WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 1 Episode 2

Pilot (2)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 1978 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mr. Carlson won't give Andy any money to advertise WKRP's format change. While Andy tries to come up with a publicity stunt to get the station in the news, a group of irate former listeners demands a return to the old format and an on-air apology to Lawrence Welk.moreless

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  • The second part of the pilot shows the effects of the format change.

    After Andy changes the station format to rock and roll, he gets pressure from Mr. Carlson to get results. Losing a bunch of the station's former sponsors doesn't help much, either. Soon, Mr. Wayne R. Coe comes to the station demanding that they change it back to easy listening. After Herb, pretending to be Carlson, tells Coe off, Coe comes back with a small band of former listeners who picket and chant in the lobby. Carlson attempts to keep the situation hidden from his mother. It's pretty funny how he has a phone for regular calls and a red phone for his mother's calls. There is even a funny storyline about Carlson's gardener, I think it's the gardener, thinking he's being controlled by Wally Schirra. After hearing Johnny putting out ideas on how to get the station publicity, Les goes into conspiracy mode. In the end, Andy figures out a way to get free publicity for the station in a very unlikely way.moreless
  • Classic episode which picks up where the superb part 1 left off. The Rolling Stones track used was not "Shattered" it was "Lies" which is from the same album as Shattered Some Girls. Also the Bob Seger songs is "Old Time Rock and Roll".moreless

    I remember when I first saw this show as a kid. The show was just a excellent poke at what goes on in rock radio stations. In Part 1, WKRP morphed from an "elevator music" station into an excellent rock and roll station. In this episode, some of the old WKRP listeners come in to protest the station's quick format change from easy listening to rock and roll. The songs played in the second episode were then current tracks from The Rolling Stones which was a deep track from their new album (at the time) Some Girls entitled "Lies" (which was inexplicably removed from the syndicated versions of this episode years later) and Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" from his then-current album Stranger in Town (the song would not be a hit until early in 1979).moreless
Gary Sandy

Gary Sandy

Andy Travis

Gordon Jump

Gordon Jump

Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson

Loni Anderson

Loni Anderson

Jennifer Marlowe

Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders

Les Nessman

Tim Reid

Tim Reid

Gordon "Venus Flytrap" Sims

Frank Bonner

Frank Bonner

Herb Tarlek

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Andy: I have only been in this town for two weeks. I'm living in an apartment that doesn't have any furniture. I've been fighting with your mother. I've been fighting with-with-with Les, I've been fighting with Herb. I don't even know where my laundry is, sir.
      Carlson: Oh, settle down.
      Andy: Frankly, sir, I'm...I'm just as tired of all this as you are.
      Carlson: Yeah. Heh. Well, I guess so. Listen, for whatever it's worth, I don't know where my laundry is either.

    • Carlson: Boy, this is a fine kettle of fish we got ourselves into this time. It's like being up to your belt buckle in alligators.

    • (Jennifer's radio is playing gentle classical music)
      Mr. Carlson: Hey, is that us?
      Jennifer: No, this is us. (changes stations)
      Johnny: Hang onto your brains, fellow babies, this is Doctor Johnny Fever and have I got a contest for you! First prize is, you don't have to die! Second prize, a pocket comb!

    • (The elderly lady bashes the record on the turntable with her umbrella)
      Johnny: We seem to be experiencing some technical difficulties in the studio. Please stay tuned and we'll be back as soon as we get it fixed. Okay? ( Now speaking angrily to the old folks) All right you two up against the wall!! I don't know what you want here, but I think you should know that I have killed a lot of old people in my time!! And I'm not above doing it again!

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