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1981 Pop Culture Page

Music, movies, TV shows, and commercials in the USA.

Information compiled by Duane Alan Hahn, a.k.a. Random Terrain.

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Below are lists of top 100 music (selected hits in the order they charted), new movies at the theater, and new TV shows to help summon your treasured memories from the year 1981 with the bonus of recreating the magical feelings of that special time.


If you were too young or not even born yet, play the songs in the order they are listed and watch video clips or commercials for the movies and TV shows (in order) and you might get a sense of what it was like living from month to month back in 1981. There were no smartphones with an Internet full of knowledge and entertainment at your fingertips. If you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library and try to find the information in a book. If you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home, but it would probably be many decades out of date.


This page is an adapted version of my other page called Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates for 1981. The Atari 2600 game entries have been removed and replaced with lists that take up less room. Makes it easier to scroll down and soak up the pop culture atmosphere.



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January 1981 (1)

January 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Somebody's Knockin' at Amazon
#ad Buy Kiss On My List at Amazon
#ad Buy Rapture at Amazon

“Fly Away” by Peter Allen  (Jan 10)   YT

“Woman” by John Lennon  (Jan 17)   YT

“Somebody’s Knockin’” by Terri Gibbs  (Jan 17)   YT   70%

“Treat Me Right” by Pat Benatar  (Jan 17)   YT

“Flash’s Theme” by Queen  (Jan 17)   YT

“Kiss On My List” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (Jan 24)   YT   73%

“The Best Of Times” by STYX  (Jan 24)   YT

“Crying” by Don McLean  (Jan 24)   YT

“Hearts On Fire” by Randy Meisner  (Jan 24)   YT

“Too Tight” by Con Funk Shun  (Jan 24)   YT

“Rapture” by Blondie  (Jan 31)   YT   70%

“Hello Again” by Neil Diamond  (Jan 31)   YT

“What Kind Of Fool” by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb  (Jan 31)   YT

“Ain’t Even Done With The Night” by John Cougar  (Jan 31)   YT

“Turn Me Loose” by Loverboy  (Jan 31)   YT

“Don’t You Know What Love Is” by Touch  (Jan 31)   YT

January 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Scanners at Amazon

Scanners  (Jan 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Incredible Shrinking Woman  (Jan 30)   YT   IMDb   WP

January 1981


New on TV

#ad Buy Hill Street Blues at Amazon

Dynasty  ABC  (Jan 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Hill Street Blues  NBC  (Jan 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

Harper Valley PTA  NBC  (Jan 16)   YT   IMDb   WP

Nero Wolfe  NBC  (Jan 16)   YT   IMDb   WP

Walking Tall  CBS  (Jan 31)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for February >

January 1981



January 1, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (Festival of Lively Arts for Young People)

January 1, 1981 ABC WJCL Commercials Savannah, GA (Sugar Bowl)

January 2, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (The Love Boat)

January 3, 1981 Commercial Breaks – WGR (NBC, Buffalo)

January 4, 1981 WTBS Superstation Commercials Savannah, GA

January 8, 1981 WABC commercial breaks

January 17, 1981 commercial block WNEW NYC

January 19, 1981 ABC All-Star Inaugural Gala Commercial Breaks

January 25, 1981 NBC Commercials

January 27, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (America Celebrates)

January 28, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks Part 1 (America Held Hostage)

January 28, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks Part 2 (America Held Hostage)

January 30, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (All My Children)

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February 1981 (2)

February 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Don't Stand So Close To Me at Amazon
#ad Buy Once In A Lifetime at Amazon
#ad Buy Morning Train (Nine To Five) at Amazon
#ad Buy Being With You at Amazon

“While You See A Chance” by Steve Winwood  (Feb 7)   YT

“Don't Stand So Close To Me” by The Police  (Feb 7)   YT

“Don't Stop The Music” by Yarbrough & Peoples  (Feb 7)   YT

“And Love Goes On” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Feb 7)   YT   80%

“8th Wonder” by SugarHill Gang  (Feb 7)   YT

“Once In A Lifetime” by Talking Heads  (Feb 7)   YT   [Bubbling Under Top 100]

“Morning Train (Nine To Five)” by Sheena Easton  (Feb 14)   YT   Solid Gold Shiny Pants   75%

“Just The Two Of Us” by Grover Washington, Jr.  (Feb 14)   YT

“Being With You” by Smokey Robinson  (Feb 14)   YT   60%

“How 'Bout Us” by Champaign  (Feb 14)   YT

“It's A Love Thing” by The Whispers  (Feb 14)   YT

“Angel Of The Morning” by Juice Newton  (Feb 21)   YT

“I Love You” by Climax Blues Band  (Feb 21)   YT

“Wasn't That A Party” by The Rovers  (Feb 21)   YT

“Who Do You Think You're Fooling” by Donna Summer  (Feb 21)   YT

“I Can't Stand It” by Eric Clapton & His Band  (Feb 28)   YT

“Hold On Loosely” by .38 Special  (Feb 28)   YT   55%

“Mister Sandman” by Emmylou Harris  (Feb 28)   YT

“Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” by The Gap Band  (Feb 28)   YT

