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Writer:
Hugh Wilson (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
18 September 1978 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Humor with Intelligence without "Jokes" See more (48 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 30)

Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis (90 episodes, 1978-1982)

Gordon Jump ... Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson / ... (90 episodes, 1978-1982)

Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe / ... (89 episodes, 1978-1982)

Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever (89 episodes, 1978-1982)

Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman / ... (88 episodes, 1978-1982)

Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek (88 episodes, 1978-1982)

Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap (86 episodes, 1978-1982)

Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters (86 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Series Directed by
Rod Daniel (24 episodes, 1979-1981)
Will Mackenzie (16 episodes, 1979-1982)
Asaad Kelada (15 episodes, 1978-1982)
Linda Day (11 episodes, 1980-1982)
Frank Bonner (6 episodes, 1980-1982)
Michael Zinberg (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Nicholas Stamos (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Dolores Ferraro (3 episodes, 1981)
Hugh Wilson (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dan Guntzelman (2 episodes, 1981)
George Gaynes (1 episode, 1982)
Howard Hesseman (1 episode, 1982)
Gordon Jump (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Writing credits
Hugh Wilson (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
Steve Marshall (14 episodes, 1979-1982)
Dan Guntzelman (13 episodes, 1979-1982)
Blake Hunter (12 episodes, 1979-1982)
Pj Torokvei (8 episodes, 1979-1982)
Steven Kampmann (7 episodes, 1979-1981)
Lissa Levin (7 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bill Dial (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael Fairman (5 episodes, 1979-1982)
Richard Sanders (5 episodes, 1979-1982)
Tom Chehak (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tim Reid (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Joyce Armor (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Judie Neer (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Robinson Hunter (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Mary Maguire (2 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Hugh Wilson .... producer / executive producer (27 episodes, 1978-1982)
Rod Daniel .... associate producer / producer / ... (19 episodes, 1978-1980)
Ted Kaye .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Max Tash .... associate producer / coordinating producer (5 episodes, 1980-1982)
Blake Hunter .... producer (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Pj Torokvei .... producer (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Steven Kampmann .... producer (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bill Dial .... producer (1 episode, 1979-1980)
 
Series Original Music by
Tom Wells (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 
Series Cinematography by
George La Fountaine Sr. (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chip Brooks (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Edward Brennan (8 episodes, 1979)
Bob Best (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
Andy Ackerman (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Casting by
Sharon Himes (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jacklynn Briskey (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ken Johnson (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jacqueline Webber (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jacque Webber (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Catherine Mann (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Costume Design by
Warden Neil (9 episodes, 1978-1982)
 
Series Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hair stylist (25 episodes, 1978-1982)
Ray Steele .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1979)
Nancy Garen .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Alan Friedman .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1982)

Bron Roylance .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Brett Crutcher .... unit manager (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Abby Singer .... production executive: MTM Productions, Inc. / executive in charge of production / ... (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Carol Himes .... production manager (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Day .... associate director (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Ginger Grigg .... associate director (20 episodes, 1978-1982)
Buzz Sapien .... associate director (2 episodes, 1982)

Robert J. Smawley .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Edwin McCormick .... construction coordinator (43 episodes, 1980-1982)
Chris Circosta .... property master (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser (18 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dick Durant .... property master (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken Becker .... audio (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Cam McCulloch .... audio (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Stunts
Gregg Sawaya .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Browning .... video (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Harold Guy .... lighting director (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
Larry Boelens .... lighting consultant (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
George La Fountaine Sr. .... lighting consultant (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joel Siebert .... lighting director (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steve Berry .... video operator / video (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
 
