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


In The News

Two members of the leadership of Yugoslavia’s ruling Communist Party announce their resignations. Milanko Renovica of the Bosnia-Herzegovina republic and Kolj Shiroka of the troubled province of Kosovo.

A federal grand jury indicts former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda on racketeering charges, alleging they plundered their homeland of millions of dollars to buy Manhattan property and defrauded U.S. banks. President Reagan will not intervene to prevent the indictment.

Business – executives of RJR Nabisco announce a proposal to buy their own company for $17 billion.

The SEC, acting on the first anniversary of Black Monday, approves a one-year test of “circuit breakers” that would halt trading in all stocks on all U.s. exchanges for at least an hour if prices on stock or futures markets fall by specified amounts.

Take over? - Pillsbury directors voted unanimously to oppose a cash offer by Grand Metropolitan, a giant British food and liquor conglomerate. By rejecting the offer, analysts say Pillsbury may not only be buying time but also holding out for more than the $60 per share offered by Grand Met.

Philip Morris announces an $11.8 billion cash bid to take over Kraft Inc, the cheese and ice cream maker.

U.S intelligence says soviet arms shipments to Nicaragua Sandinistas have fallen off about 20% this year.

Weekly radio address – President Reagan said the Democrats who control Congress are directed by “liberal big spenders” and he asked voters to reject their party in next month’s elections for the Senate and House of Representatives. In a broadcast response, Rep. Dennis Eckart of Ohio charged that Reagan had engaged in “needless confrontation” with the legislative branch and forced Congress to override a dozen presidential vetoes of clean water, trade and civil rights bills in the past two years.”

Seeking to build enthusiasm, vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bensten invokes the spirit of comebacks past, telling voters all day, that it was not too late for a democratic resurgence. 

Campaigning in Illinois, Dan Quayle tells the audience that Michael Dukakis was “a drag on the ticket and George Bush is very much of a positive for us.”

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pledges that Britain “will be a strong ally of the next American President.” ”President Regan has rebuilt the strength and confidence of the West – not without a little help – and inspired the democracies to go out and win the battle of ideas.”


Technology news – October 15, 1988

Another Compact Disc format? That’s right – CD-3 –sort of mini-CD’s. You need an adapter for your current CD player. Out last year and with now more than 220 CD-3 titles out, CD-3 is still viewed by most manufacturers as being in a test –marketing phase.  


Sports news – October 15, 1988

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series, beating Oakland in just five games.


Entertainment news – October 15, 1988

 “E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial” is set for videotape release October 27, followed in December by release of the laserdisc version of the movie. Videotape price should be $24.95.

Passing – Director/Producer Melvin Frank. (75).


Television news – October 15, 1988

“Friday the 13th: The Series and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” – taking their names from their blockbuster films, debut on television as series.

Lee Iacocca on Phil Donahue this week to talk about his book, “Talking Straight.”

60 Minutes 20th Anniversary – this week.


Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – October 15, 1988

CBS – Smothers Brothers, Wiseguy, Wiseguy

NBC – World Series, Tonight

ABC – Growing Pains, Head of the Class, North and South, Nightline

PBS – The Mind, First Things First

HBO – The Hitchhiker


Smothers Brothers – Glen Campbell, Pat Paulson and Gallagher.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Whoopi Goldberg.


Radio news  - October 15, 1988

Arbitron Ratings

KIIS-FM Los Angeles is up in the ratings to a 6.9 from a 6.5. Also in LA – The Wave (KTWV) with no DJ’s is up to a 3.0 from a 1.7. KPWR is up to a 6.1 from a 5.1. KIIS-FM Steve Rivers is experimenting with “zero talk hours” on the station – no jock talk. 

Howard Stern announces that he will be back on the air in Washington DC, after Infinity’s WBMW becomes WJFK and modifies the daytime to lean more male alternative rock. 

Speaking of New York – as of Sept 22, WQHT (103.5) and WYNY (97.1) have swapped channels so if you want Country ‘YNY, you’ll have to tune to 103.5.

Until last week, Tom Joyner was commuting between two radio jobs – Dallas and Chicago five days a week. He’ll only do three now as two days will be fed by satellite from Dallas to Chicago. Joyner lives In Dallas.

Adult standards KOMA Oklahoma City goes oldies. KOMA was one of the great top-40 stations of the 1960’s-1970’s.


Music news – October 15, 1988

“Big Thing!” – Duran Duran’s latest album is released this week. This week, the band begins a 20-date tour beginning in San Francisco… Robert Palmer kicks off the second North American leg of his Heavy Touring Nova road show next week in New Orleans. Still touring – The Moody Blues, New Edition (with guests Al B. Sure and Bobby Brown). 

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts land their first top 10 hit in six years with “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”

MTV broadcasts highlights of a benefit concert U2 gave in London last Sunday. Also on the broadcast – Robert Palmer, Ziggy Marley, Eddie Grant, Boy George, Tm Tom Club, Robert Cray, Erasure and Keith Richards.

