WKRP in Cin-ci-naaat-tiiiii....

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No thread on this show, it seems. Huh.

The greatest bit, ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZByndN_ffyw

Share your memories.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Totally pivotal show for prepubescent me, along with One Day At A Time, Alice, Diff'r'n't Str'kes and Taxi.

As far as I could tell at the time Howard Hesseman was the epitome of cool.

Jon Lewis, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 17:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Fond memories:

Carlson mistaking cocaine for foot powder.
Venus vs. Johnnie, drinking vs. reflexes.

Jaq, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 17:10 (fifteen years ago) link

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

Sparkle Motion, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 17:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Carp vs. pig FITE!

slugbuggy, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:29 (fifteen years ago) link

CANT WAIT TIL THEY REMAKE THIS SHOW AS A MOVIE

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I feel it's my duty to at least make an appearance in this thread.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Whoa dude sorry I misspelled yr name there.

Jaq, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Put the devil in a bulgarian headlock.

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:40 (fifteen years ago) link

CANT WAIT TIL THEY REMAKE THIS SHOW AS A MOVIE

Great, now I'm paranoid.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:47 (fifteen years ago) link

sorry i just kind of freaked out the other day when I saw an Underdog ad. Can't wait for the Magilla Gorilla remake!!!

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:49 (fifteen years ago) link

(i.e. can't wait until they ruin everything!!!)

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:52 (fifteen years ago) link

JABBERJAW: THE MOVIE

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:53 (fifteen years ago) link

WKRP and Barney Miller were the two shows my Dad *always* watched in the era before Cheers. I often watched with him.

I don't have specific favorite memories of the show, but I do remember driving past Cincinnati on a huge group trip to Washington DC in 1992 for a pro-choice march. The entire van full of people sang the theme song from this show as we passed the city.

Sara R-C, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:53 (fifteen years ago) link

SILVER SPOONS: THE MOVIE

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

MANIMAL: THE MOVIE

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

SMALL WONDER: THE MOVIE

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Even though I've been using the name Johnny Fever for a long ass time now, I barely have any memories at all of WKRP. I wish one of the cable networks had it on in reruns.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

You have to call us "fellow babies," for a start.

slugbuggy, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:59 (fifteen years ago) link

MWAHAHAHAHA

HAHAHAHAH

AAAHAHAHAHAAAAH

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 19:02 (fifteen years ago) link

(I saw the sneak trailer for Get Smart...looks hilarious)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 19:02 (fifteen years ago) link

(sorry Ned for derailing yr thread)

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

love this show. they are in my top 8.

chaki, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link

WHERE IS THE LOVE FOR SCUM OF THE EARTH?

Andy K, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 19:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Two best things about this wonderful show:

1. Bailey Quarters
2. Theme song

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 20:21 (fifteen years ago) link

PHONE COPS!

slugbuggy, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 20:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Two best things about this wonderful show:

1. Bailey Quarters
2. Bailey Quarters

David R., Wednesday, 18 July 2007 20:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Steve Carell is a perfect choice for Maxwell Smart, despite his recent Noah debacle.

How would you make a WKRP movie? Radio stations don't work like that anymore. And we already have FM and Private Parts if you want movies about radio people.

Two best things about FM:

1. Martin Mull
2. the theme song

kenan, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 20:59 (fifteen years ago) link

How would you make a WKRP movie? Radio stations don't work like that anymore

WKRP at the University of Cincinatti

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:01 (fifteen years ago) link

How would you make a WKRP movie?

duuuuuuuude you'd set it in the 70's duuuuude

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Fuckin' great, Will Ferrell as Johnny Fever.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:05 (fifteen years ago) link

yesssssssssssssss Jessica Simpson as Jennifer Marlowe

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Jamie Foxx as Venus Flytrap

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Howard Hessman as Mr. Carlson

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:10 (fifteen years ago) link

the episode with WREQ "Ramblin Wreck radio" is a reference to the station I work for!

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Who is perfect enough to be Bailey?

kenan, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Wait, I got it: Hope Davis.

kenan, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I would prefer Anne Hathaway.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I think this must have been one of the first US comedies I saw (aprt from possibly Soap). Totally great. I assumed completely that this was what America was like.

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

The Thanksgiving Day turkey drop -- "Oh the humanity!"

nickn, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I also remember that after the Who concert in Cincinatti where 11 people were killed in the crush at the doors, they did an episode that had that event as the main focus. Starts with someone mentioning it after getting a phone call and others in the office not believing it. It was done fairly soon after the real event. I was pretty impressed with a sitcom gettin' real like that.

Errmmm, and Bailey Quarters.

nickn, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:30 (fifteen years ago) link

I wish one of the cable networks had it on in reruns.

Wild guess: a problem with getting all the rights to all the music.

kenan, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's why it wasn't on DVD for the longest time. A problem since rectified.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Same problem for the best show ever, China Beach.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Some say it will never come out.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:48 (fifteen years ago) link

This thread needs more pictures.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's why it wasn't on DVD for the longest time. A problem since rectified.

yeah, well, I still can't buy that set if there's no "Do you hear dogs barking?" "I do." scene.

