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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
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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 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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18 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Sylvia Sidney played "Mama" Carlson in the pilot. Carol Bruce took over the role for the rest of the series run. Executive producer/creator Hugh Wilson said Sidney was not pleasant to work with, did not get along with the cast or producers, and thought the show itself was ridiculous. See more »

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[at a record store hosting a WKRP remote broadcast]
Herb Tarlek: Del, goshdarnit I've got to go, but if you need anything, anything at all, I'll be in my car somewhere.
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The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »

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Followed by The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991) See more »

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This shows great strength (besides being funny) was that the characters became increasingly three-dimensional, a trait most sitcoms fail at..
3 December 2000 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Many sitcoms start out with great promise, but over successive seasons settle and turn dimensionally less realistic. Take for example Tony Danza's spiral down in "Taxi" into the "dumb guy." In WKRP in Cincinnati, the complete opposite was true. Two dimensional stereotypes at the beginning (cowboy programmer, dim-witted receptionist, lazy mama's boy manager, city-wise black DJ, etc.) were allowed over the show's course to become psychologically real. The on-going harassment by married salesman Herb Tarlek towards Jennifer the receptionist was finally confronted, and in subsequent episodes he was never quite the pig towards her as before. Alcoholism and drug abuse were addressed, but never in the "hit you over the head" PC style of today. The show could be simultaneously hilarious and of dire seriousness. If you can, catch the episodes in rerun in order. The final season is amazing, especially when the previous years have set you up for it. Carol Bruce (Mama Carlson) episodes are especially stunning. And always look for Les Nessman's roaming band-aid.


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