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


In The News

The Supreme Court gives the government broad power to test employees who are entrusted with public safety or sensitive information. The court upheld federally mandated urine testing of railway workers and customs service employees and its opinions could extend to police, fire and other employees. 

President Bush telephones the five-man crew of the Discovery shuttle and hails them as “today’s pioneers” and invited the crewmembers to visit the White House.

In the face of a widening revolt against deadly weapons, Colt Industries announces that it will suspend commercial sales of its semiautomatic AR-15 rifle until the Bush Administration can decide whether toe weapon should be outlawed.

The Bush Administration lifts its five-day ban on Chilean grapes and berries and announces it is releasing the huge stockpiles now at ports after enhanced inspections. The fruit ban originally was ordered after two earlier telephone threats and the discovery of cyanide-tainted grapes in a Chilean cargo unloaded in Philadelphia.

The Senate unanimously confirms six-term member Dick Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the nation’s 17th defense secretary, filling a Cabinet seat that has remained empty for the first two months of the Bush Administration.

Dorothy Hayden Cudahy, is the first woman grand marshal in the 228-year-history of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Salvador - Alfredo Cristiani – the presidential candidate for an ultra right wing/ anti-American party – sweeps to a stunning and easy victory.


Sports news – March 15, 1989

Loop hole? - The National Football League’s long-awaited anti-steroid policy is instituted by Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Players will be tested during a pre-announced period –early in training camp. In theory though, this could allow them time to use steroids in late winter as part of an off-season weight-lifting program and still pass the July tests.

An investigation by the commissioner’s office is underway into the alleged gambling activities of Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose.


Radio news – March 15, 1989

Friday – March 17 - “Pirate Radio” KQLZ debuts in Los Angles. “Southern California, it’s time to wake up… the mother ship has landed; Pirate radio 100.3… welcome to the jungle” was the first announcement heard. The DJ lineup is Scott Shannon mornings followed by Whitney Allen, Shadow Steele, Domino, Jimmy Page and Bubba the Love Monkey overnights.  “Pirate Radio” was supposed to debut in April, but owner WestWood One wanted to catch everyone by surprise.

 The so-called “Morning Zoo” comedy repertory that made Shannon’s Z-100 (New York) very popular in the morning. will not be used.  Unlike Z-100, “Pirate Radio” will lean more rock. Besides, rival Power –106 and morning man Jay Thomas have “borrowed” the Morning Zoo to describe their show. 

Pirate Radio is the talk of the industry. There’s much anticipation about how the station will sound and just what it will try to pull off. 

Everyone who listens to Howard Stern is still talking about his Feb. 21 Grammy incident, when Stern’s on-air taunting of comedienne Elayne Boosler – who wouldn’t be a guest on his show, led her manager Steve Gerbson to lay some physical on Stern and producer Gary Dellabate.

Music news – March 15, 1989

Pepsi says its commercial ties with Madonna are still intact, despite published reports that the company pulled ads from MTV in the wake of protests by Catholics in Italy over the video for “Like A Prayer.” Pepsi debuted the music from “Like A Prayer” on March 2 via a worldwide television commercial, part of a deal that includes sponsorship of a Madonna tour this summer. But the March 3 bow of the video featured a different plot line from the commercial and complaints started coming in. 

 A judge in Monmouth County NJ tosses out the claim of two former Bruce Springsteen employees who say he was a lousy boss. Mike Batlan and Doug Sutphin, both guitar techs, left Springsteen’s employ in 1985. They claim that he illegally denied them overtime and withheld money from their paychecks as “fines.”

A&M is reducing prices of 45rpm vinyl singles from $1.99 to $1.19. It is trying to reduce the amount of mountainous returns of singles due to lack of sales.

The compact disk achieved a volume growth of 56% in the U.S., Japan and Europe in 1988.

New on MTV – “The Buzz” a new program to be seen twice this month.

Passing – Doc Green – baritone member of the 1950’s group The Drifters. He was 54.

Ringo Starr, Belinda Carlisle, Brian Wilson join a dozen other rock stars in recording a song to benefit the world’s rain forests – “Spirit of the Forest” to be released in May. Proceeds will go to rain forest preservation groups.

Rap Music - “Self Destruction” by Stop The Violence Movement - features a dozen East Coast rappers such as Public Enemy’s Chuck D. and Boogie Down Productions’ KRS-One and was initiated after a young fan was stabbed to death last September at a rap concert in New York. The campaign is aimed at representing a more positive image of rap music and at stressing anti-drug, anti-gang, pro-education messages. 

Television news – March 15, 1989

“60 Minutes” is still without a replacement for Diane Sawyer but the mill says it could be Steve Croft from “West 57th.”

On “Saturday Night Live” – Matthew Modine is host with musical guests the New Bohemians.

NBC correspondent Connie Chung is moving back to CBS, where she’ll preside over a revitalized version of “West 57th.”