February 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Fort Apache The Bronx at Amazon

Fort Apache, The Bronx  (Feb 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

American Pop  (Feb 13)   YT   IMDb   WP

Eyewitness  (Feb 13)   YT   IMDb   WP

February 1981


New on TV

The Brady Brides  NBC  (Feb 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for March >

February 1981



February 2, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks Part 1 (The Gangster Chronicles)

February 2, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks Part 2 (The Gangster Chronicles)

February 4, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (News Update)

February 5, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (Magnum P.I.)

February 8, 1981 Commercials NBC 30 Connecticut WVIT

February 12, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (20/20)

February 19, 1981 Commercials ABC/WJLA (Mork & Mindy)

February 21, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks(The Gangster Chronicles)

February 21, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (The Eiger Sanction)

February 23, 1981 KTLA-5 Los Angeles Commercials (French Connection II)

February 23, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (Evita Peron - Part 1)

February 24, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (Evita Peron - Part 2)

February 27, 1981 CBS WHBF TV4 Rock Island, Illinois Commercials (THE WIZARD OF OZ)

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March 1981 (3)

March 1981


Atari 2600 Games Released This Month

Othello (Atari) BG ✔

Laser Blast (Activision) BG ✔

Tennis (Activision) BG ✔

Steeplechase (Sears) BG ✔

Stellar Track (Sears) BG ✔

March 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) at Amazon
#ad Buy Her Town Too at Amazon
#ad Buy Bette Davis Eyes at Amazon
#ad Buy Another One Rides The Bus at Amazon

“Sukiyaki” by A Taste Of Honey  (Mar 7)   YT

“A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) ” by Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio  (Mar 7)   YT

“Sweetheart” by Franke & The Knockouts  (Mar 7)   YT

“Her Town Too” by James Taylor & J.D. Souther  (Mar 14)   YT   75%

“Time Out Of Mind” by Steely Dan  (Mar 14)   YT   60%

“96 Tears” by Garland Jeffreys  (Mar 14)   YT

“Take It On The Run” by REO Speedwagon  (Mar 21)   YT

“Living Inside Myself” by Gino Vannelli  (Mar 21)   YT

“Too Much Time On My Hands” by STYX  (Mar 21)   YT   90%

“You Better You Bet” by The Who  (Mar 21)   YT

“I Missed Again” by Phil Collins  (Mar 21)   YT   60%

“Another One Rides The Bus” by Weird Al Yankovic  (Mar 21)   YT   [Bubbling Under Top 100]

“Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes  (Mar 28)   YT   80%

“Jessie's Girl” by Rick Springfield  (Mar 28)   YT

“Watching The Wheels” by John Lennon  (Mar 28)   YT

“What Are We Doing In Love” by Dottie West  (Mar 28)   YT

“Say You'll Be Mine” by Christopher Cross  (Mar 28)   YT

“Love You Like I Never Loved Before” by John O’Banion  (Mar 28)   YT

March 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy The Devil and Max Devlin at Amazon

All Night Long  (Mar 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Devil and Max Devlin  (Mar 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

On the Right Track  (Mar 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

Back Roads  (Mar 13)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Funhouse  (Mar 13)   YT   IMDb   WP

Modern Romance  (Mar 13)   YT   IMDb   WP

Omen III: The Final Conflict  (Mar 20)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Postman Always Rings Twice  (Mar 20)   YT   IMDb   WP

March 1981


New on TV

The Greatest American Hero  ABC  (Mar 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for April >

March 1981



March 3, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (Hellinger's Law)

March 8, 1981 Commercials (Disney's Wonderful World)

March 13, 1981 NYC Commercial Block Part 1

March 13, 1981 NYC Commercial Block Part 2

March 18, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (The Gambler)

March 18th/19th 1981 CBS WMAR TV-2 Commercial Breaks (CBS Late Movie: Dracula A.D. 1972)

March 21, 1981 Commercials (Solid Gold)

March 23, 1981 Commercial Breaks NBC WILX Lansing (Hour Magazine and Action News at 6)

March 28, 1981 Commercial Breaks NBC KALB Alexandria (NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament)

March 29, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Benji)

March 31, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (CBS Morning News)

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April 1981 (4)

April 1981


Atari 2600 Games Released This Month

Missile Command (Atari) BG ✔

Video Pinball (Atari) BG ✔

April 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Stars on 45 Medley at Amazon
#ad Buy Winning at Amazon
#ad Buy Time at Amazon
#ad Buy Is It You at Amazon

