"Radio Free Freddie" was the episode guest starring irreverent stand up
comic George Carlin as Wally 'The Wow' Wexler, famed disc jockey at
WBAD radio, a former Sweathog from Buchanan called Wally 'The Weasel'
Wexler, whose nickname for Gabe was 'clown faced Kotter!' Carlin's
first scene is a classic: "listen to the big sounds of The Meter
Readers and their brand new disco hit 'Baby Stick My Head in Your
Oven!'" Not to mention the next platter, from the Reverend Funk and the
Vienna Boys Boogie Band: "I Threw My Heart in the Collection Plate!" (a
selection by The Crosswords is titled 'Love is a Three Letter Word!').
A Marx Brothers style mix up trying to sit down leads to the
introduction of Fred Grandy as Wally's engineer and producer Andy, who
has to be reminded not to put the records on top of the radiator: "this
morning I found the Captain all over Marie, and Donny stuck to
Tennille, man!" Vinnie debuts on the radio with his usual 'what,'
Horshack and Epstein little better, but Washington immediately sparks
interest from the listening audience (Arnold's mother calls to report
that her son's voice shattered all of her wine glasses). His instant
success has the other three Sweathogs quickly departing the station,
while 'The Wow' tries to show Freddie the ropes from his 15 years of
experience. Fred Grandy had already debuted as Gopher in the feature
pilot of THE LOVE BOAT, and teams well with the great Carlin.
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