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, North Carolina. The station is expected to go on the air in 2015 at 101.9 FM. See more »
Last night at that house, did anything happen?
I met a lady whose car I have to replace and I discovered we have a sex pervert in the neighborhood.
No, I mean did anything unusual happen?
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The lyrics for the closing credits consist of gibberish words. See more »
Only a very few comedies have reached what I consider the height of mixing pathos, characterization, slapstick, verbal byplay. Night Court, Cheers, Mary Tyler Moore...and WKRP manages to surpass them all. WKRP comes out ahead of most of these (except maybe Night Court) because it was a true ensemble. It didn't focus on just Sam & Diane, or just Mary, but equally covered each of its cast members, giving them almost-equal screen time.
These were also folks who had _lives_ that didn't revolve entirely around the office or resolving the problem at the office: families, social lives, etc.
The recent Nick at Nite marathon (40 hours, five nights) just brought back home to me that this show was so funny, and why even some of the worst episodes are still a heck of a lot funnier than most "comedies" on the air today.
Hopefully WKRP will be settling into a long stay on Nick at Nite once the marathon runs its course.
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