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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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  • Garth Brooks has added a second stop in Boise


    Garth Brooks has added a second stop in Boise, Idaho, to his 2019 Stadium Tour. Due to demand for tickets, the country superstar will play two shows in the city in late July. Brooks' Stadium Tour will stop at Boise's Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University on July 19 and July 20 at 7PM. The two shows will be the first major concert event at Albertson...

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  • Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward


    Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward to whoever can find his grandfather’s missing shotgun -- a $1,000 increase since the offer was made. The country singer is hoping to hand down the old Remington 11/48 16-gauge shotgun to his children and grandchildren, and believes the gun may be in Alabama, specifically near Cullman. His attorney...

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  • Garth Brooks performed in front of more than 75,000 fans


    Garth Brooks performed in front of more than 75,000 fans at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field over the weekend, making it the biggest ticketed show in the history of the Steel City. The previous record was set during the Pitt vs. Penn State football game in 2016 with 69,983 tickets sold. The Pittsburgh show follows Garth’s previously sold-out concerts in St. L...

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  • Travis Tritt's Tour Bus Involved in Fatal Car Accident


    Travis Tritt was involved in a fatal car accident just before 3 AM Saturday morning. He was on his tour bus on a South Carolina highway when he says a Jeep, going the wrong way, hit a pickup truck in front of his vehicle, which ended up killing 2 people, the driver of the jeep and the passenger in the truck that was hit.  His ...

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  • Montgomery Gentry will release a new seven-song EP


    Montgomery Gentry will release a new seven-song EP, "Outskirts", on June 14. The EP was recorded in September 2017, days prior to Troy Gentry’s death in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8, 2017. The new EP includes covers of Merle Haggard’s “What Am I Gonna Do With the Rest of My Life” and Darrell Scott’s “You&...

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  • Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have added new dates to their Las Vegas residency


    Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn have added new dates to their Las Vegas residency for this coming winter. "Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas" takes place at Caesars Palace's Colosseum.   The additional shows scheduled from Dec. 4 through Dec. 14 will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 17, at noon PT. &nbs...

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  • Shania Twain has nabbed another movie role


    Shania Twain has nabbed another movie role. The country star will appear in the upcoming new movie "I Still Believe". Twain will play the mother of Jeremy Camp (played by KJ Apa), the real-life Christian singer-songwriter around whom "I Still Believe" focuses. The film follows the Grammy-nominated, award-winning artist's "journey of l...

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  • Oklahoma native Vince Gill will pay homage to his home state


    Oklahoma native Vince Gill will pay homage to his home state with the release of his new album, "Okie", on Aug. 23. The album’s title is taken from the once-derogatory term used to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the nation’s west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression eras.  Vince has appropriated this term on an album tha...

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  • Garth Brooks has added another stop to his 2019 Stadium Tour


    Garth Brooks has added another stop to his 2019 Stadium Tour. The country icon will play Boise, Idaho, in July. Brooks' Boise Stadium Tour stop is set for July 20 at 7PM. He'll bring his in-the-round stage and hits-filled show to the city's Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University — the first major concert event at the venue. Brooks has not ...

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  • Tanya Tucker has signed with Fantasy Records


    Tanya Tucker has signed with Fantasy Records, and is set to release her brand-new album in late summer 2019. Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, "While I'm Livin'" will mark Tucker's first release of all new material since 2002's "Tanya." Tucker had her first country hit in 1972 with "Del...

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  • Randy Travis celebrated his 60th birthday with a crowd-pleasing appearance at the Grand Ole Opry


    Randy Travis celebrated his 60th birthday with a crowd-pleasing appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, where he celebrated on stage with a big smile, and sang the final "Amen" in his signature song "Forever and Ever, Amen."  Carrie Underwood was among the artists who sent video greetings.  Travis has made few ...

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  • Randy Travis will make a special appearance on the Grand Ole Opry


    Randy Travis will make a special appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage on May 4 to celebrate his 60th birthday. Charles Esten, Josh Turner and Charlie Worsham are all scheduled to appear on the Opry on Randy’s birthday, as is fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Schlitz, who penned a number of Randy’s biggest hits, including ...

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  • Tim McGraw canceled a series of concerts in Cuba


    Tim McGraw canceled a series of concerts in Cuba, shortly after the Trump administration’s announcement of new policies to keep Americans from engaging in tourism on the island, and enriching the repressive Castro regime. Tim McGraw’s “One of Those Havana Nights” was scheduled to take place between May 25 and 27. Tickets ranged in price fr...

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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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