NewsRadio: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (25 Mar. 1995)

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Dave Nelson begins his new job as WNYX News Director, but first he has to fire his predecessor.



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Dave Nelson, a guy from Wisconsin comes to New York to become the News Director at WNYX. But he goes to the wrong building so he rushes to the right one and meets the owner, Mr. James. And Dave learns that his first task is to inform the current News Director, Ed that he's being let go. Dave has a hard time doing it. And gets to know the staff, like Matthew who is very meek. Bill, one of the on air reporters who is very pompous. And Lisa, who thinks that she's going to be the next News Director. Written by

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Comedy | Romance





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25 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Some changes from the pilot vs. the rest of the series: The recording booth becomes a lounge later in the series, and we never hear another mention of the staff ever having to record anything again. Though there is mention of having to work on tapes, it's never revealed where this is done. The business offices are stated to be in a different building entirely but later Jimmy seems to conduct all business from his office upstairs or in the studio itself. People in the studio (like Matthew) are expected to do things not directly related to broadcasting such as bill advertising companies. Handyman Rick is replaced by Joe, the actress playing Catherine is changed. See more »


When Dave is pushed into the news booth to give the sports update, while practicing his "radio" voice, Bill lets him know that he's already on the air by pulling down and showing Dave the already lit ON AIR sign. Bill then sets the sign on a shelf of tapes. Dave lets Bill take over the update and leaves. As Dave is walking out, the sign is back in its original position on the wall. See more »


Jimmy James: [looking at a stocks report] Ten points? What, are you kidding me? You pulling my chain?
Dave Nelson: Sir, is there something wrong?
Jimmy James: I own a lot of Euro Disney.
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