Week of April 24, 1986
In the news - The duchess of Windsor dies of
pneumonia at her home in Paris. She was 89.
Shunned by the British Royal Family, the duchess will
be honored by them in death as Buckingham Palace
declares five days of “family mourning.”
In African rituals - an 18-year-old boy is installed as
King Mawati III of Swaziland. It was the end of nearly
three years of preparations for crown Prince
Makhosetive to succeed his father, King Sobhuza II,
who ruled the land for 60 years and was the world’s
longest-reigning monarch when he died in 1982. Maureen Reagan, the
President’s daughter, was present.
A nuclear accident damages a reactor at the giant
Chernobyl atomic power plant in the Ukraine reports
Tass. The brief statement was issued by Tass after
Sweden, Finland and Denmark all report high levels
of radioactivity believed to be from a nuclear accident
in the Soviet Union.
Next day - It’s reported that a second reactor at
Chernobyl appears to have melted down and the
uncontrolled nuclear fire was “spewing radiation”
which is now showing up in Austria and Switzerland.
U.S. intelligence estimates that overall casualties -
dead and injured - may range from 2,000 to 3,000.
Two men parachute from the Empire State Building and hit the ground OK. One
of them quickly scooped up his parachute, hailed a cab and got away. The other,
well, his chute got tangled on a traffic light. Michael McCarthy (25) of London was
captured by police.
Audio news - Ray Dolby is at it again. He’s the inventor of the
famed noise-reduction system you see on your cassette tapes etc.
The Dolby A system came out in 1967. Now, the digital revolution
has sent Mr. Dolby back to the drawing board. Brand new is Dolby
SR, which promises twice the useable dynamic range of the latest
digital recording techniques while using existing analog tape
recorders. The system is aimed at the professional market and Mr.

Week of April 24, 1986
Dolby says it should make those studios happy - those yet who haven’t
purchased expensive digital equipment.
At Toys R Us - Kenner Centurions - $9.97 ... Nash Executioner 29” skateboard -
$49.94 ... Coleco Furskins $29.97
Passing - Producer-Director Otto Preminger (80) of cancer. Best known for
“Anatomy of a Murder,” “The Moon is Blue,” “The Man With the Golden Arm” and
Passing - actor Broderick Crawford (74). He had won an
Oscar in 1949 for his role as a ruthless, scheming Southern
political boss in “All the King’s Men.” Television audiences
remember him best in the 1950’s series “Highway Patrol.”
Passing - Composer Harold Arlen (81) of cancer. - best
known for “Over the Rainbow.” Also wrote Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate
the Positive,” “Blues in the Night” and “Stormy Weather.”
Marry - TV newswoman Maria Shriver and actor Arnold
Schwarzenegger (38) at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Mass. Shriver (29),
niece of the late John F. Kennedy, is the co-anchor of the CBS Morning News.
Radio news - FM station KROQ in Pasadena, CA is sold for $45 million - the
highest price ever paid for a radio station (so far). The buyer is New York based
Infinity Broadcasting. Seller is Mandeville Broadcasting. There are no plans to
change the station’s unique “Rock of the 80’s” format.
“The Word On The Street Is West 57th Street ... New - the style is bold ... Hot -
the spirit is no-hold-barred ... Now - The word on the street is: don’t miss
it!...West 57th Street - join Jane Wallace, Bob Sirott, Meredith Viera and John
Ferrugia. Season Premiere Wednesday night on CBS-TV.”
Ted Turner announces his first big television
production deal. It’s an agreement for Universal to
produce 74 episodes of “The New Leave It To
Beaver” for exclusive initial satellite broadcasting
on WTBS - the Atlanta superstation. The series
will reunite Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow and Barbra