Fresh from “Monsters of Rock” – Van Halen is setting to tour again beginning Oct 30 in Lexington, KY. 

WHTZ (Z-100) music director Frankie Blue says the station is playing the best new music first in New York. Three weeks ago, it was Bon Jovi, two weeks ago, U2 and the past week, Barbra Streisand & Don Johnson’s “Til I Loved You.” Of the latter, Blue says – “the curiosity factor of this record is incredible. We got lots of calls, all wanting details on the collaboration.”

With their Pyromania and Hysteria albums, Def Leppard becomes the first act in history to top the 7 million mark in U.S. sales with two different albums. Runners-up to def Leppard are Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, who have each topped the 6 million mark with tow or more albums. My hitting the 7 million mark, def Leppard has pulled ahead of Jackson.

Warner Brothers has stickered the latest Sam Kinison album with two warning labels, In addition to the customary Tipper Gore inspired “parental Advisory” label, the album “Have You” also has a sticker cautioning, “Opinions expressed on this record do not express the view of Warner Bros. Records.”

Sam Kinison rounds-up some friends for his video “Wild Thing” – a cover of the big 1960’s hit by the Troggs. Out front is Jessica Hahn. Also appearing – Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Billy Idol, Steve Adler, John Waite, Tommy Lee, And Richie Sambors (drummer for Bon Jovi). 

The heavy-metal band Poison has its own computerized pick-up service which allows band members to locate favorite girlfriends in any city on its tour.

Rap becoming more popular –

D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince so far, have landed two top 15 hits on the top 100 – “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “A Nightmare On My Street.”


Popular Kid’s Video Tapes – October 15, 1988

Lady and the Tramp

Sleeping Beauty

Mickey Commemorative edition

An American Tail

Mickey and the Beanstalk


Ducktales: Fearless Fortune Hunter


Top Movie Video Cassette Rentals – October 15, 1988

Broadcast News

Batteries Not Included

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The Last Emperor


Good Morning Vietnam


Best seller


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – October 15, 1988

One Moment In Time – Whitney Houston

Desire – U2

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Teardrops – Womack & Womack

She Wants To Dance With Me – Rick Astley

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Hollies

A Little Respect – Erasure

Wee Rule – Wee Papa Girl Rappers

Nothing Can Divide Us – Jason Donovan

A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins 

Top Black Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1988

You’re Not My Kind of Girl – New Edition

My Prerogative – Bobby Brown

The Way You Love Me – Karyn White

My Love – Luther Vandross

Don’t Rock the Boat – Midnight Star Feat. Ecstasy of Whodini

The Best of Me – Kiara

Giving You the Best that I Got – Anita Baker

Let’s Do it Again – George Benson

Nothing Can Come Between Us – Sade

Appetite for Destruction – Guns N’ Roses

New Jersey – Bon Jovi

Cocktail – Soundtrack

Kick – INXS

…And Justice for All – Metallica

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Simple Pleasures – Bobby McFerrin

Faith – George Michael

He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper – D.J. Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Heavy Nova – Robert Palmer

Long Cold Winter – Cinderella

Labour of Love – UB40

Heart Break – New Edition

Open Up and Say…Ahh – Poison

Up Your Alley – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Lap of Luxury – Cheap Trick

Out of This World – Europe

Small World – Huey Lewis & The News

Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dayne

Dirty Dancing – Soundtrack

Whenever You Need Somebody – Rick Astley

Reg Strikes Back – Elton John

 In Effect Mode – Al. B. Sure

State of euphoria – Anthrax

1988 Summer Olympics – One Moment In Time – Various artists

Richard Marx – Richard Marx

Stronger Than Pride – Sade

Let It Loose –Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

Diesel and Dust – Midnight Oil

Soul Searching – Glenn Frey


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

Red Red Wine – UB40

Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) – Information Society

Wild Wild West – Escape Club

Don’t Be Cruel – Cheap Trick

The Local-Motion – Kyle Minogue

Never Tear Us Apart -  INXS

Forever Young – Rod Stewart

Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi

One Moment in Time – Whitney Houston

Desire – U2

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Chains of Love - Erasure

Don’t Be Cruel –Bobby Brown

One Good Woman – Peter cetera

How Can I Fall? – Breathe

Kissing a Fool – George Michael

Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird – Will To Power

Look Away – Chicago

Time and Tide – Basia

Dance Little Sister – Terrence Trent d’Arby


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1988

Darlene – T. Graham Brown

Gonna Take A Lot of River – Oak Ridge Boys

Strong enough to Bend – Tanya Tucker

Summer Wind – Desert Rose Band

Runaway Train – Rosanne Cash

Saturday Night Special – Conway Twitty

New Shade of Blue – Southern pacific

Blue To The Bone – Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Desperately – Don Williams

I”ll Leave This World Loving You – Ricky Van Shelton

I’ve Been Lookin’ - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues – Charlie Daniels Band


Top movies – October 15, 1988

The Accused

Alien Nation


Gorillas in the Mist

Crossing Delancey

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