AIDS Awareness Month Nov. 1-30
National Adoption Month Nov. 1-30
Sponsored by the National Council For Adoption. 202-328-1200.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month Nov. 1-30
Never, ever joke about sick pets. People will hurt you.
Celebrate Empty Nester Month Nov. 1-30
A month to celebrate that your kids are finally off at college, getting lower back tattoos and binge drinking their way to a 1.4 GPA.
Mexico: Day Of The Dead Nov. 1-2
Vegan Month Nov. 1-30
If there was ever a group of people who have no sense of humor about flying cats and other morning show bits that torture animals, these are them. Call 888-GO-VEGAN.
Cook For Your Pets Day Nov. 1
When I was growing up we talked a kid up the block into eating a Gaines Burger. Sponsored by the fine folks at www.cookforyourpets.com
Movember Nov. 1-30
Just when you thought that 1980’s porn ‘staches had finally been put to rest. www.us.movember.com
National Family Literacy Day Nov. 1
They’s was gonna do this in December, but theirs two much uther stuff goin’ on that munth. 502-584-1133.
McDonalds Ends Foam Packaging: Anniversary November 1, 1990
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month Nov. 1-30
Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. 800-272-3900.
World Bereaved Siblings Month Nov. 1-30
Recognizes the grief and offers supports for sibs who have lost a brother or sister
Peanut Butter Lovers Month Nov. 1-30
Have people call their moms with their mouths full of peanut butter. Or have them try to sing on the air. Sponsored by the Peanut Advisory Board. 770-933-0357.
More Edible Months
Georgia Pecan 404-656-3678
Banana Pudding www.rodgersbananapudding.com
Hockey Mask Invented: November 1, 1959
Horror films have never been the same since. Jacques Plante, the goalie for the Montreal Canadiens made his own out of fibreglass and resin after taking one too many pucks to his face.
Jenny McCarthy Turns 43!! November 1
Daylight Savings Time Ends November 1
First Scheduled Radio Broadcast Nov. 2, 1920
On this date KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcast the results of the presidential election. Followed by a remote at a Ford dealership where people could earn points for the VIP Club by texting woodrowwilsonisasocialist to 183496 and then listening for the sounder.
National Traffic Directors Day November 2
I kid you not. This honors the hard-working individuals who get schedules dropped on their desk by AE’s at 5:30 on Friday afternoon. There’s even a Traffic Directors Guild. www.tdga.org
Plan Your Epitaph Day Nov. 2
Dedicated to the proposition that a boring gravestone is a fate far worse than death. This is the day to plan ahead (hopefully way ahead) and determine what’s going to be on your headstone. How about “Good Morning Everybody! It’s 8:20, 40 Minutes Before Nine, And I’m Still Dead!” Email Lance Hardie at [email protected]
Cliché Day Nov. 3
Every Promotions Paiges has a silver lining. And this is it. Call 717-279-0184.
PBS Debuts November 3, 1969
Ken Berry Turns 81!!!!!! November 3
General Election Day November 3
Use Your Common Sense Day November 4
Bud Bilanich bills himself as the Common Sense Guy. He says that today is the day you should act on your common sense. Stop smoking for the day. Talk to your children. Have un-protected relations with an IV drug using Haitian prostitute. Whatever your inner common sense dictates. www.successcommonsense.com
Mischief Night Nov. 4
This is celebrated every year on this date in England, Australia and New Zealand. You should call a station up in one of these countries and find out what’s up with this. Or better yet, take steps to make this an American tradition also. It almost sounds like a club promotion, doesn’t it?
Chicken Lady Day Nov. 4
Tragically this has nothing to do with one of the all-time classic skits on “The Kids In the Hall.” The Chicken Lady (who has her own website at thechickenlady.com) has taught thousands of people to overcome their fear of public speaking. But who’s going to help me get over my fear of chicken ladies? Call 305-759-7655
Anniversary Of The Seizure Of The US Embassy In Tehran Nov. 4, 1979
P Diddy Turns 45!! And Ralph Macchio Turns 53!!! (Sweep the leg!) Nov. 4
First Shattered Backboard: 69th Anniversary Nov. 5
On this date in 1946, Chuck Conners (later of “Rifleman” fame) of the Boston Celtics was the first NBA player to smash a backboard.
