Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month Oct. 1-31
Once again, you can rarely go wrong when you’re doing promotions with pets. Why not have someone from the animal shelter come in and set up some adoptions on the air. Get a pet store to throw in some food for anyone who adopts a pet through this program. Same thing with a vet; get one to provide some free shots. This is sponsored by the ASPCA and their number is 212-876-7700.
Cut Out Dissection Month Oct. 1-31
Many an 8th grader has been thrown into fits of catatonia by the dreaded cutting-open-of-the-frog and PETA would like to put a stop to it. www.cutoutdissection.com I actually enjoyed it. But then, that’s me.
Gay And Lesbian History Month Oct. 1-31
National Down Syndrome Month Oct. 1-31
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month October 1-31
This is such a huge issue no matter what your format is. You would have to really really try to screw up to mess up an anti-bullying campaign. www.stompoutbullying.com
CD Player Debuts Oct. 1, 1982
Contrary to popular belief, the first CD available was not Kon Kan. Or PC Quest. And I still don’t see them as a threat to cassettes or cassette singles. They have “Fad” written all over them.
Disney World Opened October 1, 1971
Christmas Seal Campaign October 1 – December 31
Assuring that starving seals have a nice Christmas. www.lungusa.org
National Cyber Security Month October 1-31
Email me the last four digits of your social security number and I’ll get you the link.
National Chiropractic Month Oct. 1-31
“The Night Of The Living Dead” Premieres October 1, 1968
The George Romero classic really set the standard for zombie flicks.
National Crime Prevention Month Oct. 1-31
Emotional Wellness Month Oct. 1-31
I really wanted to write something important and from the heart about this, but I’m just so, well, conflicted.704-849-2900.
Halloween Safety Month Oct. 1-31
I was going to send Sophia out as a condom and had spent hours and hours working on her costume, using that plastic laundry bag I got from the dry cleaners. Luckily I called 800-331-2020 and got the low down on dangerous costumes. Gotta run and start over on her “Human Torch” outfit.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct. 1-31
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. 877-88-NBCAM.
National Dental Hygiene Month Oct. 1-31
The “we’ll pimp your mouth and get you braces and whatever else you need to not be disgusting” promotion always gets a zillion entries. The photos? Ask Kris Cegla who used to be at KDWB. She was off solid food for a month. This is a good month for remembering everything they taught us in third grade when some poor teacher was assigned to be Tommy The Toothbrush and hand out coloring books from the National Dental Association to kids in lunch line.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct. 1-31
Positive Attitude Month Oct. 1-31
I am fun to be with. Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me. Well, not everybody. But that’s their problem. And your problem. Okay, I’m sorry, this is not my best caption for a “month”. Call Zig Ziglar at 301-646-1668.
Right Brainers Rule Month Oct. 1-31
Finally. A month for people like me who live in our own little worlds (albeit ones with excellent lawns) and have no detail skills. Call Lee Silber at 858-792-5312.
International Starman Month Oct. 1-31
I don’t even remember the TV show “Starman” which first aired on Sept. 19, 1986, but a small group of people still honor the program and “the inspiration it gave people around the world to change their lives in positive ways.” (I felt the same way about “Clarissa Explains It All”) It would be interesting to see if any of your audience can even recall the show. One person who can is Vicki Werkley at Spotlight Starman Intl., and you can beam her up at 707-995-1228.
“Edible” Months Oct. 1-31
Frozen Food & Refrigerated Foods 717-657-8601
Country Ham 800-820-4HAM
T-Boz ” ”
Spinach [email protected]
Medical Librarians 312-419-9094 (If your plane crashes in the Andes on the way to a medical conference.)
National Go On A Field Trip Month Oct. 1-31
In elementary school, you wanted Lisa Sherman in your class: her dad was a manager at Pearson’s Candy company and every year, her class got a field trip of the plant and were loaded down with free samples. That I remember this all these years later is a testament to how popular that made her. Call “The Field Trip Factory” at 773-342-9510, or got to their website at fieldtripfactory.com.
Squirrel Awareness Month Oct. 1-31
Gregg Bassett is the founder of the Squirrel Lovers Club. It’s alright to love a squirrel, just don’t love a squirrel. Now that you have ground rules, call him at 630-833-1117.
