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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 15, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Barry Rosen, one of the Iranian U.S. hostages says some of the hostages have been blindfolded and moved at night to a series of different residences.

President Carter orders the government to purchase grain that farmers cannot sell because of a market system clogged by the refusal of dock workers to load ships destined for the Soviet Union. Later, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declares her government’s support for moving the Olympic games from Moscow for the same reasons. 

The Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan orders all American correspondents expelled for “biased reporting” and “interference” in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

Gold prices zoom past $800 an ounce for the first time ever.

President Carter calls for moving, canceling or postponing or boycotting this summer’s Moscow Olympics unless the Soviet Union withdraws its troops from Afghanistan within a month.


Sports news – January 15, 1980

Playboy Magazine has selected Pittsburgh QB Terry Bradshaw as the lead interview for its March issue.

In SuperBowl XIV – The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in a game played at the Rose Bowl. Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns in the last 12 minutes after the rams had led for three quarters – 19-17. Pittsburgh’s go-ahead touchdown came on a 73-yeard pass from Terry Bradshaw to John Stallworth.  

Chris Evert Lloyd says she plans to retire from tennis competition after five more tournaments because she doesn’t enjoy winning any more. “I just don’t have the same love for the game that I once did.”

Sports – TV - Super Bowl on CBS-TV – Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier cover the action. John Madden is on hand as an analyst. 


Music news – January 15, 1980

Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley’s physician is found guilty of over prescribing addictive drugs to the late singer.

Michael Jackson is juggling two careers – the one with his group along with his own album and film projects. He says he wants to get into more film projects. “It took seven months to film ‘The Wiz’ and my bothers wanted to travel and start work on the ‘destiny’ album, but I couldn’t. And now I want to do more films and things.”

Beatle Paul McCartney is arrested for allegedly Tokyo to smuggle a half-pound of marijuana through customs as he arrived at Tokyo International Airport for a Japanese concert tour. The two-week tour by his group “Wings” was canceled as a result.

Paul McCartney, being held for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into Japan, is interrogated by police for six hours while crowds of rock fans outside wept and shouted “Paul! Paul.” A relaxed McCartney insisted that he brought the drug into Japan for his own use and that it is less harmful than alcohol.

 A Japanese court rules that Paul McCartney (37) will remain in custody for up to 10 days more while he is questioned about accusations that he tried to bring marijuana into the country.

Now at bookstores – “All You Need Is Ears” – George Martin.

The American Music Awards on ABC-TV. Hosted by Elton John, Natalie Coleand Toni Tennille. Top stars of pop, rock, country, soul and disco.

More Music Television – “The Donna Summer Special. With special guest Robert Guillaume. On ABC-TV. 


Top Disco Hit Music – January 15, 1980

Can’t Stop Dancing – Sylvester

I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince

Vertigo – Dan Hartman

The Second Time Around – Shalamar       


Radio news – January 15, 1980

Mediatrend Ratings Los Angeles

KABC-AM (Talk) – 8.5

KFWB-AM (All News) – 6.5

KNX-AM (All News) – 5.7

KLAC-AM (Country) – 5.2

KFI-AM (Top-40) – 5.0


Rick Dees scores a 2.6 mornings over KHJ-AM.

Jeff Gonzer scores a 4.7 mornings over KMET-FM.

Robert W. Morgan gets a 4.3 at KMPC-AM (see ad). 


Radio Ratings In New York – Arbitron – January 1980

WBLS (Urban-Disco) – 7.1

WKTU (Urban-Disco) – 6.8

WABC – (Top-40) – 4.6 (down from a 5.8 in July and a 7.1 a year ago).

WNBC – (Top-40) – 3.2

WPLJ-FM (AOR) – 3.2

WCBS-FM (Oldies – 3.1

WHN (Country) – 2.7

WYNY - 2.1

WNEW-AM – 2.0

WNEW-FM – 2.7

WXLO – 1.7


Steve Dahl is planning to broadcast his WLUP-FM show nationwide.


Television news – January 15, 1980

On NBC-TV – Tom Snyder’s Celebrity Spotlight Special. Tom interviews, Clint Eastwood, Bo Derek, Gary Coleman and Barry Manila. NBC Proud As A Peacock.

 “The Mike Douglas Show” is being dropped by Group W television after 18 years.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 15, 1980

CBS – Young Maverick, Movie, Marty Hartman, Mary Hartman

NBC – Real People, Diff’rent Strokes, Hello Larry, Best of Saturday Night Live, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, Vegas,

PBS – Great Performances


Diff’rent Strokes – Dad gets a computer date, thanks to the boys

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