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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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  • Tracy Lawrence's new album will be released this summer


    Tracy Lawrence's new album will be released this summer. "Made in America" will feature 12 new songs, 8 of which he wrote himself.  Lawrence says,  "This album is very country. [There's a] little rock, little blues-rock stuff at the end of it, but there's some amazing tracks on this album. I think it's one of the best albu...

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  • Garth Brooks is bringing his Stadium Tour to the University of Oregon in Eugene


    Garth Brooks is bringing his Stadium Tour to Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon in Eugene on June 29. It marks Garth’s first performance in Eugene. Garth’s Stadium Tour includes upcoming stops in Gainesville (April 20), Minneapolis (May 3 and 4), Pittsburgh (May 18) and Denver (June 8). Tickets for the show in Eugene will go on ...

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  • Country Legend Earl Thomas Conley Passes Away


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  • George Strait extends his record for the most No. 1s


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  • Dolly Parton's likeness will be featured on driver Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevy Camaro


    Dolly Parton’s likeness will be featured on driver Tyler Reddick’s No. 2 Chevy Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6. In addition to Dolly’s image on the hood, the white and pink car features the Dollywood theme park logo on the rear quarter panels, with the DollyParton.com website across the rear roof. Dollywood...

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  • Tim McGraw will have new books for sale


    Tim McGraw will have new books for sale in two different sections of the store by the end of the year. "Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life" is due out on November 5th.   Meanwhile "Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation" will be released on June 11th. McGraw co-wrote it wi...

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  • Alabama singer Randy Owen was recently recognized by the Boy Scouts of America


    Alabama singer Randy Owen was recently recognized by the Boy Scouts of America in his native Alabama.   Anniston, Alabama's local Boy Scouts chapter gave the "Mountain Music" singer the Heart of an Eagle Award to recognize the compassion he's shown for his community through leadership, character and integrity. ...

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  • Tanya Tucker is creating a brand of tequila


    Tucker partnered with Elle France to launch her new Cosa Salvaje Tequila, a silver spirit distilled by the family-owned Partida Distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The tequila promises to be quality, only using "mature Blue Agave plants, which results in a smooth, crisp taste." "Cosa Salvaje" translates to “wild thing.” ...

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  • Jerry Lee Lewis Recovering from Stroke & Cancels Upcoming Shows


    Rock and Roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis has canceled more upcoming shows has he continues to recover from a minor stroke.  Lewis suffered a minor stroke in February and was hospitalized in Memphis.  His doctor’s say that he is expected to make a full recovery with "aggressive and intensive rehab" and ...

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  • Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens and music executive Jerry Bradley have been elected the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame


    Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens and music executive Jerry Bradley have been elected the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Country Music Association hosted Monday’s announcement at the Hall of Fame Rotunda. The formal induction will take place later this year during an invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater. ...

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  • Reba McEntire is set to announce 2019 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees


    Reba McEntire is set to announce 2019 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees on March 18.  The three categories are: Modern Era, Veteran Era and Songwriter/Musician/Non-Performer (this category rotates, and this year a non-performer will be elected). Reba McEntire will host the announcement at the Hall of Fame’s rotunda next Monday (March 18) at 10 ...

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  • Garth Brooks sold 20,000 units of his upcoming vinyl boxed set


    Garth Brooks sold 20,000 units of his upcoming vinyl boxed set, "The Legacy Collection", on Feb. 28. The boxed set will feature five albums—"No Fences", "The Chase", "In Pieces", "Fresh Horses" and "Triple Live"—available in three different packages: Analog, Remix-Remaster and Limited. E...

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  • Garth Brooks will be releasing The Legacy Collection


    Garth Brooks will be releasing "The Legacy Collection" this fall. The seven-disc vinyl collection will feature five albums: "No Fences", "The Chase", "In Pieces", "Fresh Horses" and "Triple Live". Currently, only Garth’s first three albums—his 1989 self-titled debut, 1990’s "N...

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  • George Strait will return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas


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  • Charley Pride will be the subject of a new documentary


    Charley Pride will be the subject of a new documentary, "American Masters—Charley Pride: I’m Just Me", on PBS on Feb. 22. The film, which is narrated by Tanya Tucker, chronicles Charley’s journey to country stardom, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in Mississippi ...

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  • Trisha Yearwood revealed the secret to her and Garth Brooks' relationship


    Trisha Yearwood revealed the secret to her and Garth Brooks’ relationship after 13 years of marriage, explaining: “We do date nights, but, honestly, we are apart maybe five days a year. We really have made a conscious effort since getting married to not be apart, so we’ve toured toget...

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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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