Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 15, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A jetliner carrying passengers to Mayan ruins in northern Guatemala crashes and explodes, killing at least 90. The toll includes 6 Americans.
Austin - Dozens of National Guardsmen, riot clubs in hand, form a human barricade to close the Hormel plant there and prevent violence between meat packers and workers crossing picket lines.
U.S. intelligence reports say that Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, in the midst of a reelection campaign, is seriously ill with a cyclical, potentially fatal rare disease complicated by diabetes.
Philippines - Foreign journalists and international observer teams will be banned from the polling places during the special presidential election scheduled for Feb. 7.
A bust of Dr. Martin Luther Kin Jr., is unveiled by his widow. It will now be part of the Capitol Rotunda.
The White House says laboratory tests of tissue samples removed from President Reagan all show no signs of cancer.
President Reagan welcomes the surprise new offer on arms control by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on the eve of a new round of arms control negotiations.
Near Los Angeles - In a surprising development charges against five the seven defendants in the McMartin Pre-School molestation case are dropped by prosecutors, who say they had insufficient evidence to prove the five guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Only Raymond Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey will stand trial.
Passing – Herbert W. Armstrong – pioneer radio preacher who built the Worldwide Church of God out of Pasadena, CA. He was 93.
Medical/Health/AIDs News Update – January 15, 1986
NBC-TV presents an AIDS special – see TV section.
AIDS update – Federal health officials suggest that the AIDS epidemic may soon make it necessary for state health departments to maintain lists of those infected with the virus and to force their sexual partners, as is done now with other sexually transmitted diseases.
The percentage of AIDS cases related to blood transfusions doubled last year to 2 of all cases, the Centers for Disease Control reports. Also, scientists report that they have identified how the AIDS virus binds itself to cells of the immune system, a finding that will aid in development of a vaccine.
The Rev. Charles Stanley, head of the 14.3 million-member Southern Baptist Convention says God created AIDS to show displeasure with America’s acceptance of the homosexual life style. “It is a sinful life style according to scripture and I believe that AIDS is God indicating his displeasure and his attitude toward that form of life style, which we in this country are about to accept.”
Technology news – January 15, 1986
Among the VCR’s sold – only 15% are Betas. VHS brand names outnumber Beta about 7 to 1. There’s also HQ VHS and Super Beta and a new 8-millimeter videotape initially promoted by Kodak.
GTE’s Sprint and United’s US Telecom will merge.
Apple unveils the Mac Plus – with 1 meg of internal memory. The existing Macintosh, called the Mac 512 – has only 512-kilbye of memory. Mac Plus will carry a retail price of $2,595.
Radio news – January 15, 1986
(Power 95) WPLJ is #1 for the first time since the station switched from Album rock to top-40 hits. The movie knocks urban WRKS and rival WHTZ (Z-100) into a tie for number two. WNEW-FM the album rock station is up to a 4.1 from a 3.5.
In Los Angeles – Adult contemporary KMGG (Magic 106) becomes Power 106 and is going after KIIS-FM with a funky top 40. Gone is morning man Robert W. Morgan.
Jay Thomas is “not going to be here anymore,” so says WXRK New York general manager Tom Chiusano. Jay was fired January 6. “We decided it just wasn’t working. Birth and Arbitron showed that,’ said Chiusano. Thomas looks at it another way – “it’s impossible to know what they want. On the same day that (afternoon talent) Howard Stern did his ‘Lesbian Dial-A-date,’ I was told I couldn’t say my ‘If you don’t believe it, stuff it’ bit.” Stern called Thomas and the two chatted on-air about his departure. In the meantime, Jimmy Fink will handle mornings at the station. Will Stern move to mornings?
Larry Lujack moves from mornings to afternoon drive at WLS Chicago.
KMET-FM Los Angeles is plugging the use of compact discs, saying they air more music from CD’s than any other rock station. The commitment is traced to the station’s conviction that “CD is just on the edge of really mass acceptance,” which prompted an investment estimated at $12,000 for CD playback equipment for the station.
Rick Sklar moves his Sklar Communications consulting firm to 100 Park Ave. Call 212 370-0077 (interesting).
Television News – January 15, 1986
Passing – Donna Reed (64) … Of pancreatic cancer. One of the all-time great TV moms.
On CBS this week – George Burns 90th Birthday Special. It stars Ann-Margret, Diahann Carroll, Billy Crystal, John Denver, John Forsythe and many others.
The FCC has told the nation’s cities they cannot outlaw satellite receiving dishes as a way to promote the growth of cable TV. There close to 2 million dishes in use, with 40,000 to 60,000 being sold each month. Owners typically use them watch movies and other programs being transmitted to cable TV systems without paying a fee to the program service. Congress had made this legal as long as it is not done for commercial purposes such as providing entertainment in a bar. But HBO, the largest pay programmer, has plans to scramble its signal in days. Others say they will follow before year’s end.
