Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 15, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President? - Senator Robert J. Dole of Kansas officially declares his candidacy for the top spot on the GOP ticket.
President Carter, saying he hoped the worst of the gasoline shortage is nearly over, announces a series of measures specifically aimed at relieving problems in places in rapid growth areas such as California. The state has been making headlines lately with long gasoline lines and rising tempers.
In Moscow - President Tito of Yugoslavia gets a bear hug from Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev during a quiet arrival ceremony, initiating four days of informal talks about the two countries’ strained relations.
Up and coming comedian David Letterman recently appeared in an NBC movie “Fast Friends,” playing a stand-up comedian who takes over a talk show from an aging host. Last year he hosted a talk-show pilot for NBC which was not picked-up, but which was seen by Fred de Cordova who offered the nightclub comedian six guest spots. Could Letterman become the next Johnny Carson? What does Letterman think of fellow night club comic Jay Leno? “Jay is the best of observational stuff. He has an amazing ability to take stuff to the stage and make it work nine times out of ten.”
A federal jury orders energy conglomerate Kerr-McGee Corp. to pay $10.505 million to the children of its late employee, Karen Silkwood for its negligence in her 1974 plutonium contamination.
Religion In The Media Update – May 15, 1979
TV preacher authority William C. Martin says that currently, there are around 2,000 electronic preachers. Names you’ll see spreading the word are Billy Graham, Robert Shuller, Bob Harrington, James Robison, Oral Roberts, Hal Lindsey, David Terrell, Herbert W. Armstrong and his father, Garner Ted Armstong; Ernest Angley, Morris Cerullo, Leroy Jenkins and Thea Jones. Others include Rev. Ike, Carl McIntire, and Billy James Hargis. Look for his book “Electric Preacher” to be published next year.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 15, 1979
Playing in Las Vegas –
Burt Bacharach/Raquel Welch – Caesars Palace
Tony Bennett and David Brenner – Desert Inn
Sergio Franchi, Dana Valery and Nipsey Russell – Frontier
Paul Anka – Hilton
Shirley MacLaine, Fred Travalena – Riviera
Don Rickles and Glenn Smith – Sahara
Shecky Green and Mills Brothers – Sands
Television news – May 15, 1979
Mork is hot – Look for a Mork bubble gum coming from Wrigley’s soon. Look for a Robin “Mork” album on Casablanca Records while you’re at it.
Tony Danza who appears in “Taxi” is also a boxer. This week in Phoenix, he defeats Johnny Heard in the third round.
At an affiliate meeting – Fred Silverman who was called-in last June to help ailing NBC, predicts the network will have bounced back to full health by Christmas next year. NBC finished last in prime time ratings this season for the fourth year in a row.
Phil Donahue joins NBC-TV’s “Today” show. He joins Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley and Gene Shalit.
NBC terminates an agreement with former President Gerald Ford to appear in a number of news specials for a report $1 million. A similar contract with wife Betty also was ended. Both sides say the termination was amicable
Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1979
CBS – Leif Garrett Special, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas
NBC – Diff’rent Stokes, Hello Larry, Rockford Files, The Duke
ABC – The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove, TV Movie
Leif Garrett Special – Leif sings and does comedy bits with guests Brooke Shields, Bob Hope, Marie Osmond and Flip Wilson.
Hello Larry – Larry’s divorce becomes final – now off to the single’s bar.
Rockford Files – Valuable paintings are stolen from the police commissioner, who’s Angel’s in-law.
ABC TV Movie – “Return of the Mod Squad” – Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, Clarence Williams III, Tige Andrews.
Radio news – May 15, 1979
Psychic Uri Geller and an independent network of radio stations are banding together for an experiment in telekinesis – to bring about a nationwide surge of energy designed to pull the space station back into orbit. A broadcast will feature a countdown with Uri Geller with the idea of getting enough people to put their heads together to get the space station back in orbit.
Drake Chenault announces two more Special Features to be released this year – The Top 100 of the ‘70’s and a multi-hour Christmas show. Scheduled to begin this summer is “The Weekly Top Thirty.”
