WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

Mike Fright 

In reference to the garbage strike happening in the city, Johnny, on the air, makes a flippant comment that if the city won't pick up people's garbage, the people should bring their garbage... See full summary »


Will Mackenzie


Hugh Wilson (created by), Dan Guntzelman | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Christian Seaborn ... Elgar Neese
Tim Culbertson Tim Culbertson ... Trucker


In reference to the garbage strike happening in the city, Johnny, on the air, makes a flippant comment that if the city won't pick up people's garbage, the people should bring their garbage to the city by dumping it on the steps of city hall. Much to Johnny's surprise, hundreds of his listeners take the words to heart and dump their garbage at city hall. Their actions have repercussions on the station, Mr. Carlson and Andy who have to deal with the liability of the station by Johnny's words, the situation which is only inflamed by further on-air words by Les. While Mr. Carlson wants to fire Johnny, Andy is able to come up with a workable solution where Johnny needs to apologize on the air. However, getting Johnny to do so is easier said than done, as his realization of the responsibility that he has in this role results in a larger issue for Johnny in his livelihood as an on-air personality: he develops mic fright and freezes in the control booth. While Venus and Andy in particular ... Written by Huggo

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12 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Venus and Andy are trying to inspire Johnny to get back on the air, they hum the theme from Rocky (1976). As they go back to the booth, Les is reading a wire service item about a Philadelphia prize fighter getting nearly beaten to death. See more »


After his apology, Johnny starts playing Sly & The Family Stone, and starts talking on the air over the song. When Andy enters Mr. Carlson's office to turn up the volume on the wall monitor so Carlson can hear Johnny's apology, Johnny is talking but there is no music playing. See more »


Bailey Quarters: [entering the control booth to give support to Johnny who is trying to go back on the air after freezing due to mic fright] Come on, Johnny. You can do it.
Dr. Johnny Fever: [nodding like he doesn't believe it] Yeah.
Bailey Quarters: [reiterating the advice Johnny gave her] Just pretend you're talkin' to one person. A friend. Me.
Dr. Johnny Fever: [cautiously] Okay.
Bailey Quarters: [supportively] That's how you told me how to do it. Now you do it.
Dr. Johnny Fever: [with a slight choking in his voice] Okay, I'll give it a try.
Bailey Quarters: Just talk to me.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


WKRP in Cincinnati End Credits
Written by Jim Ellis
Performed by Jim Ellis
[Series end credits theme song]
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