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Bradford Files: Going viral, what does it mean?

Going viral, what does it mean?…The word viral is by definition, pertaining to or involving the spreading of information and opinions about a product or service from person to person.  There is no doubt on the evening news you are going to hear about some new video on You Tube going viral.  The videos can vary from a baby laughing at the sound of paper tearing, to some accident or mishap that has all of us saddened.  Many celebrities attribute their video going viral as the reason for their success.  So I guess what is coming next is the VIRAL AWARDS.  I personally hope this doesn’t ever happen.  I am not interested in watching 2 girls punching each other in the face in a street fight or any other VIRAL video gaining more and more viewers daily on You Tube.  As always don’t get me wrong.  If you have a video that just went VIRAL, then I applaud you for putting it on there and getting the number of viewers it takes to determine that it went Viral.  By the way I don’t think 2 people when asked, can tell you the exact number of views that it takes to be officially viral. 

The Bradford Files supplied by Keith Bradford Nashville Tennessee. Email Keith at kmarecords@aol.com

We Really Need to Know How Old You Are Today

Pensioner Ernest Armstrong has had plenty of life experience to prepare him for his 21st birthday – 84 years in fact.

Ernest was born on February 29, 1928, a leap year, meaning that his birthday only comes around once every four years. To celebrate Ernest getting the key to the door his friends and family are set to throw the former Army man a 21st birthday party. He said: “I have never celebrated one like this before. This is the big one and it has taken me a long time to get here. It was always a special birthday when I was younger. “When it wasn’t a leap year I had smaller birthdays but on the leap year I had big ones. “If it’s not a leap year I celebrate my birthday on February 28 but legally it is March 1. “I think it’s unique and I feel I have achieved something special. “There’s not many of us to begin with and there will be less 21-year-olds now. ” I don’t know any people who have their birthdays on a leap year.” Mr Armstrong, of Coleridge Drive, Baxenden, was serving in the army in Cyprus as part of his national service when he turned 21 back in 1949. He became a printer worker at Wardleworth printers in Accrington before later becoming managing director of Shuttleworth printers from where he retired 20 years ago. The former Peel Park Primary School pupil will celebrate his birthday with a family trip to Mytton Fold Farm near Blackburn and said he is getting into the spirit of turning 21. He said: “I have ordered a cake with 21 on it and 84 in the corners. ” I hope to get a few 21st presents and I suspect I will get a few cards as well but I will have to wait and see. “All my friends think it’s great. “My wife is also giving me the key to the front door because I have now officially become an adult.”

Story supplied by the Accrington Observer

 

Were you born on February 29?

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You May Have To Check To See If You Are Still You

Identity Fraud Rose 13 Percent in 2011 According to New Javelin Strategy & Research Report. Consumers’ Social and Mobile Behaviors May Be Putting Them at Greater Risk

