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When should you get your kid a cell phone?


Experts say that depends on their maturity level.  Cell phones can be a big distraction at school.   But, by the time your child is a teenager, they should probably have a cell phone.  Twice as many children have cell phones now as in 2004.  Most teens – 85% from 14 to 17 have them.  So do 69% of 11 to 14 ... Read More »

Laugh an hour earlier


Starting today, we’re beginning and ending your work day with the Hour and Six Minute Commercial Free Music Sweep.  The first sweep airs at 8:50am, and the second one kicks off at 4:50pm.  So, we’re moving the Laughter at 5 After from 5:05pm to 4:05. It means more music and earlier laughs! Read More »

People trust Apple more than the government


Researchers surveyed people all over the world to find out what companies and organizations they trust.  The conclusion is that people would rather give their personal information to a brand than to politicians.  Apple was the most trusted followed by Google and Microsoft.  Facebook finished near the bottom but ahead of the government. Personally, I think the government is behind ... Read More »

Can’t afford a babysitter?


You’re not alone.  Childcare now costs more than rent in a majority of states. (including Missouri and Illinois).  With more parents working, demand is way up for nannies and daycare centers.  In fact, demand is up 168% since 1990! Read More »

What does your face shape say about you?


Experts say the shape of your face says a lot about your personality.  They say people with a diamond face shape like Taylor Swift enjoy taking control and they want things a certain way.  They are also very detail oriented.  Folks with oval faces like Beyoncé are practical, methodical, and over achievers in their careers.  People with triangle-shaped faces like Kelly ... Read More »

Larry the Cable Guy live


The We’ve Been Thinking Tour featuring Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy opens in Kansas City tomorrow night, and lands at Peabody Opera House for two shows on Friday, October 30th.  To celebrate this bodacious blue collar occasion, Larry the Cable Guy will be doing what he does best in today’s Laughter at 5 After live!  Be sure to check ... Read More »



A recent bride sent a wedding guest a bill for $75 after she didn’t turn up for the reception.  The bill came with a note saying, “This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP’d for.  Reimbursement and explanation for no-show, card, call or text would be appreciated.” Jessica Baker was getting ready ... Read More »

Billy knows about Christie’s new BF


Billy Joel was in concert at Madison Square Garden the other night and while onstage, he made a crack about his second wife Christie Brinkley.  After playing “The Longest Time,” one of his anthems about Christie, Billy said, “And now she’s dating John Mellencamp.” John and Christie were spotted having dinner together recently in New York City.  No one knows ... Read More »

Going to Taylor?


There is a report that Taylor Swift is cracking down on fans who share live footage of her concerts through Twitter’s Periscope app.  She has supposedly hired an online police force who are scouring the web for unauthorized Taylor Swift content. Read More »

Vladi calls Elton, for real this time


Russian President Vladimir Putin called Elton John and agreed to meet him to discuss LGBT issues in Russia.  The Associated Press reported the news from Moscow Thursday, and the Russian Embassy in the U.K. tweeted a confirmation. Last week, after Elton posted a message on Instagram thanking Putin for calling him, two Russian pranksters admitted they’d called the rock star ... Read More »