Week of April 24, 1986
This week - ABC celebrates 25 years of “Wide World of Sports.” The show will
include congratulatory comments from President Reagan. Jim McKay will host.
The program airs Saturday night.
TV Ratings -
The Cosby Show - 27.7
Family Ties - 26.7
Movie - Resting Place - 22.3
60 Minutes - 22.0
Murder, She Wrote - 21.8
Movie - Alex - Life of a Child - 21.7
Cheers - 21.3
Who’s The Boss - 21.1
Perfect Strangers - 20.0
Golden Girls - 18.5
Moonlighting - 1.8
Highway to Heaven - 17.5
Movie - He’s Not Your Son - 17.3
Night Court - 17.0
Facts of Life - 16.5
Spenser for Hire - 15.3
Gimmie a Break - 15.1
Movie - Bridges to Cross - 14.5
Miami Vice - 14.1
20/20 - 13.7
MacGyver - 13.7
Blacke’s Magic - 13.7
Cagney & Lacey - 13.6
Magnum, PI - 13.4
Movie - The Cartier Affair - 13.1
Simon & Simon - 12.9
Tuesday Night Television -
CBS - Morningstar/Eveningstar, Mike Hammer, The
NBC - The A-Team, Hunter, Stingray
ABC - Who’s The Boss?, Perfect Strangers, Moonlighting,
Spensor for Hire
PBS - Live From Lincoln Center
HBO Movie-Tightrope, Philip Marlowe-Private Eye, Movie-
Act of Vengeance

Week of April 24, 1986
The A-Team - Howling Mad Murdock wins a guest shot on “Wheel of Fortune.”
Who’s The Boss? - Tony sets up a meeting
between a recently divorced pal and Angela
The Equalizer - Tenement residents hire McCall
to investigate their wealthy landlord.
Entertainment Tonight - (syndicated) - Interview
with Mark Harmon and Bob Segar.
The Tonight Show - Joan Rivers guest hosts
with Phylicia Rashad, Fred Rogers, Calvin
Trullin, Hulk Hogan
More television news -
A TV pirate hijacks the eastern feed of HBO, leaving the company, the FCC and
others scratching their heads. Shortly after midnight, HBO’s showing of the film
“The Falcon & The Snowman” was interrupted by a message on the screen
which said: “Good Evening HBO From Captain Midnight … $12.95 a month?
Now Way! Showtime/Movie Channel beware” The message showed over a color
test pattern design.
Co-news anchor Roger Grimsby is out at WABC-TV after 18
years. WABC says that Kaity Tong will replace him. Grimsby has
been at odds with Bill Applegate, WABC’s news director since
last year when the latter joined the station from WLS-TV.
“Fashion America” debuts on ESPN and “Lifetime.” The female-
slanted show is an odd fit for all-sports ESPN, but not Lifetime, which now
declares itself as a channel for woman.
Howard Cosell has signed on to do a twice-weekly column for the N.Y. Daily
News to begin sometime in May.

Week of April 24, 1986
Pop music this week in 1986 -
Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
Kiss - Prince
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
What Have You Done For Me Lately -
Janet Jackson
Why Can’t This Be Love - Van Halen
Harlem Shuffle - The Rolling Stones
Your Love - The Outfield
Take Me Home - Phil Collins
Manic Monday - The Bangles
Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Live To Tell - Madonna
If You Leave - OMD
Bad Boy - Miami Sound Machine
I Can’t Wait - Nu Shooz
On My Own - Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald
Top Albums -
5150 - Van Halen
Whitney Houston
Pretty in Pink - soundtrack
Heart - Heart
Riptide - Robert Palmer
Promise - Sade
Like a Rock - Bob Segar
Dirty Work - The Rolling Stones
Falco 3 - Falco
Parade - Prince
Control - Janet Jackson
Play Deep - The Outfield
Please - The Pet Shop Boys
Other Albums -
The Broadway Album - Barbra Streisand
Seven the Hard Way - Pat Benatar
The Secret Value of Daydreaming - Julian Lennon
Master of Puppets - Metallica

