Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1 million page views a year for the past two years. Raised on a crop and cattle farm near Lindsay, McDonnell started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school’s 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News and worked for the local weekly through high school. An Oklahoma State University graduate, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary at The Oklahoman in May 2012.

Top Stories


  • Entertainer Charlie Daniels and wife will celebrate 50th anniversary at Oklahoma State Fair show

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Although Grammy-winning musician Charlie Daniels will be working on his golden wedding anniversary, he is happy that the destination for the big day is Oklahoma. The couple married in Hazel Daniels’ hometown of Tulsa on Sept. 20, 1964. He will perform Saturday at the Oklahoma State Fair.

  • Fairy Ball brings enchantment and poetry to The Paseo in Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, Entertainment writer | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan, a nonprofit dance company based in the Paseo Arts District, is organizing its 14th Annual Fairy Ball, to take place Saturday at the “Fairy Green,” an open field at Dewey and NW 28 in Oklahoma City.

  • Jerrod Niemann makes a stand with new album 'High Noon'

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    Country singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann, who grew up just a few miles across the Oklahoma border in Kansas, is performing at the Oklahoma State Fair for the second straight year.

  • Neon Trees indefinitely postponing October Oklahoma City show after bassist's heart surgery

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Neon Trees is postponing indefinitely its Oklahoma City “First Things First Tour” stop set for Oct. 22 show at the Diamond Ballroom after the band’s bassist, Branden Campbell, had to undergo open-heart surgery. Here is the statement the band issued through its publicist: “Neon Trees regretfully must postpone some dates of their upcoming fall tour […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani do Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Ada native Blake Shelton brought some fancy footwork and great facial expressions to one of “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’s” epic Lip Sync Battles. To promote the new season of “The Voice,” which begins Monday, Shelton and new coach Gwen Stefani appeared on Fallon’s show Wednesday night to face off with the host in […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 18, 2014: Listen to Grace Askew at Grandad's Bar

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Former “The Voice” standout Grace Askew will perform at 9 tonight at Grandad’s Bar, 317 NW 23. The Memphis musician is touring in support of her new “Bluntry” (blues + country) album “Scaredy Cat.” Tickets are $5. For more information, go to www.grandadsbar.com. Remember, the new season of “The Voice” starts Monday […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Miranda Lambert gets emotional singing "Over You" to pediatric cancer patient

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Country music superstar and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert became overwhelmed with emotion and needed the crowd’s help to finish her touching hit “Over You” over the weekend at a Corpus Christie, Texas, show. During the show Saturday at the American Bank Center, Lambert began serenading a front-row concert-goer by the name of Brooke Hester, a […]

  • Garth Brooks taking comeback tour to Kentucky

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oklahoma country music megastar Garth Brooks is continuing to add dates to his comeback tour: The longtime Owasso resident announced today that he is set to return to Kentucky after 16 years. “The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” will be playing Lexington, Ky., starting Halloween night. The concerts will be at 6:30 p.m. […]

  • Video: NPR, SiriusXM Outlaw Country to provide live coverage of TONIGHT's Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards; Parker Millsap is nominated & performing

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    NPR Music and Folk Alley return to Nashville, Tenn., to webcast the 13th annual Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards show tonight. Starting at 7 tonight, fans can watch the entire event, including performances by some of the genre’s biggest names, in a live video stream at NPR.org/music, WKSU’s FolkAlley.com and on participating public radio […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2014: See "Art of the Brick: Permission to Play" before it closes Sept. 28 at Science Museum Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See the LEGO art exhibition “Art of the Brick: Permission to Play” before it closes Sept. 28 at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. The exhibit marks the Oklahoma debut of the work of New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya, who is credited with bringing LEGO bricks into the fine art world. Along […]

  • Ariana Grande bringing 2015 tour to Oklahoma City April 3; tickets on sale Saturday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Pop music’s biggest breakout star of the year, Ariana Grande will bring her first North American headlining tour to Oklahoma City for an April 3 show at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno. Produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation, “The Honeymoon Tour” will support of her Billboard No. 1 album, “My Everything.” Tickets for […]

  • Video: Blake Shelton "Neon Light" official video

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Country superstar and Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton has released the official music video for his new Top 15 single “Neon Light,” from his forthcoming album”Bringing Back the Sunshine” by sharing it with fans himself via Twitter. The music video for “Neon Light,” Shelton’s fastest growing single and highest chart debut of his career, showcases scenes from shows along the […]

  • Video: BRONCHO releases sophomore album "Just Enough Hip to Be Woman" today

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Oklahoma punk band BRONCHO is releasing its sophomore album “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” today via Dine Alone Records. BRONCHO will play a hometown release show with Low Litas at 10 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Opolis, 113 N Crawford, Norman. For more information, go to opolis.org. “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” is a […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 16, 2014: Hear Wink Burcham at Tulsa's Mercury Lounge

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Today’s featured event: TULSA – Hear New Tulsa Sound singer-songwriter Wink Burcham play his weekly date at 10 tonight at the Mercury Lounge, 1747 S Boston Ave. For more information on Wink’s music, go to www.facebook.com/WinkBurcham. For more information on the show, go to http://www.mercurylounge918.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. -BAM

