WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

Baby, If You've Ever Wondered 

When the station's ratings fail to improve to Andy's expectations, he wonders if he is accomplishing anything with the screwy staff.


Rod Daniel


Hugh Wilson (created by), Bill Dial | 5 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


Like they are every six months, everyone at the station is on pins and needles about the arrival of "the book": the Arbitron ratings, which not only rank the stations overall, but provide detailed breakdowns by show and time slots. Everyone knows their jobs are on the line if the news is bad. But for the first time in seven years, WKRP's ratings have gone up, moving them from sixteenth to fourteenth in the eighteen station market. Each person at the station wants to savor his or her contribution to the ratings increase, especially the on-air personalities who can see in black and white how they are doing against the competition. Mr. Carlson wants to celebrate their collective success. But without telling anyone, Andy is hiding that he is less than happy as the Midas touch he has been able to demonstrate at all the other stations where he's worked has not materialized at WKRP. Upon reflection, would Andy have done anything differently or abandon the slow moving ship that is WKRP? Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The patch on the back right pocket of Andy's Wrangler jeans appears and disappears throughout the episode. See more »


Andy complains how Johnny Fever never plays disco music despite his insistence. In the first season episode, "A Commercial Break," Johnny definitely plays such a song, "Heart of Glass" by Blondie. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Johnny Fever: [on the air] Owww. Strap yourselves down, babies, cuz you got the fever - Dr. Johnny Fever on the mighty KRP in Cincinnati where it's nine oh five in the mornin', so if you're not already at work, don't go: you're late and they'll just yell at ya.
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Alternate Versions

The song that Andy trashes his office in rage to is "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp. In the 90's redistribution package, it is replaced by generic music and Bailey's short line ("Nothing") when she comes and checks on Andy is redubbed by a voice impersonator. The Supertramp song and Jan Smithers' voice have been restored on the DVD. See more »


Goodbye Stranger
Written by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies
Performed by Supertramp
[Plays in Andy's office when Bailey walks in on him trashing his desk]
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