WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

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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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 Johnny 'Dr. Fever' Caravella (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Les Nessman / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
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 Herbert '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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Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson tries to run a failing Cincinnati radio station owned by his "tough as nails" mother. His own incompetence is overshadowed by the strange employees that work at the station. From wild Disc Jockeys: Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap to the geeky news director, Les Nessman and obnoxious advertising sales manager, Herb Tarlek. With the help of saner employees such as Bailey Quarters; the rather shy journalism major; Jennifer Marlowe, the beautiful receptionist who is the very opposite of a stereotypical "Dumb Blonde" and Andy Travis; the studly program director, Carlson tries gimmick after crazy gimmick to bring money into the station and make it a success. Written by Kate Tripper

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Trivia

Hugh Wilson is a huge fan of The Beatles and wanted to include as many of their songs in the show as possible. However, even with the licensing discount provided by ASCAP, The Beatles proved to be the most expensive artist to license a song from. As a result, only three Beatles songs were used in the entire show: "I'm Down" (WKRP in Cincinnati: Preacher (1979) - which was removed in later airings), "Here Comes The Sun" (WKRP in Cincinnati: Out to Lunch (1981)) and "Come Together" (WKRP in Cincinnati: Jennifer and Johnny's Charity (1982)). Presumably (and unsurprisingly), the second most expensive artist to license a song from was The Rolling Stones. They were the first group to have their music replaced in syndication. See more »

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In the pilot episode, after the rock music change, the needle on the turntable is on the label of the record that's playing, yet the music is playing fine. Clearly, music was never playing from actual vinyl records when WKRP played their songs. See more »

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Bailey Quarters: Have you noticed all the men in Landersville are going bald? I wonder if there's a nuclear power plant in the area.
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The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: January Jones/Black Eyed Peas (2009) See more »

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"Oh, I don't know. I'll think of something."
29 July 2004 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

What can I add to what's already been said in the other comments? With the above quote and the unveiling of the KISS poster, WKRP IN CINCINATTI jumped in with both feet and made viewer (if not critical) history. Real people, losers who refused to be losers, teamed together to help and validate one another in great situations all in the little space of a couple of offices. Big theme and social consciousness issues without the big speech, hit you over the head approach. An ensemble cast with great writing and dialogue. Who cares whether or not it was low-budget? It was GREAT stuff. Favorite moments? Les wanting to commit suicide cuz the rumor is that he's gay. Herb painting his daughter's frog PINK. All the guys pitching in to get back the nudie shots the photographer took of Jennifer. The concert where the kids were crushed against the not yet opened gates. (I couldn't stop crying, watching that one.) Les feeding his dog, wearing the giant dog-trainer glove. The "phone police" blowing up the transmitter station. (That was my Dad's favorite.) But most of all for me, Venus teaching the cleaning lady's kid about the atom, using the analogy of gangs in the hood. The comedy capper on that one was Johnny waking up from behind some shelves and saying something like, "So that's how that works." And, yeah, folks -- Bailey was HOT and should've been showcased more. In closing, "Oh, yeah ... BOOGER!"


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