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WKRP Turkey Drop Truly Primarily based on a Actual Incident in Texas

WKRP Turkey Drop Actually Based on a Real Incident in Texas

Like most individuals in radio, or at the very least these of us who’ve been round some time, I grew up an enormous fan of WKRP in Cincinnati.  Who did not wish to be Dr. Johnny Fever?  WKRP and the 1978 film FM have been influential in my teen years directing my need to ‘be in radio.’

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In case you do not bear in mind, and most of the people most likely do not, the film FM was a few rock station within the 70’s battling the evil ‘company empire’ eager to promote an advert schedule to the US Military for recruitment. A quite innocuous plot by at present’s requirements, however in 1978 to this junior in high-school, it was excessive artwork. It featured Martin Mull, (then pretty unknown) Eilleen Brennan, Alex Karras, James Keach, and Cleavon Little.  In case you do not suppose you realize them, look them up, and you will go “Oh yeah!” It additionally featured reside live performance footage of Linda Ronstadt. And what 16 yr outdated American male in 1978 did not have an enormous crush on Linda Ronstadt.

Linda Ronstadt

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In case you look again over sitcoms, quite a bit have Christmas episodes, however aside from Pals, not many had Thanksgiving episodes through the years.  And NOBODY had an episode extra memorable than WKRP’s turkey drop episode entitled, “Turkeys Away.”  Simply eager about the title makes me chortle.

Mr. Carlson’s Shiny Thought

Within the episode, the station supervisor, Mr. Carlson got here up with a publicity stunt to provide away turkeys to listeners for Thanksgiving…. by dropping them from a helicopter.  Effectively, in case you do not know, turkeys cannot fly. And what ensued went into the annals of tv historical past as one of the vital well-known episodes in sitcom historical past.

The Actual Story

However what you could not understand, is that this episode was really primarily based on an actual reside occasion.  Some iterations of the story have it taking place in Atlanta, whereas some say it really occurred in Dallas, Texas.  The Dallas story appears to carry extra water. In keeping with a metv.com story, Jerry Blum was the overall supervisor of WQXI in Atlanta and advised the story of how he obtained fired again within the 60’s from a Dallas station referred to as KBOX.

Brian Henigin through YouTube

Brian Henigin through YouTube

Blum mentioned there was no helicopter, however quite, they threw reside turkeys out of the again of a shifting pickup within the car parking zone of a shopping mall. In keeping with Blum, “It was a multitude.”  As Les Nessman mentioned.. “Oh the humanity!”

The episode ended with the station supervisor, Mr. Carlson, uttering that well-known line, “As God is my witness…. I believed turkeys may fly.”

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