WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Turkeys Away 

Feeling left out by all the recent changes, Mr. Carlson decides to launch his own Thanksgiving promotion. With the aid of Herb and Les, the Big Guy turns a routine turkey give-away into a comic catastrophe.


Michael Zinberg


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




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
Michael Fairman ... Shoe Store Owner


This is the signature episode, the one that first comes to mind when one thinks of WKRP in Cincinatti. On air, Dr. Johnny Fever tells his fellow babies about Turkey Day doings. Out on the streets, "oh the humanity"... Mr. Carlson stages a top-secret holiday promotion and ends up ruffling a lot of feathers. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

30 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After this show aired, many radio stations across the country started the same Thanksgiving promotion, but dropping certificates redeemable for turkeys at their local supermarket, as opposed to live ones. Richard Sanders was often paid by stations to appear in his Les Nessman character and broadcast the event live. See more »


While Johnny and Venus are discussing the blonde wig giveaway and the Guatemalan earthquake, the record label switches back and forth between a black label (probably Columbia) and a rainbow label. See more »


Jennifer Marlowe: You want me, Mr. Carlson?
Arthur Carlson: Oh, yeah. Come in, Jennifer. Have a seat.
Jennifer Marlowe: No, thank you.
Arthur Carlson: Well all right. At this particular point in time, I would like to dictate a press release.
Jennifer Marlowe: I don't take dictation.
Arthur Carlson: What? Alright, I guess I can do this thing myself. It's probably going to be a long meeting though; so why don't you get coffee for all the guys here?
Jennifer Marlowe: I don't get coffee, Mr. Carlson. We agreed.
Arthur Carlson: Oh, yeah.
Jennifer Marlowe: You have to draw the line somewhere.
Arthur Carlson: You got that right.
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Alternate Versions

In the 90's redistribution package, two songs (the ones just before and just after the turkey drop) are replaced. See more »


Referenced in WKRP in Cincinnati: Real Families (1980) See more »


Fun Time
Written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Joe Cocker
[The song Johnny is playing just before the broadcast turns over to Les at the shopping center]
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