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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 15, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

 

In The News

A bipartisan majority of the FCC votes to urge repeal of the so-called “fairness doctrine,” a 32-year-old requirement that broadcasters must present balanced views in airing public issues. Broadcasters welcome the FCC actions as favorable to their rights under the first Amendment.

So far, the stock market hasn’t responded to what the press is calling “Reaganomics” but the President believes otherwise…

 In Denver - President Reagan denounces the “Chicken Littles" who doubt that is economic recover plan will work and proclaims it “as good as money in the bank.”

The President declared there will be no retreat from his economic program and tells Wall Street to join Main Street in plunging into “a rising tide of confidence in the future of America.” “Now I have listened to those Chicken Littles who proclaim the sky is falling and those others who recklessly play on high interest rates for their own narrow political purposes. But this concert about a plan not even in effect yet is nothing more than false labor.” The President noted that his tax and budget cuts begin October 1 and predicted wall Street’s “tune will change” when it sees a real drop in government spending.  

Solidarity Day March - A massive counterattack against the economic and social policies of the Reagan Administration is launched in Washington with a turnout of some 260,000. It’s one of the largest political demonstrations ever held in the U.S. Speakers charged that the Administration is providing benefits to the rich, but not to the average worker. The prime sponsor was the AFL-CIO.

Hundreds amass to shutdown the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California – almost a repeat of 1978. The action was to prevent utility PG&E from conducting low-energy tests of one of the two rectors at the site. 

 

Fascinating Business news – September 15, 1981

A new supermarket tabloid paper – “Rhapsody Romances” is set to debut October 6. The idea is unique – sort of romantic short stories.

 

Sports news – September 15, 1981

George Steinbrenner wants that college kid – John Elway. You see, Elway has the rest of this month to accept Steinbrenner’s $75,000 offer to play right field next summer on the Yankees’ Class A team in the New York – Pennsylvania League. But there is a big chance the Stanford baseball and football star, will play football instead.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 15, 1981

Playing in Las Vegas –

Wayne Newton – Aladdin showroom

Paul Anka – Caesars Palace

Tony Orland, Joan Rivers - Riviera

 

Television news – September 15, 1981

Erik Estrada, who sued MGM for $6.25 million and refused to appear for the first day filming of “ChiPS” last month, returns to work. Looks like Bruce Jenner will remain with the show, for now. Can the show handle three main characters?

Gary Coleman of the NBC comedy series “Diff’rent Strokes” is being sued for $1 million by tandem Productions, which claims the 13-year-old actor’s representatives have informed the company he will not report to work this week. Tandem says he’s in breach of contract. Coleman received $25,000 per episode last season and is due to get another $5,000 per episode this season

NBC-TV, which has been running third in the network news race, bolts to first place for the first time in three years, CBS (with Dan Rather) finished third for the first time ever. 

Retired CBS News commentator Eric Sevareid will be appearing regularly on the expanded CBS News Morning with Charles Kuralt and Diane Sawyer.

 Jayne Kennedy pulls the plug on the syndicated “The Jayne Kennedy NFL Report.” 47 stations were set to air the weekly sports series beginning last week.

Meantime Phyllis George returns to CBS-TV’s “NFL Today” at halftime. But there’s a rub. Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder, who hasn’t said nice things about George’s husband, John Brown – Governor of Kentucky. Ms. George says being in Snyder’s presence makes her uncomfortable, so she and show anchor Brent Musberger appear live in the studio while Snyder has his game predictions and comments taped.

Genie Francis, the 19-year-old star of “General Hospital” – the #1 daytime serial, is leaving the show. Her contract expires in December. “I have done 837 shows in the series and I feel it’s time to do something else.”

David Brinkley will join ABC as anchorman for the network’s expanded Sunday morning program “Issues and Answers” as soon as he is clear of his commitment to NBC. Brinkley, at NBC for 38 years, had announced his retirement 2 weeks ago. Recently,  Brinkley had been relegated to an hour-long “NBC Magazine” which, buried in competition, was at the bottom of the ratings heap.

ESPN is adding “SportsCenter Plus to its sked beginning October 3. Anchors will be George Grande, Bob Ley and Sharon Smith, all regulars on ESPN’s “Sportscenter.”

On “Good Morning America” – the Gerald R. Ford museum dedication. Join David Harman, Steve Bell from Grand Rapids with special guests: Former President Gerald R. Ford, Vice President George Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, Susan Ford, Lady Bird Johnson and others.

 

Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 15, 1981

CBS – Magnum, Nurse, Knot’s Landing, Quincy (reruns)

NBC – Games People Play, Movie, Tonight Show, Tomorrow Show

ABC – NFL Football, Best of the West

PBS – Training dogs the Woodhouse way, Sneak Previews, Homeboys, U.S. Chronicles

ARTS – “Overture for a Feast” by Shostakovich

USA – Baseball-Cincinnati at San Francisco, Sportsprobe

HBO – Movie-The Cat From Outer Space, Movie-Seems Like Old Times, Inside the NFL

 

On Games People Play – With Larry Wilcox, John madden and Al McGuire. An 84-year-old woman climbs Mt Whitney for the 19th time.

