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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 22, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan approves measures to tighten its 26-year-old trade embargo on Cuba. Some of them include an end to the possibility of Cubans getting U.S. visas in third countries (usually Panama).

A volcano hits Vaounder, Cameroon and it’s reported at least 1,200 were killed and hundreds hospitalized.

War on drugs - Over 250 federal and local law enforcement officials board and search nearly every vessel that entered New York’s harbor.

The family of Challenger astronaut Ron McNair says they will file suit against the maker of the solid rocket boosters blamed for the explosion that killed its seven crew members.

Weekly radio address - President Reagan says that the industrialized world should follow America’s example and cut tax rates in order to spur sluggish economic growth. “America won’t be able to grow and prosper indefinitely if the rest of the world economy is dragging behind,” said the President.

The nation’s trade deficit hit a record $18 billion last month – a blow that could hold back July-September growth.

Spying - Jerry Whitworth, the former U.S. Navy communication specialist is sentenced to 365-years in prison.  

A federal grand jury indicts Anita Sanabria Castelo who is Nancy Reagan’s personal maid and three men on charges they conspired to illegally export ammunition without a license.

Soviet officials confirm that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster “caused the deaths of 31 people and sent 203 others to the hospital with acute radiation sickness. It also forced the evacuation of 135,000 for the disaster zone.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred wins $20,000 and a public apology. This after former California state senator John Schmitz conceded that the feminist lawyer is “not a slick butch lawyeress” as he described in 1981.

Mattel announces a new family of dolls complete with father, a pregnant mom who gets “un” pregnant, infants and accessories. Look for the “Heart Family New Arrival” set soon.


Home video news – August 22, 1986

For the holidays, Paramount is releasing 20 movies on videotape, including “Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom” which should retail for $29.95.


Sports news – August 22, 1986

U.S. Open – Jack McEnroe loses to Paul Annacone.

Former football great Jim Brown is arrested after he allegedly beat up his fiancé at his Hollywood Hills home.


Radio news – August 22, 1986

KIIS-FM morning man Rick Dees mailed letters to 300 radio program directors urging their support in the “fight against the glorification of drugs on radio.” “I don’t joke on the air about people being high at concerts and jumping off the roof. That’s not funny,” said Dees.

Surprise – Emmis Broadcasting has changed WAPP (classic rock) to WQHT – a top-40/hurban hybrid – a format quite similar to sister station KPWR (Power 106) in Los Angeles. WQHT-FM is at 103.5. No one in the industry guessed this one.

Another legendary top-40 AM station bites the dust as KFRC/San Francisco says it’s flipping to a Middle of the Road format. 

Howard Stern’s morning WXRK New York morning show begins to simulcast on WYSP-FM Philadelphia this week. That puts him in competition with WMMR-FM morning man John De Bella on that station’s morning zoo. De Bella is #1 in Philly mornings. This is separate from a new weekend taped show Stern will be syndicating for weekends. Check out the ads above. Stern made the WYSP announcement during an appearance on David Letterman’s NBC-TV show August 5.

More Stern – Howard Stern jumps from a 3.4 to a 5.3 overall, but men – look out!

Stern logged a 9-share with men 18 and older. Rival WNEW-FM dropped from a 5.3 to a 4.4 in the same demographic.

More Howard Stern – Has a new weekly show now offered to radio stations by DIR - Howard Stern’s New Weekly Radio Show. It’s Taped/Pre-produced And Will Run On Weekends.

Jeff Mazzei is the new music director at oldies WCBS-FM.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 22, 1986

Passing – Beloved TV actor Ted Knight (62) of cancer.

Passing – Popular TV character actor Walter Brooke. 

Up and coming – Jim Varney, whose local TV spots in New York and Chicago with his “Hey Vern” signature is now becoming a home video star. His first video (He Vern!  It’s My Family Album) has sold almost 20,000 and a second title is scheduled to be released. Varney’s character is called Ernest P. Worrell. The first video is composed mainly of Varney’s commercials – of which, he’s appeared in some 2000!


