WKRP in Cincinnati

WKRP in Cincinnati

A show that featured the misadventures of the staff of a struggling radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was created by Hugh Wilson, and was based upon Wilson's memories of working in advertising as a client of Atlanta, Georgia, classic AOR radio station 94.1 WQXI-FM, now known as pop station Star94. It premiered September 18, 1978 on CBS and featured Gary Sandy, Howard Hesseman, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders, and Frank Bonner. WKRP in Cincinnati was videotaped before a live studio audience at Goldenwest Videotape Division. As was typical of most MTM productions, the humor came more from running gags based on the known predilections and quirks of each character, rather than from outlandish plots or racy situations. The characters also developed somewhat over the course of the series. The series won a Humanitas Prize and received 10 Emmy Award nominations (including three for Outstanding Comedy Series). It also won an Emmy Award for Videotape Editing in Season 3 (by Andy Ackerman, who would go on to direct Seinfeld). Jump, Sanders, and Bonner reprised their supporting roles in a spinoff/sequel series, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, which ran from 1991 to 1993 in syndication, and eventually featured several of the other regulars in guest-starring roles.

Episode Info

Final: 4x22 -- Up and Down the Dial (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.
Available Episodes

Jun 04, 1979
Season 1 episode 22

Fish Story
May 28, 1979
Season 1 episode 21

Fish Story
May 28, 1979
Season 1 episode 21

Young Master Carlson
Apr 30, 1979
Season 1 episode 20

I Do, I Do... For No..
Apr 23, 1979
Season 1 episode 19

Who is Gordon Sims?
Apr 02, 1979
Season 1 episode 18

A Commercial Break
Mar 26, 1979
Season 1 episode 17

Gary SandyGary Sandy
As Andy Travis
Gordon JumpGordon Jump
As Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson
Loni AndersonLoni Anderson
As Jennifer Marlowe
Frank BonnerFrank Bonner
As Herb Tarlek
Jan SmithersJan Smithers
As Bailey Quarters
Tim ReidTim Reid
As Gordon "Venus Flytrap" Sims
Howard HessemanHoward Hesseman
As Johnny "Fever" Caravella
Richard SandersRichard Sanders
As Les Nessman
William WoodsonWilliam Woodson
voiced Announcer (uncredited)

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Recurring Guests

Carol Bruce as Lillian "Mama" Carlson (9 eps)
Sam Anderson as Mason Nobel (4 eps)
Ian Wolfe as Hirsch (4 eps)
Allyn Ann McLerie as Carmen Carlson (4 eps)
Edie McClurg as Lucille Tarlek (3 eps)
Alice Nunn as Mrs. Nedelman (2 eps)
Hamilton Camp as Del Murdock (2 eps)
Hugh Gillin as Howard R. Sternworthy (2 eps)
Michael Pataki as Detective Alcorn (2 eps)
Max Wright (1) as Frank Bartman (2 eps)

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