On Knot’s Landing – Sid and Karen’s teen-age son is the hero of the hour when he rescues a young woman from drowning.

On the Tonight Show – Mel Tillis is the guest.

 

 Radio news – September 15, 1981

Ted Turner says he’ll launch an all-news network for radio stations and will make Cable News Network II, the recently announced headline service, available to broadcast TV stations for excerpted use. Target date for both is January 1. The radio network will offer a combination of audio tracks from CNN1 and CNNII. Says Turner – “No one else is now doing a 24-hour news network for radio.” “We’ll offer portions of CNN II to television stations.” The idea is to supplement a station’s local news.

Nick Verbitsky, senior v/p of stations for Mutual, Frank Murphy also of Mutual Broadcasting, Ed Salamon, program director for Mutual’s WHN New York and Dick Clark form United Stations Inc. to offer full-format, 24-hour country satellite network service to stations. Clark, although not on-air for the new service, will continue his duties at Mutual including hosting his weekly countdown show. The rest will leave Mutual. 

Ron O’Brien joins WNBC in New York. He had been with KFI, Los Angeles.

Chicago radio legends -  Art Roberts joins WBCS-FM, Milwaukee and Ron Riley takes over as ops director of WCAO-AM and WXYV-FM in Baltimore.

 In Philadelphia - WFIL-AM, once a top station with its top-40 music and personalities, changes format to adult contemporary. Since the spring of 1980, the Arbitron share of audience has dropped from a 4.7 to 3.2 to 3.1 and finally to 2.6 in the latest ratings.

 

Music news – September 15, 1981

The Rolling Stones play the first date of their American tour – surprise appearance at Sir Morgan’s Cove in Worcester.

Audiophile records for rock fans? – Mobile Fidelity is releasing a pair of $50 rock vinyl albums this week. Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon and Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century.” The albums are re-mastered at half-speed and recorded with new technology. 5,000 copies of reach will be pressed.

Beach Boy Mike Love marries fashion model Catherine Martinez. Ceremony was performed by DJ Wolfman Jack – an ordained minister.

Record labels MCA and Polygram are currently withholding their musical video productions from the new MTV channel. “Why should we pay $15,000 to $50,000 for a three-minute video and then give it away?” said a spokesperson from Polygram. “It’s philosophically wrong for anyone to use material we’ve paid for without compensation.”

 

Top pop hit music singles in Britain – September 15, 1981

Prince Charming – Adam & The Ants

Tainted Love – Soft Cell

Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) - Ottawan

Souvenir – Orchestral Maneauvres In The Dark

Wired For Sound – Cliff Richard

Japanese Boy – Aneka

Pretend – Alvin Stardust

Hold On Tight – Electric Light Orchestra

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 15, 1981

Tight Fittin Jeans – Conway Twitty

Midnight Hauler/Scratch My Back – Razzy Bailey

Party Time – T.G. Shepard

Takin It Easy – Lacy J. Dalton

Step By Step – Eddie Rabbit

It Don’t Hurt Me Half As Bad – Ray Price

I’ll Need Someone to Hold Me When I Cry – Janie Frickie

Today All Over Again – Reba McIntire

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 15, 1981

Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Ritchie

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty

 Urgent – Foreigner

No Getting’ Over Me – Ronnie Milsap

Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton

Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross

Lady You Bring Me Up – Commodores

Start Me Up – Rolling Stones

Step By Step – Eddie Rabbit

Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

Hold On Tight – E.L.O.

The Voice – Moody Blues

For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton

Slowhand – Pointer Sisters

 

Top music albums – September 15, 1981

Tattoo You – Rolling Stones

Pirates – Rickie Lee Jones

4 – Foreigner

Bella Donna – Stevie Nicks

Pretenders II – Pretenders

Don’t Say No – Billy Squier

 Endless Love – Soundtrack

Breakin’ Away – Al Jarreau

Long Distance Voyager – Moody Blues

Street Songs – Rick James

Working Class Dog – Rick Springfield

Time – E.L.O.

Hi Infidelity – REO Speedwagon

Pretenders II – Pretenders

Black & White – Pointer Sisters

El Loco – ZZ Top

In the Pocket – Commodores

Nine Tonight – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

The Innocent Age – Dan Fogelberg

KooKoo – Debra Harry

Fire of Unknown Origin – Blue Oyster Colt

Give The People What They Want – Kinks

 

Top/Popular Disco Music in Clubs/Radio – September 15, 1981

Zulu – The Quick

A Little Bit of Jazz – Nick Striker

Dancin’ the Night Away – Voggue

On the Beat – B.B.Q. Band

Busting Out – Material With Nona Hendryx

Do You Love Me – Patti Austin

 

Top movies – September 15, 1981

Arthur

Raiders of the Lost Ark

American Werewolf in London

First Monday in October

Private Lessons

Body Heat

Stripes

Comin At Ya

Night School

Eye of the Needle

Hell Night

Superman II

Lovers & Liars

Cannonball Run

Heavy Metal

Polyester

Prince of the City

 
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