“Find Your Way Back” by Jefferson Starship  (Apr 4)   YT

“Super-Trouper” by ABBA  (Apr 4)   YT

“I Don't Need You” by Rupert Holmes  (Apr 4)   YT   90%

“Stars on 45 Medley” by Stars on 45  (Apr 11)   YT   75%

“Winning” by Santana  (Apr 11)   YT   75%

“Since I Don't Have You” by Don McLean  (Apr 11)   YT

“Ai No Corrida” by Quincy Jones Featuring the vocals of Dune  (Apr 11)   YT   75%

“Lately” by Stevie Wonder  (Apr 11)   YT

“Time” by Alan Parsons Project  (Apr 18)   YT   90%

“Fool In Love With You” by Jim Photoglo  (Apr 18)   YT   75%

“Still Right Here In My Heart” by Pure Prairie League  (Apr 18)   YT

“One Day In Your Life” by Michael Jackson  (Apr 18)   YT

“America” by Neil Diamond  (Apr 25)   YT

“This Little Girl” by Gary "U.S." Bonds  (Apr 25)   YT

“Is It You” by Lee Ritenour  (Apr 25)   YT   78%

“I Can Take Care Of Myself” by Billy & The Beaters  (Apr 25)   YT

“Just So Lonely” by Get Wet  (Apr 25)   YT

“Give A Little Bit More” by Cliff Richard  (Apr 25)   YT

“Make That Move” by Shalamar  (Apr 25)   YT

April 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Excalibur at Amazon

Hardly Working  (Apr 3)   YT   IMDb   WP

Excalibur  (Apr 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Going Ape!  (Apr 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Howling  (Apr 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Knightriders  (Apr 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Nighthawks  (Apr 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Caveman  (Apr 17)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Hand  (Apr 24)   YT   IMDb   WP

April 1981


New on TV

Private Benjamin  CBS  (Apr 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

Checking In  CBS  (Apr 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for May >

April 1981



April 3, 1981 ABC Commercials KOVR Stockton - Sacramento (“Vampire” Made-for-TV)

April 4, 1981 Commercials Vol. 2 (Don Kirshner's Rock Concert)

April 8, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Masada, Part 4)

April 9, 1981 Commercials (rerun of All In The Family)

April 10, 1981 WPIX Commercial Breaks (Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City)

April 13, 1981 KTLA Commercial Breaks (The Big Valley)

April 14, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (Special Report)

April 14, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (Easter Specials)

April 21, 1981 Commercials (daytime game shows and soap operas)

April 25, 1981 Commercials (Saturday Night Live)

April 28, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (It's Magic, Charlie Brown and Puff the Magic Dragon)

April 28, 1981 Commercial Breaks KTZO Ind., San Francisco (from a couple of syndicated episodes of “Bonanza”)

April ?, 1981 WTBS Commercials (Space Giants)

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May 1981 (5)

May 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy You Make My Dreams at Amazon
#ad Buy Shaddap You Face at Amazon
#ad Buy Elvira at Amazon
#ad Buy The Stroke at Amazon
#ad Buy Double Dutch Bus at Amazon
#ad Buy Queen Of Hearts at Amazon

“You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (May 2)   YT   70%

“Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke & George Duke  (May 2)   YT

“The Waiting” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  (May 2)   YT

“Shaddap You Face” by Joe Dolce  (May 2)   YT

“Can You Feel It” by The Jacksons  (May 2)   YT   70%

“Theme From ‘Greatest American Hero’ (Believe It Or Not)” by Joey Scarbury  (May 9)   YT   65%

“Modern Girl” by Sheena Easton  (May 9)   YT

“Nobody Wins” by Elton John  (May 9)   YT

“The One That You Love” by Air Supply  (May 16)   YT

“Elvira” by Oak Ridge Boys  (May 16)   YT

“The Stroke” by Billy Squier  (May 16)   YT   55%

“Stronger Than Before” by Carole Bayer Sager  (May 16)   YT

“Double Dutch Bus” by Frankie Smith  (May 16)   YT   90%

“All Those Years Ago” by George Harrison  (May 23)   YT   70%

“Boy From New York City” by The Manhattan Transfer  (May 23)   YT

“Hearts” by Marty Balin  (May 23)   YT

“The Breakup Song” by Greg Kihn Band  (May 23)   YT

“A Life Of Illusion” by Joe Walsh  (May 23)   YT

“Slow Hand” by Pointer Sisters  (May 30)   YT

“Queen Of Hearts” by Juice Newton  (May 30)   YT   90%

“In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins  (May 30)   YT   60%

“Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through” by Jim Steinman  (May 30)   YT

“Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James  (May 30)   YT

May 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy The Legend of the Lone Ranger at Amazon

Friday the 13th Part 2  (May 1)   YT   IMDb   WP

Happy Birthday To Me  (May 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

Take This Job and Shove It  (May 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

Bustin' Loose  (May 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Four Seasons  (May 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

Death Hunt  (May 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Legend of the Lone Ranger  (May 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

Outland  (May 22)   YT   IMDb   WP

May 1981


New on TV

SCTV  NBC  (May 16)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for June >

May 1981



May 1, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (The Gangster Chronicles)

May 3, 1981 WISN ABC Commercial Breaks (King Creole)

May 7, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (Lou Grant)

May 9, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (The Exorcist)

May 12, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (The Five of Me)

May 14, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (Dracula)

May 15, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island)

May 15, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (TV's Censored Bloopers)

May 17, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (Escape From Iran: The Canadian Caper)

May 19, 1981 Commercials (As The World Turns)

May 21-22, 1981 Commercials ($50,000 Pyramid)

Search for more May 1981 commercials at YouTube.

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June 1981 (6)

June 1981


Atari 2600 Games Released This Month

Warlords (Atari) BG ✔

June 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Gemini Dream at Amazon
#ad Buy Lady (You Bring Me Up) at Amazon
#ad Buy Don't Let Go The Coat at Amazon

“Gemini Dream” by Moody Blues  (Jun 6)   YT   90%

“Tom Sawyer” by Rush  (Jun 6)   YT

“Don't Let Him Go” by REO Speedwagon  (Jun 13)   YT

“Lady (You Bring Me Up)” by The Commodores  (Jun 20)   YT

“Touch Me When We're Dancing” by The Carpenters  (Jun 20)   YT

“The Kid Is Hot Tonight” by Loverboy  (Jun 20)   YT

“Some Changes Are For Good” by Dionne Warwick  (Jun 20)   YT

“(There's) No Gettin' Over Me” by Ronnie Milsap  (Jun 27)   YT

“Everlasting Love” by Rex Smith/Rachel Sweet  (Jun 27)   YT

“Walk Right Now” by Jacksons  (Jun 27)   YT   75%

“Someday, Someway” by Robert Gordon  (Jun 27)   YT   [Not as good as the Marshall Crenshaw version.]

“Don’t Let Go The Coat” by The Who  (Jun 27)   YT

“On And On And On” by ABBA  (Jun 27)   YT

June 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Raiders of the Lost Ark at Amazon
#ad Buy Cannonball Run at Amazon
#ad Buy Superman II at Amazon
#ad Buy Stripes at Amazon

Force: Five  (Jun ?)   YT   IMDb   WP

Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams  (Jun 5)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia  (Jun 5)   YT   IMDb   WP

Clash of the Titans  (Jun 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

History of the World: Part I  (Jun 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Raiders of the Lost Ark  (Jun 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Cannonball Run  (Jun 19)   YT   IMDb   WP

Superman II  (Jun 19)   YT   IMDb   WP

Dragonslayer  (Jun 26)   YT   IMDb   WP

For Your Eyes Only  (Jun 26)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Great Muppet Caper  (Jun 26)   YT   IMDb   WP

Stripes  (Jun 26)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for July >

June 1981



June 6, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Wide World of Sports)

June 8 & 12, 1981 Commercial Breaks WCBS CBS New York (Guiding Light)

June 16, 1981 Commercials WNBC-4 New York (The Doctors and Days Of Our Lives)

June 24, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (A Small Town in Texas)

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July 1981 (7)

July 1981


Atari 2600 Games Released This Month

Freeway (Activision) BG ✔

Kaboom! (Activision) BG ✔

July 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Urgent at Amazon
#ad Buy Endless Love at Amazon
#ad Buy Stop Draggin My Heart Around at Amazon
#ad Buy For Your Eyes Only at Amazon

“Urgent” by Foreigner  (Jul 4)   YT

“Cool Love” by Pablo Cruise  (Jul 4)   YT

“Really Wanna Know You” by Gary Wright  (Jul 4)   YT

“Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne  (Jul 4)   YT   [Bubbling Under Top 100]

“Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie  (Jul 11)   YT

“Breaking Away” by Balance  (Jul 11)   YT

“Don’t Give It Up” by Robbie Patton  (Jul 11)   YT

“Nothing Ever Goes As Planned” by Styx  (Jul 11)   YT

“Who's Crying Now” by Journey  (Jul 18)   YT

“Fire And Ice” by Pat Benatar  (Jul 18)   YT

“Medley II” by Stars On 45  (Jul 18)   YT

“Stop Draggin' My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  (Jul 25)   YT

