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Dateline: Events/Week of January 15, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Soviet military commander in Afghanistan says that he expects all of the Kremlin’s troops to be withdrawn from that country by next month.

Stockton (CA) - Armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a 9-millimeter pistol and bayonet, a young drifter attacks an elementary school, spraying children with bursts before taking his own life. In the end – Patrick Purdy had killed 5 and injured some 29.

Miami – Several days of racial violence leads to 1 dead with 8 shot. Some 230 were arrested in the neighborhoods of Overtown and Liberty City.

President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees, who was fined $15,000 for campaign law violations.

George Bush, on the eve of his inauguration, spoke of his optimism about the future, but also expressed his feeling that President Reagan’s “shoes are going to be pretty darn hard to fill.”

George Herbert Walker Bush is inaugurated 41st President of the United States, describing the nation at the end of the Reagan era as prosperous and at peace but promised that “a new breeze is blowing.”

Ronald Reagan leaves a handwritten note for George Bush in the Oval Office and then takes a 16-block ride to private citizenship before leaving the capitol en route to his Los Angeles home. 

In the wake of the riot in the Overtown section of Miami, the NFL issues a statement announcing that all its Super Bowl activities would proceed as planned.

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev says the Soviet defense budget is to be reduced by more than 14% and that nearly half of a previously announced cut of 500,000 troops will come from units in the European part of the country.

Deficit meeting - President Bush invites Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to a federal budget summit.

Florida’s Supreme Court refused to block Theodore Bundy’s scheduled execution for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in 1978 and says it does not want to hear from the suspected serial killeragain. Bundy is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Tuesday. 

Evangelist Jim Bakker pleads not guilty in Charlotte (NC) to federal charges that he diverted millions of dollars from his PTL TV audience for personal use.


Radio news – January 15, 1989

The industry is watching as Casey Kasem returns to challenge his old “American Top 40” with a new national show from rival Westwood One called “Casey’s Top 40 With Casey Kasem.” Since August, Shadow Stevens has hosted “American Top 40” which is owned by ABC and is heard on 487 U.S. radio stations – 1,012 stations worldwide. “Casey’s Top 40” is set to air on 425 stations.   

Scott Shannon has yet another project – The Z-100 program director and morning talent adds the video show “Smash Hits.” It will count down the top-10 and even include, what Shannon is calling, a “gold clip.’ Shannon is co-producing the show with radio syndicater Dana Miller. Miller says Shannon will be placed in a hi-tech setting that’s as much a spaceship as a radio control room. But wait…

Scott Shannon – VP/programming and morning man for WHTZ, “Z-100” New York is signed to a five-year deal as VP of Westwood One’s radio station group. He’ll be based at the company’s ready purchase of KIQQ Los Angles. That station is expected to shift to some top-40 format under Shannon. It has the same channel has Z-100 (100.3) and is currently a soft a/c station. 

Michael Reagan, the adopted son of the President, begins his first day on talk station KSDO – San Diego. Reagan had worked as a summer fill-in for the station before he got his own show. His father called in and the message was played back on radio 1130/ KSDO: “This is your old man. I’m a little too far away to hear your program, but I wanted to call and wish you good luck on your new show.”

American Top 40 host Shadoe Stevens has a two-hour “movie of the week’ ready to air. If it goes well, Stevens could have a sitcom. Fred Silverman (that one) is producing. Seems that Stevens has had his eye on TV ever since those “Fred Rated” manic TV commercials seen on the West Coast.  

Larry Berger – The longtime program director of WPLJ New York, is now the program director of KIOI-FM San Francisco.  Berger says one of his motivations is not to be near WPLJ. “It’s like breaking up with a girlfriend. You don’t want to be near a lot of memories.”

ABC is buying Satellite Music Network out of Dallas – a company that feeds radio formats to medium and smaller markets. 

Evergreen Media says it will acquire longtime Los Angeles classical music station KFAC-FM for $55 million.

White rappers? That’s what they call themselves, but they are DJ’s rapping between the music. Out front is WQHT (New York) talent Bill Lee. Another is in San Francisco – George McFly at KXXX. The father of DJ rap, make no mistake – is Douglas “Jocko” Henderson. He was doing it back in the 1950’s at WOV New York and WDAS in Philly. Lee’s signoff after each shift – “Stay Calm. Kiss your mom. Ban the bomb. Do the best you can. Remember God loves you, man.” Lee’s been rhyming since his early days at WTIC-FM (Hartford) – around 1977.  

Sports news - January 15, 1989

Passing – Carl Furillo – right fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was 66.


Music news – January 15, 1989

Metallica – after years of refusing to make an MTV video, now have one. In fact, it’s “One,” a song from their “… And Justice For All.” Their 7-minute video stars actor Jason Robards. 

Bobby Brown becomes the youngest artist (19) to have a #1 album since Stevie Wonder in 1963. Bobby’s doing it with “Don’t Be Cruel” and Stevie did it with “Little Stevie Wonder/the 12 Year Old Genius.” Ricky Nelson was the first: in 1957 at age 17 with his album, “Ricky.”

MTV is moving into the concert tour packaging business. On April 3, it kicks off a  30-city “Headbanger’s Ball Presents” heavy metal tour. Featured acts include Anthrax, Helloween and Exodus.   

