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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 99.7 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 FM on the Hank-Line.


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Joe Friday's Blog:


  • Martina McBride is partering with the American Red Cross


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  • Dolly Parton to Star in 'A Holly Dolly Christmas' Special


    Dolly Parton will host an hour-long Christmas special this holiday season. “A Holly Dolly Christmas” will air Dec. 6 on CBS.   The special will air live on the network before moving to on-demand viewing on the network’s streaming platform CBS All Access. Parton will perform songs from her new Ch...

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  • Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood are working on a project together


    Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood are working on a project together. According to a post on the Instagram of producer John Carter Cash, Reba and Carrie were at Cash Cabin Studio for a “secret project.” The post featured two photos—a tandem shot of Reba and Carrie, as well as a solo photo of Reba—with the caption: “@...

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  • NCAA: Former Oklahoma Basketball Coach Billy Tubbs Dies at 85


    Billy Tubbs, the former men’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma, has died at 85 years old. The university shared a message from Tubbs' family who said he died after battling leukemia since 2015. “He died peacefully surrounded by family..."   Tubbs coached the Sooners bask...

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  • Billy Joe Shaver, Pioneer of "Outlaw Country" Movement, Dead at 81


    Billy Joe Shaver, the man Willie Nelson once called “the greatest living songwriter,” passed away yesterday. He was 81. Shaver died of a stroke in Waco, Texas. The Texas native became a name in country music with his 1973 debut album, “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” which is now a classic of the outlaw country genre....

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  • Jerry Jeff Walker, Songwriter Behind 'Mr Bojangles' Has Died


    Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song "Mr. Bojangles," has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer. A family spokesman told the AP, "He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues". Walker emerged from New York's Greenwich Village folk scene in the 196...

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  • Garth Brooks is postponing the preview event for his latest album


    Garth Brooks is postponing the preview event for his latest album "FUN" after injuring his hand while working on the farm. The Country superstar and wife Trisha Yearwood posted a video to Facebook, apologizing to fans for the delay. “Hey everybody. Mister and Misses here. Hopefully everything will be great and we’ll be able ...

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  • A bronze statue of Loretta Lynn was unveiled


    A bronze statue of Loretta Lynn was unveiled outside Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday. Loretta’s statue joins two others—Bill Monroe and Little Jimmy Dickens—as part on the Ryman’s Icon Walk, which recognizes legends who have paved the way for Nashville performers. The statues of Bill Monroe and Little Jimmy D...

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  • Garth Brooks announced he will release two new albums


    Garth Brooks announced he will release two new albums, "Fun" and "Triple Live Deluxe", on Nov. 20. Garth has already shared a number of songs from Fun, including “That’s What Cowboys Do,” “The Road I’m On,” “Courage of Love,” “Party Gras,” “All Day Long,” “Stronger T...

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  • The Grand Ole Opry is bringing back Friday night performances and expanding both Friday and Saturday night shows to two hours beginning Nov. 6


    October performers include Bill Anderson, Clint Black, Chris Janson, Little Big Town and Steve Wariner and guests Lauren Alaina, Brandy Clark and Victoria Shaw.  The Opry’s two-hour Saturday night shows will include a one-hour 8pm CT Circle and Gray TV station broadcast in addition to a companion livestream on Circle All Access Facebook, YouTube and Tw...

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  • Reba revealed she has a new Boyfriend


    During a new episode of her weekly podcast, "Living & Learning With Reba McEntire", Reba revealed she has a new boyfriend, actor Rex Linn. Reba tells guest co-host Melissa Peterman she's dating “a very, very sweetheart of a guy, Rex Linn. And we’ve been talking during the pandemic. We had dinner with Rex, was it in J...

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  • Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery


    Singer/songwriter Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville. A note from his manager asks for prayers for the 78-year-old singer and hitmaker for Elvis Presley and more. After writing songs such as "In the Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation" for Presley, Davis — born Morris Mac Davis in Lubbock, Texas — ...

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  • Shenandoah will release a new album


    Shenandoah will release a new album, "Every Road", on Nov. 13. The 10-song collection of brand-new tunes features an A-list cast of collaborators, including Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Ashley McBryde, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Zac Brown Band, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson and Brad Paisley. Shenandoah topped the charts in the la...

