America's Favorite Radio Station

America's Favorite Radio Station

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by Michael Kassel
     
 

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Although it became one of the most successful programs in syndicated television history, WKRP in Cincinnati faced an uphill struggle trying to obtain prime-time success. Kassel chronicles the decisions and problems that affected WKRP's primetime success, and explores the reasons why it went on to become a classic.

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Although it became one of the most successful programs in syndicated television history, WKRP in Cincinnati faced an uphill struggle trying to obtain prime-time success. Kassel chronicles the decisions and problems that affected WKRP's primetime success, and explores the reasons why it went on to become a classic.

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Interviews, literary criticism, and ratings data are the sources for a treatment of a successful prime-time television series. Describes the origin, casting, and each of the four seasons. Also provides a synopsis of each episode. For students of media or popular culture, and fans. Paper edition (585-0), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780879725846
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
969,236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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America's Favorite Radio Station 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
If "WKRP"'s time slot had not been moved twelve times (surely a record), this wonderfully-written show would have had a better chance to survive. Rumor had it that CBS didn't like some of the courageous episodes of the intelligent comedy (like the episode that took on censorship), and they sabotaged it with constant movement. Back then, we didn't have the internet, to help us find something. At any rate, even the cast and crew couldn't keep up with the schedule. Yet even with the odds stacked against it, WKRP left the air at #7, not too shabby. At least until the "Big Bang Theory," this show was the highest-rated in syndication. After three decades, the show's gifted writers and actors have been vindicated, and "Shout Factory" is bringing it out on DVD, even with the original, and expensive (copyrights) original music. I highly recommend this informative behind-the-scenes book for anyone who loved the original, or even someone who simply appreciates high-quality television and the challenges it sometimes faces, to stay on the air. Disc jockies, who found it very realistic, mounted a campaign that brought it back at one juncture. But eventually it succumbed to the short-sightedness of the network. This book was based on the conscientious notes of a crew member, and my only complaint about it was that like the laugh-outloud funny show didn't last long enough!