When amusement parks in Japan reopened, there was a “no screaming” rule when riding rollercoasters. Riders were told to “scream inside your heart.” Well, there’s still no screaming allowed – but one park came up with a fun way to at least show your fright. The Greenland theme park in Arao, Japan, is giving guests stickers they can put on their face masks to look like they are screaming. There are several different styles guests can choose from when they arrive at the park.
Happy birthday to country star Terri Clark! She turns 52 today. A couple years ago Terri was at the Allamakee County Fair, and myself and Josh Blake had a chance to talk with Terri before the show. She is super nice and has a great sense of humor. We did “Ten Questions” with her and it was a lot of fun. You can check out that video below. Remember, you can catch Terri every Saturday night beginning at 7 PM with Country Gold. Happy Birthday Terri Clark! -EK
You shouldn’t be reaching out and touching anyone right now. Murphy’s Irish Bar in Corralejo, Spain, has banned the NEIL DIAMOND song “Sweet Caroline” in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The issue is they don’t want anyone scream-singing along to the classic song, as doing so could spread coronavirus droplets that could get others sick. The bar posted a sign, which has since gone viral on social media, that references the popular song’s lyrics, and reads, “Due to COVID-19 ‘Sweet Caroline’ is banned. There will be no: touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you.”
We had a great conversation this morning with Rebekah Schroeder, who is one of the ten finalists for Minnesota’s Princess Kay Of The Milky Way. Rebekah works on her family farm between Caledonia and Eitzen.
The winner will be crowned coming up on August 12th. The event will live streamed this year through the Princess Kay Facebook page.
Congratulations and best wishes go out to Luke Combs and fiancee Nicole Hocking. The pair tied the knot on Saturday, August 1st in what appears to be a waterfront wedding.
Luke posted photos on Instagram saying that the day had been the best day of his life. No other details are known at this time.
Film and TV fans are mourning the loss of Wilford Brimley over the weekend.
The legendary actor — who was also well known for his work in raising awareness about diabetes — was 85. He passed at a hospital in Utah on Saturday morning.
Brimley was probably best known for his roles in Cocoon and The Natural. He got his start in John Wayne’s classic True Grit and had a recurring role on The Waltons.
Later in life, he became the spokesperson for Quaker Oats.
Wilford Brimley is survived by his wife Beverlyand three sons
Garth Brooks is taking himself out of the running for the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year.
Last year, his seventh win stirred a lot of controversy, with many feeling that it was time for someone else to pick up the CMA’s biggest award.
Garth lobbied the CMA to create an Entertainer Emeritus Award, but was turned down. Instead, he decided to sit out that category from here on out.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State added a 12th game to its 2020 football schedule by agreeing to host Ball State Sept. 12 at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium.
The match-up replaces the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game against Iowa, which was cancelled when the Big Ten decided to play conference games only this fall. Ball State was available to play as Michigan cancelled its game with the Cardinals as part of that Big Ten conference-only slate in 2020.
The Cyclones will now play their first four games at home and eight of 12 overall in Jack Trice Stadium. The first road game will be Oct. 3 at Kansas.
“I am excited for our players and fans to have eight opportunities to play in Jack Trice Stadium this fall,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “Playing our first four games and six of the opening eight at home should give our team a significant competitive advantage.”
Pollard noted that Coach Matt Campbell’s teams have won nearly 80% of their home games the last two seasons. ISU has defeated a ranked team in each of the last three seasons in Jack Trice Stadium.
“There’s no question our guys like to play in Jack Trice Stadium as we’ve won 11 of the last 14 games there,” Pollard added. “We remain hopeful that we can host fans this season and the Ball State game will be a bonus for those with season tickets. We are not adjusting ticket prices despite adding another home game.”
Pollard noted the challenges of preparing a team to play in the COVID-19 environment.
“As we make every effort to keep our staff and players healthy in these challenging COVID-19-related times, it should be an advantage to avoid team travel the first month of the season,” Pollard said.
Iowa State and Ball State have played just once previously on the gridiron, a 38-0 Cyclone victory in 1998.
The Cyclone home schedule for this fall includes South Dakota (Sept. 5), Ball State (Sept. 12), UNLV (Sept. 19), Texas Tech (Sept. 26), Oklahoma (Oct. 17), Kansas State (Oct. 29), Baylor (Nov. 14) and West Virginia (Nov. 27).
A rare blue lobster was recently spotted, and rescued, by employees at a Red Lobster restaurant in Akron, Ohio. The blue lobster came in as part of the restaurant’s usual live lobster shipment. The employees contacted Seafood Watch, a conservation group, which arranged for the Akron Zoo to take the rare blue lobster—said to be one in two million. The zoo says the lobster owes its color to a genetic anomaly.
Blake Shelton released a new video to accompany his brand-new single, “Happy Anywhere,” which dropped on July 24.
Like his most recent multi-week No. 1 single, “Nobody But You,” which topped the charts in April/May 2020, “Happy Anywhere” features vocals from girlfriend Gwen Stefani. Penned by Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne and Matt Jenkins, “Happy Anywhere” impacts country radio immediately on July 24.
