Yes, time passes, and yes, death is inevitable when people are in their 70s, 80s, 90s. But that doesn’t make it suck any less.
Howard Hesseman is better known to Millennials as teacher Charlie Moore from “Head Of The Class”. But to GenXers, he will be forever remembered as Dr. Johnny Fever of WKRP In Cincinnati. I didn’t know until I read some of his obituaries, but Hesseman actually worked as a radio DJ in his younger years, and that was partly why he was chosen for the role.
I loved WKRP for more than the comedy. Every character on the show was a decent person, each someone that different viewers could identify with. The only character that didn’t age well was Herb Tarlek; being an “ex-gay” would be handled very differently today, or the the character would have been openly gay or LGBTQIA. WKRP won a Humanitas Award, which as the Humanitas website describes, “Humanitas honors and empowers film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way which brings the global community closer.”
WKRP was record on video instead of film as a cost cutting measure. By using video, the show’s creators paid a lower royalty rate for using hit songs of the era. This is why you heard song clips by the original artists. Other shows of the era used recordings by cover bands. When the show was released on DVD, it was reformatted to film and the songs replaced by covers. Bleah.
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Anyone who grew up watching that show remembers it fondly.