Data Breach Victims 9.5 Times More Likely To Be Fraud Victims
SAN FRANCISCO, February 2012 – The 2012 Identity Fraud Report: Social Media and Mobile Forming the New Fraud Frontier , released today by Javelin Strategy & Research (www.javelinstrategy.com), reports that in 2011 identity fraud increased by 13 percent. More than 11.6 million adults became a victim of identity fraud in the United States, while the dollar amount stolen held steady. The report also took the nation’s most comprehensive quantitative look at consumer behavior and fraud and found consumers’ social media and mobile behaviors may be putting them at greater risk.
Rose in 2011
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Javelin Strategy & Research, Made Possible by Fiserv, Intersections Inc., Wells Fargo
Javelin Strategy & Research and made possible by Fiserv , Intersections Inc. and Wells Fargo & Company, companies dedicated to consumer fraud prevention and education. It is the nation’s longest-running study of identity fraud, with 42,951 respondents surveyed over the past nine years.
Identity fraud is defined as the unauthorized use of another person’s personal information to achieve illicit financial gain. In October 2011, Javelin Strategy & Research conducted an address-based survey of 5,022 U.S. consumers to identify important findings about the impact of fraud, uncover areas of progress, and identify areas in which consumers must exercise continued vigilance.
“While identity fraud incidence increased last year, it is becoming less profitable for fraudsters. Consumers, the financial services industry, law enforcement and government agencies are stopping fraud earlier and making new account fraud more difficult to perpetrate,” said James Van Dyke, president and founder of Javelin Strategy & Research. “The study found specific opportunities for improvement. Consumers must be vigilant and in control of their personal data as they adopt new mobile and social technologies in order to not make it easier for fraudsters to perpetrate crimes. Our survey found data breaches are increasingly putting consumers at risk. Consumers and organizations should always carefully and actively monitor accounts, but they should pay particular attention after an incident.”
Key Survey Findings
The survey found four overall fraud trends:
  • Identity fraud incidents increased, amount stolen remained steady—The number of identity fraud incidents increased by 13 percent over the past year, but the dollar amount stolen remained steady. Additionally, consumer out-of-pocket costs have decreased by 44 percent since 2004, likely due to the improved prevention and detection tools that have come available as well as fraud alerts leading to reduced detection time.
  • Social behaviors put consumers at risk—For the first time, Javelin examined. social media and mobile phone behaviors and identified certain social and mobile behaviors that had higher incidence rates of fraud than all consumers. LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and Facebook users had the highest incidence of fraud although there is no proof of direct causation. The survey found that despite warnings that social networks are a great resource for fraudsters, consumers are still sharing a significant amount of personal information frequently used to authenticate a consumer’s identity. Surprisingly those with public profiles (those visible to everyone) were more likely to expose this personal information. Specifically, 68 percent of people with public social media profiles shared their birthday information (with 45 percent sharing month, date and year); 63 percent shared their high school name; 18 percent shared their phone number; and 12 percent shared their pet’s name—­all are prime examples of personal information a company would use to verify your identity.
  • Smartphone owners experience greater incidence of fraud—The survey found seven percent of smartphone owners were victims of identity fraud. This isa 1/3rd higher incidence rate compared to the general public. Part of this increase may be attributable to consumer behavior: 32 percent of smartphone owners do not update to a new operating system when it becomes available; 62 percent do not use a password on their home screen—enabling anyone to access their information if the phone is lost; and 32 percent save login information on their device.
  • Data Breaches increasing and more damaging — One likely contributing factor to the fraud increase was the 67 percent increase in the number of Americans impacted by data breaches compared to 2010. Javelin Strategy & Research found victims of data breaches are 9.5 times more likely to be a victim of identity fraud than consumers who did not receive such a data breach letter.
Understanding the Findings
Approximately 1.4 million more adults were victimized by identity fraud in 2011, compared to 2010. Countering this rise is the successful effort to combat identity fraud coupled with greater consumer awareness of the issue. While the number of fraud incidents increased, the total amount lost remained steady.
One of the key factors potentially contributing to the increase in incidents was the significant rise in data breaches. The survey found 15 percent of Americans, or about 36 million people, were notified of a data breach in 2011. Consumers receiving a data breach notification were 9.5 times more likely to become a victim of identify fraud.
According to the survey the three most common items exposed during a data breach are:
  • Credit card number
  • Debit card number
  • Social Security number
Some factors contributing to the decline in overall fraud amounts are the more stringent criteria financial institutions are applying to authenticate users and determine credit risk, as well as more Americans monitoring accounts online and using monitoring protection services that can provide alerts and updates. For the first time, more Americans detected fraud by monitoring accounts through the internet, ATM or other electronic means than by examining paper records (24 percent vs. 11 percent). Additionally, there was a 42 percent decline in new account fraud, which can be the most costly and difficult to detect.
When it comes to social networks, LinkedIn users are more than twice as likely to have reported being a victim. Fraud incidence among MySpace users is lower compared to the general consumer. Additionally, those consumers who regularly check-in with GPS-enabled information also reported fraud rates more than double the average.
Eight Safety Tips to Protect Consumers
Javelin Strategy & Research recommends that consumers follow a three-step approach to minimize their risk and impact of identity fraud: Prevention, Detection and Resolution™.
Prevention
  • Keep personal data private—At home, at work and on your mobile devices, secure your personal and financial records in a locked storage device or behind a password. Of those consumers who knew how the crimes were committed, , nine percent of all identity fraud crimes were committed by someone previously known to the victim in 2011. Avoid mailing checks to pay bills or to deposit funds in your banking account. Use online bill payment on a secure Internet access (not a public Wi-Fi hotspot) instead and direct deposit payroll checks.
  • Be social, be responsible—While social networks are popular, be careful about publicly exposing personal information that is typically used for authentication (full birthdate, high school name). This applies to all social networks.
  • Use mobile devices responsibly—Mobile devices are a treasure trove of information for fraudsters. The “always on” functionality of mobile devices provides fraudsters with new avenues for securing information. Be sure of the applications you download, the data you share over public Wi-Fi and where you leave your devices.
  • Ask questions— Before providing any information on mobile phones, social media sites and transactions sites, question who is asking for the information? Why do they need it? How is the information being used? If volunteering information, ask yourself if you have more to gain or more to lose by sharing personal and unnecessary details.
Detection
  • Take control—In 2011, 43 percent of fraud was first detected by the victims. By monitoring accounts online at bank and credit card websites, and setting up alerts that can be sent via e-mail and to a mobile device, consumers can more quickly detect if they are a victim of identity fraud and stop it early.
  • Learn about methods to protect your identity—There is a wide array of services available to consumers who want extra protection and peace of mind. These include credit monitoring, fraud alerts, credit freezes and database scanning. Some services can be obtained for a fee and others at no cost. These services can detect potentially fraudulent information from credit reports, public records, and online activity that are difficult to track on your own.
Resolution
  • Report problems immediately—Work with your bank, credit union or protection services provider to take advantage of resolution services, loss protections and methods to secure your accounts. A fast response can enhance the likelihood that losses are reduced, and law enforcement can pursue fraudsters so they experience consequences for their actions.
  • Take any data breach notification seriously—If you receive a data breach notification, take it very seriously as you are at much higher risk according to the 2012 Identity Fraud Report: Social Media and Mobile Forming the New Fraud Frontier.. If you receive an offer from your financial institution or retailer for a free monitoring service after a breach, you should take advantage of the offer or closely monitor your accounts directly.
For Additional Educational Tips, Consumers Should Visit (Note: Please update):
To take an identity fraud safety quiz and download a free consumer version of Javelin’s identity fraud report, and get additional safety tips, visit www.idsafety.net.