Week of April 24, 1986
Lives in the Blance - Jackson Browne
Vienna Calling - Falco
From Luxury to Heartache - Culture Club
Different Light - The Bangles
Wonderland - Erasure
Chillin - Force M.D.’s
Waves - Katrina and the Waves
Precious Moments - Jermaine Jackson
King of America - The Costello Show
(Elvis Costello)
Stop Pretending - The Pandoras
Parade Music From The Motion Picture
Under the Cherry Moon - Prince & The
Album - Public Image LTD
The Knife Feels Like Justice - Brian Setzer
Raised on Radio - Journey
Scarecrow - John Cougar Mellencamp
Bitter Sweet - King
Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears
How to be A Zillionaire - ABC
Turbo - Judas Priest
The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy Osbourne
World Machine - Level 42
Tuff Enuff - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Strange Behavior - Animotion
Rendez-Vous - Jean Michel Jarre
Picture Book - Simply Red
Action Replay - Howard Jones
Top Jazz albums -
Magic Touch - Stanley Jordan
Love Will Follow - George Howard
Black Codes From The Underground - Wynton Marsalis
Vocalese - Manhattan Gransfer
Harlequin - Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour
Canyon - Paul Winter
Promise - Sade
Top Country -
Once in A Blue Moon - Earle Thomas Conley
Now and Forever (You and Me) - Anne Murray
Grandpa (Tell Me ‘bout The Good Old Days) - Judds

Week of April 24, 1986
I Had A Beautiful time - Merle Haggard
Feelin’ the Feelin’ - Bellamy Brothers
Easy To Please - Janie Frickie
Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Hank Williams Jr.
Tomb of the Unknown Love - Kenny Rogers
One Love At A Time - Tanya Tucker
Working Without A Net - Waylon Jennings
Most popular videocassettes
Return of the Hedi
Prizzi’s Honor
The Goonies
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Hi Tech - 24 international manufacturers participate in an exhibition of high
definition television at the National Assn. of Broadcasters meet in Dallas. The
system used conforms to the proposed 1125/60 HDTV standard established by
the ATSC.
More radio news -
Another “Beautiful Music” defection as WRFM, New York gives up the format and
goes soft rock as WNSR. KOST in Los Angeles left the format recently and is
moving up in the ratings with its soft adult contemporary music format. Will others
follow? (Yes - by the mid-1990’s, this format will be rare).
Jay Clark is now the PD at WOMC, Detroit.
Howard the Cabdriver of the WPLJ morning show gets married on the air. Best
man was morning host Jim Kerr.

Week of April 24, 1986
Top station in LA - KIIS-FM - 7.4, down from its 9.7 last year. Speculation is that
KIIS-FM which has a significant Hispanic and black audience, may be losing
listenership to KPWR-FM, the former KMGG, which changed its call letters and
formats from Adult contempo to urban contempo. Rick Carroll’s “Rock of the 80’s
format” is huge at KROQ with a 4.3. KFI is down to a 1.6 with its music format.
KLOS-FM - 3.3 and KMET-FM 3.2 - both are album rock. Beautiful music KBIG
and KJOI are tied at 5.1. All news KFWB and KNX are tied at 3.3. KRLA-AM
(Oldies) is at a 1.7. KIQQ (K-Lite) is up to a 3.9. KOST (adult contemporary) is up
to a 4.1.
WFMT - Chicago’s premier classical music station and classical radio syndicator
is introducing a new service - the Beethoven Satellite Network. Programs will be
sent up the satellite from WFMT’s studios and stations will be able to buy various
time modules. WFMT-FM is a commercial subsidiary of public TV station WTTW
(channel 11).
At the movies -
The Money Pit - Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Gudunov, Maureen
Critters - Dee Wallace Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Breen Bush, Scott Grimes
At Close Range - Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson,
Crispin Glover, Tracey Walter, Christopher Penn
8 Million Ways To Die - Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Paul, Andy
Police Academy 3 - Back In Training -
Pretty In Pink - Harry Dean Stanton, Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts,
James Spader, Andrew McCarthy
Murphy’s Law - Charles Bronson, Carrie
Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons, Richard Romanus
Legend - Tom Cruise
The Color Purple - Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar,
Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, and introducing
Whoopi Goldberg
Water - Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda
Vaccaro, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly, Eric
Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Star
Violets Are Blue - Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline,
Bonnie Bedelia
Wise Guys - Danny DeVito, Joe Piscopo, Harvey Keitel, Ray Sharkey, Captain
Lou Albano
Salvador - James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage
Hannah And Her Sisters - Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie

Week of April 24, 1986
Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O’Sullivan, Daniel Stern, Max
Von Sydow, Dianne West
Just Between Friends - Mary Tyler Moore, Christine Lahti, Sam Waterson, Ted
Down and Out In Beverly Hills - Nick Nolte, Better Midler, Richard Dreyfus
Gung Ho - Michael Keaton