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Joe Friday

Native Oklahoman, born and raised in Edmond. I love this Sooner state and everything about it – Love the people, the history and the music!

While most Okies are in their deepest sleep, I embrace the early alarm clock. “There’s just something about being the first one down the road on the way to the station… you just never know what’s going to happen at Hank FM!”

My wife Kendra and I have two beautiful girls (almost teenagers so please pray for me!), two dogs and a mortgage - I’m living the American Dream!

You and I have been waking up together for many years. It means a lot that you choose to spend your mornings with me. Follow me on Twitter @joefridayOKC, Facebook @joefridayOKC, or email me joefriday@CrankHankcom. Give me a call weekday mornings on 99.7 Hank FM on the Hank-Line.


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  • Garth Brooks has been invited to play the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium


    Garth Brooks has been invited to play the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium. At a press conference in Nashville, TN, Garth revealed news that the storied venue, established in 1930, will host its inaugural concert on a to-be-announced date.  Brooks was joined by revered member of the University of Notre Dame family and former head football coach ...

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  • Dolly Parton was Honored


    Dolly Parton was honored by The Los Angeles Press, during the 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala (at the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA). Parton was honored with the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for contributions to the public good. The event focused on the philanthropic efforts of Imagination Library, he...

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  • Clint Black will welcome his wife Lisa Hartman Black to the stage


    Clint Black will welcome his wife Lisa Hartman Black to the stage for Christmas-inspired performances this December.   “A Clint Black Christmas” will hit Fort Worth, TX, Dallas, TX, and Charles Town, WV.  The holiday-themed show will include a sampling of Clint Black fan favorites as well as music from both of his "C...

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  • Randy Travis was given the Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award


    Randy Travis was given the Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award, Saturday night at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.   Cracker Barrel also made a $5,000 donation in Travis’ name to the CMA Foundation.  In addition, Michael Ray performed a moving rendition of Travis’ hit song “Forever and Ever, Am...

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  • Dolly Parton is coming to Netflix


    Dolly Parton is coming to Netflix with an eight-episode anthology series highlighting her most iconic songs over the last 50 years.   Parton will be the singer-songwriter, executive producer and even perform on the Netflix series. The streaming site will take a page out of NBC’s playbook with their popular movie series “Coat Of Many Colo...

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  • Sara Evans will receive the 2018 Service to America Leadership Award


    Sara Evans will receive the 2018 Service to America Leadership Award. The country star will be presented with the honor in Washington, D.C. June 12 by the NAB Education Foundation.   According to a press statement, "The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others thr...

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  • Craig Morgan will be awarded the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal


    Country music star and Army Veteran Craig Morgan will be awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in recognition of his dedication to entertaining troops and their families around the world. Morgan has made 15 overseas tours for our troops and performed for more than 37,000 service members and their families in all four corners of the world....

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  • VIDEO: Willie Nelson Walks Off Stage


    Willie Nelson bailed on his show Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. He apparently wasn’t feeling well. The 85-year-old was set to perform at the Outlaw Music Festival. He walked out on stage and got his guitar ready, then quickly unstrapped himself, hurled his hat into the cro...

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  • Rodney Crowell will revisit his catalog on a new album


    Rodney Crowell will revisit his catalog on a new album titled 'Acoustic Classics', a 12-track collection of some his most recognizable songs in all-new settings. Set for July 13th, LP revisits songs Crowell has had recorded by Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban and more. Information on pre-orders, including exclusive bundles...

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  • Blake Shelton's Ole Red Nashville will officially celebrate its grand opening


    Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Nashville will officially celebrate its grand opening during CMA Fest on June 6–10. The restaurant, bar and music venue will host multiple events throughout the week, including a Blake Shelton and Friends concert on June 6, which will not be open to the public. However, fans can enter for a chance to win tickets to the show. ...

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  • George Strait will perform at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


    George Strait will perform at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 17, marking his 30th RodeoHouston appearance. Opening acts are to be announced later.



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  • Johnny Cash's childhood home, which was restored in 2015, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places


    The Man in Black lived in the home, located in a small Arkansas town called Dyess, from when he was three years old through to high school. The family left in the 1940s. The five-room house is available for touring, and contains items that belonged to Cash's parents - a shaving mug in the bathroom and an upright piano atop red linoleum in the living room. Cash slept in a bedroom with thr...