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  • Vince Gill has left the Western swing band


    After a decade with the Time Jumpers, Vince Gill has left the Western swing band. Rolling Stone confirmed the news of Gill's departure from the group with a spokesperson for the band, which will resume their Monday night residency at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on Oct. 5. The group paused the weekly shows during the novel coronavirus pandemic....

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  • Dolly Parton came clean about those rumors


    Dolly Parton came clean about those rumors that she has tattoos and admitted she does “have some” but “they’re tasteful” and “artful.” The 74-year-old legendary country singer tells People magazine,  “I do have some tattoos, that’s true. But they’re tasteful. I’m not a tattoo ...

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  • Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle will appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival


    Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle and the Halfgrass Dukes will appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival as part of this year's Let The Music Play On Broadcast.  The music airs on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. Pacific on Circle TV, HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com, HSB Facebook, YouTube and Nugs.TV. This marks the 20th anniversary of Hardly Strictly Blue...

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  • Willie Nelson admitted he cheated on two of his ex-wives


    Willie Nelson admitted he cheated on two of his ex-wives in a new memoir. Nelson's memoir titled, “Me and Sister Bobbie", was co-written by Nelson’s sister Bobbie. In the book, Nelson revealed his second wife Shirley Collie found out he was cheating on her because of a hospital bill that came from Houston....

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  • Alabama's only concert of 2020 will stream for free tonight


    The Country Music Hall of Fame group will kick off Camping World’s 10-week virtual concert series, "Taking the Highways Across America". Each concert will stream live every Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In addition, Alabama recently announced two stops in Nashville in 2021 as part of their delayed 50th Anniversary Tour. The trio is set to ...

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  • Reba McEntire says the cast of Reba is ready for a reboot


    The sitcom, which starred Reba, Christopher Rich, JoAnna Garcia, Steve Howey and more, aired 127 episode over six seasons from 2001 to 2007 on The WB and The CW. Reba shared her thoughts on a reboot, saying: “We’re all for it. “The problem is the higher uppers, if they’re for it. But we’ve let them know that we’re anxiously awaiting some feedba...

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  • Trisha Yearwood will perform a special song at the ACM Awards


    Trisha Yearwood will perform a special song at the ACM Awards in tribute to those members of the country music community who have died in 2020. Yearwood turned to social media on Tuesday afternoon to reveal the news, writing, "I’m honored to perform 'I’ll Carry You Home' @ACMawards on September 16, paying tribute to those we have lost in ...

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  • George Strait the Don't Mess with Texas Campaign


    The Don’t Mess with Texas campaign is calling on its famous Texas friends to help stop a growing litter problem around the state. And famous Texans Matthew McConaughey and George Strait helped out with a new Don’t Mess with Texas public service announcement. The Texas Department of Transportation says it’s seeing personal protec...

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  • Alabama announced new stops in Nashville in 2021


    Alabama announced new stops in Nashville in 2021 as part of their delayed 50th Anniversary Tour. The trio is set to perform at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on July 2 and July 3 with special guest Martina McBride. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming months. Tickets are on sale now. ...

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  • Tanya Tucker will resume touring in July 2021


    Tanya Tucker will resume touring in July 2021 with rescheduled "CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour" dates and new stops added. Shows are scheduled through November in Europe and North America, kicking off July 11 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. CMT tour dates begin Aug. 6 in Kansas City.  htt...

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  • Dolly Parton was interviewed by USA Today


    Dolly Parton was interviewed by USA Today, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which effectively gave women the right to vote. The Country icon covered an array of topics including her career, looks and inspiration. Dolly also touched on her faith, expressing hope that political leaders will channel their own spiritual convictions ...

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  • Wynonna will release a new EP of cover songs


    Wynonna will release a new EP of cover songs, "Recollections", on Oct. 30. The five-song EP features Wynnona covering “I Hear You Knocking” by Fats Domino, “I’m a King Bee” by Slim Harpo, “Angel From Montgomery” by John Prine, “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone and “Ramble On Rose” by the Grat...

