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



In The News

President Carter imposes more economic sanctions against Iran and warns that he may take military action of the U.S. hostages are not freed soon.

The Carter Administration announces a $160 million shot in the arm for the sagging home construction industry through lower mortgage interest rates and reduced financing costs for builders.

Visits Iran hostage - Barbara Timm emerges from a 45-minute meeting with her son inside the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. She says her son, Marine Sgt. Kevin Hermening is in excellent health and a “better, stronger” person. 

The national consumer price index rose 13.3% last year. 

Recession - New government figures show the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.1%, according to first quarter figures. President Carter, saying the nation probably was entering a “mild and short” recession, holds out hope for a sharp 8 percentage point drop in the rate of inflation beginning this summer.

The Post Office asks approval to increase charges for mailing a first-class letter from 15 to 20 cents, effective early next year.

The Army reveals that it contaminated much of the New York subway system in Manhattan with a “harmless stimulant agent.” In a 1966 germ test. A report says the tests were performed without knowledge or cooperation of the New York Transit Authority or the Police Department.

 Pennsylvania primary hopping - At New Holland, PA – Ronald Reagan takes over as auctioneer and sells a donkey, then joked to the crowd – “Al these months that’s what I’m trying to do is get rid of the jackass.” He amplified his statement saying that a jackass is “a symbol of the other party. I didn’t mean anything personal by that, because I’ve got nothing against jackasses.”


Sports news – April 15, 1980

The San Antonio Spurs offer George Gervin $8.775 million over the next 40 years, but the offer is “not even close” to what he wants.

Press conference – Instead of announcing he’ll fight Mike Weaver as everyone expected, Muhammad Ali says he’ll fight Larry Homes instead. Holmes – a WBA champ, has been undefeated in 34 bouts.


Fascinating Facts – April 15, 1980

Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy (right in pic) appears on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with columnist Jack Anderson.. Liddy told the columnist he would willingly have killed him had the White House given him the go-ahead and would have considered it “justifiable homicide.” Liddy said he proposed, eight years ago, that Anderson be murdered for allegedly exposing the identity of a U.S intelligence agent working abroad – then waited in vain for an order from the White House to carry out the murder. Liddy told Anderson in front of the TV audience – “You were a pain in the butt” to the White House. But you also were seriously damaging American ability to conduct foreign policy.” Liddy was promoting his newly published autobiography “Will.”

The Supreme Court holds that police generally may not enter an individual’s home to arrest them without first obtaining a warrant.

Passing – French writer-philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre – the nearly blind existentialist who devoted his life to the precept that “man is responsible for what he is,” He was 74.


Fascinating Business news – April 15, 1980

Retail – Lafayette Electronics – at one time one of the country’s largest consumer electronic chains, is liquidating 60 of its remaining 68 stores. At one point the 60-year-old company maintained 125 retail outlets in 15 states. Lafayette blamed its troubles on reversals in the market for stereo equipment spurred by increased competition and a decline in sales of CB radios, whey they stocked heavily. The company has been in bankruptcy proceedings since January.


Radio news – April 15, 1980

All Sports Radio

Get ready for an all-sports radio network. Enterprise Radio will begin operations early next year! Owner Scott Rasmussen, president of Ramussen Enterprises says he is “in the process of negotiating with several major league and college teams” for the rights to live sporting events for the network. Rasmussen was one of the founders of cable-TV’s ESPN television sports network. Enterprise Radio will originate, via satellite relay, from Rasmussen’s studio complex in Avon, CT.

Radio  Ratings - After jettisoning its disco format – WGCI-FM Chicago is on a ratings rebound with a blend of r&b, contemporary jazz and r&b pop. In Philadelphia – WFIL (which is now more a/c) is at a 4.2 share. Rival WIP is at a 6.0. AM 990/WZZD which hit a high 2.9 share with disco, is down again to a 1.9 share (went religious with new owners).

New York Radio Ratings – WKTU has slipped from a first-place 8.7 to third – at 6.0. WABC is up to a 3.5 from a 3.3. WBLS-FM slid from a 7.8 to a 5.6. WOR – 6.9 share and all-news WINS – 6.2. WNBC scores with a 4.0 (beating WABC handily). 

Don Imus scores a 5.0 share in the morning at WNBC. Dan Ingram, who does mornings at WABC scores with 4.6, down from Harry Harrison’s last morning ratings at 5.1. WNBC is promoting itself as New York’s next #1 station. WNBC has a weekly cume of 2.84 million while WABC has 3.13 million.   

More WABC radio – As Al Brady Law has resigned (Apr 10). He replaced Glenn Morgan as PD in October. Morgan, is now with Mutual Radio. Looks like WTIC-AM PD Jay Clark is the new WABC program director.

During the last ratings as indicated above – WABC has a 3.5 rating with Dan Ingram mornings at a 4.6… Middays with Ron Lundy/Johnny Donovan – 4.3 (up from a 3.5). Afternoon Bob Cruz is up to a 5.6 from a 5.1 and at night, newcomer Howard Hoffman is losing numbers – down to a 3.9 from a 4.4. 

Los Angeles Radio Ratings – KHJ-AM has bounced back in the ratings under PD Chuck Martin.  In the Jan-Feb 1979 ratings – KHJ hit its lowest – a 1.8 share. It’s now up to a 3.0. Martin says the station got lost and was playing FM music on AM. He says he has taken the station back to “true” top-40. The station now has as its air talent – Rick Dees. Banana Joe, Pat Garrett, Tony Maddox, Terry Moreno and Nick Morales.