Television news – August 22, 1986

“Captain Midnight” (John MacDougall) who briefly jammed the HBO satellite signal last April, is fined $5,000 and given a year’s probation. The short interruption caused major concern and the FCC launched an intensive investigation. MacDougall is the only person ever known to have taken private control of a commercial satellite signal. He said he did it to protest HBO’s new scrambling fees. MacDougal is based out of the Jacksonville (FL) area.

Charlie Rose begins to co-anchor the “CBS Morning News.” He was an anchor with CBS’ late-night “Nightwatch" newscast.

Robert Wright, A General Electric executive is appointed president and chief executive office of NBC.

A never-aired pilot for “Star Trek” might be included in Paramount’s 20th anniversary celebration of the TV series. Titled “The Cage,” – the program is in b&w and color. The original color work print of “The Cage” was cut up and large portions thrown out when the episode was incorporated into “the Menagerie, another “Star Trek” episode. Only black-and-white “travel copies” of that show survived, according to Gene Roddenberry. “Star Trek” has some 80 episodes in reruns (not counting this one) plus three feature films.

Get ready for the new NBC-TV show “Alf” debuting next month. “ALF” is a puppet, but already the toy and merchandising marketing machine is in full swing.

MTV news update – MTV Networks president and CEO Bob Pittman says he will leave his post sometime before the middle of next year. The loss of Pittman and another key executive, programmer John Sykes (who resigned last month), coupled with MTV’s poor Nielsen ratings have some believe the channel may be in trouble.  Separately, MTV says it wants more specific viewer ship demo information and signs with AGB, which will use the new People Meter technology to gather ratings info.


Sunday night television listings/TV guide – August 22, 1986

CBS – 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Movie

NBC – Silver Spoons, Punky Brester, Dalton’s Code of Vengeance, Movie

ABC – Disney: Love Leads The Way, Movie

PBS – Masterpiece Theatre

MTV – Profile of the group Power Station, Young Ones, 120 Minutes


Silver Spoons – Rick has two dates for his birthday celebration.

NBC Movie – “The Verdict” (1962) Paul Newman.

ABC Sunday Night Movie – “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) – Roger Moore as 007.  


Music news – August 22, 1986

Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson have a new single – “Count Your Blessings.” They’ll be going on a three-month tour beginning in September.

Julio Iglesias is in the middle of a 55-city U.S. tour. He plans to release the follow-up to his English-language Columbia debut album 1984’s “1100 Bel Air Place” after his four-month tour ends in late October. Iglesias has been performing for about 20 years, but is relatively new to the U.S.  

With the drug days behind him, Boy George is back in the recording studio – this time as a solo artist. He was just fined $375 by a magistrate’s court in London for possession of heroin.


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – August 22, 1986

I Want To Wake Up With You – Boris Gardiner

The Lady In Red – Chris DeBurgh

So Macho – Sinitta

Anyone Can Fall In Love – Anita Dobson & Simon May Orchestra

Camouflage – Stan Ridgway

Ain’t Nothing Goin On But The Rent – Gwen Guthrie

Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna

Find The Time – Five Star

Calling Al The Heroes – It Bites

Shout – LuLu


Hot Rock Music Album Cuts – August 22, 1986

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

Missionary Man – Eurythmics

Stuck With You – Huey Lewis & The News

Throwing It All Away – Genesis

Touch The Night – Neil Young

Love Walks In – Van Halen

Higher Love – Steve Winwood

Dreamtime – Daryl Hall

Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

Fall On Me – R.E.M.

Split Decision – Steve Winwood


Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 22, 1986

Desperado Love – Conway Twitty

Strong Heart – T.G. Sheppard

Sometimes A Lady – Eddy Raven

Heartbeat in the Darkness – Don Williams

Little Rock – Reba McEntyre

Got My Heart Set On You – John Conlee

Slow Boat To China – Girls Next Door

Stand A Little Rain- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Country State of Mind – Hank Williams Jr.

A Friend In California – Merle Haggard


Top movies  - August 22, 1986

Nothing in Common


Ruthless People

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Flight of the navigator

Armed and Dangerous

Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2

The Fly

Ton Gun

Reform School Girls

Stand By Me

Born American

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