National Depression Education And Awareness Month Oct. 1-31
A non-profit campaign to educate patients, the elderly and professionals about depression disorders. Call 415 479-8628.
Learn To Bowl Month Oct. 1-31
National Family Sexuality Education Month Oct. 1-31
This would be a great morning show topic. Have people call in with their best stories on how their parents first brought up the birds and the bees. Call Planned Parenthood at 800-829-7732.
National Roller Skating Month Oct. 1-31
Sponsored by the National Roller Skating Association. 317-347-2626. 8th grade? That was the place to go and meet….girls.
Self Promotion Month Oct. 1-31
Only in the Promotions Paiges, which is undoubtedly one of the top resources for today’s hard-working Radio professional, would you find such important and insightful information as this. Yup. The Promotions Paiges. Can’t start my day without ‘em. 800-359-4544.
National Walk Your Dog Week Oct. 1-7
World Vegetarian Day Oct. 1
These people probably have no sense of humor so don’t do any prank calls on them. They’re undoubtedly healthier and have a better Karmic out-look then the rest of us. Call the North American Vegetarian Society at 518-568-7970.
National Work From Home Week Oct. 1-7
Or for people who work at home, we have to move to the garage. This was created by Jeff Zbar who bills himself as Chief Home Officer. Can you imagine being his family? Go to his website at www, you got it, chiefhomeofficer.com
Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 1-7
Not only am I aware of my mental illness, but I’ve channeled it into a vocation. But for those who haven’t, call 202-682-6000.
Guardian Angel Day October 2
We’ve all had psychics in. Most of you have done channeling. What about having someone versed in guardian angels to come in and read the morning show?
National Custodial Worker Day Oct. 2
Sponsored by Saint John the Baptist Church in Albans, Michigan. ?. 517-354-3019.
Charlie Brown/Snoopy Birthday Oct. 2
This is the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip. The strip appeared in 2300 newspapers and was translated into 26 languages in 68 countries.
“The Twilight Zone” First Episode Aired on Oct. 2, 1959
World Farm Animals Day Oct. 2
Another group of people with little or no sense of humor, they memorialize the needless suffering of billions of farm animals each year with mock funerals, vigils and similar activities. Call the Animal Reform Movement at 301-530-1737
Kelly Ripa Turns 46!!! October 2
“Quincy” Premieres Oct. 3, 1976 (Please explain why he ended up with a hot woman each week)
“Andy Griffith Show” First Broadcast Anniversary Oct. 3
Marks the first airing of this popular show in 1960. The 12,000+ members of the Andy Griffith Show Re-Runs Watchers Club celebrate this day with festivities every year. I went to one of their expos when I was in Charlotte. All I can say is: Trekkies in overalls.
Janel Maloney Turns 47!!!! Oct. 3
Independence Day in Lesotho October 4
National Taco Day October 4
National Vodka Day October 4
Ten-Four Day 10/4 (get it?)
A day for all amateur radio operators to amateurly operate their radios.
Alicia Silverstone Turns 41!!! October 4
Barry Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron’s Record October 5, 2001 .
Great American Beer Festival October 5-7
I’m going to schedule a market visit to Max Media in Denver those days. www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com
Karen Allen Turns 67!! October 5
“CSI” Premieres October 6, 2000
“Monty Pythons Flying Circus” Premieres In The U.S. October 6, 1974
Elizabeth Shue Turns 54!! Oct. 6
National Diversity Day Oct. 6
Was NOT inspired by an episode of The Office. www.nationaldiversityday.org
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta October 7-15
This is to Albuquerque what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. www.balloonfiesta.com
Frugal Fun Day October 7
World Smile Day October 7
An ode to mood elevators. But also a day to spread joy, one person and one smile at a time. This was the brainchild of Charles P. Ball, whose father, Harvey Ball, in 1963 designed that annoying yellow smile face thing. That had to be an odd household growing up. www.worldsmileday.com
Pierogy Day October 8
Sarah Purcell Turns 69!!! October 8
National Metric Week Oct. 8-14
This could add a whole new dimension to “size isn’t important.” 703-620-9840
Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14
Stop. Drop. Rock. Roll. www.firepreventionweek.org
Tony Shalhoub Turns 64!!! and Zachary Ty Bryan Turns 36!!!! October 9
Columbus Day October 9 No school! No work! For everyone but us!
