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
Hugh Wilson did the warm-up during show tapings. During one warm-up, Wilson said he chose the call letters WKRP because they weren't being used by an actual station. He wanted to use WSOS or WHLP, but they were taken. During the show's run, a small AM radio station in Georgia applied to the FCC for the call letters WKRP. The show's producers considered legal action, but the FCC said that their trademark rights did not prevent a legitimate radio station from using the call letters, which were granted to the applicant. In March 2014, a non-profit organization was granted the call sign WKRP for a new FM radio station in Raleigh, NC. The station is expected to go on the air in 2015 at 101.9 FM. (Ironically, a Cincinnati TV and radio station has long used the call letters WKRC, but Wilson claims that this is just a coincidence. WKRC Channel 12 is now the Cincinnati CBS affiliate station, but during the show's original 1978-82 run, WKRC was the ABC affiliate. "WKRP" ran on WCPO Channel 9, which was then the Cincinnati CBS affiliate.) See more »
Les Nessman is a bachelor, but he often is seen wearing a wedding ring. See more »
Have you noticed all the men in Landersville are going bald? I wonder if there's a nuclear power plant in the area.
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The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »
MTM Productions' license to use some of the songs for this show expired in the mid-1990s. Syndicated and home video versions since then, including that on the Nick-at-Nite cable network, have replaced some of those songs with stock music. See more »
What can I add to what's already been said in the other comments? With the above quote and the unveiling of the KISS poster, WKRP IN CINCINATTI jumped in with both feet and made viewer (if not critical) history. Real people, losers who refused to be losers, teamed together to help and validate one another in great situations all in the little space of a couple of offices. Big theme and social consciousness issues without the big speech, hit you over the head approach. An ensemble cast with great writing and dialogue. Who cares whether or not it was low-budget? It was GREAT stuff. Favorite moments? Les wanting to commit suicide cuz the rumor is that he's gay. Herb painting his daughter's frog PINK. All the guys pitching in to get back the nudie shots the photographer took of Jennifer. The concert where the kids were crushed against the not yet opened gates. (I couldn't stop crying, watching that one.) Les feeding his dog, wearing the giant dog-trainer glove. The "phone police" blowing up the transmitter station. (That was my Dad's favorite.) But most of all for me, Venus teaching the cleaning lady's kid about the atom, using the analogy of gangs in the hood. The comedy capper on that one was Johnny waking up from behind some shelves and saying something like, "So that's how that works." And, yeah, folks -- Bailey was HOT and should've been showcased more. In closing, "Oh, yeah ... BOOGER!"
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