WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (1)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 18, 1978 on CBS

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  • Meet the gang of WKRP in Cincinatti.

    Hired to be the new program director at WKRP in Cincinatti, Andy Travis quits his job in Santa Fe, New Mexico and takes up residence in Cincinatti. Upon arriving he meets Jennifer, the beautiful secretary, Herb Tarlek, the fast- talking sales manager, and Les Nessman the nervous news director. He meets Arthur Carlson (The Big Guy to the staff), the station manager who is under the thumb of his mother, the station owner. Andy then meets Johnny, the morning disc jockey who plays slow "elevator" music on his show. He seems to be pretty forgetful and falls asleep in the middle of conversations. After Andy gets settled, and gets better responses from Herb and Les, he changes WKRP's format to rock and roll. Johnny becomes Dr. Johnny Fever. Andy, Herb, Les and Bailey, whose job is yet unknown, have a meeting on how to get the station working better. Afterwards, Carlson runs in, gets Herb and Les and tells Andy that he's fired. Apparently, Carlson's mother heard Johnny on the air and is on her way. When she gets there, she threatens to sell the station if things don't get better. When Andy wants to quit, Carlson stands up for Andy and threatens to quit. Mama Carlson is so impressed with her son that she decides to give Andy a chance to do this. Afterwards, Venus Flytrap, a friend that Andy has just hired, walks in as the new night jockey. Andy and Carlson make peace and things seem to be off to a good start for this very funny show.