National School Lunch Week Oct. 9-13
Go out and do a connoisseurs tours of the various school lunch rooms in your market. Give out awards for best “Brown Food” and “Nicest Clumps.” Call 703-739-3900 for more info.
The Tuxedo Debuts Oct. 10, 1886
National Face Your Fears Day October 10
And you doubt the presence of a higher being? Or maybe that’s your fear? This has “morning show” written all over it.
“Saturday Night Live” Premieres Oct. 11, 1975
Why can’t Tim Kazurinsky or Joe Rissoto get any good roles?
National Coming Out Day Oct. 11
This has been an international day of visibility for the lesbian and gay community since 1988. Call Candace Gingrich at 800-866-6263.
National Food Truck Day October 11
National Stop Bullying Day October 11
Miss this and I’ll come over after school and beat the crap out of you. This is done by a non-profit called Hey UGLY (Unique Gifted Loveable You) and it’s such a great cause to get involved with, you should follow up at www.heyugly.org
National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day October 11
The School Nutrition Association suggests that parents join their kids one day this week to see the good and nutritious fare being offered up in the schools. Their 2015 slogan is “Now With 20% More Clumps!”
Day Of The Six Billion October 12, 1999
The world achieved it’s first billionth person in 1804. Now we’re adding a billion every 12 years. According to the UN, where there is apparently someone there with one of those clicker deals that umpires use.
International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day Oct. 12
A couple of Virginia Topper’s (Sarcastics Awareness Week founder) former neighbors, Thomas and Ruth Roy have founded the Low-Thresholders Of The Earth League. They want everyone on the planet to go outside at twelve hundred hours Greenwich time and scream for thirty seconds. This will share all of our frustrations and we’ll all feel better. Plus it will keep the Earth from spinning madly out of orbit. Call the Roys at 717-279-0184. But not at 6am, noon or 5pm. That’s when they’re getting their meds.
National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work Day October 12
Susan Schwartz is with Teddies Are The Answer and says you should put aside fear of HR discipline, alienation and shunning by your co-workers to bring your teddy to work for the help, stress-relief and joy that it will give you. Do it. I’ll stand over here and watch. [email protected]
Kirk Cameron Turns 47!! and Adam Rich Turns 49!! Oct. 12
No Bra Day October 13
Kelly Preston Turns 55!!! And Nancy Kerrigan Turns 48!! (Why?!) October 13
International Top Spinning Day Oct. 14
This is billed as a “worldwide celebration” of those most basic of childhood amusements: spinning a top. Sponsored by the Spinning Top & Yo Yo Museum in fabulous Burlington, Wisconsin. 262-763-3946.
National Motorcycle Ride Day October 14
Be Bald And Be Free Day Oct. 14
Oh no! It’s those wacky Roys again. This is the day to rip up your Hair Club membership and be proud of your hairless head. 717-279-0184.
National Cake Decorating Day Oct. 15
A day for one-and-all to get out one of those squeeze-bag things and try to write their nephews named in iced sugar. Call Diana Rodriguez at 630-963-7100. There’s a great cake pic on line. Google “Push Olivia!”.
Wishbones For Pets October 15 – November 30
This is technically about the 9000th reminder that pets are a massive hot button with the listeners. Professional pet sitters will be doing fund drives in their communities for local pet-related charities.www.wishbonesforpets.com
Tito Jackson Turns 64!! And Paige Davis Turns 48!!! Oct. 15
National Grouch Day October 15
A day to honor the grumps amongst up.
National Food Bank Week October 15-21
The need is now more dire then ever. A great opportunity to make some noise while doing something good for the community. www.secondharvest.org
Dictionary Day October 16
Annually on Noah Webster’s birthday.
United Nations World Food Day Oct. 16
Annual observance to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
Million Man March 22nd Anniversary October 16, 1995
National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 16-20
The theme for 2015 is “Flashing Red Means Stop Ahead!” Go to www.napt.org and suggest “Failure To Yield Sends Timmy Through The Windshield.” (I got a million of them)
Kellie Martin Turns 41!!! Oct. 16 (Gotta love the Beckster)
Wear Something Gaudy Day October 17
National Boss Day October 17
A historical or hysterical honor to all those who sign our pink slips.
