Black Single Parents Week May 29 – June 4
Honors all Black single parents who have successfully raised children against adversity and challenges. Sponsored by Will Barnes. [email protected]
Adopt A Shelter Cat Month June 1-30
You can’t go wrong with kids and pets. Get someone in from the humane society or local shelter and do a Kitty Hook-up. Call the ASPCA at 212-876-7700.
Audiobook Appreciation Month June 1-30
CNN Debuted June 1, 1980
Cancer In The Sun Month June 1-30
As opposed to “Cancer From All The Asbestos In The Walls That The Cheapass Owners Have Used To Insulate The Studio.” If it’s a Slow News Day on the morning show, host a “whitest legs” or “palest listener” contest. Skin cancer is a serious issue and there are a lot of people on the beaches working on terminal tans. Get an oncologist, dermatologist or other physician on the air to talk about this, or call 415-479-8628 and ask for Frederick Mayer.
Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf Hurricane Season June 1 – November 30
There has to be a promotion here, you’d think. Why not have people sign a petition to name the first hurricane of the year after your morning show? Whatever you choose to do, you can probably get it done by contacting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Rockville, Maryland. After last year, this is higher profile then ever before.
Fireworks Safety Months June 1-July 4
Prevent Blindness America (formerly the Society For The Prevention Of Blindness) sponsors this recognition of the dangers of playing with fireworks. You can call Marita Gomez at 800-331-2020.
Gay And Lesbian Pride Month June 1-30
National Bathroom Reading Month June 1-30
When you were in 4th grade you wanted to go to Steve Bonello’s house because his dad kept Playboys in the bathroom. www.bathroomreader.com
National Accordion Awareness Month June 1-30
Ever wonder how a Pharrell song would sound if it was put to polka? I bet the people at “Those Darn Accordions” in San Francisco know someone who can do it. They sponsor this “month” and their number is 415-440-0800.
Edible Months June 1-30
Dairy Month (717) 657-8601
National Iced Tea Month www.teausa.org
Georgia Blueberry Month www.georgiablueberry.org
National Soul Food Month [email protected]
Heimlich Maneuver Introduced June 1, 1974
Pharmacists Declare War On Alcoholism June 1-30
A month for pharmacists and other health care professionals to counsel the public on the dangers of alcohol abuse. Call 415-479-8268.
Alcoholics Declare War On Pharmacists June 1-30
Potty Training Awareness Month June 1-30
I’m a big kid look what I can do, I can wear big kids pants too…but I digress.
National Leave The Office Early Day June 2
Every workplace has the escape route that will get you out without passing the boss. Explore yours today. [email protected]
Marquis De Sade Birthday June 2
Can you imagine Willard Scott sending out birthday greetings on this one? “And a happy birthday to a Mr. Marquis De Sade of Paris, France who’s 274 years young today!” The word “sadism” derived from the Marquis who spent much his latter years in prison for the outrageous bodily harm he gleefully inflicted on his victims when he was Governor General of Paris. To celebrate, bring in a dominatrix and have her explain the finer points of S&M.
Yell “Fudge” At The Cobras In North America Day June 2
Keeping with their tradition of wacky holidays and celebrations, here’s this month’s first contribution from Tom and Ruth Roy at the Wellness Permission League. According to the Roys, cobras hate fudge and the mention of it will send them fleeing for the hills. You can call the Roys c/o Charter Pines Hospital or at 717-279-0184. Isn’t it sad when cousins marry?
Anderson Cooper Turns 49!!! June 3
National Donut Day June 3
This was originally “founded” to honor the volunteers who sold doughnuts to raise money for the Salvation Army during the Great Depression. Now, it’s just about the doughnut. Donutdayusa.com
Russell Brand Turns 41!!! June 4
International Clothesline Week June 4-11
The joy of freshly cleaned clothes, swaying in the breeze, drying as birds chirp on a tree branch, widow Swenson is shaking out her rugs, all in all, an idyllic morni…hey…you kids! Get off my lawn or I’ll fill your ass with buckshot!!!! What was I saying? Oh, we’re all encouraged to save energy today, the old fashioned way. Call Gary Drisdelle at 416-805-5580
AIDS First Noted June 5, 1981
On this date the CDC sent out a newsletter describing a malady that was striking gay men.
