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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 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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Howard Hesseman was asked to audition for Herb Tarlek, but after perusing the script, he felt he was only right for the Johnny Fever character. He refused to read for Herb and won the role of Johnny. See more »

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Reporter: And the senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity.
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Featured in I Love the '70s: 1978 (2003) See more »

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Most incredibly compact, realistic...and funny sitcom I've ever enjoyed.
22 October 2004 | by (Qingdao, China) – See all my reviews

Two TV programs are burned into my humor memory banks...the first from youth...Ernie Kovacs and his cigar MC-ing the Blackstone Magicians Convention TV Special in the 50's (before his ridiculous death in that ridiculous subcompact car). The image of Kovacs (and the cigar) inserting swords into a cabinet with a studio volunteer inside...the last thrust...just before a commercial break...accompanied by a gasp and moan. Kovacs watches as the handle of the sword rises, turns full face to the camera with a shrug and a complex of wicked humor, confusion, and phlegmatic acceptance on his face as the screen fades to black. The second from adulthood...WKRP's Thanksgiving show...Les Nessman's breathless redux of Pittsburgh broadcaster Herb (damn, sorry Herb I've forgotten the last name!) report on the Hindenberg disaster...as he described hapless, live turkeys hurled from a helicopter hovering above a shopping center parking lot. Herb Tarlek's anguished, "I swear to God Big Guy, I thought turkeys could fly!" as the denemois (so much for my recollection of high school French)to the "horror" and the "audience" response to his promotional gimmick.

I'd just had abdominal surgery 2 days before the Kovac's show so you can imagine my truly experiencing "laugh till you cry." I was preparing a turkey for my annual "y'all come" TG potluck, when the WKRP program aired...the turkey and dressing were everywhere as I thrashed about with unrestrained rib cracking laughter. I've told literally thousands of people about these two shows and would sure like to show them.

Bottomline: Are there DVD's or VCR's of the original shows available?


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