’s Hospital at Centennial in Nashville TN.
• Lauryn Hill – She failed to impress fans at a weekend comeback concert in Atlanta GA, keeping them waiting for 3 hours, then performing unfamiliar songs while saying she’s ‘tired of playing the same music night after night’. A number of fans booed; some walked out.
• Rascal Flatts – They travel in style. Even the marble bathroom floor on each member’s tour bus is heated.

What famous people’s lips say about their owners, according to self-proclaimed expert Simon Brown of Softlips moisturizing products …
• Beyoncé Knowles – Her pout highlights her intimate side. Her very curvy lips suggest she is a fun-loving person who enjoys intimacy and having someone to be close to. These kind of lips are highly attractive and send out a strong sensual message.
• Megan Fox – She’s famed for her full and sexy pout. The stunning actress has a deep philtrum and a pronounced curve to her upper lip, a sign of sexual vitality. Brown claims that when she leaves her mouth slightly open, the inside is revealed, creating a more sensual image.
• Taylor Swift – A very strong curve to her upper lip with a pronounced philtrum indicates considerable drive combined with feminine vitality. The upturned ends to her lips suggest she’s ambitious, likes to be active, and wants to make progress in life.

A few more tips to help you survive the cold & dark of mid-Winter …
• Take a vitamin D supplement, which has mood-enhancing benefits. In colder months, you just can’t get enough naturally from the Sun’s rays.
• Re-decorate. When it’s grey outside, make it bright inside. Add splashes of color to your home. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, paint your walls yellow for maximum happiness infusion.
• Pick up a few buds from a local shop to display in your apartment for some much-needed freshness and a little life.
• Plan a mini outdoor getaway. Don’t spend your days-off inside and waste daylight you can enjoy. Go sledding or explore a nearby town.
• Have a romantic dinner by candlelight. Take advantage of the darkness and turn your apartment into the ultimate sultry escape.
– Excerpted from “Cosmopolitan”

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Locapour’ – A person who drinks only locally produced wine or beer. (“Yeah, I make it in my basement but not because I’m cheap … I’m a locapour.”)
• ‘Slutwave’ – Female performers who favor sex appeal (suggestive dancing, scanty clothing, explicit lyrics) to promote their career over their actual music. (Consensus examples include Katy Perry, Ke$ha [evidently the unofficial ‘Queen of Slutwave’] and, according to some, Lady Gaga.)
• ‘Velcro Dog’ – A dog that always sticks close to its owner, especially by following the person from room-to-room. (A housefly that follows you around is therefore a ‘Velcro Fly’?)
• ‘Workweek Creep’ – The gradual extension of the workweek caused by performing work-related activities during non-work hours. (Note: Does not refer to that guy in sales who’s always ogling female staffers.)

A joint American-Japanese team of psychologists has found that women are beginning to adopt bad driving habits that are normally associated with men, including tailgating, risky passing, honking the horn, and making rude gestures. Researchers say the popular thinking that women are more cautious drivers may no longer be true. Their jacked-up level of aggression behind the wheel shows they’re now exhibiting the same ‘move-it-or-lose-it’ attitude once attributed exclusively to men. (But it still takes a guy to attempt to prove his manhood by installing a 300-dB subwoofer in the trunk.)

• German scientists have found that the brains of people who wake up at a specified time without an alarm clock produce a hormone about an hour before their wake-up time.
• The best operatic sopranos can sing nearly as loud as the roar of a jet engine, according to researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales.
– “Nature”
• Starbucks is now offering the ‘trenta’ size cup which, at 961 milliliters (or just 1 oz short of a full quart), is far larger than the previous king-size ‘venti’ (591 ml/20 oz). Sadly, it will not be available for straight coffee … just icy drinks. Interestingly, the mammoth cup is actually about 16 ml (.5 oz) larger than the average adult’s stomach capacity.
– “National Post”


1934 [77] Lloyd Robertson, Stratford ON, CTV Chief News Anchor & Senior News Editor since 1976/CBC-TV’s “The National” anchor 1970-76/CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame (1998)

1946 [65] Dolly Parton, Sevierville TN, country singer/songwriter (“I Will Always Love You”)/movie actress (“Steel Magnolias”, “9 to 5”)/amusement park owner (“Dollywood”)  BS FACTOID: She’s currently composing a semi-autobiographical musical about ‘a mountain girl who makes good’.