National Cancer Survivors Day June 5
This the 29th annual celebration of life. Call 615-793-3006
First Drive-In Theater Opened June 6, 1933
At their height in 1958, there were over 4000 nationwide. By the 90’s only 600 remained. This might be a great “Where’d you lose your v card?” topic starter.
VCR Introduced June 7, 1975
Bachelor parties were never the same.
Prince Would have Turned 58!!! June 7
Upsy Daisy Day June 8
Proving that lithium does in fact work wonders, Stephanie West Allen encourages everyone to “get up gloriously, gratefully and gleefully each morning.” Call her at 303-742-4790.
Superman Celebration June 9-12
They do this in Metropolis, Illinois where they’ll have a weekend full of “super activities”. 618-524-2714.
Natalie Portman Turns 35!!! June 9
Alcoholics Anonymous: 81st Anniversary June 10
On this date in 1935 in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Robert Smith completed his first day of permanent sobriety. “Doctor Bob” and William G. Wilson are considered to have founded Alcoholics Anonymous on that day.
Automotive Service Professionals Week June 10-16
Honor them by enjoying some free popcorn and a copy of Elk Digest in the lounge. www.ase.com
Ballpoint Pen Invented: 72nd Anniversary June 10
LeeLee Sobieski Turns 34!!! And Doug McKeon Turns 50!! June 10
Buzzard Days Festival June 11
They do this in Glendive, Montana where they honor this large bird that eats road kill. The fest includes a Kids Fun Fest. Hmmm…buzzards and kids. 406-377-6256.
American Idol premieres June 11, 2002
National Jerky Day June 12
This is not about comedy bits from the early 90’s, innuendo, nervous disorders or rude people that you have to work with. It’s about the meat. [email protected]
Crowded Nest Awareness Day June 12
Another great topic: adult children who move back in with their parents. My mom and dad moved no less then 17 times after I graduated but I kept finding them. Go to www.crowdednestsyndrome.com for more info on this growing trend. Or call Kathleen at 360-791-2041.
First Roller Coaster Opens June 13, 1884 at Coney Island
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Turn 30!!! June 13
Traylor Howard Turns 50!! June 14
“Gong Show” Premieres June 14, 1976 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUkzIx382mM
Flag Day June 14
International Music Camp June 19 – August 2
There was this one time, at international music camp…uh…that would be different. 3000 students from all over the globe descend on the International Peace Garden in Dunseith, North Dakota for weeks of bonding, programs, learning and wondering “What the Hell did I do to my parents to piss them off so much that they sent me to Dunseith, North Dakota for the Summer. Tammy got to go to Orlando with her freakin’ family. And she got a freakin’ DUI at prom.”
Neil Patrick Harris Turns 43!! And Helen Hunt Turns 53!! June 15
Recess At Work Day June 16
Rich DiGirolamo suggests that at 11 am today, we all shut down our work stations and go outside and play for 30 minutes. Mentally, I’m already there. Call him at 203-879-5970.
Watergate Day June 17 (Go bug someone)
Mark Linn-Baker Turns 63!!! And Joe Piscopo 65!! June 17
Work At Home Fathers Day June 17
Honoring the dads out there who telecommute so they can stay at home with their children. Call Jeff Zbar at 954-346-4393. Or who create “paper kids” so they can collect assistance, sit around the house and watch “The Rockford Files.” Not me of course…just some guy I know.
International Sushi Day June 18
Sponsored by RA Sushi Bar Restaurants. [email protected]
Polar Bear Swim June 18
Proving that this sort of idiocy is not reserved for New Years Day, the people of Nome, Alaska, where they boast actual polar bears, do this annually. Jumping in the Bering Sea…if the ice has broken up, says the little blurb in Chases. E-mail [email protected]
Fathers Day June 19
First proclaimed in 1910 by mayor of Spokane, Washington at the request of Mrs. John B. Dodd.
Juneteenth June 19
Celebrated in Texas and other parts of the Deep South in memory of this day in 1865 when Union General Granger proclaimed the slaves of Texas free.
World Sauntering Day June 19
A day to saunter. But not prance. Prance is bad.
Carpenter Ant Awareness Week June 19-25
Jerry Batzner, with Batzner Pest Management (he apparently manages their careers) reminds us that Carpenter Ants cause $3.5 billion worth of damage every year. Call him at 262-797-4166.