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  • Alan Jackson has rescheduled more than 10 tour dates


    Alan Jackson has rescheduled more than 10 tour dates for 2021, including stops in Nashville, Denver, Detroit and more. Tickets for the original dates will be honored at the new dates in 2021. The rescheduling is due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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  • Dwight Yoakam is a dad at 63


    The Honky Tonk Man and wife Emily Joyce welcomed their first child on Aug. 16—a baby boy named Dalton Loren Yoakam. Dwight’s “team” posted the news via his Instagram on Friday, stating: “Like the lyric from the song ‘Waterfall’ that Dwight wrote for Emily on his 3 Pears album says…Babies get born even in a…P...

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  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will celebrate 24 years of marriage


    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will celebrate 24 years of marriage in October,  Tim says "... we figure in our industry, it's like 82 years. It's kind of like dog years, you have to count each year as seven." According to Tim, he and Faith—along with their three daughters-- have spent much of the past few months at home because of the coro...

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  • Trace Adkins will perform onboard the World's only Biker Rally on a cruise ship


    Trace Adkins will perform and lead Salute To Service events onboard the "world’s only biker rally on a cruise ship," the High Seas Rally, when it sails on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas Oct. 22-29, 2021. The cruise sails from Port Canaveral, FL to Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti....

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  • Garth Brooks' 1993 album In Pieces was certified for sales of 10 million


    Garth Brooks’ 1993 album, "In Pieces", was certified for sales of 10 million units (Diamond status) by the RIAA. Garth now has nine Diamond-certified albums: "Garth Brooks", "No Fences", "Ropin’ the Wind", "The Chase", "The Hits", "Sevens", "Double Live", "The Ultimat...

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  • Trace Adkins will put out an EP


    Trace Adkins will put out an EP, "Ain't That Kind of Cowboy," on Oct. 16 via Verge Records. Adkins also released a new song, "Just The Way We Do It." ...

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  • Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the 2020 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame


    Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the 2020 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dillon will be inducted in the "Songwriter" category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" and "Non-Performer" categories. Stuart will be inducted in the "Mod...

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  • Willie Nelson is featured on a new version of his classic hit On the Road Again


    Willie Nelson is featured on a new version of his classic hit “On the Road Again,” along with all 10 of this year's ACM Awards' nominees for new female and new male artist. The single, dubbed “On the Road Again (ACM Lifting Lives Edition),” will benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. The single will be available via Warn...

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  • Clay Walker and his wife Jessica are expecting their fifth baby


    Clay Walker and his wife Jessica are expecting their fifth baby together in 2021. Walker reveals that boy is due in January, and they already have a name picked out. Christian Walker (after the singer's grandfather Christian) will give Clay and Jessica four sons and one daughter. The 50-year-old country hitmaker also has two daughters from his first marriage,...

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  • A new book Dolly Parton Songteller


    A new book, "Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics", will explore Dolly’s vast musical catalog. The new book, which was written with Robert K. Oermann, will be released on November 17 via Chronicle Books. In addition, Dolly will deliver an audio version of the book via RBmedia, which will be available on November 17 in both CD and digital au...

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  • Elvis Presley-Owned Guitar Sells for Record $1.32 Million at Auction


    One of Elvis Presley’s rare guitars sold for a record-setting 7-figure price. His 942 Martin D-18 guitar, which he owned from 1954 to 1956, sold at auction for a $1,320,000.  It's a World Record for the most expensive Elvis Presley memorabilia ever sold. Elvis bought the guitar at O.K. Houck's Pian...

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  • The late Charlie Daniels will be honored with a musical salute


    The late Charlie Daniels will be honored with a musical salute during his annual all-star concert, Volunteer Jam, which will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 22, 2021. Charlie passed away on July 6 at the age of 83. This year’s concert is being dubbed "Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels". Thi...

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  • Garth Brooks Reveals Daughter Had COVID-19


    Garth Brooks revealed that his youngest daughter had the coronavirus. The country music legend said that 24-year-old Allie had a sore throat while dealing with the illness but is doing fine now. Brooks said he is still worried about possible side effects down the line adding, “As parents like you, like me, all you do is pray ...

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