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
Raiders of the Lost Ark
American Werewolf in London
First Monday in October
Comin At Ya
Eye of the Needle
Lovers & Liars
Prince of the City