The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music

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 Andy Travis (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson / ... (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Dr. Johnny Fever (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Les Nessman / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Herb Tarlek (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Venus Flytrap (87 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Bailey Quarters (86 episodes, 1978-1982)
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A hip, young program director pumps new life into a failing AM radio station, WKRP of Cincinatti, by changing format from Big Band to Hard Rock/Punk and bringing in two hot disc jockeys, over the protest of the owner... and some of the employees. Written by LA-Lawyer

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The character of Bailey Quarters was based on Hugh Wilson's wife. Wilson wrote the character to be shy and soft-spoken, but very articulate when she did speak, because his wife was the same way. See more »

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Les Nessman: [saying that Bailey shouldn't produce the show] This isn't the Ohio State School of Journalism, this is the big time.
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The Funniest Comedy of All Time?
9 July 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Only a very few comedies have reached what I consider the height of mixing pathos, characterization, slapstick, verbal byplay. Night Court, Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore...and WKRP manages to surpass them all. WKRP comes out ahead of most of these (except maybe Night Court) because it was a true ensemble. It didn't focus on just Sam & Diane, or just Mary, but equally covered each of its cast members, giving them almost-equal screen time.

These were also folks who had _lives_ that didn't revolve entirely around the office or resolving the problem at the office: families, social lives, etc.

The recent Nick at Nite marathon (40 hours, five nights) just brought back home to me that this show was so funny, and why even some of the worst episodes are still a heck of a lot funnier than most "comedies" on the air today.

Hopefully WKRP will be settling into a long stay on Nick at Nite once the marathon runs its course.


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