WKRP in Cincinnati


This radio workplace sitcom was as disposably ’70s as the loud patterns on Herb Tarlek’s leisure suits, but it was something more too. It’s probably best remembered for its gut-busting stories of office hijinks and promotions gone wrong (“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”). But it was an underratedly smart show, infused with a sense of things ending—especially, the free-form, anarchic, album-rock ’70s. (One of its most moving episodes was about the 1979 Who concert stampede disaster at Riverfront Stadium.) From its wistful theme song—”Just maybe think of me once in a while”—to its setting at a small-market station past its heyday, WKRP mixed a few bittersweet notes into its playlist of savvy comedy.

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