Directed by Todd Stefani, the feel-good video features footage of Blake and Gwen spending quality time in their homes in Oklahoma and California.
Watch the new video for “Happy Anywhere” below.
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist who’s become a trusted figure during the coronavirus pandemic, threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals-Yankee game. The masked Fauci’s throw went well wide of home plate.
When you head to the Iowa State Fair, getting a Hot Beef Sundae from the Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters is a must! With no fair this year thanks to COVID-19, you won’t be able to enjoy one on the grounds. Instead, you can make your own at home and win some cool prizes!
The Iowa Beef Industry Council has annoucned the “Hot Beef Sundae Cooking Contest”. The entries for the contest are due by Tuesday, August 4th at 5PM. There are three categories, Youth, Adult, and Most Creative.
Check out all the details here, and get cooking! -EK
Today on The Double Shot we feature the trio “Trick Pony”. They formed back in 1996, with Members Ira Dean and Keith Burns, and couple years later Heidi Newfield joined the group as lead vocalist. They scored a record deal in 2000, and then in 2001 they had their first top 10 hit with “On a Night like This”. A few years later they were dropped from their current record deal with Warner Bros., and Newfield left the group for a solo project in 2006. Ira Dean announced his departure in 2008 and Trick Pony subsequently disbanded.
The band did reunite for a benefit concert in 2013, and had plans to release new music and tour again. During the middle of that Ira Dean left the group again, leaving the status of Trick Pony in Limbo.
Kids’ lemonade stands are now eligible for coronavirus “bailout” money form Country Time. The company will hand out “stimulus checks” to lucky kids under the age of 14 – with hopes to help them “preserve the values of lemonade stands, honest work, and entrepreneurship, while putting a little juice back into the economy.” Those who wish to apply for Country Time’s “The Littlest Bailout” must write and submit an essay about how they would use the stimulus check to “juice the economy.” A $100 Visa prepaid card will be given out to one thousand grand prize winners.
On this day in 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. As astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the surface of the Moon, he delivered the historic line: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”
Happy birthday to country star Luke Bryan! I had the chance to meet him at Star Spangled Celebration in Richland Center back in 2008….Right before he exploded into a country superstar. Luke tops the country charts this week again with “One Margarita”, his 25th #1 single.
Happy 44th birthday to Luke! -EK
Filmed in 1994 at the Omaha Civic Center, the special initially aired on NBC in November 1994. The hour-long special features Reba performing 12 songs, including “They Asked About You,” “Is There Life Out There,” “Walk On,” “Fancy” and more, as well as covers of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
This is the first time the show has been streamed since its original 1994 airing on NBC and subsequent commercial VHS release.
The special will premiere at 7 p.m. CT on July 17 via YouTube, with Reba celebrating with fans via chat.
COVID-19 strikes again with another cancellation. The Rose Parade that accompanies the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA will not be happening in 2021. Since the parade started in 1891, the parade has only not occurred during the wartime years of 1942, 1943, and 1945.
Surprise! Morgan Wallen is a dad! His former fiancée, Katie Smith, gave birth to their son Indigo Wilder on Friday (July 10th).
Morgan writes on Instagram,”I knew this day was coming when I got to share this news with y’all. And I’m glad that day is here. I didn’t know what being a dad would feel like, honestly have been a little scared. But it’s the coolest damn feeling, and I’m ready for whatever God has planned for me and my little guy.”
Darius shared a statement via Instagram on July 11: “Beth and I would like to share that after much reflection we have made the decision to consciously uncouple. We remain close friends and parenting partners and continue to be each other?s biggest cheerleaders. Our priority will always be our beautiful family. We have so much love in our hearts for each other and will continue to encourage growth and expansion in one other. Please be kind as we take on this journey, and we thank you for your love and support always. Darius & Beth Rucker”
Darius and Beth married in December 2000. They have two children together: Daniella, 19, and Jack, 15.
The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that it won’t play any non-conference games in football and several other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the conference said this plan would would only be implemented “if the conference is able to participate in fall sports.” The other sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
Read the full statement here.
Billboard put together a unique list of the Most Honored Country Recordings of All Time.
Using criteria that included awards from the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Country Music Association (CMA), Recording Academy (Grammy) and more, Billboard concluded that George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is the most honored country song of all time.
Check out the full list and story here.Credit: makeminecountry2 via YouTube
Another town festival has been canceled this year, Waukon’s Corn Days celebration won’t be held. Check out the statement below.
“After much discussion and consideration through a series of meetings, the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has decided to cancel this year’s Waukon Corn Days celebration. The event was originally scheduled to take place during the second week in August, but health, safety and logistics considerations factored into the decision to cancel this year’s event. Plans are to resume the event in its entirety in August 2021.”
A Texas family was recently reunited with their beloved pet chicken after the bird inadvertently stowed away in the trunk of a delivery driver’s car.
Last week, Justin Matthews of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, shared surveillance video that showed their chicken named Reba jumping into the open trunk of an Instacart delivery driver’s car.
The delivery driver had no idea that the curious bird had decided to jump into his car, so he shut the trunk and went on his way.
