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Old 04-21-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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TV April 21st, 1982 - The final episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" aired on CBS

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Just as WKRP hits #6 in the ratings, Mama Carlson announces that she plans to switch the format of the station to 24 hours a day of news.
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no, that wasn't it. In the first episode she said they'd try the rock-and-roll format "for now". But in the finale the deadline was up, and she decided to drop the format, but Johnny talked her into keeping it.
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Thing is if CBS handnt blundered this by moving the show around, it probably could have gone on for another two seasons at least.
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Thing is if CBS handnt blundered this by moving the show around, it probably could have gone on for another two seasons at least.
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Thing is if CBS handnt blundered this by moving the show around, it probably could have gone on for another two seasons at least.

That's true of so many networks and so many shows over the years.
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That's true of so many networks and so many shows over the years.
Then again, it's probably a good thing WKRP ended when it did, because the going was still pretty good. It wasn't until the show went into syndication that it really became a MASSIVE hit!!! As a native Ohioan, I can understand the jokes and humor perfectly. Some things don't change after 30+ years.
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Then again, it's probably a good thing WKRP ended when it did, because the going was still pretty good. It wasn't until the show went into syndication that it really became a MASSIVE hit!!! As a native Ohioan, I can understand the jokes and humor perfectly. Some things don't change after 30+ years.

One major thing that's missing, though, is much of the original music. It was replaced once the show went into syndication because the producers only secured the rights for the network run.

When I watched WKRP on DVD, there were parts where I could tell that an original song from that era had been replaced or what was said being an obvious set up for a certain song.

It's too bad they couldn't have resolved the music issue. I guess it's better than no WKRP at all, but for someone who remembers watching it during the original network run, it's kind of sad.

So, Monika, do they really have the "Silver Sow Award" in Ohio?
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No, we don't have a Silver Sow Award, at least not that I know of. Then again, I'm on the complete opposite of the state from Cincy, so maybe it's just a regional thing.
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No, we don't have a Silver Sow Award, at least not that I know of. Then again, I'm on the complete opposite of the state from Cincy, so maybe it's just a regional thing.

And I'm sure your radio newscasters don't have a minute-long pretentious intro and beat their chests to simulate the sound of traffic copters, either.
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And I'm sure your radio newscasters don't have a minute-long pretentious intro and beat their chests to simulate the sound of traffic copters, either.
No, and we don't have "eyewitness weather", either. I love Les beating his chest and saying, "today's traffic is light to heavy..."
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No, and we don't have "eyewitness weather", either. I love Les beating his chest and saying, "today's traffic is light to heavy..."

Today's newscasters are so boring. It's all this light-hearted "we're all friends" type of thing. And their banter is so scripted and smug.

I think an inept newscaster like Les Nessman (or Ted Baxter) would get me to watch the local news.
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Also Johnny Fever and Veuns Flytrap had style and they were audio characters. Thats the way radio used to be, and in some cases the DJ would be a local celebrity. Its not like that anymore. A lot of times some of these DJ's sound like they would rather be doing something else.
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