Pleasant Plains, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:53 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost of Bailey

kenan, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:54 (fifteen years ago) link

My random favorite song drop-in:

"We've only just begunnnnnnnnnn..."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 July 2007 00:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Maura Tierney could be Bailey.

Favorite moment:
Venus Flytrap: On the air? I AM the air!

craven, Thursday, 19 July 2007 01:03 (fifteen years ago) link

The Sneaky Snooper.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 21 August 2021 13:53 (one year ago) link

Les Nessman, award-winning journalist. pic.twitter.com/Dxomv3ZWLX

— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) March 7, 2021

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 August 2021 22:34 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Anyone know an old folks' home with any openings for me? pic.twitter.com/zH3qbMftEk

— becca (@magicjewball) October 5, 2021

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 16:58 (one year ago) link

It was only minutes ago, after several decades of apparent semi-consciousness, that the joke hidden in WKRP finally dawned on me.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 17:05 (one year ago) link

Crap or Karp?

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 17:10 (one year ago) link

Karp wouldn't all that much of a joke tbh.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 17:16 (one year ago) link

Not that much WKRP material but the Tim Reid interview on Marc Maron's podcast has really interesting stuff about his 60s-70s work as part of a travelling interractial comedy duo. (Apparently he ripped off a joke from Howard Hesseman and had to apologize when they met at the beginning of KRP)

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 17:36 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Baby, if you've ever wondered, wondered what ever became of Gary Sandy...

https://www.thespec.com/entertainment/stage/2021/10/25/theatre-aquarius-hamilton-wkrp-in-cincinnati-gary-sandy.html

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 25 October 2021 21:09 (one year ago) link

It is funny that the guy is basically in the suburbs of Cincy.

earlnash, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 15:31 (one year ago) link

Been thinking a bit about "In Concert" today...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSeWECDb3YM

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 7 November 2021 01:00 (one year ago) link

love that episode so much ;_;

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 7 November 2021 03:38 (one year ago) link

Many sad parallels. Like in Cincinnati, the Astroworld cops, security, and organizers -- that is, everyone supposedly trained in crowd management -- are all rushing to put all the blame on the fans. Obviously there were some asshole fans, but the situation was beyond out-of-control before those fans made things worse.

Chet Flippo's RS piece showed how fucked up the situation with cops and security in Cincinnati was, and this reminded me of the Travis Scott fans trying to get security and camerapeople to stop the show:

He couldn’t find his wife. He ran to the first policeman he saw and shouted, “What are you doing? People are getting trampled up there.” The policeman looked him over and asked, “What do you do for a living?” Klopp replied, almost in shock, “Working on a Ph.D. in language.” The policeman said, “Well, you just used a dangling participle.” Klopp, caught up in the absurdity, said, “I think I know more about language than you do.” The policeman smiled: “Well, don’t tell me how to do my job, then.” Klopp lost his temper: “People are getting hurt.” The policeman said, “Well, we can’t do anything.” Klopp finally got inside and found his wife.

A few feet away, Mark Helmkamp was pleading with a policeman to do something. He said to the cop, “Here, take my ID and bust me for false information if you don’t believe me.” He said the policeman told him to move along.

https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/rock-roll-tragedy-why-11-died-at-the-whos-cincinnati-concert-93437/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 7 November 2021 17:56 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Today in 1979, Dr. Johnny Fever shows up at WKRP hung over and just does whatever the fuck he wants. pic.twitter.com/wLdo8HXxxZ

— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) October 14, 2021

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:37 (nine months ago) link

My man would've been around 39 years old in that shot.

pplains, Sunday, 30 January 2022 22:25 (nine months ago) link

He and Richard Sanders are/were basically the same age.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 30 January 2022 22:38 (nine months ago) link

Aaaaand Gordon Jump was 47 in '79. Goodnight everyone!

pplains, Sunday, 30 January 2022 22:42 (nine months ago) link

Hesseman almost six months older than Sanders!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 30 January 2022 22:44 (nine months ago) link

Held his own at the table with Jack and Kathy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bywUe7ZBAtU

pplains, Sunday, 30 January 2022 22:48 (nine months ago) link

RIP Johnny Fever

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 30 January 2022 23:24 (nine months ago) link

Only discovered this show in the last year, it’s so great. I kind of don’t want to watch all the episodes too quickly.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 30 January 2022 23:31 (nine months ago) link

savor them like malt liquor

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 31 January 2022 00:29 (nine months ago) link

With his disdain for MOR, and his refusal to "play the hits", was Dr. Johnny Fever the first rockist character in popular culture?

