History Series / WKRPInCincinnati

18th Sep '16 7:58:09 PM Ezclee4050
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* FictionalCounterpart: WKRP wasn't meant to represent any particular real-life radio station, but it's well-documented that [[http://radiotvtalk.blog.ajc.com/2014/11/27/atlantas-wqxi-inspiration-for-famous-wkrp-in-cincinnati-turkery-drop-episode/ WQXI in Atlanta]] was the main inspiration for it. Among actual stations in Cincinnati, one FM station had been using the call letters [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKRQ WKRQ]] for a few years when the show debuted, and the revelation in ''The New WKRP in Cincinnati'' that its frequency was 1530 on the AM dial suggests the station was supposed to be a fictionalized version of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCKY_(AM) WCKY]]. A few [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKRP_(disambiguation) real life]] radio and TV stations around the country also adopted the WKRP call letters over the years.
6th Aug '16 3:10:40 PM starjammer05
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** "In Concert" is a very deliberate version of this trope: the first act, before the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real-life]] tragedy that inspired the episode, is entirely light comedy, and the second act is entirely serious.

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** "In Concert" is a very deliberate version of this trope: the first act, before the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot [[RealLife real-life]] tragedy that inspired the episode, is entirely light comedy, and the second act is entirely serious.
6th Aug '16 12:34:45 PM Seanette
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* BunnyEaredLawyer: All of the cast qualifies a little, but Les most of all. Not always a good thing, as his eccentricities often get him in trouble.

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* BunnyEaredLawyer: BunnyEarsLawyer: All of the cast qualifies a little, but Les most of all. Not always a good thing, as his eccentricities often get him in trouble.
30th Jul '16 5:54:22 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* BerserkButton: The title character in "Les' Groupie" finds out the hard way that you ''DO NOT'' make fun of [[ThisIsMySide the imaginary walls of his office]].

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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The title character in "Les' Groupie" finds out the hard way that you ''DO NOT'' make fun of [[ThisIsMySide the imaginary walls of his office]].



* BunnyEaredLawyer: All of the cast qualifies a little, but Les most of all. Not always a good thing, as his eccentricities often get him in trouble.



* CasanovaWannabe: Herb Tarlek is a borderline case. Compared to his more sleazy clients, he's normal.

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* CasanovaWannabe: CasanovaWannabe:
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Herb Tarlek is a borderline case. Compared to his more sleazy clients, he's normal.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the pilot, Jennifer doesn't like Mr. Carlson, referring to him as "the jerk who runs this place" (though she says it as part of a list of slang terms for "big boss", such as "head honcho", etc., and probably doesn't mean that she actually thinks Carlson is a jerk). From the second episode on, she's practically a second mother to him. She also initially seems to loathe doing any actual work, whereas in later shows she's pretty much the one keeping the place running.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn:
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In the pilot, Jennifer doesn't like Mr. Carlson, referring to him as "the jerk who runs this place" (though she says it as part of a list of slang terms for "big boss", such as "head honcho", etc., and probably doesn't mean that she actually thinks Carlson is a jerk). From the second episode on, she's practically a second mother to him. She also initially seems to loathe doing any actual work, whereas in later shows she's pretty much the one keeping the place running.



* ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam: "I Am Woman" has Bailey trying to save WKRP's old building when it's about to be torn down, even though it will enable them to move to a better building, because she sees older buildings as symbolic of a pre-machine era when people mattered more.

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* ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam: ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam:
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"I Am Woman" has Bailey trying to save WKRP's old building when it's about to be torn down, even though it will enable them to move to a better building, because she sees older buildings as symbolic of a pre-machine era when people mattered more.



* ContinuityNod: An unusual number for a sitcom of the era. Example: in the pilot episode, Andy promises Les a news helicopter, and in the third season premiere, this becomes a plot point.

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
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An unusual number for a sitcom of the era. Example: in the pilot episode, Andy promises Les a news helicopter, and in the third season premiere, this becomes a plot point.



-->'''Andy:''' I know, Les, but that was a long time ago and I was lying.

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-->'''Andy:''' I know, Les, but that was a long time ago [[ILied and I was lying.]]



* CuteKitten: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJ5hcUQdKc Mimsie]], the MTM Enterprises VanityPlate.

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* CuteKitten: CuteKitten:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJ5hcUQdKc Mimsie]], the MTM Enterprises VanityPlate.



* DeadAir: Unsurprisingly as it's about a radio station, it had at least a few examples.

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* DeadAir: DeadAir:
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Unsurprisingly as it's about a radio station, it had at least a few examples.



* TheDitz: Jennifer is one of the most famous TV subversions, while Les often comes close to playing this straight.
** Jennifer does a [[HilarityEnsues brilliant job of playing the ditz]] when everyone is called upon to play their opposite selves in "The Consultant".

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* TheDitz: Jennifer is one of the most famous TV subversions, while Les often comes close to playing this straight.
** Jennifer
straight. (Although, she does a [[HilarityEnsues brilliant job of playing the ditz]] when everyone is called upon to play their opposite selves in "The Consultant".



