Finally! A Podcast Devoted To The Greatest TV Show In Radio History: WKRP In Cincinnati!
Town to town, up and down the dial and right to the top of your favorite podcast list, it's the WKRP-Cast!
One of my all-time favorite TV shows, hands down, is WKRP in Cincinnati. The series featuring the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio initially ran from 1978 to 1982 but I became a fan when it aired on the local NBC affiliate in the mid 80s. Over the years it switched from network to network like a DJ getting hired, fired, hired, fired and hired again at every rock station on the dial. Eventually the series wound up as a DVD box set which I proceeded to dive into and re-watch all 88 episodes in succession during the COVID lockdown in March of 2020.
As someone who worked in radio, this show nails it. The cast of characters are pretty much what every FM rock station I worked at were like. If only I could have landed a gig working with Andy Travis, Arthur Carlson ("As God as my witness...I thought turkeys could fly"), Dr. Johnny Fever, Venus Flytrap, Les Nessman, Jennifer Marlowe, Herb Tarlek and Bailey Quarters.
In a time where there are at least a dozen podcasts on just about every topic you can think of, I figured it would be easy to find a podcast or two on WKRP that's worth checking out. I found nothing but "dead air"......I was hoping to find a podcast on the show that dives into each episode, gets into the trivia and maybe even get some cool interviews from those involved with the show. Finally, it arrived! I found the WKRP-Cast hosted by a husband-and-wife team. Here's a portion of the show's description:
Hosted by husband and wife, Allen and Donna Stare. Allen started in radio at age 15 in 1980. When he walked into his first radio station, all he knew about radio came from watching the first two seasons of "WKRP in Cincinnati.
Allen and Donna are just about to wrap up the podcast, which ran for just over two years, and they've done it in style. Their most recent episode is an interview with the man who played WKRP Program Director Andy Travis - Gary Sandy.