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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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  • Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: All the Details on the Netflix Series

    Netflix and Dolly Parton are teaming for an anthology series based on some of her songs. The series, "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings", follows two successful TV movies on NBC based on her classic song "Coat of Many Colors." The eight-episode series is due to premiere in 2019. Like NBC's "Coat of M...

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  • Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt is not a fan of contemporary country

    Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt is not a fan of contemporary country music. She tells Rolling Stone, " I don’t listen to modern country music. I don’t care for it particularly. I like old country music, when it still came out of the country. What they call country music now is what I call Midwest mall-craw...

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  • Trisha Yearwood will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Grand Ole Opry induction

    Trisha Yearwood will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Grand Ole Opry induction with an appearance on the Opry on March 12. Trisha was inducted into the Opry on March 13, 1999, by Porter Wagoner. Other artists scheduled to appear on the Opry on March 12 include Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark and Mark Wills....

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  • Linda Ronstadt Opens Up About Parkinson's Battle


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  • Wynonna has signed with the indie label

    Wynonna has signed with the indie label, ANTI- Records.   She explains, "Now more than ever, I am on a mission to rediscover the reason I got into this business, and Anti- is giving me the musical freedom to do that." As an example, Wynonna recorded an a capella version of the classic Nina Simone song "Feeling Good" in...

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  • Country icon Randy Travis made an appearance

    Country icon Randy Travis made an appearance onstage during Cody Jinks' recent show in Ardmore, Okla.   Travis appeared right after the Texas country performer's cover of Travis' 1986 hit "Diggin' Up Bones."  Travis' wife, Mary Davis told the crowd, &...

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  • VIDEO: Shania Twain is about to launch her Film Career

    Shania Twain is about to launch her film career with the release of the movie "Trading Paint", co-starring acting legend John Travolta. The upcoming film tells the story of a racing veteran and his son who overcome personal and professional issues to triumph on the track and at home.   Twain appeared in the 2004 feature fi...

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  • Country music legend Randy Travis has officially announced the forthcoming memoir

    Country music legend Randy Travis has officially announced the forthcoming memoir, "Forever and Ever Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life", which he co-wrote with author Ken Abraham, and which is slotted to be available on shelves this spring. The book will detail his childhood and early years, a well as his ascension ...

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  • Trace Adkins will launch his Don't Stop Tour 2019

    Trace Adkins will launch his Don't Stop Tour 2019 on Feb. 9 in San Antonio and continues across 39 different cities through November. The Grand Ole Opry member will joins Blake Shelton on his Friends & Heroes 2019 Tour this February, playing alongside the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Lauren Alaina. ...

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  • Garth Brooks' next studio album will be titled Fun

    Garth Brooks' next studio album will be titled "Fun". He unveiled the album's title during his Jan. 21 episode of Inside Studio G, noting, "The title of the album was sparked because making it has been such a fun process to go through. Being able to go in and out of the studio while being on the tour, working with the same guys, it’s been amazing.&q...

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  • 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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