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There wasn't as much of this as on some network shows, but in early episodes, Jennifer is shown objecting to anything that feels like real work, such as answering three calls in one day, taking dictation and getting coffee. Later episodes showed her capable of handling just about anything, but one could write off the lack of dictation and coffee-fetching as feeling as if it's beneath her.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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There wasn't as much of this as on some network shows, but in early episodes, Jennifer is shown objecting to anything that feels like real work, such as answering three calls in one day, taking dictation and getting coffee. Later episodes showed her capable of handling just about anything, but one could write off the lack of dictation and coffee-fetching as feeling as if it's beneath her.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The goal of making the station successful; partially [[AvertedTrope averted]], in that the station staff does turn the business around, but it proves a frustratingly slow process. Later, it is revealed that the owner, Carlson's mother, [[SpringtimeForHitler gets a tax break]] on the station's negative cash flow, and doesn't ''want'' it to be successful.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
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The goal of making the station successful; partially [[AvertedTrope averted]], in that the station staff does turn the business around, but it proves a frustratingly slow process. Later, it is revealed that the owner, Carlson's mother, [[SpringtimeForHitler gets a tax break]] on the station's negative cash flow, and doesn't ''want'' it to be successful.



** One episode has Andy lamenting that he ''hasn't'' actually turned the station around, but in the end realizing that in order to really do it, he would have had to fire Les, Herb, and Carlson, and he wouldn't want to work there without them.
*** Not to mention that firing Carlson is not possible considering he is officially Andy's boss, and the owner's son.

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** One episode has Andy lamenting that he ''hasn't'' actually turned the station around, but in the end realizing that in order to really do it, he would have had to fire Les, Herb, and Carlson, and he wouldn't want to work there without them. \n*** Not (Not to mention that firing Carlson is not possible considering he is officially Andy's boss, and the owner's son. son.)



* FanService: An equal opportunity version in "Filthy Pictures," where Jennifer appears in a bathing suit for the first and only time in the show, right alongside an embarrassed Andy in a skimpy bathing suit of his own.

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* FanService: FanService:
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An equal opportunity version in "Filthy Pictures," where Jennifer appears in a bathing suit for the first and only time in the show, right alongside an embarrassed Andy in a skimpy bathing suit of his own.



*** At the Christmas Party no one eats the homemade brownies that Johnny brings...except for Mr Carlson. Later the brownies are implied to cause The Big Guy's YetAnotherChristmasCarol adventure.

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*** ** At the Christmas Party no one eats the homemade brownies that Johnny brings...except for Mr Carlson. Later the brownies are implied to cause The Big Guy's YetAnotherChristmasCarol adventure.



* GoldDigger: Both played straight and subverted with Jennifer. She dates rich old men and accepts expensive gifts from them, but she seems to have real affection for them, and when one of her old boyfriends dies, it's revealed that she asked him not to leave her any money.

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* GoldDigger: GoldDigger:
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Both played straight and subverted with Jennifer. She dates rich old men and accepts expensive gifts from them, but she seems to have real affection for them, and when one of her old boyfriends dies, it's revealed that she asked him not to leave her any money.



* GoshDangItToHeck: In one episode, a group of senior citizens who liked the station's original format barge in to protest, shouting "Heck no, we won't go!"



* HelloNurse: Uh, Jennifer. She can avert the MaleGaze of pretty much ''any'' male, intentionally or otherwise.



* MoodWhiplash: The first two-thirds of "Ask Jennifer" is a light comedy about Jennifer hosting a talk show, before it suddenly turns into a serious story about a woman getting beaten up due to Jennifer's advice... only to turn back into a light comedy again when Johnny takes over Jennifer's show.

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* MoodWhiplash: MoodWhiplash:
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The first two-thirds of "Ask Jennifer" is a light comedy about Jennifer hosting a talk show, before it suddenly turns into a serious story about a woman getting beaten up due to Jennifer's advice... only to turn back into a light comedy again when Johnny takes over Jennifer's show.



* MultipleChoicePast: Venus had one of these for much of the series, with several seemingly incompatible facts given about his past before he came to WKRP: He was said to be a successful New Orleans disc jockey, a Vietnam deserter on the run, ''and'' a former schoolteacher.

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* MultipleChoicePast: MultipleChoicePast:
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Venus had one of these for much of the series, with several seemingly incompatible facts given about his past before he came to WKRP: He was said to be a successful New Orleans disc jockey, a Vietnam deserter on the run, ''and'' a former schoolteacher.



* {{Nepotism}}: The only reason Mr. Carlson has his job is that his mother owns the station.

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* {{Nepotism}}: {{Nepotism}}:
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The only reason Mr. Carlson has his job is that his mother owns the station.



* NostalgiaFilter: Mr. Carlson doesn't like rock n' roll, agreeing to the format change only because he wants to make the station a success; he often laments that music was better in the days of Guy Lombardo and Benny Goodman.

