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



In The News

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says that Britain would have “one more go” at finding a diplomatic solution to the Falkland Islands conflict.

President Reagan rejects Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev’s call for a freeze on deployments of nuclear weapons, but expresses optimism that Brezhnev has opened the door to serious arms control talks.

Consumer prices crept .2% higher in April, reversing the decline in March.

 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher withdraws her final peace offer and gave her country’s task force commander the go-ahead to recapture the Falkland Islands.

Falkland – British troops invade the Falkland Islands in masse and establish a beachhead. Both sides sustained heavy losses. 

Argentine President Leopoldo Galtieri tells of his nation’s loss of 400 men and its willingness, if need be, to lose 40,000 more.

A federal court finds the rev. Sun Myung Moon guilty of conspiracy to evade taxes on about $162,000 in personal income for the years 1973 through 1975.

On NBC’s “Today” show, Treasury Secretary Donald t. Regan say the nation is headed for “a very anemic’ economic recovery this summer and another recession unless Congress reaches an agreement on how to cut the budget deficit.

Pac Man not gratis – in one classroom. One 13-year-old girl interviewed said “We are not even allowed to talk about Pac Man in my class anymore.” When asked why, she said, “Because our teacher said that’s all we’ve been doing lately, talking about pac man and nothing else. So no we’re not allowed.”


Sports news – May 15, 1982

Jack Nicklaus wins the Colonial National in Texas – his first tournament win in 19 months.


Radio news – May 15, 1982

 WNEW-FM (New York) shuffles its airstaff and under new general manager Mike Kakoylannis and new program director Richard Neer. Neer puts his younger brother Dan in for mornings, displacing Dave Herman who is now 10p-2a. Meg Griffin moves from that shift to 5 to 10pm. Scott Muni, the former PD – is now heard from 2p-5p. Dennis Elsas, who had been on from 6 to 10p, is shifted to weekends and fill-ins and will still be on the full-time payroll.  

Trivia question – WABC, which is now talk ended its reign as a music station with John Lennon’s “Imagine.” But the last song from WABC’s regular playlist actually aired Sunday night (May 9) at 9:39pm. It was Steve Wonder’s “Superstition.”

Rick Sklar, who is programming both of ABC’s entries into the long-form satellite, delivered area – ABC SuperRadio and ABC Talkradio – stresses the flexibility of the new medium. “The use of satellites to transmit radio programming is more than new technology. It’s whole new way of doing business.” He notes that the cost of delivering radio by satcom is dropping all the time and that will create new windows of opportunity.

ABC will convert its rock station KSFX (103.7) San Francisco, to the company’s new Talkradio satellite-delivered full format. Look for new call letters – KGO-FM.

Walter Clark joins KIIS-FM/KPRZ Los Angeles as president and general manager.

In Cleveland, they love “The President’s Rap.” The single contains excerpts from Rich Little Boardwalk album, “The first Family Rides Again,” set to dance tracks. It was put together by Bobby Magic, program director of WDMT-Fm Cleveland


Entertainment /Celebrity news – May 15, 1982

Actor Ed Asner says that he suspects the White House and his own opponents in the Screen Actors Guild may have worked for the cancellation of his television series, “Lou Grant.” CBS said it cancelled the show due to lower ratings, but Asner said the ratings were not that bad and blamed pressure on sponsors from the Moral Majority as well as other fundamentalist and conservative groups for CBS’s decision. (Charlton) Heston and his all-star hit squad have attacked me. Asner, national president of SAG, told a meeting of its New York local that “a small group (in the guild) led by (President) Reagan’s stooge, Charlton Heston,” used lies to win a vote that defeated the merger of the SAG and the Screen Extras Guild. 

Rome - Sophia Loren is taken into police custody when she returned to Italy after a two-year absence to face a 30-day jail term for tax evasion. Loren maintains she is innocent. 


Television news – May 15, 1982

The Smithsonian Institution has added The Barney Miller jail cell door. 


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

CBS – Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Nurse, NBA Basketball on tape

NBC – Movie, McClain’s Law, Tonight, SCTV Comedy Network

ABC – Benson, Maggie, Movie, Fridays

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week


 On Fridays – Peter Fonda guest hosts with musical guest King Crimson.


