Frasier (1993–2004)
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Ham Radio 

Frasier tries to direct an old-time radio drama for KACL, but his over-directing turns the show into a complete disaster - just as Niles predicted.


David Lee


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
Dan Butler ... Bulldog Briscoe
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Edward Hibbert ... Gil Chesterton
Patrick Kerr ... Noel Shempsky
Richard Easton ... Mel White
Hope Allen ... Maxine
Jack Betts ... Ian


On KACL's 50th anniversary, Frasier is assigned the task of directing an old Agatha Christie-like radio drama, "Nightmare Inn". Unfortunately, very much like Niles predicts, the performance takes a disastrous turn when Roz's mouth is Novacained, Bulldog gets stage fright, a monologue from Gil's role is cut out and Niles needs to replace the actor portraying six different accents. Written by J. Rieper

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Release Date:

22 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the closing credits sequence, Noel (Patrick Kerr) assumes a broadcast stance, where he extended the script pages on the far side of the microphone. This is the actual way that radio workers stand so that no rustling of paper can be picked up by the microphone. See more »


In the intro, Frasier orders a coffee drink before conversing with Niles and Martin. Just as he leaves, a waiter hands him a paper bag, which Frasier handles much too loosely for it to have a beverage in it. See more »


Gil Chesterton: [Frasier is still casting for his radio play Nightmare Inn] Oh, Frasier. I've had a quick peek at your script and I think I'd be perfect as Bull Kragen, the brutish gamekeeper.
Frasier: You know, Gil. I think that's just a bit too on the nose.
[Gil nods in agreement]
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" (in purple letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a rain cloud that starts to emit rain appears in the sky. See more »


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Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Utilises all the elements of traditional farce to brilliant effect
11 October 2010 | by The-Last-PrydonianSee all my reviews

While not one of the more innovative or original episodes, "Ham Radio" has to stand as one of my all time favourite episodes not only of "Frasier" but probably of any series. Containing some of the more traditional elements of farce they are utilised to such great effect in a story using the very simplistic premise of Kelsey Grammar's titular protagonist attempting to celebrate a major milestone in the radio stations history. This is to be achieved by recreating a hammy radio murder mystery play with staff members playing each role.

What marks this out in it's brilliance is not only the always top notch performances and the inspired hilarity that ensures but they manage to pull off such farcical comedy in a relatively small, compact running time and to such great effect. Everyone is practically flawless and is given their own individual intricate comical moments but for me David Hyde Pierce and Edward Hibbert who plays the stations camp, upper-crust Chef are just given that bit more edge in the hilarity stakes. What makes it all the more amusing is that Niles has been more or less thrown in the deep end and that is just the beginning of what he has to contend with. But to say any more more would be to give too much away, I defy practically anyone not to be wiping away the tears by the end of this episode. If you ever loved "Fawlty Towers" then chances are you will love this.

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