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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 23, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter equates what he is calling Ronald Reagan’s “secret plan” to free the American hostages in Iran to former President Nixon’s secret plan in the 1968 election campaign to win the Vietnam War.

A package bomb containing a trick-or-treat message explodes in a Phoenix accounting office, injuring nine people.

Hostages Release Imminent? - The Iranian Parliament meets to open its long-awaited debate on conditions for freeing the 52 American hostages.

Inflation jumps back into double digits in September as consumer prices led by rising food costs, rose a full 1% - translating into 12.7% compound annual inflation. 

President Carter says, “I don’t have any way of knowing. I can’t predict” whether the hostages will be released by Iran before Tuesday’s presidential election.

Richard Allen, Ronald Reagan’s principal foreign policy adviser who has come under fire for alleged activities while a member of the Nixon White House Staff, withdraws from the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign organization.

Carter-Reagan debate (Cleveland) – President Carter accused Ronald Reagan of being “dangerous.” Regan responded coolly and assailed Carter for his economic records in the hostage situation in Iraq. Both sides claimed victory in their critical nationally televised debate. 

Sen. Harrison Williams Jr. (D-NJ) is indicted in the government’s wide-ranging Abscam investigation. He is accused of conspiring to get federal contracts for a titanium mine in which he was given an interest.


Fascinating Business news – October 23, 1980

Chrysler Corp reports its losses continued in the third quarter, but less than earlier in the year. Meantime, General Motors reports a third quarter loss of $567 million – largest ever for a U.S. corporation (so far). 

Montgomery ward & Co. the troubled retailing unit of Mobil Corp., will report a –month loss of over $100 million.


Technology news – October 23, 1980 

Sony BetaMax VCR Recorder – Just $787.00


Music news – October 23, 1980

Car Stereo sales have risen about 15% over last year. This particularly bodes well for FM stereo and cassette listening in cars.

The Bee Gees are in the middle of a lawsuit with their old label – RSO Records. The suit alleges that Robert Stigwood “appropriated” copyrights and master recordings belonging to the Gibbs, “surreptitiously” diverted millions of dollars from them by creating self-servicing corporate entities that shunted money and delayed royalty payments and ‘resisted and discouraged” any attempt by the group to work for companies outside the RSO family. 

“The Grateful Dead In Concert” will be among the initial offerings from RCA SelectaVision videodisks.

Despite that the movie or soundtrack of “Roadie” is not making it in sales, there’s one hit out of it – “Drivin’ My Life Away” by Eddie Rabbit is a hit. 

It’s estimated that home taping is costing the music industry about $700 million in losses per year.

Star Fleet presents Utopia in a live radio concert – October 31

Music On Television – “Nashville Palace.” – Roy Clark hosts a foot-stompin’ American Music and Comedy Extravaganza! Look for Mickey Gilley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Mandrell. On ABC-TV


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 23, 1980

On the “Tomorrow Show” - Actor Cary Grant is gong to sue comic Chevy Chase for slander because of references made about him on a recent New York television show. On it, but jokingly, Chase referred to the venerable actor as a “homo.”


Radio news – October 23, 1980

After just a few weeks, Timothy Leary, the former drug guru, loses his job ad SJ and talk show host in KEZY-AM in Anaheim. Apparently, many older listeners could not forget his drug proselytizing of the nation’s youth.

British singer Jonathan King, whose hit “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” hit the top-5 in 1965, his now a talkshow host on WMCA, New York. He’ll include musical guests from time to time. Look for Dusty Springfield soon.

Whose “Rocktober” is it anyway? – Although no one seems to know for certain where the term originated, some say it came from Australia. Besides the New York mess, other stations across the U.S. use the term. Metromedia, owners of WNEW-FM New York has gone to federal court to obtain an injunction against the use of the term “Rocktober” by anyone other than its own stations, but it hasn’t stopped rival WPLJ-FM. 

XTRA-AM (690) In Tijuana, but serving So. California goes from beautiful music to top-40. It’s theme is “Clutter Free: the mighty 690.” The station will have a tight playlist.

Bobby Rich, former program director of KHTZ-FM Los Angeles, WXLO-Fm New York and KFMB-FM San Diego is now with Drake-Chenault as head of a new consultation operation for the company.

Jay Clark, the new operations manager of WABC-AM in New York, says he’s in it for the long haul. The station will not make any radical changes as has been rumored. His first move was to demote evening jock Howard Hoffman to overnights.

Talk WCFL Chicago makes the switch back to music and will play adult contemporary music. Program director is Dave Martin. 

RKO says it will beam a stereo radio show via satellite! The first music show to benefit is a two-hour special on Paul Simon. A Linda Ronstadt special will also be fed by satellite Nov. 8 The bold step puts RKO in the forefront of the race into satellites by the networks. Mutual is doing it, but on a limited basis.

