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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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Joe Friday's Blog:

  • Mark Wills is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry

    Mark Wills is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The country singer was formally inducted into the country music institution on Friday night (Jan. 11) in Nashville. Wills' close friend Craig Morgan, who has been an Opry member for ten years, was on hand to induct him during a sold-out show at the historic Ryman...

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  • Troy Gentry's bones and more were Donated

    Troy Gentry's bones and more were donated after his death in a helicopter crash in New Jersey. Although many of Gentry's organs were not able to be transplanted because of the injuries he suffered in the crash, Angie Gentry decided to donate his bones, tissue and corneas. She has a sister who received a kidney transplant, and sh...

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  • Steve Ripley leader of the The Tractors died Thursday

    Steve Ripley, leader of the country rock band The Tractors, died Thursday at his home in Pawnee, Okla. at the age of 69, surrounded by his family. He had been suffering from cancer. In addition to his work as a recording artist, Ripley was also a songwriter, producer, engineer, studio owner, radio host and inventor of the “stereo guitar” favored by su...

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  • Mark Wills will be the newest addition to the Grand Ole Opry

    Mark was invited by Vince Gill to join the venerable organization during his performance on Dec. 21. Vince surprised Mark with the invitation, saying, “We at the Opry would like to ask you to become the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. This boy has been the greatest supporter and proponent of what the Opry stands for.” After...

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  • Trisha Yearwood Debuts Frank Sinatra Tribute Album Through Williams Sonoma

    Trisha Yearwood debuted her new album, "Let’s Be Frank",  a tribute to Frank Sinatra at Williams Sonoma.  Yearwood’s first full-length solo record in over a decade, arrives today at Williams Sonoma stores nationwide and will be available everywhere Feb. 15 on Yearwood’s Gwendolyn Records.   Yearwood re...

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  • Garth Brooks released more details of his duets album with Trisha Yearwood

    Garth Brooks released more details of his duets album with Trisha Yearwood.  The plan is to record it live in front of fans.  Garth explains, "Section it off like you do in a regular studio, cut things live right there in front of people. Yearwood replies, "I think it's an awesome idea and I think ...

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  • Alabama will celebrate five decades of music next year with its 50th Anniversary Tour

    Alabama will celebrate five decades of music next year with its "50th Anniversary Tour." The band announced almost 30 concerts with more to come, starting Jan. 10 in Detroit. The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Restless Heart, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence and Exile will j...

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  • Dolly Parton Teases '9 to 5' Sequel

    Dolly Parton says a "9 to 5" sequel is well on its way. The country music legend said, "We are supposed to have the first scripts in our hands within days. "Of course, we will have to see what our thoughts are, and it will have to be rewritten a time or two, I'm sure. Hopefully, we might get a chance to star...

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  • Elvis Presley Enterprises and Live Nation have announced a partnership to bring concerts to Graceland

    Elvis Presley Enterprises and Live Nation have announced a partnership to bring concerts to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The 2,000-capacity Graceland Soundstage, which is located at the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, and the 464-capacity theater inside the Guest House at Graceland Hotel will be ramping up bookings with the as...

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  • Hallmark Channel holiday movie inspired by Blake Shelton's song

    Hallmark Channel holiday movies is airing "Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas", a movie inspired by Blake Shelton's song "Time for Me to Come Home," which the country star co-wrote with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, and her novel of the same name. "Time for Me to Come Home" for Christmas will run...

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  • SAD NEWS: Floyd Estel Parton a singer-songwriter and Dolly Parton's brother has died

    Floyd Estel Parton, a singer-songwriter and Dolly Parton's brother, has died. He was 61. He passed away last Thursday. Two of his most famous songs were "Rockin' Years," recorded by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton, and "Nickels and Dimes," recorded by Dolly Parton and later by George Burns. Per his obit...

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  • Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry died as a result of his helicopter pilot's error

    The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the pilot cut the engine too soon as he attempted to make an emergency landing back in September 2017. Gentry and the pilot were killed when they crashed in a field in Medford, NJ. According to the NTSB's report, the pilot's mistake led to an uncontrolled descent and instead of landing at nearby Flying W Ai...

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  • Country music stars are reflecting on the death of the 41st U.S. president

    Country music stars are reflecting on the death of the 41st U.S. president, George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush died at his Houston home late Friday. He was 94. The former Navy pilot served as U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, after two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president.  Randy Travis wrote his ...

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  • George Strait announced a headlining gig

    George Strait announced a headlining gig at the Buckeye Country Festival in Columbus, Ohio, on June 8. The one-day festival lineup also features Blake Shelton, Midland, Chris Janson and RaeLynn. Tickets for Buckeye Country Superfest will go on sale on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. ET. In addition to performing at Buckeye Country Supe...

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  • Judge Judy is Now the Highest-Paid TV Host

    Judge Judy (Sheindlin) is officially the highest-paid host on TV, pushing Ellen DeGeneres into second place. Judy sold the rights to past and future episodes of the show to CBS for an estimated $100 million last year. Combined with salaries for hosting the show and producing “Hot Bench”, Sheindlin brought in $147 million. ...

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  • Shania Twain is promoting her new show Real Country

    Shania Twain is promoting her new show "Real Country", which airs tonight on USA, and she's hoping that more females will feel inspired to get involved in the genre.  Shania explained how disappointed she is that there are "too few" women in it.    She insists, "We are not making radio progress, but we are...

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  • 15 Things You Should Never Say on Thanksgiving

    You love your family. But chances are, you’re sharing the table with at least a few wacky characters this Thanksgiving. To keep the spirit of the holiday alive (and argument-free), there are some topics that just shouldn’t be broached.   Talking politics, for instance, is a huge no-no. You might not want to bring up finances or scandalous secrets. This muc...

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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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