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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 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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  • Dolly Parton penned a poem for those who are tired of staying at home


    Parton dolled up for a minute-and-a-half video recording of her songlike anthem dedicated to people's feelings of boredom-turned-irritation bubbling up during quarantine.  She described how citizens young and old are cracking under the pressure of the statewide stay-at-home orders. Dolly narrated, "This too shall pass as all things will. If th...

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  • Willie Nelson to Host 'At Home With Farm Aid' With Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp


    Willie Nelson has announced plans to host a digital concert, “At Home with Farm Aid," on Saturday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m. ET, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The streaming concert will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Nelson himself, along with his sons Lukas and Micah. They will all be performing f...

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  • Joe Diffie Hits New Highs on Country Charts After His Death


    Three classics by Joe Diffie, who died March 29th due to complications from COVID-19, debut in the top 10 on Billboard's Country Digital Song Sales chart. "John Deere Green," leads the way, entering at No. 2 with 7,000 sold in the week ending April 2nd. "Pickup Man” is at No. 5 and "Prop Me Up Beside the J...

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  • CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares


    "CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares" will air on Wednesday, April 8 and feature virtual performances and interviews from Rogers’ friends and country contemporaries, including Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gi...

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  • Dolly Parton is donating $1 million toward coronavirus research


    Parton is donating to research currently being conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on a cure for the coronavirus.  Parton said in an Instagram post:  “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus...

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  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are donating $1 million


    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are donating $1 million to coronavirus-related charities and relief efforts, and will perform live from their home recording studio on CBS on tomorrow (Wednesday) night. "Garth & Trisha Live!" will be a one-hour event, beginning at 9PM ET, from Studio G. Brooks and Yearwood's home studio is the setting for Brooks...

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  • R.I.P. Joe Diffie, Dead At 61


    Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnos...

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  • Dolly Parton's Dollywood announced it's delaying


    Dolly Parton's Dollywood announced it's delaying the Pigeon Forge, Tenn.-based theme park's seasonal opening and suspending all operations at the DreamMore Resort and Spa indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis. Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins remain open at this time. Dollywood President Craig Ross said, "The coronavirus crisis is unpre...

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  • Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers Dies at 81


    Singer Kenny Rogers passed away on Friday night. He was 81-years-old. Rogers died at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He was under hospice care and died of natural causes. The country music legend crossed over many music formats with hits like "Lucille," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream", which he san...

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  • Brooks & Dunn revealed the rescheduled dates for their Reboot 2020 Tour


    Brooks & Dunn revealed the rescheduled dates for their Reboot 2020 Tour, which will resume in August. Originally scheduled dates in May and June were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The duo’s first nationwide tour in 10 years will now kick off in Cincinnati on Aug. 28. Tickets purchased for the original tour will be honored for the rescheduled d...

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  • Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have postponed the upcoming April dates of their 2020 Las Vegas residency


    Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have postponed the upcoming April dates of their 2020 Las Vegas residency due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. McEntire announced the news in a post to Instagram on Wednesday, writing that the dates will be rescheduled "out of an abundance of caution." The Reba, Brooks...

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  • Blake Shelton is bringing back an old look thanks to the Coronavirus


    Blake Shelton is bringing back an old look, thanks to the Coronavirus. In a Tweet on Tuesday, March 17, the country singer announced that he will be bringing back what was once his signature hairstyle: the mullet. He wrote, “I have an announcement. With basically EVERYTHING I had scheduled being canceled for the foreseeable f...

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  • Reba McEntire's mother Jacqueline McEntire died Saturday March, 14 2020 after a battle with cancer


    Reba McEntire’s mother, Jacqueline McEntire, died Saturday, March, 14 2020 after a battle with cancer. The country music icon shared a touching tribute to her mother on social media that highlighted the matriarch’s impact on the entire family. Reba wrote, “Our Mother, Jacqueline McEntire, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven...

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  • McEntire is delaying their 2020 Tour


    Reba McEntire is delaying their 2020 tours due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The country icon announced that she is shifting her headline tour to the summer in light of the situation. McEntire's 2020 tour was scheduled to begin on March 20 in Evansville, Ind., and run through May 9. Now, however, it will begin on July 9 and run through Aug. 8.  ...

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  • Travis Tritt has signed a Record Deal


    Travis Tritt, has signed a record deal with LA-based label, Big Noise Music Group, ahead of the release of his new original full-length album due out later this year. The album marks Tritt's first original album release in more than 12 years. Big Noise has many urban and pop artists with Tritt the lone country act. ...

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  • Trace Adkins has a new home Verge Records


    Trace Adkins has a new home Verge Records, with a single coming out on March 20. Adkins' first release on his new label home, "Better Off," will be available on all platforms March 20. Adkins most recently was on Wheelhouse, part of the Broken Bow group for whom he released "Something's Going On" in 2017. ...

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  • Garth Brooks was honored by The Library of Congress


    Garth Brooks was honored by The Library of Congress, receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a tribute concert on March 4 in Washington, D.C. Bestowed in recognition of the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin, the Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehic...

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  • Garth Brooks is bringing his Stadium Tour to Las Vegas


    Garth Brooks is bringing his Stadium Tour to Las Vegas on Aug. 22. Garth will perform at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium—the first major concert at the venue, which is still under construction. Allegiant Stadium will serve as the home to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders in 2020. Tickets for the new show in Las Vegas will go on sale on Mar...

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  • Garth Brooks will bid goodbye to Studio 6A


    Garth Brooks will bid goodbye to Studio 6A—the longtime home of Austin City Limits—with a concert on May 24. "Farewell to Studio 6A: An Evening with Garth Brooks" will be the final performance on the stage that served as the original home of Austin City Limits, the longest-running music series on television. After more than 50...

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  • Pam Tillis will release a new album


    Pam Tillis will release a new album, "Looking for a Feeling," on April 24. One of the songs is "Dolly -169."   Tillis says, "I met Dolly as a little girl, and you could see that drive; the legends I grew up around taught me that it takes nothing less than a fire to make it in this business. Even if that fire causes a little...

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  • Garth Brooks Wears 'Sanders' Shirt at Michigan Show, Gets Attacked Online


    Garth Brooks posted a picture of himself in a Sanders jersey after his packed show Saturday night in Detroit, which created a bit of misguided outrage and confusion online. Brooks wore the No. 20 jersey of former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders -- a football legend in the city and NFL Hall of Famer -- which caused some of his Ins...

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  • Garth Brooks will be honored with the ICON Award


    Garth Brooks will be honored with the ICON Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on April 29. He will be the ninth person to ever be bestowed with this accolade, an award that was given to Mariah Carey just last year. As part of being given the award, he will take the stage to perform some of his greatest hits, with fans crossing their fingers that "Frien...

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  • Reba McEntire talked about new music that's coming in 2020


    Days after announcing she'd rejoined Universal Music Group Nashville, Reba McEntire talked about new music that's coming in 2020 and shared a text line to keep in touch. McEntire shared a video filmed from her Nashville office on Tuesday, where she stokes excitement for her upcoming year and gives a briefing on new music.   "We got...

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