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


In The News

Changes in Poland – The President of Poland is expected to offer Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a longtime communist opposition activist, as premier.

President Bush condemns the assassination of the leading Colombian presidential candidate and said, “The narco-traffickers who again have robbed Colombia of a courageous leader must be defeated.”

Hashemi Rafsanjani is sworn-in as the new President of Iran. He said he would help gain the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, but only if the U.S. adopts a friendlier stance toward the Islamic Republic. 

In Bogota, Columbia - Police raid the estates of cocaine barons seizing aircraft, cars and cattle, bringing the number of those arrested in three days to more than 1,000. 

At least 29 are confirmed dead with dozens missing in London after a 1,500-ton dredging ship ran over the top of a Thames river party boat full of disco-dancing people celebrating the birthday of a friend. Police arrested the captain and first mate of the dredge ship Bowbelle. One of those missing is the center of the party – a 26-year-old man.

The state of Alaska sues Exxon Corp. and six other oil companies alleging negligence for failing to prevent and clean up the nation’s worst oil spill March 24. Some 11 million gallons of crude oil in Price William Sound were spilled from the tanker Valdez.

City officials in Philadelphia announce that due to structural decay and maintenance problems, John F. Kennedy stadium would close. Demolition is favored.


Medical/Health/AIDs news update – August 15, 1989

AIDS update – Federal health officials say that the antiviral drug AZT has been shown to delay onset of the disease in certain groups of infected patients who have not yet developed symptoms.


Sports news – August 15, 1989

Pete Rose gets off a shoving incident with umpire Joe West during a game. He will not be fined or suspended. 


Music news – August 15, 1989

MTV says it will air Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” at night only, saying the singer shows a little too much “tush” in the clip.

The Rolling Stones will perform at Shea Stadium as part of their “Steel Wheels” tour. It’s the first rock ‘n’ roll concert at the stadium in six years, when the “Police” last played there. 

Rap albums hitting the pop album charts – The Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” is in the top-25 as is “Walking With A Panther” from LL Cool J. Also in the album top-100 – D.O.C’s “No One Can Do It Better.” Both the Beastie’s album and D.O.C’s has a sticker on front cautioning parents about language.

See it – “Club MTV Live… The Tour” – a live version of the dance- music program hosted by Downtown Julie Brown. With the show are Information Society, Was (Not Was), Milli Vanilli, Paula Abdul and Tone Luc. Word has it that it’s been struggling to rack up strong ticket sales. One bright spot and anticipation was for Milli Vanilli: Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan. They re-enacted the leaping high-fives from their videos and then pulled a young female audience member on stage to deliver a version of the new single “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You.”


Radio news – August 15, 1989

Arbitron Ratings

 Pirate Radio in Los Angeles vaults past KIIS AM/FM with a 5.4 share to KIIS’ 5.3. Rival Power-106 gets a 7.2. Mornings in Los Angeles – Jay Thomas of Power 106 – 6.5, Rick Dees of KIIS – 6.6… Mark and Brian of KLOS – 6.3 and Scott Shannon’s Pirate morning show – is up to a 4.2 from a 3.1.

New York – WPAT-AM/FM is in first place overall with a 5.9 while top-40 WHTZ (Z100) gets a 5.5 Oldies WCBS-FM 4.7. Urban WRKS goes from a 4.1 to a 4.6. WNEW-FM (AOR)  is up to a 4.3. Top 40 WPLJ – 3.0. In Chicago – WBBM-FM – 4.0.

John Rook who joined talker KABC last November is gone.  Magic Matt Alan from Z-100 New York and VH-1 is now doing afternoons on KIIS-FM Los Angeles. Longtime WLS Chicago personality John Records Landecker was heard doing fill-in at Z100 New York with a lot of energy.

Goodbye music - Drew Hayes, the new program director of WLS Chicago says the station is going talk.   Morning Man Fred Winston is headed for mornings at oldies WJMK.


Entertainment news – August 15, 1989

HBO which just took over the management of “Movietime,” says it will give the channel an overhaul. “Movietime,” covers the movie industry. Movietime, which launched two years ago, has mostly been a publicity device for the film industry and has several personalities serving as hosts. It airs movie trailers interspersed with celebrity interviews and Hollywood events. 

Terry Murphy, former anchor at KCBS-TV Los Angeles, is named co-anchor of the syndicated “Hard Copy” when it debuts in syndication next month.

Japan’s JVC/Victor Co. will invest more than $100 million in a new film company. JVC is best known for developing the VHS videotape format. 


Television news – August 15, 1989

On “Saturday Night Live” – Tom Hanks is guest host with musical guest Keith Richards.

CBS News says night news anchor Dan Rather will be standing – not sitting beginning in the fall. CBS says it will give the newscast a slightly graphic look. 

New NBC show debuting this week – “FM” which is set at a public radio station. Stars Robert Hays.

Passing – Amanda Blake (58) – best-known as “Kitty” on the long-running series “Gunsmoke.” She died of oral and throat cancer.


Top Modern Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1989

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies

Channel Z – B-52’s

Come Anytime – Hoodoo Gurus

Look Who’s dancing – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

Let the day Begin – the Call

Radio Silence – Boris Grebenshikov

Love Song – The Cure

Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals

Don’t Crash The Car Tonight – Mary’s Danish

Hard Sun - Indio

Disappointed – Public Image Ltd.


Top Album Rock Music Tracks – August 15, 1989

Forget Me Not – Band English

Let The Day Begin – The Call

Crossfire – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Something To Hold On To – Trevor Rabin

Heaven – Warrant

I Will Not Go Quietly – Don Henley

Cheer Down – George Harrison

Headed For A Heartbreak – Winger

Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

Long Way To Go – Stevie Nicks

Top Po Hit MusicSingles In Britain – August 15, 1989

Swing The Mood – Jive Bunny & The Mastersmixers

Poison – Alice Cooper

French Kiss – Lil Louis

Wouldn’t Change A Thing – Kylie Minogue

Too Much – Bros

Don’t Wanna Lose You – Gloria Estefan

Toy Soldiers – Martika

On Our Own – Bobby Brown

Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan

London Nights – London Boys

You’re History – Shakespeare’s Sister


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

Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx

On Our Own – Bobby Brown

Cold Hearted – Paula Abdul

Once Bitten Twice Shy – Great White

Don’t Wanna Lose You – Gloria Estafan

I Like It – Dino

Secret Rendezvous – Karyn White

Bat Dance – Prince

Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on The Block

So Alive – Love and the Rockets

Friends – Jody Watley/Eric B & Rakim

The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

Angel Eyes – Jeff Healey Band

Keep On Movin’ - Soul II Soul

Sacred Emotion- Donny Osmond

Toy Soldiers – Martika

Shower Me With Your Love – Surface

Lay Your Hands On Me – Bon Jovi

18 and Life – Skid Row

I’m that Type Of Guy – LL Cool J

If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher


Top movies – August 15, 1989

When Harry Met Sally

Casualties of War


A Nightmare On Elm Street

Turner and Hooch

Uncle Buck

Rude Awakening

Lethal Weapon

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