Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 15, 1986 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Reagan urges congressional committees investigating the Iran-contra scandal to grant limited immunity to former national Security Council aides John Poindexter and Oliver North to obtain their testimony. Meantime White House Chief of staff Donald Regan is summoned to make an appearance before the senate Intelligence Committee, which plans to ask him who authorized the diversion to Nicaraguan rebels of profits from the sale of U.S arms to Iran.
The Soviet Union ends almost seven years of exile for leading dissident Andrei Sakharov and pardons his wife, Yelena Bonner, allowing them to return to Moscow from the closed city of Gorky.
Besieged by reporters in his driveway, Oliver L. North portrayed himself as an abandoned and persecuted figure, taking advice just from his attorney and getting comfort only from his family and the Lord.
Surgeons remove a cancerous tumor from the brain of CIA Director William Casey. He’s in stable condition ad doing well.
First Lady Nancy Reagan says that her husband feels misled by his former aides and frustrated over their refusal to tell what they did in the Iran-contras affair. “Nobody’s happy and jubilant about being deceived,” said the First Lady. “If we could just get North and Poindexter to talk.” Their testimony, she said, could pull Reagan out of what she called “a valley” of his presidency.
The Kremlin announces that it will scrap its moratorium on nuclear weapons testing after the first U.S. explosion in 1987, saying the Soviet Union “cannot show unilateral restraint indefinitely.”
A federal jury finds former automaker John Z. Delorean not guilty of charges that he swindled $8.5 million from backers who bankrolled his failed sports car company in Northern Ireland.
Business news – December 15, 1987
Denny’s Inc. says it’s spinning off its Winchell’s donut Houses to the public in order to raise cash.
Consumer process rose a modest .3% in November, with increases in food and auto costs offsetting slightly lower energy prices.
Sports news – December 15, 1986
Joe Montana leads the 49ers to a division title.
Entertainment /Celebrity news – December 15, 1986
Griffin O’Neal, son of actor Ryan O’Neal is acquitted of manslaughter but convicted of a lesser charge by a judge who said he was driving too fast when his boat hit a tow rope, killing the son of director Francis Ford Coppola.
On “This We With David Brinkley” more on the Iran-contras investigation. Featured Sen. Daniel Inouye, Sen. Warren Rudman, Rep Dante Fascell and Rep. Dick Cheney (R-Wyo).
A jury concludes that NBC television defamed Wayne Newton in 1980 and 1981 broadcasts by linking the entertainer to organized crime figures and awarded Newton $19 million.
Radio News – December 15, 1986
KCBQ-AM/FM San Diego drops country for class rock and the “Eagle 105” slogan.
Howard Stern, now heard on WXRK and WYSP says he doesn’t like the term DJ when describing him He prefers “broadcast comedian.” “I’d like to think that what I do elevates radio – makes it an exciting medium, a medium that people now talk abut – and that it may elevate salaries for radio performers and change the thinking on hiring a group show concept.”
New York Arbitrends – WPLJ bests Z-100 – 5.5-5.1. In LA – KPWR bests KIIS-FM – 6.9-6.2. Steve Rivers gets program director of KIIS-FM. Andy dean is elevated to music director of WPLJ, succeeding Lisa Tonacci. Gene Sanbloom is the hot music director of KIIS-FM.
Television news – December 15, 1986
William Shatner hosts “Saturday Night Live” with musical guests Lone Justice.
Steve Bell, co-anchor of the news segments of ABC’s “Good Morning America” since its premiere in 1975, is leaving. He’s moving to KYW-TV in Philadelphia as an anchor.
Shelly Long announces she’s leaving “Cheers.” In which she portrays Diane Chambers opposite Ted Danson. She’s been with the series since its 1982 beginning and leaving at the end of this TV season.
CBS announces its new mornings – CBS’ new “The Morning Show.” The new 7:30am – 9am weekday entertainment program will be preceded by a new 90-minute hard news version of the “CBS Morning News.” Mariette Hartley and former New York news anchor Rolland Smith along with DJ Mark McEwen and comedian Bob Saget will be part of the action.
