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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 15, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan rejects the idea of a nuclear arms freeze by both the United States and the Soviet Union, declaring this “would leave us and our allies on very thin ice” in Europe.”

President Reagan says that television reporting has become slanted against U.S. actions on El Salvador and calls on reporters to “trust” the Administration and “put themselves in our hands.” “There has been a kind of editorial slant that has something, almost, of the Vietnam syndrome, which challenges what we’re doing there.” 

Eugene McCarthy, who led the 1968 “Children’s Crusade” that helped force Lyndon Johnson from the presidency, says he will try to regain the Minnesota Senate seat he held from 1958 to 1970.

Call for a national ID –Sen. Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Romano L Mazzoli (D-Ky.) – both chairmen of two congressional panels, introduce an immigration bill in both the Senate and House that calls for a national identification system for all job seekers – citizens as well as aliens – to help stem the flood of illegal aliens.

Four Dutch television newsmen are killed in a gun battle between the guerrillas with whom they were traveling and government troops on patrol in El Salvador.

President Reagan blames Jimmy Carter for past petroleum problems and said his Administration’s move to decontrol American oil – not the worldwide oil glut, led to lower energy prices. “The last Administration’s moral equivalent of war – which depended on government planning, bureaucracy and regulation – gave us higher prices and shortages.”

Thousands in the Midwest – From Michigan to Ohio and upstate New York are evacuated due to flooding.

GNP falls - The nation’s economy is slips downward at an annual rate of 4.5% in the first quarter of this year, declining at the same pace recorded in the closing months of 1981.


Technology news – March 15, 1982  

Trends – Telephone answering machines are becoming more and more popular. Two of the biggest makers are Phone-Mate and Record-A-Call, but there are more and more makers of these devices. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – March 15, 1982

Barbara Mandrell, Burt Reynolds and Kenny Rogers are named the people’s choice in the eight “People’s Choice Awards” telecast Thursday night of this week. “Hill Street Blues” won two awards (new television series and new television dramas series). MASH received one for television comedy program, as did “Private Benjamin for new comedy program.

 Actress Theresa Gilda Saldana, best known for her featured role as boxer Jake LaMotta’s sister-in-law in last year’s hit movie “Raging Bull” is stabbed outside her West Hollywood apartment. She suffered a punctured lung, two stab wounds in the chest, multiple cuts and bruises. She is stable, awake and alert. A suspect has been arrested.

Richard Jackson, the man who stalked and then stabbed Theresa Gilda Saldana had a fixation on the actress. Police say he mentioned the actress numerous times in very small and very neat hand-printed notes found in his shoulder bag. 

At a Beverly Hills Hotel press conference, Jane Fonda says she’s got a new video. The program is based on  “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” and features Lady Jane in leotards, conducting beginner and advanced exercise classes. The 90-minute video program is to be distributed on videocassettes and discs.

Comedian John Belushi left his estate – at least $500,000 to his wife, Judith. Belushi died March 5 of drug abuse.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – March 15, 1982

Dallas – 27.0

Night of 100 Stars – 26.4

60 Minutes – 25.6

Jeffersons – 25.4

Alice – 24.2

Too Close for Comfort – 23.3

Love Boat – 23.1

Three’s Company – 23.0

Dukes of Hazzard – 22.6

Hart to Hart – 22.1

TJ Hooker – 21.9

Magnum, PI – 21.2

One Day at a Time – 21.2

Trapper John MD – 20.5

Archie Bunker’s Place – 20.4

Real People – 20.1

Falcon Crest – 19.9

Happy Days – 19.7

Facts of Life – 19.7

Laverne & Shirley – 19.0

MASH – 18.9

Diff’rent Strokes – 18.7

Movie-Coma – 18.7


Television news – March 15, 1982

The National Coalition on Television Violence says network television shows portray an average of six violent acts an hour, with ABC-TV the worst offender. ABC’s “Sunday Night Movies” is the most violent, with an average of 22 violent acts per hour. ABC’s “The Fall Guy” follows with 21. Others in order – “Strike Force,” “Greatest American Hero” and “Hart to Hart.”

Debuting this week in CBS-TV – “Baker’s Dozen” starring Ron Silver and Terry Munson. Cop show.

 Regis Philbin’s NBC talkshow is not doing so well in the ratings. Nothing’s really happened since its November 30 debut, but NBC is committed to sticking with the initial 26-week run.

