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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 15, 1988 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Anthony M. Kennedy takes his place as the 104th Supreme Court justice in U.S. history. “Justice Kennedy has shown a consistence and a courageous dedication to preserving ours as a government lf laws, and that’s why I nominated him,” said President Reagan.

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev issues a strong defense of his plans to overhaul the nation’s political system and he said a major Communist party conference in June will be asked to endorse those plans.

Vice President George Bush and rival Michael Dukakis score victories in the New Hampshire primary.

Campaigning – The Bush-Dole feud could complicate the task of reuniting the GOP for the fall campaign.

Lt. Col William Higgins – A U.S. Marine officer serving with a United Nations truce observer force is abducted in southern Lebanon.

Jimmy Swaggart Says Goodbye

Another blow to TV evangelism - Jimmy Swaggart, under church investigation reportedly for adultery, tearfully confesses that he had sinned and will leave the pulpit for an indefinite period. Little known -  It was Swaggart who urged the Springfield, MO-based denomination to investigate charges of sexual immorality by fellow Assemblies of God minister Jim Bakker, the founder-president of the PTL (Praise the Lord) television ministry and resort park in Fort Mill, SC.


Medical/AIDs news update – February 15, 1988

AIDS update – Currently, heterosexuals account for only 4% of current acquired immune deficiency syndrome cases. Also, the head of the President’s IDS commission says he will push for more money to help the Food and Drug Administration review growing numbers of experimental AIDS drugs.


Sports news – February 15, 1988

Winter Olympics – the U.S. gets its first gold medal – as Brian Boitano gets one in Men’s figure skating. The Soviet Union’s Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov score gold medals.


Radio news – February 15, 1988

That was quick! They joined WQHT New York for mornings on January 11 – but now, they’re out. Walton and Johnson just aren’t cutting it as a morning show. In fact, they just don’t plain fit. They’ll be heading back to Louisiana for sure. Hot 103 will be looking for a new morning show.

More WQHT-FM – With MTV’s “Club MTV” a sort of copycat is being produced at WOR-TV called “ID” “It’s Dance” and WQHT-FM is providing the mixes.

The country’s oldest radio company – NBC is calling it quits and is putting its remaining radio stations up for sale. To be sure, NBC had already reached an agreement to sell WMAQ Chicago to Group W, so everyone was waiting to see if other stations such as WNBC and WYNY New York would get sold. The answer is yes. 

Casey Kasem may be leaving “American Top 40” since he and syndicator ABC can not come to terms. And, Westwood One is in the game and is making him an offer. 

Howard Stern going PPV – Howard Stern – mornings on WXRK and WYSP will host “Howard Stern’s Underwear & Negligee Party” on Feb 27. The program will be available for $19.5 to cable subscribers with pay-per-view access in the New York and Philadelphia  metro areas. Says Stern: “It’s designed for my fans, but I think it will also bring in a new audience – people who will se the TV commercial promoting it and say, ‘Hey, I’ve heard of that guy; I’m going to check him out.’”

Scheduled segments include “Lesbian Dial A Date” : A short film titled “Gay Untouchables” ; A segment on Jessica Hahn’s newly remodeled body and a spoof in which such comedians as Emo Phillips, Judy Tenuta and Richard Belzer will rate stern sidekick Jackie the Jokeman.

More Howard Stern – Sting called into the show impromptu, saying he listened most mornings and the two bantered.


Television news – February 15, 1988

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is close to reaching an agreement to host his own late night talk show on CBS-TV.

Longtime CBS news anchor Douglas Edwards, is retiring April 1. Edwards was the first to ever anchor a nightly network newscast – back in 1948. 

Mary Hart meets with Michael Jackson this week on “Entertainment Tonight.” Also, she wants to break into being an entertainer herself.


