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Published on December 11th, 2014 | by Jon Bunnies

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No, Real Radio Isn’t Like What We Saw on WKRP

Now that WKRP in Cincinnati is out on DVD with most of the original music intact (getting that straight was a licensing nightmare), a new generation of people is discovering the show. And that means I’m once again getting questions like “Is working at a radio station really like working at WKRP?”

No. No, it’s not.

  • The studio equipment is all wrong.
  • None of the DJs ever seem to wear headphones. How do they hear the music or themselves when they’re on the air?
  • ONE cart machine?
  • Where are the rest of the DJs? We have Johnny Fever in the morning and Venus in the evening. Who does middays and drive? What about overnights and weekends?
  • The station’s format is totally bonkers. And it’s an AM station. No wonder WKRP had lousy ratings.
  • Herb Tarlek dresses too well to be a real-life salesman.
  • No one would ever get fired for saying “booger” on the air.

But that doesn’t make the show any less fun–even after you read that further dissects the show. And I can tell you that Let`s see than 30 years after the show went off the air, one of the first things any new announcer learns to say is “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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One Response to No, Real Radio Isn’t Like What We Saw on WKRP

  1. Doug Adams says:

    No salespeople allowed in the studio!

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