A cameo appearance by John Belushi in an upcoming “Police Squad” has been edited out because of his death. Belushi was filmed being murdered in a brief (running gag) sequence.

Nickelodeon – the non-commercial kid’s cable channel is seeking underwriters. Beset by escalating program costs, Nick raised its rates from 10cents per sub to 15cents at the beginning of this year. Nickelodeon normally ID’s its programming once each half-hour between programs. It will begin to insert 10-second spots during this time to feature a sponsor name and short message, much like PBS does. Nickelodeon has about 7.2 million subscribers, with 10 million projected by year’s end. 

USA Cable Network is adding a third new series to its upgraded daytime/Women family service. Look for “Are You Anybody?” based on the book Marilyn Funt (Allen Funt’s ex).


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 15, 1982

CBS – Duke of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – NBC Magazine, Movie, Tonight Show, SCTV Comedy Network

ABC – Benson, Movie (The Phoenix), Strike Force, Nightline, Fridays

PBS – Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, Big Band Cavalcade


TV movie - The Phoenix – Bennu, a godlike being with extraordinary powers, is discovered by chance in an ancient sarcophagus and brought to life. Stars Judson Scott, Fernando Allende, E.G. Marshall and Shelley Smith. (Turns into a TV series later this month).

On  NBC Magazine – With Garrick Utley, Jack Perkins, Betsy Aaron and Douglas Kiker.

On Dallas – Blackmailer Farraday is murdered.

OnStrike Force – Murphy and his men stop roving teens that terrorize and humiliate their robbery victims. 

On Fridays – Marilu Henner guests.


Radio news – March 15, 1982

Controversial morning personality Howard Stern of WWDC-FM Washington is taking his act to WNBC, who came to the station’s attention via local WRC-AM also owned by NBC. He should be in New York by late summer. 

KROQ-FM Los Angeles asked listeners to vote for their favorite waitresses. This after the station sponsored an appearance by new wave female group The Waitresses. 

More ABC’s “SuperRadio” satellite looks like its pretty well on its way. Programmed by Rick Sklar, ABC believes the format will increase station revenues and profitability by increasing audiences “with the best on-air talent, programming and promotions, the technology to customize our broadcasts for a local sound and a total marketing support program achieved through no other method.  Dan Ingram, one of the signed talents of “SuperRadio” said – “It’s like Christmas. Radio has been local for 30 years. for the first time we will be nationwide. I’ll have to learn about computers.

Trend – Look out – satellite formats may be replacing DJ’s at local stations. WBAX-AM Wilkes-Barre just replaced its morning DJ – Super Max Kinkle and afternoon jock Tony Lynn with Satellite Music Network’s Country coast-to-coast plug-in format.

Copycat? WYNY has sex-talker Dr. Ruth Westheimer, now NBC sister station KYUU has added “Talk About Sex” wit Host Don Chamberlain.

KRTH Los Angeles is going live (it’s now semi-automated) and is looking for a morning show.  

WABC general manager Al Racco makes all the rumors official – WABC is going talk.

ABC Radio Enterprises announces that it will bow a 24-hour, satellite-delivered “programming and marketing” network on July 1. “Superadio” targets FM stations and the target demo is 21-49 year-olds. Stations will be charged a monthly licensing fee, plus, the network will use two-minutes per hour to sell advertising. For licensing fees, ABC says it will charge between $5,500 and $8,500 per month in a market with 35,000-45,000 people. ABC has spent millions to develop Superadio (Note: Superadio will be a super bomb and will never go on the air).


 Music news – March 15, 1982

After 12 years and 11 albums, the Doobie Brothers disband. The prime reason – conflicting solo careers by keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald and guitarist/vocalist Pat Simmons.

Marvin Gaye is signed to Columbia Records after all these years on Motown.

A dozen lost songs by the Beatles have been unearthed in the BCC’s Broadcasting House archives in London and will be included as a bonus feature in a two-hour special broadcast March 7 on BBC Radio 1.  Most of the songs were performed by the band in the Cavern Club and in various Hamburg clubs – songs such as “Lend Me Your Comb,” and “Waitin’ Hopin.” 

With worldwide sales of four million of its Walkman cassette players since they launched in July 1979, Sony adds two new Walkman lines – the WM-R2 and the Walkman Professional WMC-D6.  

MTV update – It’s been on the air about seven months and the new vice president of programming, Les Garland, is fine-tuning:
"We’re streamlining, narrowing in on the way we’re presented and promoted.” Currently – the MTV hot rotation airs videos four and five times a day.