The family was soon able to get ahold of the Instacart driver, who told them that he went Costco afterwards and the chicken jumped out when he opened the trunk.
The driver also said he thought it was a prank at the time.
The family then went to the Costco, where the parking lot attendants told them, “Yes, omg we did see your fat chicken running around the lot for a while but some ladies scooped her up about 11 and took her.”
After a Facebook post about their missing chicken got 2,000 shares and more than 78,000 views, the family posted an update that said Reba had been found.
Credit: Justin Matthews via Facebook
MLB released their Coronavirus shortened season yesterday, and as predicted, the Chicago White Sox will play the St. Louis Cardinals at the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville on August 13th. The Yankees were set to play the White Sox, but due to the shortened season those teams won’t be meeting this season. The game will be televised to a national audience on FOX.
Source: FOX Sports MLB via Twitter
As you can tell by the map above, it will be a warm and sticky 4th of July. It’s a possibility soon, or sometime this summer the National Weather Service will issue a Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch, or a Excessive Heat Warning. Here’s a definition of what all those mean:
A Heat Advisory means that temperatures of at least 100°F* or Heat Index values of at least 105°F* are expected generally within the next 24 hours. Consider postponing or rescheduling any strenuous outdoor activities. If you must be outside, be sure to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in the shade. The young and elderly and those with medical conditions should use extra caution outdoors.
An Excessive Heat Watch means that Heat Index values are expected to reach or exceed 110°F* and not fall below 75°F* for at least a 48 hour period, beginning in the next 12 to 48 hours. Plan to suspend all major daytime outdoor activities if a warning is issued. If you do not have air conditioning, locate the nearest cooling shelter or discuss staying with nearby family or friends who have A/C.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that Heat Index values are expected to reach or exceed 110°F* and not fall below 75°F* for at least a 48 hour period, beginning in the next 24 hours. Refrain from outdoor activities of any nature during the warmest time of the day. Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks if you must be outside. Stay indoors in an air conditioned building as much as possible. Check on elderly family members if they are living alone.
Before Memorial Day we visited the 1980’s…now we are going back to the 1990’s!
Make sure to join Kathy and myself on Friday as we hop in the time machine and go back to 90’s! We’ll play old movie and TV clips, old commercials, and it will be all 90’s country from 7-10AM!
Baseball be back later this month, but will there be a game at the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville?? Well things are looking good so far. Yesterday a MLB Network insider tweeted that construction is ongoing and to date there has been no change in status for the event. Check out the tweets below. -EK
According to their new website and social media handles, The Dixie Chicks–Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer–have rebranded as “The Chicks.”
The trio’s name change comes after weeks of social unrest that has put a spotlight on systematic racism and discrimination.
The Chicks will release their upcoming eighth studio album, Gaslighter, on July 17. The Chicks dropped a new song, “March March” yesterday, which you can listen to below.
Major League Baseball teams will play a 60-game season, so getting off a good start will be more important than ever if they want to make the postseason and have a shot at the World Series. But according to odds-makers, some teams have a better shot at getting there than others.
The Yankees and the Dodgers, at 7-to-2 odds, are considered co-favorites to win the World Series this year.
The Houston Astros, mired in a cheating scandal, are next at 11-to-1 odds, followed by the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, who are both at 15-to-1.
The defending-champion Washington Nationals have 18-to-1 odds, and the worst odds belong to the long-shot Baltimore Orioles.
There’s going to be baseball in 2020.
The players’ union agreed to commissioner Rob Manfred’s plan for a 60-game schedule to start on July 24th, with “spring training” to begin on July 1st. The two sides still have to agree on health and safety protocols before an official announcement can be made.
The union and the team owners failed to reach an agreement on a modified schedule after weeks of negotiating. That triggered a previous agreement signed back in March that gives Manfred the authority to impose a season, with full pro-rated pay for players.
When you think of Steve Earle, the first two songs that come to mind are probably “Guitar Town” and “Copperhead Road”. Those are both great songs, but he did have other hits on the country charts. He had a top ten hit with “Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left“, which peaked at #8 in 1987, and “Someday“, which peaked at #28. The song “Someday” was also featured in the movie “Bridge to Terabithia” in 2007, which took in $138 Million at the box office.
After less than one year of marriage, Carly Pearce, 30, filed for divorce from Michael Ray, 32, on June 19, according to People.
Carly and Michael tied the knot on Oct. 6, 2019, after getting engaged in December 2018.
The couple last appeared in public together during a performance on the Grand Ole Opry on June 6. Last week, Carly and Lee Brice reached the top of both the Mediabase chart and Billboard Country Airplay chart with their duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The tune is Carly’s second No. 1 single.
Remember the band Ricochet????? You probably remember their #1 hit “Daddy’s Money” in 1996, but they had other top 10 hits like, “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” and “What Do I Know”. The band is still active, their latest release 15 Years and Counting is a compilation of Hits, fan favorites, and newly recorded material which came out in 2012.
The clip below is from 1996, when the band appeared on TNN’s PTC(Prime Time Country).
Credit: Eddie Kilgallon via YouTube