1954 [57] Katey Sagal, Hollywood CA, TV actress (“Sons of Anarchy” since 2008, “8 Simple Rules” 2002–05, “Futurama” 1999-2003, “Married With Children” 1987-97)

1955 [56] Paul Rodriguez, Culiacan, Mexico, standup comedian/movie actor (“Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”)

1972 [39] Drea de Matteo, Queens NY, TV actress (“Desperate Housewives” 2009-10, “Joey” 2004-06, “The Sopranos” 1999-2006)

1974 [37] Frank Caliendo, Chicago IL, comedian/impressionist (“Fox NFL Sunday” since 2003, “MADtv” 2001-06)

• “Confederate Heroes Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1807 birth of Robert E Lee. It’s an official holiday in Texas.

• “Edgar Allan Poe Birth Anniversary”, celebrating the 1809 birth of the famed American writer of “The Raven”, who’s also credited as being the inventor of the mystery novel.

• “Maintenance Day”, honoring all janitors & building maintenance personnel. (Because they’re good natured swabs!)

• “Weedless Wednesday”, the focal point of “Non-Smoking Week in Canada” for more than 30 years, when we’re all encouraged to give up smoking for at least one day. Although smoking in Canada continues to decline, about 20% of us still smoke.

• “Wolf Moon”, the Full Moon of January, so-named because it traditionally caused wolf packs to howl hungrily. It’s sometimes also referred to as the ‘Old Moon’ or ‘Moon After Yule’.

2004 [07] “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé” debuts on FOX-TV

1985 [26] Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In the USA” peaks at #9 on pop chart

1993 [18] Fleetwood Mac reunites for the Inaugural Ball of US President-elect Bill Clinton

1915 [96] 1st ‘Neon Sign’ (it actually spelled out ‘N-E-O-N’, because it was created by Georges Claude of Paris, France for a demonstration.)

1935 [76] 1st ‘Jockey Shorts’ go on sale at Marshall Field’s department store in Chicago IL (thereby beginning the boxers vs briefs debate)

1996 [15] NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces the league has approved the sale of the Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix AZ investors (give it back!)

1939 [72] Wisconsin’s Ernest Hausen sets ‘World Chicken-Plucking Record’ (4.4 seconds)

1967 [44] Germany’s Herr Karl Tausch writes ‘World’s Shortest Will’ … ‘Vse zene’ (‘All to wife’)

1977 [34] ‘World’s Largest Crowd’ as 12.7 million attend a religious festival in India (the bad news … only 3 port-a-johns)

[Thurs] Sundance Film Festival begins
[Thurs] Disc Jockey Day
[Thurs] Women in Blue Jeans Day
[Thurs] Women’s Healthy Weight Day
[Fri] “The Company Men”; “No Strings Attached” open in movie theaters
[Sat] Answer Your Cats Questions Day
This Week Is … Handwriting Analysis Week
This Month Is … Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month


Lawyer’s daughter … Sue
Thief’s son … Rob
Lawyer’s son … Will
Meteorologist’s daughter … Haley
Backhoe operator’s son … Doug
Hairstylist’s son … Bob
Homeopathic’s son … Herb
Hot-dog vendor’s son … Frank
Gambler’s daughter … Bette
Personal trainer’s son … Jim
Cattle thief’s son … Russell
Painter’s son … Art
Iron worker’s son … Rusty
TV star’s daughter … Emmy
Movie star’s son … Oscar
Barber’s son … Harry
Radio personality’s son … Mike

What single change, innovation, new twist on “American Idol” would get you interested in watching again?

He’s footloose and fiancée-free.

• The online “Ouija Board” you can use to answer any question (ie: Will it be sunny today?). Have several people place one hand on the mouse. When it comes to a stop, simply click the mouse button and the nearest letter will register.
• The website ‘PhoneSpell’ spits out all the names and words that your phone number spells. Try looking up radio station numbers or providing suggestions for listeners’ numbers.

What would you get if you ordered a ‘Mae West’ in a diner?
a. A figure-8 cruller. [CORRECT]
b. 2 big scoops of mashed potatoes.
c. A waitress-to-go.
d. Slapped.
– “Totally Trivial”

Today’s Question: The number of men doing THIS has gone up 80% in the last 15 years.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Looking after kids as stay-at-home-dads. (“Telegraph”)

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.

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