For radio GODS of a certain age, “WKRP in Cincinnati” was the greatest show ever invented. Heck, it was the reason a lot of us were insane enough to lust for a career on the dial in the first place.
In addition to being an awesome show, they also played a ton of great music. And someone, somehow, went through every episode and wrote down every song they ever played: A total of almost 300 tracks over four seasons.
The first song ever played, on Episode One, was “Queen of the Forest” by TED NUGENT . . . which would get more plays as the show went on.
As for the final song of the final episode . . . well, whoever did the list couldn’t identify it. But the SECOND-to-last song was “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by JERRY LEE LEWIS.
In between was an awesome playlist that included everything from Bob Seger to Pat Benatar, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Chic, the Cars, B.B. King, Huey Lewis and the News, Van Morrison, Blondie . . .
Joan Baez, Wilson Pickett, Barry Manilow, the Police, James Brown, the Go-Go’s, Jimi Hendrix, Devo, the Who, Deep Purple, AC/DC, Steely Dan, the Pointer Sisters, Herb Alpert, the Kinks, Otis Redding . . . man, I could go on and on.
The tragedy is that because of copyrights, licensing, and royalties, you won’t hear a lot of these songs on the show anymore, either in syndication or on home video releases.
They were replaced by sound-alikes or generic substitutes.
Still, it’s cool to scan through the list and see all the amazing music “WKRP in Cincinnati” blasted out to America every week from 1978 to 1982. This is a radio station I would have listened to back then. Hell, I’d still listen to it today!
(That Eric Alper)