Law enforcement professionals who are sworn officers and are interested in obtaining a copy of the complete report, please contact: nozawa@javelinstrategy.com.

About Javelin Strategy & Research

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Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree March Special

RONNIE MILSAP, STONEWALL JACKSON, BOBBY LEWIS AND JIM ED BROWN SET TO HOST ERNEST TUBB MIDNITE JAMBOREE IN MARCH: There will a special live two-hour presentation of the Heart of Texas Country Music Association Anniversary Celebration
Nashville, TN (February 26, 2011) – Traditional country music fans have the opportunity to enjoy a very talented line-up this March at theErnest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, which broadcasts LIVE from the landmark Texas Troubadour Theatre (2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) every Saturday night beginning at midnight.
March’s hosts will include Ronnie Milsap, Stonewall Jackson, Bobby Lewis and Jim Ed Brown. AM-650 WSM listeners will also have the opportunity to enjoy a two-hour special broadcast of the Heart of Texas Country Music Association Anniversary Celebration. Admission to these shows is FREE and many artists typically stick around after the show to sign autographs in the lobby. For visitors and natives of Nashville alike, an evening at the Midnite Jamboree provides up-close and intimate performances bylegendary artists, as well a glimpse into the history of country music with onsite exhibits and exclusive memorabilia, including Ernest Tubb’s 1964 tour bus. For more information on theErnest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, visit etrecordshop.com.
“I am honored by the artists, friends, and special performances taking part in the Saturday night broadcasts this month,” says Ernest Tubb Record Shop owner David McCormick.

Barbara Rainey Quotes Elizabeth Taylor On Friends

Wildhorse Entertainment presents our weekly

“Independent Superstar Quote Spot”

Brought to you by Barbara Rainey.

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“You find out who your real friends are

when you’re involved in a scandal !”

Elizabeth Taylor

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Dame Elizabeth RosemondLizTaylor,

DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American[2] actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. As one of the world’s most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty and distinctive violet eyes.

National Velvet (1944) was Taylor’s first success, and she starred in Father of the Bride (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), Giant (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for BUtterfield 8 (1960), played the title role in Cleopatra (1963), and married her co-star Richard Burton. They appeared together in 11 films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), for which Taylor won a second Academy Award. From the mid-1970s, she appeared less frequently in film, and made occasional appearances in television and theatre.

Her much publicized personal life included eight marriages and several life-threatening illnesses. From the mid-1980s, Taylor championed HIV and AIDS programs; she co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985, and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1993. She received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Legion of Honour, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, who named her seventh on their list of the “Greatest American Screen Legends”. Taylor died of congestive heart failure in March 2011 at the age of 79, having suffered many years of ill health.