Legendary AM Top-40 station bites the dust as WQAM Miami goes country.

AM stereo – Looks like the FCC may favor the Magnavox stereo system.


Music news – April 15, 1980

Famed disco Studio 54 is sold by its owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager for a reported $5 million. Both are spending 3 1.2 years in jail for tax evasion. Buyers are restaurateur Mark Fleischmann and disco light and sound engineer Jeff London. The are vowing to “bring the club back to where it was before.”

David Geffen is returning to the music business with a new, as yet – unnamed record label.  It will be a joint venture with Warner Brothers. The label will become Warner Communications fourth record company besides Warner Bothers, Atlantic and Electra/Asylum.

Johnny Rotten is out touring with his new band – “Public Image.” Rotten was with the Sex Pistols.

“The Spinners” are back after five years of being off the charts. But their hit, “Working My Way Back To You” is a disco song, of which the likes are disappearing from top-40 radio. Spinner member Pervis Jackson believes it and the album which it comes from – “Body Language” are out of sync with the times. “We’re not going to release another single from the album. The disco thing has fallen off so much that it would be a real big gamble. Let’s face it, the album’s outdated.”

A Los Angeles federal grand jury charges that Leaveil Degree of “The Whispers” and his brother, and a U.S Postal Service truck driver conspired to steal a mail truck that contained an estimated $1.8 million in jewels and furs. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 15, 1980

Passing – actor Raymond Bailey – best known as “Mr. Drysdale” in The Beverly Hillbillies. He was 75.

American actress Jennifer Jones pays $3.7 million at a Sotheby’s action for a painting by 15th-Century Flemish artist dirk Bouts. It was the highest price ever paid for an object it (Sotheby’s) has auctioned (so far). Jones is the wife of Multimillionaire American industrialist Norton Simon.  


Television news – April 15, 1980

CBS beats ABC in the ratings – with 8 of the 10 highest rated programs in last week’s Nielsen ratings.  For the season – CBS has a 19.6, ABC with 19.5 and NBC with 17.5.


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

CBS – The Body Human: The Body Beautiful, Movie

NBC – Real People, Diff’rent Strokes, Rockford Files, Tonight

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


On Eight Is Enough – Police raid the Bradford household.

On Rockford Files – A jetsetter hires Rockford to find out why she is being stalked. Guest stars Lauren Bacall. 


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – April 15, 1980

Call Me – Blondie

Working My Back To You – Detroit Spinners

Sexy Eyes – Dr. Hook

Dance Yourself Dizzy – Liquid Gold

Going Underground/Dreams Of Children – Jam

Night Boat to Cairo – Madness

Talk of the Town – Pretenders

Silver Dream Racer – David Essex

King Food For Thought – UB40


Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 15, 1980

Are You On the Road To Lovin’ Me  Again – Debby Boone

A Lesson in Leavin’ – Dottie West

Beneath Still Waters – Emmylou Harris

It’s Like We Never said Goodbye – Crystal Gayle

Two Story House – George Jones and Tammy Wynette

The Way I Am  -Merle Haggard

Gone Too Far – Eddie Rabbitt

Morning Comes Too Early – Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius

Let’s Get It While The Getting’s Good – Eddy Arnold

Top Disco Music – April 15, 1980

American Gigolo – Giorgio & Blondie

Stomp – Brothers Johnson

Two Tons O’ Fun

Twilight Zone – Manhattan Transfer

Funktytown – Lipps Inc

Lovers’ Holiday – Change

Music Trance – Ben E. King


Top pop music albums – April 15, 1980

The Wall – Pink Floyd

Against The Wind – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Off The Wall – Michael Jackson

American Gigolo  soundtrack

Glass Houses – Billy Joel

Departure – Journey

Light Up The Night – Brothers Johnson

Mad Love – Linda Ronstadt

Phoenix – Dan Fogelbert

Get Happy – Elvis Costello

Damn The Torpedoes – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Long Run – The Eagles

Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross

Love Stinks – J. Geils Band

Pretenders – Pretenders

Fun and Games – Chuck Mangione

Permanent Waves – Rush

Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School – Warren Zevon

Go All The Way – Isley Brothers

The Pleasure Principle – Gary Numan

Skylarkin’ – Grover Washington Jr.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) - April 15, 1980

Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd

Call Me – Blondie

Special Lady – Ray Goodman & Brown

Ride Like The Wind – Christopher Cross

Fire Lake – Bob Seger

With You I’m Born Again – Billy Preston & Syreta

Lost In Love – Air Supply

Off The Wall – Michael Jackson

I Can’t Tell You Why – Eagles

Too Hot – Kool & The Gang

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl – Spinners

Pilot of the Airwaves – Charlie Dore

Sexy Eyes – Dr. Hook

You May Be Right – Billy Joel

And The Beat Goes On – The Whispers

How Do I Make You – Linda Ronstadt

Cars – Gary Numan

Biggest Part of Me – Ambrosia

Think About Me – Fleetwood Mac

Him – Rupert Holmes


Top movies – April 15, 1980

All That Jazz


Every Which Way But Loose

Little Darlings

Coal Miner’s Daughter


Sitting Duck

The Jerk

Nothing Personal

The Tin Drum

When Time Ran Out

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