WKRP in Cincinnati


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WKRP in Cincinnati is an American sitcom that featured the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictionalradio 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 (AM) 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.[1]

The ensemble cast consists of Gary Sandy, Howard Hesseman, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and Frank Bonner.[2]

Like many other 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,[citation needed] since the show has a realistic setting. 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. 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 88 episodes through April 21, 1982. During the third and fourth seasons, 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, despite not reaching the desired number of 100 episodes for daily stripping.[3] (90 half-hour episodes were available for syndication, due to two of the first-run 88 episodes being an hour long.) For the next decade, it was one of the most popular sitcoms in syndication, outperforming many programs which 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.

Highlights
Hugh Wilson on how WKRP in Cincinnati came about
04:16
Jay Sandrich on his role in helping to cast WKRP in Cincinnati
01:57
Hugh Wilson on the famous WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Turkeys Away" and the cancellation of the show
02:15
Abby Singer on being production manager for WKRP in Cincinnati and Newhart
02:37
Asaad Kelada on directing WKRP in Cincinnati
04:43
Who talked about this show

Andy Ackerman

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Andy Ackerman on how he got a job editing for WKRP in Cincinnati and winning an Emmy for the show
05:00

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on enjoying WKRP in Cincinnati while he was at WKRC Cincinnati
01:05

Asaad Kelada

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Asaad Kelada on directing WKRP in Cincinnati
04:43

Will Mackenzie

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Will Mackenzie on directing WKRP in Cincinnati
04:03

Peter Marshall

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Peter Marshall on various television acting roles after Hollywood Squares
01:30

Ted Rich

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Ted Rich on editing WKRP in Cincinnati
01:10

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on his role in helping to cast WKRP in Cincinnati
01:57

Abby Singer

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Abby Singer on being production manager for WKRP in Cincinnati and Newhart
02:37

Hugh Wilson

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Hugh Wilson on how WKRP in Cincinnati came about
04:16
Hugh Wilson on pitching WKRP in Cincinnati to CBS with Grant Tinker
01:42
Hugh Wilson on the famous WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Turkeys Away" and the cancellation of the show
02:15
Hugh Wilson on his favorite characters to write for on WKRP in Cincinnati
01:25
Hugh Wilson on the audience for WKRP in Cincinnati and dealing with music rights for the show
06:23
Hugh Wilson on the DVD releases of WKRP in Cincinnati
02:20
Hugh Wilson on the initial ratings of WKRP in Cincinnati
02:17
Hugh Wilson on the success of WKRP in Cincinnati in syndication
00:51
Hugh Wilson on Gary Sandy as "Andy Travis" on WKRP in Cincinnati 
00:55
Hugh Wilson on Loni Anderson as "Jennifer Marlowe" on WKRP in Cincinnati 
00:58
Hugh Wilson on Gordon Jump as "Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson" on WKRP in Cincinnati and the importance of actors being on time
02:31
Hugh Wilson on Frank Bonner as "Herb Tarlek" and Richard Sanders as "Les Nessman" on WKRP in Cincinnati 
03:21
Hugh Wilson on the atmosphere in the writers' room of WKRP in Cincinnati and what he looked for in a writer
04:43
Hugh Wilson on network notes he received about WKRP in Cincinnati 
07:25
Hugh Wilson on the production of WKRP in Cincinnati 
04:15
Hugh Wilson on the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Who is Gordon Sims?"
02:18
Hugh Wilson on the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Fish Story"
01:13
Hugh Wilson on the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Venus and the Man"
02:06
Hugh Wilson on the WKRP in Cincinnati  episode "Clean Up Radio Everywhere" and his favorite episode of the series
02:05
Hugh Wilson on the premise of WKRP in Cincinnati and coming up with the call letters for the show
03:07
Hugh Wilson on the theme song to WKRP in Cincinnati 
02:05
Hugh Wilson on the cancellation of WKRP in Cincinnati and the legacy of the show
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