Cousin Bruce Morrow just bought WRAN-AM in Dover NJ (1510) and installs a format he calls Family Oriented Radio. Morrow also owns similar-formatted WALL (1340) Middletown NY. He says the format doesn’t have the same sound in the evening as it does in the daytime. Morrow still has a contract with ABC for “Memory Weekend” shows


New York ratings – October 1980

WBLS (disco-urban) – 8.7, WKTU-FM – 6.2. WNBC-AM – 4.7. WABC-AM – 4.2. WPLJ-FM – 4.2. WNEW-FM – 2.9. WRFM (beautiful music) – 4.7.  Country WHN – 2.6. WPIX-FM – 1.6.


Chicago radio ratings – October 1980

WGN-AM – 12.0, WLOO-FM (beautiful music) – 6.0. WLAK-FM (beautiful music) – 5.0. WLS-AM – 5.7 (down from a 6.7 a year ago). AOR WLUP – 4.7. WMAQ-AM (country) also with a 4.7. WFYR-FM – 3.4 Talk WCFL - .5 


Television news – October 23, 1980

Carter-Reagan debate – ABC news correspondent Barbara Walters and two news executives and a Washington correspondent have been named to the panel which will question both in the debate. Howard K. Smith will moderate. 

Patti Reagan Davis, daughter of Ron and Nancy, will play a bit part on the debut of NBC-TV’s “Here’s Boomer.” Look for it December 7. 

Suzanne Somers has missed several of the first three tapings of “Three’s Company.”

Superstation WTBS will begin meter-measuring its audience in February by Nielsen’s national network rating system. The four-year-old channel has attracted up to 200 national advertisers.

David Letterman’s daytime TV show is cancelled. No doubt, he’ll be back, somewhere.

Don’t miss “Sophia Loren: Her Own Story” on Sunday night.


 Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 23, 1980

 CBS – Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

NBC – Centennial, NBC Magazine with David Brinkley, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Movie – Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Fridays

PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week


Music Television

Midnight Special – The Oak Ridge Boys guest host with Queen, Debby Boone, Pat Benatar, Don McLean, Ra Goodman and Brown.


Top Music Albums – October 23, 1980

Guilty – Barbara Streisand

The Game – Queen

Crimes of Passion – Pat Benatar

One Step Closer – Doobie Brothers

Diana – Diana Ross

Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones

Xanadu – Soundtrack

Back in Black – AC/DC

Panorama – The Cars

Honeysuckle Rose – Soundtrack

TP – Teddy Pendergrass

Urban Cowboy -  Soundtrack

Give Me The Night – George Benson

One Trick Pony – Paul Simon

Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross

Hold Out – Jackson Browne

Wild Planet – B-52’s

Zapp – Zapp

Fame – Soundtrack

Love Approach – Tom Browne

Paris – Supertramp

Voices – Hall & Oates

Drama – Yes

Glass Houses – Billy Joel


Top Disco Music – October 23, 1980

Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

Can’t Fake the Feeling – Geraldine Hunt

If You Could Read My Mind – Viola Wills

I Need Your Lovin’ – Teena Marie

Love Sensation – Loleatta Holloway

Private Idaho – B-52’s


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 23, 1980

Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard – Waylon Jennings

I Believe In You –Don Williams

Old Habits – Hank Williams Jr.

Faded Love – Willie Nelson & Ray Price

I’m Not Ready Yet – George Jones

Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray

On The Road Again – Willie Nelson

Sweet Sexy Eyes – Cristy Lane

Loving Up A Storm – Razzy Bailey


Top Hit Music Singles in Britain – October 23, 1980

D.I.S.C.O. – Ottawan

Baggy Trousers – Madness

My Old Piano – Diana Ross

Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder

One Day, Ill Fly Away – Randy Crawford

Stereotype – Specials

Amigo – Black Slate

Of You’re Lookin’ For A Way Out - Odyssey


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – October 23, 1980

Upside Down – Diana Ross

Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

All Out of Love –Air Supply

Woman in Love – Barbra Streisand

Real Love – Doobie Brothers

I’m Alright – Kenny Loggins

Drivin’ My Life Away – Eddie Rabbit

Xanadu – Olivia Newton John

The Wanderer – Donna Summer

Never Knew Love Like This Before – Stephanie Mills

Jesse – Carly Simon

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Lady – Kenny Rogers

Dreaming – Cliff Richard

Hot Rod Hearts – Robbie Dupree

Late in the Evening -  Paul Simon

Look What You’ve Done To Me – Boz Skaggs

Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder


Top movies – October 23, 1980


Motel Hell

Private Benjamin

Ordinary People

Elephant Man From Yesterday Airplane!

Devine Madness

Loving Couples

Somewhere In Time


It’s My Turn

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