Tatum O’Neal Turns 52 & Corin Nemic Turns 44!! Nov. 5
National Men Make Dinner Day Nov. 5
And barbecues don’t count. At least to the creative folks who came up with this. But there weren’t any “boil in a pouch” restrictions so head to the frozen food section and look for Stouffers. 613-738-2372 and Sandy Sharkey’s the contact person on this.
Lance Kerwin Turns 54!!! Nov. 6
Saxophone Day November 6
Celebrate the birthday of Adolphe Sax with a Sax Wakeup.
Dana Plato Would Have Turned 51!! November 7
Dear Santa Letter Week Nov. 7-13
Bob Birch, who is one slightly less lonely then me, will answer kids’ letters to Santa. Or Satan if they’re dyslexic. [email protected]
Parents As Teachers Day November 8
Honors the millions of home school families. www. ParentsAsTeachers.org
Cook Something Bold And Pungent Day November 8
I stopped trying to read too much into this stuff, oh, about the time I started this job. Curious? Then you have no one to blame but yourself when you call 717-279-0714.
X-Ray Discovered Nov. 8, 1895
Parker Posey Turns 47!!! and Courtney Thorne Smith Turns 48!!! Nov. 8
26th Anniversary Of The Opening Of The Berlin Wall Nov. 9
National Young Readers Week Nov. 9-13
Sponsored by Pizza Hut, so why not put some education-themed promotion together and pitch it to them? For info, call Shelly Morehead at 800-426-6548.
Lou Ferrigno Turns 64!! And Nick Lachey Turns 42!!! November 9
Area Codes Introduced Nov. 10, 1951
At that time all long distance calls were operated assisted and their were 84 area codes. There are now 285
Sesame Street Debuts November 10, 1969
Microsoft Releases Windows Nov. 10, 1983
Vanessa Angel Turns 51!! November 10 (Goodbye Mr. Munson, goodbye whore!)
“Too Close For Comfort” Premieres Nov. 11, 1980 (You just don’t see enough programs with Lydia Cornell anymore.)
Bonza Bottler Day Nov. 11
This is an excuse to party at least once a month, and falls on the date that matches the same number as the month, i.e.: 11/11. Gail Berger in Taylors, South Carolina probably spent a lot of time thinking this one up. Call her and ask. 864-609-9874.
Remembrance Day in Canada Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day Nov. 11
Calista Flockhart and Philip McKeon Both Turn 51!!! Nov. 11 (coincidence??)
First Professional Football Player: Anniversary Nov. 12
On this date in 1892, William “Pudge” Heffelfinger was paid $25 with a $500 cash bonus to become the first professional football player in history. He scored the winning touchdown and his team, the Allegheny Athletic Association beat the Pittsburgh Athletic Club 4-0. Joe Harrigan at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is a wealth of info on this and other football facts. Call him at 216-456-7762.
Tonya Harding Turns 45!!! and David Schwimmer Turns 49!!! Nov. 12
National Association For Gifted Children Convention November 12-15
Oh how much fun to sit in a hotel lobby in Phoenix and listen to brainy pageant parents boast “Well, my Timmy can matriculate the value of Pi in Malay while playing the harp, and he’s only 3.” www.nagc.org
Sadie Hawkins Day Nov. 13
The day for women to ask men out. I’m sitting here. Waiting. In the dark. Playing with my guns. Call. Email. Facebook. Snapchat. I’m soooooooooooo lonely…..
World Kindness Day Nov. 13
This used to be Random Acts of Kindness Week, but it’s now gone global, thus the name change. Sponsored by the World Kindness Movement. Call 800-660-2811 or go to actsofkindness.org.
