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Free Ride: The Stuff I Talked About Mar 1st

Surprise extra show with Patrick Hanes!!! Here is what I talk about today. Enjoy the links, videos, some numbers that were in the news.

[Numbers in the News!]

Are you a double screener? Do you watch TV while also looking at your phone/tablet/laptop? You are definitely not alone. 90% of people in a recent survey said they watch TV while also concentrating on another screen. 25% of those say they text people about what they’re watching. (SWNS)

Do you like to work out alone or with other people? Seems the pandemic has led a lot of people to appreciate working out alone. A new survey found that 42% of respondents say they prefer exercising alone. The main reason: You can work out on your own time schedule – where you want and when you want. 33% said working out alone allowed them to focus more on what they were doing, and 37% said they liked to be alone with their thoughts when they worked out. And 20% said they liked working out alone because they don’t feel judged. (SWNS)

We’re addicted to likes … There’s a reason some people are addicted to social media. A new study found that social media users are driven by “likes” — the same way lab rats are driven by food rewards. It’s basically “reward learning.” Getting a like gives you that reward high — so you crave more.

Speaking of watching TV … ACT II microwave popcorn is releasing a new flavor … mac & cheese popcorn. While some Instagram users have posted pics of the popcorn, there’s still no word on when it will be released. (Delish)

[What’s Trending]

World Compliment Day 

Jordan Davis took off a significant amount of his signature beard before shooting the video for “Almost Maybes,” and he’s liking the new look.

Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the frontrunners for this year’s ACM Awards. They’re up for six nominations each. Maren is thrilled to be nominated in a year when so many artists used their downtime to create great music. Chris is grateful for nominations, but says making the best music is his priority.


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MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Frederick Sister Cities?

I have always wanted to figure out why we have two German sister cities. Imagine my surprise when I found out that we have three sister cities!!!

2006 Aquiraz, Ceará Brazil
1959 Mörzheim, Landau Germany
1982 Schifferstadt, Rhineland-Palatinate Germany


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Free Ride: The Stuff I Talked About Feb 26

Here is the stuff I talked about today!

[Numbers in the News]

Are you a night owl? It could be affecting your work. A study from Finland found that night owls are more likely to struggle during work hours and actually are twice as likely to perform poorly at work than their early bird counterparts. Why? Because they’re tired!

What sounds have you missed since the pandemic began? A new survey found that among the sounds we miss most are live music (38%), a movie playing in surround sound in a theater (35%) and fans cheering at a sporting event (28%). Another sound people miss? Conversation. In fact, 62% of people respondents said social distancing has put a big dent in “the art of the conversation.” (SWNS)

Sippin’ on (booze-free) gin and juice … Tanqueray is rolling out Tanqueray 0.0, a non-alcoholic “gin” that reportedly has the same flavor profile as its boozy counterpart. Tanqueray 0.0 will reportedly be on shelves in the UK and Spain next month. No word on when it will be available in the U.S. (Food & Wine)


Carpe Diem Day

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day


The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast from Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House, The Bluebird Café and the Ryman Auditorium on April 18th on CBS.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • The Cadillac Three
  • The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Tenille Arts
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Travis Denning
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum

Album of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan
  • Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown
  • Never Will – Ashley McBryde
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “I Hope”– Gabby Barrett
  • “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • “More Hearts Than Mine” – Ingrid Andress
  • “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • “Bluebird”– Miranda Lambert
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Some People Do” – Old Dominion
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
  • “The Bones”– Maren Morris

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Better Than We Found It – Maren Morris
  • Bluebird – Miranda Lambert
  • Gone – Dierks Bentley
  • Hallelujah – Carrie Underwood and John Legend
  • Worldwide Beautiful – Kane Brown

Songwriter of the Year (Off Camera Award)

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Michael Hardy
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year (Tie Within Category Increased Nominees) [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Be A Light – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
  • Does To Me – Luke Combs featuring Eric Church
  • I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • Nobody But You – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani
  • One Beer – HARDY featuring Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
  • One Too Many – Keith Urban, P!nk



Andy Webb, a 25-year Radio entertainer & content creator, is the new Program Director for 99.9 WFRE & host of “The Free Country Free Ride” weekday afternoons from 3pm-7pm.

From his very first job in 1995, in his hometown of Meridian, MS, Radio has been the only occupation Andy’s ever known; from the age of reel-to-reel tape to today’s digital audio, he worked his way up through late-night air shifts all the way up to morning drive. Always an eager student of Radio, Andy has used every opportunity to hone his skills and personality into an affable mixture of humor and gravitas listeners can instantly identify with & latch onto. He’s been featured across many formats, including Country, Classic Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hot AC, Southern Gospel, and even Urban AC; and, as a testament to his talents and commitment to fun-yet-informative radio, Andy was awarded the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters“Radio Personality of the Year” award four out of five years between 2006 and 2011.

While having attended The University of Southern Mississippi on an Opera Performance scholarship, Andy always followed the path Radio set before him, which has taken him from Meridian to Hattiesburg, MS, to Charleston, SC, and now Frederick, MD. Andy enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma (a fellow Broadcaster), and daughter, Isabel, while also spending his infrequent free time golfing, wood-working, an motorcycle riding.

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