“For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton  (Jul 25)   YT

“Step By Step” by Eddie Rabbitt  (Jul 25)   YT

“Hold On Tight” by ELO  (Jul 25)   YT   65%

“The Beach Boys Medley” by The Beach Boys  (Jul 25)   YT

“General Hospi-Tale” by Afternoon Delights  (Jul 25)   YT

“Summer ’81 Medley” by The Cantina Band  (Jul 25)   YT

July 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Escape from New York at Amazon
#ad Buy The Fox and the Hound at Amazon

Nobody's Perfekt  (Jul ?)   YT   IMDb   WP

S.O.B.  (Jul 1)   YT   IMDb   WP

Escape from New York  (Jul 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Fox and the Hound  (Jul 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Arthur  (Jul 17)   YT   IMDb   WP

Endless Love  (Jul 17)   YT   IMDb   WP

Zorro, The Gay Blade  (Jul 17)   YT   IMDb   WP

Blow Out  (Jul 24)   YT   IMDb   WP

Comin' at Ya!  (Jul 24)   YT   IMDb   WP

Eye of the Needle  (Jul 24)   YT   IMDb   WP

Tarzan, The Ape Man  (Jul 24)   YT   IMDb   WP

Wolfen  (Jul 24)   YT   IMDb   WP

Under the Rainbow  (Jul 31)   YT   IMDb   WP

Victory  (Jul 31)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1981



#ad Buy Rapture at Amazon

The TV show 20/20 had an episode in July of 1981 that introduced rap and breakdancing to the ‘squares.’ It included a clip of “Rapture” by Blondie, followed by Deborah Harry talking about rap. Amoeblog has a page about it:

ABC's 20/20 Brings Rap To The Masses

New on Top 100 Radio for August >

July 1981



July 4, 1981 Commercials ABC (Wide World of Sports)

July 4, 1981 WTBS Commercials Savannah, GA

July 11, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (The Love Boat & Fantasy Island)

July 14, 1981 XETV Commercial Breaks (Donovan's Reef)

July 13, 1981 XETV Commercial Breaks (Cahill)

July 20, 1981 HBO Bumpers, Promos, Sign-Off, and Test Pattern (Color Bars)

July 23, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Barney Miller & Taxi)

July 25, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks & KGTV-10 News

July 25, 1981 Commercials (rerun of Fridays)

July 28, 1981 Commercials KHJ-TV 9 L.A.

July 31,1981 ABC Commercials (Kingdom Of The Spiders)

Search for more July 1981 commercials at YouTube.

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August 1981 (8)

August 1981


Atari 2600 Games Released This Month

Asteroids (Atari) BG ✔

August 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Super Freak at Amazon
#ad Buy She's A Bad Mama Jama at Amazon
#ad Buy Private Eyes at Amazon
#ad Buy Our Lips Are Sealed at Amazon

“We're In This Love Together” by Al Jarreau  (Aug 1)   YT

“Tempted” by Squeeze  (Aug 1)   YT   60%

“We Can Get Together” by Icehouse  (Aug 1)   YT

“Super Freak” by Rick James  (Aug 8)   YT

“In Your Letter” by REO Speedwagon  (Aug 8)   YT

“Draw Of The Cards” by Kim Carnes  (Aug 8)   YT

“Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross  (Aug 15)   YT   75%

“When She Was My Girl” by Four Tops  (Aug 15)   YT

“Burnin' For You” by Blue Oyster Cult  (Aug 15)   YT

“Start Me Up” by Rolling Stones  (Aug 22)   YT

“The Night Owls” by Little River Band  (Aug 22)   YT   55%

“I've Done Everything For You” by Rick Springfield  (Aug 22)   YT   75%

“Theme From ‘Hill Street Blues’” by Mike Post  (Aug 22)   YT

“She's A Bad Mama Jama” by Carl Carlton  (Aug 22)   YT   90%

“Not Fade Away” by Eric Hine  (Aug 22)   YT   [The song “Footloose” sounds like it was based on this.]

“Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (Aug 29)   YT   75%

“Our Lips Are Sealed” by The Go-Go's  (Aug 29)   YT   80%

“Alien” by Atlanta Rhythm Section  (Aug 29)   YT

August 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Heavy Metal at Amazon
#ad Buy Body Heat at Amazon
#ad Buy An American Werewolf in London at Amazon

Heavy Metal  (Aug 7)   YT   IMDb   WP

Hell Night  (Aug 7)   YT   IMDb   WP

Student Bodies  (Aug 7)   YT   IMDb   WP

An Eye for an Eye  (Aug 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

Deadly Blessing  (Aug 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

Body Heat  (Aug 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

An American Werewolf in London  (Aug 21)   YT   IMDb   WP

First Monday in October  (Aug 21)   YT   IMDb   WP

Honky Tonk Freeway  (Aug 21)   YT   IMDb   WP

Prince of the City  (Aug 21)   YT   IMDb   WP

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash  (Aug 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

