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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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  • 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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  • Garth Brooks announced that he is attempting to withdraw himself from consideration for entertainer of the year at the CMA Awards


    In a press conference held via Zoom, the country legend told reporters that he was aware of some backlash after winning the top prize last November for the third-time in four-years.  Brooks said there was one tweet that stuck in his head that said, “Hey man, this guy, why doesn’t he step down and just have the entertainer be for the next generation?” ...

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  • Reba McEntire is celebrating the 30th Anniversary


    Reba McEntire is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her 1990 album, "Rumor Has It", by re-releasing the project on Sept. 11. Reba’s iconic album featured four Top 10 hits, including “You Lie,” “Rumor Has It,” “Fancy” and “Fallin’ Out of Love.” The vinyl version of the re-released album will fe...

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  • Shania Twain To Produce Write Songs For TV Drama


    Shania Twain is set to produce and write songs for a TV drama.   The "You’re Still the One" singer is teaming with Reel World Management to develop a drama based on best-selling author Debbie Macomber's “Heart of Texas” novels. The books center on three adult siblings who struggle to keep their family ranch aflo...

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  • Nashville Has A New Dolly Parton-Themed Rooftop Bar


    White Limozeen is the vintage-glam bar and restaurant atop Nashville's Graduate Hotel, complete with bright pink walls, an onyx wraparound bar, glittery chandeliers and even a giant pink chicken-wire sculpture of Dolly Parton. The newly opened, indoor-outdoor space, named after a song and album of Parton's, represents the glitzy pinnacle ...

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  • Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell are set to perform on The Grand Ole Opry stage


    Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell are set to perform on The Grand Ole Opry stage, on Aug. 1 The one-hour show will air live on Circle Television at 7 p.m. CT, as well as stream live on Circle’s YouTube. Tomorrow night (July 25), Chrissy Metz, CeCe Winans and Tracy Lawrence will step onto the Opry stage at 7 p.m. C...

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  • Tim McGraw is dropping his first solo album in five years


    Tim McGraw is dropping his first solo album in five years, "Here on Earth", on August 21, and the country superstar announced on a "one-of-a-kind" livestream event, which will celebrate the album by giving fans a peek into how it was made. McGraw will go live from Nashville on August 21, and will chat with songwriters and his band, and reveal ...

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  • Blake Shelton Announces Drive-In Concert with Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins


    Blake Shelton is the latest country star to take the stage for a drive-in concert series. On July 25, Shelton will perform with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins for Encore Drive-In Nights, which also brought fans the Garth Brooks Experience last month. The all-new performances will be filmed exclusively for each one-night-only even...

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  • Funeral plans for Charlie Daniels have been Announced


    The country icon's funeral is set to take place on Friday (July 10) at World Outreach Church, which is located at 1921 State Highway 99 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The service will begin at 11AM, but fans and Daniels' country music peers will have a chance to pay their respects beforehand. Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Darryl Worley and more will take part in ...

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  • Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels Dies at 83


    Charlie Daniels died yesterday at that age of 83. The country music legend died from a stroke. Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is best known for his smash hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." But well before that, Daniels already had established himself as a top-notch musician—as a sessions pla...

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  • Garth Brooks is set to perform fan-requested songs during his Facebook Live series


    Garth Brooks is set to perform fan-requested songs during his Facebook Live series, “Inside Studio G”, on July 7   Garth and Trisha Yearwood hosted a similar at-home acoustic show on Inside Studio G on March 23. Garth and his team will be sifting through requests that can be made on his socials using the hashtag, #G...

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  • Live Johnny Cash album is coming


    A newly unearthed, live Johnny Cash album is coming from Third Man Records, the label founded by Jack White of The White Stripes. Recorded in 1973 as part of ‘A Week To Remember’ – a week of concerts put on by Columbia Records and record executive Clive Davis – the man in black’s performance at the Ahmanson Theater i...

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  • There's a New 'Tiger King' Biography... Comic Book


    The “Tiger King” saga continues in an all-new comic book released this week. The biography comic book is called “Infamous: Tiger King”. The 24-page comic flip-book dives into the early years of Joe Exotic and Tampa Bay’s Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin....

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  • Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Prep Book about Life in Music


    Willie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie Nelson announced that they’ve penned a memoir. “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band,” will detail their family bond playing music together, with alternating chapters by each sibling. It’s out Sept. 15 from Random House. The duo also plans a ...