Brandon Stoddard resigns as president of ABC Entertainment, saying “it’s just no fun anymore.”


Friday Night Television listings/TV guide – March 15, 1989

CBS – NCAA Basketball Tournament, Beauty and the Beast, Dallas

NBC – Movie, Miami Vice, Tonight Show

ABC – Perfect Strangers, Full House, Mr. Belvedere, Just the Ten of Us, 20/20, Nightline

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

HBO – One Night Stand


Miami Vice – Tubbs and Crockett pose as art fences.

Johnny Carson – Oprah Winfrey joins Johnny.   


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) – March 15, 1989

Lost In Your Eyes – Debbie Gibson

Roni – Bobby Brown

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Eternal Flame – Bangles

Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses

My Heart Can’t Tell You No – Rod Stewart

The Look – Roxette

Don’t Tell Me Lies – Breathe

You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids On The Block

Walk the Dinosaur – Was (Was Not)

You’re Not Alone – Chicago

Dreamin’ – Vanessa Williams

She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

I Beg Your Pardon – Kon Kan

Just Because – Anita Baker

Straight Up – Paul Abdul

Stand – R.E.M.

Surrender To me – Ann Wilson & Robin Zander

You Got It – Roy Orbison

Top Music Albums – March 15, 1989

Traveling Wilburys

Electric Youth – Debbie Gibson

Appetite For destruction – Guns N’ roses

Mystery Girl – Roy Orbison

Shooting Rubberbands At the Stars – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Loc-Ed After Dark – Ton Loc

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Giving You The Best That I Got – Anita Baker

Vivid – Living Colour

Green - R.E.M.

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block

New Jersey – Bon Jovi

Living Years – Mike + The Mechanics

Beaches – Soundtrack

Silhouette – Kenny G.

Karyn White – Karyn White

Open up An Say… Ahhh!

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Winger – Winger

Out of Order – Rod Stewart

Hold An Old Friend’s Hand – Tiffany

Watermark – Enya

Journey’s Greatest Hits – Journey

Rattle and Hum – U2

The Trinity Session – Cowboy Junkies


Top Pop Music Hit Singles In Britain – March 15, 1989

Love Changes Everything – Michael Ball

Too Many Broken hearts – Jason Donovan

Help! – Bananarama/Lananeeneenoonoo

Stop – Sam Brown

Belfast Child – Simple Minds

Hey Music Lover – S’Xpress

Leave Me Alone – Michael Jackson

Didn’t Want A Lover – Texas

Can’t Stay Away From You – Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine

My Prerogative – Bobby Brown


Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 15, 1989

Don’t You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) – Ronnie Milsap

From A Jack To A King – Ricky Van Shelton

Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye – George Strait

New Fool At An Old Game – Reba McEntire

From The Word Go – Michael Martin Murphy

I’m No Stranger To The Rain – Keith Whitley

I’m A One Woman Man – George Jones 

Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time – Vern Gosdin

Down That Road Tonight - Nitty Gritty dirt Band

Heartbreak Hill – Emmylou Harris

Top Rock Album Music Tracks – March 15 1989

Working On It – Chris Rea

Dear God – Midge Ure

I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi

Driven Out – The Fixx

Drive My Car – David Crosby

Rocket – Def Leppard

Second Change – Thirty Eight Special

Shake It Up – Bad Company

Send Me Somebody – Jon Butcher

Patience – Guns N’ Roses

God Part II – U2

Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – March 15 1989

I’ll Be You – Replacements

Veronica – Elvis Costello

Dirty Blvd. – Lou Reed

Nightmares – Violent Femmes

Come Out Fighting – Easterhouse

She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

Dizzy – Throwing Muses

Dear God – Midge Ure

Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies

Driven Out – The Fixx

Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya


Top Rap Hit Music Singles – March 15, 1989

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Self Destruction – Stop The Violence Movement

Pump It Up – M.C. Hammer

Rollin With Kid ‘N Play – Kid ‘N Play

Wild Thing – Tone Loc

Life Is… Too Short  -Too Short

High Rollers – Ice T.

Turn This Mutha Out – M.C. Hammer

Gangsta, Gangsta – N.W.A.

We Want Easy – Easy-E

Fin An Ugly Woman – Cash Money & Marvelous

Get On The Dance Floor – Rob Base & D.J. E-Z. Rock

Potholes In My Lawn – De La Soul

Greatest Man Alive – Three Times Dope

Ain’t Nothin’ To It – K-9 Posse

I’m Your Wild Thing – Mamado & She

I’ll House You – Jungle Bros.


Top movies – March 15 1989

Police Academy 4 City Under Siege

The ‘Burbs

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

The Rescuers

Rain Man

Fletch Lives

Lean On Me



New York Story

Farewell To The King

Dangerous Liaisons

Farewell To The King

Skin Deep

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