WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Pilot: Part 2 

Andy looks for a way to publicize the station's new format, while elderly listeners invade the station to protest the removal of their favorite music.


Michael Zinberg


Hugh Wilson (created by), Hugh Wilson | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Richard Stahl ... Wayne R. Coe
Nedra Volz ... Mrs. Burstyn
Delos V. Smith Jr. Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Buzzy Milker


Andy and the crew work the new format. The changes puzzle the conservative Les Nessman and terrify lazy, unimaginative Herb Tarlick, who is totally motivated by money. When certain advertisers and a bloc of blue hairs threaten a boycott, Mr. Carlson is pulled in two directions: is Andy Travis right or is WKRP doomed? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

25 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Note the map in the lobby. The radio wave circles is drastically smaller than from the pilot, and the station is now shown at 5,000 watts instead of 50,000. This was done because 50,000 is a very powerful station and the producers felt a struggling station couldn't afford that much power. See more »


Andy Travis: Got any ideas?
Dr. Johnny Fever: No, I try not to have any ideas. They only lead to complications.
Andy Travis: [frustrated] I tell you, you are a big help.
Dr. Johnny Fever: Suppose I give you a great idea. Let's suppose that this great idea works and the station starts making a lot of money. Do you know what that can lead to, Andy? Memos. Then, before you know it, assigned parking spaces. Then chrome furniture, lots of paintings of wistful children with big eyes. Believe me, I've seen it happen before!
Andy Travis: All right, all right, don't get all ...
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Alternate Versions

All songs replaced in 90's redistribution package and 2007 DVD release, but they have been restored on the 2014 DVD. See more »


WKRP In Cincinnati Main Theme
Composed by Tom Wells
Lyrics by Hugh Wilson
Performed by Steve Carlisle
[Series main theme song played during the opening title card and credits]
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Jan Smithers dynamite!
12 September 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

You just know that a whole lot of fun lies ahead with these well-defined crazy set-up: new guy Andy, shirker Mr. Carlson, pass-the-buck Herb, ol' stick-in-the-mud Les, naive Bailey and sexpot Jennifer. Add to that the lunatic fringe running around the station in this episode, complete with a missing cat...

Jan Smithers as nervous little Bailey was non- surprisingly overlooked by the media, the It girl of the time was Loni Anderson, and WKRP IN CINCINNATI was really put more on the map because of her presence. But I'm in the Bailey corner, always been, and in this episode, she is quite dynamite, notice the red boots. Oddly enough she is depicted as quite less insecure at times, an inconsistency, really.

Of course they are all pure genius. Think of them all as chemical components... Here stirred together in a wondrous volatile elixir which produced a mostly-forgotten but zany and lovable old classic.

Almost forty years later, and they're still hilariously funny. Better than the vast majority polluting the broadcast waves today.

Want a good laugh? For those in the know, you are invited to join the club. Tune in to WKRP.

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