If you would like to comment on this Quote supplied to us by Barbara Rainey then you are most welcome to do so.

Mustang Sally Band Ready For The Big Time

(Nashville, TN) Mustang Sally, all female music group, has signed an exclusive PR agreement with BKD Public Relations Firm for all media promotions. We are extremely excited to have this super group added to our roster. Mustang Sally has been together for over 6 years and they are now considered the most electrifying female group to ever grace an entertainment stage. They are the best kept secret in Country Music, and now we are asking each of you at country radio to join in welcoming the girls to your listeners. We need your support for the gals, because they deserve the opportunity to prove that there is a female group that is capable of being a major force in country music, if given the chance to prove how strong this group of lady musicians really are, so we are asking you DJ’s (Air Personalities) to give them the chance that Nashville has not. This is a new era of country music and the industry continues to overlook super awesome talent such as Mustang Sally. They have been opening shows for some of country music’s major artists, and the comments from booking agents and venues, are always the same, “we need them back as soon as possible.” High energy is a word that is used extensively in promoting a group that can perform a great live show, but in the case of Mustang Sally, high energy is just a “word.” You must see them on stage in action to realize how super great this group of females are as musicians, songwriters, entertainers, plus the exciting new sound that separates them from every female group that has ever been assembled in Nashville, TN. Their music ranges from pure traditional country, new country, all music genre’s, and then they will make you believers with the original songs they have written. For over 30 years I have watched All female groups come and go in Nashville, but The Mustang Sally Band, they are here to stay. The Ladies are HOT HOT HOT!!!!!! Take time to check out their website, (especially their itinerary) and then call me for interviews regarding The Mustang Sally Band. http://mustangsallyband.com

 

Article supplied by Marty Martel

Wildhorse Entertainment is waiting to hear if Mustang Sally will grant us permission to offer their new song as a free promotional download for their fans and Dj’s worldwide

Country Radio Out Of Touch With The Country

The latest research surveying who listens to country radio stations — and how often — pinpoints some tough challenges ahead for an industry that has long counted on tradition and music lovers’ loyalty to the genre to earn a living.

One in five country music fans never tune in to country radio stations, according to a research study released Wednesday afternoon at Country Radio Seminar, a four-day national gathering of music makers, players and radio industry executives in downtown Nashville.

Instead, self-described country music fans get their music from websites, their own collections stored on iPods or listening to other types of radio stations, the annual report on industry trends found.

There are about 1,700 country radio stations in the United States. Each year DJs, station managers and corporate radio executives convene in Nashville, along with country music artists and Music Row representatives. The annual gathering includes a state of country radio report released on the first full day of the convention.

Country radio already does a good job keeping its hard-core fans but has to do better reaching those casual country music fans who are more likely to be women, relatively new fans of country music and have a favorite radio station that doesn’t consistently play country, according to the study conducted by Edison Research.

“We run the risk that we just are more and more pleasing to fewer and fewer people until all we are is ecstatically pleasing a tiny, unsustainable number of people,” said Larry Rosin, Edison Research’s president.

The study also identified a “twang” divide between hard-core country fans and others who like country but aren’t dedicated country radio listeners.

For example, nearly twice as many devoted country fans as casual country fans (77 percent versus 46 percent) liked Rodney Atkins, Josh Turner and Billy Currington – artists with a noticeable country twang to their singing. But artists such as Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood don’t divide fans, earning equally high marks from both devoted and casual listeners.

Special Comment by Marty Martel for WHISNews21

Another great article by Anita Wadhwani [awadhwani@tennessean.com] of The Tennessean. The fact of the matter is that Country Radio is controlled by corporate company’s and no matter what we say or do to change their way of thinking, they control radio of today, and there is no place for artists who are not in their 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s, in fact they could care less about the past. All they care about is what they want to hear, selling of advertisement, and you and I are not going to do anything about this problem, unless we continue to shove it down their throats that some of the music they are playing is junk. They admit they are not addressing a large contingent of a demographics that is still alive and well and want to hear traditional country classic music, AND THEY WILL LISTEN TO A RADIO STATION THAT WILL PLAY THAT MUSIC.

Rhon’s Inspiration Station Request Wake Up Call

Welcome aboard RHON’S INSPIRATION STATION . .
 