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 31 January 2022 05:12 (nine months ago) link

Probably. Apparently Hesseman and Reid quickly became responsible for whatever their respective characters played on the show, with Dr. Fever hitting with an interesting mix of '50s Oldies (Bo Diddley, Elvis), Hippie Faves (Van Morrison, Grateful Dead, Hendrix), and most surprisingly, a good bit of New Wave (Pretenders, Blondie). He even plays the odd Rock-Disco track, despite being vehemently anti-Disco.

There's a funny moment in one ep where Andy Travis tells Johnny that he'll "shoot him if he plays that song again"; said song is not named, but it's implied that it's something from the first B-52's album, which we saw him cue up in the previous scene.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 31 January 2022 05:59 (nine months ago) link

The Decades HD channel will be showing 24 Fever-centric episodes tommorow starting at 12:00 PM EST.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 February 2022 03:18 (nine months ago) link

Here's today's schedule: https://www.decades.com/schedule/

Nicely picked, even though with 24 episodes we don't get the Rip Tide ep, the station bombing two-parter (PHONE COPS!), or the series finale, where Johnny saves the day and the station from a format change.

Also, for some reason the last one they're showing has the wrong title or episode description.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 February 2022 14:51 (nine months ago) link

If you care more about musical cues than picture quality, Internet Archive has VHS rips with all the original music—albeit, two episodes per file, which makes it annoying to add to Plex or other home media servers.

blatherskite, Saturday, 5 February 2022 15:36 (nine months ago) link

was Dr. Johnny Fever the first rockist character in popular culture?

I might go with Paul LeMat/John Milner in American Graffiti, when "Surfin' Safari" comes over the car radio: "I don't like that surfing shit. Rock'n Roll's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died."

(Which only makes sense in the context of 1962--the Beach Boys, obviously, ended up on the other side of that divide.)

clemenza, Saturday, 5 February 2022 16:10 (nine months ago) link

Milner is a good one, and taking it back to TV, I imagine Fonzie or Richie Cunningham was pretty '50s Rockist on Happy Days, which predates WKRP.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 February 2022 16:22 (nine months ago) link

Ick, they're using the old syndication versions, and whoo-boy those replacement cues are awful!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 February 2022 17:50 (nine months ago) link

One neat thing about this though is that the version of "The Contest Nobody Could Win" has the original, lighter ending with Vincent Schiavelli as the scammer who attempts to steal the prize money before getting found out by Johnny. This version wasn't included in the box set.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 5 February 2022 19:10 (nine months ago) link

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Saturday, 5 February 2022 19:21 (nine months ago) link

One last thought on the "first rockist" question. I really don't want to detour the WKRP thread--actually looked for an "origins of rockism" thread, and even though there are five screens of rockism threads, none are on the origins.

Anyway, a drunk David Proval/Tony in Mean Streets, same year as American Graffiti: "Play only old ones tonight...only old ones." I think there's sort of an implied rockism there. (His request is followed by the Chips' "Rubber Biscuit," vintage doo-wop.)

clemenza, Saturday, 5 February 2022 19:43 (nine months ago) link

Had no idea there were two endings to The Contest!

pplains, Saturday, 5 February 2022 19:44 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

I don’t know whose hand she’s holding but I invite you to join me in imagining it’s Herb Tarlek’s. pic.twitter.com/mrkQiVuFFv

— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) March 7, 2022

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 01:33 (eight months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/2Nja7Vb.jpg

Well, it's not Herb Tarlek, but ... one of the Waltons?

(Hi, Lou.)

pplains, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 02:38 (eight months ago) link

Good catch--it was Judy Norton Taylor, a/k/a Mary Ellen Walton.

This was from the "Battle of the Network Stars," memorably sent up by SNL as "Battle of the Network Ts and As."

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 02:48 (eight months ago) link

Well, that's not a nice way to refer to Ed Asner!

pplains, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 03:07 (eight months ago) link

Don't devalue Asner's tits!

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 8 March 2022 04:23 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Anyone know what this shirt was about? Looks like it said "Firme" or something, very glittery.

https://i.imgur.com/P5Wvpmj.jpg

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 2 April 2022 15:24 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

This eBay store is selling off Howard Hesseman's record collection: https://www.ebay.com/str/bananalouiestore

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 28 April 2022 20:27 (six months ago) link

Some rad shit in there... hardly any bids, either

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 28 April 2022 20:53 (six months ago) link

wow he really was johnny fever eh?

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 29 April 2022 09:40 (six months ago) link

Got my eye on that August 1979 Trouser Press.

Eric B. Mash Up the Resident (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 April 2022 11:41 (six months ago) link

May and September 1979 too.

Eric B. Mash Up the Resident (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 April 2022 11:43 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

i die every time

the classic-est

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 June 2022 03:19 (five months ago) link

They've started showing it on Decades, but they're the ones with the soundalikes. That episode was on tonight, with <the moment> now soundtracked by a similar riff and an ott cock rock vocal singing on the nose lyrics about how "You got style!"

Terrible, but still funny.

yeah foreigner makes it extra-funny

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 June 2022 05:46 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

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