Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 18, 1978
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
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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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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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The show had 4 seasons and 90 episodes air between 1978 and 1982.

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  • The ending theme song, a cool little rock ditty, was done by a group of studio musicians in Atlanta, GA. The words are unintelligible for a very simple reason - there are no words! The vocal…
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    The ending theme song, a cool little rock ditty, was done by a group of studio musicians in Atlanta, GA. The words are unintelligible for a very simple reason - there are no words! The vocal was basically a "scratch" track, i.e., a vocal track recorded solely to help the musicians and the show's producers get a feel for the song and the lyric melody. But the producers liked it as is, and it was never changed, so there aren't any words, just meaningless gibberish!
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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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  • If you look closely you can make out the names Johnny Fever used on air on the side of his coffee cup. The names read: Johnny Duke, Johnny Style, Johnny Cool, Johnny Sunshine, and of course…
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    If you look closely you can make out the names Johnny Fever used on air on the side of his coffee cup. The names read: Johnny Duke, Johnny Style, Johnny Cool, Johnny Sunshine, and of course Johnny Fever (In the pilot episode, the understaffed station had Johnny doing both the morning *and* afternoon shows, necessitating Johnny to look at his coffee mug to see which name he was supposed to use on-air at the time.)
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