Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
In a state of the union address, President Carter calls on labor and industry to “join in a voluntary program to moderate inflation” by holding wage and price increases down to below last year’s levels.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat breaks off peace talks with Israel, accusing them of deliberately blocking progress toward peace. The state department says it doesn’t know when the talks will continue.
President Carter’s approval rating slips to 41% in an AP-NBC poll. It is the lowest for the President since he entered office about a year ago.
In St Paul, MN, Senator Hubert Humphrey is buried with tens of thousands bidding him a farewell. President Carter and VP Mondale eulogized him as a champion of those without a champion.
A Rembrandt etching, 337 years old, is stolen from the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. “Landscape With Cottage and Haybarn” was signed and dated by the artist in 1641.
Sports news – February 15, 1978
George Allen is fired as coach of the Washington Redskins, a position he held for 7 years ... former Atlanta Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Prices At The Store/Supermarket – February 15, 1978
At the store - Craftmaster paint by number sets - now available - your favorite TV characters: Bionic Woman, Kotter, Bionic Man and Epstein of “Welcome Back Kotter” - only $1.00
At the mart - Lysol Spray - 18oz - $1.77 ... Bottle of Nyquil - $1.99 ... Beef Back Ribs - .79lb ... GE Light Bulbs (4 pac)/ 60,75 or 100 watt - $1.77
Fascinating Business news – February 15, 1978
The Chevy Chevette is now the best selling small car in America. Buy one and you get 18 standard features - AM radio, a 1.6 liter engine, reclining bucket seats, whitewall tires, bumper rub strips, body side moldings and more.
Radio news – February 15, 1978
Rick Dees who does mornings at WHBQ (AM) Memphis tried out for a new TV series being produced by Mary Tyler Moore’s company. The character Dees wants is “J.B. Henderson” a country music writer from Memphis. Good luck Rick!
93/KHJ Program director John Sebastian has changed the sound of the station. Its presentation is much less hyped and all the bubblegum music has been eliminated.
Bobby Rich is now program director of WXLO-FM, New York. He was at B-100 in San Diego.
Mel Karmazon is now the new manager at WNEW AM/FM in New York. The new advertising slogan for WNEW AM – “How Can You Live In New York Without WNEW?” The station will remain Middle of the Road. Morning man is now Jay Lawrence followed by William B. Williams, Bob Fitzsimmons, Ted Brown and Jonathan Schwartz.
Ron Jacobs, former PD at KHJ, KGB is now with KKUA (690) in Honolulu and has brought the station’s ratings way up. He’s also doing mornings and his ratings are very close to J. “Akuhead” Pupule of K-59 (KGMB). Aku, who plays music of the 1930’s and 1940’s says “Look, Jacobs has been here a year. What the hell does that mean? I’ve been on the air for 31 years with the same show, number one. Besides, I make 10 times more money than anybody here and the criterion of success is money.” KKUA is basically a top-40 station.
WPLJ-FM says it is the #1 FM station in the country with 1.717,500 listeners a week. Program Director Larry Berger says the station plays the best cuts from the hottest albums – and puts them in rotation. Berger says that WPLJ became the first formatted album rock station and that was back in 1971.
Television news – February 15, 1978
NBC-TV will add “The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show” to its mid-season replacement roster beginning February 28. The series will feature a combination of top entertainers plus some of the acts that previously appeared on the Gong Show.
Ray Charles will guest on ABC-TV’s “The Second Barry Manilow Special” along with Manilow’s mother, who will make a comedy appearance trying to convince a cab driver that her son is famous. Catch it February 24.
Former Carter budget-director Burt Lance becomes a news commentator on Atlanta TV station WXIA.
Henry Winkler says he will play “The Fonz” on Happy Days for at least one more year. Winkler’s been playing the part for five years.
Programmer Fred Silverman (40) quits ABC to head NBC. He had been with ABC for just 20 months and is leaving it at #1.
Gail Fisher, who played secretary Peggy Fair on Mannix is arrested for possessing cocaine and marijuana and released on a $1,500 bond. Fisher is a former beauty queen and off-Broadway actress.
Top TV Shows - February/last week - Super Bowl XII, Laverne & Shirley, Super Bowl Postgame, Happy Days, All In The Family, Three’s Company, One Day At A Time, Charlie’s Angels, 60 Minutes, Barney Miller, Movie-Superdome, MASH, Movie-Car Wash, The Jeffersons, Welcome Back Kotter, Love Boat, Movie-You Can’t Steal Love, Fish, Lou Grant, Eight Is Enough.
For the first time, the Super Bowl was broadcast in prime time.
Music news – February 15, 1978
The Sex Pistols wind-up their first U.S. tour with lead singer Johnny Rotten saying he’s leaving the group. Sid Vicious was taken from a plane unconscious, reportedly from drugs. Rotten said he never wanted to appear with the Sex Pistols again and doubted the combo would continue to exist. “It means I’m carrying on and the rest are quitting... Everyone was turning us into a big band group and I hated that.”
Shaun Cassidy begins his first tour. He’ll play in 12 cities including Baltimore, (Long Island), Chicago and St. Louis.
Peter, Paul & Mary are re-uniting after eight years of separation.
Top Soul Music Singles – February 15, 1978
Too Hot Ta Trot – Commodores
Always and Forever – Heatwave
Which Way is Up – Stargard
Our Love – Natalie Cole
Flash Light – Parliament
Playing Your Game Baby – Barry White
It’s You That I Need – enchantment
Baby Come Back – Player
Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody – Brick
Let’s Have Some Fun – Bar-Kays
Top pop hit music singles in Britain – February 15, 1978
Figaro – Brotherhood of Man
Take A Chance On Me – Abba
If I Had Two Words – Scott Fitgerald
Mull of Kintyre – Wings
Up Town Top Ranking – Althia and Donna
Lover’s Unkind – Donna Summer
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Sorry I’m A Lady – Baccara
Whishing On A Star – Rose Royce
Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 15, 1978
Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You – Margo Smith
I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love – Larry Gatlin
Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings
What Did I Promise Her Last Night – Mel Tillis
Woman to Woman – Barbara Mandrell
Do I Love You – Donna Fargo
I Love You, I Love You, I Love You – Ronnie Milsap
You’re the One Oakridge Boys
I Don’t Need A Thing At All – Gene Watson
Bartender Blues – George Jones
Two Doors Down – Zella Lehr
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – February 15, 1978
Baby Come Back – Player
We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You – Queen
You’re In My Heart - Rod Stewart
Short People - Randy Newman
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
(Love Is) Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Theme From Close Encounters – Meco
Emotion - Samantha Sang
Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton.
Top Music Albums – February 15, 1978
Saturday Night Fever – Soundtrack
Out Of The Blue - Electric Light Orchestra
The Stranger - Billy Joel
All ‘n All - Earth Wind And Fire
Foot Loose & Fancy Free - Rod Stewart
Running On Empty - Jackson Browne
News Of The World – Queen
Aja - Steely Dan
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Born Late - Shaun Cassidy
I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight - Neil Diamond
Slowhand - Eric Clapton
The Grand Illusion - Styx
Top movies – February 15, 1978
Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney
Oh God - George Burns, John Denver
The Gauntlet - Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillion.
High Anxiety - Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman
World’s Greatest Lover - Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise
Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” - Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney Red Buttons