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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 23, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The House votes to halt production of the controversial B-2 aircraft while the Air Force searches for ways to make it cheaper.

Raid in Lebanon - Israeli commandos abduct a leader of the militant Hezbollah militia and return him to Israel.

McMartin Pre-school trial – After almost six years after his arrest – teacher Ray Buckey takes the stand for the first time and tells jurors he never molested anyone.

A Manila TV station that packed nearly an hour’s worth of commercials during the 91-second Tyson-Spinks bout last year is fined for airing too many advertisements.

Birdie May Vogt, born the daughter of a Union Army captain the year of Custer’s last stand, dies at age 112, after being recognized as the oldest documented living person.


Business news – July 23, 1989

Bristol-Myers and Squibb agree to merge in a $12 billion stock swap.

Carl’s Jr. founder Carl Karcher and six of his relatives agree to settle civil charges of insider trading by paying a total of $664,000.

Entertainment news – July 23, 1989

 Brigitte Bardot, now an animal rights activist – is accused of having her neighbor’s donkey castrated because it was getting too friendly with her own donkey. Industrialist Jean Pierre Manivet, who lives next door to Bardot, says his donkey, Charly had been castrated while the actress was looking after it for him.

Radio news – July 23, 1989

WMCA New York switches to a mostly financial and business format. This takes place as WMCA transfers owners to Salem Communications, a predominately religious broadcaster. Talk host Barry Gray will move to nights (8pm) and Barry Farber remains in overnights. Alan Colmes will exit.

Going away – as more and more record companies have stopped shipping 45rpm records to radio stations as promos – to play on the air. Many have converted to compact discs. RCA says it will discontinue supplying vinyl singles to radio as of August 1. IRS and A&M have already stopped. 

Passing – Rick Carroll – veteran radio programmer who created “Rock of the ‘80’s and put KROQ on the map. He was 42 from complications from pneumonia.

In its first full ratings period – Scott Shannon’s “Pirate Radio” in Los Angeles (KQLZ) is up 2.7-4.3 and did better in shares in Orange County.  Rival KROQ was down 3.0-2.3. 

Heard more and more on morning shows, parody songs. Some believe they are not as effective as they once where, since so many are being produced. Heard recently – “The Oprah Motion” (locomotion), “I Just Can’t Stop Changing My Face” – a take off of the Michael Jackson hit “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” and “Vanna, pick me a letter” after the 1960’s hit – “The Letter.” 

WLS Radio In Chicago Dropping Music

WLS-AM is finally throwing the music towel in – the last of the great AM radio stations to abandon music. Actually, WLS left the top-40 game in 1986, still late by any AM comparison. Up to now, it’s had an a/c-oldie hybrid format. A recent Chicago Sun –Times article says the WLS planned to buy out the contracts of both morning man Fred Winston and afternoon driver John Landecker and that syndicated hot Rush Limbaugh would be used in the midday slot now occupied by Don Wade & Roma. 


Sports news – July 23, 1989

Larry Bird fractures a bone in his back five minutes into his first scrimmage at the Boston Celtics summer camp and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.


Music news – July 23, 1989

Rod Stewart says he’s scraping the Spandex as part of a long-range plan that he and his managers mapped out six years ago in an effort to restore the performer’s sagging rock ‘n’ roll credibility.

Chuck D announces that the rap group Public Enemy is ending in the wake of anti-Semitic comments by group member Professor Griff.

Check out David Bowie’s new band – “Tin Machine” and their self-titled new album. “Tin Machine” consists of Bowie, Hunt and Tony sales (Soupy Sales’ sons) and Reeve Gabriels.

Madonna has landed her 16th consecutive top 10 single with “Express Yourself.”

Now touring – Ringo Starr and his 8-piece All-Star band.

Island Records is being purchased by Polygram Records for about $300 million.  Island’s most famous artists are U2.

The Who’s Aug. 24 performance of “Tommy” at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles will be available on pay-per-view.

Passing – Steve Rubell, the co-owner of Studio 54 when it was at its hottest. He was 45… Of AIDS.

Compact disc jukeboxes are taking off. One leading manufacturer claims it has backorders for 250-300 machines. There are about 10,000 CD jukeboxes in service.

