Poster

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The staff of WKRP is tasked with creating a commercial for a lucrative advertising contract with a funeral home, to Mr. Carlson's growing discomfort.

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Andy Travis
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Arthur Carlson
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Jennifer Marlowe
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Les Nessman
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Venus Flytrap
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Herb Tarlek
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Bailey Quarters
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Dr. Johnny Fever
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Randall Ferryman

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Rod Daniel

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Hugh Wilson ... (creator) (creator)
 
Richard Sanders ... (written by) and
Michael Fairman ... (written by)
 
Tom Chehak ... (story editor) &
Bill Dial ... (story editor) &
Blake Hunter ... (story editor) &
Emily Marshall ... (story editor)

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Rod Daniel ... associate producer
Hugh Wilson ... producer

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Tom Wells

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Edward Brennan ... videotape editor (as Ed Brennan)

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Sharon Himes

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Ken Johnson

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Jacque Webber

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Janis Clark ... hair stylist
Ray Sebastian ... makeup artist

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Brett Crutcher ... unit manager

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Linda Day ... associate director
Ginger Grigg ... associate director

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Chris Circosta ... property master

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Ken Becker ... audio

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Dick Browning ... video
Harold Guy ... lighting director
George La Fountaine Sr. ... lighting consultant (as George La Fountaine)

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Warden Neil ... wardrobe

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Jim Ellis ... composer: closing theme (uncredited)

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Lynne Folks ... production secretary
Lissa Levin ... production secretary
Mary Maguire ... production secretary
Mike Maloof ... technical director
Marilynn Marko-Sanders ... assistant to producer (as Marilynn Marko)
Meryl O'Loughlin ... executive in charge of talent
Buzz Sapien ... stage manager
Max Tash ... production associate
Tim Womack ... production associate
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Plot Summary

The viability of the station largely rests in Herb's hands to bring in advertising dollars which in turn pays staff salaries. As such, he gets flack from among others Bailey and Les for not working hard enough at his job. Just then, Herb receives a return telephone call from a potential client, Randall Ferryman of Ferryman Funeral Homes, he who is opening up six funeral parlors in the Cincinnati area and wants specifically to advertise on a rock and roll station. Ferryman wants market saturation, which would make it an extremely lucrative account, the biggest in Herb's career. After an initial hesitation due to the subject matter, everyone at the station wholeheartedly jumps on board largely due to the expected raises in pay the result. However, with dollar signs in their eyes, are they losing sight of the rather crass nature of what they are promoting? Written by Huggo

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Trivia When it was a new show, WKRP was famous for its inclusion of rock music. It is also infamous for having most of it changed in later airings. One of the songs that Johnny plays in this episode is "Heart of Glass" by Blondie. Its inclusion helped it became a US #1 hit. To thank the production team of WKRP, Chrysalis Records (Blondie's label) sent them a framed gold LP of the album 'Parallel Lines', which contains "Heart of Glass." It can be seen in the bullpen starting from season two. See more »
Movie Connections References Your Hit Parade (1950). See more »
Soundtracks WKRP In Cincinnati Main Theme See more »
Quotes Venus Flytrap: Hey man! How's that gonna sound?
[Cups hand over ear on goes into announcer voice]
Venus Flytrap: We'll be right back to the music right after these important words about Death!
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