Here the opening credits of the pilot episode of WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-82)
Season 4 intro
Season 4 intro
WKRP in Cincinnati is an American sitcom that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was created by Hugh Wilson and was based upon his experiences working in advertising sales at Top 40 radio station WQXI in Atlanta. Many of the characters and even some of the stories (including season 1 episode 7, "Turkeys Away") are based on people and events at WQXI.
The ensemble cast consists of Gary Sandy (as Andy Travis), Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever), Gordon Jump (Arthur Carlson), Loni Anderson (Jennifer Marlowe), Tim Reid (Venus Flytrap), Jan Smithers (Bailey Quarters), Richard Sanders (Les Nessman) and Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek).
The series won a Humanitas Prize and received 10 Emmy Award nominations, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series. Andy Ackerman won an Emmy Award for Videotape Editing in season 3.
WKRP premiered September 18, 1978, on the CBS television network, and aired for four seasons and 90 episodes through April 21, 1982. Starting in the middle of the second season, CBS repeatedly moved the show around its schedule, contributing to lower ratings and its eventual cancellation.
When WKRP went into syndication, it became an unexpected success. For the next decade, it was one of the most popular sitcoms in syndication, outperforming many programs that had been more successful in prime time, including all the other MTM Enterprises sitcoms.
Jump, Sanders and Bonner reprised their roles, appearing as regular characters in a spin-off/sequel series, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, which ran from 1991 to 1993 in syndication. Hesseman, Reid and Anderson also reprised their roles on this show as guest stars.
Mr. Carlson swears turkeys can fly... tell that to the Pine Dell Shopping Mall!
One of my all time favs...
The New WKRP in Cincinnati is an American sitcom television series that aired in first-run syndication from September 14, 1991, to May 1, 1993, as a sequel to the original CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82). As with the original WKRP, MTM Enterprises produced the show.
Gordon Jump (Arthur Carlson), Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek), and Richard Sanders (Les Nessman) reprised their roles from the original show, while Howard Hesseman reprised the role of Dr. Johnny Fever on a recurring basis (four episodes in the first season, then five in season two). Other original cast members came in for guest spots, with Loni Anderson (Jennifer Marlowe) returning for two episodes and Tim Reid (D.J. Gordon Sims/Venus Flytrap) for one episode. Other recurring players from the original series who appeared as guests on this sequel show included Carol Bruce (Lillian "Mama" Carlson), Edie McClurg (Lucille Tarlek), Allyn Ann McLerie (Carmen Carlson) and Bill Dial (Bucky Dornster).
The week before the show's premiere, many stations carrying the program aired the hour-long WKRP in Cincinnati 50th Anniversary Special, centered on a newspaper reporter interviewing Arthur Carlson about the fictitious station's golden anniversary, which served as a setup to show clips of memorable moments from the original series.
WKRP in Cincinnati, a subtle masterpiece with 8 well-balanced characters that enjoyed 4 stellar seasons. This show was extremely authentic. Some of that goes to creator Hugh Wilson, who based the show upon his experiences working in ad sales at a radio station in Atlanta. WKRP didn’t pull great ratings, but did earn ten Emmy nominations and was heralded by disc jockeys for its accuracy.. This show had a cult following and enjoyed huge success in syndication, eventually warranting the spinoff The New WKRP in Cincinnati. The cast of WKRP, made this one of the most compelling sitcoms of the 70s and 80s. And with stand out episodes like Turkeys Away, w hich was actually not entirely made up, we’ll get to that later - This show remains a classic.
I’m your DJ Nostalgic Nick, and today we’re heading back to the station to see what the staff got into after the video tape filled up. That’s right, This show was videotaped instead of filmed, because rights to rock songs were cheaper for a taped show than for a filmed one. That’s Genius. If you enjoy this video, please give it a thumbs up for us, and subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any of our premieres.