WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Turkeys Away 

Feeling left out by all the recent changes, Mr. Carlson decides to launch his own Thanksgiving promotion. With the aid of Herb and Les, the Big Guy turns a routine turkey give-away into a comic catastrophe.


Michael Zinberg


Hugh Wilson (created by), Bill Dial | 3 more credits »




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
Michael Fairman ... Shoe Store Owner


This is the signature episode, the one that first comes to mind when one thinks of WKRP in Cincinatti. On air, Dr. Johnny Fever tells his fellow babies about Turkey Day doings. Out on the streets, "oh the humanity"... Mr. Carlson stages a top-secret holiday promotion and ends up ruffling a lot of feathers. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Did You Know?


After this show aired, many radio stations across the country started the same Thanksgiving promotion, but dropping certificates redeemable for turkeys at their local supermarket, as opposed to live ones. Richard Sanders was often paid by stations to appear in his Les Nessman character and broadcast the event live. See more »


Les states that the helicopter is pulling a banner. Helicopters cannot pull banners behind them due to the tail rotor section of the helicopter. They actually use a tower system where the banner, normally square in shape, hangs directly below the helicopter, 150 feet below, with dead weight attached to the bottom of the banner to keep it from getting caught in an updraft. See more »


Arthur Carlson: How about you? What are you doing?
Bailey Quarters: Uh... uh, I'm working on a promotion idea.
Arthur Carlson: Yeah? Oh, well, I could be of some assistance.
Bailey Quarters: Probably nothing you'd be interested in.
Arthur Carlson: Young lady, I've done thousands of promotions in my day. Now what's the problem?
Bailey Quarters: Well, uh, we... don't know whether to give away Boston T-shirts or Foreigner T-shirts.
Arthur Carlson: Boston. Foreign stuff shrinks.
Bailey Quarters: [uncertainly] Yes, sir!
Arthur Carlson: Anything else?
Bailey Quarters: No, that's... that's about it.
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Alternate Versions

In the 90's redistribution package, two songs (the ones just before and just after the turkey drop) are replaced. See more »


Referenced in Random Acts of Christmas (2019) See more »


WKRP In Cincinnati Main Theme
Composed by Tom Wells
Lyrics by Hugh Wilson
Performed by Steve Carlisle
[Series main theme song played during the opening title card and credits]
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User Reviews

The best Thanksgiving show ever done for a weekly sitcom
28 November 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Back when there were three networks and no cable almost every weekly sitcom had a holiday show, usually at Christmas, usually ham-fisted, usually outright hammy. You'd change the channel but you'd still be watching a holiday show on another channel.

This episode was different. WKRP was a comedy about a bunch of incompetents and a few competents working at a rock and roll radio station. And yet a Thanksgiving show done the way that this was done fit perfectly with the personalities of the characters involved. The main issue is that Arthur Carleson, titular manager of WKRP, is feeling more and more titular ever since Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) came to work there a few months ago to get the radio station into reasonable shape. Carleson is the son of the actual owner of the station, and as one character mentioned one time "WKRP employs people who would otherwise be out of work." So Carleson gets an idea for a Thanksgiving promotion that he won't share with anybody else, with chaotic and hilarious results.

And it spawned a great final line that anybody over 15 in 1978 will immediately recognize - "As God is my witness I thought turkeys could fly". Highly recommended.

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30 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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