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Radio Free Freddie 

The Sweathogs visit a radio station and get introduced on the air. When Freddie gets his turn to talk, he proves to be a big hit and develops a large fan following, but the other Sweathogs become jealous of his success.

Director:

Bob LaHendro

Writers:

Gabe Kaplan (created by) (as Gabriel Kaplan), Gabe Kaplan (creator) (as Gabriel Kaplan) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Gabe Kaplan ... Gabe Kotter (as Gabriel Kaplan)
Marcia Strassman ... Julie Kotter
John Sylvester White ... Mr. Michael Woodman
Robert Hegyes ... Juan Epstein
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington
Ron Palillo ... Arnold Horshack
John Travolta ... Vinnie Barbarino
George Carlin ... Wally 'The Wow' Wexler
Fred Grandy ... Andy
Marcie Barkin ... Boom Boom's Groupie
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The Sweathogs visit a radio station and get introduced on the air. When Freddie gets his turn to talk, he proves to be a big hit and develops a large fan following, but the other Sweathogs become jealous of his success.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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George Carlin and Fred Grandy
2 July 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Radio Free Freddie" was the episode guest starring irreverent stand up comic George Carlin as Wally 'The Wow' Wexler, famed disc jockey at WBAD radio, a former Sweathog from Buchanan called Wally 'The Weasel' Wexler, whose nickname for Gabe was 'clown faced Kotter!' Carlin's first scene is a classic: "listen to the big sounds of The Meter Readers and their brand new disco hit 'Baby Stick My Head in Your Oven!'" Not to mention the next platter, from the Reverend Funk and the Vienna Boys Boogie Band: "I Threw My Heart in the Collection Plate!" (a selection by The Crosswords is titled 'Love is a Three Letter Word!'). A Marx Brothers style mix up trying to sit down leads to the introduction of Fred Grandy as Wally's engineer and producer Andy, who has to be reminded not to put the records on top of the radiator: "this morning I found the Captain all over Marie, and Donny stuck to Tennille, man!" Vinnie debuts on the radio with his usual 'what,' Horshack and Epstein little better, but Washington immediately sparks interest from the listening audience (Arnold's mother calls to report that her son's voice shattered all of her wine glasses). His instant success has the other three Sweathogs quickly departing the station, while 'The Wow' tries to show Freddie the ropes from his 15 years of experience. Fred Grandy had already debuted as Gopher in the feature pilot of THE LOVE BOAT, and teams well with the great Carlin.


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