America’s Favorite Radio Station: WKRP in Cincinnati by Michael B. Kassel

By Michael B. Kassel

Although it turned probably the most profitable courses in syndicated tv background, WKRP in Cincinnati confronted an uphill fight attempting to receive prime-time good fortune. Kassel chronicles the selections and difficulties that affected WKRP's primetime luck, and explores the explanations why it went directly to develop into a classic.

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Those who believe in fate could say it was a foreshadowing of roles to come-after all, Herb Tarlek was sort of a "second-class radio man" himself. It was Bonner's love of acting that helped him decide to join the Navy; a recruiter promised that Bonner would be stationed at San Diego Harbor, close to Los Angeles. A. would ever be realized. "Only during the last year, when I finally was stationed in San Diego Harbor, did I get to drive to Los Angeles on the weekends," says Bonner. "Mostly, I saw plays and talked to actors.

In 1963, while Jump was working in, of all things, Ohio radio, he decided to venture to California and try his hand at acting. It was a gutsy move for the 32-year-old who had already established himself in the broadcasting industry. Diving into the bigger pond meant giving up the security of the local markets. After working bit parts for five to seven years, the career started paying off. Jump got his first episodic guest appearance through CBS 18 America's Favorite Radio Station ProducerlDirector Paul King.

His early life was not without its problems. During his teens, Reid became involved with local gangs and began performing poorly in school. Deciding that his son required a ram hand, Reid's father, living in Chesapeake, Virginia, sent for his son. The discipline worked, and Reid became a valued member of his school track team, was elected vice-president of the student council, and served as editor of his yearbook. Although Reid considered joining the Air Force after high school, he and a friend ended up in the affluent Virginia Beach area where Reid landed a job waiting tables at a posh April-thru-December restaurant.

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