Gallipoli  (Aug 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

Private Lessons  (Aug 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for September >

August 1981



August 15, 1981 Commercials (rerun of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert)

August 28, 1981 Commercials (ABC News)

August 29, 1981 KHJ-TV Commercial Breaks (Bernstein Conducts)

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September 1981 (9)

September 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic at Amazon
#ad Buy No Reply At All at Amazon

“Working In A Coal Mine” by Devo  (Sep 5)   YT

“Say Goodbye To Hollywood” by Billy Joel  (Sep 12)   YT

“Sausalito Summernight” by Diesel  (Sep 12)   YT

“At This Moment” by Billy and the Beaters  (Sep 19)   YT

“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by The Police  (Sep 26)   YT   85%

“Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” by Air Supply  (Sep 26)   YT

“My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” by Chilliwack  (Sep 26)   YT   80%

“No Reply At All” by Genesis  (Sep 26)   YT   65%

“More Stars on 45 (Medley)” by Stars On 45  (Sep 26)   YT

September 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Continental Divide at Amazon
#ad Buy Chariots of Fire at Amazon

The French Lieutenant's Woman  (Sep 16)   YT   IMDb   WP

Continental Divide  (Sep 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

Raggedy Man  (Sep 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

Carbon Copy  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

Chariots of Fire  (Sep 25 Los Angeles, 26 New York City)   YT   IMDb   WP

Mommie Dearest  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

So Fine  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

Southern Comfort  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

True Confessions  (Sep 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

September 1981


New on TV

#ad Buy Best of the West at Amazon
#ad Buy The Smurfs at Amazon

Best of the West  ABC  (Sep 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Blackstar  CBS  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Goldie Gold and Action Jack  ABC  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!  NBC  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Smurfs  NBC  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Space Stars  NBC  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends  NBC  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Kwicky Koala Show  CBS  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Trollkins  CBS  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Spider-Man  Syndication  (Sep 12)   YT   IMDb   WP

Entertainment Tonight  Syndication  (Sep 14)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for October >

September 1981



September 5, 1981 Commercials (Jonny Quest) [Cowboy Hubba Bubba Grape Bubble Gum 2:28]

September 5, 1981 CBS WISH-TV Indianapolis Commercial Breaks (Evening News)

September 10, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Framed)

September 10, 1981 Commercials (end of Best Of The West and the KGTV movie Framed)

September 12, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks

September 22, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (Oh, God!)

Week of Sept 25, 1981 (Susan Lucci/AMC Edge of Night Jane Badler of V)

Search for more September 1981 commercials at YouTube.

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October 1981 (10)

October 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Physical at Amazon
#ad Buy Let's Groove at Amazon
#ad Buy Young Turks at Amazon
#ad Buy Don't Stop Believing at Amazon

“Physical” by Olivia Newton-John  (Oct 3)   YT   65%

“Let's Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire  (Oct 3)   YT   90%

“Promises In The Dark” by Pat Benatar  (Oct 3)   YT

“Waiting For A Girl Like You” by Foreigner  (Oct 10)   YT

“The Old Songs” by Barry Manilow  (Oct 10)   YT

“Harden My Heart” by Quarterflash  (Oct 17)   YT

“The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)” by Juice Newton  (Oct 17)   YT

“Young Turks” by Rod Stewart  (Oct 17)   YT

“Why Do Fools Fall In Love” by Diana Ross  (Oct 17)   YT

“Take My Heart” by Kool & The Gang  (Oct 17)   YT

“I Surrender” by Arlan Day  (Oct 17)   YT

“Turn Your Love Around” by George Benson  (Oct 24)   YT   65%

“Leather And Lace” by Stevie Nicks with Don Henley  (Oct 24)   YT

“Trouble” by Lindsey Buckingham  (Oct 24)   YT

“I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World” by Ronnie Milsap  (Oct 24)   YT

“Twilight” by ELO  (Oct 24)   YT   65%

“Controversy” by Prince  (Oct 24)   YT

“Hooked On Classics” by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  (Oct 31)   YT

“More Than Just The Two Of Us” by Sneaker  (Oct 31)   YT

“Don't Stop Believing” by Journey  (Oct 31)   YT   75%

October 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy My Dinner With Andre at Amazon
#ad Buy The Evil Dead at Amazon

Paternity  (Oct 2)   YT   IMDb   WP

Rich and Famous  (Oct 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

My Dinner With Andre  (Oct 11)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Evil Dead  (Oct 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

