Buffalo Days (With Buffalo Chip Throwing contest) May 31 to June 2
This occurs frighteningly close to me: Luverne, Minnesota. The chips are going to hit the fans and other by-standers. Call Dave Smith, who’s the PR person for this annual festival. Ask him about the three-finger grip. 507-283-4061.
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.
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 31
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.
Do Dah Parade June 1
It sounds like a radio promotion, it smells like a radio promotion…hell yes!…it is a radio promotion. Thanks to WKMI in Kalamazoo, the citizens of that community will be treated to a parade featuring such off beat entries as a grill team (complete with spatulas) and a lawn mower drill team. Call Lisa Theisen at 616-344-0111.
Gay And Lesbian Pride Month June 1-30
National Barefoot Day June 1
Soles4Souls collects footwear for impoverished people all over the world. And Kentucky. Show your (arch) support by going barefoot today. www.giveshoes.org
National Steakhouse Month June 1-30
For those days when you absolutely, positively HAVE to have a big piece of meat. Sponsored by, big surprise, Morton’s Steakhouse. Go to www.mortons.com
International Clothesline Week June 1-8
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
Madaraka Day in Kenya! June 1
National Accordion Awareness Month June 1-30
Ever wonder how a Adele 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
National Iced Tea Month 212-986-6998
Fruit & Veggies
Dairy Month 717657-8601
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.
Black Single Parents Week June 2-8
Email Will Barnes with the Black Single Parents Network at [email protected]
National Bubba Day June 2
When I worked in Charlotte, the morning show used to do a version of “Cop or No Cop” but called it “Bubba or No Bubba” and called truckstops. Sponsored by, big surprise, Bubba Bechtol. Blow Bubba a call at 850-932-3162.
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 272 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?
National Cancer Survivors Day June 2
This the 23rd annual celebration of life. Call 615-793-3006
Pet Appreciation Week June 2-8
National Leave The Office Early Day June 3
John Stack bills himself as The Productivity Pro and is probably the last person you want to be stuck on an elevator with or be seated next to on a long flight. He believes that by smart use of time, you should be able to skip out of work early since you’ll have gotten all your stuff done. See what I mean? Call him at 303-471-7401 or go to www.theproductivitypro.com
Russell Brand Turns 44!!! June 4
AIDS First Noted June 5, 1981
On this date the CDC sent out a newsletter describing a malady that was striking gay men.
Apple II Released June 5, 1977
Cost $1298 and boasted 4K of memory.
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 virginity?” topic starter.
Superman Celebration June 6-9
They do this in Metropolis, Illinois where they’ll have a weekend full of “super activities”. 618-524-2714.
“Sex And The City” Debuts June 6, 1998
Donut Day June 7
Dunkin is doing “stuff” in quite a few markets.
VCR Introduced June 7, 1975
Bachelor parties were never been the same.
Buzzard Days Festival June 7
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.
Prince (The Artist Who Was Formerly 57) Turns 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.
“Ghostbusters” Day June 8
Honors the 35th anniversary of the release of the film.
Abused Women & Children’s Awareness Day June 9
E-mail Judith Natale at [email protected]
World Bike Naked Day June 8
Natalie Portman Turns 38 and Donald Duck Turns 85!!! June 9
Alcoholics Anonymous: 84th 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.
Ballpoint Pen Invented: 76th Anniversary June 10
LeeLee Sobieski Turns 36!!! And Doug McKeon Turns 53!!! June 10
National Cotton Candy Day June 11
“American Idol” Premieres 17th Anniversary June 11
Baseball’s First Perfect Game June 12, 1880 by Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs, he later went on to date Mariah Carey
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 33!!! June 13
Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival June 13-15
Avon, Ohio proclaims itself The Duct Tape Capitol of the World and they celebrate that honor with a festival. www.ductapefestival.com
Traylor Howard Turns 53!! June 14
“Gong Show” Premieres June 14, 1976 http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Flag Day June 14
National Work-At-Home Fathers Day June 15
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.
World Juggling Day June 15
Juggling clubs will be holding festivals and events and juglathons and whatever else they do with their balls. www.juggle.org
Neil Patrick Harris Turns 46!! And Helen Hunt Turns 56!! June 15
Fathers Day June 16
First proclaimed in 1910 by mayor of Spokane, Washington at the request of Mrs. John B. Dodd.
International Music Camp June 16 – July 30
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.”
Watergate Day June 17 (Go bug someone)
Mark Linn-Baker Turns 65!!! And Joe Piscopo 68!! June 17
Meet A Mate Week June 17-23
Robin Gorman Newman is a Love Coach (“Love coach, baby!”) and suggests that single use the warm weather to pursue similar interests. www.lovecoach.com/events.html
International Sushi Day June 18
Sponsored by RA Sushi Bar Restaurants. [email protected]
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.
Paula Abdul Turns 57!! and Salman Rushdie Turns 72!!! June 19 (Coincidence?!)
First Balloon Honeymoon: 110th 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.
Recess At Work Day June 20
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.
Summer June 21-Sept. 23 It’s hot, you sweat, yeah…that’s the season!
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.
National Selfie Day June 21
Tall Girl Appreciation Day June 21 (always on the longest day of the year)
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. E-mail Carol Steinfeld at [email protected]
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest June 21
This is such a Radio promotion but is actually held at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair. Go to www.worldsugliestdogcontest.
Take Your Dog To Work Day June 21
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.
Global Orgasm Day June 21
Bernie Kopell Turns 86! and Michael Gross Turns 72!!! June 21
Stupid Guy Thing Day June 22
A day for women to make lists of “stupid guy things” and share them with friends.
Baby Boomers Recognition Day June 22
Does not have anything to do with Middle Eastern suicide bombing. Call Dorothy Zjawin at 908-241-6241.
Polar Bear Swim June 22
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]
Great American Backyard Campout June 22
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
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.
Carpenter Ant Awareness Week June 23-29
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.
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
Please Take My Children To Work Day June 25
Gives single moms a day off to relax. E-mail [email protected]
Linda Cardellini Turns 44!! June 25
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.
Harry Potter Day June 26
Watermelon Thump June 27-29
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.
National Handshake Day June 27
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.
National Bomb Pop Day June 27
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 HIV Testing Day June 27
Sponsored by the National Association Of People With AIDS. 202-898-0414.
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.
Danielle Brisebois Turns 50! and Mary Stuart Masterson Turns 53!! June 28