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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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  • Burt Reynolds' Car Collection Could Fetch $1M at Vegas Auction


    Die-hard Burt Reynolds ?fans could own one of Burt's personal cars. The late actor's car collection is set to hit the auction block on Sept. 29 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  Burt's personally-owned cars (titled and registered to Burt) are a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, like ...

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  • Garth Brooks has sold just shy of 85,000 tickets for Notre Dame


    The concert will be on Saturday, October 20th at 7:00 PM ET. Garth Brooks will be the first-ever concert event at Notre Dame. The concert is sponsored by Amazon Music. There are a few single seats left. Tickets can only be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or either Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000. The concert will be rain or shine. ...

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  • Gretchen Wilson's misdemeanor breach of peace charge from her arrest in a Connecticut


    Gretchen Wilson's misdemeanor breach of peace charge from her arrest in a Connecticut airport on Aug. 21 has been dismissed. An Enfield Superior Court clerk cleared Wilson of the charge on Thursday. Wilson agreed to donate $500 to a charity for injured crime victims in exchange for the breach of peace charge being dropped. The outlet also reports that Wilson ...

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  • Netflix has acquired Dumplin a film about a plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen who adores Dolly Parton


    Netflix has acquired "Dumplin", a film about a plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen who adores Dolly Parton and her music.  The film features collaborations and original music from Parton. The main character is named Willowdean, a reference to Parton’s real-life sister, Willadeene. ...

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  • Phil Vassar and Lonestar will kick off The Not So Silent Night Tour


    Phil Vassar and Lonestar will kick off The Not So Silent Night Tour Nov. 30 in Biloxi, MS. All proceeds from their "Not So Silent Night" single will go to The Salvation Army. https://www.philvassar.com/tour.html ...

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  • Burt Reynolds Dead at 82... Celebrities React


    Burt Reynolds has died at 82. He passed away at a Florida medical center yesterday after a heart attack. Reynolds, who was raised in Florida, starred in a bunch of big hits likes ‘Deliverance’, "The Longest Yard', ‘Smokey and the Bandit’, and ‘The Cannonball Run’. He was also a TV star a...

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  • George Strait says he's heartbroken over the death of his longtime drummer


    George Strait says he’s heartbroken over the death of his longtime drummer in a highway accident near Nashville. A spokeswoman for Strait confirmed 59-year-old Michael A. Kennedy of Baxter, Tennessee, died Friday. Kennedy had been the drummer for Strait’s Ace in the Hole ...

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  • Gretchen Wilson discussed her arrest in Connecticut last week


    Gretchen Wilson discussed her arrest in Connecticut last week, telling Taste of Country: "I'm saddened by the whole thing. I don't know that I could say — I mean, I'm embarrassed that that situation got to where it was, but not personally."   A verbal and physical altercation took place on an airplane headed for Connectic...

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  • Garth Brooks revealed the final details for a concert at Notre Dame Stadium


    Brooks will headline the approximate 80,000-seat venue 7 p.m. Oct. 20. His show is the first concert ever held at the 88-year-old football facility. Garth confirmed the date for his show, originally announced in general terms last month, Monday morning on Twitter. Tickets for the event go on sale at 9 a.m. Sept. 14.  Tickets will only b...

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  • Reba McEntire will return as host of the ninth annual "CMA Country Christmas"


    Reba McEntire will return as host of the ninth annual "CMA Country Christmas", airing on ABC during the holiday season. Performers include Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs and Brett Young. Tickets for the Sept. 27 Nashville...

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  • Gretchen Wilson Arrested at Connecticut Airport


    Gretchen Wilson was arrested at an airport near Hartford, Connecticut after police say she became "belligerent" toward troopers. State police said they initially showed up to deal with a "minor disturbance" on an incoming flight and were interviewing Wilson on a runway when they arrested her. Sources say Gretchen ...

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  • Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, BlackHawk, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, Phil Vassar and Steve Wariner will perform at the Music For Mike Concert


    Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, BlackHawk, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, Phil Vassar and Steve Wariner will perform at the Music For Mike concert Sept. 25 at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. The show benefits former Arista promotion exec Mike Owens, who was diagnosed with end stage renal disease and has been placed on dialysis while he...

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  • Martina McBride will kick off The Joy Of Christmas Tour


    Martina McBride will kick off The Joy Of Christmas Tour Nov. 23 in Biloxi, MS, in support of her album "It's The Holiday Season", due out Oct. 19. She'll also release her second cookbook, "Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life", Oct. 30. ...

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  • Toby Keith's about to be a grandfather again


    Toby Keith's about to be a grandfather again: His daughter, singer-songwriter Krystal Keith, is expecting! Krystal Keith enlisted her 2-year-old daughter Hensley to help share the happy news. In an Instagram video posted on Tuesday, the young girl is clutching a baby doll and wearing a "Big Sister" shirt. ...

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  • Reba McEntire is one of the artists who will be celebrated this year at the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors


    Reba McEntire is one of the artists who will be celebrated this year at the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors. The other honorees include singer and actress Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. The co-creators of "Hamilton" - w...

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  • Toby Keith and Brad Paisley head up the nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2018


    Toby Keith and Brad Paisley head up the nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Keith and Paisley are nominated in the category of songwriter/artist, along with Ronnie Dunn and Eddy Raven. All four artists have consistently written or co-written their own songs across their careers. According to its website, t...

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  • Willie Nelson released the first track off his upcoming Frank Sinatra's covers album


    Willie Nelson released the first track off his upcoming Frank Sinatra's covers album. Willie covers the classic "Summer Wind". The upcoming album, called "My Way" is set to be released on September 14. It'll include some of Frank's most iconic hits and a guest appearance by frequent Willie collaborat...

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  • The Grand Ole Opry is set to celebrate its 93rd Birthday


    The Grand Ole Opry is set to celebrate its 93rd birthday with an annual Birthday Bash and a special birthday concert by Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride at 3 PM Sat., Oct. 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. Concert tickets go on sale Friday (July 20) at 10:00 am at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com. ...

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  • Blake Shelton took a fall during his Show


    Blake Shelton took a fall during his show in Pendleton, OR.  He jokingly tweeted: "Ok Pendleton I know somebody is bound to have video of me falling on stage last night!! Please!! I have to see it!!! Post that sh-t! And yes I had been drinking. A lot.." ...

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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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