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
Coal Miner’s Daughter
The Tin Drum
When Time Ran Out