Tuesday night television listings/TV guide – week of February 15, 1988

CBS – 48 Hours, Jake and the Fatman, Cagney and Lacey

NBC – Matlock, Hunter, Tonight Show

ABC – XV Olympic Winter Games from Calgary, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline

HBO – Jackie Mason on Broadway

Showtime – Julian Lennon, A Dynamite Evening With Jimmy Walker and Friends. 


On Cagney and Lacey – The girls return to the police academy for a refresher course in modern interrogation procedures

On Tonight Show – Jonathan Winters and Paul Geriner join Johnny.


Music news – February 15, 1988


 The Disney Channel debuts a new music dance show – “Videopolis.” The regular host is Randy Hamilton of the show “Kids Are People Too.” Featured on the premiere this week – Chico DeBarge, the Jets, Miami Sound Machine and actress Tina Yothers of “Family Ties.”

16-year-old Tiffany becomes the first female artist in the rock era to reach No. 1 with her first two singles. She did it with “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been.”

Rap Music – once the province of independent labels, is breaking into the majors. A lot has to do with the multi-platinum sales achieved by the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J through Def Jam/Columbia. And MCA signed Eric B. & Rakim for their reactivated Uni label. The result their – “Paid in Full” album just went gold. 


Hot Rock Album Music Cuts – February 15, 1988

Be Still My Beating Heart – Sting

Heaven Knows – Robert Plant

You Talk Too Much – George Thorogood

Angel – Aerosmith

Check it out – John Cougar Mellencamp

Magic Touch – Mike Oldfield

Get It On – Kingdom Come

Just Like Paradise – David Lee Roth

Heart Turns to Stone – Foreigner

Save Your Love – Great White


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – February 15, 1988

I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dayne

I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue

When Will I Be Famous? – Bros

Candle In The Wind (Live) – Elton John

The Jack That House Built – Jack “N” Chill

Shake Your Love – Debbie Gibson

Say It Again – Jermaine Stewart

O Lamour – Dollar


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 15, 1988

Seasons Change – Expose

Father Figure – George Michael

Could’ve Been – Tiffany

What Have I Done To Deserve This? – Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield

She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze/Wendy Fraser

Hungary Eyes – Eric Carmen

Say You Will – Foreigner

I Want To Be Your Man – Roger

Don’t Shed A Tear – Paul Carrack

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Need You Tonight – INXS

I Get Weak – Belinda Carlisle

Can’t stay Sway From You – Gloria Estefan And The Miami Sound Machine

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

Just Like Paradise – David Lee Roth

Pump Up The Volume – M/A/R/R/S

Hazy Shade of Winter – Bangles

I Found Someone – Cher

Push It – Salt-N-Pepa

Endless Summer Nights – Richard Marx


Top Music Albums – February 15, 1988

Dirty Dancing – Soundtrack

Faith – George Michael

Bad – Michael Jackson

Tiffany – Tiffany

The Lonesome Jubilee – John Cougar Mellencamp

Cloud Nine – George Harrison

Out of the Blue – Debbie Gibson

Kick – INXS

Skyscraper – David Lee Roth

Whitesnake – Whitesnake

Whitney – Whitney Houston

Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen

Nothing Like The Sun – Sting

Inside Information – Foreigner

Permanent Vacation – Aerosmith

A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Pink Floyd

The Joshua Tree – U2

Heaven On Earth – Berlinda Carlisle

Back for the Attack – Kokken


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 15, 1988

Face to Face – Alabama

Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star – Merle Haggard

I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love – Tanya Tucker/Paul Overstreet/Paul Davis

Oh What A Love – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

That’s My Job – Conway Twitty

Do You Believe Me Now – Vern Gosdin

I’m Gonna Miss You Girl – Michael Martin Murphey

Tell Me True – Juice Newton

This Missin’ You Heart of Mine – Sawyer Brown

Too Gone Too Long – Randy Travis

Tennessee Flat Top Box – Rosanne Cash


Top movies – February 15, 1988

Good Morning Vietnam

Shoot to Kill

Action Jackson

Three Men and a Baby


The Serpent and the Rainbow


Empire of the Sun

Fatal Attraction

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