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.
National Men Make Dinner Day Nov. 1
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.
Jenny McCarthy Turns 46! 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.
Cookie Monster Day Nov. 2
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.
National Sandwich Day Nov. 3
PBS Debuts November 3, 1969
Ken Berry Turns 85!!!!!! 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
National Candy Day November 4
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
Daylight Savings Time Ends November 4
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week November 4-10
P Diddy Turns 48! And Ralph Macchio Turns 56!!! (Sweep the leg!) Nov. 4
First Shattered Backboard: 72nd 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.
National Love Your Red Hair Day Nov. 5
Tatum O’Neal Turns 55 & Corin Nemic Turns 47!! Nov. 5
National Traffic Directors Day November 5
I kid you not. This honors the hard-working individuals who get schedules dropped on their desk by AE’s at 5:30on Friday afternoon. There’s even a Traffic Directors Guild. www.tdga.org8
National Nacho Day November 6
Lance Kerwin Turns 57!!! Nov. 6
Saxophone Day November 6
Celebrate the birthday of Adolphe Sax with a Sax Wakeup.
Fill Your Stapler Say November 6
Dana Plato Would Have Turned 54!! 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 50!!! and Courtney Thorne Smith Turns 51!!! Nov. 8
29th Anniversary Of The Opening Of The Berlin Wall Nov. 9
National Young Readers Week Nov. 11-17
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 67!! And Nick Lachey Turns 45!!! 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 54!! 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.)
Red Lipstick Day November 11
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.
National Bible Week Nov. 11-17
Sponsored by the National Bible Association. Call Thomas May at 212-408-1390.
Remembrance Day in Canada Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day Nov. 11
Calista Flockhart and Philip McKeon Both Turn 54!!! 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 48!! and David Schwimmer Turns 52!!! Nov. 12
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.
International Selfie Day November 14
National Pickle Day November 14
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 atwww.celebrategirlsday.com
DB Sweeney Turns 57!!! November 14 (Toe pick!)
National Association For Gifted Children Convention November 15-18
Oh how much fun to sit in a hotel lobby in Minneapolis 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
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.
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.
Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day November 15
Rock Your Mocs Day November 15
Beverly D’Angelo Turns 65!!! Nov. 15
Use Less Stuff Day November 15
Great American Smokeout Nov. 15
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.
Oksana Baiul Turns 42!!! 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 90th 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
National Game And Puzzle Week Nov. 18-24
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.
Jameson Parker Turns 68 and Elizabeth Perkins Turns 56!! 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.
Jodi Foster Turns 56!! and Meg Ryan Turns 57!! 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.
World Toilet Day November 19
Better Conversation Week Nov. 19-25
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 70!! and Ming-Na Wen turns 55!!! Nov. 20
Who Shot JR? Anniversary Nov. 21, 1980
Can you imagine running this past a radio consultant in 2018. “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 31st 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!”)
Thanksgiving November 22
Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Nov. 22
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.
John F. Kennedy Assassinated: November 22, 1963
Tie One On Day November 22
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
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.
Black Friday Nov. 23
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. 23
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.
Sinkie Day Nov. 23
“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.
Miley Cyrus Turns 26!! 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
International Aura Awareness Day November 24
Cynthia Larson can probably tell you more about auras then you EVER wanted to know. Just ask. 510-528-2044.
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 57!! 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.
Cyber Monday Nov. 26
Cider Monday Nov. 26
Jaleel White Turns 42!!!! November 27
Andrew McCarthy Turns 55!!! 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 which are kind of topical because of the whole Election 2016 thing. Go to www.computersecurityday.com for more info.
36th Anniversary Of “Thriller” Released November 30