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



In The News

Iran invasion of Iraq - Iranian invasion forces strike across the Shatt al Arab estuary, hold a beachhead north of the Iraqi oil city of Basra in a long-threatened offensive to “liberate” Iraq. 

President Regan stops the shipment of cluster bomb ammunition and parts to Israel while he reviews Israel’s explanation of its use of the bombs in Lebanon.

In Pennsylvania - Gunmen break into the home of former Lockheed Aircraft Corp Board Chairman Courtland Gross, killing him, his wife and their maid.

Eight British soldiers are killed and at least 55 people injured when the provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs in two of central London’s most famous parks – Hyde and Regent’s Park.

Wholesale prices were up 1% in June, reverting to a double-digit annual rate of 13.3% - the first time in 15 months. Much of it had to do with gas and heating oil.

Despite high unemployment and a continued weak economy, President Regan says he will stand firm on his economic program rather than make any changes. “Our fallback plan is to work as hard as we know how to make it work,” said James Baker III, White House Chief of Staff.

The GNP climbs 1.7% last quarter, signaling a least a temporary end to the recession.

Queen Elizabeth’s police officer, Cmdr. Michael Trestrail resigns from the police after acknowledging “a homosexual relationship over a number of years with a male prostitute.” 

Japanese firm Mitsua and Co pleads guilty after conspiring to evade levies on cheap steel dumped into the U.S. market.

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon (62), founder and leader of the Unification Church is sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $25,000 for tax abuse.

“Onion Field” killer Jimmy Lee Smith is ordered back to prison after a California state parole panel heard him admit he used heroin during a three-day disappearance last month. Smith was paroled from a life sentence.  


Fascinating Facts/Business – Hot Toy – E.T. – July 15, 1982

Hot Toy – Stuffed “E.T.” from Kamar – a small toy company in the West. The company has made $1 million a day in sales since mid-June.

Seven-Up becomes the third major beverage company in less than a year to agree to help finance black business through Jessie Jackson’s PUSH (People United To Save Humanity). The Seven-Up pledge is $31 million.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – July 15, 1982

Burt Reynolds is appointed adjunct professor of theater at Florida State University.


Television news – July 15, 1982

Dave Garroway, who launched NBC-TV’s “Today Show” in 1952, dies of a self-inflicted gun wound. He was 69.

Showtime pay-cable network says it will tape a Frank Sinatra concert this summer for presentation on the channel and a consortium of independent pay-TV services (mostly over-the-air subscription services) such as ON-TV and Select-TV.

All three networks are adding news late, late evening and early morning. NBC has added “NBC Overnight” and “Early Today.” ABC adds “ABC News This Morning” and CBS is set to do the same.

The FCC drops a 12-year-old proceeding to set limits on ownership of cable-TV systems and votes to develop guidelines designed to prevent a single company from dominating the video distribution market.

MTV launches a major advertising blitz. The ads feature Pete Townshend, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant and other recording acts. The ads, being launched in the New York City area, are intended to boost subscriptions to MTV cable affiliates in the tri-state area and to ‘create a demand” for the music service in areas where cablers have not picked up the channel or carry MTV. The campaign is “America, Demand Your MTV.” Similar MTV ad campaigns in Seattle, Miami and Houston have brought about noticeable increases in subscribers to cable affiliates carrying MTV. 

A recent Nielsen Home Video Index survey commissioned by MTV indicates the channel is succeeding in reaching a substantial share of viewers in its 12-34 target range, where it is carried. 

 More MTV – Rockbill, a new monthly publication distributed at 70 clubs in 32 cities will now be the official program directory for MTV. The premiere issue of Rockbill contains six pages of promotional material on MTV. In return, MTV will air commercials promoting Rockbill and offering a year’s subscription for $12, $3 less than the regular price.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 15, 1982

CBS – Mr. Merlin, Cass Malloy, Movie- (Rape and Marriage)

NBC – Real People, Facts of Life, Live Sidney, Quincy, Johnny Carson

ABC – Greatest American Hero, Fall Guy, Dynasty, Nightline

PBS – Survival Special, Cousteau Odyssey


On  Mr. Merlin – Alex can no longer teleport herself and asks Merlin to restore her powers.

On Real People – Female umpire; Ms. Bald America are featured.

On Facts of Life – Natalie sees her dad lunch with another woman.

On the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson – Susan Sarandon and Charles Nelson Reilly guest.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – July 15, 1982 

MASH – 19.3

60 Minutes – 18.6

 Fantasy Island – 18.5

Hart to Hart – 18.0

Alice – 18.0

Jeffersons – 18.0

Too Close For Comfort – 18.0

Hill Street Blues – 17.4

Three’s Company – 17.0

House Calls – 16.9

Trapper John, MD – 16.6

Love Boat – 16.2

Gimmie a Break – 16.0

WKRP in Cincinnati – 15.7

Lour Grant – 15.7

One Day at a Time – 15.6

Diff rent Strokes – 15.4

Facts of Life – 14.9


Radio news – July 15, 1982

KROQ-FM is launching a video show over KSCI-TV (channel 18). KROQ-FM DJ Jed the Fish, aka Edwin Fish Gould III will host. 

