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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 23, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Civil Aeronautics Board, reversing a decision made two months ago, agrees to ban smoking on all commercial airline flights of less than two hours.

 President Reagan picks Martha Seger, a former Michigan bank regulator, to be the second woman governor of the Federal Reserve Board in its 70-year history.

Walter F. Mondale says Gary Hart, the candidate of “new ideas” is now resorting to “old politics… back-room politics in an effort to preserve his presidential hopes.

Campaigning in New Jersey, Sen. Gary Heart notes, “One of every 10 research dollars invested in this country is spent in the state of New Jersey.” Hart said his new ideas would blend with New Jersey’s “high tech” future.

And the campaigns of Sen. Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson now accuse Walter F. Mondale of “playing hardball’ in his drive for the Democratic presidential nomination.

International Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch says the Soviet decision to boycott the Los Angeles Olympic Games is now final. But, the final tally – some 123 nations – a record – will be participating in the summer Olympic games. 

President Regan and his wife, Nancy had to walk down nine flights of darkened stairs after a power failure knocked out an elevator at the exclusive Watergate complex. The Reagans were the guests of honor at a dinner party given by Clare Booth Luce and were just finishing desert in her ninth-floor apartment when the lights went out.

An unidentified Vietnam veteran is laid to rest with nameless casualties of the last three wars in the white marble Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. At the ceremony, President Reagan called on the Hanoi regime to cooperate in accounting for the 2,489 Americans still listed as missing in Vietnam. “The unknown soldier who has returned to us today and whom we lay to rest is symbolic of all our missing sons. Today, we pause to embrace him and al who served us so well in a war whose end offered no parades, no flags and so little thanks.”

Iraq claims to have hit eight more ships in the Persian Gulf in the Iran-Iraq war.

A full eclipse of the sun is seen in Atlanta.

A midnight thunderstorm drenches Tulsa with more than a foot of rain causing flash floods that killed at least 10 and left more than 2100 families homeless.

After 20 years of hit-and-run warfare against the Colombian military - The oldest Marxist guerrilla movement in South America agrees to come in and negotiate with President Belisario Betancu.

China says it will station troops in Hong Kong when it regains sovereignty over the British colony in 1997.


Technology news – May 23, 1984

Apple will spend $2 million in radio advertising – lots of it for rock station to reach teens for the company’s new $1.295 IIc computer.


Radio news – May 23, 1984

Ratings in New York –

WRKS (Kiss) – 5.6

Z-100 – 5.5 (Down considerably from its first top-40 book last fall when it was at a 6.2)

WPAT AM-FM – 5.5

WOR – 4.9 (down from a 5.1)

WCBS AM - 4.6

WINS – 4.6

WPLJ – 4.1 (up from a 3.5) It’s now top-40 going head-to-head with Z-100.

WKTU – 4.0

WBLS – 3.7

WRFM – 3.7

WAPP – 3.3

WNEW-FM – 2.6

WNBC – 2.9

WNEW – 2.9

WPIX – 2.9(down from a 3.4)

WYNY – 2.9 (down from a 3.6)

WCBS-FM – 2.7

WHN (country) – 2.3

WABC – 2.2

Los Angeles radio ratings – May 1984

KIIS-FM – 7.8

KABC – 5.7

KJOI – 4.5

KBIG – 4.1

KMET – 3.9

KLOS – 3.3

KROQ – 3.0 (up from a 2.6)

KNX – 3.5

KOST – 3.5

KFWB – 3.0

KRTH – 2.8

KIQQ – 2.7

KZLA – 2.7

KKHR – 2.6

KMGG – 2.3

KPRZ – 2.3

KRLA – 2.1

KHTZ – 1.7

KLAC – 1.6

XTRA (The Mighty 690) - .8

KHJ - .6


Oldies WCBS-FM (New York) has added radio vet Ron Lundy permanently. The  WCBS-FM line-up is Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Bill Brown, Dick Heatherton, Bob Shannon, Don K. Reed, Max Kinkel. Norm N. Nite and Jack Spector do weekends.

NBC says Dr. Ruth Westheimer will soon be syndicated on the radio network. She’s now heard in New York and Los Angeles.

Low-rated KHTZ (Los Angeles) is giving away a house. Listen to the Charlie Tuna show mornings for details. (The listener turned out to be a guy who never listened to the station. He was just dial twisting when he won the call-in phase. As a finalist, he  received one of seven house keys and it fit!). 

Transtar launches “Format 41” on 12 stations, so says Mike Harvey, vice president of programming. It’s the third Transtar format.

Lee Masters is now in Tulsa at KWEN… Comedy is all the rage at the new KMDY just north of Los Angeles at 850 on the AM dial. It joins several other stations in the format – like KLAF Salt Lake City.


