Brandy McDonnell
Features 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.


  • Oklahoma event ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Oklahoma event ticket ticker for April 29 includes information on shows featuring Cyndi Lauper and 98 Degrees and the "I Love the ’90s" tour.

  • New mom Krystal Keith gets back to country music career with hometown show in Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell BAM bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Six months after the birth of her first child, Oklahoma singer-songwriter Krystal Keith is easing off the lullabies and back into her country music career, starting with a hometown show Thursday at the Sooner Theatre. It will be the first she’s played her hometown since the 2012 Norman Music Festival.

  • POWER OF THE PEN: Purple Heart recipient helps fellow veterans heal through creative writing

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jason Poudrier recently wrapped a 10-week creative writing course at the Norman Veterans Center, part of a new pilot program spearheaded by the Oklahoma Arts Council in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs.

  • Juggler tosses around jokes, sharp objects at OKC's Festival of the Arts

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    The witty trickster from Kansas City, Mo., is running through his solo routines in Oklahoma City this week as the official street performer for the 50th annual festival.

  • Gypsy Cafe draws songwriters to Stillwater for good cause

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Wednesday, Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Cody Canada will join more than 65 fellow Oklahoma songwriters performing at the Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe, music festival benefiting the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund. Oklahoma musicians of varying genres and geographies will gather from 4:30 to 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to swap songs and stories inspired by the late, great “godfather of red dirt music” at three historic Stillwater venues.

  • Oklahoma concert ticket ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Oklahoma concert ticket ticker includes information on shows by Blake Shelton and the Avett Brothers.

  • OKC arts festival returns to original location for 50th anniversary

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    As is tradition, the six-day event also will serve up 200 visual artists from across Oklahoma and the country and almost 300 Sooner State entertainers staging a wide range of live performances — all in its original spot.

  • Festival of the Arts organizers are finding places for all the event’s traditions in its new home

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    After 30 years at Myriad Botanical Gardens, Festival of the Arts is returning to its original location at Bicentennial Park, between the Civic Center and City Hall.

  • Festival of the Arts celebrates 50th anniversary by moving back to its old home

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    The 50th annual Festival of the Arts is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through April 23 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 24 in Oklahoma City.

  • Amy Schumer talks writing, body image ahead of Oklahoma City show

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Comedian Amy Schumer to tackle body image, extreme dieting and more in OKC and Tulsa tour stops.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Upcoming Oklahoma events.

  • Argus Hamilton returns to Oklahoma for The Recovery Center benefit show

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    Argus Hamilton, an Oklahoma native whom his pal the late Robin Williams dubbed the “Will Rogers of the Baby Boomer,” will return to his home state Tuesday to speak at a fundraising event for TRC — The Recovery Center. Hamilton is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.

  • Oklahoma City Ballet closes its season with family-friendly fantasy 'Peter Pan'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    The boy who never grew up, his fairy sidekick Tinker Bell and the Darling children will be flying high again and outsmarting Capt. Hook when Oklahoma City Ballet performs “Peter Pan” Friday through April 17 at Civic Center Music Hall.

  • Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Oklahoma event Ticket Ticker includes information on upcoming shows by Carrie Underwood, The Lumineers, Jason Isbell and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.

  • Cirque du Soleil soars into OKC with show inspired by ‘Avatar’

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, “Toruk — The First Flight,” which began Wednesday in Oklahoma CIty, is a prequel to the 2009 sci-fi epic "Avatar."

  • A legend dies: A ‘poet for the common man,’ Haggard was the son of Okies who left the state during the Depression and headed west.

    By Nathan Poppe and Brandy McDonnell Staff Writers | Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Country legend Merle Haggard, who died Wednesday, was the son of "Okies" who left the state during the Great Depression and headed to California.

  • Lifesaving art: Oklahoma City Repertory Theater seeks to explore, prevent suicide with Pulitzer Prize-winning drama

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre on Friday will open the Oklahoma City professional premiere of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “ ’night Mother,” about a depressed woman who calmly announces to her mother that she plans to commit suicide that night, revealing her reasons as the drama unfolds. Community resources for suicide prevention will be available at the presentations.

  • Arts exhibit boosts stroke awareness

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Art and medicine, marriage and teamwork merge twice a year at the Oklahoma Artists Invitational. A nonprofit group of artists organizes two exhibitions a year with the goal of not only showcasing oil paintings, jewelry and sculpture made in the Sooner State but also supporting the stroke prevention and treatment programs at Mercy Neuroscience Institute.