Tiffany and Debbie Gibson – the two top teen stars are going strong. Tiffany has her fourth top-10 single with “All This Time.” Debbie Gibson’s “Lost In Your Eyes” is headed straight up the charts – her fifth major hit. Ms. Gibson writes most of her songs. 

As Michael Jackson is to Diet Pepsi – Diet Coke will be using George Michael. We should see the first ad on Super Bowl Sunday.


Television news – January 15, 1989

“The Pat Sajak Show” beats “The Tonight Show” its first week on the air with a 5.3 rating compared to “Tonight’s” 4.7. 

Geraldo Rivera, comedian Richard (Cheech) Marin and three other prominent Latinos have formed a new company to buy and run network-affiliated TV stations. The company is called Maravila Communications.

On “Saturday Night Live” – John Malkovich hosts with music guest Anita Baker.

Thursday night television listings/TV guide – week of January 15, 1989

CBS – Presidential Inaugural Gala, Knots Landing, Pat Sajak

NBC – Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, Dear John, L.A. Law, Tonight Show

ABC – Knightwatch, Heartbeat, Command Performance, Nightline

PBS – Planet Earth, Mystery!, One More Season

HBO – Will Rogers, Movie, 1st & Ten: The Bulls Mean Business, Inside the NFL, movies


Presidential Gala – Participating – Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias, Roberta Peters and randy Travis.

Inside the NFL – With Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti preview the Superbowl. 

Pat Sajak – Emma Samms, Hal Linden, Barry Steiger.

Johnny Carson – Suzanne Pleshette.

Morton Downey Jr. (syndicated) – Lawyers Vs. Lawyers.


Hot Children’s Video Tapes – January 15, 1989


Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: Killer Pizzas

The Land Before Time

Charlotte’s Webb

Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Shredder

The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones

Winnie The Pooh: New Found Friends


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – January 15, 1989

Fine Time – New Order

Stand – R.E.M.

Dear God – Midge Ure

Charlotte Anne – Julian Cope

Dirty Blvd – Lou Reed

Orinoco Flow – Enya

Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies

Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys

I’m An Adult Now – Pursuit of Happiness

Grain of Sand – The Saints

Top Pop Music Hits in Britain – January 15, 1989

Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry

Especially For You –Kyle Minogue & Jason Donovan

Crackers International EP – Erasure

The Living Years – Mike + The Mechanics

Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird – Will To Power

Good Life – Inner City

You Got It – Roy Orbison

Waiting For A Star To Fall – Boy Meets Girl

She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

Cuddly Toy – Roachford

Hot Rock Music Album Tracks – January 15, 1989

The Love In Your eyes – Eddie Money

Last Night – Traveling Wilburys

Got It Made – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Stand – R.E.M.

Marathon – Rush

Driven Out – The Fixx

When Love Comes To Town – U2

You Got Ii – Roy Orbison

The Crush of Love – Joe Satriani

The Living Years – Mike + The Mechanics


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 15, 1989

Don’t Rush Me – Taylor Dayne

Armageddon It – Def Leppard

Two Hearts – Phil Collins

Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

My Prerogative – Bobby Brown

When the Children Cry – White Lion

The Way You Love Me – Karyn White

Born To Be My Baby – Bon Jovi

Put A Little Love in Your Heart – Annie Lennox/Al Green

When I’m With You – Sheriff

All This Time – Tiffany

Straight Up – Paula Abdul

Holding On – Steve Winwood

Wild Thing – Tone Loc

I Remember Holding You – Boys Club

Little Liar – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

I Wanna Have Some Fun – Samantha Fox


Top Music Albums – January 15 1989

Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys

New Jersey – Bon Jovi

Rattle and Hum – U2

Hysteria – Def Leppard

G N’ R Lies – Guns N’ Roses

Cocktail soundtrack

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Silhouette – Kenny G.

Delicate Sound of Thunder – Pink Floyd

Giving You the Best That I Got – Anita Baker

Greatest Hits – Fleetwood Mac

Shooting Rubber bands At The Stars – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Green – R.E.M.

American Dream – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Journey’s Greatest Hits

Faith – George Michael

Smashes, Thrashes & Hits – Kiss

Kick – INXS

Any Love – Luther Vandross

Long Cold Winter – Cinderella

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Hold An Old Friend’s Hand – Tiffany

Til I Loved You – Barbra Streisand

“… And Justice For All – Metallica

Winger – Winger

OU812 – Van Halen

Reach For The Sky – Ratt

Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dayne


Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 15, 1989

What I’d Say – Earl Thomas Conley

She’s Crazy For Leaving – Rodney Crowell

Deeper Than The Holler – Randy Travis

All The Reasons Why – Highway 101

Song of the South – Alabama

Hold On (A Little Longer) – Steve Wariner

I Sang Dixie – Dwight Yoakam

Big Wheels In the Moonlight – Dan Seals

Change of Heart – The Judds

Burnin’ A Hole In My Heart – Skip Ewing

Life As We Knew It – Kathy Mattea


Top movies – January 15, 1989

Rain Man



Accidental Tourist

Working Girl

Mississippi Burning

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The Naked Gun

Tequila Sunrise

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