Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Death by Demographics 

A radio station's new manager is murdered after changing their format from classical music to hard rock.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
James Acheson ... Russ Connell
Christian Bocher ... T. T. Baines
Diana Canova ... Annie Lawson
Robert Curtis Brown ... Bud Forbes (as Robert Curtis-Brown)
Seth Jaffe ... Lt. Evers
Paul Linke ... Eddie Mapp
Robert Pine ... Graham Forbes
Robin Riker ... Colleen Sellers
David Ogden Stiers ... Howard Deems
Kenneth Tigar ... Dave Moline
Lucinda Weist ... Lauren Hayward


In a plot somewhat reminiscent of "WKRP in Cincinnati," a San Francisco radio-station owner decides to convert the station's classical format to rock and roll. He keeps one announcer who's an expert on classical music, and casts him in a dog-and-pony show where the old guy verbally spars with a young colleague who is an expert on rock. All this to get a younger audience for the station. The experiment seems to be working fine with audiences, but tensions rise at the station and soon the new program director is stabbed by his own fireplace poker. With the classical-music person (Jessica's good friend) as the obvious suspect, Jessica must try to find another motive and another suspect for the murder. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Last episode of the series. See more »


[first lines]
Howard Deems: And that, ladies and gentlemen, for you music lovers, was Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. For you guys who just like to crank up your stereos, it was that cool thing with the cannons. It's all right, I turned mine up, too, at that point.
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The all important youth audience
5 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

What it all boils down to in this Murder She Wrote story is that the entertainment industry thinks young people are stupid. That they will buy any kind of faddish thing on the market as long as it's advertised well. Give them their most contemporary music of the moment and they will buy what advertisers who bring it to them will sell.

So after years of broadcasting a classical program, David Ogden Stiers is now being given the heave ho. But not fired exactly. As he has some months on his contract Stiers has to play stooge for the new disc jockey Christian Bocher. Like asking Alastair Cooke to be a foil for Don Rickles.

So when Bocher is killed as usual Stiers is the obvious suspect, but as it always works out he has a friend in Jessica Fletcher who is in San Francisco once again promoting another of her mysteries. This mystery as always gets figured out.

I really liked David Ogden Stiers and his character. Alastair Cooke and Don Rickles. Turn that over in your mind.

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