Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 18, 1978
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
Genre
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WKRP in Cincinnati

Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson tries to run a failing Cincinnati radio station owned by his "tough as nails" mother. His own incompetence is overshadowed by the strange employees that work at the station.

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Last Episode

04x22 Up and Down the Dial Aired: Apr. 21, 1982

Mama Carlson announces that she is switching to an all-news format just as the station made its way up to #6 in the ratings.

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 4 seasons and 90 episodes air between 1978 and 1982.

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  • Hugh Wilson is a huge fan of The Beatles and wanted to include as many of their songs in the show as possible. However, even with the licensing discount provided by ASCAP, The Beatles proved…
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    Hugh Wilson is a huge fan of The Beatles and wanted to include as many of their songs in the show as possible. However, even with the licensing discount provided by ASCAP, The Beatles proved to be the most expensive artist to license a song from. As a result, only three Beatles songs were used in the entire show: "I'm Down" ("WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978) {Preacher (#1.22)} - which was removed in later airings), "Here Comes The Sun" ("WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978) {Out to Lunch (#3.18)}) and "Come Together" ("WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978) {Jennifer and Johnny's Charity (#4.14)}). Presumably (and unsurprisingly), the second most expensive artist to license a song from was The Rolling Stones. They were the first group to have their music replaced in syndication.
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  • Several of the tunes used in the series were changed to more generic rock music when the show went into syndication. This was so the producers would not have to pay fees to use the original songs.
  • Hugh Wilson would do the warm-up during show tapings. Wilson said during a warm-up that the reason he chose call letters "WKRP" is that they were the only ones not being used by an actual…
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    Hugh Wilson would do the warm-up during show tapings. Wilson said during a warm-up that the reason he chose call letters "WKRP" is that they were the only ones not being used by an actual station. He said he wanted to use "WSOS" or "WHLP" but they were taken. During the show's run, a small AM radio station in Georgia applied to the FCC for the call letters WKRP. The show's producers considered legal action, but were informed by the FCC that their trademark rights did not prevent a legitimate radio station from using the call letters, which were granted to the applicant.
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