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NewsRadio (1995–1999)

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The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Dave Nelson (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Jimmy James (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Matthew Brock (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Lisa Miller (97 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Beth (96 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Joe Garrelli (96 episodes, 1995-1999)
 Bill McNeal (75 episodes, 1995-1998)
 Catherine Duke (60 episodes, 1995-1998)


The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) tries his best to manage a staff that includes egotistical anchors Dave McNeal (Phil Hartman) and Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander), ambitious supervising producer Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney), who also happens to be his on/off girlfriend, hapless reporter Matthew Brock (Andy Dick), sardonic secretary Beth (Vicki Lewis), and tech-happy electrician Joe (Joe Rogan), while also answering to the station's intimidating and eccentric owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root). Written by Jennifer

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Fifty-thousand watts of pure Comedy


Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

21 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Station  »

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(97 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the credits, Dave Foley's name is shown over a shot of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The towers were nicknamed David and Nelson. Foley's character is named Dave Nelson. According to Paul Simms, the shows creator, this is just a coincidence. See more »


Bill McNeal frequently misattributes quotes to John Keats. In Season One, Episode 10, "Rat Funeral," Hartman attributes the line "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may..." to Keats; the line is actually from "To the Virgins, to Make Most of time" written by Robert Herrick. In Season Two, Episode 11, "Station Sale," Hartman attributes the line "Yours is not to reason why, yours is but to do and die;" to John Keats, 1776; Hartman's version is actually slightly adapted from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" published in 1870. See more »


[reading cards from the complaint box]
Dave: "You suck." "You suck." "Howard Stern rules." "If you can read this you are a dork." "Coupon for one free kiss from Joe if you are a girl." "We need more complaint cards." "Coupon for one free kiss from Joe if you are a guy."
Joe: Hey.
Dave: [pulling out a fortune cookie slip] "You will go on a journey, happy long time." "Matthew is a moron." "No I'm not." "Yes you are." "No I'm not infinity." "Yes you are infinity plus one." And this one, "I have doobie in my funk," ...
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In the poker game episode, Boba Fett is courtesy of 'J. T. Hutt'. See more »


Referenced in Janeane Garofalo (1997) See more »

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"Good times, good times"
26 February 2002 | by (Norman, OK) – See all my reviews

I have to say, I really didn't get into this show until A&E started showing it in reruns. I really miss the fact that there are no new shows that will ever come because NBC didn't have the foresight to place it on its Thursday night lineup. In that time slot it would have easily outpaced such dogs as Veronica's closet even without Phil Hartman (I raise my glass to you sir).

While Phil Hartman was truly the glue to the show, it did start to make a recovery after the writers and Lovitz started to make some sense of what to do with his character (I think it might have been good to use him as his original role as a mental patient).

I think Steven Root's character was possibly the greatest TV boss in history. He was nuts! If you think that his character was little unrealistic for a multi billionaire, just look at the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban. I was glad to see him again in the movies in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"

The writing was always fresh. The actors were all perfect for the role's they played (I am NOT an Andy Dick fan, but he even worked in this show). The humor was sometimes understated, sometimes slapstick, but always funny.

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