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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 15,1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

Historic salvage - Space shuttle Discovery returns tow wayward satellites to earth, to the delight of a consortium of insurance companies. Later, the crew met with President Reagan, who told the astronauts that the nation “is proud of what you have done.” “You demonstrated that by putting man in space onboard America’s space shuttle, we can work in space in ways that we never imagined were possible.”

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi tells 200,000 mourners at a memorial rally that his mother, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated in a conspiracy to weaken India.

A liquefied gas storage site explodes in Mexico City, killing at least 269.

Josef Stalin’s daughter says she felt like a prisoner during 17 years as a defector in “the so-called free world” and had decided on her own to return from the west to rejoin the family.

 

Fascinating Business News – November 15, 1984

McDonald’s celebrates a milestone, flipping a Quarter Pounder onto a grill at a swank New York hotel and designating it the 50-billionth burger sold by the fast-food empire.

 

Medical/Health news – November 15, 1984

Medical – Baby Fae, the month-old girl who was the first infant to receive an animal heart transplant has died. Loma Linda (CA) hospital spokesman Ed Wines said the baboon heart that had been substituted for the infant’s own damaged organ gradually failed, despite efforts at closed cardiac massage. Dr. Leonard Bailey, the surgeon who performed the historic transplant pronounced the technique at least a partial success and says he may attempt another similar procedure.

 

Technology news – November 15, 1984

Eastman Kodak says it will enter the telecommunications market and will offer voice and data communications services to business customers through a network that the company had built over several years. Kodak has the network in place, handling about 7 million long-distance calls annually. 

 

Music news – November 15, 1984

Olivia Newton John announces her engagement to actor Matt Lattanzi. They will wed before the end of the year. She’s 36 and he’s 25. They met when both appeared in the movie “Xanadu.” It will be the first marriage for both.

For the record – Ted Turner’s Cable Music Channel began operations Oct 26 with Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.,” First hour’s songs included “I Just Called To Say I Love You,” Stevie Wonder, “Olympia,” Sergio Mendes, “A Hard day’s Night,” The Beatles, “Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince and “Pride In The Name Of Love,” – U2. Jeff Gonzer has resigned from KMET-FM to become a part of Ted Turner’s Cable Music Channel. His new position has him heard but not seen as a VJ on the new service.

Did you catch Elvira – Mistress of the Dark on MTV Halloween night? Her “Movie macabre is now syndicated in 30 markets and is slated to enter the New York market in early 1985. She carved a pumpkin with a chainsaw among other things. 

In Concert - The Cars are touring!

Universal Pictures and CBS Records are feuding over how much the studio should pay for the use of three Bruce Springsteen songs in to the movie “Mask” starring Cher as a lady biker and Eric Stoltz as her congenitally disfigured son. The script calls for her son to listen to a lot of Springsteen records. The movie uses “Badlands” during the opening credits and parts of “The Promised Land” and “Thunder Road” later in the film. The studio offered $200,000, a considerable sum, but CBS Records President Walter Yetnioff wants more – a share of the movie’s home-video sales. 

The Discovery Music Network should have a potential audience of almost 12 million by the time it goes on the air in January. Discovery will be getting its audience by drastically altering its original plans, switching from trying to reach viewers via cable TV and instead, getting to them via a national network of UHF stations.

Meantime, charter advertisers on Ted Turner’s Cable Music Channel are said to be “concerned and watchful,” but not planning any major action against the new 24-hour music channel for overstating its subscription roles by almost 90%. Cable Music Channel original signed on 25 charter advertisers before it began cablecasting on Oct. 26. Half were “bonus” advertisers – companies that received free sots on the channel as bonuses for prior advertising commitments to other TBS divisions. 

 Billy Squier maintains that his video for “Rock me Tonight,” the first single off Squier’s current Capitol album, “signs of Life,” is hurting his career. Squier contends that the video undermined his credibility with the young male fans that comprise his core constituency. He notes that they may have been put off by the clip’s pop star pretensions or confused by its apparent sexual ambiguity.

WKTU (New York) Program Director Neil Mcentyre notes that certain rap records – “White Lines,” The Disco 3’s “Fat Boys,” Run-D.M.C.’s “30 days,” and the melodic examples Newcleus’ “Jam On It” and divine Sounds’ “What People Do For Money” are being played.

MTV Networks Inc says its third quarter revenues were up about 10% over the second quarter of this year, and, with total third quarter revenues standing at $28.777 million – an increase of more than 116% over the same period in 1983.

Cost of the average music video these days – Between $30,000 and $40,000.

 

Television news – November 15, 1984

HBO and Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment form to acquire and distribute home-video programming. To start - Thorn EMI/HBO will distribute videocassettes of 33 movies from Orion pictures. 

Public Television’s Mister Rogers, declaring it “a beautiful day in your neighborhood,” gives the Smithsonian Institution the red cardigan sweater he has worn in 30 years of hosting one of America’s most enduring children’s programs. The sweater was hand-knot by his late mother. 

 

Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 15, 1984

CBS – Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC – V, Hunter, Miami Vice, Tonight

ABC –Benson, Webster, Hawaiian Heat, Matt Houston, ABC Rocks

PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week

Showtime – Rock of the 80’s

USA – Night Flight (Music videos)

 

On Benson – Benson hires Klaus to be his executive aide.

