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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Complete series cast summary:
 Andy Travis (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson / ... (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Dr. Johnny Fever (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Les Nessman / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Herb Tarlek (89 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Venus Flytrap (87 episodes, 1978-1982)
 Bailey Quarters (86 episodes, 1978-1982)


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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Halløj i æteren  »

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Did You Know?


Venus Flytrap's real name was Gordon Simms. He was a schoolteacher before he became a DJ. See more »


Venus Flytrap: [Fever runs into the booth and hides behind the coat rack] What are you doin', man! I'm on the air!
Dr. Johnny Fever: Herb Tarlek is selling life insurance!
Venus Flytrap: Oh, no! Close the blinds before he sees us!
Andy Travis: [Walks into the booth] What have I told you guys about goofing off when one of you is supposed to be on the air?
Dr. Johnny Fever: Herb Tarlek is selling life insurance!
Andy Travis: Oh, no!
[slams the door and hides with Fever]
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Crazy Credits

The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »


Referenced in Twisted Sex Vol. 23 (2007) 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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