Dear Friends of "FOX & Friends,"
How do you say, "Thank you?"
Bulgarians say, "Blagodarya." Australians offer up, "Ta." Thank you translates "Kiitti" to Finnish folk. And, from my native Sweden, my grandma would say "Tack" followed by, "...and Stephen James... stop poking the cat."
So how does FOX News say "Thanks?"
With a road trip!
A little more than 10 years ago, October 7, 1996, FOX News Channel premiered. In the beginning we were available in 17 million homes. Today we are the No. 1 channel for cable news in over 80 million U.S. homes. And as a way to express our appreciation for your support and making us your premiere channel for information, we are launching this week, the "Thank you America Tour," taking a number of our programs out of the studios and onto the streets of America. First stop, Boston.
Tuesday our "FOX & Friends" show will originate from Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, with two hours of news and fun the likes Beantown hasn't seen since those crazy colonists dumped the 342 cases of tea into Boston Harbor (that's how people made political statements pre-FOX News.)
Bill O'Reilly's program will also originate Tuesday from Boston, with the king of cable in front of a live town hall audience. It's already standing room only and a sell out, so the best seat in the house if you don't have tickets, is at your house, parked on FNC.
Then the "Thank You America Tour" packs up our satellite trucks and cameras and zips across the country to a total of 10 cities including; Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas and Detroit.
Taking an entire program and production crew on the road is a technological marvel, the robotics alone to operate Brian Kilmeade take up three extra capacity U-Hauls.
I don't want to give up all of our surprises for our Tuesday show, but I bet it's safe to say you'll probably see Paul Revere riding up on a horse shouting, "FOX News is coming! FOX News is coming!" That is of course unless the Paul Revere re-enactor is busy at a mall opening.
Also, Mitt Romney, the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will give us a special tour, and one of America's most talented radio and newspaper columnists, Howie Carr, will join us live. So please tune in for our live show, starting at 7 a.m. ET, on Tuesday.
It is today that I'm breaking a big secret as well and it too has to do with saying, "Thank you." Thanks to the support you've given all of us on the "FOX & Friends" program, and such a terrific reception for Brian and E.D.'s books, I am proud to announce that on the day our show originates from Tampa, Florida, October 17, that's the day my book will be published!
The book is not about politics, it's not about weather. It's not about what's messed up with the world. It's about... marriage. And it's funny! It's titled, "The Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook" a wide-ranging, laugh-out-loud perspective on love, marriage and family. Ever since Eve asked Adam, "Do I look fat in this fig leaf" it has been apparent that husbands don't know how to handle their wives. Men believe they understand women and vice versa, but really men know as much about woman as a cocker spaniel knows about assembling a Weber grill.
You'll be hearing more about it in the coming month, but a number of viewers have already pre-ordered it, so if you'd like to be the first on your block with your own copy, please visit www.happyhandbook.com where you can buy the book at a great price, autographed or an audio version, where my wife and I read the book to you people who are too busy or too lazy to read it yourself. Now that's convenient!
Our "Thank You America Tour," just like the book, are both made possible by your support and kindness over the last 10 years, and for that, may I quote my friend Wayne Newton, "Danke schoen!"
See you in Boston!
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