Mulligan Day October 17
A day for a “do over”. Because we all need one. Or more. [email protected]
Eminem Turns 45!!! October 17
28th Anniversary of Loma Prieta Earthquake 5:04pm PST Oct. 17
Pam Dawber Turns 66!! October 18
World Menopause Day Oct. 18
Repeat after me, “No honey. You don’t look fat.” www.imsociety.org
Evaluate Your Life Day Oct. 19
Ties in nicely to Depression Awareness Month. 717-279-0184
John Krasinski Turns 38!!! October 20
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Oct. 20-22
Tragically, not a euphemism for something, well, a little more fun. At least more fun then stirrin’ apple butter. But I’m sure the people of Roscoe Village, Ohio would argue that. Go to www.roscoevillage.com
National Mammography Day October 20
On the third Friday of October, radiologists across the country provide free or discounted mammograms. Go to www.nbcam.org
Sweetest Day October 21
Annually the 3rd Saturday in October, you’re supposed to do something sweet for someone who needs it. Started when a candy maker would give out his stuff to orphans and kids in hospitals.
International Stuttering Awareness Day Oct. 22
World’s End Day: Anniversary Oct. 22
William Miller founded a religion called Millerism that espoused that Oct. 22, 1844 was the day that the world would come to an end. His followers sold all their possessions and prepared by climbing to the tops of mountains to await the end. Miller died in 1849 in Low Hampton, New York so he was partially right but on a much smaller scale and he was only off by five years. But while they were waiting for the worlds to end, they created a great brand of lite beer.
Mother-In-Law Day October 22
Oh the horror. Oh the stories.
The IPOD Debuts October 23, 2001
Drake Turns 31!!! October 24
National Magic Week Oct. 25-31
Celebrated annually on the anniversary of Houdini’s death.
Katy Perry Turns 33!!! October 25
Keith Urban Turns 48!! October 26
Cranky Co-Workers Day Oct. 27
A great topic starter for the morning show. I’ve always enjoyed finding out what drives my co-workers nuts…and then doing it over and over and over. Call 717-279-0184.
Pitbull Awareness Day October 28
Hogeye Festival Oct. 28
Big fun in Elgin, Texas where they do Cow Patty Bingo, do a sausage and bean cook off (“franks and beans, franks and beans!”) and crown King Hog and Queen Sowpreme. Call Amy Miller at 512-285-5721.
Jami Gertz Turns 52!!! Oct. 28
Internet Created October 29, 1969
On this date info flowed over phones lines between the computers at UCLA and Stanford Research Institute. And porn was never the same after that.
National Cat Day October 29
Every year 4 million cats enter shelters and up to half of those are euthanized. Today’s a great chance to push some hot buttons and help get a few adopted. www.nationalcatday.com
Joely Fisher Turns 52!! And Winona Ryder Turns 46!!! Oct. 29
“War Of The Worlds”: Broadcast Anniversary Oct. 30, 1938
Haunted Refrigerator Night Oct. 30
The one evening a year to find out what ghosts of meals past are lurking back, in the dark recesses and corners of your frig. That thing! There, behind the yogurt. Is that stuffing from Thanksgiving?
Create A Great Funeral Day Oct. 30
Stephanie Allen, who must be a riot to hang out with, encourages us all to put some effort into planning our own, unique, funerals. Personally I want to be stuffed by a taxidermist and posed erotically in my front yard, so as to freak out the neighbor children for generations to come. Call Stephanie at 303-742-4790.
First African-American To Play In An NBA Game: Anniversary Oct. 31, 1950
Earl Lloyd played for the Washington Capitals.
Books For Treats October 31
They do this in San Jose, California and I like the concept; “Feed their minds, not their cavities”. www.booksfortreats.org
National Knock Knock Day October 31
A day to honor the joy of knock knock jokes. Call children’s author Matt Rissinger at 610-650-9136.
Halloween Oct. 31 “I got a rock!”
National Forgiveness Day October 31
A day to restore, repair and otherwise grovel for your missteps. Sponsored by Robert Moyers who I’m going to assume is a bit weepy. www.unconditionallovelive.com/forgiveness.html
National UNICEF Day October 31
David Ogden Stiers Turns 75!!! and Vanilla Ice Turns 50!!!! Oct. 31