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  • The Oak Ridge Boys join Dan Rather for an Interview


    The Oak Ridge Boys join Dan Rather for an interview, opening up about their controversial crossover from Gospel to Country and the incredible impact Johnny Cash had on their career in this exclusive look at an all-new episode of "The Big Interview"—airing tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1) at 8 p.m. ...

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  • Martina McBride has launched a new App


    Martina McBride has launched the meal planning app Menu'd. Users can pin recipes and the app will push the ingredients to a grocery list. 



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  • Shania Twain will host the Canadian Country Music Awards


    Shania Twain will host the Canadian Country Music Awards. Shania will also receive the Generation Award for her contributions to country music at the Sept. 9, 2018, kudosfest in Hamilton, Ontario.   The Canadian singer generated weekend controversy by telling the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper she would ha...

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  • Toby Keith is set to perform at Los Angeles' inaugural Tailgate Fest


    Toby Keith is set to perform at Los Angeles' inaugural Tailgate Fest on the Forum's grounds over Labor Day Weekend.  The event will take place Sept. 1 outside the stadium in Inglewood, California, delivering a full day of country music and tailgating. The twist is that rather than typical tailgating where fans show up early and then need to...

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  • Dana Haggard Merle Haggard's eldest daughter has died


    Dana Haggard, Merle Haggard's eldest daughter has died. Her brother Ben Haggard writes: "My oldest sister Dana passed away yesterday.... I know she's hugging dad's arm again: I'll miss you sister. RIP." The cause of her death is unknown at this time. According to Bakersfie...

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  • Toby Keith's 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic


    Toby Keith's 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic is set for June 1-2 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK. Proceeds will benefit the Toby Keith Foundation for the operation of the OK Kids Korral, a facility offering a home away from home for sick children and families seeking treatment in Oklahoma City. The Korral is cost-free to families ...

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  • Toby Keith realizes that he's not a politician and isn't capable of solving all the world's problems


    In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Keith was asked about “justifying gun rights in a world beset by mass shootings” and stopped the interviewer before he could really get going. He explained, “That’s one of those topics — and I’m not dodging the question — it’s one of those things we live with every day. ...

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  • Kenny Rogers has canceled the remainder of his 2018 Gambler's Last Deal Tour


    Kenny Rogers has canceled the remainder of his 2018 Gambler's Last Deal Tour due to a "a series of health challenges." Rogers first called off an appearance at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina, originally scheduled for May 26. No specific details have been shared about what kind of health ailments Rogers is facing,...

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  • Alison Krauss will hit the road for a 50-date tour this spring, summer and fall


    Kicking off on May 16 in Tulsa, Okla., Alison’s Tour will make stops in Nashville, Toronto, Memphis, San Diego, Austin, New Orleans, Indianapolis and more. The first seven dates on this tour will be co-headlining shows with Willie Nelson and Family, and the two will share the stage for a total of 17 dates throughout the summer. ...

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  • This year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are


    This year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are, in the Veterans Era Artist category, Dottie West; in the Modern Era Artist Category, Ricky Skaggs; and in the Recording/Touring Musician Category, Johnny Gimble. The formal induction will take place later this year during an invitation-only Me...

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  • There's now a post office in Bakersfield, Calif. named for the legendary singer Merle Haggard


    There's now a post office in Bakersfield, Calif. named for the legendary singer Merle Haggard, who was born just north in Oildale. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican who represents California's 23rd District, sponsored H.B. 1988 designating the Spanish-style facility at 1730 18th St. as the Merle Haggard Post Of...

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  • Garth Brooks performed a record-breaking headlining set on Sunday


    Garth Brooks performed a record-breaking headlining set on Sunday (March 18) at RodeoHouston. The country legend played to 75,577 people, breaking the attendance record from the previous Sunday during Go Tejano Day by just 12 concertgoers.     Brooks was the closing performer at 2018 RodeoHouston, but he was also the openi...

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  • Willie Nelson has announced that his Outlaw Music Festival tour


    Willie Nelson has announced that his Outlaw Music Festival tour will return again in 2018, kicking off its first leg in Raleigh, N.C. on May 25. This tour marks the second year that the festival has occurred in the form of a traveling show, and will extend at least through July 1, although more dates are expected to be announced. Willie & Family, ...

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  • Tim McGraw Collapses During Ireland Concert


    Tim McGraw collapsed onstage while performing his hit “Humble & Kind,” Sunday night in Dublin, Ireland. The country music star 'stunned fans' when he dropped to his knees and sat. Faith Hill, his wife, later told the crowd that he is "okay", but has been “super dehydrated."&n...

