here is the complete 1979 Miss America pageant on DVD !! The pageant aired in September 1979 and Cheryl Prewitt of Mississippi won the 1980 title. Sadly, this was the FINAL appearance of Bert Parks as host. He hosted 25 consecutive years ( 1955-79 ), although he made one last memorable appearance at the 1990 pageant. Bert passed away in 1992.
The quality is excellent- feel free to ask questions. I have every Miss America pageant on DVD from 1957 through 2007- let me know if there are other years that interest you.