Series Casting Department
Brian Eckhardt .... casting assistant (1 episode, 1980)
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Warden Neil .... wardrobe (17 episodes, 1978-1980)
Bucky Rous .... costumer: men (2 episodes, 1982)
Pat Welch .... costumer: women (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rod Daniel .... post production consultant / post-production consultant (4 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Music Department
Jim Ellis .... composer: closing theme (90 episodes, 1978-1982)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Buzz Sapien .... stage manager (43 episodes, 1978-1980)
Marilynn Marko-Sanders .... assistant to the producer / production assistant / ... (26 episodes, 1978-1982)
Lissa Levin .... production secretary / story consultant / ... (24 episodes, 1978-1982)
Blake Hunter .... story editor / executive story consultant / ... (24 episodes, 1978-1980)
Meryl O'Loughlin .... executive in charge of talent / talent executive (24 episodes, 1978-1980)
Tim Womack .... production associate (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Tom Chehak .... story editor / creative consultant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Dial .... story editor / creative consultant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Max Tash .... production associate / production assistant (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mary Maguire .... production secretary (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mike Maloof .... technical director (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
Lynne Folks .... production secretary (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Emily Marshall .... story editor (9 episodes, 1979)
Ginger Grigg .... assistant to producer (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bob Jones .... technical director (4 episodes, 1980-1982)
Richard Sandoval .... stage manager / production associate (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Dan Guntzelman .... story editor / story consultant (3 episodes, 1980)
Steve Marshall .... story editor / story consultant (3 episodes, 1980)
Ray Conners .... technical director (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steven Kampmann .... story editor (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Patricia Perillo .... assistant to producer / production secretary (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
Mary Korbett .... production secretary (2 episodes, 1980)
Pj Torokvei .... story editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Skip D'Amico .... production associate (2 episodes, 1982)
Ted Ray .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1982)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (90 episodes)
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Trivia:
Real-life Cincinnati radio station WKRC 550 AM was active during the sitcom's run, and remains active as of October 2014.See more »
Quotes:
Les Nessman:[repeated sign-off line] This is Les Nessman saying good day, and may the good news be yours.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Humor with Intelligence without "Jokes", 26 April 2007
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

There are few jokes in the best TV sitcoms and films. The funniest moments happen when well-defined characters are in unusual situations in which they react as themselves. One of the funniest scenes in "The Graduate" is Benjamin Braddock trying to avoid drawing attention to himself when he wants to check into a hotel because he's having an affair. Or when muggers accosting Jack Benny say "You're gonna give us $10,000, or we're gonna break both your legs" to which Benny replies, "Does it have to be both?" (Benny's character in both his radio and TV shows was that he was stingy and would do anything to avoid giving or paying money.)

WKRP was lucky to have the kind of writers who also understood the power of character to create comedy. The characters of WKRP rarely make self-conscious wise-cracks. Herb Tarlek would sometimes try to be witty but often with catastrophic results. The chemistry that made WKRP work was the writers' understanding of their characters which in turn manifested dialog that appeared spontaneous yet funny. The humor evolved from the characters simply being themselves without the writers having to force jokes into the script. This is the most effective kind of comedy writing in the narrative style but it depends on interesting and quirky characters.

A few quick examples: when Les Nesman is asked what he thinks about radio stations in Cincinatti playing mostly "rock 'n' roll" music he replies that "it must be some sort of conspiratorial plot." When a visitor asks to see Mr Carlson (in front of Mr Carlson), Carlson (trying to avoid people in general) replies "He's dead." And when Jennifer the receptionist is asked to do some note-taking and filing she says "I don't do typing. I don't do filing. Anything else?"

This was an outstanding comedy that may have been a bit overlooked at that time since it was broadcast at the tale-end of a 20-year run of great television comedy that began with shows like the Dick Van Dyke Show, I Dream of Jeanie, MASH, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Mork and Mindy. The only two sitcoms that were truly great after that were Cheers and Seinfeld. MASH relied more on the wise-cracks but that was an attribute of Hawkeye's character. (I have never felt the writing in "Friends" was that strong relying almost exclusively on wise-cracks rather than situations although it is very popular.) WKRP is one of the few shows that still seems fresh and lively despite having been first broadcast almost 30 years ago. The writers had the uncommon ability to give the cast interesting lines that were funny, unexpected and yet totally believable and within character. And unlike most current TV comedy writing, wise-cracks and jokes were a rarity.

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