Deborah Norville, a co-anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV Chicago, is named as anchor of the early morning “NBC News at Sunrise.
Music news – December 15, 1986
New on MTV – the “Hot Clip of the Week.” MTV makes the pick then programs it more than 50 times each week. This week – the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for the Right to Party.” Also new on MTV – “The Meldrum Tapes” - a monthly update hosted by Australian music journalist Ian (Molly) Meldrum. Cyndi Lauper guests the first show – airing this week. More MTV – the channel has just purchased “The Beatles” cartoon series originally airing on ABC-TV during the mid-1960’s (see this site).
The first high definition music video is shot. At a cost of $80,000, it's Cameo’s “Candy.” It uses the Sony HDTV system. The new technology makes possible a filmlike video look through its 1,125 lines of picture. (Note – this is not a 16:9 aspect ratio of today’s HDTV, but 4:3 – same as regular TV.)
Run-DMC will be starring in a movie called “Tougher than Leather.” The trio consists of Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniel’s and Jason Mizell.
45rpm singles lost a whipping 28% share of the market during the first six months of 1986. Lots of it has to do with a move toward CD’s. Some are saying the cassingle – cassette singles could be a viable alternative.
Monday night television listings-programs/TV guide – December 15, 1986
CBS – Kate & Allie, My Sister Sam, Newhart, The Cavanaughs, Cagney & Lacey
NBC – Mickey’s Christmas Carol, A Year in the Life, Tonight Show
ABC - MacGyver, Monday Night Football, Nightline
PBS – Nature, A Candle in the Wind, World of Strange Powers, Faces of Japan
MacGyver – Our star helps a starving actor and his wife outrun homicidal counterfeiters.
Billboard top (NEW) pop music artists for 1986 in order:
Miami Sound Machine
Mike & The Mechanics
Pet Shop Boys
The Dream Academy
Billboard Top pop music artists of the year 1986 –
John Cougar Mellencamp
Miami sound Machine
Mike & The Mechanics
Bob Seger &: The Silver Bullet Band
Prince & The Revolution
Pet Shop Boys
Top new Country Music Artists For 1986:
Billy Joe Royal
Girls Next Door
Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Top hit music singles – December 15, 1986
Sometimes – Erasure
The Final Countdown – Europe
Caravan Of Love – Housemartins
The Rain – Oran Juice Jones
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Open Your Heart – Madonna
Each Time You Break My Heart – Nick Kamen
Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1986
Mind Your Own Business – Hank Williams Jr.
Too Much Is Not Enough – Bellamy Brothers/Forrester Sisters
What Am I Gonna Do About You – Reba McEntire
Give Me Wings – Michael Johnson
Cry Myself To Sleep – The Judds
Love’s Gonna Get You Someday – Ricky Skaggs
Then It’s Love – Don Williams
Fallin’ For You For Years – Conway Twitty
Walk the way The Wind Blows – Kathy Mattea
Half Past Forever (Till I’ Blue in the Heart) – T.G. Shepard
You Still Move Me – Dan Seals
Big Love – Pake McEntire
Top Rock Album Cuts – December 15, 1986
It’s In The Way You Use It – Eric Clapton
Keep Your Hands To Yourself – Georgia Satellites
I Want to Make The World – Steve Miller
Who Owns This Place – Don Henley
We’re Ready – Boston
Cool the Engines – Boston
My Baby – Pretenders
War – Bruce Springsteen
Superstition – Stevie Ray Vaughan
All I Wanted – Kansas
Top Jazz albums this week – December 15, 1986
Down to the Moon – Bob James
Tutu – Miles Davis
Obsession – The Crusaders
J Mood – Wynton Marsalis
Spontaneous Inventions – Bobby McFerrin
Duotones – Kenny G.
Double Vision – Bob James/David Sanborn
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