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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 8, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Democratic-controlled senate rejects the nomination of former Texas Sen. John Tower as defense secretary. The White House says President Bush will act swiftly to submit a replacement nomination to the Senate.

President Bush names House Republican Whip Dick Cheney (48) of Wyoming as secretary of defense to replace John Tower, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate.

Cheney was chief of the White House staff during the Ford administration and has served in the House since 1978. Cheney underwent heart bypass surgery last August.

Eastern Airlines file for bankruptcy protection on the sixth day of a strike by machinists.

Lisa Malone of the public affairs office of NASA at the Kennedy Space Center becomes the first woman to count down the final seconds to liftoff as the voice of Shuttle Launch Control. Miss Malone got to do the honors for the Discovery shuttle. 

Passing - Kermit Beahan (70) - drooped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. He said he would never apologize for it and told of several dozen Japanese who sought him out - telling him the bombing was the “best way out of a hell of a mess.” The bomb he dropped on August 9, 1945, killed an estimated 70,000 people.


Radio news – March 8, 1989

The syndicated “Rush Limbaugh Show” - heard on 110 stations - picks-up a major west coast affiliate this week: KFI - 640 in Los Angeles. It’s a major coup for the EIB (Excellence in Broadcasting) network. Limbaugh is heard on two area stations -   1000-watt KWNK to the north of Los Angeles and 1000-watt KRSO in San Bernardino to the east. Neither station has a decent signal in Los Angeles, but KFI can be heard well in both places.

The manager of KWNK (670) is furious that KFI has stolen their thunder: “Sometimes we feel like David ... part of our programming has been taken from us and given to the 50,000 watt giant.”  Ed McLaughlin, president of EFM, which produces and distributes the show, told the station when they signed-on, that they would seek a Los Angeles affiliate. John Broeske, program director of talk station KRSO (590) isn’t too happy about the competition either. It’s not likely that either station will stick with the show.

On KFI, Limbaugh takes the place of local talker Geoff Edwards, who resigned after having been suspended for saying on the air that he would not be party to KFI promotions on his program (of afternoon talk show host Tom Leykis) - who planned a mass destruction of recordings by Cat Stevens. Recently Stevens (who goes by the name Yousuf Islam) endorsed the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s death sentence against “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.  


Television news – March 8, 1989

CNBC - which debuts on April 17, says it has dropped plans for a weekend sports package and will instead concentrate on their main fare - consumer, business and financial news on a seven day, 24 hour-a-day basis. The Fort Lee, NJ channel is expected to start off with almost 13 million subscribers. 

 “Today” co-anchor Bryant Gumbel and weatherman Willard Scott are back together in the same studio this week - for the first time in two weeks since the leak of a private memo from Gumbel, criticising Scott and others on the show. 

Passing - actor Sam Melville (52) - co-star of TV’s “Rookies” and “Scarecrow and Mrs King.” Complained of chest pains weeks ago, according to his wife.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 8, 1989

 Roseanne (27.7), The Cosby Show (25.3), Movie-Those She Left Behind (25.1) 60 Minutes (23.0), Who’s The Boss? (22.8), A Different World (22.7), Anything But Love (22.6), The Wonder Years (22.4), Cheers (21.7), Murder She Wrote (21.2), ALF (20.7), People’s Choice Awards (19.6), The Golden Girls (19.2), Hogan Family (18.9), Dear John (18.7),  Matlock (18.1), Night Court (18.0), Growing Pains (17.9),  Knots Landing (17.6), Head of the Class (17.2), In the Heat of the Night (17.1), Unsolved Mysteries (17.0), Empty Nest (16.8), Hunter (16.1), Thirtysomething (16.1), My Two dads (15.9), Midnight Caller (14.9), Amen (14.7), Murphy Brown (14.7), LA Law (14.5).


 Monday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of March 8, 1989

 CBS - Newhart, Kate & Allie, Murphy Brown, Designing Woman, Beauty And The Beast ... NBC - ALF, Hogan Family, Movie ... ABC - MacGyver, Movie ... PBS - War & Peace in the Nuclear Age, Moyers: The Secret Government ... A&E -  Pia Zadora at the Improv, Slow Boat From Surabaya, Our Century


Music news – March 8, 1989

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his girlfriend are arrested for trespassing on a closed skating rink in New York’s Central Park.


Top pop hit music singles (top-40) – March 8, 1989

 “Lost In Your Eyes “ - Debbie Gibson, “The Living Years” - Mike & The Mechanics, “The Lover In Me” - Sheena Easton, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” - New  Kids On The Block, “Roni” - Bobby Brown, “Paradise City” -  Guns N’ Roses, “Surrender To Me” - Ann Wilson/Robin Zander, “What I Am” - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “Eternal Flame” - The Bangles, “Don’t Tell Me Lies” - Breathe


Top Music Albums – March 8, 1989

“Electric Youth” - Debbie Gibson, “Appetite for Destruction” - Guns N’ Roses, “Traveling Wilburys” - Traveling Wilburys, “Don’t Be Cruel” - Bobby Brown, “Forever Your Girl” - Paula Abdul, “Mystery Girl” - Roy Orbison.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 8, 1989

 “I Still Believe In You” - The Desert Rose Band, “Don’t You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)” - Ronnie Milsap, “I Sang Dixie” - Dwight Yoakam


Top movies – March 8, 1989

Lean On Me - Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Gullaume

Police Academy 6

Skin Deep - John Ritter

 Chances Are - Ryan O’Neal, Cybil Sheperd, Robert Downey Jr.

Rain Man - Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise

Terry Gilliam’s “The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen” - Eric Idle,  Oliver Reed

The Burbs - Tom Hanks

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure - Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

Tap - Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr.

Cousins - Ted Danson

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