Tidbits from Mike Bradley's Portion of the Morning Team

Nov 07, 2013 -- 12:28pm



He may be on his farewell tour, but GEORGE STRAIT still has the goods. He was named Entertainer of the Year last night at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.

TAYLOR SWIFT had five nominations, but only took home Music Event and Music Video of the Year for "Highway Don't Care" with TIM McGRAW and KEITH URBAN. However, Taylor did receive the Pinnacle Award for her success all over the world.

Husband and wife superstars BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT won Male and Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth year in a row. KACEY MUSGRAVES, who had five nominations, won Best New Artist. KENNY ROGERS was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. DARIUS RUCKER sang Kenny's classic, "The Gambler," and JENNIFER NETTLES stood in for DOLLY PARTON and teamed up with Kenny for "Islands In The Stream." Here are the winners:

   --SINGLE OF THE YEAR: "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line
   --ALBUM OF THE YEAR: "Based on a True Story," Blake Shelton

   --SONG OF THE YEAR (songwriters' award): "I Drive Your Truck," written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary for Lee Brice
   --VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Little Big Town
   --VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR: Florida Georgia Line
   --NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Kacey Musgraves

What are the most DVR'd shows this fall?
The Hollywood Reporter says they would be NBC's "The Blacklist," ABC's "Agents of SHIELD" and Fox's "Sleepy Hollow."                                                             

"The Blacklist," starring JAMES SPADER, gets a 67 percent ratings bump when you add in the people who record the show on their DVRs or TiVO!

Going the way of the black rhinoceros as we know it, Blockbuster is joining the list of things that will be all-but-extinct by the end of the year.
Just in time for the holidays, Blockbuster will be closing its remaining 300 brick and mortar rental outlets, as well as ending its DVD-by-mail program.

Health and Medical Briefs:
Getting a flu shot isn't exactly fun, but ladies may want to make it a top priority. YourTango.com reports a case of influenza lasts 20 percent longer for females than men! In addition, the fever, coughing, aches and other symptoms are far worse for the fairer sex --and gals often use it to their advantage. Some 20 percent of women cancel plans to meet up when sick, one in six flake out on chores and six-percent will get out of something their partner wants to do on the grounds that they don't feel good.

Bradley's Believe It or Not

Bet you didn't know the Statue of Liberty wasn't always green.
   When it first arrived in 1886 it was brown because it was made of copper. Copper gradually turns green as it oxidizes. We know that it was green by 1920, and reportedly was half green, half brown around 1910. Unfortunately, there are no photos to show the transformation since there was no color film back then. We only have eyewitness accounts from the era, passed down through the ages.
   The Gothamist, a website devoted to New York City, has many old photos of the Statue of Liberty when it was being built --all in black and white. But they turned up an old 1907 postcard illustrated in color that showed what the old great dame looked like. Still brown.

Could Wall Street wreck the economy again?
   Investors are "flocking to the latest product peddled by large banking interests, even though they look almost exactly like the mortgage-backed securities that were a primary driver of the financial crisis." In a piece for Salon.com, DAVID DAYEN warns that "these new securities, backed by rental payments, also have real-world implications for millions of renters, who could end up turning in their monthly checks to Wall Street-based absentee slumlords."

   While these securities have secured a AAA rating from ratings agencies, "you’ll remember that mortgage-backed securities were bestowed triple-A ratings during the housing bubble, and that this spurred massive purchases, fueling demand for more and more home loans to create more securities."
   Dayen concludes, "if Americans weren't seduced by the mythical dream of homeownership and turned to renting, that could certainly be positive. But it's hard to trust that the same financial titans who blew up the economy won't distort and pervert the rental market."

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