AIDS TV Special
NBC News presents an authoritative national forum that calmly and clearly explains the facts about AIDs – what is now known and remains unknowns, what the prospects are for a cure. Tom Brokaw and Science Correspondent Robert Bazell anchor the program. This week – “Life, Death And AIDS.”
Comic Relief is born - Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Harold Ramis – join Home Box Office executives at a Beverly Hills press conference to announce the formation of Comic Relief. The charity is the latest Hollywood fund-raising effort in the now familiar USA for Africa mode. Comic Relief’s plans are to distribute all of its proceeds from an upcoming HBO special to this year’s American homeless.
Wednesday night television listings/programming/TV guide – January 15, 1986
CBS – Mary, Foley Square, Crazy Like a Fox, The Equalizer
NBC – Highway to Heaven, Blacke’s Magic, St. Elsewhere, Tonight Show
ABC – MacGyver, Dynasty, Hotel
PBS – National Geographic, Martin Luther King:” The Dream and the drum
Showtime – Honeymooners Lost Episodes. Brothers, Bizaare
MTV – Video Music
MacGyver – MacGyver is injected with deadly serum.
Music news – January 15, 1986
The song “Hands Across America” will make its public debut during the super Bowl pre-game show on NBC-TV Jan. 26. It was in October when organizer Ken Kragen announced his plan to stretch a line of 6 million to 10 million Americans 4,152 miles from New York to Los Angeles. Kragen believes the May 25 event (6 to 7pm eastern) will be a reality, even though similar projects failed in the past. One that comes to mind is the 1976 Bicentennial.
MTV is challenging findings by Nielsen which indicate a dramatic decline in key demographic segments of the metered viewer sample for the 24-hour cable music channel. Unexplained apparent drops of about 20% in the number of 18-to-24-year-old viewers and 25% in the 12-17 age group as compared to the second quarter of 1985 are causing an unspecified delay in Nielsen’s publishing of MTV’s fourth quarter 1985 ratings.
Top Album Rock Tracks – January 15, 1986
Kyrie – Mr. Mister
Silent Running – Mike & The Mechanics
Stages – ZZ Top
Talk To Me – Stevie Nicks
Day By Day- The Hooters
Face the Face – Pete Townshend
I Can’t Wait – Stevie Nicks
Give Blood – Pete Townshend
Can’t Stop Rockin’ – ZZ Top
Life In A Northern Town – Dream Academy
Strength – The Alarm
Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 15, 1986
Bop – Dan Seals
Never Be You – Roseanne Cash
Just in Case – Forester Sisters
Home Again In My Heart – Nitty Gritty dirt Band
Memories to Burn – Gene Watson
Hurt – Juice Newton
(Back to the) Heartbreak Kid – Restless heart
Makin’ Up for Lost Time – Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris
Old School – John Conlee
Morning Desire – Kenny Rogers
Top pop music hits In Britain – January 15, 1986
Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin Stevens
The Sun Always Shines On TV – A-Ha
Hit That Perfect Beat – Bronski Beat
Dress You Up – Madonna
Girlie Girlie – Sophia George
Walking In The Air – Aled Jones
Top pop hit music albums – January 15, 1986
Heart – Heart
Miami Vice – Soundtrack
The Broadway Album – Barbra Streisand
Brothers In Arms – Dire straits
Afterburner – ZZ Top
In Square Circle – Stevie Wonder
Knee Deep In The Hoopla – Starship
Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
Promise – Sade
Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp
Welcome to The real World – Mr. Mister
Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston
Songs Form The Big Chair – Tears For Fears
Power Windows – Rush
Once Upon A Time – Simple Minds
Greatest Hits – The Cars
Rock A Little – Stevie Nicks
No Jacket Required – Phil Collins
Reckless – Bryan Adams
White Nights – Soundtrack
Rocky IV – Soundtrack
Rock Me Tonight - Freddie Jackson
So Red The Rose – arcadia
Here’s To Future Days - Thompson Twins
Seven The Hard Way – Pat Benatar
How Could It Be – Eddie Murphy
Who’s Zoomin’ Who – Aretha Franklin
Top hit music singles(top-40) – January 15, 1986
That’s What Friends Are for – Dionne & Friends
Party All The Time – Eddie Murphy
Say You, say Me – Lionel Richie
I Miss You – Klymaxx
Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds
Small Town – John Cougar Mellencamp
Talk To Me – Stevie Nicks
Burning Heart – Survivor
Walk of Life – dire straits
Tonight She Comes – The Cars
I’m Your Man – Wham!
Go Home – Stevie Wonder
My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney
Conga – Miami Sound Machine
Separate Lives – Phil Collins/Marilyn martin
Goodbye – Night ranger
It’s Only Love – Bryan Adams/Tina Turner
Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
Sidewalk Talk - Jellybean
Top movies – January 15, 1986
Spies Like Us
Out of Africa
A Chorus Line
Jewel of the Nile