Coming - Moscow Music Peace Festival – August 12 and 13 with Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Gorky Park, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Skid Row.


Television news – July 23, 1989

On “Saturday Night’s Main Event” -  Featured bouts: WWF heavyweight champ Hulk Hogan vs. Honky Tonk Man; Brutus (The Barber) Beefcake vs. Macho Man Randy Savage WWF tag title: Demolition vs. Brains Busters.

Morton Downey’s syndicated loud talkshow is over – it’s been canceled. He says he’ll be doing a 2-½ minute radio commentary and perhaps more television.

HBO says it will take over management of The Movietime Channel. 

On USA – America’s Favorite cable Network – “Ray Bradbury Theater,” followed by, “The Hitchhiker.”


Thursday night television listings/TV guide – July 23, 1989

CBS – 48 Hours, The Davanaughs, Coming of Age, The Equalizer, Pat Sajak

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

ABC – Baseball, Nightline

PBS – Survival, Mystery!

Disney Channel – Walt Disney Presents, Movie, Ozzie & Harriet

SPTS – Sports Nightly, Inside Racing, American Outdoors


Top Album Rock Music Tracks – July 23, 1989

Brother Of Mine – Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe

Crossfire – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

Forget Me Not – Bad English

Need A Little Taste Of Love – Dobbie Brothers

So Alive – Live and Rockets

Let The Day Begin – The Call

Don’t Say You Love Me – Billy Squier

A Friend Is A Friend – Pete Townshend

Top Hit Music Singles In Britain – July 23, 1989

Song For Whoever – Beautiful South

Back To Life – Soul Ii Soul

Licence to Kill – Gladys Knight

Londong Nights – London Boys

Breakthru – Queen

Batdance – Prince

Patience – Guns N’ Roses

It’s Alright – Pet Shop Boys

I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 23, 1989

Houston Solution – Ronnie Milsap

In A Letter To You – Eddy Raven

Cathy’s Clown –Reba McEntire

What’s Going On In Your World – George strait

One Good Well – Don Wiliams

She’s Got A Single Thing In Mind – Conway Twitty

Dear Me – Lorrie Morgan

You Ain’t Going Nowhere – Chris Hillman & Roger McGuinn

Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That? – Dolly Parton

She’s Got A Single Thing In Mind – Conway Twitty

More Than A Name On A Wall – Statler Brothers

Timber I’m Falling In Love – Patty Loveless


Top Music Albums – July 23, 1989

Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown

The Raw & The Crooked – Fine Young Cannibals

Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block

Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul

Walking With A Panther – LL Cool J

Batman soundtrack

Twice Shy – Great White

Beaches soundtrack

Like A Prayer – Madonna

Repeat Offender – Richard Marx

Sonic Temple – The Cult

The Other Side of the Mirror – Stevie Nicks

Skid Row – Skid Row

Cycles – Doobie Brothers

Disintegration – The Cure

Big Daddy – John Cougar Mellencamp

Blind Man’s Zoo – 10,000 Maniacs

Flowers in the Dirt – Paul McCartney

Love and Rockets – Love and Rockets 

New Jersey – Bon Jovi

Top Rap Music Singles – July 23, 1989

They Want Money – Kool Moe Dee

Fight the Power – Public Enemy

We Got Your Own Thank – Heavy D & the Boyz

I’m that Type of Guy – LL Cool J

Why Is That? – Boogie Down Productions

Funky Dividends – Three Times Dope

Express Yourself – N.W.A.

My Myself and I – de La Soul

Rap Summary (Lean On Me) – Big Daddy Kane

The Man We All Know and Love Kwame

Children’s Story – Slick Rick

Hot Modern Rock Music Tracks – July 23, 1989

See A Little Light – Bob Mould

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies

So Alive – Love and Rockets

Waiting For Mary – Pere

Eardrum Buzz – Wire

Disappointed – Public Image Ltd

Under the God – Tin Machine

Oh Daddy -  Adrian Belew

Trouble Me – 10,000 Maniacs

Channel Z – B-52’s

Interesting Drug - Morrissey


Top movies – July 23, 1989

Lethal Weapon 2


When Harry Met Sally

Hone, I Shrunk the Kids

Licence to Kill



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