Radio Hits of 1979

1979 Sports

*World Series Champions: Pittsburgh Pirates
*Superbowl Champions: Pittsburgh Steelers
*NBA Champions: Seattle SuperSonics
*Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
*U.S. Open Golf: Hale Irwin
*U.S. Tennis: John McEnroe/Tracy Austin
*Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bjorn Borg/Martina Navratilova
*NCAA Football Champions: Alabama
*NCAA Basketball: Michigan State
*Kentucky Derby: Spectacular Bid

Fashion Icons:

Catherine Bach, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Carter, Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley.

Other Facts (1979)

52 Americans are taken hostage in Tehran, Iran for 444 days. Four days later, ABC's Nighline premiered, centering on the crisis.
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning" - Robert Duvall in 'Apocalypse Now'
April 1st - Nickelodeon TV cable network began.
*ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) began broadcasting on September 7.
*The death of Sid Vicious (heroin overdose).
*11 people were crushed to death outside of Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum prior to a concert by The Who.
*Black and Decker released the now-famous cordless mini-vacuum, The Dustbuster.
*Victoria's Secret stores opened in 1979. It went national in 1982 after being aquired by Limited Brands.
*On March 28, Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, had a near melt-down. No one was reported killed or injured, but the accident changed many regulations for American nuclear reactors.
*The Sugar Hill Gang releases the first commercial rap hit, "Rapper's Delight," bringing rap off the New York streets and into the popular music scene.
*Shah leaves Iran after year of turmoil. The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
*Rhodesia became Zimbabwe.
*Philips demonstrates The Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
*Movies in 1979 included Apocalypse Now, All That Jazz, Kramer vs. Kramer, Breaking Away.
*Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Ayatollah Khomeini
*Miss America: Kylene Barker (Roanoke, VA)
*Miss USA: Mary Therese Friel (New York)
*Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Walkman casette/radio.
What Was On TV:
60 Minutes (CBS), Three's Company (ABC), That's Incredible! (ABC), Alice (CBS), M*A*S*H (CBS), Dallas (CBS), Flo (CBS), The Jeffersons (CBS), The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS), One Day at a Time (CBS).


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Donna Summers, pictured above with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was known as the "Queen of Disco". In 1979 the album Bad Girls was released which was a break from disco. The album became a huge success, spawning the number one hit "Hot Stuff". With "MacArthur Park", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", and the Barbra Streisand duet "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)", Summer achieved four number one hits within a thirteen month period. Along with "Heaven Knows", "Last Dance", "Dim All the Lights", and "On the Radio" (from her upcoming double-album) would give her eight US Top 5 singles within a two year period.

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