…All the Marbles  (Oct 16)   YT   IMDb   WP

Halloween II  (Oct 30)   YT   IMDb   WP

Looker  (Oct 30)   YT   IMDb   WP

October 1981


New on TV

#ad Buy Mr. Merlin products at Amazon
#ad Buy Gimme a Break at Amazon

Mr. Merlin  CBS  (Oct 7)   YT   IMDb   WP

Behind the Screen  CBS  (Oct 9)   YT   IMDb   WP

Laverne & Shirley in the Army  ABC  (Oct 10)   YT   IMDb   WP

Fitz and Bones  NBC  (Oct 24)   YT   IMDb

Today's F.B.I.  ABC  (Oct 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

Love, Sidney  NBC  (Oct 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

Gimme a Break  NBC  (Oct 29)   YT   IMDb   WP

Lewis & Clark  NBC  (Oct 29)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for November >

October 1981



October 2, 1981 WALA Commercials (Jet Pilot)

October 3, 1981 KCOP Commercial Breaks (Ensign Pulver)

October 10, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (Hero At Large)

October 12,1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Jarrett)

October 16, 1981 WGN Commercial Breaks (A Shot in the Dark)

October 16, 1981 KCOP Commercial Breaks (Victory At Entebbe)

October 23, 1981 KTLA Commercial Breaks (Scott Joplin)

October 23, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Ice Station Zebra)

October 26, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (The Day the Women Got Even)

October 26, 1981 WTBS Commercial Breaks (The Petrified Forest) [13:51 Christy Lane]

October 30, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (Halloween)

October 31, 1981 KTTV Commercial Breaks (The Andromeda Strain)

Search for more October 1981 commercials at YouTube.

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November 1981 (11)

November 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Centerfold at Amazon
#ad Buy I Can't Go For That at Amazon
#ad Buy Working For The Weekend at Amazon
#ad Buy Shake It Up at Amazon

“Centerfold” by J. Geils Band  (Nov 7)   YT   80%

“Cool Night” by Paul Davis  (Nov 7)   YT

“Yesterday's Songs” by Neil Diamond  (Nov 7)   YT

“Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie  (Nov 7)   YT

“I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)” by Daryl Hall & John Oates  (Nov 14)   YT   100%

“Key Largo” by Bertie Higgins  (Nov 14)   YT

“Love In The First Degree” by Alabama  (Nov 14)   YT

“Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight” by Eddie Rabbitt  (Nov 14)   YT

“Working For The Weekend” by Loverboy  (Nov 14)   YT   78%

“Walking Into Sunshine” by Central Line  (Nov 14)   YT

“Shake It Up” by The Cars  (Nov 21)   YT   80%

“Come Go With Me” by The Beach Boys  (Nov 21)   YT

“She's Got A Way” by Billy Joel  (Nov 21)   YT

“WKRP In Cincinnati” by Steve Carlisle  (Nov 21)   YT

“Leader Of The Band” by Dan Fogelberg  (Nov 28)   YT

“You Could Have Been With Me” by Sheena Easton  (Nov 28)   YT

“My Kinda Lover” by Billy Squier  (Nov 28)   YT

November 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy Time Bandits at Amazon

Time Bandits  (Nov 6)   YT   IMDb   WP

Absence of Malice  (Nov 19)   YT   IMDb   WP

Ragtime  (Nov 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

November 1981


New on TV

#ad Buy Father Murphy at Amazon
#ad Buy The Fall Guy at Amazon
#ad Buy Simon and Simon at Amazon

Code Red  ABC  (Nov 1)   YT   IMDb   WP

Father Murphy  NBC  (Nov 3)   YT   IMDb   WP

The Fall Guy  ABC  (Nov 4)   YT   IMDb   WP

Shannon  CBS  (Nov 11)   YT   IMDb   WP

Strike Force  ABC  (Nov 13)   YT   IMDb   WP

This Week  ABC  (Nov 15)   YT   IMDb   WP

McClain's Law  NBC  (Nov 20)   YT   IMDb   WP

Simon & Simon  CBS  (Nov 24)   YT   IMDb   WP

Darkroom  ABC  (Nov 27)   YT   IMDb   WP

Open All Night  ABC  (Nov 28)   YT   IMDb   WP

New on Top 100 Radio for December >

November 1981



November 1, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks Part 1 (Every Which Way But Loose)

November 1, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks Part 2 (The Jeffersons & News)

November 1, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks Part 3 (Face the Nation & Wide World of Mystery)

November 1, 1981 Commercial Breaks (ESPN)

November 2, 1981 KHJ-TV 9 Los Angeles Commercial Breaks Part 1 (Valley of the Kings)

November 2, 1981 KHJ-TV 9 Los Angeles Commercial Breaks Part 2 (Valley of the Kings)

November 6, 1981 Commercials (Fridays and Portrait of a Legend)

November 7, 1981 KTTV-11 Commercial Breaks (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

November 10, 1981 CBS WCAU-10 Philadelphia Commercials (10)