  • Miranda Lambert wins female vocalist as Chris Stapleton dominates ACM Awards

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Published: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    Miranda Lambert, who has Tishomingo, Oklahoma, ties, earned her seventh straight female vocalist of the year trophy at the ACM Awards before stopping the show with a rollicking rendition of the ZZ Top hit “Tush” featuring Billy Gibbons and Keith Urban on guitars.

  • National Cowboy museum exhibit in Oklahoma City explores the effects of weather in the West

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    No matter where they roamed, the cowboys of old probably took a moment between their morning coffee and chores to talk about the weather. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is exploring the widespread effect the weather has on the lives of Westerners in the expansive exhibit “Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West,” on view this spring, when 30-degree temperature swings and severe thunderstorm watches are common occurrences.




Brandy McDonnell Today at 4:35 PM RT @RiversportOKC: Due to the weather, RIVERSPORT programming and events are cancelled for tonight. #okwx
Brandy McDonnell Today at 4:17 PM RT @NWSNorman: 415pm - URGENT! If you are driving S on I-35 out of OKC, or N out of Pauls Valley, STOP! Do not drive into this storm. Avoid…
Brandy McDonnell Today at 3:51 PM Video: Get a closer look at Earl, Blake Shelton's piggy character from 'The Angry Birds Movie' https://t.co/zooUhEhi80
Brandy McDonnell Today at 3:47 PM Video: Get a closer look at Earl, @blakeshelton's piggy character from #AngryBirds Movie https://t.co/P3DwyujJlB
Brandy McDonnell Today at 2:50 PM Garth Brooks breaks Saskatchewan ticket sales record, plans July 4 shows in Las Vegas https://t.co/y4NFAMOBCz
Brandy McDonnell Today at 1:59 PM That was a hoot, @BillCorbett, @TraceBeaulieu, @kwmurphy, @jonahray - and now I have a new hobby! #mst3kreunion #Decoupage #crafty
Brandy McDonnell Today at 1:46 PM @BillCorbett I have this image of you & Crow & sheaves of paper & scissors whiling away hours together ... Think I'll stick with that. :)
Brandy McDonnell Today at 1:42 PM @BillCorbett I'm not sure what that is ... #gottagoogleit
Brandy McDonnell Today at 1:22 PM having fun on the phone with @RiffTrax & MST3K alums @TraceBeaulieu, @BillCorbett & @kwmurphy, plus @jonahray, about the MST3K reunion show.
Brandy McDonnell Today at 1:19 PM RT @RollingStone: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air this weekend on HBO https://t.co/m5QPh0BYov https://t.co/LQY96…
Brandy McDonnell Today at 12:49 PM O. Gail Poole: Rediscovered Oklahoma Master opening May 12 at Oklahoma Hall of Fame https://t.co/Rm7bDkjizU
Brandy McDonnell Today at 12:48 PM Interview: New mom @KrystalKeith gets back to country music career with hometown show #okiemusic https://t.co/KKWUdJO5aq
Brandy McDonnell Today at 12:43 PM RT @NewsOK: UPDATE: @NWSNorman timeline for possible severe storms Friday https://t.co/oCe31bzWqM #okwx https://t.co/EFeknNKXz6
Brandy McDonnell Today at 12:41 PM What to do in Oklahoma on April 29, 2016: Hear Brett Eldredge and Thompson Square at Shawnee's Firelake Arena https://t.co/1974rEpuYl
Brandy McDonnell Today at 9:56 AM Also Bostick performs at #literacyday at Mid-Del's Townsend Elementary. https://t.co/rcNaiVXCY3
Brandy McDonnell Today at 9:45 AM RT @circlecinema: Interactive LABYRINTH Quote-Along/Sing Along screenings May 6 & 7 @ 10 pm! A limited number of prop bags and Bog... https
Brandy McDonnell Today at 9:35 AM Kizzie of @adamandkizzie dancing during #literacyday at Mid-Del's Townsend Elementary. https://t.co/4Str7uorct
Brandy McDonnell Today at 9:23 AM Watching @adamandkizzie put on a show at Mid-Del's Townsend Elementary for #literacyday. #remix https://t.co/wIJJk9cAg4
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Apr. 28 2016 07:23:10 PM CST Video: Vince Gill performs 'Down to My Last Bad Habit' on 'Today' show https://t.co/liZUtM1xW9
Brandy McDonnell Thu, Apr. 28 2016 06:20:13 PM CST Video: Trailer released for Oklahoma Hip Hop Festival Vol. 2 https://t.co/FVANOVjmZ4

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