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  • George Strait sent a tweet Saturday that caused some fans to wonder


    George Strait sent a tweet Saturday that caused some fans to wonder if he's hanging up his guitar-- for good. The country music superstar tweeted a photo himself riding a horse and wrangling up some cattle on his ranch.   Naturally, he was rocking his legendary hat, and captioned the tweet, “This is where the cowboy rides awa...

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  • Charlie Daniels announced his annual all-star concert


    Charlie Daniels announced his annual all-star concert, Volunteer Jam, has been rescheduled for Feb. 22, 2021, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The concert was originally slated for Sept. 15, 2020, but has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com and the Bridgestone Arena box office. Previously purcha...

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  • Dolly Parton Preps Autobiographical Book of Lyrics Songteller


    Dolly Parton said on Tuesday that her upcoming book will be called “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics,” and will explore her life and career via 175 of her most beloved songs. Parton said in a statement that the book, out in November, “is my first?ever book of lyrics … I’ve revisited my memories and opened up my archives to share the st...

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  • Hank Williams Jr.'s Daughter Dead In Tennessee Car Crash


    Katherine Williams-Dunning, daughter of country music icon Hank Williams, Jr., died Saturday night after losing control of her SUV. The 27-year-old drifted across the median and rolled her vehicle. The SUV, which was towing a boat, crossed the highway median and rolled over before coming to a stop on the shoulder. Ka...

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  • Garth Brooks to Host Concert Event At 300 Drive-In Theaters Across US


    Garth Brooks announced a one night only concert event on 300 drive-in theater screens across the US. The concert will air on June 27th at dusk and take place rain or shine. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, June 19th at 12 p.m. Eastern and will cost $100 per vehicle.  Participating drive-in theaters will begin to be annou...

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  • Alan Jackson's Small Town Drive-In concerts planned in Alabama will be rescheduled


    Alan Jackson's "Small Town Drive-In" concerts planned for this week in Alabama will be rescheduled due to potential tropical weather issues. The shows at drive-in movie theatres in Cullman and Fairhope, Ala. are being rescheduled for next week due to the weekend threat of tropical weather on the Gulf Coast. Jackson's June 5 perfor...

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  • Utah judge blocked a free concert with Collin Raye


    A Utah judge blocked a free concert at The Amphitheater at Studio Ranch in Grantsville, Utah, that was slated to be headlined by Collin Raye on May 30. The event would have openly defied the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the show was scheduled to take place at Barnes Park in Kaysville, Utah, on May...

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  • Tanya Tucker has postponed the summer Tour


    Tanya Tucker has postponed the summer leg of her CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour through August. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. New dates will be announced soon. https://www.tanyatucker.com/ ...

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  • The influence of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Barbara Mandrell is examined on a new program


    The influence of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Barbara Mandrell is examined on a new program, "Iconic Women of Country Music", that will debut June 1 on PBS stations. The production uses original interviews, archival footage and classic songs to explore how a small parade of females fought gender bias across several decades to create some ...

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  • Alan Jackson will play Small Town Drive-In concerts


    Alan Jackson will play Small Town Drive-In concerts June 5 in Cullman, AL and June 6 in Fairhope, AL to audiences of approximately 2000 parked vehicles. Both events will follow CDC and Alabama state health guidelines.  Attendees will be required to stay with their vehicles and concessions will be provided via delivery.  Tickets go on sale...

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  • Garth Brooks is shifting his Stadium Tour stop


    Garth Brooks is shifting his Stadium Tour stop at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium from June 13 to Oct. 10. All tickets will be honored at the now twice rescheduled event. No word on the June 27 Cincinnati and Aug. 22 Las Vegas shows. ...

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  • Tim McGraw's 2020 Here on Earth Tour has been cancelled


    Tim McGraw's 2020 Here on Earth Tour has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. McGraw announced,  "I'm so sad to have to cancel ... but everyone's safety has to be the top priority.  We're working with our teams to figure out when and how we can get back out on the road and see you all safely. In the meantime, we'...

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  • Dolly Parton has partnered with American Greetings


    Dolly Parton has partnered with American Greetings on custom birthday greetings set to the tune of "9 to 5" through the company's SmashUps digital initiative. Parton and the greeting card brand announced a multi-year partnership earlier this year that includes digital and physical products integrating her music, including cards that will be availabl...

