The cuts continue at some of Cap Cities/ABC's eight owned TV stations . . .
Yesterday it was reported that 72 employes in news and engineering are being dropped from WLS in Chicago and another 41 from KGO in San Francisco, mostly administrative and support staffers . . .
Now it's been revealed that on Friday, WABC, the flagship station in New York, cut 36, including some from the news unit. A total of 98 will reportedly be gone by the end of the year . . .
A couple of weeks ago, ABC News cut some 74 employes, and more are expected to leave before the year is out . . .
Cuts elsewhere at Cap Cities/ABC recently accounted for the departure of Dick Beesemyer, most recently vice president for TV station affairs . . .
As the head of TV affiliate relations during the late 1970s, when ABC was at the top of the heap, Beesemyer had a big hand in getting major affiliates around the country (some of which had been with then-foundering NBC) to switch to ABC, moves that finally put ABC on parity with its network rivals for the long haul. . .
And at CBS Broadcast Group, where the budget cuts quietly continue, they've reorganized the finance department, eliminating, in the process, the job of vice president for finance in the Sports division . . .
As a result, Donn O'Brien, who was vice president for program practices (i.e., network censor) in the late 1970s, is leaving the company after 29 years . . .
Both Beesemyer and O'Brien were helpful to a fledgling Captain Airwaves, back when . . .
The premiere of "The Last Precinct" on NBC Friday night against "Dallas" at 9 p.m. averaged a 13.6 national Nielsen rating and a 23 percent audience share . . .
Locally, Saturday afternoon's broadcast of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Channel 5 managed a 7.0 Arbitron rating and a big 32 percent audience share (the good weather cut the total TV audience this year but the share of sets turned on held up pretty well) . . .
On Sunday evening, "Return to Mayberry" on NBC trounced Part I of CBS' "Dream West" mini-series. The surprise was the size of the margin for the down-home "Mayberry" in Nielsen's 12 big-city markets, where the overnight ratings were registered . . .
"Mayberry" averaged a big 28.4 rating and a bigger 42 percent audience share in the 12 cities. That included an even bigger 29.6/42 on Channel 4 here . . .
The premiere of "Dream West" averaged a 19.2/28 in the 12 markets, including a 21.4/31 on Channel 9 here . . .
As a result, the rerun of "The Man With the Golden Gun" on ABC was left with a 13.0/19 in Nielsen's major markets, including an 11.2/16 on Channel 7 here . . . Also in the News
The situation in Libya late yesterday prompted ABC News to cancel a Ted Koppel interview with former U.N. secretary general Kurt Waldheim scheduled for ABC's "Nightline" tonight . .
The interview was to have been taped earlier today via satellite from Vienna . . .
Waldheim, whose alleged Nazi past has become a factor in his campaign for president of Austria, appeared Sunday on "60 Minutes" with Mike Wallace . . .
"60 Minutes," incidentally, pulled a strong 23.1/39 in the Nielsen's 12 major markets . . .
The final round of the first-ever Chrysler Cup golf competition, which will be played at the Tournament Players Club in Potomac Sept. 7, will be aired by ABC Sports . . .
Eight top senior players from the United States, including Arnold Palmer and Lee Elder, will play against eight senior international stars, including Gary Player and Roberto deVicenzo . . .for a purse of $600,000 . . . The first three days will feature various forms of match play. The Sunday final will be stroke play . . . .
Speaking of fairways and all that . . . That marvelous final round Sunday in the Masters golf tournament was very popular in the Washington market . . .
The 12-city overnight Nielsen average was a 9.3 rating and a 24 percent audience share . . . but on Channel 9 here, the charge of Jack Nicklaus to a sixth Masters championship earned a 13.1 rating and a 30 percent audience (only Philadelphia, with a 31, had a higher share) . . .
Channel 7 has signed for another year of "Entertainment Tonight," which may explain why cohost Mary Hart will be in town today for a series of appearances . . . Moving Right Along
We reported recently that "Miami Vice" star Don Johnson was going to be in Dallas today to plug the Hands Across America campaign before a radio luncheon at the National Association of Broadcasters convention . . .
Wasn't to be. Don asked for too many perks for himself and his three bodyguards and refused to attend a VIP reception before the luncheon. So the NAB said skip it (well, not the whole NAB. I mean, it wasn't as if a couple of thousand broadcasters stood up and shouted "SKIP IT, DON BABY" all at once. An NAB official just canceled him out) . . .
When "Miami Vice" returns next fall, Don and costar Philip Michael Thomas' threads will be from "Out of Africa" designer Milena Canonero, whose fashion ideas call for darker, richer colors rather than those tropical pastels . . .
And Johnson's black Corvette (which kind of looks like a Ferrari) is being turned in for a real, $100,000-plus Ferrari Testarossa. Black, with white trim . . .
Roy Danish, who as director of the Television Information Office was the chief spokesman for the broadcasting industry the past 25 years, is retiring at 67. . .
A search committee composed of Jim Dowdle, president of Tribune Broadcasting; George Schweitzer, vice president, communications, CBS/Broadcast Group; and Dave Allen, of Petry Television, has been chosen to find a successor . . .
Channel 5 has purchased a package of 21 films from Columbia Pictures for airing starting in February of next year . . .
Among the titles: "Ghostbusters" and "The Natural" . . .
The good news: "Mr T," "Snorks" and "Spiderman and His Amazing Friends" will all be missing from NBC's Saturday morning kiddy show lineup next September . . .
The bad news: They'll be replaced by "Kissyfur," "Foofur" and "Lazer Tag" . . .
"Kissyfur" and "Foofur" are not related. The former is a young bear who runs away from the circus with his father to settle in "a happy swampland" (there's Saturday morning, for you) . . .
"Foofur" is a lovable hound dog who inherits an old house from his master that becomes home for his various friends and relatives . . .
"Lazer Tag" follows Jamie Starflyte, 13, who returns to the present from the world of the future to help stop the villainous Silas Mayhem from changing the course of history . . .
You know, Captain Airwaves is already starting to miss "Snorks" . . .