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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 22, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

Edwin Meese III asks for the appointment of a special prosecutor to make a “rapid, impartial and thorough” investigation of the charges of political and financial improprieties that jeopardize his prospect of becoming attorney general.

Robert Diaz, a coronary care nurse in Riverside County (CA) is found guilty of murdering 12 elderly patients by giving them overdoses of a heart-regulating drug.

A spring storm kills at least 70 in the Northeast and the Carolinas.

President Reagan is not happy over a new Democratic TV campaign that charges that his Administration contains “more scandal-tainted officials tan we’ve seen since Richard Nixon and Watergate.” He called the attack “guilt by accusation."

New England loves Hart - Gary Hart defeats Walter F. Mondale in the Connecticut primary – his sixth New England state.

Congress hands President Regan the fourth veto override of his Administration, approving a $180-million program for water research grants over the President’s objections. 

Virginia McMartin (76) who owns the Virginia McMartin Pre-School near Los Angeles and one of her former teachers are named as two of seven school employees indicted on charges of sexually molesting children in their care.

 

Medical /Health/AIDs news update – March 22, 1984

Forty cases of AIDS in 10 cities have been linked through a chain of sexual contacts to one homosexual man who may have been a carrier of the disease without knowing he had it.

 

Technology news – March 1, 1984

There’s a shift as VCR’s appear to be making the transition from specialty item to mass-market appliance.

Since the breakup of AT&T Jan. 1, there are more than 90 million phone credit cards – much more than before and phone card fraud is increasing. AT&T began issuing credit cards in 1939.

IBM’s PCjr and Apple Computer’s Macintosh computers have drawn similar reactions in many places since they hit the market two months ago Watchers say that while the Mac seems destined to become a hit, PCjr sales so far have been disappointing – in part because of the new Apple.

 

Media Business news update – March 22, 1984

For the first time since 1979, Turner Broadcasting system has posted a profit – gaining a $7 million profit. Turner says he’ll dip back into the red until midyear, but it’s the light at the end of the tunnel. His WTBS is the strongest property – now reaching 29 million homes. CNN now reaches over 25 million and CNN Headline News is gaining.

 

Radio news – March 22, 1984

Leases 4 channels Westwood One becomes the first independent radio producer to lease digital audio channels on RCA’s Satcom 1-R communications satellite under a $6.7 million multi-year pact. Westwood says it will re-sale some down time to independent producers.

Mike Joseph just licensed “Hot Hits” to Z-100 New York.

Kevin Metheny is leaving as program director of WNBC to go to MTV. “I would not have left if I felt the station was in peril. I’m comfortable that our advertisers, our programming and our current lineup are well positioned. It looks bright and cheery.  Metheny joined WNBC in 1980 as program manager and was upped to director of programming and operations in 1982. Before WNBC, he programmed  WNOE, New Orleans, KMJC, San Diego, WXKX, Pittsburgh, WEFM Chicago and KSLQ St. Louis.

Storz Broadcasting sells legendary WTIX (New Orleans) and KOMA (Oklahoma City) to Price Communications. 

WXTU Philadelphia goes country.

Over 170 radio stations carry the comedy feature “Hiney Wine.” It’s marketed by Dorsey and Donnelly enterprises of Arlington, Texas. Rick Dees uses it on KIIS-FM as does Scott Shannon on Z-100. The feature is sold on a cash basis between $1,500 and $10,000 a year. Stations can make a lot of money and especially if they follow “The Hiney Wine Operations Manual.” The booklet instructs programmers on the art of selling Hiney T-shirts, bumper stickers, fly swatters, drinking mugs and baseball caps among others.

The FCC begins implementation of one of the most sweeping changes in the history of broadcasting and will add more than 600 new FM stations to the dial. Also, the FCC gives nearly 200 daytime only AM stations special pre-sunrise authorization. The authorizations were mailed to AM stations that operate on one of the seven channels designated as “Canadian clear channels. They are – 540, 690, 740, 860, 990, 1010 and 1570 khz.

Metromedia sells KJR-AM Seattle to Ackerly Inc for $6 million. Metromedia purchased the station in 1980 for $10 million. KJR was a top-40 powerhouse during the late 1950’s 1960’s and 1970’s when it was owned by Kaye-Smith Broadcasting. 

 

Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 22, 1984

CBS – The American parade, Terrible Joe Moran

NBC, The A-Team, Riptide, Remington Steele, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Foul-Ups. Bloopers and Blunders, AKA Pablo, Three’s Company, Shaping Up, Hart to Hart, Nightline

PBS – Nova, American Playhouse, America Afterdark

A&E – Arts Playhouse

 

On Three’s Company -  An automatic bankteller machine gives Jack a lot of loot.

On David Letterman – Sandra Bernhard.

 

Music news – March 22, 1984

“Thriller” breaks the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack album for all-time bestseller. As “Saturday” had 25 million in sales, so far, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson has almost 31 million sales.

Frank Dileo, head of promotion at Epic Records, resigns to become Michael Jackson’s new manager. Jackson severed ties with his last managers July 1.

This Saturday night – MTV presents Thomas Dolby in concert.

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 22, 1984

Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It – Janie Fricke

Don’t Make It Easy For Me – Earl Thomas Conley

You Really Got A Hold One Me – Mickey Gilley

Buried Treasure – Kenny Rogers

I’ve Been Wrong Before – Deborah Allen

Thank God For The Radio – The Kendalls

The Yellow Rose – Johnny Lee/Lane Brody

Will It Be Love By Morning – Michael Martin Murphy

Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) – Alabama

Right or Wrong – George Strait

 

Top Pop Music Hits Singles in Britain – March 22, 1984

99 Red Balloons – Nena

Street Dance – Break Machine

Joanna – Kool & The Gang

Hello - Lionel Richie

Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Wouldn’t It Be Good – Nik Kershaw

Jump Van Halen

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Torvill & Dean – Richard Hartley and Michael Reed

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – March 22, 1984

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Jump – Van Halen

I Want a New Drugs – Huey Lewis and the News

99 Luftballons – Nena

Adult Education – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Against All Odds – Phil Collins

I Want A New Drug – Huey Lewis & The News

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Miss Me Blind – Culture Club

Nobody Told Me – John Lennon

Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins

Got A Hold On Me – Christine McVie

The Language of Love – Dan Fogelberg

New Moon On Monday -  Duran Duran

Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic

Back Where You Belong – 38 Special

Give It Up – K.C.

 

Top music albums – March 22, 1984

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Footloose – Soundtrack

Colour By Numbers – Culture Club

Synchronicity – The Police

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie

90125 – Yes

Milk and Honey – Lennon/Ono

Windows and Walls – Dan Fogelberg

Touch – Eurythmics

Shout At the devil – Motley Crue

Rock ‘n” Soul Part 1 – Hall & Oates

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Seven and the Ragged Tiger – Duran Duran

Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

Shout at the Devil – Motley Crew

Defenders of the Faith – Judas Priest

Eliminator – ZZ Top

Roll On – Alabama

She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

Christine McVie – Christine McVie

Love At First Sting – Scorpions

Break Out – Pointer Sisters

 

Top movies – March 22, 1984

Romancing the Stone

Police Academy

Unfaithfully Yours

Splash

Ice Pirates

You Warriors

Footloose

Slapstick

Children of the Corn

Against All Odds

 
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