WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

Goodbye Johnny 

Johnny gets a job offer and a chance to return to the Los Angeles radio market (the place of his greatest success.) The staff of WKRP try to trick Fever into staying by showing how much they mean to him.


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Hugh Wilson (created by), Blake Hunter | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Edie McClurg ... Lucille Tarlek
Janet Meshad Janet Meshad ... Waitress


Among the items of contention at the station are Herb and Bailey's differing opinions about general copy for advertising spots. This and other issues end up being overshadowed by the reason that Johnny is singing "It's a Lovely Day Today" despite the snowy weather outside: he has been offered a DJ job at a station in Los Angeles, a station in direct competition to his old station. He plans to accept the job, it not an issue of money, but rather redemption in showing his old station that they made a mistake in firing him. Getting away from the unseasonally snowy weather is just a side benefit. Andy and Venus in particular are determined to keep Johnny at WKRP. If money is not the issue, they figure that they need to trick him in wanting to stay. With a plan devised and executed, will it make Johnny change his mind? Written by Huggo

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19 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


WOW. DJs made great money back then. Lowly WKRP is paying Johnny $17,500. That's equivalent to just under $64,000 as of April 2018. See more »


Herb says "If I had know none of you were going to bring your wives I wouldn't have brought mine.", but the only other married person in the room is Carlton. Herb should know this. See more »


Arthur Carlson: Morning, Bailey.
Bailey Quarters: Mr. Carlson, *Herb* is crazy.
Arthur Carlson: Yes. Go on.
Herb Tarlek: [as Bailey tries explaining] No, wait! Wait a minute! Hold on! Now, no offense, Bailey, but part of your job around here is writing commercials, but you don't do a very good job.
Bailey Quarters: [folding arms, impatiently] How so?
Herb Tarlek: All righty. Don't get upset. I know you're a... journalism school graduate, but you don't know how to put the bite in the old sales message.
Bailey Quarters: [impatiently] For example?
Herb Tarlek: [sneering] For example, this copy from the North Mall Pet ...
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Surfin' U.S.A.
Written by Brian Wilson and Chuck Berry
Performed by The Beach Boys
[Played at the beginning and ending of the episode]
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