MTV News Update – May 23, 1984

MTV – The channel is in the midst of lavish promotions and lavish contests. Joseph Long Jr. of Maryland just won “The MTV Private Affair With the Cars” whereby he’ll receive a Cars concert along with 1000 of his friends, plus a new Porsche. Other MTV contests so far were ‘The MTV Party Plane,” “The MTV One-Night Stand,” The MTV Hawaiian Holiday With Devo” and recently, “The MTV Lost Weekend With Van Halen.” Kurt Jefferis won the MTV Lost Weekend With Van Halen. He got to go backstage with the band during a concert. Actually, he was introduced onstage by David Lee Roth who then stuck a cake in his face. Jefferis (20) loved it.


Music news – May 23, 1984

It’s Bruce Springsteen fever as Columbia Records begins a pre-release blitz of the album “Born in the U.S.A.” The single “Dancing In The Dark” was shipped to radio stations on May 9, although Z-100 and WNEW-FM New York were playing the song two days in advance. Columbia is teasing with album cover blow-ups, T-shirts and other samples. Look out!

The next Jackson album – “Victory” will push the other Jacksons into the spotlight. “Thriller” really spotlighted Michael, so this time, the other brothers are to be featured on their songs. Tito, who has never sung lead on a Jacksons record, will provide vocals for his tow songs, “Change the World” and “Band Company.” Brother Marlon has three tracks for the new album.

Misleading? - Capitalizing on the Jackson’s current success, Motown releases a package of previously unreleased Jackson’s songs in an album titled “Farewell My Summer Love 1984.” All 10 songs were recorded in 1973.

Seen on MTV a commercial for  “We’re All Devo,” the group’s new home-video greatest hits package.

Jennifer Holliday is glad – “Dreamgirls” is history after three years and she wants to move on. “I’m finally free at last.” She is touring with Peabo Bryson as a solo artist.

A&M Records will produce its entire line of prerecorded cassettes on chromium tape.

Coca-Cola has lined-up a tour and endorsement deal with Julio Iglesias.

Hot video show – “New York Hot Tracks” seen on 80 stations. The 90-minute show is presented each week and unlike MTV, plays black artists!


Television news – May 23, 1984

“One Day At A Time” tapes its last episode after nine seasons.

Following the FCC’s March 29 approval of stereo TV, TV stations are getting ready to go stereo. NBC-TV seems to be out front. “The Tonight Show” is recorded but not broadcast in stereo for test purposes.” NBC’s “Friday Night Videos” is a prime candidate to move from FM simulcast to stereo broadcast in the future. CBS says at this time, it is not committed to any stereo broadcast plans. ABC was going to broadcast the Summer Olympics in stereo, but has recently canned the idea.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 23, 1984

CBS – Scarecrow and Mrs. King, One Day At A Time, Cagney and Lacey

NBC – TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Super Birthday VII: A World’s fair Salute To Bob Hoe, Tonight Show

ABC – Movie, Nightline, Eye on Hollywood

PBS – Frontline, Latenight America

HBO – Fraggile Rock (Jim Henson produced)

Showtime – Barry Manilow In Concert


On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers hosts with Erma Bombeck Shelley Winters and Michael J. Fox.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – May 23, 1984

Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins

Hello – Lionel Richie

Against All Odds – Phil Collins

Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams

Oh, Sherrie – Steve Perry

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

You Might Think – The Cars

To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before – Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson

The Reflex – Duran Duran

Head over Heels – The Go-Go’s

Breakdance – Irene Cra

The Longest Time – Billy Joel

The Authority Song – John Cougar Mellencamp

Sister Christian – Night Ranger

Love Somebody – Rick Springfield

They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman

Head Over Heals – Go-Go’s

Tonight – Kool & The Gang

Dancing In The Streets – Shalamar

I’ll Wait – Van Halen 


Top Black Hit Music Singles – May 23, 1984

Don’t Waste Your Time – Yarbrough & Peoples

Let’s hear It For the Boy – Deniece Williams

Freakshow On The Dance Floor – Bar Kays

She’s Strange – Cameo

Don’t Look Any Further – Dennis Edwards

Lady You Are – One Way

Give Me Tonight – Shannon


Top pop music hit singles in Britain – May 23, 1984

Against All Odds – Phil Collins

The reflex – Duran Duran

Locomotion – OMD

Automatic – Pointer Sisters

I Want To Break Free – Queen

When You’re Young And In Love – Flying Pickets

One Love/People Get Ready – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

Don’t Bell me – BlancMange


Top music albums – May 23, 1984

1984 – Van Halen

Footloose – Soundtrack

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Love At First Sting – Scorpions

Heartbeat City – The Cars

Grace Under Pressure – Rush

Sports – Huey Lewis & The News

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie

She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

Body & Soul – Joe Jackson

Into The Gap – Thompson Twins

Learning To Crawl - Pretenders

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Into The Gap – Thompson Twins

Touch – Eurythmics

Go-Go’s –Talk Show

Hard to Hold – Rock Springfield

Uh-Huh – John Cougar Mellencamp

Street Talk – Steve Perry

In 3-D – Weird Al Yankovic

Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue

90125 – Yes


Top movies – May 23, 1984

Romancing the Stone

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Sixteen Candles

Moscow on the Hudson

Sleepaway Camp

The Natural

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