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day November 14
Not a club promotion. Tragically. It’s a day to remind us all of the joys and benefits of laughter. But so would that promotion with the women playing Twister. Call 303-742-4790.
International Girls Day November 14
A day to celebrate the power of girls and build respect and confidence. They have binders of ideas at www.celebrategirlsday.com
DB Sweeney Turns 54!!! November 14 (Toe pick!)
Bundt Day November 15
I like big bundts and I cannot lie…actually, this is a celebration of cakes that are made in Bundt pans. And really, it’s just a shameless attempt by the folks at Nordic Ware to move some product. Call Dana Norsten at 651-789-1265. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPvO53JHnmY
National Bible Week Nov. 15-21
Sponsored by the National Bible Association. Call Thomas May at 212-408-1390.
America Recycles Day Nov. 15
Promotes recycling and using recycled products. Maybe do a morning show of nothing but old bits. Call Environmental Defense Fund at 800-CAL-LEDF.
First Black Professional Hockey Player: Anniversary Nov. 15
Arthur Dorrington signed with the Atlantic City Seagulls on this date in 1950 and played with them for two seasons.
Beverly D’Angelo Turns 62!!! Nov. 15
Oksana Baiul Turns 38!!! Nov. 16
National Unfriend Day November 17
This was so a Radio Idea….but Jimmy Kimmel beat us to it. This a day to go through and clean out all the people who are wasting your time and energy. Email [email protected]
Married To A Scorpio Support Day Nov. 18
I stopped wondering about “dates” conceived by the Roys back in ’94. Call them and find out what’s up at 717-279-0184.
Howard Stern Debuts On WXRK November 18, 1985
Push Button Phone Debuts November 18, 1963
Mickey Mouse’s 87th Birthday Nov. 18
Mickey made his first appearance on-screen in the Disney cartoon “Steamboat Willy” at the Colony Theater in New York City on this date in 1928.
Jonestown Massacre: Anniversary Nov. 18, 1978
Jameson Parker Turns 65 and Elizabeth Perkins Turns 53!! Nov. 18
Garifuna Day in Belize!! Nov. 19
Have A Bad Day Day Nov. 19
This is a break from the monotony of continually being told to “have a nice day.” Call Tom or Ruth Roy at 717-279-0184 and tell them to get a life.
Great American Smokeout Nov. 19
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. If one of the morning show smokes, this might be a good on-air challenge to raise money for the Cancer Society. Call 800-227-2345. Offer prizes to people who pledge to kick the habit for 24 hours. Or, cover a listener with a dial position number of nicotine patches and see how long it takes before they go into seizures.
Jodi Foster Turns 53!! and Meg Ryan Turns 54!! Nov. 19
“Rocky And Friends” Debuts Nov. 19, 1959
Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat. This was the “Simpsons” of the ’60s.
Name Your PC Day November 20
At least according to the Roys, why not? People name boats so how about their computers. I’m assuming Johnny #5 is taken. www.wellcat.com
Richard Masur turns 67!! and Ming-Na Wen turns 48!!! Nov. 20
National Game And Puzzle Week Nov. 20-26
Who had “Chutes And Ladders” when they were a kid? Still one of the all-time great games. Same with “Risk”, though I doubt it would translate to Radio. Sponsored by Frank Beres at Patch Products. 800-524-4263.
Who Shot JR? Anniversary Nov. 21, 1980
Can you imagine running this past a radio consultant in 2013. “No! No! You’re missing the point. I’m allowing you two breaks this week to address it so just get to action and screw the foreplay….”
World Hello Day Nov. 21
According to the McCormick Brothers of Omaha, people in 180 countries have participated in this celebration, which is now in its 30th year. The goal is for everyone to greet 10 people on this day with the hope of advancing world peace through personal communication. Find them at worldhelloday.org. (“Jerry, HELLO!”)