Lightning Safety Week June 19-25
“When the thunder roars, go indoors!” www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov
Paula Abdul Turns 54!! and Salman Rushdie Turns 69!! June 19 (Coincidence?!)
First Balloon Honeymoon: 107th Anniversary June 20
On this date in 1909, Roger Burnham and Eleanor Waring were the first couple to honeymoon in a balloon. Their four hour flight originated in Woods Hole, MA and ended in Holbrook, MA. An actual morning show stunt years before there was ever such a thing as a morning show.
World Juggling Day June 20
Juggling clubs will be holding festivals and events and juglathons and whatever else they do with their balls. www.juggle.org
Summer June 20 – September 5 It’s hot, you sweat, yeah…that’s the season!
Meet A Mate Week June 20-26
Robin Gorman Newman is a Love Coach (“Love Coach, baby!”) and wants singles to take this week to go out and hunt, stalk and kill their mate. Or something like that. www.lovecoach.com/events
Midnight Sun Baseball Game June 21
The people of Fairbanks, Alaska host this annual sporting event to celebrate the Summer Solstice. The game will be held without the benefit of artificial lights at 10:35 PM. Call 907-451-0095.
Pee On Earth Day June 21
This is not a bit. This is not a delayed April Fools joke. This started as Pee Outside Day in Stigomta, Sweden (please, I couldn’t make this up; I’m not that creative) where they saved thousands of gallons of toilet water and returned pathogen-free nitrogen to the nutrient cycle. So save your pee and sprinkle it on the lawn or in the woods or in your neighbor’s atrocious looking fake waterfall in their front yard. www.liquidgoldbook.com
Bernie Kopell Turns 83! and Michael Gross Turns 69!!! June 21
Stupid Guy Thing Day June 22
A day for women to make lists of “stupid guy things” and share them with friends.
Let It Go Day June 23
Those wacky Roys want you to let it go; whatever is bugging you or keeping you from moving on. Just let it go. Of course, they never thought to consider that they might be one of the thing we’d all like to see go. 717-279-0184.
Watermelon Thump June 23-26
Held in Luling, Texas, this annual festival features the World Championship Seed-Spitting Contest. I’m glad to see this sport finally getting some respect after being banned from the Olympics. Get the champion seed-spitter on the air to offer advice and technique secrets. Call Susan Ward at 830-875-3214
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest June 24
This is such a Radio promotion but is actually held at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair. Go to www.worldsugliestdogcontest.org
Flying Saucer Sighting Anniversary June 24
The first reported sighting of “flying saucers” over Mt. Rainier, Washington on June 24, 1947. A great opportunity to get some UFO buffs on the air. Need numbers? Give me a call and I’ll pass them along.
Leon Day June 25
Leon of course is Noel spelled backwards and this is the half-way point to next Christmas. Some caroling and tree trimming are definitely in order.
CBS Sends The First Color TV Broadcast Over The Air June 25, 1951
Linda Cardellini Turns 41!! June 25.
Great American Backyard Campout June 25
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation who encourages families to look no further than their backyard for a great summer camping experience. www.nwf.org
Take Your Dog To Work Day June 24
The weekend that we moved Wild 107 from San Mateo to the Embarcadero, I brought my Golden Retriever in to hang out while I packed the office. She promptly got violently ill in five different offices. Whoops. Call 336-983-9222.
Bar Code Introduced June 26, 1974
This would be the day to bar code your stunt boy and send him through the scanner at Walmart.
Nick Offerman Turns 46!! June 26
Happy Birthday To “Happy Birthday To You” June 27
Just like bachelor parties without VCR’s, no birthday would be complete without this little ditty, penned in 1859 and warbled badly ever since.
National HIV Testing Day June 27
Sponsored by the National Association Of People With AIDS. 202-898-0414.
Please Take My Children To Work Day June 27
Gives single moms a day off to relax. E-mail [email protected]
Danielle Brisebois Turns 46! and Mary Stuart Masterson Turns 49!! June 28
National Bomb Pop Day June 30
To NOT like a Bomb Pop is, well, subversive and reeks of Communism. How could you not love it? Invented in 1955. www.bluebunny.com NOT Bunny Bleu.
National Handshake Day June 30
Miryam S. Roddy says today is the day to work on your handshake. Miryam has a lot of time on his hands. (Get it? Hands?) Call him/her/it at 800-726-7936.