On Dallas – The Ewings and Barnes families face off at the Oil Barons Ball. Oh My!!

On the Tonight Show – Sammy Davis Jr. joins Johnny Carson.

 

Top Videocassette  movie sales – November 15, 1984

Romancing the Stone

Jane Fonda’s Workout

Making Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Raiders of the Los Ark

Splash

1984 Summer Olympics

Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan

 

Radio news – November 15, 1984

Rick Carroll has decided to give up consulting. A lucrative deal from KROQ made the decision a little easier.

WMCA New York talk personality Bob Grant, who holds the 4-7pm shift, will move to rival WABC. WMCA and Grant had been negotiating his expired contract, so says WMCA program director Jeanne Straus. “We were not displeased either,” she says, noting that Grant’s program had slipped to number 23 out of 39 shows in Arbitron’s summer ratings for that shift.

Denise Oliver takes over the program director post at WYNY New York.

Why? – KIQQ Los Angeles chooses “Get Nekked” as the pick hit of the week. The artist is Rick Dees, whose KIIS-FM morning show is clobbering KIQQ.

WLS personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier have been suspended. They made some disparaging remarks about management.

Guy Zapoleon is moving to KZZP Phoenix to become program director. He comes from WBZZ Pittsburgh.

Gannett is changing its MOR AM station to top-40 and will hire new jocks. Only Rick Dees will be simulcast on KIIS-AM from KIIS-FM. Manager Wally Clark believes an AM Top-40 can do something, especially with a strong FM as KIIS-FM just went to a 10 share.

Sillerman-Morrow Broadcasting agrees to sell four of its radio stations to Bell Broadcasting for $10.3 million. They are WALL/WKGL Middletown, WJJB Poughkeepsie and WRAN, Dover NJ. Morrow is former DJ Cousin Bruce Morrow.  

 

Top Pop Music Hit Singles In Britain – November 15, 1984

Freedom – Wham!

I Feel For You – Chaka Khan

No More Lonely Nights – Paul McCartney

Together In Electric Dreams – Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey

The Wanderer – Status Quo

Too Late For Goodbyes – Julian Lennon

All Cried Out – Alison Moyet

The Wild Boys – Duran Duran

 

Top Jazz – November 15, 1984

 Hot House Flowers – Wynton Marsalis

Inside Moves – Grover Washington Jr.

First Circle – Pat Metheny Group

Night Songs – Earl Klugh

Decoy – Dave Grusin

Access All Areas – Miles Davis

High Crime – Al Jarreau

 

Top Rock Music Album Cuts – November 15, 1984

Valotte – Julian Lennon

Run to You – Bryan Adams

I Do Wanna Know – REO Speedwagon

The Boys of Summer – Don Henley

 We Belong – Pat Benatar

Had a Dream – Roger Hodgson

Survivor – I Can’t Hold Back

Understanding – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Pride (In the Name Of Love) – U2

Do It Again – Kinks

Sea of Love – Honeydrippers

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 15, 1984

Fool’s Gold – Lee Greenwood

Give Me One More Chance – Exile

Your Heart’s Not In It – Janie Fricke

You Could’ve Heard A Heart Break – Johnny Lee

Nobody Loves Me Like You do – Anne Murray & David Loggins

Prisoner of the Highway – Ronnie Milsap

Pins & Needles – the Whites

I’ve Been around Enough to Know – John Schneider

Too good To Stop Now – Mickey Gilley

 

Top Music Albums – November 15, 1984

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

Purple rain- Prince & The revolution

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

1100 Bel Air Place –Julio Iglesias

The Woman In Red Soundtrack – Stevie Wonder

She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

Heartbeat City – the Cars

Volume One – The Honeydrippers

Sports – Huey Lewis & The News

Big Bam Boom – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Suddenly – Billy Ocean

Break Out – Pointer Sisters

Soundtrack – Eddie & The Cruisers – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

Madonna – Madonna

The Unforgettable fire – U2

Break Out – Pointer Sisters

17 – Chicago

Tonight – David Bowie

Animalize – Kiss

Emotion – Barbara Streisand

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 15, 1984

Purple Rain – Prince

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Strut – Sheena Easton

Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean

I Just Called to say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

All Through The Night – Cyndi Lauper

Better Be Good To Me - Tina Turner

Blue Jean – David Bowie

Penny Lover – Lionel Richie

Desert Moon – Dennis DeYoung

What About Me? – Kenny Rogers With Kim Karnes and James Ingram

Cool It Now – New Edition

All Through The Night – Cyndi Lauper

Sea of Love – Honeydrippers

The War Song – Culture Club

Hard Habit To Break – Chicago

I Can’t Hold Back – Survivor

No More Lonely Nights – Paul McCartney

It Ain’t Enough – Corey Hart

I’m So Excited – The Pointer sisters

Walking On A Thin Line – Huey Lewis And the News

 

Top movies – November 15, 1984

Razor Back

First Born

Places in the Heart

Garbo Talks

Amadeus

Soldier’s Story

Just the Way You Are

Night of the Comet

The Terminator

Missing In Action

All Of Me

Oh God You Devil

Teachers

 
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