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  • Leave It to Beaver Star Ken Osmond Dead at 76


    Ken Osmond, who was “Leave It to Beaver's” Eddie Haskell is dead at 76. Besides being an actor, Ken also worked as an LAPD cop for 18 years. Osmond was 14 when he got the "Leave It to Beaver" gig in 1957; he was only supposed to appear in a single episode, but went on to star in 96 of the original series' episo...

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  • George Strait is delaying two stadium shows


    George Strait is delaying two stadium shows with Chris Stapleton until 2021. A press release indicates that Strait “prioritizes fans’ safety during the ongoing pandemic.” The “Strait to South Bend” show at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana, initially set to take place on Saturday, August 15, 2020, will move to Saturday, August 7, 2021, w...

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  • Tim McGraw's daughter Maggie is helping feed frontline workers


    Tim McGraw's daughter Maggie is helping feed frontline workers during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 21-year-old, who is the middle daughter of McGraw and his wife, fellow country star Faith Hill, is volunteering with a Nashville-area nonprofit called Feed the Front Line. According to the organization's website, Feed the Front Line aims to...

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  • Garth Brooks released two new songs


    Garth Brooks released two new songs—“That’s What Cowboys Do” and “Party Gras”—via Amazon Music on May 12. The new tunes will be featured on Garth’s upcoming studio album, "Fun". The new tunes follow the release of “All Day Long,” “Stronger Than Me” and “Dive Bar...

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  • George Strait the King of Country was recently part of a Facebook Live


    George Strait, the King of Country was recently part of a Facebook Live program that features Texas celebrities reading children's stories. Strait took part in Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott's Stars of Texas Storytime program, reading Gareth Edwards' "Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner". The illustrated book cautions readers about the real, if ...

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  • Trace Adkins will perform during the National Memorial Day Concert


    Trace Adkins will perform during the National Memorial Day Concert airing on PBS on Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m. CT. The concert, which is usually filmed from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., will instead feature performances and tributes filmed throughout the country in accordance with physical distancing guidelines due to the COVID-1...

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  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform on the Grand Ole Opry


    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform on the Grand Ole Opry on May 2. Garth and Trisha will take the stage at 7 p.m. CT and be broadcast live on Circle Television, as well as streamed on Circle’s Facebook and YouTube. For the past seven weeks during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Ole Opry has aired without an audience presen...

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  • Harold Reid of Statler Brothers Dies at 80


    Harold Reid, who sang bass for the Grammy-winning country group the Statler Brothers, has died after a long battle with kidney failure. He was 80. Reid died Friday in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia. The Statler Brothers frequently sang backup for country icon Johnny Cash. Some of their biggest hits included 1965′s “...

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  • Blake Shelton has pledged $150,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma


    Shelton's video pledge came during Oklahoma City ABC-TV affiliate KOCO 5’s Give From Home Day virtual fundraiser. The day-long program included a matching donation up to $100,000, but Shelton topped that in a single sentence. The 43-year-old explained: "A lot of Oklahomans are going to bed hungry tonight. That’s not something that I can live with. That&rs...

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  • Charlie Daniels' The Journey Home Project to aid veterans who are suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic


    Charlie Daniels' The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit that supports veterans in their return, rehabilitation and reintegration back into civilian life, has partnered with Code of Vets, a nonprofit that uses social media to raise awareness and funds for veterans in distress. Daniels announced that the goal of the partnership is to aid veterans who are sufferi...

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  • Gary McSpadden former member of the Oak Ridge Boys is dead at the age of 77


    Gary McSpadden, a Gospel Music Association Hall of Famer and former member of the Oak Ridge Boys, is dead at the age of 77.  McSpadden died on Wednesday (April 15), after a battle with cancer. McSpadden grew up in Lubbock, Texas, in a musical family. His father and mother, Boyd and Helen McSpadden, were songwriters, and Boyd was also the pas...

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  • Country music star Larry Gatlin opened up about the impact coronavirus has had on the entertainment industry


    The Gatlin Brothers have had to cancel eight to ten concerts since the coronavirus hit the United States. Larry Gatlin tells Fox News, “And, yes, it’s going to work a hardship but here’s the thing, my wife and I are greatly blessed. We live in a nice house. We have nice cars, but we are not like a lot of people probably think, filthy, stinking r...

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