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* NostalgiaFilter: NostalgiaFilter:
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Mr. Carlson doesn't like rock n' roll, agreeing to the format change only because he wants to make the station a success; he often laments that music was better in the days of Guy Lombardo and Benny Goodman.



* RunningGag: Les especially was a walking compendium of these; as noted above, one of them was his always sporting a bandage somewhere on his anatomy.

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* RunningGag: TheRival: WPIG, another radio station in both broadcasting and pretty much anything else.
* RunningGag:
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Les especially was a walking compendium of these; as noted above, one of them was his always sporting a bandage somewhere on his anatomy.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Venus, whose Vietnam War experiences left him so shattered that he deserted shortly before the war ended.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: ShellShockedVeteran:
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Venus, whose Vietnam War experiences left him so shattered that he deserted shortly before the war ended.



* SinisterMinister: "Little" Ed Pembrook is a former wrestler and concurrent con artist "minister" whose primary goal seems to be hawking "religious artifact" merchandise such as a set of "John the Baptist steak knives", which he "gives away" for a "donation", all while claiming to be non-profit. When threatened with the voiding of his contract due to upsetting a group of real ministers, he threatens physical violence and gets his listeners to deluge the station with letters threatening boycott if he's removed. He only backs down after a threat of an IRS audit, but then immediately switches from selling products to selling (his wildly inaccurate version of) [[ChristianityIsCatholic indulgences]].

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* SinisterMinister: SinisterMinister:
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"Little" Ed Pembrook is a former wrestler and concurrent con artist "minister" whose primary goal seems to be hawking "religious artifact" merchandise such as a set of "John the Baptist steak knives", which he "gives away" for a "donation", all while claiming to be non-profit. When threatened with the voiding of his contract due to upsetting a group of real ministers, he threatens physical violence and gets his listeners to deluge the station with letters threatening boycott if he's removed. He only backs down after a threat of an IRS audit, but then immediately switches from selling products to selling (his wildly inaccurate version of) [[ChristianityIsCatholic indulgences]].



* SmallNameBigEgo: Les is convinced that his meaningless local awards make him a newsman to equal Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, and he's genuinely surprised when people he interviews haven't heard of him.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: SmallNameBigEgo:
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Les is convinced that his meaningless local awards make him a newsman to equal Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, and he's genuinely surprised when people he interviews haven't heard of him.



* TheStoner: Dr. Johnny Fever.

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* TheStoner: StonersAreFunny: Dr. Johnny Fever.Fever of course. Funny Disc Jockey Stoner.



* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Any time a character turns on WKRP, it's going to be playing a song whose title or content is related to what's happening in the episode.

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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: SuspiciouslyAproposMusic:
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Any time a character turns on WKRP, it's going to be playing a song whose title or content is related to what's happening in the episode.



* TakeThat: The [=DJs=] frequently insult bands the actors or writers didn't like, especially Disco groups.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The [=DJs=] frequently insult bands the actors or writers didn't like, especially Disco groups.



* TokenMinority: Venus Flytrap, but at least actor Tim Reid and the producers worked hard to give him unique elements as a real individual.

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* TokenMinority: TokenMinority:
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Venus Flytrap, but at least actor Tim Reid and the producers worked hard to give him unique elements as a real individual.
6th Jul '16 4:04:44 PM jmparker78
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* HilariousInHindsight: When Johnny meets his estranged daughter's boyfriend, he has them stay at his place, where they notice a picture of Johnny with Mick Jagger. The boyfriend thinks this is "far out" and suggests that Johnny "speak to Mick" about an audition for the Rolling Stones, because "Keith Richards can't last forever, am I right?" That was in 1980. As of 2016, not only is Richards still very much alive, but still touring with the Stones, despite looking like a walking corpse.
18th May '16 2:52:49 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** ''NewsRadio''

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** ''NewsRadio''''Series/NewsRadio''
19th Apr '16 8:58:30 AM themisterfree
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* NoodleIncident: Johnny was apparently arrested at one time by "145 Mexican cops" (he claimed it was a "minor misunderstanding"), and another time said he once saw Harvard through a window of a police car.
8th Jan '16 11:49:37 AM Oldiesmann
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** Les' fascination with hog farming and various pig jokes aren't just for laughs. In the 19th century, Cincinnati was such a major player in the hog industry that it was nicknamed "Porkopolis". To this day, flying pigs are seen as a local icon of sorts.
25th Dec '15 6:10:17 PM FF32
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** The air staff is too small. Even a dawn-to-dusk station (one that has a broadcast day limited to daylight hours), which WKRP clearly isn't, since Venus is the night DJ, would have more than two DJs.

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** The air staff is too small. Even a dawn-to-dusk station (one that has a broadcast day limited to daylight hours), which WKRP clearly isn't, since Venus is the night DJ, would have more than two DJs.[=DJs=].
22nd Dec '15 8:07:05 AM TrustBen
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* OutsideInsideSlur: A troubled teen Venus is trying to mentor tells him that he always thought Johnny was black, but that Venus himself sounds white.
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