KROQ is the talk of rock radio, as Rick Carroll’s new music format is on fire. The station is up to a 3.7 share, up from a 3.0 last book and a 1.7 a year ago.

Rick Carroll to consult other stations - More K-ROQ as Freddy Snakeskin takes over as program director. Rick Carroll will now consult the station as he adds other ailing FM rock stations. 

Top night DJ in New York is Jose Guzman of WRKS (98.7 Kiss). He’s got an 8.5 share!

More FM Top-40 as consultant Mike Joseph added another “Hot Hits” FM station – WJR-FM. The call letters changed to WHYT last month.  

Radio consultant Bob Hattrick forms a new company to handle promotions for AOR stations. Currently available are albums, neon signs and a syndicated rock calander.

The new WAPP features 103 days of commercial free rock ‘n’ roll – It’s a New York rock ‘n’ roll FM battle with the new WAPP-FM. General manager Pat McNally says that “We came to New York to win. Some people say that we’re buying our way into the market. Well, that’s fine. We’ll do whatever it takes because we play hard. We paid a lot of money for the station ($8.7 million) and don’t want to wait two years in the hope that we gat a “3” share. We feel the best way to make a quick impact is to make people aware of the station. But you can’t buy success if the product isn’t there.”

But wait, In New York - Bobby Hattrick adds WPLJ-FM as a client. Hattrick use to be with Doubleday Broadcasting, which owns rival WAPP across town. “Certainly I have insights into the Doubleday system. WPLJ is a strong, well-imaged station. So is WNEW-FM. I think it’s going to be a good fight.”

91X in San Diego is producing the first-ever 3D television commercial. XTRA-FM is San Diego’s second ranked rock station. 

Although Howard Stern is gone from Washington’s DC101, he’s set to arrive at New York’s WNBC around Labor Day. Because of Stern, WNBC DJ Michael Sarzynski is being dropped. The new WNBC lineup will be Don Imus, Johnny Dark, Frank Reed, Howard Stern, Ron O’Brien and Allen Beebe. 


Music news – July 15, 1982

John Denver and his wife of 15 years, Annie part in what is being called a trial separation. They have two children – Zachary (8) and Anna Kate (5).

New duo from England – “Soft Cell” is making waves with their new album “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.” Single “Tainted Love” is getting a lot of airplay and is a major hit. Soft Cell is Marc Almond and David Ball. Of their music, Almond says, “Is very real and very human. We represent something a little subversive, something from the streets. It’s underground and experimental. We have sort of a dirty garage sound. House bands have sort of a clean-cut image but we’re the opposite of that. We’re geared to seedier stuff, the kind of stuff those other bands won’t deal with.”

The Thompson Twins are getting airplay with “In The Name of Love,” but don’t let the name mislead you. The group comprises of seven members.

A three-day rock festival backed by Apple computer co-founder Stephan Wozniak is scheduled for Labor Day in San Bernardino, California. A minimum of 20 rock and country music acts will appear at the “US Festival” September 3-5. Promoter Bill Graham says these acts are confirmed – the Police, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Santana, Talking Heads and the B-52’s.

Since last fall, “Night Flight,” a weekly rock-oriented video program on USA, has been a showcase for unsigned music acts. Now the emphasis as been extended with the addition of “The Discovery of the Week.”


Top music albums – July 15, 1982

Asia – Asia

Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson

 Still Life – Rolling Stones

Dare – Human League

Toto IV – Toto

Get Lucky – Loverboy

Diver Down – Van Halen

Tug of War – Paul McCartney

American Fool – John Cougar

Special Forces - .38 Special

Thowin’ Down – Rick James

Keep It Alive – Dazz Band

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Good Trouble – REO Speedwagon

Vinyl Confessions – Kansas


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

Hurts So Good – John Cougar

Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me – Juice Newton

Roseanna – Toto

Don’t You Want Me – Human League

Let It Whip – Dazz Band

Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

Keep The Fire Burnin’ – REO Speedwagon

Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac

Do I Do – Stevie Wonder

Only The Lonely – Motels

Any Day Now – Ronnie Milsap

Caught Up On You - .38 Special

Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

Even The Nights Are Better – Air Supply

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band


Top Black/Soul Music Tracks – July 15, 1982

Do I Do – Stevie Wonder

Early In The Morning – Gap Band

Dance With Me – Rick James


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – July 15, 1982

Happy Talk – Captain Sensible

Abracadabra – Steve Miller

Inside Out – Odyssey

Fame – Irene Cara

Music & Lights – Imagination

A Night To Remember – Shalamar

I’ve Never Been To Me – Charlene


Top movies  – July 15, 1982

E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial

Rocky III



Blade Runner



Star Trek II – Wrath of Khan

The Thing


Author Author 

Raw Force


Sword and the Sorcerer


Das Boot

The Secret of Nimh


Grease 2

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