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Friday, December 30, 2005

WKRP

Speaking of TV shows you love (or loved) to watch...

Fans of Dr. Johnny Fever, Herb Tarlek, Jennifer Marlow (the highest paid receptionist in the history of mankind), Les Nessman, et al., should stop holding their breath if they're waiting for the DVD version of WKRP In Cincinnati. It's not likely to happen.

The 1970s sitcom used so much classic rock that it would cost 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment a mint to clear the tracks. Fox has suggested that it still is considering releasing "WKRP," but others are not optimistic that the comedy and similar shows of its kind will ever make it into the market.
"'WKRP' will always be in limbo," says Paul Brownstein, a DVD producer of classic CBS shows such as the "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Gunsmoke" and "The Twilight Zone." (Adtunes.com: Music License Revoked on DVD.)

A word of caution: There are web sites selling WKRP on DVD. However, generic stock music has been used to replace the rock music that aired on the show. And, what's worse, words spoken by Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap during the playing of those songs has been replaced by dubbed-in voice overs from generic stock actors. Ugh.

Theme song lyrics:

Baby, if you've ever wondered
Wondered whatever became of me
I'm living on the air in Cincinnati
Cincinnati WKRP
Got kind of tired of packin' and unpackin'
Town to Town
Up and down the dial
Baby you and me
Were never meant to be
Just maybe think of me
Once in a while
I'm at WKRP in Cincinnati

-- T. Wells and H. Wilson

Notice: All lyrics are owned by their respective copyright holders and are posted herein for personal use and educational purposes only.

Posted by Marie at December 30, 2005 4:31 PM

Comments

I always liked that show. And despite Jennifer Marlow, it was Bailey Quarters I spent tortured nights dreaming about.
K-

Posted by: Kem White at December 30, 2005 5:33 PM

I knew it!

Posted by: Marie at December 30, 2005 5:47 PM

Loved that show. As a preteen at the time, I was in love with Lonnie Anderson (I guess I still am).
Lived in Cincinnati for 31 years, now I'm in the
army, deployed to OIF, Urrrgh!! Love to hear anything from the Nati, guess I'm homesick.

Posted by: at December 31, 2005 7:19 AM

You're over there. Good luck and be safe! And come home soon.

Posted by: Marie at December 31, 2005 8:22 AM

WKRP was a great show. One of my grad teachers is an old radio guy and he said the show captured perfectly life at a radio station.

I don't know if you are a Beavis and Butthead fan, but they are up against the same thing in terms of releasing the series on DVD. So much of that show revolved around the two intellectuals commenting on music videos and the cost to obtain the rights to all of those songs is prohibitive.

Dan

Posted by: Dan at January 1, 2006 8:21 PM

A darn shame. WKRP is one of my favorites.

Posted by: Joe at January 2, 2006 1:57 PM

I gotta agree that Bailey Quarters was the true babe on the show.

Posted by: Bill at April 11, 2006 4:02 PM