WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 1 Episode 11

The Contest Nobody Could Win

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 1979 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The final scene was cut for syndication, but restored in the new DVD version.  In it, Johnny tells his audience that the station gave away $10,000 last week, and he is now collecting money for a fund to support himself.

  • Quotes

    • Venus: You never went to college.
      Johnny: Hey man, I went through Princeton!
      Venus: I'll bet.
      Johnny: I did. It was in a car. A squad car, actually. Very, very educational.

    • Jennifer: Mr. Carlson.
      Mr. Carlson: What?
      Jennifer: You're being childish about this.
      Mr. Carlson: I am not. Boy, is this gonna make my momma mad.

    • Johnny: I want to tell you one more time about the incredible WKRP Mystery Music Contest where you can win $5,000 in cash. That's right. We're talking about it, sweethearts. $5,000 and the contest starts this Friday. So, tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your creditors.
      (Andy comes running in)
      Andy: $5,000?! The prize is not $5,000! You read the memo wrong, it's $50.00! $5,000 is the contest budget for the whole entire year!
      Johnny: Oh. I'm sorry.

    • Mr. Carlson: Well, nobody's perfect. You're not perfect, I'm not perfect... Jennifer, maybe.

  • Notes

    • Music Changes: A bit of footage is cut at the beginning of the episode, to eliminate one of the songs Johnny plays. A couple of other songs are replaced by generic music, but, unusually, Johnny's announcements are not dubbed over, so Johnny still announces "There's no holding back Eric Clapton," even though the music he proceeds to play is not Clapton's. The song at the end of the episode is replaced by a reprise of the WKRP closing theme.

    • Original Music: "For The Love of Money" by The O'Jays;  "Lotta Love" by Nicolette Larson Contest Songs: "Too Wild To Tame" by The Boys; "Tumbling Dice" by the Rolling Stones; "YMCA" by The Village People; "Danke Schoen" by Wayne Newton; "Straight On" by Heart; "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key

  • Allusions

    • Mr. Carlson: This is like losing Pete Rose!
      Pete Rose left the Cincinnati Reds, for whom he had played since 1963, after the 1978 season; he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent.