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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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  • Roy Clark Dies. He was 85


    Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter-century, died yesterday at the age of 85. Clark died due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run...

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  • Shenandoah has announced the 2018 Good Ole Fashioned Christmas Tour


    Shenandoah has announced the 2018 Good Ole Fashioned Christmas Tour, marking the first of its kind for the group. The hit makers are scheduled to visit nine venues throughout the months of November and December, and will return to their roots with a stop in Muscle Shoals, Ala. for a performance at Faith Church in Florence. The tour begins at the Ryman Audito...

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  • Willie Nelson will be honored with all-star concert


    Willie Nelson will be honored with all-star concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 12. The tribute concert—"Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw"—will feature performances by Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lo...

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  • George Strait will take the stage on March 30 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta


    George Strait will take the stage on March 30 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The King of Country will be joined by Chris Stapleton, Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. ET. The upcoming performance marks George’s first show in Atlanta since 2014. Other than conc...

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  • Blake Shelton has announced the Friends and Heroes 2019 Tour


    Blake Shelton has announced the Friends and Heroes 2019 Tour, featuring the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina. The trek is scheduled to begin on Feb. 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and run through March 23, when it will conclude in Albany, N.Y. Fans can get access to a pre-sale by signing up for Shelton's ...

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  • Reba McEntire will host the ninth annual CMA Country Christmas


    The ninth annual "CMA Country Christmas" will air Dec. 10 on ABC. Host and performer Reba McEntire will be joined by 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. ...

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  • Loretta Lynn is back home


    Loretta Lynn is back home, posting a Facebook update: "After a brief hospital visit, I’m feeling better now and enjoying a weekend of resting up at home."  Lynn's daughter, Peggy, wrote on Facebook that "mom did have a really horrible stomach flu this last week. She is home and doing nicely recovering." She claims the sourc...

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  • Garth Brooks is going back on the road


    While saying that he intended to take off 2019, he, instead, announced the North American Stadium Tour, hitting five stadiums per year for the next three years. Brooks announced the first two venues as State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. and The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis. Concert dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced very soon. Br...

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  • Vince Gill: The Christmas Collection


    "Vince Gill: The Christmas Collection" has been released as a limited-edition, double-vinyl set available exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores nationwide.  The MCA Nashville double LP includes 1993’s platinum, #1 Billboard Holiday Album, "Let There Be Peace on Earth" on green vinyl and 1998’s "Breath of Heaven",...

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  • Toby Keith will be releasing a remastered edition of his classic self-titled 1993 debut album


    On Nov. 30, Toby Keith will be releasing a remastered edition of his classic self-titled 1993 debut album, retitled "Should Have Been a Cowboy" after his lead single.  The new release will include a commemorative cover and liner notes, plus three rare tracks from Keith’s personal vault. It will also be available on vinyl for the fir...

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  • A new non-profit organization has been founded in honor of late Montgomery Gentry member Troy Gentry


    A new non-profit organization has been founded in honor of late Montgomery Gentry member Troy Gentry. The Troy Gentry Foundation will officially launch with a benefit concert in January. Created by Gentry's wife Angie and some friends, the Troy Gentry Foundation will offer financial support to cancer research organizations, groups that assist milita...

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  • Dolly Parton backs the #MeToo movement but has some concerns


    Dolly Parton backs the #MeToo movement but has some concerns, saying, 'we can’t turn it into saying all men are bad'. Dolly explains,‘It was my daddy who taught me how to handle myself with men, to take responsibility for making sure I never got into a situation I couldn’t handle. If you’re a woman, you’ve got to be awar...

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  • Garth Brooks has announced that he will release "Anthology Part III, LIVE"


    Garth Brooks has announced that he will release “Anthology Part III, LIVE” on November 20. The country legend's new five-disk set follows “Part 1: The First Five Years” which was unveiled in November of 2017. It includes his new “TRIPLE LIVE” album and "covers his career as a live performer --- from his dive bar d...

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  • Alan Jackson shared a heartfelt message via Instagram


    Alan Jackson shared a heartfelt message via Instagram regarding the death of his son-in-law, Ben Selecman, who passed away on Sept. 12 after a boating accident. Ben, who was an assistant DA in Nashville, married Alan’s oldest daughter, Mattie, in October 2017. In addition to the message, Alan shared two photos with Ben. The message:...

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  • Loretta Lynn will receive the 'Artist of a Lifetime' Award


    Loretta Lynn will receive the 'Artist of a Lifetime' Award during the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony next month. The country legend will be presented with the honor by Sissy Spacek.   Lynn follows previous recipients including Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, and Shania Twain. The 86-year-old is preparing for the release ...

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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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