More Music news – March 15, 1982

Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and his cousin, Stanley Love, agree in a Superior Court, to a mutual restraining order, promising not to harass, molest, threaten or strike each other. Apparently, Love and a friend Rushton Pamplin, confronted Dennis Wilson “to prevent him fro providing cocaine and other dangerous drugs to Brian Wilson.”  Wilson claimed it was much more than just a confrontation. He said he was chased through his house, beaten, kicked and struck with a telephone, and threatened by Love and Pamplin, who demanded that the Beach Boys drop a civil action against Love and his brother, Stephen, who managed the group for six years.

Stanley Love said his long-standing disagreements with Dennis Wilson stem from “my position of being against the use of hard drugs and Dennis Wilson’s flaunting of the use of heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs… and most importantly, Dennis Wilson’s providing Brian Wilson with heroin and cocaine, despite the fact that these drugs were severely damaging Brian Wilson’s physical, psychological and mental health.”

In Philadelphia - Rhythm and Blues singer Teddy Pendergrass is in critical condition, partially paralyzed after his 1981 Rolls Royce swerved off a winding road and crashed into Trees. Pendergrass (31) and his companion, Tenika Watson, were trapped in the car for nearly 45 minutes before rescue workers could pry them free. 

Killed – Randall Rhoads (25) lead guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne’s band (and two others) where plane in which they were buzzing a mansion, slammed into the home. The group was staying in the mansion in Leesburg, Florida. The plane clipped a van and a tree before crashing into the two-story colonial house. Osbourne was in the van at the time, but was not injured. Several band members were in the house, but escaped before it was engulfed in flames.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – March 15, 1982

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tight Fit

Centerfold – J. Geils Band

T’Aint’ What You Do – Fun Boy Three/Bananarama

See You – Depeche Mode

Love Plus One – Haircut One Hundred

Mickey – Tony Basil

Go Wild in the Country – Bow Wow Wow

Seven years – Goombay Dance Band

Poison Arrow - ABC


Top Country Hit music Singles – March 15, 1982

She Left Love All Over Me – Razzy Bailey

Mountain Of Love – Charley Pride

Big City – Merle Haggard

The Clown – Conway Twitty

Another Sleepless Night – Anne Murray

Bobbie Sue – Oak Ridge Boys

Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

The Very Best Is Your – Charly McClain

A Country Boy Can Survive – Hank Williams Jr.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – March 15, 1982

Open Arms – Journey

That Girl – Stevie Wonder

I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Centerfold – J. Geils Band

Shake It Up – The Cars

We Got The Beat – Go-Go’s

Sweet Dreams – Air Supply

Spirits in the Material World – The Police

Make A Move On Me – Olivia Newton John

Pac-Man Fever – Buchner and Garcia

Mirror, Mirror – Diana Ross

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

Key largo – Bertie Higgins

Leader of the Band – Dan Fogleberg

Take It Easy On Me – Little River Band

Tonight I’m Yours – Rod Stewart

Freeze Frame – J. Geils Band

Should I Do It – Pointer Sisters

Take Off – Bob & Doug McKenzie

Do You Believe In Love – Huey Lewis & The News

(Oh) Pretty Woman – Van Halen

Don’t Talk To Strangers – Rick Springfield

Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks


Top music albums – March 15, 1982

4 – Foreigner

Freeze Frame – J. Geils Band

Beauty and the Beat – Go-Go’s

Escape – Journey

I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

 Physical – Olivia Newton John

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

Get Lucky – Loverboy

Quarterflash – Quarterflash

Ghost in the Machine – Police

Bella Donna – Stevie Nicks

Hooked On Classics – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Shake It Up – The Cars

Private Eyes – Hall & Oates

Great White North – Bob and Doug McKenzie

The Innocent Age – Dan Fogleberg

In Concert at Central Park – Simon & Garfunkel

Tattoo You – Rolling Stones

Abacab – Genesis

For Those About To Rock  - AC/DC

Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club

The Dude – Quincy Jones

Feels So Right – Alabama

Skyyline – Skyy


Top movies – March 15, 1982

Richard Pryor Live On The Sunset Strip

On Golden Pond


Death Wish II


Chariots of Fire

Evil Under The Sun

Personal Best

Quest For Fire

The Amateur

Shoot The Moon

Great White

Making Love

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Absence of Malice

Enter the Ninja

The Seduction


Beast Within


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