Rick Dees joins KHJ Los Angeles for mornings… Dusty Street is doing mornings at crosstown KROQ.
M.G. Kelly departs top-40 KTNQ (Ten-Q Los Angeles at 1020 on the AM dial) and says he’s leaving radio to concentrate on television. He has a new 30-minute “The M.G. Kelly TV Show,” now in production. “I’m leaving radio because I feel my acting is all-encompassing and time consuming. It’s time to move forward to the next stage of my performing.”
Disco radio – a different animal - Speaking at an advertising seminar; Rick Sklar argues that disco played on a contemporary station doesn’t make that station a disco station. Sklar pointed to “unheard of skews of demographics” among disco stations. Not letting on that he was talking about (WKTU-FM) – a station that’s beating WABC, Sklar went on to say that the station has a 21 share among single listeners and a 17 share among divorced listeners. “Rhythm is a great companion for lonely people,” said Sklar.
He pointed out that disco stations “build their market shares by very slow repetition of material” – a few four-hour turnovers, a great many eight, 12 or 24 hours between play and that disco stations have some of the characteristics of beautiful music stations.
Steve Marshall leaves KNX-FM (Los Angeles) as program director to join “WKRP In Cincinnati” as writer and story editor.
New video show? – Matrix Communications signs DJ Charlie Tuna to voice something called “The Radio Picture Show” – six 90-minute TV music specials. The show will feature video performances by leading pop-rock-disco artists in a top-40 rotation. A series of jingles and mini-features with visual accompaniment have been produced to be interspaced throughout the musical countdown.
Music news – May 15, 1979
Pink Floyd finally goes back into the recording studio to cut a long-awaited album. Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” has been on the album charts some 250+ weeks!
Lou Reed is arrested in Germany and charged with assaulting a female fan during a concert. He was jailed overnight.
Top Disco Hit Music – May 15, 1979
Ring My Bell – Anita Ward
Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
Bad, Bad Boy – Theo Vaness
Dance to Dance/Dancer – Gino Soccio
Dance With You – Carrie Lucas
We Are Family/He’s the Great Dancer – Sister Sledge
Work That Body – Taana Gardner
My Baby’s Baby – Liquid Gold
Forbidden Love Madleen Kane
One More Minute/Fill My Life With Love/Belle de Jour – St. Tropez
I Who Have Nothing/Stars/Body Strong – Sylvester
Take Me Home – Cher
In The Navy/Manhattan Woman – Village People
Let Me Be Your Woman – Linda Clifford
Top music albums – May 15, 1979
Minute by Minute – Doobie Brothers
Breakfast In America – Supertramp
2-Hot – Peaches & Herb
Desolation Angels – Bad Company
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Van Halen II – Van Halen
Spirits having Flown – Bee Gees
Parallel Lines – Blondie
Bad Girls – Donna Summer
Cheap Trick At The Buddokan
Enlightened Rogues – Allman Brothers Band
Salsoul – Instant Funk
Disco Nights – G.Q.
Rickie Lee Jones
Go West – Village People
Livin’ Inside Your Love – George Benson
Destiny – The Jacksons
Blondes Have More Fun – Rod Stewart
Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 15, 1979
Lying In Love With You – Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius
If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me – Bellamy Brothers
Don’t Take It Away – Conway Twitty
Lay Down Beside Me – Don Williams
Sail Away – Oak Ridge Boys
When I Dream – Crystal Gayle
How To Be A Country Star – Statler Brothers
She Believes In Me – Kenny Rogers
Top pop hit music singles in Britain – May 15, 1979
Pop Muzik – M
Bright Eyes – Art Garfunkel
Some Girls – Racey
Does Your Mother Know – Abba
Hooray, Hooray It’s A Holi Holiday – Boney M
One Way Ticket – Eruption
The Logical Song – Supertramp
Knock On Wood – Ami Stewart
Reunited – Peaches & Herb
Banana Splits – Dickles
One Way Ticket - Eruptiion
Top movies – May 15, 1979
Dawn of the Dead
Love At First Bite