November 11, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Grease)

November 13, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (More TV's Censored Bloopers)

November 13, 1981 KCOP Commercial Breaks (Freebie and the Bean)

November 20, 1981 KTLA Commercial Breaks (Bullitt)

November 20th, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (McClain's Law)

November 22, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Moonraker)

November 26, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (NFL Football)

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December 1981 (12)

December 1981


Atari 2600 Games Released This Month

Ice Hockey (Activision) BG ✔

Stampede (Activision) BG ✔

Skeet Shoot (Apollo) BG ✔

December 1981


New on Top 100 Radio

#ad Buy Love Is Alright Tonite at Amazon
#ad Buy Chariots Of Fire Theme at Amazon

“Take It Easy On Me” by Little River Band  (Dec 5)   YT

“Waiting On A Friend” by Rolling Stones  (Dec 5)   YT

“Love Is Alright Tonite” by Rick Springfield  (Dec 5)   YT   80%

“Chariots Of Fire” by Vangelis  (Dec 12)   YT

“Sweet Dreams” by Air Supply  (Dec 12)   YT

“One Hundred Ways” by Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram  (Dec 19)   YT

“Through The Years” by Kenny Rogers  (Dec 26)   YT

“Abacab” by Genesis  (Dec 26)   YT

“Love Is Like A Rock” by Donnie Iris  (Dec 26)   YT   90%

“Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving)” by Kano  (Dec 26)   YT

December 1981


New at the Movies

#ad Buy On Golden Pond at Amazon
#ad Buy Heartbeeps at Amazon
#ad Buy Modern Problems at Amazon

On Golden Pond  (Dec 4)   YT   IMDb   WP   [Limited Release]

Buddy Buddy  (Dec 11)   YT   IMDb   WP

Pennies from Heaven  (Dec 11)   YT   IMDb   [Los Angeles/New York]

Rollover  (Dec 11)   YT   IMDb   WP

Ghost Story  (Dec 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

Heartbeeps  (Dec 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

Neighbors  (Dec 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

Sharky's Machine  (Dec 18)   YT   IMDb   WP

Modern Problems  (Dec 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

Reds  (Dec 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

Taps  (Dec 25)   YT   IMDb   WP

December 1981


New on TV

#ad Buy Falcon Crest at Amazon

Bret Maverick  NBC  (Dec 1)   YT   IMDb   WP

Falcon Crest  CBS  (Dec 4)   YT   IMDb   WP

Back to New on Top 100 Radio for January >

December 1981



December 3, 1981 CBS Commercial Breaks (Magnum, P.I.)

December 2, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (The Greatest American Hero)

December 5, 1981 KTTV-11 Commercial Breaks (Mutiny on the Bounty)

December 5, 1981 Commercials (A Magical Disney Christmas)

December 10, 1981 Commercials (Taxi)

December 11, 1981 NBC Commercial Breaks (McClain's Law) [1:03 Intellivision]

December 12, 1981 KTLA Commercial Breaks (Tom Sawyer)

December 19, 1981 Commercials (ABC Saturday Morning Programming)

December 27, 1981 ABC Commercial Breaks (Sunday Night Movie)

December 27, 1981 Commercials (Archie Bunker's Place)

December 30, 1981 WTOC CBS Savannah, GA Commercials

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1981-82 (Full Show)

Search for more December 1981 commercials at YouTube.

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Information Compiled From the Following Sources

Hot 100 Singles Chronology

US Hot 100 Bubbling Under

Rock on the Net: The Ark Weekly Top 40 Archives

Internet Movie Database

Wikipedia: Wide-release Movies

Wikipedia: List of Years in Television



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In Case You Didn't Know


B Vitamins = Good

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. For example, the wife of a guy I used to chat with online had severe mood swings which seemed to be caused by food allergies or intolerances. She would became irrational, obnoxious, throw tantrums, and generally act like she had a mental illness. The horrid behavior stopped after she started taking a vitamin B complex. I've been taking #ad Jarrow B-Right for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.



Soy = Bad

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn't bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can't tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.



Wheat = Bad

If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by William Davis and Ivor Cummins. It seems that most people should avoid wheat, not just those who have a wheat allergy or celiac disease. Check out these books: #ad Undoctored, #ad Wheat Belly, and #ad Eat Rich, Live Long.



Negative Ions = Good

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.



Litterbugs = Bad

Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.



Climate Change Cash Grab = Bad

Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.


Watch these two YouTube videos for more information:

CO2 is Greening The Earth

The Climate Agenda



Hýdrø╳ýçhlørøqúîñé = Good

Take a look at my page called The H Word and Beyond. You might also want to look at my page called Zinc and Quercetin. My sister and I started taking those two supplements near the end of 2020 in the hopes that they would scare away the flu and other viruses.


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