  • Video: "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" trailer debuts, tickets on sale Oct. 29

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The first full trailer for the upcoming blockbuster “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ has now debuted, and we finally get to see the Mockingjay, aka Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), go to war. We also get to see Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Plutarch Heavensbee (the late […]

  • Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban to perform on Nov 5 CMA Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    The Country Music Association is bringing together Tishomingo power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, along with some of the other biggest names in country music, as performers for the 48th Annual CMA Awards — and each one a nominee for CMA Entertainer of the Year. Nine-time nominee Lambert, three-time nominee Shelton, three-time nominee Luke Bryan […]

  • UPDATED: Oklahoma-Texas duo Maddie and Tae to appear TONIGHT on "Late Show with David Letterman," playing Grand Ole Opry Sept. 23

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    UPDATED AT 1:45 p.m. MONDAY: Maddie and Tae gave a sassy performance Friday night and let Letterman reveal some big news about their debut EP. To view the performance and read all about it, click here. Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie and Tae will make their late-night television debut when they perform tonight on “The Late […]

  • Video: Maddie and Tae perform on "Late Show with David Letterman," release EP Nov. 4

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    As previously reported, Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie and Tae made their sassy late-night television debut Friday when they performed their smash debut single “Girl in a Country Song” on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The duo – Tae Dye, 18, of Ada, and Maddie Marlow, 19, of Sugarland, Texas – let the venerable host […]

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 332

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Peeta: See Katniss, the way the whole “friend” thing works is that you have to tell each other the deep stuff. Katniss: The deep stuff? Peeta: Yeah. Katniss: Like what? Peeta: Like… what’s your favorite color? Katniss: […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 15, 2014: Hear For King & Country at the Oklahoma State Fair

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Hear Australian-American Christian pop sibling duo For King & Country at 7:30 tonight at the Chickasaw Entertainment Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fair. The show is free with outside gate admission to the fair, which continues through Sunday. For King & Country will release Tuesday its highly-anticipated, sophomore album “Run Wild. Live Free. […]




Brandy McDonnell Today at 12:41 AM Entertainer Charlie Daniels and wife will celebrate 50th anniversary at Oklahoma State Fair show LINK
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 06:58:39 PM CST RT @HitFixGregory: The entire 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' cast is reuniting at NY Super Week. Details: LINK
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 12:17:39 PM CST RT @VideoKyle: Can't wait to share this @okstatefair video tomorrow! It'll be on @NewsOK in the morning! @mynameisJabee LINK
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 11:18:38 AM CST RT @okstatefair: Don't forget to take your kids to the OK Kids' Corral Activities for plenty of fun & games at noon #okstatefair
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 11:18:24 AM CST RT @blakeshelton: Sooo.. I'm guessing the word is out about my duet with @ashleymonroe... Happy happy joy joy!!! LINK
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 10:38:36 AM CST RT @AP_NFL: A look at key developments in #NFL controversies LINK LINK
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 10:25:49 AM CST RT @oklahomarock: Great story on Don White and how the #JJCale tribute album came together: LINK via @OklahomaMag
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 10:11:05 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 18, 2014: Listen to Grace Askew at Grandad's Bar LINK
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 10:10:44 AM CST Neon Trees indefinitely postponing October Oklahoma City show after bassist's heart surgery LINK
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Sep. 18 2014 09:27:12 AM CST Thursday Video Spotlight: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani do Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon LINK
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Sep. 17 2014 11:22:40 AM CST Wednesday Video Spotlight: Miranda Lambert gets emotional singing "Over You" to pediatric cancer patient LINK
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Sep. 17 2014 11:04:33 AM CST Wednesday Video Spotlight: @mirandalambert gets emotional singing "Over You" to pediatric cancer patient LINK
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Sep. 17 2014 11:03:09 AM CST Support Okie @parkermillsap during tonight's @americanafest Americana Awards & Honors LINK
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Sep. 17 2014 11:01:54 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 17, 2014: See "Art of the Brick" before it closes Sept. 28 at @sciencemuseumok LINK
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Sep. 17 2014 10:44:27 AM CST Garth Brooks taking comeback tour to Kentucky LINK
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Sep. 17 2014 10:32:31 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Questions for @JenniCarlson_OK? She's chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.: LINK #sooners …
Brandy McDonnell Wed, Sep. 17 2014 10:06:25 AM CST Video: NPR, SiriusXM Outlaw Country to provide live coverage of TONIGHT's Americana Music Association’s Honors... LINK
Brandy McDonnell Tue, Sep. 16 2014 11:51:16 AM CST Ariana Grande bringing 2015 tour to Oklahoma City April 3; tickets on sale Saturday LINK
Brandy McDonnell Tue, Sep. 16 2014 10:49:55 AM CST Amen! // RT @NathanPoppe A @BRONCHOBAND album AND a surprise new @TALLOWSOK track in the same day? Pinch me. LINK
Brandy McDonnell Tue, Sep. 16 2014 10:39:47 AM CST What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 16, 2014: Hear Wink Burcham at Tulsa's Mercury Lounge LINK