John F. Kennedy Assassinated: November 22, 1963
International Aura Awareness Day November 22
Cynthia Larson can probably tell you more about auras then you EVER wanted to know. Just ask. 510-528-2044.
Better Conversation Week Nov. 22-28
First Play-By-Play Football Game Broadcast November 23, 1919
Broadcast of the Texas A&M vs. University of Texas game. A&M won 7-0..
Miley Cyrus Turns 23!! November 23
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day November 24
It’s a Saturday during the busiest shopping weekend of the year, so you might have a game element for your on-site appearances and remotes. www.youruniquetalent.com
D.B. Cooper Hijacking: Anniversary Nov. 24-25
On this date in 1971, a passenger carrying a ticket under the name “D.B. Cooper” hijacked a Northwest Airlines flight, got a $200,000 ransom and a parachute and jumped out of the plane at night north of Portland. He was never found and remains a folk hero to the people around Ariel, Washington, where it’s estimated that he landed. They have a festival every year hoping he might actually show up.
St. Catherines Day November 25
The patron saint of “people who work with wheels”.
55 MPH Speed Limit Introduced November 25, 1973
Amy Grant Turns 55!! Nov. 25
Shopping Reminder Day Nov. 25
A reminder to shoppers that there are only 28 more shopping days (excluding Sundays and Christmas Eve) until Christmas.
Tie One On Day November 25
At first I was afraid that this was some pre-holiday creative thing about reminding us of the dangers of drinking and driving…and now I’m sorry it wasn’t. This is all about…wait for it…aprons. Ellen Anne Geisel encouraged you to tie one on…an apron, of course (insert 1950’s TV show canned laughter). Tie an apron around a loaf of bread, insert a handwritten prayer and deliver it to someone in need. I couldn’t make this up. Nor could I make up a website like www.apronmemories.com
Thanksgiving November 26
Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Nov. 26
The Vegetarian Awareness Network encourages people to branch out and try other options for your holiday dinner. I’m sure they’ll have some soy-based suggestions if you call them at 800-USA-VEGE.
Jaleel White Turns 39!!!! November 27
Sinkie Day Nov. 27
“Sinkies” are people who occasionally dine over the kitchen sink, and they finally have their own day! This is sponsored by Norm Hankoff, who is the founder of the International Association Of People Who Dine Over The Kitchen Sink. Remember the name; it’s one of the burgeoning political lobbies and is fighting for power with the NRA and the Christian Coalition. Go to sinkie.com.
National Flossing Day Nov. 27
I’m sure that the National Flossing Council had other things in mind, but it sure would be fun to have a listener floss with a string bikini (used). www.flossing.org
Black Friday Nov. 27
The traditional mass exodus to the malls which signals the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season. You absolutely, positively have to be at the malls this day.
Buy Nothing Day Nov. 27
The Media Foundation is calling for a 24 hour moratorium on shopping to help get our “runaway consumer culture” under control. There HAS to be an interesting interview lurking here. Call 800-663-1243.
Andrew McCarthy Turns 53!!! November 29
Electronic Greetings Day November 29
Save a tree and save a stamp. The cheap, impersonal way of saying “Gosh it was great to have you as a college roommate in 1981 and what are the names of your kids again?”
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day Nov. 30
As is we need an excuse. Here’s another wacky concept from Tom and Ruth Roy. Call in “well” instead of burdening yourself with the guilt of having to lie on the phone. 717-279-0184 or go to wellcat.com. Good Lord; the Roys have a website. Another sign of the impending apocolypse.
Computer Security Day November 30
This highlights stuff like Spyware and identity theft. But you know what would be real fun? Take the morning show and go around the office and see what’s on everyone’s computers. And if there isn’t anything exciting, then add some to their “favorites”. I did that to Bob West when we were at Kiss in New Bern. Completely filled the Favs with really really obscene sounding adult websites. Go to www.computersecurityday.com for more info.
33rd Anniversary Of “Thriller” Released November 30