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  • Alabama announced the first of leg of The Hits Tour 2018


    Alabama announced the first of leg of The Hits Tour 2018, launching March 23 in Grand Prairie, Texas, with more than 20 shows to follow, including three stops in Canada.   Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry return to the road without longtime bandmate Jeff Cook. ...

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  • Artists set for the 2018 edition of Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic


    Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price are among the artists set for the 2018 edition of Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic.  Also playing this year are Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Jamestown Revival, the Wild Feathers, Particle Kid and Folk Uke. Several of Nelson's recurring cast of frie...

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  • Garth Brooks performed a duet with... an astronaut


    Ahead of his opening performance at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Brooks met up with Tracy Dyson, a NASA astronaut who caught the country star's attention last year when he saw a clip of her singing "The River." Dyson sings it before every space launch. She's also the lead singer of Houston-based band Max Q, an all-astronaut group of singers and musicians....

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  • The King of Country George Strait will play two final shows in 2018


    The King of Country George Strait will play two final shows in 2018 on December 7-8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with special guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Tickets go on sale in one month on Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PT at www.StraitToVegas.com. The shows are part of his Strait to Vegas series, which started with...

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  • Dolly Parton to dedicate 100 Millionth Imagination Library book to Library of Congress


    Dolly Parton will dedicate her Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress, next Tuesday, February 27.  The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on both YouTube and Facebook.  Dignitaries, partners of the Imagination Library and many others will be on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion. I...

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  • Neal McCoy's mother Virginia "Ginny" McCoy died on Monday


    Neal McCoy's mother, Virginia "Ginny" McCoy, died on Monday. The country singer posted about her death on Facebook, sharing the story of his mother's immigration from the Philippines and her love for the United States and the Pledge of Allegiance. McCoy's mother died around 9:50PM on Monday, surrounded by her loved ones, including ...

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  • Troy Gentry's wife Angie has filed a lawsuit over his death


    Troy Gentry's wife Angie has filed a lawsuit over his death in a helicopter crash in September. Angie Gentry is suing the manufacturers of the aircraft. The lawsuit claims that Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Inc. and the Keystone Helicopter Corporation failed to make the Model 269 helicopter crashworthy, leaving its occu...

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  • VIDEO: Shania Twain will be the subject on the TV docudrama "The Price of Fame"


    As previously reported, Shania Twain will be the subject on the TV docudrama "The Price of Fame", a program on the Reelz Channel. Shania’s hour-long episode, which will air on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET, features aspiring country singer/songwriter Ashla Taylor in the starring role. According to ...

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  • Country Singer Daryle Singletary Dead at 46


    Country singer Daryle Singletary died yesterday at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 46. A rep for the singer said the cause of death "is pending.” Daryle had played concerts as recently as this past weekend, on Friday and Saturday nights. Singletary was best known for his hit songs &quo...

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  • Garth Brooks is the first inductee into the newly formed Live Hall of Fame


    Garth Brooks is the first inductee into the newly formed Live Hall of Fame, which was created by Oak View Group, an investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries that acquired concert trade publication Pollstar in 2017. OVG CEO and co-founder Tim Leiweke says the Live Hall of Fame was created “as a place to honor artists who ...

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  • A Garth Brooks fan received an invite of a lifetime


    A Garth Brooks fan received an invite of a lifetime after she submitted a question to the country star on Monday night’s episode of Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation. Elisabeth Wadin is from Sweden and planning to honeymoon in America with her husband later this year.  She asked Brooks for recommendations during their “r...

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  • Willie Nelson has canceled his February 2018 tour dates in order to recover from the flu


    Willie Nelson has canceled his February 2018 tour dates in order to recover from the flu. A press release reports that Nelson "is up and about and looks as healthy as ever," but his doctor has recommended that his voice needs "a few extra weeks" to heal. Nelson plans to resume his tour in early March. Nelson's affected tour dates...

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  • Willie Nelson, along with his sons, Lukas and Micah, and the legendary Neil Young star in the upcoming film


    Willie Nelson, along with his sons, Lukas and Micah, and the legendary Neil Young star in the upcoming film "Paradox", a Western saga with a future-past twist. "Paradox" is directed by Young's girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah. It will be her first full-length feature film in that role....

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  • Loretta Lynn has cancelled her only planned concert in 2018


    Lynn was scheduled to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. in May.  Her manager writes, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Loretta Lynn date, scheduled May 17, 2018, in Tulsa has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase." The reason for the cancellation is not clear. Lynn did fall and break her hip in a fall ...

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