Start your day on a high note
I hope you will take a few minutes each week and visit with me
 
Dear Readers….. found the information below very inspiring, and uplifting hope you do too!!!!!!!
 

A TRUE WAKE UP CALL BELOW:

(in a tizzy) : God, can I ask You something?
GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise You won’t get mad?
GOD: I promise.

Me (frustrated): Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
… … GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well I woke up late,
GOD: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start,
GOD: Okay….

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait
GOD: Hmmmm..

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call
GOD: All right

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work. Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?
GOD: Well let me see….. the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh…
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road

Me (ashamed): …………
GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work

Me (embarrassed): Oh…..
GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered

Me (softly): I see God
GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry God.
GOD: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me………in all things, the good and the bad

Me: I WILL trust You God
GOD: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell You God, thank You for everything today.
GOD: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your FATHER and I love looking after my children.

STAY INSPIRED:

Your list of good qualities keeps getting longer!

True happiness is still free! Be good to yourself , too!

YOU ARE SOMEONE’S INSPIRATION !

Follow your heart, it is smarter than you think!

Even the smallest act of kindness have the power to change lives!

Think, Plan, Dream, Do!

……….. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him..

Psalm 37:7

 
Please come back , each week you will find inspirational messages here….. God is faithful! Rhon
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Publisher Claims Roger Millers Works Widow Loses

Court rules against Roger Miller’s widow Publisher Gets Singer’s Works

The widow of country music legend Roger Miller doesn’t own the rights to some of his biggest hits, including “King of the Road,” a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns the renewal copyrights to the songs the artist published in 1964. Federal courts have already ruled that Sony owns the rights to Miller’s songs published from 1958 to 1963.

In addition to “King of the Road,” the songs include for “Dang Me,” “Chug-A-Lug” and “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.” The decision struck down a lower court’s ruling in widow Mary Miller’s favor.

It’s not clear whether she will appeal.

A spokesman for Sony said the company was pleased with the court’s decision, which enables Sony to continue to represent the catalog of the iconic songwriter.

Roger Miller died in 1992 after a battle with cancer. The singer left a will that stated that his widow was entitled to the rights to his work. But before he died he had assigned copyrights to his music to Sony.

The widow, who has been in a protracted legal battle with the publishing giant, had argued that she was entitled to the rights to the songs because her husband died before the copyrights assigned to Sony were renewed.

But the appeals court said Roger Miller had assigned rights to the company at the time applications were made to renew the copyrights.

Special Comment by Marty Martel for WHISNews21

The above article is something I have been preaching about for years regarding how publishing and record companies put the screws to artists and writers. It takes a hard-hitting entertainment attorney to make the record and publishing companies open up their books with an audit, and that is something neither one of these parasites want to do. They hate the risk that the attorney will find their loopholes on how not to pay what is due to the artists and writers.

Jon Philibert And Ed Bentley Hit Home With A Song

Debbie Dean of Debbie Dean Promotions writes: Co Writers hit home with a song about some of todays world problems. Jon Philibert from the UK, and Ed Bentley from the USA have written a song titled “Is It Just Me” sung by Mike Lusk.

In late part of 2004 Ed Bentley was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame after having been away from the music scene for a few years. Ed’s induction was the needed spark that he needed so he grabbed his guitar and jumped right back into music with both feet. He then started making frequent trips to Nashville, renewing old acquaintances that he had not seen for many years and co writing with some great songwriters. Ed has now also set up his own home studio. Ed Bentley originally hails from Buffalo NY and is currently writing Instrumentals for various Film and TV projects.

Jon Philibert is a UK-based British songwriter working in both London and Nashville. He has songs recorded by both British and American country acts, perhaps most notably “I’ve Been Rained On Too” a top ten country chart entry for Tom Jones. The song has been recorded many times including versions by UK country star Charlie Landsborough. Jon has also had cuts on Billboard charting artists such as Carmol Taylor, Bobby Bare, Judy Lindsey and Jimmy Payne. In 2011 Jon decided, after many years, to retire from country journalism to concentrate full time on his songwriting and publishing activities. He continues to chalk up cuts and is currently working on projects with both UK and American songwriters.

 To view a the video of “Is It Just Me” it can be found at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvdXLCT194g&feature=youtu.be

We are not sure at this time if this song will be made available for free promotional download on Wildhorse Entertainment but we will be looking forward to receiving confirmation on that soon. 

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