Music news – May 15, 1982

MTV’s “House Party” contest was won by a 15-year-old  from Michigan (20 miles from Detroit). MTV began running spots – where you could win a party thrown at your house by MTV – back in March. By the time the April 16 draw came, there were 70,000 entries. The winner, Rob Kettenberg, watches MTV at least four hours a day. His favorite band is Rush. About 200 of Rob’s friends joined. MTV says the party cost an estimated $25,000.

 In a news conference, Priscilla Presley, former wife of the late Elvis Presley, announces that his Graceland home will be opened as a memorial museum beginning June 7. The 18-room colonial mansion, where Elvis died Aug. 16, 1977 served as his private residence for 20 years. The two-hour guided tours of the estate will include the viewing of the dining, living, music rooms and den on the main floor of the mansion and the TV and game rooms o the lower level. For now, Presley’s personal living quarters on the second floor will remain closed. Also on display, Elvis’ trophy room and gold records and his collection of recreation vehicles and autos. 

So much is being said about the Neil Bogart, the music executive who’s life was way-too-short. In a fitting tribute and with some irony -  with its seven weeks as #1, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the biggest hit in Bogart’s career. Bogart scored #1 hits at all four record labels he headed – Cameo/Parkway, Buddah, Casablanca and “Boardwalk” records featuring Joan Jett. Bogart died of cancer last week at just 39.  

A study reveals that close to 60% of MTV’s target group (12-34) had watched the channel on basic cable systems and awareness of the channel is quite high. MTV offers stereo sound, but you need an adapter and it’s the first network/channel to do so on a regular basis. 

Apparently, Tommy Tutone’s new hit 867-5309 is ringing-up problems for those with the same phone #. Some of the complaints are being fielded by rock stations. In Cleveland, a lady called a radio station to ask why hundreds of total strangers had been calling her asking for Jenny.   


Top pop music hit singles In Britain – May 15, 1982

Only You – Yazoo

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett

A Little Peace – Nicole

We Have A Dream  - Scottish World Cup Squad

Girl Crazy – Hot Chocolate

Ebony and ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Fantasy island – Tightfit Jive

Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen

Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant

House of Fun - Madness


Top music albums – May 15, 1982

Asia – Asia –

Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet - Rick Springfield

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

Tug of War – Paul McCartney

Aldo Nova – Aldo Nova

Freeze Frame – J. Geils Band

Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson

Blackout – Scorpions

Beauty and the Beat – Go-Go’s

Escape – Journey

Get Lucky – Loverboy

Dare – Human League

Picture This – Huey Lewis and the News

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Tutone It – Tommy Tutone

The Other Woman – Ray Parker Jr.

Bella Donna – Stevie Nicks

Toto IV – Toto

Alligator Woman – Cameo

Jump Up – Elton John

Reel Music – the Beatles

Pac Man Fever – Buckner & Garcia

Straight From the Heart – Patrice Rushen

Niecy – Deniece Williams

Live On the Sunset Strip – Richard Pryor

Windows – Charlie Daniels Band


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

Ebony & Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

867-5309/Jenny – Tommy Tutone

Don’t Talk To Strangers – Rick Springfield

The Other Woman – Ray Parker Jr.

I’ve Never Been to Me – Charlene

Did It In A Minute – Hall & Oates

’65 Love Affair – Paul Davis

The Beatles Movie Medly – the Beatles

Don’t You Want Me – Human League

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson

Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang

Heat of the Moment – Asia

Empty Garden – Elton John

Man On Your Mind – Little River Band

It’s Gonna Take a Miracle – Deniece Williams

Run For The Roses – Dan Fogelberg

Rosanna – Toto

Making Love – Roberta Flack

Freeze-Frame – J. Geils band

Fantasy – Alda Nova

Still In Saigon – Charlie Daniels Band


Top Rock Music Album Tracks – May 15, 1982

Stone Cold – Rainbow

Heat of the Moment – Asia

No One Like You – Scorpions

Testify – Greg Kihn

.38 Special – Caught Up in You

Dancing in the Streets – Van Halen

Don’t You Want Me – Human League

Hurts So Good – John Cougar


Top movies – May 15, 1982




Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein

Wrong is right

Victor Victoria

Conan The Barbarian

If You Could See What I Hear


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