Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: September 18, 1978
Last Telecast: September 20, 1982
Shown in first-run syndication from September 1991 to September 1993
Andy Travis (1978-1982)..... Gary Sandy
Arthur Carlson (Big Guy)..... Gordon Jump
Jennifer Marlowe (1978-1982)..... Loni Anderson
Les Nessman..... Richard Sanders
Gordon Sims (Venus Flytrap) (1978-1982)..... Tim Reid
Herb Tarlek..... Frank Bonner
Bailey Quarters (1978-1982)..... Jan Smithers
Johnny Caravella (Dr. Johnny Fever)..... Howard Hesseman
Lillian "Mama" Carlson (Pilot Only)..... Sylvia Sidney
Lillian "Mama" Carlson (1979-1992)..... Carol Bruce
Donovan Aderhold (1991-1993)..... Mykel T. Williamson
Dana Burns (1991-1992)..... Kathleen Garrett
Jack Allen (1991-1992)..... Michael Des Barres
Mona Loveland (1991-1993)..... Tawny Kitaen
Claire Hartline (1991-1992)..... Hope Alexander-Willis
Arthur Carlson, Jr. (1991-1992)..... Lightfield Lewis
Ronnie Lee (1991)..... Wendy Davis
Buddy Dornster (1991-1993)..... John Chappell
Nancy Braithwaite (1992-1993)..... Marla Jeanette Rubinoff
Razor Dee (1992-1993)..... French Stewart
Lucille Tarlek (1992-1993)..... Edie McClurg
WKRP, a Cincinnati radio station that had been losing money for years by playing sedate music, saw sudden and dramatic changes with the arrival of new program director, Andy Travis. Andy's decision to turn WKRP into a "top 40" stations alienated its elderly audience and also a few sponsors - such as "Barry's Fashions for the Short and Portly" and "The Shady Hill Rest Home." It also created a trying situation for Arthur Carlson, the inept and bumbling general manager who only held his job because his mother owned the station. But Mama Carlson decided to give Andy's plan a try - as long as the station turned a profit.
The staff of WKRP was full of offbeat characters which included: Les Nessman, the naive, gullible and pompous news director whose only conern was his farm reports and Bailey Quarters, Andy's enthusiastic young assistant, who took care of the billing, handled traffic and was eventually added as a backup news reporter working with Les. The two WKRP disc jockeys seen regularly were morning dj Dr. Johnny Fever, a jive-talking type who seemed constantly spaced out and night dj Venus Flytrap, a hip black guy who had worked with Andy at other stations.
Jennifer Marlowe, the sexy but efficient receptionist, actually held the station together. She knew more about what was going on than her boss, Mr. Carlson, did. Loni Anderson soon became one of the major sex symbols of the 70's. She quickly demanded a huge increase in salary or she would leave the show - she got it and stayed.
The final regular was Herb Tarlek, WKRP's high-pressure advertising salesman who spent most of his time, although he was married, making passes at Jennifer. He was more talk than action as he was totally intimidated when she indicated she was willing to take him up on his offer in one episode. "Mama" Carlson was a constant htreat to all of them but only showed up occasionally to complain about something they either did or didn't do!
Nine years after WKRP In Cincinnati left the airways on CBS, it showed up again in first-run syndication with three characters returning from the network series - station manager Arthur Carlson, sleazy salesman Herb Tarlek and nerdy news director Les Nessman. New cast members included: Donovan Aderhold, the recently hired program director; Burns and Allen, the arguing married couple who were known on the air as "The Morning Maniacs"; Mona Loveland, the sexy traffic manager; Ronnie, the young receptionist; Buddy, the station's portly engineer and Mr. Carlson's son, Arthur Jr., an ambitious and arrogant apprentice salesman working with Herb.
1992 brought major cast changes to WKRP. Nancy, a sexy but dopey receptionist, replaced Ronnie. And gone were "The Morning maniacs," replaced by Razor Dee, a spaced-out younger version of Johnny Fever. He lived in a trailer he had conned Les into leaving in his backyard. Johnny Fever himself, who had appeared in several episodes the previous season, was back full-time on the graveyard shift. Arthur Jr. had given up selling to go to graduate school. Showing up occasionally during the syndicated run, was Herb's perky wife, Lucille.
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